Some employees of the chain that owns TJ Maxx in Puerto Rico haven’t worked in weeks because of Hurricane Maria, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost their paychecks. Parent company TJX, which also owns Marshalls and HomeGoods, has continued to pay its employees all the while, reports the Boston Globe. The move came to light when the father of one such employee posted a thank-you on the Facebook #PuertoRicoStrong page, and that Spanish-language post has now been shared more than 40,000 times. “We believe it is the right thing for us to do under these circumstances,” a company statement notes, per NECN. It wasn’t clear how many employees were affected, or how many of the chain’s stores remained shuttered.
“I” is one of the most common words in the English language. But for some iPhone users, it’s impossible to type. According to MacRumors, a bug in Apple’s iOS 11 has messed with the predictive text function on some iPhones. The result is that when users type “I,” they instead get “A” followed by a question mark inside a box or a symbol of a bunch of black bars. Mashable notes some of its employees had the same issue when typing “U” and “O.” This apparently occurs across Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and even on some Macs via iMessage, likely due to iCloud synchronization, per the Guardian.
After discovering the glitch, Chelsea Hassler at PopSugar says she “spent a solid three minutes laughing hysterically and texting it to friends,” but the novelty soon wore off. Until a more permanent fix is offered, Apple suggests users create a short-cut replacement so whenever someone types “I,” it becomes “i” (instructions are here), which is better than gobbledygook. You can also install a third-party keyboard or turn off the predictive text feature. Unfortunately, this glitch isn’t the only one iOS 11 users have noticed. As Quartzreports, the Calculator app may not give accurate answers when numbers are added together in quick succession. Apple’s watchOS 4 also caused crashes when asked about the weather around daylight saving time, per the Guardian.
A powerful storm with at least nine confirmed tornadoes tore roofs off factories, ripped away storefronts, and destroyed homes across Indiana, Ohio, and into Pennsylvania, AP reports. Scuba divers found the bodies of two men inside a home’s flooded basement, where they were seeking shelter Sunday during a tornado warning in Erie, Penn., authorities said. Six people were hurt, though none seriously, at a restaurant in the western Ohio city of Celina on Sunday when a tornado touched down. Gaping holes could be seen in the concrete walls and roof of a nearby factory that makes heavy equipment.
The National Weather Service said Monday that at least six tornadoes hit northern and western Ohio, including one that began in Indiana and hopped along nearly 40 miles before hitting Celina. Several large livestock barns were flattened and neighbors pitched in to save nearly 400 cows at one farm in Mercer County. The other tornadoes in Ohio touched down in Ashland, Crawford, Sandusky, and Erie counties. In Indiana, survey teams confirmed at least three other tornadoes hit the cities of Salem, Muncie, and Springville. Close to 40,000 people near Cleveland and Akron were without power Monday morning and some were told it could take a few days before electricity was restored. A handful of polling locations in northeastern Ohio were moved for Tuesday’s election because of power outages.
“I thought it would have stayed that way, but some a—hole leaked it and I will find you,” he told “Entertainment Tonight” in a segment that aired Monday.
Momoa, 38, and Bonet, 49, have been together since 2005 and share daughter Lola, 10, and son Nakoa Wolf, 8.
The couple were originally believed to have married almost a decade ago, but actually made it legal in October, obtaining a marriage license on Oct. 2 and holding a ceremony at their Topanga, California, home a week later.
When grilled on what his favorite moment of the wedding was, the “Justice League” star wasn’t too forthcoming.
“You know what, I’ve been married to my wife for 12 years,” Momoa said. “It’s just a gathering of our families and celebrating our love.”
*As of this report, at least 27 people have been killed and 30 people have been injured in a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
A witness reported seeing the as-yet unidentified man walked into First Baptist Church and began shooting around 11:30 am Central on Sunday.
Wilson County commissioner Albert Gamez Jr. told a CNN reporter that the gunman fled in a vehicle after the shooting and is now dead after a brief pursuit.
