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Impact of Ryan Shazier's injury felt at Ohio State

As Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier begins recovery from a spinal injury suffered in Cincinnati on Monday night, the former Ohio State University football star is in the thoughts and prayers of players at his alma mater. 

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Most of the current Buckeyes who met with reporters Friday night had a similar reaction when asked about Shazier, who had spinal stabilization surgery Thursday

“It’s scary, but that’s the game of football that we play,” OSU receiver Parris Campbell said. “You never know what’s going to happen. Injuries are prone to happen at some time, but that’s just something you’ve got to pray about. It’s scary to watch but you can’t prevent something like that from happening.” 

Fellow receiver Terry McLaurin added: 

“It doesn’t make me not want to play. You’ve got to be conscientious as best as you can. But that can happen to anybody. Everybody knows what they’re signing up for.” 

>> Steelers’ Ryan Shazier has spinal surgery

Offensive lineman Jamarco Jones expressed similar sentiments. 

“I mean, yeah, like I said it’s a part of the game,” Jones said. "I wouldn’t really say it scares me too much. I’ve been playing football all my life. I’ve seen some pretty bad injuries in football. 

“It sucks but I think it’s harder more for the parents and the family than us. I think football players understand the risks we’re taking. It’s more other people outside the locker room who may not necessarily understand why we do this,” Jones said.

“I don’t think too many football players would say watching an injury would deter them really because we know what we’re getting into.” 

Ohio State returned to practice Friday to begin preparations for playing USC in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29. 

‘Fargo’ actor Steve Reevis dies at 55

Actor Steve Reevis, who had roles in the movies “Fargo,” and "Last of the Dogmen," died Thursday in Montana. He was 55.

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Ralph Foster, of the Foster Funeral Home, said Friday that Reevis died at a hospital in Missoula. He said he did not know the cause of death.

Reevis was a member of the Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana and portrayed Native Americans in the films he made.

In “Fargo,” Reevis played the role of Shep Proudfoot, and in “Last of the Dogmen,” he was featured as Yellow Wolf. 

Reevis also appeared in the movie "Dances With Wolves" and the 2005 version of "The Longest Yard." He acted in several television episodes, including "Walker, Texas Ranger," ''Jag" and "Bones."

'Frosty' display on interstate puts Florida commuters in holiday mood

Sound barriers. Concrete overpasses. Amber Alert signs.

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Weary Florida commuters on I-95 have little to see that pleases the eye.

And, then, there he is: a smiling goofball, with top hat cocked, a corncob pipe in his mouth and his gigantic green mittens hanging over the roof of the Cheney Brothers food distribution headquarters in Riviera Beach.

It’s not the holidays until I-95’s northbound road warriors glimpse that big, blinged-out Frosty The Snowman display. For many of us, he helps make the season -- and the slog home -- bright.

Every year, the folks at Cheney Brothers get a “ton” of calls thanking them for this jolly soul, who has been perched on the roof overlooking I-95 every holiday season since 2004.

“We know commuters appreciate the reminder of the holiday season,” said Kinna Denowitz, Cheney Brothers’ marketing director. “It’s a sign that Christmas is coming. It makes people happier when they drive by.”

Riviera Beach company Christmas Designers assembles the annual display. It’s a big job because Frosty is a big guy --he’s 42 feet wide, 36 feet tall and weighs more than 1,000 pounds, according to the company’s co-owner, Leonard Schulz.

In an email, Schulz pointed out some fun Frosty facts:

  • Frosty’s a snowbird. He was “born” in Hickory, North Carolina, and moved down here for the season in 2002.

  • Frosty is lit up from 970 LED C-7 bulb.

  • Frosty comes in more than 50 pieces.

  • Frosty’s parts are all transferred to the roof by bucket truck and put together in mid-November.

  • But Frosty requires some help getting up after the Thanksgiving holiday. A team of six workers use a crane and “special rigging and straps” to hoist him on his mittens (If Frosty’s got a lower torso, we’ve never seen it.)

It takes one day, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., to set Frosty in place, Schulz said. How does he stay put and not go running down the streets of town? Denowitz said there are a lot of heavy sandbags securing his metal braces.

While Frosty gets I-95’s drivers in the proper spirit, he’s also “a real morale booster” for employees at Cheney Brothers, which is extra busy as restaurants stock up on food supplies for the holidays, Denowitz said. “It helps alleviate a lot of stress,” she added.

Cheney Brothers has a renewable lease on Frosty, so while he melts away after the New Year and returns to his summer digs in a Riviera Beach warehouse, he’ll be back again -- just like he promises in the song, Denowitz said.

“We love when he goes up every year and adds a little Christmas cheer to the community.”

WATCH: The Army-Navy national anthem in the snow was one to remember

When it came to the Army-Navy college football game on Saturday, there was no doubt what the national anthem was going to look like in terms of participation, but the addition of snow to the equation made the moment that much more memorable.

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>> PHOTOS: Army beats Navy 14-13

The rendition by the West Point and U.S. Naval Academy glee clubs was a hit on social media, with many Twitter users saying the performance gave them "goosebumps” and “chills.”

Other commenters took the opportunity to call out the NFL players who have been kneeling in protest of racial inequality as the anthem is performed before games.

Army went on to win Saturday's game 14-13.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Haunting video of starving polar bear goes viral, breaks hearts

heartbreaking video of a skeletal polar bear scavenging for food in a desolate landscape is going viral online. The clip of the bear, which was released by the National Geographic channel, is gut-wrenching.

>> See the clip here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

Photographer Paul Nicklen, who has been with National Geographic for 17 years, says recording the video was even more heartbreaking. He’s spent his life filming bears and estimates that he’s come across about 3,000 of them, but the animal in his latest video was unlike the rest. In an article about the clip, Nicklen recalled, “We stood there crying — filming with tears rolling down our cheeks.”

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Nicklen says he’s often asked why he didn’t do something, but he explains, “Of course, that crossed my mind. But it’s not like I walk around with a tranquilizer gun or 400 pounds of seal meat.” He added, “When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what it looks like. Bears are going to starve to death. This is what a starving bear looks like.”

The internet has definitely felt the gut-punch of the video, which sparked an outcry. Actor Kumail Nanjiani offered one off-hand solution to the problem:

Unfortunately, animals seem to have a very bleak future in front of them. The No. 1 threat to the world’s 22,000 polar bears is climate change, according to a World Wildlife Foundation report. The bears spend the winter months on the ice, where they do a lot of laying around and a whole lot of eating seals; they fast during the summer. But as the winter months have become warmer, it takes longer for the ice to reappear each season, meaning that the animals have less time to eat, and they have to fast for a longer stretch of time. In short, no ice means no seals, which could soon mean no polar bears.

Buzzfeed News also uploaded a video of the tear-jerking scene that has made the rounds online.

Government agencies monitoring about climate change are also warning that we could possibly lose polar bears as early as 2050, per a Washington Post report.

Read more here.

Prince William, Prince Harry announce sculptor for Princess Diana statue

Prince William and Prince Harry are closing the year of the 20th anniversary of their mother’s death by announcing the sculptor they have chosen to create a statue of the late Princess Dianaaccording to People.

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In a statement, the brothers revealed that they’ve hired Ian Rank-Broadley, who created the effigy of Queen Elizabeth that has adorned all British coins since 1998. In their statement, Princes William and Harry took time to thank fans of the royal family for the support and memories they’ve shared during this tough year.

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“We have been touched by the kind words and memories so many people have shared about our mother over these past few months. It is clear the significance of her work is still felt by many in the U.K. and across the world, even 20 years after her death,” they said. “Ian is an extremely gifted sculptor, and we know that he will create a fitting and lasting tribute to our mother. We look forward to unveiling the statue, which will allow all those who visit Kensington Palace to remember and celebrate her life and legacy.”

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The statue is expected to be completed sometime in the next few months and is expected to be erected in 2019 on the public grounds of Kensington Palace, where Princess Diana lived until her 1997 passing. Both of her sons continue to reside there, along with Duchess Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and soon, Prince Harry’s fiancee, Meghan Markle.

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A committee including Princess Diana’s sister Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Jamie Loather-Pinkerton, the princes’ former top aide and one of Prince George’s godparents, chose Rank-Broadley as the artist and raised the money for the project.

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“It is my sole and highest intention to fulfill the expectations of Their Royal Highnesses in creating a lasting and fitting memorial to their late mother Diana, Princess of Wales,” the sculptor said of the honor.

Thief steals Salvation Army donation kettle filled with money

Someone stole a Salvation Army donation kettle filled with money from a south Tulsa, Oklahoma, Walmart on Saturday.

>> Watch the news report here

Officials said the kettle was padlocked to its tripod, which was also taken. The tripod and credit card machine were recovered, but the kettle was not.

"A kettle at a location like this will average at least $800 in a day. We may also be looking at repair costs for the equipment and replacing the kettle," said Capt. Ken Chapman, area commander of the Salvation Army Tulsa Metro Command.

The organization said the theft is especially distressing because the group is running about 20 percent behind on donations.

"I will admit, we are concerned. We only have 12 days left to catch up on donations," Chapman said.

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Dec. 23 is that last day kettles will be out in Tulsa. The campaign started Nov. 10 with a goal of raising $700,000.

"Each dollar, each dime, each nickel placed in a red kettle translates into services in our community for the homeless, hungry and downtrodden. The kettle donations don't just help at Christmas, but all year," Chapman said.

Donations to the Salvation Army can also be made online and by calling 918-587-7801.

Donny Osmond celebrates 60th birthday with help from sister Marie

Can you believe Donny Osmond is 60 years old? Neither can the baker who made his cake, apparently.

The singer rang in his 60th birthday Saturday with a little help from sister Marie and a cake that appears to indicate he’s actually turning 90 years old due to a hilarious mishap.

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“Right side up and upside down no matter how I look at his cake…looks like my bro @donnyosmond turns 90 today!” Marie wrote on Instagram with a nostalgic slideshow of photos. “Glad he’s spending this landmark birthday month with his sweet❤️vacationing!”

>> See the post here

The slideshow features recent photos of the superstar siblings as well as many pictures from over the course of their lives.

The iconic brother-sister duo opened their show on the Las Vegas Strip back in September 2008, and what was supposed to only be a 6-month run is about to turn into a 10-year streak as their popular show has been extended through the end of next year, the Los Angeles Times reported. The pair, who started as a variety show back in the 1970s, continues to entertain the audiences with both their new and old songs, including hits such as “I’m Leavin’ It (All) Up to You,” “Paper Roses” and “Puppy Love.”

“We’re headed into our 10th year,” Donny Osmond said in a news release. “Marie and I are constantly changing our show. That’s probably why we’re fortunate enough to enjoy such longevity.”

Obama had the most-liked tweet of 2017; here's what it said

Twitter has released its end-of-year stats and revealed that former President Barack Obama had the most-liked tweet of 2017.

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His tweet, sent in August after white nationalists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia, has been liked 4.6 million times. The tweet reads, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion,” accompanied by a picture of him looking up at a group of children.

The tweet, a portion of a quote from late South African President Nelson Mandela, was followed up by two more tweets from Obama, which finished the quote.

>> See the tweet here

 “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” the quote, in whole, reads.

>> Obama's Charlottesville response becomes most-liked tweet of all time

Obama’s tweet following the Charlottesville march wasn’t his only top tweet. He also took the third spot for most-liked, and the second, fifth, and eighth spots for most-retweeted tweets.

His other top tweets included his tweet to Sen. John McCain after the Arizona Republican was diagnosed with cancer; the final line of his presidential farewell address in Chicago; and his farewell after leaving the Oval Office for the last time.

Other top tweets included Ariana Grande’s tweet after the bombing at her Manchester, England, concert; LeBron James’s tweet when he called President Donald Trump a “bum"; a tweet promising to donate 6 pounds of dog food to Houston dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey for every retweet it received; another tweet asking for retweets to raise donations for Houston;, a photo from Linkin Park of its former frontman, Chester Bennington, after he committed suicide earlier this year; the number to the suicide hotline tweeted by social media star Seth Joseph; and finally, the most-retweeted tweet of the year came from 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson begging for retweets so he could win free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s for a year.

While Trump didn’t win a top spot for any of his own tweets, he was the most-tweeted-about world leader.

Fire trucks sync lights for musical Christmas video

A fire department showed off its holiday spirit and creativity, releasing a special light show video set to Christmas music.

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The Sterling Fire Department synced “Carols of the Bells” with various station and siren lights, garnering thousands of views on social media. 

Jason Bostron of the Sterling Fire Department first posted the video on Facebook.

“Last week we took all of the shots for the video. It took me over 10 hours to edit it all to the music,” he told 9News. “I wanted to show some light to our amazing fire department.”

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