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    The economic fallout from COVID-19 has temporarily muted some of the noise coming from maritime traffic. That’s given scientists a rare opportunity to study what happens to marine life when humans quiet down. Humans today pollute oceans with whirring ship propellers and booming air guns searching for oil and gas deposits. Seeing whales and other creatures’ behavior now that the pandemic has quieted things down is like a peek into what marine life was like before humans drastically turned up the volume over the past 200 years. “Once in a lifetime opportunity to study whale communication in natural quiet” “It’s like this horrible pandemic confined us humans into really small spaces but gave the whales back a lot of room to grow, both physically and acoustically,” Christine Gabriele, a wildlife biologist at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, said in a press briefing. “I’m lucky actually to take this...
    New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump promised he would save the US coal industry. But as his tenure winds down, the industry is struggling through some of its darkest days, plagued by falling demand, bankruptcies and job losses.The coal mining industry has lost 8,000 jobs, or 15% of its workforce, over the last 12 months, according to the November jobs report. And last week two more coal companies, Lighthouse Resources and White Stallion Energy, both filed for bankruptcy. They were at least the fourth and fifth coal miners to file for bankruptcy in the last five months, according to information on BankruptcyData.com, following filings earlier this year by Hopewell Mining, FM Coal and CLI USA.All were relatively small, privately held companies whose bankruptcies got little attention outside of the rural towns in the Midwest, the South and Western states, where their mines are located. But they all tell a story...
    As if 2020 wasn’t enough of a s – – tshow. An Indiana sanitation company has devised a fitting way to celebrate the end of a truly crappy year: By having a choir of Porta Potties sing “Hallelujah.” Or should we say “halle-loo-ah?” “HALLELUJAH, the end of 2020 is finally here!” tweeted Gary-based Service Sanitation, which rents out its signature blue Porta Potties to events across the Midwest. In the 2-minute clip, 32 lit-up portable toilets dubbed the “Jingle Johns” can be seen belting out a hilarious techno remix of “Hallelujah” in front of the dramatic Chicago skyline. If that wasn’t enough, the honey bucket band even sprinkles in a few quotes from the cinematic Christmas classics “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The performance has apparently set a record for “the most animated faces on a single holiday light display,” per the rent-a-john firm’s Twitter account. ...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Cuts to services could be coming as Oakland faces a possible $62 million budget shortfall, city leaders said Monday. Main drivers of the shortfall are police overtime spending and reduced tax revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The predicted shortfall was estimated before this latest surge in coronavirus cases, which has led to a new shelter-at-home order that went into Monday in Alameda County. “The fiscal impact of the pandemic was swift and there is an immediate need for service or expenditure reductions,” said Margaret O’Brien, interim director of finance for Oakland, at the city’s Finance and Management Committee meeting Monday. O’Brien presented a report to the committee that said spending must be curbed below projected revenues. That difference could be $62 million by June 30, the end of current the fiscal year if nothing is done. Oakland is among many cities across the United States...
    SKY News presenter Kay Burley was hauled off air last night - and told to take a period of extended holiday after breaking lockdown laws. The veteran journalist’s future on the channel is said to be hanging in the balance after she was caught hosting an illegal 60th birthday party. 2Kay Burley has been taken off air after breaking lockdown rulesCredit: �Sky UK Limited. Kay and nine friends - including Sky colleagues Beth Rigby, Inzamam Rashid and Sam Washington - partied at Century Club in Soho, London, against the rule of six. A group then carried onto a private restaurant, Folie, before four  went back to Kay’s West London home. Yesterday, the 59-year-old was told to report to the news provider’s HQ in Osterley, West London, for showdown talks. She was supposed to be fronting the channel’s coverage of the first Covid-19 vaccination in Coventry but was stood down at...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- New York City is about to hit a dangerous 14-year high in shootings this year.NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the increase of gun violence should make New Yorkers stop and pause."We had nine shootings across NYC yesterday, last year that would have been a full week, we had a FedEx driver in uniform shot in Brooklyn," Shea said. "Every metric we are seeing is disturbing."He said officers are making gun arrests, but days later suspects are released from custody and back on the street.ALSO READ | Video shows brawl break out in Times SquareEMBED More News Videos Cell phone video shows an incident in Times Square that began as a dispute before escalating into a fight. He said the increase in violence might be related to COVID-19."My fear is too much of this is certainly COVID, this is a year like no other, but COVID...
    LARKSPUR (KPIX) – With less than 24 hours before Marin County joins the Bay Area shut down, many parents made their last trip of 2020 to a playground with their children on Monday. Some worry this latest lockdown is going too far. At Piper Park in Larkspur, the signs and the yellow tape were already up, before playgrounds officially close at noon, on Tuesday. Randy Rebarber, a father of a 2 year old says he is, “Upset, angry, disappointed for all these kids.” The talk among parents was how playgrounds will be off limits for the second time this year. “I was devastated. These kids love coming out here,” Gerald Brown adds. “It’s one of the few things they could do right now.” “I really like it. It’s super fun,” his daughter Aria Brown says. Marin joins four other counties to reinstate a stay home order before...
    Esteban Ocon claimed his first podium finish this weekend at the Sakhir Grand Prix. The three front runners were involved in an accident. Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc had to retire, while Sergio Perez ended up in the back of the grid. Esteban Ocon saw an opportunity in front of him and grasped it with both hands. He drew a consistent race and drove to his strengths, and drivers around him kept getting into trouble. It was a highly emotional race for the 24-year-old. The French driver broke into tears after crossing the checkered flag. He was heard over the radio, overwhelmed by his debut podium finish. “All the emotions that came when I crossed that line. Unbelievable. I never cried for anything but I tell you, today, the tears, they came, and they came for a good reason. So I’m really happy,” Ocon admitted. Read More – Esteban Ocon:...
    Loading the player... If you were ever under the impression that Dionne Warwick isn’t the mastermind behind her viral Twitter account, the legendary singer has now come forward to clarify that you were mistaken. “Came here to find foolishness in my replies. I am rushing to into an interview and this is the last time I’m saying this,” she captioned a Tweet she posted Monday. NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 10: Dionne Warwick performs onstage at Le Chalet at L’Avenue at Saks on December 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Saks Fifth Avenue) READ MORE: Dionne Warwick, Chance The Rapper’s hilarious tweets go viral In the accompanying video, the radiant 79-year-old starts with the greeting, “Well, hello!” and then goes on to explain, “This is for all of you tweeters who have decided that I’m not tweeting my own stuff to...
    The longtime executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is stepping down. Scripps announced Paige Kimble’s departure on Monday after 22 years in charge of the world’s preeminent spelling competition. Kimble’s final year on the job ended up being the first year without a bee since 1945. The event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is normally held in late May at a convention center outside Washington and includes hundreds of spellers from around the country, along with a handful of international competitors. ESPN televises the final rounds of the bee. Cincinnati-based Scripps has yet to announce plans for next year’s bee, but schools have been holding competitions this fall that serve as the first steps toward qualifying. Kari Wethington, a Scripps spokeswoman, said Monday that “the bee team is planning to host a competition in 2021.” Like many others with prominent roles in staging the bee,...
