6 Things to Know – Your Top Stories For Thursday, January 17

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  • It’s Thursday, January 17th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for your day.

It’s Thursday, January 17th – and NBC 6 has the top six stories you need to know for your day.

Weather wise, the cooler mornings continue with temperatures slightly warmer in the afternoon with high temperatures in the mid-70s.

No. 1 - A former dishwasher at a Miami hotel, fired after missing work on Sundays for religious reasons, was awarded a $21 million jury verdict.

Sixty-year-old Marie Jean Pierre was a dishwasher at the Conrad Miami Hotel for more than a decade until she was fired in March 2016.

Pierre, a devout Christian missionary born in Haiti, said she was fired by her boss at the hotel after she missed six Sundays from work to attend Bethel Baptist Church in Miami.

No. 2 - A U.S. federal narcotics agent based in Miami and known for his expensive tastes and high-profile drug seizures has been implicated in a multimillion-dollar money-laundering conspiracy that involved the very cartel criminals he was charged with fighting in Colombia.

Jose Irizarry is accused of conspiring with a longtime DEA informant to launder more than $7 million in illicit drug proceeds.

No. 3 - A horror movie called "Happy Death Day 2U" is getting a new release date following complaints its original release date coincided with the Parkland school shooting anniversary.

Universal Pictures released a statement Wednesday saying the film's North American release would be moved from Feb. 14 to Feb. 13 and the film will be kept from theaters in the area where 17 people were killed last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

No. 4 - Officials say a Florida deputy has been fired, and nine people he arrested on drug charges have been released from jail. Martin County Sheriff Will Snyder announced Deputy Steven O'Leary's termination during a news conference Tuesday.

Snyder said in three separate cases, O'Leary reported positive field tests for drugs, but those substances came back from laboratory testing lacking any narcotics.

No. 5 - A Georgia man accused of plotting to use an anti-tank rocket to storm into the White House was arrested in a sting Wednesday after he traded his car for guns and explosives, authorities said.

Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, of Cumming was arrested Wednesday and is charged with attempting to damage or destroy a building owned by the United States using fire or an explosive.

No. 6 - Bob Costas, who stepped down as NBC's prime-time Olympics host two years ago, has left the network's sports division altogether.

NBC Sports said Wednesday that Costas parted ways with his longtime employer, providing no further details. Costas, 66, served as the emcee for NBC's Olympics 11 times starting in 1992. In early 2017, he stepped aside for network newcomer Mike Tirico, formerly with ESPN.

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