Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott blasts NFL after fine for post-TD donation to Salvation Army

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott fired back at the NFL after being fined more than $13,000 for dropping a $21 donation into a Salvation Army kettle after scoring a touchdown during the team’s Thanksgiving Day victory over the Washington Redskins. The league deemed Elliott’s touchdown celebration unsportsmanlike and docked him $13,369, the Dallas Morning News reported. … Continue reading “Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott blasts NFL after fine for post-TD donation to Salvation Army”

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott fired back at the NFL after being fined more than $13,000 for dropping a $21 donation into a Salvation Army kettle after scoring a touchdown during the team’s Thanksgiving Day victory over the Washington Redskins.

The league deemed Elliott’s touchdown celebration unsportsmanlike and docked him $13,369, the Dallas Morning News reported.

"I mean, I didn't really expect a fine,'' Elliott told reporters Wednesday. "Really don't care about the fine. It's all for a good cause. "We're trying to bring awareness to the Salvation Army. If the NFL doesn't like that, then, that's on them. I'll pay their little fine.''

Elliott said he plans to appeal the fine, which he called ridiculous.

"A lot of things they do define ridiculous,'' Elliott said of the NFL. "But I mean, that's not really any of my business, not really anything I can change so I'm just going to keep being focused on this season, keep being focused on leading this team and focused on going out there and winning ballgames.''

Later in the game, following a touchdown by Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott, Elliott picked up his teammate and dropped him in the Salvation Army bucket. Both later donated $21,000 each to the group.

Money collected from fines goes to programs for former players, the paper reported.

Thanksgiving-inspired cocktails that your guests will love

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, check out these Autumn-inspired cocktails that will make your guests feel extra thankful this holiday.

Mulled Cider

This fall favorite is perfect with a slice of applie pie after a Thanksgiving meal. (Courtesy of Remy Cointreau)

Created by Remy Cointreau

A fresh spin on a fall classic, this mulled cider is perfect for warming up after a Thanksgiving meal. Pair with a slice of apple pie and enjoy.

Ingredients:

12 oz. Cointreau6 oz. Fresh lime juice32 oz. Cider3 Cinnamon sticks2 Whole star anises2 Whole cloves2 Oranges (thinly sliced)1 Apple (thinly sliced)

Method: Boil fresh ingredients with cider. Cover and remove from heat. Pour 12 oz. Cointreau and steep for 20 minutes. Garnish with cinnamon stick and slice of apple.

Apple Rickey

Pair this Thanksgiving drink with a slice of apple pie. (Scott Nobles Photography/courtesy of Remy Cointreau)

Created by Remy Cointreau

This refreshing drink is perfect anytime during your Thanksgiving meal. The airiness of the club soda or seltzer water compliments the rosemary's earthy flavor.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Cointreau50 oz. Fresh lime juice3 slices of a tart Apple7 Leaves of fresh rosemary4 oz. Club soda or seltzer

Method: Muddle the apple and rosemary in a Highball glass. Add Cointreau and lime juice with ice and top with club soda. Stir briefly and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of apple.

Hot Toddy

Warm up with this bourbon-infused Thanksgiving cocktail. (Courtesy of The Rum House)

Created by The Rum House

Cozy up next to the fire with this bourbon-infused cocktail. The cinnamon and fruity undertones complement the smokiness of the bourbon.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Evan Williams Bourbon.5 oz. Demerara syrup2 Cloves1 Cinnamon stickLemon twistOrange twist4 oz. Hot water

Method: Start with a heated mug. Add two cloves, the lemon twist, the orange twist and the Demerara syrup. Lightly muddle all ingredients; just enough to get the essence of the fruit. Then, add the Evan Williams Bourbon and stir with a spoon. Next, add 4 ounces of water. To top it all off, throw in a cinnamon stick and a fresh orange twist. Double strain. Flame the garnish over the drink if you'd like, and enjoy!

