People also are talking about gross fat blobs in London, snow delays air travelers and ... wait, is the government still shut down or what?
Porter ex-wife: ‘If he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope, he will’
In an interview Thursday on CNN, Jennie Willoughby, an ex-wife of Rob Porter, said the former-White House aide had asked her to downplay allegations of abuse she made last year on her Instagram account and in a blog post.
Later in the interview on Thursday, Willoughby expressed concern for the safety of White House communications director Hope Hicks, 29, who has been dating Porter.
"If I'm being frank with you, if he hasn't already been abusive with Hope, he will, and particularly now that he's under a lot of stress and scrutiny," she added. "That's when the behaviors come out. If he hasn't already, he will."
Florida woman: Airline told me to flush pet hamster
MIAMI (AP) — A Florida woman says an airline told her to flush her hamster down an airport toilet because the emotional support rodent wasn't allowed to fly with her.
The Miami Herald reports before Belen Aldecosea flew home from college to South Florida, she twice called Spirit Airlines to ensure she could bring Pebbles, her pet dwarf hamster. No problem, the airline said.
But when Aldecosea arrived at the Baltimore airport, Spirit refused to allow the animal onboard.
The 21-year-old told the paper she flushed Pebbles at an airline employee's suggestion, after running out of other options.
Panicked and needing to return home promptly to deal with a medical issue, Aldecosea was unable to rent a car and agonized for hours.
"She was scared. I was scared. It was horrifying trying to put her in the toilet," Aldecosea said. "I was emotional. I was crying. I sat there for a good 10 minutes crying in the stall."
A spokesman for Spirit acknowledged the airline mistakenly told Aldecosea that Pebbles was allowed. But he denied that a Spirit employee recommended flushing her pet in an airport restroom.
While you were sleeping: Federal government closes, passes budget deal, votes to reopen
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House moved swiftly early Friday to reopen the federal government and pass a $400 billion budget deal, overcoming opposition from both liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives to endorse enormous spending increases despite looming trillion-dollar deficits.
The deal now heads to President Trump's desk. His signature will officially re-open the government.
The 240-186 vote came in the pre-dawn hours, putting to bed a five-and-a-half hour federal freeze that relatively few would notice. Many who did quickly labeled it a pointless, head-scratching episode. The shutdown was the second in three weeks.
The breakdown came largely in the Senate, when after a day of inaction, Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky went rogue and stalled a vote in protest over his party's willingness to bust the budget.
Thousands of air travelers delayed as snowstorm hits upper Midwest
Thousands of air travelers are being delayed by a winter snowstorm that's moving across the across the upper Midwest.
The Chicago Department of Aviation reports Friday morning that about 550 flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and about 230 flights were canceled at Chicago's Midway Airport.
By early Friday, more than 100 flights were canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan.
Airlines had warned travelers earlier in the week to expect flight cancelations to and from Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
Gross! London fatberg goes from sewer to museum
LONDON (AP) — London's newest museum attraction is greasy, smelly — and a glimpse at the hidden underside of urban life.
The Museum of London on Thursday unveiled its latest display, a chunk of a 130-metric-ton (143-U.S.-ton) fatberg that but was blasted out of a city sewer last year.
It took sewage workers with jet hoses nine weeks to dislodge the 250-meter (820-foot) -long mass of oil, fat, diapers and baby wipes from beneath Whitechapel in the city's East End.
The museum has lovingly preserved a chunk the size of a shoe-box, whose mottled consistency a curator likens to parmesan crossed with moon rock. Close examination reveals the presence of tiny flies. Three nested transparent boxes protect visitors from potentially deadly bacteria, and from the fatberg's noxious smell.
'Haunted by tweets every single day': Omarosa dishes on 'Big Brother'
She never knew what President Donald Trump might say next on Twitter. She wanted to be a calming influence, but other staffers in the White House tried to keep her away from him. She persevered because she felt it was her "call to duty" to be there.
On Thursday night's episode of "Celebrity Big Brother," a tearful Omarosa Manigault Newman opens up to another contestant about her time at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - and presents a not-all-flattering portrait of the president she served.
"I was haunted by tweets every single day, like what is he going to tweet next?" Manigault Newman tells television personality Ross Matthews in a clip teased on social media by the official account of the long-running CBS reality show.