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'Sesame Street' welcomes Julia, new character with autism

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 2:27 AM

This image released by Sesame Workshop shows Julia, a new autistic muppet character debuting on the 47th Season of
This image released by Sesame Workshop shows Julia, a new autistic muppet character debuting on the 47th Season of "Sesame Street," on April 10, 2017, on both PBS and HBO. (Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop via AP)(Zach Hyman/AP)

A character with autism is joining Elmo, Big Bird and the other familiar faces on "Sesame Street."

The iconic children's show, which airs on PBS and HBO, will introduce a new Muppet, Julia, to TV audiences April 10, according to The Associated Press.

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Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" offered a closer look at Julia, who has appeared online and in print as part of Sesame Workshop's "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children" initiative since 2015.

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"It's important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like," Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, who has a son with autism, told "60 Minutes."

Host Lesley Stahl met Julia and spoke to Elmo and Big Bird about their new friend.

"Hi, Julia," Stahl said to the red-headed Muppet, who remained quiet – the same reaction she'll have when meeting Big Bird in her upcoming debut episode.

"I thought that maybe she didn't like me," Big Bird told Stahl.

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"Yeah, but you know, we had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird – it's just that Julia has autism, so sometimes it takes her a little longer to do things," Elmo said.

Julia also will struggle with loud noises and make up a game with her new friends.

 "They decide to play tag together, but Julia's so excited that she's jumping up and down," writer Christine Ferraro told Stahl. "That's a thing that can be typical of some kids with autism. And then it turns into a game where they're all jumping like her. So it was a very easy way to show that with a very slight accommodation, they can meet her where she is." 

75th Golden Globe Awards nominees announced

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 7:04 AM

2018 Golden Globe Awards Nominees

Stars of the small and big screen are finding out who could be taking home a Golden Globes award as the nominations are announced for the Golden Globes Awards.

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According to Vanity Fair, expected nominees included “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Dunkirk” for Best Motion Picture, Drama. 

For Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy, the nominations included “The Greatest Showman” and “I, Tonya.”

On the television drama side, “This Is Us” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” are against the likes of “Game of Thrones” and “Stranger Things ,” while comedy nominations went to “Black-ish” and “Will & Grace.”

A view of signage at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards sponsored by FIJI Water at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for FIJI Water)(Charley Gallay/Getty Images for FIJI Water)

‘Fargo’ actor Steve Reevis dies at 55

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

Remembering Steve Reevis

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."

This coffee riddle has baffled the internet – can you solve it?

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 8:32 AM

8 Things You Never Knew About Coffee

You may want to have a cup of joe – or two – before you try to solve this viral puzzle that is baffling social media users.

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If you've checked Facebook or Twitter over the past few days, you've probably seen the image of four coffee cups under a maze of pipes, followed by the question, "Who gets coffee first?"

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Turns out, the puzzle is easier to solve than you may think.

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Police: Pro wrestler arrested in Florida after putting wife in headlock 

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 12:22 PM

Pro Wrestler Puts Wife In Headlock And Arrested In Florida

professional wrestler was arrested in Florida early Sunday after police said he put his wife in a headlock and dragged her into his car.

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Richard A. Swann, 26, of Orlando, was booked into the Alachua County Jail just after midnight on charges of simple battery and false imprisonment. World Wrestling Entertainment suspended him indefinitely following the arrest. 

Gainesville Police officers stated that Swann and Vannarah Riggs, also a professional wrestler, were in the car when Riggs started to critique his performance earlier that night at 8 Seconds in downtown Gainesville. 

At some point, according to the arrest report, she got out of the car saying she was getting scared because Swann was becoming more angry at her. 

Swann then got out too and chased her, yelling at her to get back inside. When she did not, he grabbed her, put her in a headlock and dragged her back inside the car while she was screaming for help, according to the arrest report. 

Swann denied the allegations.