    By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press The longtime executive director of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is stepping down. Scripps announced Paige Kimble's departure on Monday after 22 years in charge of the world's preeminent spelling competition. Kimble's final year on the job ended up being the first year without a bee since 1945. The event was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is normally held in late May at a convention center outside Washington and includes hundreds of spellers from around the country, along with a handful of international competitors. ESPN televises the final rounds of the bee. Cincinnati-based Scripps has yet to announce plans for next year's bee, but schools have been holding competitions this fall that serve as the first steps toward qualifying. Kari Wethington, a Scripps spokeswoman, said Monday that “the bee team is planning to host a competition in 2021.” Like many others with prominent...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Two children were found on the New Jersey-Delaware border after taking their parents' car for a joyride, police said.The 12-year-old boy and his 7-year-old cousin are believed to have taken the white Range Rover around 9 a.m. Monday from 133-31 115th Street in Queens.Police say the incident may have stemmed from some kind of social media challenge.ALSO READ | Nurse's entire family infected after mom 'let down her guard'EMBED More News Videos Nurse Sofia Burke lost her father to the virus last week. She says her entire family became infected after her mother "let her guard down for one moment" and gave a friend a ride The two kids were found at the state border by 2:30 p.m.They were not injured and there were no accidents or damage reported to the vehicle.The kids were being brought back to NYC to talk to police.ALSO READ | Video...
    GODLEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – An 8-year-old boy is in the hospital suffering from major injuries and burns after touching a power line knocked down by an SUV. It happened Sunday night, Dec. 6, 2020 on FM 2331. There was a crash involving a Tahoe driven by a man in his 30s who ran a stop sign causing a silver Dodge Ram who had the right of way to strike him. The impact forced the Tahoe to roll into a power pole. Then the pole broke and live lines fell to the grown. It was as the boy was being pulled to safety by the driver of the Tahoe that the child touched the power lines. He was taken to Parkland as was his mother, a passenger in the Tahoe who sustained several injuries to her face and neck. The driver of the other truck was taken to a local hospital with...
    The Texas high-school football player who attacked a referee after being ejected from a game was arrested and charged with assault A.B. Quintanilla May Be Selenas Older Brother, But Hes Also a Father of 8! Mortgage Interest Rates Today, December 7, 2020 | Rates trend down Several benchmark mortgage rates fell today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both decreased. The average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages, or ARMs, the most popular type of variable rate mortgage, also ticked downward. Load Error Current average mortgage interest rates Loan type Interest rate A week ago Change 30-year fixed rate 2.92% 2.95% -0.03 15-year fixed rate 2.39% 2.45% -0.06 30-year fixed jumbo rate 2.95% 3.01% -0.06 30-year fixed refinance rate 2.99% 3.08% -0.09 Rates last updated on December 7, 2020. These rates are averages...
    Rubin Ritter, member of the management board at Zalando SE, gestures whilst speaking during an interview at the online retailer's technology headquarters in Berlin, Germany, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg via Getty Images LONDON — A co-CEO of Europe's largest online fashion and lifestyle site has announced plans to step down next year, saying he and his wife have agreed that her professional ambitions should take priority. Rubin Ritter, who has worked as co-chief of Zalando since 2010, said Sunday that he intends to leave his role at the next annual general meeting in May 2021. "My decision is the result of many months of careful consideration. After more than 11 amazing years where Zalando has been my priority, I feel that it is time to give my life a new direction," Ritter said in a statement. "I want to devote more time to my growing family....
    PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- Police in New Jersey's largest city shut down two illegal clubs.Public Safety Director Jerry Speziale said one of the clubs was run by 42-year-old Eudis Aguilar Oliva insideAkimekedo Restaurant on Main Street in Paterson.Speziale said the restaurant would follow the restrictions in place due to the coronavirus and close normal operations at 10 p.m.But the restaurant would then turn into an after-hours club selling alcohol without a license and with a DJ playing loud music, Speziale said."This illegal activity leads to all types of crime, disorder and the spread of disease and will not be tolerated," Speziale said. "We are circling the wagons and will be out with a task force in mass and the charges for those with secret flyers and illegal after hour locations will be held accountable."Police seized dozens of bottles of alcohol.Oliva, 37-year-old Jose Santos, 22-year-old Yinaiqui Nunez were issued summonses.COVID...
    Loading the player... A young man was shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy on Friday as the officer searched for a fugitive in Columbus, Ohio. WSYX-TV reports that law enforcement gave chase to the man after he was seen driving down the street while waving a gun. The Franklin County deputy sheriff was working in the northeast part of the city with the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Task Force, an entity of the U.S. Marshals, in search of a suspect on the run when the victim drove down the road while waving a firearm. That’s when the deputy sheriff went after the man, according to Pete Tobin, the U.S. Marshal on hand. READ MORE: Florida police searching for shooter after 23-year-old mom killed “He was seen driving down the street waving a gun,” Tobin told the local news outlet. “That’s when the deputy, at some point...
    PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN sporting director Leonardo has played down talk of a move for Lionel Messi. Rumours about the Barcelona star's future only intensified following comments made by Neymar after PSG's 3-1 win over Manchester United on Wednesday. 2Messi and Neymar were teammates at Barcelona between 2013 and 2017Credit: AFP Neymar told journalists he hoped to play alongside Messi again in the future, but Leonardo moved to quell the transfer talk in an interview with Canal+. Leonardo said: "You know, it's normal for Neymar to say that to an Argentinian journalist. He had to talk about Messi, it's normal. "We have to maintain respect for others, he's a Barcelona player. "When somebody talks about our players, we are not happy. "So we don't touch other people's players. Now is not the time to think about the transfer window. "We are very happy with the squad we have. We are thinking of...
    FOLSOM (CBS13) – The pandemic isn’t pushing down the holiday spirit in old Folsom. The city’s entire historic district is lit from one end to the other. It’s quite a sight for 15-month-old Sam Minasyan. Sitting back in his little red wagon pulled by Mom, he has nothing to do but take in the sights and sounds of Historic Folsom. “For me, it’s heartwarming. I love it. It’s the first year he understands what’s going on, so it’s great,” said Nora Minasyan. That’s exactly why Michael Dickenson went to work stringing lights all across old Folsom. Using his own time and money, Michael Dickenson wanted to give back to his community during a time of need. “With the lights, it encourages people to come down and the vendors are open later to hopefully bring in more revenue,” said Dickenson. Dickenson, a local business owner, knows the price his neighbors have...
    ISOLATION, anxiety, drug deaths and hundreds of miles from home. As students finally return to their families for Christmas after months apart, Fabulous investigates why so many have been let down during the pandemic. Staring down at the message on her phone, first-year Newcastle University student Circe Rousselet felt panic rising. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8An inside look at how students are being let down during the Covid-19 outbreakCredit: getty images Despite feeling fine, a Covid-19 test she’d taken after dozens of fellow students in her new halls of residence started displaying symptoms, had come back positive – meaning for the next 10 days she’d be isolating in a flat with nine people she’d only just met. “It was extremely frightening,” says Circe, 19, who relies on daily use of an inhaler to manage her asthma, which puts her at risk...
    Australia has become inundated with Hollywood stars making their home Down Under, either permanently or temporarily, over the past year.  With the COVID-19 pandemic raging in the United States, a slew of productions have shifted operations to largely coronavirus-free regions of Australia.  While some stars are racing to Oz for work, others have moved to the region in the hopes of enjoying a safer lifestyle for themselves and their families.  Down Under: Australia has become inundated with Hollywood stars making their home Down Under, either permanently or temporarily, over the past year. With the COVID-19 pandemic raging in the United States, a slew of productions have shifted operations to largely coronavirus-free regions of Australia. Pictured: Sacha Baron Cohen and his Australian wife, Isla Fisher The most recent transplants are funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife, Isla Fisher, who appear to have relocated from Los Angeles to Australia for good in the past month. ...
