WBZ News Update For November 18Lt. Jason Menard Funeral Service; Distracted Driving Bill Vote; Flavored Tobacco Ban Debate; Cold, Rainy Weather
Thousands Expected At Funeral For Worcester Fire Lt. Jason MenardWBZ TV's Nick Giovanni reports.
WBZ Morning Forecast For November 18Sarah Wroblewski has your latest weather forecast.
Eagles And Patriots Meet For First Time Since Super Bowl LIIThe Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots, both coming off a bye, look to get offenses on track and start playoff push.
Katja Herbers On Her 'EVIL' Character: 'She's Surrounded By A Lot Of Terrible Things'
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'It's Important To Pursue What You're Interested In': CBS Sunday Morning's Mo Rocca On New Book 'Mobituaries'The CBS Sunday Morning correspondent discusses his new book and who we chose to remember and forget over the course of the years.
WWE Superstar Sonya Deville: 'Had To Find A Way To Be Comfortable With Who I Was'WWE Superstar and LGBT advocate Sonya Deville speaks about her revelation that she was gay and journey to self-acceptance.
Fantasy Football Start And Sit Week 11: Sit Carson Wentz, Start Philip Rivers At QB This WeekThe Fantasy Football Today crew breaks down why Eagles starter Carson Wentz should be on your bench this week.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Nick Foles A Top QB Option As He Returns From InjuryThe Jaguars signal caller is back under center as the team returns from its bye week. Time to add him to your roster if you need a QB.
AEW Full Gear: Cody Challenging Chris Jericho For ChampionshipChris Jericho will defend his AEW World Championship against Cody Rhodes at Full Gear, with Kenny Omega also scheduled to face Jon Moxley.
Fantasy Football Start And Sit Week 10: Sit Kirk Cousins Against A Strong Cowboys Pass DefenseThe Fantasy Football Today crew breaks down why Minnesota Vikings starter Kirk Cousins is on their list of guys to sit this week.
Jamie Erdahl: 'LSU Has To Sustain Quality Play Against Alabama, That Is What The Tide Require Of Teams'SEC on CBS sideline reporter Jamie Erdahl breaks down the LSU-Alabama matchup, set to air on CBS this Saturday afternoon.
Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Steelers' Trey Edmunds, Giants' Darius Slayton Among Top Pickup OptionsWith injuries to guys ahead of them on the depth chart, the Steelers running back and Giants wide receiver are options to look at on the waiver wire this week.
Former Principal Who Banned LGBTQ-Themed Books Indicted On Child Porn ChargesA former Kentucky school principal who made headlines 10 years ago for trying to ban classroom books with "homosexual" content has been indicted on child pornography charges.
Records: Police Used Snapchat Video To Track Down Armed Robbery SuspectPolice in South Carolina were able to to track down a teenager out on bail for attempted murder after he brandished a stolen gun in a Snapchat video, according to court and police records.
Study Links Air Pollution Nanoparticles To Brain Cancer For First TimeTiny particles produced by motor traffic have been linked to brain cancer for the first time, according to a new study from Canadian researchers.
Star Ejected By Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole Clocked At 3.7 Million Miles Per HourA runaway star traveling across our galaxy at an astonishing 3.7 million miles per hour is on track to be ejected from our Milky Way galaxy and into intergalactic space.
5 Tips From 'Embracing The Journey - A Christian Parents' Blueprint To Loving Your LGBTQ Child'Greg and Lynn McDonald share 5 tips from their new book, 'Embracing The Journey.'
Health Links Between Gluten And Diabetes, Air Pollution And DementiaA new study has experts saying a high gluten diet may put offspring at higher risk for type 1 diabetes.
Stars Rally Together Again For Stand Up To Cancer's Live Broadcast On September 7Stand Up To Cancer is proud to announce that the Hollywood community is rallying together yet again to support the sixth biennial televised fundraising special which will be broadcast on CBS, SHOWTIME and other networks.
