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Here’s the latest for Friday, December 22nd: Congress avoids government shutdown; UN General Assembly condemns Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; Texas boy killed as deputies shot at suspect; Spain holding massive ‘El Gordo’ lottery.

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Texas Boy Killed When Deputies Fire at Suspect

A 7-year-old boy was killed when Texas sheriff’s deputies opened fire on a woman at a San Antonio-area mobile home park following a nearly two-hour manhunt. The woman, a wanted felon, was also killed. It’s unclear who shot the boy. (Dec. 22)

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‘Hamilton’ hits London

Speaking at its opening night in London, Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of musical theater phenomenon “Hamilton,” says he hopes his play’s themes will “strike a chord no matter where you are.” (Dec. 22)

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Kenny Foster picks his favorite singer-songwriter of all-time

Country singer Kenny Foster looks back to a time when “people really really cared about music” when asked to pick his favorite singer-songwriter. (Dec. 22)

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Gary Numan picks his best singer-songwriter of all-time

Gary Numan picks a fellow electro-rock pioneer when asked who his favorite singer-songwriter is. (Dec. 22)

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Congress Votes to Keep Government Open

The Senate followed the House, quickly approving a spending bill to fund the government through Jan. 19. Some Senators criticized the bill. Patrick Leahy said stopgap measures are not the way to govern. Ted Cruz called for disaster relief. (Dec. 22)

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Reporter: Many Cardinals Did Same as Bernard Law

Journalist Walter Robinson says many other cardinals made the same decisions as Cardinal Bernard Law, who died this week. Robinson led the investigation that resulted in Law’s resignation as Archbishop of Boston for hiding sex abuse by priests. (Dec. 22)

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AP: Hundreds of Superfund Sites Face Flood Risks

Hundreds of the nation’s most polluted places are at an increasing risk of spreading contamination beyond their borders as a result of more frequent storms and rising seas. Almost 2 million people live within a mile of these at-risk toxic sites. (Dec. 22)

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Clarkson, Blige pick Christmas favorites

Kelly Clarkson and Mary J. Blige look to the classics when it comes time to pick favorite Christmas songs. (Dec. 21)

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‘Downsizing’ cast’s tiny houses, ‘Stuart Little’ dreams

The sci-fi movie “Downsizing” finds Matt Damon’s character living in a McMansion that’s actually the size of a doll house after he shrinks himself to five inches tall. The movie’s actors say they’re into the tiny house movement in real life — up to a point. (Dec. 21)

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Dylan Schmid prefers Vancouver Island to LA

Los Angeles isn’t growing on newcomer Dylan Schmid. The Canadian actor and star of Hulu’s “Shut Eye” said the hardest adjustment has been dealing with crowds and traffic. (Dec. 21)

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Bah, humbug! Morgan Freeman on Christmas: ‘It’s just money’

Bah, humbug! Morgan Freeman says that because he grew up poor, he’s never been interested in Christmas and his approach to the holiday is to try to “ignore it until it goes away.” (Dec. 21)

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The Art of Gifting Marijuana

Voters in four U.S. states voted to legalize recreational marijuana last year, meaning residents can legally gift weed for the first time this Christmas. Peter Bernard will wear a green Santa hat and hand out marijuana themed presents. (Dec. 22)

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Actor Dylan Schmid has lofty goals

Canadian actor Dylan Schmid, star of Hulu’s “Shut Eye,” had big plans for Hollywood from a very young age. (Dec. 21)

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Young ‘It’ stars’ unique Christmas traditions

The young stars of “It” celebrate Christmas with some unique traditions, from an undecorated tree to a “Christmas pickle.” The horror hit was just released on home video digital platforms. (Dec. 21)

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Jean-Claude Van Damme’s hope for mom

Jean-Claude Van Damme just wants his mom to be proud of his comeback. He premiered his new Amazon action-comedy series “Jean-Claude Van Johnson” at the Grand Rex theatre in Paris, with his 83-year-old mother in attendance. (Dec. 21)

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Phylicia Rashad ‘stunned’ by daughter’s acting

Phylicia Rashad says she’s been “stunned” by her 31-year-old daughter Condola’s performances on Broadway. Rashad stars in the new comedy-action series “Jean-Claude Van Johnson.” (Dec. 21)

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Morgan Freeman’s still got the dance moves

Morgan Freeman studied dance in his youth – and even at 80, he’s still got the moves. The veteran actor boogies on-screen in his new Christmas comedy, “Just Getting Started.” (Dec. 21)

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Del Toro remembers Yelchin: ‘He was enjoying his life’

Guillermo del Toro remembers Anton Yelchin as a true artist who was “enjoying his life” before he was killed in a freak accident last year. Yelchin is the voice of the lead character in del Toro’s animated “Trollhunters” Netflix series. (Dec. 21)

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Droidspeak to Huttese: ‘Star Wars’ many languages

When you travel to a galaxy far, far away, you’ve got to expect to hear a few new languages. From Greedo to droidspeak, director Rian Johnson and ‘The Last Jedi’ cast enjoy ‘Star Wars’’ many languages. (Dec. 21)

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Today in History for December 22nd

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Highlights of this day in history: Uprising topples Romania’s Nicolae Ceausescu; Richard Reid tries to light explosives in his shoes on Miami flight; French army officer Alfred Dreyfus convicted of treason; Pop star Madonna marries Guy Ritchie. (Dec. 22)

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Bianca Lawson’s call to acting: ‘I have to do this!’

“Queen Sugar” actress Bianca Lawson says her parents initially resisted her Hollywood dreams. (Dec. 21)

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‘Wonderstruck’ star calls for greater inclusivity in Hollywood

Millicent Simmonds, the young star of Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” wants to see more people with disabilities represented on the big screen. (Dec. 21)

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Millicent Simmonds misses her family

For 14-year-old “Wonderstruck” actress Millicent Simmonds, the toughest part about navigating newfound fame is missing out on family time. (Dec. 21)

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What Tax Overhaul Means for Your Family

The most sweeping tax overhaul in three decades will make big changes to how families pay their taxes. The bill lowers tax rates for all income groups, but caps or eliminates many popular deductions. (Dec. 21)

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