    LLANELLI, Wales (AP) — Wales came from behind to beat a resilient Italy 38-18 in the Autumn Nations Cup fifth-place playoff on Saturday. The Welsh ensured the year ended as it began, with a home win over the Italians. But the result was 42-0 in February, and brittle Welsh composure was exposed this time as Italy came back from 14-0 down to lead 18-17 until nearly an hour in. Italy, however, ran out of puff again and Wales scored three of its five tries. Italy’s ninth consecutive loss and eighth this year meant it has gone a calendar year without a win for the first time in the professional era. Wales finishes with three wins out of 10 tests, two against Italy and the other Georgia. Wales bolted to 14-0 with maiden test tries for scrumhalf Kieran Hardy, set up by outstanding No. 8 Taulupe Faletau and flanker Justin Tipuric,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The community is mourning the loss of another young life as a 14-year-old boy is gunned down in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood. The search is now on to find the gunman as city leaders search for the answers to the violence. Eyewitness News has discovered a troubling trend involving gun violence and children in Philadelphia. More than 20 juveniles lost their lives to firearms in Philadelphia this year alone. That’s almost double compared to last year. Crime scene tape is left behind after the teen boy was shot in his chest and back on the 5900 block of Mascher Street in Olney on Thursday night. Neighbors are outraged over another deadly shooting involving a child. “Fourteen. He got his whole life ahead of him and he’s gone,” Greg Stroud said. Data obtained by Eyewitness News shows 23 victims ages 17 and under were killed by gunfire in Philadelphia...
    Over 100 young seabirds got sick or died in Florida this summer from a mystery illness. Officials now know what it was. The Trump Campaign Raised a Massive $207.5 Million Post-Election Haul, and Little of It Is Going to the Lawsuits Boeing Mulls Equity Sale, Plans New Cut to Dreamliner Output Boeing reportedly has been studying an equity sale and other ways to ease its $61 billion debt burden amid the worst slump in aviation history. © TheStreet Boeing Mulls Equity Sale, Plans New Cut to Dreamliner Output Shares of the Chicago-based aerospace giant were down 1.22% to $234.31 in trading Friday. Load Error In addition, Boeing will trim output of its 787 Dreamliner to five a month by mid-2021, one less than previously planned, Chief Financial Officer Greg Smith said, according to Bloomberg. Boeing didn't ship any of the jets to customers last month, he...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia councilman is calling for neighbors to get involved after a 14-year-old boy was gunned down in Olney on Thursday night. Police are continuing their manhunt for the gunman. “Police were able to do an investigation and determine he was a 14-year-old male,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. This latest act of gun violence occurred on the 5900 block of Mascher Street in the Olney section of the city. The boy was found with gunshots to his back and chest. “We’re not sure if he was the intended target or if he was struck by stray gunfire because at the intersection we found 10 spent shell casings from a semi-automatic weapon,” Small said. “First and foremost, it’s unacceptable the level of gun violence we’re seeing in Philadelphia,” said Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, who is the chairman of the Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention. Over...
    Airbnb will crack down on New Year’s Eve house parties and other large gatherings at its short-term rentals in D.C. and other cities by limiting some one-night stays during the holiday. In addition, the company said it will operate a “virtual command center to get ahead of any issues, along with trained safety agents on call throughout New Year’s Eve.” Airbnb announced the steps Dec. 3 “as the world grapples with another COVID-19 wave,” the company said. The new rules apply at bookings throughout the U.S., UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia, France and Spain. The ban on one-night stays is limited. Only guests who don’t have a history of positive reviews will be barred from booking one-night stays over the holiday. In addition, all one-night reservations already booked will be able to go through as planned, “as our data has historically shown that one-night New Year’s Eve bookings made prior to...
    Miley Cyrus’ sex life has gone virtual. The single star — whose split from singer Cody Simpson this summer — hasn’t been dating much in person recently, but has still been getting busy. “I do a lot of FaceTime sex – it’s the safest sex. I’m not getting COVID,” she said in a new interview with Howard Stern. “I am definitely not going to be doing anything that’s irresponsible for myself or for other people … it’s just ridiculous for anybody that won’t take the right precautions to keep each other safe. It’s f–ked up.” The 28-year-old added that it’s been a “really interesting and challenging [time] for any sort of dating or meeting people.” After she and Simpson broke up, a source told Page Six the pop star was “free as a bird and thrilled.” Before her relationship with Simpson, Cyrus briefly dated Kaitlynn Carter...
    Traders work on the floor of the NYSE in New York.NYSE Options trading is the new sports betting. Talk about unintended consequences. The stay-at-home requirement created by Covid-19 has spawned a huge sub-industry in options trading in tandem with an increase in equities trading that shows no signs of letting up.   Trading in equity options hit new highs in November, continuing a trend that began earlier in the year. Equity option trading is 50% above last year's levels year to date on all the options platforms. Equity options (volume) Nasdaq  49% CBOE    51% ICE         58% Source:  Piper Sandler "The public is embracing options in a truly unprecedented manner, as you can see from the volumes," Steve Sosnick from Interactive Brokers told me. "I attribute some of the popularity to the lockdown ... People were stuck at home, many with $1,200 checks or rent/loan moratoria and no sports to...
    Savannah Chrisley is taking a look back on 2020 in a reflective new Instagram post. The Chrisley Knows Best star shared a pensive upload where she posed in nothing but a white button-down collared shirt. The reality star admitted that “nothing feels normal” to her anymore and encouraged her 2.2 million followers to keep pushing forward through the difficult year. In the black and white photo, Savannah stood outside on a balcony. She appeared to be on a small landing at the bottom of a staircase where she rested her hand on a thin railing. Some trees could be seen in the distance, as well as what appeared to be another home. Savannah was photographed from her left side, with just her side profile being displayed in the picture. She looked down stoically with her short signature hair pulled back behind her ear, which revealed a large diamond stud earring....
    U.S. President Donald Trump speaks following the ceremonial swearing-in of James Mattis as secretary of defense on January 27, 2017, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump threatened again on Thursday to veto a colossal defense bill if lawmakers do not include a measure eliminating legal protections for social media companies. Trump is calling for the repeal of a federal law, known as Section 230 of the Communications Act, which protects tech giants like Facebook and Twitter from being held legally liable for what is posted on their platforms. On Wednesday, Trump referred to the provision as a "liability shielding gift" to "Big Tech" and called for it to be "completely terminated" otherwise he would nix this year's National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. The president also said the measure posed a serious threat to U.S. national security as well as election...
    Style Invitational Week 1413: We’re finna give you some new words Couple face charges for boarding plane to Hawaii after positive Covid test Mortgage Rates Hit 14th Record Low for 2020 Interest rates ticked down this past week, setting a new historic low. © Money; Getty Images Mortgage-Rate-Weekly-Down For the week ending December 3, the average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage slipped to 2.71% with 0.70 discount points paid, according to Freddie Mac’s weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Last week, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was 2.72%, also a record. A year ago, it averaged 3.68%. “Despite persistently low mortgage rates, home sales have hit a wall. While homebuyer appetite remains robust, the scarce inventory has effectively put a limit on how much higher sales can increase,” said Sam Khater, chief economist for Freddie Mac. “Unfortunately, the record low supply combined with strong demand...
    Paul George’s first year playing alongside Kawhi Leonard with the Los Angeles Clippers was a bit of a flop. The six-time All Star scored 21.5 points per game, his lowest total since returning from a gruesome ankle injury suffered in a Team USA exhibition match in 2014. Injuries played a role, as he missed several games at the start of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery. But he also struggled in the playoffs – his 20.2 points per game average was his lowest postseason total since the 2012-13 season. In an interview on the “All The Smoke” podcast with former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, George had an interesting explanation, essentially blaming his struggles on coach Doc Rivers. “Doc was trying to play me as a Ray Allen or a JJ Redick, all pin-downs,” George said. “I can do it, but that ain’t my game. I...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Rents in Seattle are continuing to decline month after month amid the coronavirus pandemic. November data from ApartmentList, found that Seattle rents declined 5.6% month over month and are down nearly 20% since the start of the pandemic in March. For the past eight months straight, Seattle has seen its rents fall, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported. Median rents in Seattle were $1,395 for a one-bedroom and $1,739 for a two-bedroom. The only city that saw rents decrease more than Seattle since the start of the pandemic was San Francisco, where rents have declined about 25.4%. Nationally, rents fell just about 0.5% month over month and are down about 1.3% year over year. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Washington, Associated Press
    Meet Molly, the baby who came from an embryo frozen when her mom was a year old One of Googles leading AI researchers says shes been fired in retaliation for an email to other employees Mortgage Interest Rates Today, December 3, 2020 | Rates trend down Several benchmark mortgage rates decreased today. The average rates on 30-year fixed and 15-year fixed mortgages both slid down. The average rate on 5/1 adjustable-rate mortgages, meanwhile, held steady. Load Error Current average mortgage interest rates Loan type Interest rate A week ago Change 30-year fixed rate 2.91% 2.92% -0.01 15-year fixed rate 2.39% 2.41% -0.02 30-year fixed jumbo rate 2.94% 2.97% -0.03 30-year fixed refinance rate 2.98% 3.05% -0.07 Rates last updated on December 3, 2020. These rates are averages based on the assumptions shown here. Actual rates on-site...
    Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. were cut loose by the Chicago Cubs after helping the team win its first World Series title in more than a century, among 59 players who became free agents as part of the fallout from the coranavirus pandemic when their teams declined to offer them 2021 contracts by Wednesday night’s deadline. Cincinnati reliever Archie Bradley, Atlanta outfielder Adam Duvall, Colorado outfielder David Dahl and Minnesota outfielder Eddie Rosario also were let go by their clubs, who did not want to allow those players to become eligible for salary arbitration in February, which would have been their right had they been tendered contracts. Schwarber earned $2,596,296 in prorated pay from his $7.01 million salary last season but hit .188 with 11 homers in 59 games, down from 38 homers, 92 RBIs and a .250 batting average in 155 games in 2019. Almora batted .167 in...
    SAN ANTONIO – With the ongoing pandemic and a curfew on this year’s Thanksgiving holiday San Antonio police reported arresting less than half the number of drivers for DUI compared to last year. In 2019, police arrested 105 suspected intoxicated drivers between the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after it, and this year that number dropped to 46. While it is a big improvement, the family of a man killed by a suspected drunk driver on Sunday knows even one person driving intoxicated is too many. “His life was just starting,” said Guylaine Willett, Wayne Willett’s mother. “Wayne would have been 21-years-old on the 15th of this month.” Police say around 5 p.m. Sunday 50-year-old Sergio Vasquez was driving a van that fatally struck Willett as he was crossing the street on El Charro and Nacogdoches. “The irony is, my son was living at a clean and sober house,...
    So Donald Trump is intent on leaving Washington the way he arrived, slithering, blithering, blathering, blundering, a big frumious Bandersnatch snapping at everything in his path, taking his last few because-I-can bites out of the Constitution, and by the way not letting 1,500 American deaths every day deter him in the slightest from obsessively ironing out the kinks in that backswing. It’s a sickening sight, and it’s worse than that—for all the damage Trump has done to democracy and polity in the last 1,400-odd days, he threatens to do even more in his remaining 50-odd days, in at least four ways. Let us examine them. One with a bullet is his continued carrying on about “election fraud.” It’s impossible for us to gauge right now how much damage this is going to do to our democracy, because these things happen year by year, drip by drip. But he and the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – Some Bay Area charities and nonprofits report donations are down drastically due to the pandemic at a time when the demand has become dramatic. “The need is growing because more people are without work,” said Sally Casazza, chairperson of the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, which donates toys to 31,000 children each year. This year, Casazza said, it is harder to shop for toys to donate and also, money is tight. “We are probably 50% down in donations with at least 20% more children in need,” Casazza told KPIX 5. “The situation is pretty desperate right now,” said Nestor Fernandez, the executive director of Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center, also known as Tel Hi. This year, the center had to adapt to COVID-19, canceling its in-person afterschool program and creating an all-day learning hub for San Francisco Unified School District students. “A lot of our kids...
    St. Louis doctor simulates what COVID-19 patients see at the end of their life in Twitter video. Its frightening. Testing time: South Korean students take exam with virus precautions Real Madrid profit down 38.1mn euros due to Covid-19 La Liga champions Real Madrid announced on Wednesday a profit of 313,000 euros ($378,600) for the 2019/2020 financial year, down 38.1 million euros from the previous period. © MIGUEL MEDINA Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid sit in fourth place in La Liga, seven points behind Real Sociedad in top spot Real predicted they would record revenues of 617 million euros for the coming 12 months despite the coronavirus pandemic. "The impact of Covid-19 has led to a reaction of -13 percent (minus 106 millions euros) in income for the 2019/20 financial year," Real said in a statement. "The club maintains a solid equity situation with a net equity of 553 million euros...
    WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer are now backing the $908 billion stimulus bill that was introduced Tuesday by a bipartisan group of House members and senators "in the spirit of compromise."Pelosi and Schumer released a statement Wednesday calling on Republican Leader McConnell to "sit down with Democrats to finally begin a true, bipartisan effort to meet the needs of the country."This is a breaking news update. A previous version of this report is below.Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said he's largely sticking with a partisan, scaled-back COVID-19 relief bill that has already failed twice this fall, even as Democratic leaders and a bipartisan group of moderates offered concessions in hopes of passing pandemic aid before Congress adjourns for the year.The Kentucky Republican made the announcement Tuesday after President-elect Joe Biden called upon lawmakers to pass a down payment relief bill now with more...
    RAFER Johnson, who won the decathlon at the 1960 Rome Olympics and helped subdue Robert F. Kennedy's assassin in 1968, died Wednesday. He was 86. He died at his home in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles, according to family friend Michael Roth. No cause of death was announced. 1Credit: AP:Associated Press Johnson was among the worlds greatest athletes from 1955 through his Olympic triumph in 1960, winning a national decathlon championship in 1956 and a silver medal at the Melbourne Olympics that same year. His Olympic career included carrying the U.S. flag at the 1960 Games and lighting the torch at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to open the 1984 Games. Johnson set world records in the decathlon three different times amid a fierce rivalry with his UCLA teammate C.K. Yang of Taiwan and Vasily Kuznetsov of the former Soviet Union. Johnson won a gold medal at the...
    SAN ANTONIO – The airline industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, even after the uptick in passengers during the thanksgiving holiday with numbers still being down. Alana Suhs is one of the few travelers on Wednesday morning. She’s visiting her family for the first time this year and brought her son and newborn to see their grandparents in San Antonio. “It’s very quiet, it’s actually made the experience a lot nicer; there’s not a lot of crowds, not a ton of people,” Suhs said. The airport isn’t seeing many crowds these days during the pandemic, even during the holidays. “We’re about 40% of where we were year over year ago, so we continue to trend in that direction with hopes that we can someday get out of this pandemic and go back to normalcy,” Jesus Saenz, director of airports said. And if you haven’t been here in a...
    2021 F-150 LimitedFord Tight inventory levels of Ford Motor's F-150 pickup due to pandemic-related plant shutdowns earlier this year and production starting for a redesigned model led to a 20.9% decrease in the automaker's sales in November, the company said Wednesday. The Detroit automaker reported sales of the popular full-size pickup were nearly cut in half – down 45.9% – compared with November 2019. Its truck sales overall last month were down 20.9%. That includes a 27.2% decrease in sales of its F-Series pickups, including the F-150 and other larger variants of the vehicle. Ford shares fell less than 1% in trading Wednesday. The stock, which has a market value of nearly $36 billion, is down about 1% since the start of the year. The supply problem for Ford highlights a continuing concern for the automotive industry as customer demand for pickups has remained relatively strong during the coronavirus...
    The fitness buff dropped a surprising bombshell on the most recent 'Bachelorette' episode. The Bachelorette fans are speaking out after one of Tayshia Adams’ suitors opened up about his long battle with an eating disorder. In an emotional reveal on the ABC dating show, the 29-year-old fitness guru and military veteran stunned viewers as he told Tayshia about a secret he has been hiding for years. After he stripped down to pose for a NSFW portrait on a group date, Ben told Tayshia he has lived a very different life tham she may have assumed. “I don’t want to lay all this on you, but the reason I’m in fitness and nutrition — I had an eating disorder for 15 years,” he said, per E! News. Ben went on to say his issues with food started at age 15 when he realized girls don’t like “the fat kid.” “So, I...
    A rocky few weeks for Malik Beasley is only getting worse.  The 24-year-old Minnesota Timberwolves guard — who was charged with felony threats of violence and fifth-degree drug possession on Oct. 30 — was seen out and about with Larsa Pippen, the ex-wife of former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen. A Nov. 23 photo of Beasley and Pippen, 46, holding hands in Miami was a surprise to Beasley’s wife, Instagram model Montana Yao. Yao, who has a child with Beasley, was “blindsided” by the image, according to TMZ. She is also facing charges stemming from the late-October arrest alongside Beasley. Pippen divorced Scottie in 2019, and claimed she dated recent Boston Celtics signee Tristan Thompson before Khloe Kardashian. The now ex-friend of the Kardashian clan was also linked to rapper Future. Beasley signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the Timberwolves this offseason. ShareFacebook Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt ...
    Thanksgiving has traditionally been a big day for the NFL as viewers enjoying their day off have usually tuned in for football. Despite the tradition, though, the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day TV ratings fell seven percent over last year’s numbers. The NFL’s Thanksgiving day schedule drew more than 30 million viewers, to be sure, but viewership fell seven percent from last year’s Bills-Cowboys game (32.64M) and was off one percent from 2018’s Washington-Dallas match (30.52M). It was also the least-watched Thanksgiving Day Cowboys game since 2017 when the Cowboys faced the Chargers (26.28M), Sports Media Watch reported. The NFL’s least-watched game of the day was the Texans-Lions game, which averaged 23.39 million on CBS. The game was the lowest-rated game since 2009 when the Packers-Lions earned 21.99M viewers. But showing how bad the 2020 season has been, the Texans-Lions game was still the fourth most-watched game of the year (excluding Sunday’s...
    U.S. construction spending jumped by more than expected in October, driven higher by demand for single family homes. The Census Bureau reported that construction spending rose a seasonally-adjusted 1.3 percent in October compared with September. Compared with a year ago, October construction spending is up 3.7 percent. During the first ten months of this year, construction spending amounted to $1.19 trillion, 4.3 percent above the same period in 2019. Single-family home construction climbed an astounding seasonally adjusted 5.6 percent in October, helping to lift total private residential construction 2.9 percent for the month. Compared with October of 2019, single-family construction spending is up 13.3 and total private residential construction is up 14.5 percent. Year to date, single-family construction spending is up 5 percent. Nonresidential private construction fell 0.7 percent, weighed down by a 3.1 percent decline in construction spending on hotels and motels. On an annual basis, spending in the...
    (CNN)A recent report offers a glimpse into how the coronavirus pandemic has affected students' academic performance. Overall, the findings paint an optimistic picture. But for Black and Hispanic students, as well as those in schools that serve low-income populations, the situation is more concerning -- with marginalized students falling further behind in reading and math.The report comes from NWEA, a nonprofit organization that measures the growth and performance of students from grades pre-K to 12. Researchers examined how students this year performed relative to their peers last year, whether they saw academic growth since the pandemic began and how their test scores compared to earlier projections.The study's authors looked at test scores from this fall for about 4.4 million public school students in grades 3-8. The data was collected from about 8,000 schools across 46 states.On the whole, students fared better in reading and math than researchers had predicted they...
    The number of people diagnosed with HIV in New York City last year was 70 percent lower than in 2001, officials said Tuesday. There were 1,772 people newly diagnosed with the virus in the city in 2019, down 8 percent from the year before and down 70 percent from nearly 20 years ago, the Big Apple’s Health Department said, in marking World AIDS Day. But while hailing strides in HIV prevention and treatment, the data shows “inequities persist across many communities of New York City,’’ the agency said. Of the women and transgender females diagnosed in the city last year, 91 percent were black or Latino. The city’s men and transgender males found to have HIV in 2019 were 81 percent black or Latino. Nearly 70 percent of those diagnosed also were gay men — and within that group, 80 percent were black or Latino. Overall, half of those diagnosed...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — The annual Festival of Lights has been dimmed just a little this year to discourage crowds at the Mission Inn in Riverside. (credit: CBS) The annual Christmas display of thousands of blazing lights at the landmark hotel will be limited to socially-distanced light displays and décor, and there will be no switch-on ceremony this year. The hotel will also not bring in vendors or attractions. Also missing this year are activities like horse-drawn carriage rides and an outdoor skating rink. RIVERSIDE, CA – NOVEMBER 29, 2020: Wearing face masks, a family stays close while browsing the holiday decorations during the pandemic at the Festival of Lights on November 29, 2020 in downtown Riverside, California. The festival is very subdued this year due to COVID-19 health restrictions. The streets arent blocked off and among the missing activities are the horse drawn carriage rides and the outdoor skating rink.(Gina...
    TAXIARCHIS, Greece (Reuters) - Locked down by coronavirus at their busiest time of year, fir tree farmers in Greece are hoping for a Christmas miracle to salvage a season all but lost. A nationwide lockdown has meant thousands of Christmas trees may not get to market in time in a blow to farmers in an area of northern Greece where fir tree sales are their only livelihood. "It will be a huge catastrophe," said Christos Bitsios, a fir farmer in Taxiarchis, a mountainous village in Greece's Chalkidiki region. Greece has extended to Dec. 7 a nationwide lockdown it imposed in November, its second since the coronavirus pandemic began, after a surge in COVID-19 cases. Northern Greece has been hit the hardest by the pandemic. This time last year, Christmas trees were up for sale, Bitsios said. The annual crop requires up to 15 years of labour and the trees must...
