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A.M. notes: Winter weather hits Utah, Clinton back in public arena, how to spot fake news

The Snowbird tram climbs past  the new snow  in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.
The Snowbird tram climbs past the new snow in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Here’s the news you need on Nov. 17.

Overflow homeless shelter open, just in time for the big storm

The Salt Lake City council budgeted $280,000 for an overflow homeless shelter downtown, allowing those without homes a place to seek refuge in the coming winter months, according to Deseret News.

The shelter will be set up nightly in the Catholic Community Services of Utah's St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall. It first opened Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m, Deseret News reported.

Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold said the money won’t be allocated all at the beginning, but over time. He said he hopes the funds will ease the burden on The Road Home, a project that operates the downtown homeless shelter.

Penfold said they are lucky to have made a deal just in time for Wednesday’s snowstorm.

“We need the shelter this week. The weather is going to change pretty dramatically this week,” Penfold said.

You can read more details about the homeless shelter plan at the Deseret News.

Speaking of storms …

Many Utahns woke up to a winter wonderland Thursday. Of course, many of those in the Beehive State took time to complain and celebrate the snow on Twitter.

Clinton appears for the first time since losing election

Hillary Clinton gave her first public speech since losing the 2016 presidential election at the Children’s Defense Fund’s “Beat the Odds” Gala, where she implored her supporters to stand up for the America they want, according to The Huffington Post.

“Coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest for me,” she said to those in attendance. “There have been a few times this past week that all I wanted to curl up with a good book, or our dogs, and never leave the house again.”

She said she understands why Americans are upset over the election results, but that doesn’t mean they should rest easy and forget about how great the country is.

“I know this isn’t easy,” she said. “I know that over the past week a lot of people have asked themselves whether America was the country we thought it was. The divisions laid bare by this election run deep. But please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. Our children are worth it.”

Careful about fake news

There’s a lot of fake news out there, and you’re guaranteed to see some of it on Facebook.

BuzzFeed recently conducted an analysis of news on Facebook and found that fake news sites accounted for more circulation and attention than all the top 19 major news outlets, like The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post

In fact, 20 false news stories accumulated 8,711,000 comments, shares and reactions all on Facebook during the final months of the 2016 campaign, BuzzFeed reported.

This wasn’t the case for all the 2016 election. Most fake news stories saw an increase in engagement during the final three months, BuzzFeed reported.

Facebook has done very little — founder Mark Zuckerberg said it’s a “pretty crazy idea” that fake news has swayed the election — to quell the matter.

“I’m troubled that Facebook is doing so little to combat fake news,” Brendan Nyhan, a professor of political science at Dartmouth College, told BuzzFeed. “Even if they did not swing the election, the evidence is clear that bogus stories have incredible reach on the network. Facebook should be fighting misinformation, not amplifying it.”

But you can be vigilant on your own. The Daily Dot has a list of news sites that are fake or offer misleading information.

Fallon gets hardcore

Jimmy Fallon’s done some funny things since he hit the late-night talk show scene. But Wednesday night, he hit a new level when he jammed with heavy metal band Metallica using classroom instruments. Fallon has previously done the same with more pop-ish songs.

Watch the hilarious take on the heavy metal song “Enter Sandman” below: