MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – From Minneapolis city council woman Alondra Cano’s controversial tweets to New Year’s Eve celebrations around the country, here’s a look at the top four stories from Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015.

Cano Defends Tweets

Minneapolis city council member Alondra Cano is defending tweets that led to a controversy among constituents.

Cano tweeted messages she received from critics after she was involved with Black Lives Matter protests last week.

The tweets included personal information, such as addresses, phone numbers and emails, and were sent to her over 2,000 followers.

She deleted her tweets shortly after, but she said she only did that because they were distracting from her other messaging.

Cano said she has been receiving threats over social media since the tweets went up a week ago.

Deadline For ‘Cramming’ Refund Is Here

The deadline ends Thursday for Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers to claim a refund tied to mobile “cramming.”

Both carriers agreed to pay $158 million to settle claims they were billing customers for millions of dollars in text messaging subscriptions without their permission.

The refunds apply to customers who have been charged since 2010.

It’s Bowl Season For College Football

Before the confetti falls on 2015 the world of college football takes center stage.

First up is Oklahoma vs. Clemson at the Orange Bowl in Miami at 3 p.m. on ESPN.

Then, Michigan State takes on Alabama at the Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. That kicks off at 7 p.m. also on ESPN.

The winners will move on to the national championship game on January 11.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

The ball in Times Square won’t be the only thing dropping tonight.

Everything from a possum in North Carolina to a hunk of cheese in Wisconsin will be lowered to ring in the New Year.

For those who decide to stay in for the holiday, you can party with Pitbull in Miami or check out a ton of other TV specials airing Thursday.

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