    Sao Paulo (CNN)Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged to a 12-year high in the year between August 2019 and July 2020, according to the country's National Institute for Space Research (INPE).Over that time, 11,088 square kilometers (6,890 square miles) were destroyed -- up 9.5% from the previous year-long period, and the highest level of destruction since 2008, INPE said during a news conference to release their annual data on Monday.Deforestation has soared since far-right President Jair Bolsonaro took office in January 2019. Bolsonaro has encouraged the development of the Amazon and has defunded the agencies responsible for preventing illegal logging, ranching and mining in the rainforest.Fires are often lit in the Amazon to clear vegetation from parts of the forest that have already been cut down -- all in preparation for illegal pasture planting and cattle raising. The Amazons frontline defenders are under siege. Where are their reinforcements?Environmentalists have criticized...
    What can one say about LeBron James that hasn’t been said before? The NBA superstar had entered the league with a lot of expectations on his back. Not only did he live up to those, he actually exceeded them beyond anybody’s imagination. The 35-year-old Lakers player still plays like he is at his peak and as if it’s never going to end. Bron just led the Lakers to their 17th NBA Championship after a decade and is already preparing to go for a repeat next season. With four NBA titles and several achievements under his belt, the legend has landed the Finals MVP award in every NBA championship. This shows the impact his presence can create in a franchise. But before he entered the league, what kind of player was LeBron? How did he become one of the greatest of all time? It isn’t hard to believe that James has...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – After shopping from Black Friday to Cyber Monday, now it’s time to think about giving. Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, Dec. 1 and North Texas nonprofits that serve our most vulnerable children need support now more than ever. About 34,000 kids in Texas are in the foster care system rand the pandemic seems to be making the shortage of foster families even worse. “I think now what we’re seeing, as you know we’re kind of months and months into this, is people who are already kind of unsure and unknown of the future – are they willing to become licensed caregivers?” said Kathleen Ender, a program trainer for National Angels. The nonprofit pairs volunteers with foster families to gift them a monthly “Love Box” and be a part of their support system. Ender says the foster families who are currently taking care of children need more help....
    SAMUEL PETREQUIN BRUSSELS (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc's annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by mid-century. The EU's executive arm said Monday that emissions in the 27-nation bloc have decreased by 3.7% in 2019 compared to the previous year, while gross domestic product rose 1.5% over the same period. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the commission expects “an unprecedented fall in emissions" in 2020, along the lines of 8%. “However, as experienced in the past, a swift economic recovery may lead to a strong and rapid rebound in emissions, unless policy gears its stimulus measures toward the green transition," the commission wrote in the report. EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, who...
    BRUSSELS – Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc's annual climate report, but the EU said Monday it still needs to intensify efforts to keep to its target of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by mid-century. The EU's executive arm said Monday that emissions in the 27-nation bloc have decreased by 3.7% in 2019 compared to the previous year, while gross domestic product rose 1.5% over the same period. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the commission expects “an unprecedented fall in emissions" in 2020, along the lines of 8%. “However, as experienced in the past, a swift economic recovery may lead to a strong and rapid rebound in emissions, unless policy gears its stimulus measures toward the green transition," the commission wrote in the report. EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, who this...
    ACTOR Jon Voight has said Trump is "the only man who can save" America as he warns of the "great danger" under a Biden administration. Voight made an impassioned speech over Twitter whilst seated in front of an an American flag, captioning the clip 'America' and tagging President Trump. 6Actor Jon Voight made an impassioned speech over Twitter in support of Trump whilst seated in front of an an American flag 6Voight is an outspoken Trump supporter and RepublicanCredit: AFP - Getty "We’re heading down a street that has no name now. We must not allow our nation to crumble," the 81-year-old says as the two-minute clip begins. "This is what they want. To destroy America," Voight continues. "Let me warn you all that we are in great danger if we fall under a Biden administration." Voight, an outspoken Trump supporter and Republican, attacks Democrats and takes aim at...
    Coronavirus updates: US surpasses record 200K daily cases; virus numbers could be erratic after Thanksgiving, experts warn Iran suffers more humiliation with killing of nuclear chief. But no one in the worlds most febrile region wants war Seniors On Medicare Are Getting a Big Pay Day in 2020 Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft The 23 Hottest Gifts of 2020 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/17 SLIDES © Fox The Masked Singer: Breaking Down All Our Theories About Who Are Behind the Masks The Masked Singer season four kicked off on Sept. 23, and the competition is super fierce this...
    KILLING Eve's Jodie Comer is set to star in a "heart-breaking" new drama about a care home thrown into chaos by Covid-19. The 27-year-old actress and This Is England star Stephen Graham will explore the relationship between a young carer and their patient in Help. 5Jodie Comer will star in Channel 4's Help to highlight the struggles of care home workers and patients during Covid-19 Credit: PA:Press Association The new series will be set in a fictional Liverpool care home called Sunshine Homes and will highlight the challenges those in their positions faced when our lives were turned upside down by the deadly bug. Sarah (Comer) regularly looks after patient Tony (Graham), who has young onset Alzheimers, and she is the only nurse who can calm him down if he has one of his outbursts. This brings her great joy as she's always had trouble building relationships with...
    A leading financial adviser has revealed how she has adapted her spending in order to manage her money better this year during the coronavirus pandemic, and why buying your own home isn't the only way to retire early and rich. Canna Campbell, from Sydney, said the pandemic has taught us all a lot about navigating and looking after our finances, and for her it has been a huge opportunity to reassess. 'Understanding your money value system is the single most important way to get on top of your finances,' Canna said in a video on her YouTube channel. 'It helps you to deal with sacrifices better and really exercises your self-control when it comes to working on your financial goals.'  Scroll down for video  A leading financial adviser has revealed how she has adapted her spending in order to manage her money better this year during the coronavirus pandemic...
    FAIRFAX (KPIX) — COVID-19 didn’t stop an annual Marin County Thanksgiving Day tradition called the “Appetite Seminar,” said to be the longest-running mountain bike event in the country. It’s arguably one of the best (as well as the oldest) mountain biking events in the Bay Area and features a 20-mile trail ride along fire roads that comprise the Pine Mountain Loop. “It’s just a real special place out here, just quiet and serene,” said Larkspur resident Rich Gutierrez. Some of the pioneers of mountain biking gathered at the Fairfax Theatre on Thanksgiving in 1975 and, 45 years later, hundreds of mountain bikers ride for hours — working up a big appetite. “This is my first turkey ride and I’m really excited,” said San Rafael resident Anne Andree. The start of the Pine Mountain Loop Trail is a 45-minute, uphill ride out of downtown Fairfax. The climb isn’t easy...
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Fewer deer were killed in Missouri during the firearm portion of the hunting season. Hunters killed 176,604 deer during the 11-day season that ended Tuesday, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The opening weekend of the season, when the vast majority of deer are killed each year, was challenging for hunters, the Columbia Missourian reports. “Unfortunately, hunters were greeted by rain and high winds to start the season, resulting in harvest numbers falling behind last year’s mark early,” Jason Isabelle, cervid program supervisor for the Conservation Department, said in a news release. This year’s kill fell short of the 179,960 and 200,738 deer taken during the 2019 and 2018 November firearm seasons. Howell, Franklin and Texas counties were the top three, with 3,496, 3,409, and 3,374 deer taken, respectively. Several more deer seasons remain. A late youth season is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, and...
    India football stronghold mourns Our God Diego Natalie Keyssars photos capture a small-town Native American beauty pageant 30-Year Interest Rates for November 25, 2020 | Rates move down 30-year mortgage interest rates The average rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 2.92 percent, a decrease of 4 basis points over the previous seven days. This time last month, the average rate on a 30-year loan was less favorable, at 3.03 percent. Load Error At the current average rate, you'll pay principal and interest of $417.30 for every $100,000 you borrow. Compared to a week ago, that's $2.15 lower. Check out today’s daily mortgage rates article to learn how other purchase rates moved. 30-year fixed refi rates Today’s average refinance rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is 3.06 percent, an increase of 1 basis point over the past week. A month ago, the average rate on a 30-year...