Willy Wonka – S’mores Cocktail

This s’mores cocktail is perfect to serve after a big Thanksgiving meal. (Joshua Sells Photography/courtesy of Dutch Fred’s)

Created by Dutch Fred's

This s’mores inspired drink is perfect for a chilly Thanksgiving evening. The smoothness of the chocolate pairs nicely with a slice of pecan pie, or served alone as a dessert drink that all chocolate lovers will enjoy.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Stoli Vodka.75 oz. Godiva Chocolate.5 oz. Vanilla syrup.75 oz. Egg white froth

Method: Once all ingredients are combined, shake, then double strain. Serve in a vintage Irish coffee glass and garnish with a toasted marshmallow, shaved Hershey's dark chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Winter White Lady

This light drink is perfect to kick off the holiday season after Thanksgiving ends. (Jon Stars/courtesy of Remy Cointreau)

Created by Remy Cointreau

This snow-like drink is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season after Thanksgiving is over. The frothiness of the egg white complements the light, fruity undertones of the lemon and the Cointreau.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Cointreau1.5 oz. Botanist Gin1 oz. Fresh lemon juice9 Drops of Aromatic Bitters1 Egg white

Method: Combine Cointreau, the Botanist Gin, fresh lemon juice, and Aromatic Bitters into a tin can. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Texas man kills woman in front of 3 kids in attempted murder-suicide, police say

A Texas man fatally shot his wife while their three children watched Thursday morning and then shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt, police said.

Daryl Stegall, 32, began pounding on the Lewisville apartment door of Kishana Jeffers, 30, around 11 a.m., the Dallas Morning News reported.

Stegall, who does not live in the apartment, kicked in the door when he wasn’t let in and allegedly shot Jeffers before walking to a breezeway and shooting himself, said Lewisville police Capt. Dan Rochelle.

He was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The children, ages 7, 9 and 10, witnessed the shootings and fled the apartment uninjured, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

They met with Child Protective Services workers following the shooting.

Texas man kills woman in front of 3 kids in attempted murder-suicide, police say

A Texas man fatally shot his wife while their three children watched Thursday morning and then shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt, police said.

Daryl Stegall, 32, began pounding on the Lewisville apartment door of Kishana Jeffers, 30, around 11 a.m., the Dallas Morning News reported.

Stegall, who does not live in the apartment, kicked in the door when he wasn’t let in and allegedly shot Jeffers before walking to a breezeway and shooting himself, said Lewisville police Capt. Dan Rochelle.

He was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The children, ages 7, 9 and 10, witnessed the shootings and fled the apartment uninjured, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

They met with Child Protective Services workers following the shooting.

Thanksgiving-inspired cocktails that your guests will love

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, check out these Autumn-inspired cocktails that will make your guests feel extra thankful this holiday.

Mulled Cider

This fall favorite is perfect with a slice of applie pie after a Thanksgiving meal. (Courtesy of Remy Cointreau)

Created by Remy Cointreau

A fresh spin on a fall classic, this mulled cider is perfect for warming up after a Thanksgiving meal. Pair with a slice of apple pie and enjoy.

Ingredients:

12 oz. Cointreau6 oz. Fresh lime juice32 oz. Cider3 Cinnamon sticks2 Whole star anises2 Whole cloves2 Oranges (thinly sliced)1 Apple (thinly sliced)

Method: Boil fresh ingredients with cider. Cover and remove from heat. Pour 12 oz. Cointreau and steep for 20 minutes. Garnish with cinnamon stick and slice of apple.

Apple Rickey

Pair this Thanksgiving drink with a slice of apple pie. (Scott Nobles Photography/courtesy of Remy Cointreau)

Created by Remy Cointreau

This refreshing drink is perfect anytime during your Thanksgiving meal. The airiness of the club soda or seltzer water compliments the rosemary's earthy flavor.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Cointreau50 oz. Fresh lime juice3 slices of a tart Apple7 Leaves of fresh rosemary4 oz. Club soda or seltzer

Method: Muddle the apple and rosemary in a Highball glass. Add Cointreau and lime juice with ice and top with club soda. Stir briefly and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of apple.

Hot Toddy

Warm up with this bourbon-infused Thanksgiving cocktail. (Courtesy of The Rum House)

Created by The Rum House

Cozy up next to the fire with this bourbon-infused cocktail. The cinnamon and fruity undertones complement the smokiness of the bourbon.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Evan Williams Bourbon.5 oz. Demerara syrup2 Cloves1 Cinnamon stickLemon twistOrange twist4 oz. Hot water

Method: Start with a heated mug. Add two cloves, the lemon twist, the orange twist and the Demerara syrup. Lightly muddle all ingredients; just enough to get the essence of the fruit. Then, add the Evan Williams Bourbon and stir with a spoon. Next, add 4 ounces of water. To top it all off, throw in a cinnamon stick and a fresh orange twist. Double strain. Flame the garnish over the drink if you'd like, and enjoy!