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Taco Bell suggests its Rolled Chicken Tacos Bisque for Thanksgiving(WFSB) - Taco Bell said it has just what's needed for Thanksgiving, or Friendsgiving, celebrations. The restaurant chain wants people to take its tacos, stick them in a blender and serve them as a bisque. It released a recipe for its Rolled Chicken Tacos Bisque on its blog. The first step calls for getting Taco Bell's Rolled Chicken Party Pack from one of its restaurants. The pack comes with six rolled chicken tacos and six crunchy tacos. Also needed are garlic, onion, broth, heavy whipping cream and cilantro. A cast iron stockpot is recommended to put it all together. Check out the complete recipe <a href="https://www.tacobell.com/blog/friendsgiving-rolled-chicken-tacos-bisque-recipe" target="_blank">here</a>.
Metro-North reports delays due to slip-slide conditionsNEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) - Three Metro-North lines reported delays due to slip-slide conditions on Monday morning. According to the rail service, the New Haven, Harlem and Hudson lines experienced delays of up to 10 minutes. They advised riders to listen for announcements at their stations. More information on can be found on the MTA's website <a href="http://www.mta.info/mnr" target="_blank">here</a>.
Threat arrest leads to drug search in several Old Saybrook homesOLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) - A threat of violence led to an arrest and a search of homes for drugs in Old Saybrook. Old Saybrook police said the search happened on Bokum Road late Sunday night. They said the arrest involved someone who threatened to "kill a person with a firearm." The result was a narcotics search of several homes. No other details were released.
Waterbury police expected to give update on search for missing womanWATERBURY, CT (WFSB) - Police in Waterbury are expected to provide an update Monday on the search for a missing woman. Janet Avalo-Alvarez, 26, and her boyfriend, Alfredo Peguero-Gomez, argued over finances and the bar that they co-own, according to those who know the couple. However, investigators said as more time passes, they're starting to rule out that theory. Avalo-Alvarez was <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/news/family-and-friends-of-missing-waterbury-woman-desperate-for-her/article_94d159c8-0879-11ea-ba8e-bfc5a11bb0e7.html" target="_blank">last seen on Nov. 12</a>. "Any people who can help, please," said Randy Avalo, Avalo-Alvarez's brother. La Guakara Taina Bar was closed most of last week after her disappearance. Police said Avalo-Alvarez was last seen wearing jeans and a hoodie. She didn't have her wallet, keys or her car. Detectives said they found her vehicle parked in a lot behind the bar. They searched it, along with her home and the bar. They said they are following all leads, including questioning Avalo-Alvarez's boyfriend, Peguero-Gomez. "We really need him here to give us some explanation," Avalo said. "Because he was the last one who saw her." Avalo said he last spoke with his sister a week ago. He said everything seemed normal. The family told Channel 3 that they are considering hiring a private investigators if they don't find her soon.
4 dead, 6 wounded in California football party shootingFRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Four people were killed and six more wounded when “unknown suspects” sneaked into a backyard filled with people at a party in central California and fired into the crowd, police said. The shooting took place about 6 p.m. on the Fresno’s southeast side, where people were gathered to watch a football game, Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said. Deputy Chief Michael Reid told the Fresno Bee and the KSEE/KGPE TV stations that a total of 10 people were shot, with three found dead in the backyard. A fourth person died at the hospital. Six others are expected to survive and are recovering at the hospital. All the victims were Asian men ranging from ages 25 to 35, Reid said. “What we do know is that this was a gathering, a family and friend gathering in the backyard,” Dooley said. “Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard and opened fire.” The victims were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in critical condition, and some are now stable, the TV stations reported. About 35 people were at the party when the shooting began, Reid said. “Thank God that no kids were hurt,” he said. No one is in custody in connection with the shooting. Police said there was no immediate indication that the victims knew the shooter or shooters. Police were going door-to-door in search of surveillance video that might help them track down the suspects. The shooting took place about a half-mile from the city’s airport. Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in San Francisco were responding to the shooting, the Bee reported. It was at least the second fatal gun attack Sunday in southeast Fresno, the Bee reported. A man in his 20s was shot to death early Sunday at a home in another part of the city. Police have not said whether the incidents could be connected. Sunday’s shootings in Fresno also come on the heels of at least two mass shootings in California. On Thursday, a 16-year-old student at a Southern California high school <a href="https://apnews.com/a403abbf520b4f84971c034c18fe14cd" target="—blank">shot and killed two classmates</a> and wounded three other teens before shooting himself in the head. He died the next day. And on Saturday, <a href="https://apnews.com/d4ca415748a048f4bfe8d9baa693a622" target="—blank">police in San Diego</a> said a husband shot and killed his wife and three of their sons before killing himself. A fourth son wounded in the shooting was <a href="https://apnews.com/cee0377e9e49401e9f02acc5d90d2d7a" target="—blank">on life support</a> Sunday, family members said.