    One of Paterson's most notorious street corners claimed another life Wednesday night during one of the deadliest years of violence in the Silk City in the past decade. The victim this time was shot in the chest at the corner of Van Houten and Summer streets shortly before 9:30 p.m. and pronounced dead moments later, responders said. Five shots in all were believed fired. It was unclear whether the shooter had been caught or a suspect identified. A shooting occurred at the same corner just five nights earlier. SEE: Two Shot In Paterson Four Blocks, 40 Minutes Apart It's happened often at Van Houten and Summer. A 26-year-old city man was shot and killed there on Sept. 15. SEE: One Dead, Another Wounded In Paterson Shooting Paterson police and city and Passaic County prosecutor's detectives work the scene.Paterson PD Ceasefire UnitThis makes 23 people killed by gunfire in the...
    Loading the player... The mother of a 21-year-old Philadelphia man who testified against an alleged gang member says her son was murdered for being a “snitch.” Khaleaf Sistrunk was shot last week while chatting with a friend across from City Hall. Two gunmen reportedly walked up to him and fired 11 times. He was hit in the face, neck, and chest, according to Inquirer.com. He died from his injuries at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Sistrunk’s mom, whose name is being withheld for her own safety, said her son was trying to do the right thing amid a violent war between groups of young men who live on 5th and 13th street in South Philadelphia. Read More: Judge nixes Trump bid to stop Philly vote count One of our founding students was murdered on Monday. He was a caring and gentle soul. He was loved and will be missed!...
    TODAY host Jenna Bush Hager broke down in tears on Wednesday as she was surprised by her family and friends on live TV. The TV host was celebrating her 39th birthday and has been forced to remain separated from her loved one due to the coronavirus pandemic. 8Jenna was left emotional as she saw her parents on screenCredit: NBC But for her special day, she was joined by her parents including former President George W. Bush, who told his daughter how "proud" he was of her. "Jenna, your dad and I are here together to wish you a very happy birthday," mom Laura Bush said. "We miss you, and we wish we could be with you on your birthday this year." The former president added: "Jenna Happy birthday, girl. We're very proud of you, and we love you." 8Jenna thanked Hoda for the surpriseCredit: NBC 8Her father was president for...
    The Eagles are doing their best to try to help Carson Wentz succeed within his limitations. A confidential source close to the Eagles told NJ Advance Media that the Philadelphia coaching staff has been fruitlessly trying to design simpler plays that lessen the load on their struggling signal-caller, whose performance this season has become a liability to the team. “Carson is a broken quarterback,” the source said. “Even when he throws a good ball, he’s skittish and unsure.” The 27-year-old fifth-year QB has completed 220 of 377 attempts this season (58.4 percent) for 2,326 yards, 24 touchdowns and a NFL leading 14 interceptions, which ties his career high (2016) through just ten games. He has led the team to a 3-6-1 record. The three wins came against a Nick Mullens-led 49ers team, the Giants and the Cowboys. Their strategy aims to ensure a receiver is open immediately so Wentz will...
    AJ Watt | Getty Images Are you stocking up on cold and flu meds for the winter? Buying an at-home Covid-19 test kit? If so, you are running out of time to use this tax-advantaged account for those purchases. Health-care flexible spending accounts, which may be available at your job, allow you to stash pre-tax dollars and tap them free of tax for qualified medical expenses. In 2020 and 2021, you can save up to $2,750. Though you can use the money as early as Jan. 1, you generally have until the end of the year to use up your funds — or else you forfeit them.VIDEO3:0303:03Healthcare executives discuss the limitations of telemedicineTechnology Executive CouncilThe IRS gives employers the choice of allowing workers to roll over some money into the following year — up to $550 for 2020 — or offering them up to 2½ months after the plan year...
    GORDON TAYLOR will step down as PFA chief executive at the end of the season - ending his 40-year reign as arguably the most powerful union baron in the country. Taylor, 75, has come under increasing pressure in recent years over his handling of the organisation. 2Gordon Taylor will step down as PFA chief executive at the end of the seasonCredit: PA:Press Association His departure, though, was signalled last year, to coincide with the promised Independent Review of the organisation. The PFA has already set up a panel, including Gary Neville, to identify his successor. Taylor and the union insisted his exit from the £2million per year job was not linked at all to the current criticism of the PFA’s role in dementia research. The former Birmingham winger will make his formal announcement at today’s Annual General Meeting of the PFA. Taylor said: "As I announced at our previous AGM,...
    Lisa Wrenn (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) In our house, Christmas comes early. Since we do a lot of entertaining we get a running start the day after Thanksgiving when we put up the tree. I don’t love the decorating so much as the “having decorated” part where we finally flick on the lights, crank Bob Dylan’s “Must Be Santa,” and toast our fine work with spiked eggnog. But this year, it all feels so different. A few days ago, as I stared at the spot where our Tannenbaum goes, I wondered what the point even was. There would be no party, no neighbors stopping by, no family flying in from far and wide. For the first time, I’m anticipating the holidays not with excitement, but with dread. The pit forming in my stomach had less to do with the tree itself, but with the fear of what fresh horror awaits...
    VIDEO3:5103:51Gold to $2,500? Breaking down Citi's bullish call for next yearETF Edge Gold's 2021 prospects look bright. Citigroup in recent weeks came out with a $2,500 price target on the yellow metal for 2021, comparing its mosaic of catalysts to that of gold's 1970-1980 bull market. Those catalysts are "very much in place," GraniteShares founder and CEO Will Rhind told CNBC's "ETF Edge" on Monday. "The stimulus ... would be probably the most obvious one, the one that's certainly driven gold prices for the majority of this year in 2020," he said. On top of that, the weaker dollar, rising inflation expectations, falling real yields and ongoing market volatility should all continue to boost prices, said Rhind, whose firm runs the GraniteShares Gold Trust (BAR). "The conditions that drove gold to an all-time high this year are very much still in place. I think it's just natural that once you...
    SOMETIMES it feels our kids outgrow their clothes in a matter of days - so it makes sense that most parents don't splash out on a whole new wardrobe for their little ones every year. But the same can't be said for mum Enkeleda Sulaj - who has spent a whopping £10,000 on her son Elensio's designer wardrobe. 14Enkeleda Sulaj has amassed over 26,000 Instagram followers thanks to Elsenio's designer wardrobeCredit: Caters News Agency From Gucci and Burberry to Versace and Moschino, this lucky toddler has a wardrobe we could only dream of - and he's just THREE years old. Enkeleda, 25, from Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, has amassed a staggering 26,000 followers on Instagram by showing off her son's trendy designer clothes and has even branched out onto TikTok too. The fashion-obsessed mum started Elsenio's Instagram account when he was just one-year-old - and she's also taught the youngster to...
    (CNN) — Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack is stepping down after 36 years, a tenure in which he transformed his family’s small business into a national presence, took the company public, and enacted a strong stance on the US gun debate. Stack, 65 years old, will take on the role of executive chairman and continue as a chief merchant, the company announced Tuesday. Dick’s President Lauren Hobart will ascend to the CEO role on February 1, becoming the company’s first female chief executive. Stack’s father founded the company in 1948, and Stack has served as chairman and CEO of Dick’s since 1984 when he and his siblings bought his father’s two small sporting goods stores in upstate New York. Under Stack’s leadership, the company now has more than 850 stores and nearly $9 billion in annual revenue. Dick’s became part of the US debate over guns when Stack took...