Willy Wonka – S’mores Cocktail

This s’mores cocktail is perfect to serve after a big Thanksgiving meal. (Joshua Sells Photography/courtesy of Dutch Fred’s)

Created by Dutch Fred's

This s’mores inspired drink is perfect for a chilly Thanksgiving evening. The smoothness of the chocolate pairs nicely with a slice of pecan pie, or served alone as a dessert drink that all chocolate lovers will enjoy.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Stoli Vodka.75 oz. Godiva Chocolate.5 oz. Vanilla syrup.75 oz. Egg white froth

Method: Once all ingredients are combined, shake, then double strain. Serve in a vintage Irish coffee glass and garnish with a toasted marshmallow, shaved Hershey's dark chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Winter White Lady

This light drink is perfect to kick off the holiday season after Thanksgiving ends. (Jon Stars/courtesy of Remy Cointreau)

Created by Remy Cointreau

This snow-like drink is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season after Thanksgiving is over. The frothiness of the egg white complements the light, fruity undertones of the lemon and the Cointreau.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Cointreau1.5 oz. Botanist Gin1 oz. Fresh lemon juice9 Drops of Aromatic Bitters1 Egg white

Method: Combine Cointreau, the Botanist Gin, fresh lemon juice, and Aromatic Bitters into a tin can. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Thanksgiving travel will make these 10 airports the busiest

With Thanksgiving just days away, people across the country are gearing up for holiday travel.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) says an estimated 54.3 million Americans will travel "50 miles or more away from home" this turkey day, marking "the highest Thanksgiving travel volume in more than a dozen years (since 2005), with 2.5 million more people taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways compared with last year."

All of that travel will make for busy airports — with Atlanta, Los Angeles and Chicago being three of the most hectic during Thanksgiving week, according to data from travel companies Hopper and InsureMyTrip.

The busiest day for outgoing travel will be the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21, while the busiest day to return (full of stuffing and pie) will be Sunday, Nov. 25, the companies said.

Read on for a look at the airports that are likely to be the busiest Thanksgiving week, based on the “volume of scheduled departures."

Atlanta (ATL)

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is projected to be the busiest airport this year, catering to an estimated 1,263,168 passengers. The busiest time will likely be 8 a.m. (local time), according to the data.

Los Angeles (LAX)

The Los Angeles International Airport is second on the list, with an estimated 1,074,752 outbound passengers and busiest time of 7:00 a.m. (local time).

Chicago (ORD)

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is next on the list, with an estimated 1,057,482 outbound passengers. The busiest estimated time of travel is 6:00 p.m. (local time), according to the data.

Dallas (DFW)

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is slated to be the fourth busiest, with 828,891 outbound passengers. The busiest time will likely be 9:00 a.m. (local time).

Denver (DEN)

The Denver International Airport will likely have 787,629 outgoing passengers with the busiest time of 10:00 a.m. (local time).

New York (JFK)

John F. Kennedy International Airport will have an estimated 781,953 passengers with a busy time around 6:00 p.m. (local time).

San Francisco (SFO)

Seventh on the list is the San Francisco International Airport, which will have roughly 714,796 outbound passengers. The busiest time will be 12:00 p.m. (local time).

Charlotte (CLT)

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport will have an estimated 614,779 outbound passengers with a busy time at 8:00 a.m. (local time).

Orlando (MCO)

The Orlando International Airport will be the ninth busiest this year, with an estimated 603,100 outbound passengers and busiest time of 6:00 a.m. (local time).

Seattle (SEA)

Tenth on the list is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which will have an estimated 590,938 outbound passengers during Thanksgiving week. The busiest time will be 6:00 a.m. (local time).

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Thanksgiving-inspired cocktails that your guests will love

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, check out these Autumn-inspired cocktails that will make your guests feel extra thankful this holiday.