The incident happened at around noon on Sunday when officers were called to reports of an active shooter at the church. Sutherland Springs, which is a community in Wilson County, is about 28 miles southeast of San Antonio.
A large number of emergency services, including multiple medical helicopters, have been called to the scene.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt confirmed that multiple people had been killed and others injured, but the exact number of casualties was not immediately known. A source told NBC News that the number of dead could be as high as 10 to 15.
The shooter is believed to have been killed, but there was no immediate word on his or her identity.
“Our prayers are with all who were harmed by this evil act. Our thanks to law enforcement for their response,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Twitter. “
Lamar Odom collapsed at Los Angeles’ Bootsy Bellows nightclub early Sunday morning, Page Six has confirmed.
The ex-NBA star, 38, was hanging out when his knees buckled and he fell to the floor. According to TMZ footage, friends and security rushed to Odom’s side and propped him up onto the sofa. He was conscious after the fall.
A rep for Odom tells us he’s “doing well” as of Monday morning and that his fall was caused by a heavy workout beforehand.
“He was dehydrated and had been in an intense workout earlier in the day,” his rep relayed. “It was also very hot in the club.”
Odom has publicly struggled with drug and alcohol abuse in the past. After nearly losing his life at a Nevada brothel in 2015 after an overdose, Odom went into recovery and rehab in late 2016.
He’s since visited his fair share of nightclubs and strip clubs over the last year.
Odom said his loved ones’ deaths drove him to addiction.
The full cast of the upcoming Disney live action and CGI remake of The Lion King has been revealed—and it includes Queen B as Nala. Beyonce posted a photo of the cast on Facebook on Wednesday, with the caption #TheLionKing 2019, E! Online reports. Other cast members in Jungle Book director Jon Favreau’s new adaptation, which has a release date of July 2019, include Donald Glover as Simba, John Oliver as the hornbill Zazu, and Keegan-Michael Key as the hyena Kamari, Variety reports. “It is a director’s dream to assemble a talented team like this to bring this classic story to life,” Favreau said in a statement.
Oprah Winfrey’s back with her longest holiday gift list ever at 102 of her favorite things.
Ranging in price from free (downloads of her Super Soul Conversations podcast) to $2,000 (for a 55-inch TV that morphs into a painting), Winfrey’s annual list will be featured in the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, including discount codes to plug into Amazon or the websites of the companies themselves.
Winfrey’s elves, the magazine’s editor-at-large Gayle King and creative director Adam Glassman, spend much of the year scouting items for the list, with Oprah herself making the final decision on what to include for everyone — men, women, pets and kids — in apparel, tech, home goods, beauty, food and other offerings.
“What Oprah always challenges us to do is to find some new brands, some indie brands, mom-and-pop kind of brands. We always have a fabulous mix of tried and true, and big people, but we also like to infiltrate new brands and also brands made in the USA,” Glassman told The Associated Press in a recent interview.
Starting Thursday, items on the list are available at Amazon.com/Oprah. A look at a few of Oprah’s favorite things for 2017:
GRATITUDE GLASS JAR: These handblown jars on a pedestal base have wooden lids and come with 365 bronze-foil adorned cards for families to log the things they truly appreciate. $45.
LOUVELLE SHOWER TURBAN: Made of quick-dry fabric with a waterproof lining, these turban-style shower caps come in fun patterns and colors to make that blowout last. Oh, and there’s an adjustable knot for just the right fit. $40.
EMI JAY SMOOSH SHIRTS AND PANTS: If she could, Oprah would live in these ultra-soft but slightly structured sweat pants and shirts that come in light pink, gray and black, with an adjustable tie at the loose turtleneck. Shirts, $136. Pants, $132.
HONEY CAN DO HERB PRESERVER: Oprah grows a lot of her own herbs but often has the same problem as the rest of us: They quickly go yucky. Add a little water at the bottom of this glass jar, seal and keep herbs fresh for up to two weeks. $20.
