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Posted: Dec 24, 2018 11:46 AM
Updated: Dec 24, 2018 12:13 PM

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TODAY

• The body of Jakelin Caal Maquin is due to be returned to her native Guatemala. The 7-year-old died December 8, less than 48 hours after Border Patrol agents detained her, her father and other migrants at a New Mexico border crossing. US officials have defended their efforts to save her but also cast her death as a warning of the dangers of trekking to the United States. Jakelin's family wants to know whether her death could have been prevented.

• The NFL's regular season is almost all wrapped up. Top matchups include the Texans at the Eagles, starting at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

MONDAY

• Before dawn is not too soon to start tracing the global movements of the North Pole's most famous denizen. That's when the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, flips on its Santa Tracker. The tradition started in 1955 when a misprinted Sears ad directed callers to the Defense Department instead of Santa. Today's version uses GPS and tallies "gifts delivered."

Monday Night Football's Christmas Eve matchup features the Broncos and the Raiders. It could be the last game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum as the home team preps for a move to Las Vegas. Coverage starts at 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

TUESDAY

• Our Five Things family sends out best wishes for a very merry Christmas. Whether those who celebrate spend it honoring faith traditions, decking the halls, prepping and gorging on traditional fare, gawking at light displays, helping the needy or all of the above, we hope this holiday helps Christians usher in a season of joy while celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

• If you're headed to the movies on this day off, the backstory of "Notorious RBG" hits the big screen in "On the Basis of Sex," the biopic about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Also new in theaters is "Bumblebee," which kicks the "Transformers" franchise into a higher gear, and "Welcome to Marwen," featuring Steve Carell in the based-on-real-life tale of a photographer's effort to heal himself through the imaginary world of his dolls.

WEDNESDAY

• We share our hopes for a happy Kwanzaa. The weeklong, nonreligious celebration aims to help African-Americans reconnect with ancestral roots. It includes the nightly lighting of candles on a seven-branched kinara while honoring principles of unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

• For our Commonwealth friends, it is Boxing Day, a time to give to the less fortunate. It was named, perhaps, because wealthy people once gave boxes filled with gifts, money and Christmas leftovers to their employees on this day or because churches put out boxes for people to give money to the poor to be distributed the day after Christmas.

• A snowstorm predicted to form across the Great Plains could start snarling holiday travel across the Midwest, CNN meteorologists said. With a record-breaking 112.5 million Americans due to travel this year-end holiday season, that could spell delays. Check with CNN's weather team all week for the latest forecasts.

THURSDAY

• For now, this looks like the first time the Senate could meet in an actual session to take up the partial government shutdown that began last week. The House also isn't expected to vote any sooner. Though not expected to affected holiday plans, the shutdown has thrown Washington into a tailspin and forced some 420,000 federal employees to without pay.

FRIDAY

Martial law expires in Ukraine for people who live in Russian border zones. They've been living under heightened alert for 30 days after Russia seized three Ukrainian navy ships and detained 24 sailors last month in the Kerch Strait, a key waterway that is strategically important to both countries.

SATURDAY

• It's a college football bowl-o-rama all week, building to the start of the College Football Playoff. The national semifinals feature Clemson vs. Notre Dame at 4 p.m. ET in the Cotton Bowl and Alabama vs. Oklahoma at 8 p.m. ET in the Orange Bowl. Both games are on ESPN. The winners face off January 7 for the national championship.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 309223

Reported Deaths: 7153
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21005250
Hinds19989411
Harrison17590303
Rankin13388277
Jackson13169243
Madison9965212
Lee9900170
Jones8319161
Forrest7554149
Lauderdale7232237
Lowndes6306144
Lamar614685
Lafayette6081118
Washington5296133
Bolivar4778130
Oktibbeha458097
Panola4461103
Pearl River4447142
Warren4310119
Marshall4302103
Pontotoc417672
Monroe4063132
Union405175
Neshoba4009176
Lincoln3892109
Hancock373785
Leflore3471124
Sunflower332090
Tate325984
Pike3226105
Scott311973
Yazoo305369
Alcorn301566
Itawamba297977
Copiah294365
Coahoma290779
Simpson290486
Tippah285368
Prentiss276659
Marion266479
Leake262473
Wayne261541
Grenada257385
Covington255380
Adams247082
Newton246161
George238947
Winston226181
Tishomingo222867
Jasper220248
Attala213673
Chickasaw205857
Holmes187272
Clay183354
Stone179733
Clarke178177
Tallahatchie176240
Calhoun165632
Yalobusha160236
Smith159734
Walthall131143
Greene129633
Lawrence126823
Noxubee126634
Montgomery125842
Perry125238
Amite121041
Carroll121026
Webster113932
Jefferson Davis105932
Tunica103425
Claiborne101430
Benton97525
Kemper95728
Humphreys94732
Franklin83123
Quitman78916
Choctaw74417
Wilkinson65329
Jefferson64928
Sharkey49817
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 522512

Reported Deaths: 10790
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson755371494
Mobile39129799
Madison34124500
Tuscaloosa25408444
Montgomery24059573
Shelby23225242
Baldwin20730302
Lee15638166
Calhoun14358311
Morgan14171273
Etowah13705348
Marshall12012220
Houston10416279
Elmore10024203
Limestone9862148
Cullman9509191
St. Clair9486236
Lauderdale9280233
DeKalb8762183
Talladega8127173
Walker7151276
Autauga6763106
Jackson6762110
Blount6532133
Colbert6236132
Coffee5436113
Dale4781111
Russell431239
Franklin421382
Chilton4130110
Covington4069115
Tallapoosa3922148
Escambia390374
Dallas3528150
Chambers3519122
Clarke347360
Marion3076100
Pike306676
Lawrence296395
Winston273272
Bibb256761
Marengo248561
Geneva246475
Pickens233259
Barbour227155
Hale218675
Butler213268
Fayette209660
Henry188444
Cherokee182744
Randolph177841
Monroe173140
Washington165538
Macon156548
Clay150255
Crenshaw149557
Cleburne147041
Lamar140034
Lowndes137353
Wilcox124727
Bullock122040
Conecuh109728
Perry107726
Sumter103332
Coosa99428
Greene91434
Choctaw58824
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Tupelo
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Columbus
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Oxford
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Starkville
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A strong cold front will pass through our area this evening. This will bring some very unseasonably cold air into our area for a few days. We will see some potential for some frosty conditions for tonight and for our Wednesday night.
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