Mulled Cider

This fall favorite is perfect with a slice of applie pie after a Thanksgiving meal. (Courtesy of Remy Cointreau)

Created by Remy Cointreau

A fresh spin on a fall classic, this mulled cider is perfect for warming up after a Thanksgiving meal. Pair with a slice of apple pie and enjoy.

Ingredients:

12 oz. Cointreau6 oz. Fresh lime juice32 oz. Cider3 Cinnamon sticks2 Whole star anises2 Whole cloves2 Oranges (thinly sliced)1 Apple (thinly sliced)

Method: Boil fresh ingredients with cider. Cover and remove from heat. Pour 12 oz. Cointreau and steep for 20 minutes. Garnish with cinnamon stick and slice of apple.

Apple Rickey

Pair this Thanksgiving drink with a slice of apple pie. (Scott Nobles Photography/courtesy of Remy Cointreau)

Created by Remy Cointreau

This refreshing drink is perfect anytime during your Thanksgiving meal. The airiness of the club soda or seltzer water compliments the rosemary's earthy flavor.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Cointreau50 oz. Fresh lime juice3 slices of a tart Apple7 Leaves of fresh rosemary4 oz. Club soda or seltzer

Method: Muddle the apple and rosemary in a Highball glass. Add Cointreau and lime juice with ice and top with club soda. Stir briefly and garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of apple.

Hot Toddy

Warm up with this bourbon-infused Thanksgiving cocktail. (Courtesy of The Rum House)

Created by The Rum House

Cozy up next to the fire with this bourbon-infused cocktail. The cinnamon and fruity undertones complement the smokiness of the bourbon.

Ingredients:

2 oz. Evan Williams Bourbon.5 oz. Demerara syrup2 Cloves1 Cinnamon stickLemon twistOrange twist4 oz. Hot water

Method: Start with a heated mug. Add two cloves, the lemon twist, the orange twist and the Demerara syrup. Lightly muddle all ingredients; just enough to get the essence of the fruit. Then, add the Evan Williams Bourbon and stir with a spoon. Next, add 4 ounces of water. To top it all off, throw in a cinnamon stick and a fresh orange twist. Double strain. Flame the garnish over the drink if you'd like, and enjoy!

Willy Wonka – S’mores Cocktail

This s’mores cocktail is perfect to serve after a big Thanksgiving meal. (Joshua Sells Photography/courtesy of Dutch Fred’s)

Created by Dutch Fred's

This s’mores inspired drink is perfect for a chilly Thanksgiving evening. The smoothness of the chocolate pairs nicely with a slice of pecan pie, or served alone as a dessert drink that all chocolate lovers will enjoy.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Stoli Vodka.75 oz. Godiva Chocolate.5 oz. Vanilla syrup.75 oz. Egg white froth

Method: Once all ingredients are combined, shake, then double strain. Serve in a vintage Irish coffee glass and garnish with a toasted marshmallow, shaved Hershey's dark chocolate and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Winter White Lady

This light drink is perfect to kick off the holiday season after Thanksgiving ends. (Jon Stars/courtesy of Remy Cointreau)

Created by Remy Cointreau

This snow-like drink is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season after Thanksgiving is over. The frothiness of the egg white complements the light, fruity undertones of the lemon and the Cointreau.

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Cointreau1.5 oz. Botanist Gin1 oz. Fresh lemon juice9 Drops of Aromatic Bitters1 Egg white

Method: Combine Cointreau, the Botanist Gin, fresh lemon juice, and Aromatic Bitters into a tin can. Shake and strain into a glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Texas man kills woman in front of 3 kids in attempted murder-suicide, police say

A Texas man fatally shot his wife while their three children watched Thursday morning and then shot himself in an apparent suicide attempt, police said.

Daryl Stegall, 32, began pounding on the Lewisville apartment door of Kishana Jeffers, 30, around 11 a.m., the Dallas Morning News reported.

Stegall, who does not live in the apartment, kicked in the door when he wasn’t let in and allegedly shot Jeffers before walking to a breezeway and shooting himself, said Lewisville police Capt. Dan Rochelle.

He was taken to a hospital in unknown condition. The children, ages 7, 9 and 10, witnessed the shootings and fled the apartment uninjured, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

They met with Child Protective Services workers following the shooting.