TRENDING NOW: East Hartford singer, Enfield recruitment, dog and kid watch TV, kid recites ABCsA singer in East Hartford brings her teacher to tears, a hilarious recruitment video from Enfield police, a dog and kid watch TV and baby boy recites his ABCs to his dad. Those are the stories trending on Nov. 18.
Pelosi invites Trump to testify as new witnesses prepareWASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to testify in front of investigators in <a href="https://apnews.com/Trumpimpeachmentinquiry" target="—blank">the House impeachment inquiry</a> ahead of a week that will see several key witnesses appear publicly. Pushing back against accusations from the president that the process has been stacked against him, Pelosi said Trump is welcome to appear or answer questions in writing, if he chooses. “If he has information that is exculpatory, that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame, then we look forward to seeing it,” she said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ "Face the Nation.” Trump “could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants,” she said. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer echoed that suggestion. “If Donald Trump doesn’t agree with what he’s hearing, doesn’t like what he’s hearing, he shouldn’t tweet. He should come to the committee and testify under oath. And he should allow all those around him to come to the committee and testify under oath,” Schumer told reporters. He said the White House’s insistence on blocking witnesses from cooperating begs the question: “What is he hiding?” The comments come as the House Intelligence Committee prepares for a second week of public hearings as part of its inquiry, including with the man who is arguably the most important witness. <a href="https://apnews.com/f2398dd73d3a444eb2257ba245d83af1" target="—blank">Gordon Sondland,</a> Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, is among the only people interviewed to date who had direct conversations with the Republican president about the situation because the White House has blocked others from cooperating with what it dismisses as a sham investigation. And testimony suggests he was intimately involved in discussions that are at the heart of the investigation into whether Trump <a href="https://apnews.com/94fdeaddc6b34c02b97278674b87541e" target="—blank">held up U.S. military aid</a> to Ukraine to try to pressure the country’s president to announce an investigation into Democrats, including former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 candidate, and Biden’s son Hunter. Multiple witnesses overheard a phone call in which Trump and Sondland reportedly discussed efforts to push for the investigations. In <a href="https://apnews.com/18c98675a8644e499b4ddb85578a5afa" target="—blank">private testimony to impeachment investigators</a> made public Saturday, Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council aide and longtime Republican defense hawk, said Sondland told him he was discussing Ukraine matters directly with Trump. Morrison said Sondland and Trump had spoken approximately five times between July 15 and Sept. 11 — the weeks that $391 million in U.S. assistance was withheld from Ukraine before it was released. And he recounted that Sondland told a top Ukrainian official in a meeting that the vital U.S. military assistance might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and announce that he was opening the Burisma investigation.” Burisma is the gas company that hired Hunter Biden. Morrison’s testimony contradicted much of what Sondland told congressional investigators during his own closed-door deposition, which the ambassador later amended. Trump has said he has no recollection of the overheard call and has suggested he barely knew Sondland, a wealthy donor to his 2016 campaign. But Democrats are hoping he sheds new light on the discussions. “I’m not going to try to prejudge his testimony,” Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., said on “Fox News Sunday.” But he suggested, “it was not lost on Ambassador Sondland what happened to the president’s close associate Roger Stone for lying to Congress, to Michael Cohen for lying to Congress. My guess is that Ambassador Sondland is going to do his level best to tell the truth, because otherwise he may have a very unpleasant legal future in front of him.” The committee also will be interviewing a long list of others. On Tuesday, it’ll hear from Morrison along with Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, Alexander Vindman, the director for European affairs at the National Security Council, and Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine. On Wednesday the committee will hear from Sondland in addition to Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, and David Hale, a State Department official. And on Thursday, Fiona Hill, a former top NSC staffer for Europe and Russia, will appear. Trump, meanwhile, continued to tweet and retweet a steady stream of commentary from supporters as he bashed “The Crazed, Do Nothing Democrats” for “turning Impeachment into a routine partisan weapon.” “That is very bad for our Country, and not what the Founders had in mind!!!!” he wrote. He also tweeted a doctored video exchange between Rep. Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, in which Schiff said he did not know the identity of the whistleblower whose complaint triggered the inquiry. The clip has been altered to show Schiff wearing a referee’s uniform and loudly blowing a whistle. In her CBS interview, Pelosi vowed to protect the whistleblower, whom Trump has said should be forced to come forward despite longstanding whistleblower protections. “I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower,” Pelosi said. Trump has been under fire for his treatment of one of the witnesses, the former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, whom Trump criticized by tweet as she was testifying last week. That attack prompted accusations of witness intimidation from Democrats and even some criticism from Republicans, who have been largely united in their defense of Trump “I think, along with most people, I find the president’s tweet generally unfortunate,” said Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Still, he insisted that tweets were “certainly not impeachable and it’s certainly not criminal. And it’s certainly not witness intimidation,” even if Yovanovitch said she felt intimidated by the attacks. Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said Trump “communicates in ways that sometimes I wouldn’t,” but dismissed the significance of the attacks. “If your basis for impeachment is going to include a tweet, that shows how weak the evidence for that impeachment is,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” And the backlash didn’t stop Trump from lashing out at yet another witness, this time Pence aide Williams. He directed her in a Sunday tweet to “meet with the other Never Trumpers, who I don’t know & mostly never even heard of, & work out a better presidential attack!” ——— Associated Press writer Hope Yen contributed to this report.
EYE OPENER: A mass shooting in Fresno, violent Hong Kong protests, missing Waterbury womanSeveral people were shot and killed during a football game watch party in Fresno, police fight with protesters in Hong Kong and a desperate search is underway for a woman from Waterbury. That's your Eye Opener for the morning of Nov. 18.
Some icing possible with showers that pop upHARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - Showers and drizzle that pop up in parts of the state Monday morning could create an icing situation. A winter weather advisory has been issued for the state's northern counties until 9 a.m. "Any precipitation we see this morning will be due to a storm that's passing out to sea, well to the east of New England," said meteorologist Scot Haney. "Other than some light precipitation, this storm will not have a major impact on the state." Track it with Early Warning Pinpoint Doppler <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/pinpoint_doppler_livestream/" target="_blank">here</a>. Most of the day will be overcast, breezy and raw with temperatures only reaching into the upper 30s inland and mid-40s along the coast. Haney said the best chance for precipitation is Monday night into Tuesday morning. "Futurecast is indicating that there could be some snow mixing in overnight [Monday night] through early [Tuesday] morning in the northwest corner of the state," he said. Otherwise the rain is expected to come to an end around 9 a.m. on Tuesday. The rest of Tuesday should feature a mix of sun and clouds. "We’ll likely see a mix of clouds and sunshine as temperatures reach 50 degrees, which will be a little more comfortable than [Monday]," Haney said. Another storm comes near New England on Wednesday, but is expected to track further to the east. "A rain or wet snow shower can’t be ruled out, but most of the day will be dry," Haney said. The sky should be partly-to-mostly cloudy with highs ranging between 45 and 50 degrees. Read the complete technical discussion <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/weather/technical_discussion/" target="_blank">here</a>. For weather updates on smartphones and tablets, head <a href="https://www.wfsb.com/site/station_info/apps" target="_blank">here</a> or text "WFSB" to 23765 to download the Channel 3 app.
Numerous people will come together to pay respects to fallen Worcester firefighter at his funeral on MondayThe Massachusetts Union has over 12,000 members, including all departments representing Lieutenant Jason Menard at his funeral on Monday.