SMART NORA SNORE SOLUTION: Give the gift of a snore solution that doesn’t involve mouth guards, nose strips or straps. It DOES involve a little Bluetooth-enabled, egg-shaped device that sits on a nightstand and is triggered by the snore. It then gently and slowly pumps up an inflatable pillow insert tucked into a pillowcase to shift the culprit’s sleeping position and lessen the noise. $299.
EMU AUSTRALIA MAYBERRY SHEEPSKIN SLIPPERS: With a sturdy lug sole, these fuzzy slides come in bright pink, blue and orange. Oprah was a bit skeptical at first, Glassman said. “She said, really? I think my, like, Aunt Estelle used to wear those.” They’re not unlike furry footwear found on runways and in the streets of New York and Paris, he noted. $60.
FIVE POUNDS OF FRESH BLUEBERRIES: Wild blueberries frozen and shipped in a cardboard box within 24 hours of harvest from Josh Pond Farm in Whiting, Maine, near the northeast coast. Little secret: The farm is owned by TV exec Lorne Michaels, Glassman said. $50.
KATZ’S DELI DINNER FOR FOUR: The famed New York City deli will ship matzo ball soup, pastrami, corned beef, mustard, rye bread, knishes, pickles and chocolate or cinnamon babka to your chosen people. “I grew up going to Katz’s. My parents grew up on the Lower East Side,” Glassman said. “Nobody makes pastrami better.” $125.
MODEL BAKERY ENGLISH MUFFINS: Due to Oprah’s obsession with these muffins, they’re back for a second year, Glassman said. She even travels with them and brought a batch to the set of “A Wrinkle in Time” in New Zealand for cast and crew to enjoy. The artisanal darlings from this small Napa bakery come in a set with six original and six spelt. $35.
CASA DRAGONES JOVEN SIPPING TEQUILA: Oprah likes her tequila. This bottle for sipping is made by a woman-owned, small-batch distillery in Mexico and is her go-to. It’s a blend of silver and extra-aged tequila. The sipping bottle is pricy at $285. Oprah’s also offering a tequila blanco at $75 for mixing into cocktails.
YELLOW LEAF HAMMOCKS: Oprah once bought a house because it had a hammock hanging in the yard, Glassman said. These classic doubles are made in Thailand by artisan weavers. “When she stopped doing the daily talk show everyone was like, what are you gonna do and she goes I’m just gonna be laying in my hammock reading a book,” Glassman said. “That lasted about two days.” $199.
THE ECHO SHOW: Alexa has gone video. There’s a built-in screen to show content of all kinds, from Amazon, YouTube, even your own security cameras. Ask her to pull up photos and shopping lists. $230.
From laughingstock to lift off. George Springer and the Houston Astros rocketed to the top of the baseball galaxy Wednesday night, winning the first World Series championship in franchise history by romping past the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7, the AP reports. Playing for a city still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, and wearing an H Strong logo on their jerseys, the Astros brought home the prize that had eluded them since they started out in 1962 as the Colt .45s. “I always believed that we could make it,” All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve said. “We did this for them.” Altuve is one of four carry-overs from a club that lost an embarrassing 111 times in 2013 after switching from the NL to the AL.
For a Series that was shaping up as an October classic, Game 7 quickly became a November clunker at Dodger Stadium as Houston scored five runs in the first two innings off an ineffective Yu Darvish. Springer led off the evening with a double against Darvish, and soon it was 2-0. Springer hit his fifth homer—tying the Series mark set by Reggie Jackson and matched by Chase Utley—when he connected for a record fourth game in a row, making it 5-0 in the second. “We’re coming home a champion, Houston,” Springer said after accepting the World Series MVP trophy, named this year after Willie Mays for the first time.
The special will air at 9 a.m. EST on NBC’s “Today” show.
Others part of the lineup include the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street,” Nicky Jam, Bebe Rexha, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Sara Evans, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Dustin Lynch and Jojo Siwa.
There will also be performances from the casts of Broadway’s “Anastasia,” ″Dear Evan Hansen” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”