    Enrique Lores, CEO, HPScott Mlyn | CNBC HP shares rose as much as 9% in extended trading on Tuesday after the company reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts' estimates and provided an optimistic earnings forecast. Earnings: 62 cents per share, adjusted, vs. 52 cents per share as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv. Revenue: $15.3 billion vs. $14.7 billion as expected by analysts, according to Refinitiv. Revenue declined about 1% on an annualized basis in the quarter, which ended on Oct. 31, according to a statement. HP is forecasting 64 cents to 70 cents in adjusted earnings per share in the fiscal first quarter, higher than the Refinitiv consensus of 54 cents. HP's largest business segment, Personal Systems, which includes PC notebooks and desktops, delivered $10.4 billion in revenue, flat year over year and below the $10.5 billion consensus among analysts polled by FactSet. Within...
    The ongoing trend of a nation with very divided opinions shows up in a consumer confidence poll: Shoppers are upbeat in California but nervous nationwide. The Conference Board reports that its consumer confidence index for California was at 100 for November — up from a revised 93.7 a month earlier and down from 113.8 a year ago. In the month, the economy slowly improved but the pandemic that created a recession was regaining strength. Oh, and President Trump was defeated in his reelection bid by Joe Biden. Upbeat shoppers are good news for the state as the holiday gift-buying season goes on. Yet Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent retightening of business restrictions — including a limited curfew — might spook some consumers in the coming weeks. And who knows what politics will do to public psyche. Now let’s look at two measures inside the California index … 1. Consumers’ view...
    Organizers of New York City’s annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade who planned a scaled-back version of this year’s event due to the pandemic are limiting participation even further due to the sharp spike in COVID-19 case numbers across the Tri-State area. In a normal year, it takes between 8,000 and 10,000 people - from marching bands to float handlers to dancers - to stage the parade, which runs from West 77th Street and Central Park West to 34th Street and Broadway in Manhattan. But this year there will only be around 960 performers and staffers who will stage the parade. Earlier this month, organizers initially planned for 1,500 performers, but the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases prompted them to reconsider.  In normal times, an estimated hundreds of thousands of spectators would line the streets to catch a glimpse of the floats and balloons while many more would watch from the...
    Bebe Rexha took to Instagram to update fans with a number of new snapshots of herself. The successful singer is known for slaying with her outfits and turned up the heat with her most recent post. The “Baby I’m Jealous” hitmaker stunned in a semi-sheer black crop top with long sleeves. The item of clothing was low-cut and was tied up at the front. Rexha displayed her decolletage as well as her midriff. She paired the look with high-waisted black pants that featured popper buttons going down the side. She left the attire half unbuttoned, which helped expose her legs. Rexha black shoes that showcased her pedicured toes. She painted her short fingernails with a coat of polish and accessorized herself with dangling earrings and rings. Rexha styled her straight red hair down with a middle part. The 31-year-old treated her followers to four images and one boomerang within one...
    PRCA ProRodeo photo by James Phifer   COMANCHE, Okla. – The first time Ryan Jarrett qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2005, he was just 21 years old and looked like he could go days without shaving. Much has changed in the 16 years since, but Jarrett continues to be among the greatest cowboys to have ever played the game. He returns for his 12th trip to the NFR, set for Dec. 3-12 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. During that initial championship, the Georgia-born cowboy qualified in both tie-down roping and steer wrestling, then left Las Vegas as the third-youngest all-around world champion in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s history – only legends Ty Murray and Jim Shoulders were younger. Since then, Jarrett has dabbled in multiple events, but he’s maintained a focus on tie-down roping....
    New York (CNN)Dick's Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack is stepping down after 36 years, a tenure in which he transformed his family's small business into a national presence, took the company public and enacted a strong stance on the US gun debate.Stack, 65 years old, will take on the role of executive chairman and continue as chief merchant, the company announced Tuesday. Dick's (DKS) President Lauren Hobart will ascend to the CEO role on February 1, becoming the company's first female chief executive.Stack's father founded the company in 1948, and Stack has served as chairman and CEO of Dick's since 1984, when he and his siblings bought his father's two small sporting goods stores in upstate New York. Under Stack's leadership, the company now has more than 850 stores and nearly $9 billion in annual revenue.Dick's became part of the US debate over guns when Stack took a bold stance after 17...
    Welsh Chief Nursing Officer Professor Jean White has been announced to retire next year after a decade in the role. Before stepping down in Easter 2021, the Welsh government said Professor White would spend the remaining few months as the CNO continues to guide the nursing response to the corona virus infection. “Gene base in ensuring high quality nursing and midwifery services in NHS Wales” Welsh government spokesman Professor White, who trained as a general nurse in Swansea and as a theater nurse in Wales and London, was appointed CNO of Wales in 2010. During his 10-year tenure, Professor White “played a key role” in enacting the Nurse Staff Positions (Wales) Act 2016, which made Wales the first country in Europe to introduce secure staff positions. As a leading professional consultant on nursing and midwifery in the Welsh Government and Director of Nursing at NHS Wales, Professor White is at...
    If you’re already counting down the days till next year this Thanksgiving week, eager to be out with the old and in with the new, especially in this pandemic-torn year, I’d like to recommend that we still pause to count our blessings in 2020 – and even name them one by one. Why? Gratitude provides perspective and level sets today’s troubles, trials and tribulations.  I presume everyone could assemble their own individual list, but here are 20 things that I think many of us can be appreciative of as we approach Thursday’s celebration of Thanksgiving. NEWT GINGRICH: THANKSGIVING REMINDER – AMID HARDSHIPS, AMERICANS MUST REMAIN GRATEFUL 1. Doctors, nurses and medical professionals: Even at great risk to their own health, they have cared for millions of infected patients this year. 2. First responders: Because they’re willing to be available at all hours, you and I can sleep soundly each night. Especially in the...
    A 70-year-old came out of retirement to teach nursing. She died of covid-19 after a student exposed her. Joe Biden unveils his administration as Trumps firewall crumbles Tom Brady sure didnt look like Tom Brady again and the Bucs should be concerned This is the online version of our daily newsletter, The Morning Win. Subscribe to get irreverent and incisive sports stories, delivered to your mailbox every morning.  © Provided by For The Win The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Tom Brady over the offseason for moments like the one they found themselves in late in Monday night’s game against the Rams and yet again the GOAT didn’t look like the GOAT and the Bucs went home with another loss in a primetime game. Brady ran out onto the field with 2:36 remaining in the game and with the Bucs trailing by three points. For years we knew how these type of things...
    COVID-19 : For the first time in 60 years, world meat production has declined two years in a row. Light on a necessary and welcome development. In 2018, humanity swallowed 341 million tonnes of meat. But in 2020, emphasizes franceinfo, this consumption will not exceed 333 million tonnes. A gentle decline therefore, but unprecedented. At the origin of this decline: African swine fever in 2019 then the coronavirus in 2020. Watch (a video by Brut): Knowing that livestock is the source of 15% of global greenhouse gas production, the decrease in meat production is obviously good news for the planet. It remains to perpetuate this trend, and it is not yet won. For the time being, this development is mainly due to temporary health crises. For it to continue, there will necessarily have to be a general awareness that humanity must (on average) eat much...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Passenger traffic at Denver International Airport was brisk the Monday before Thanksgiving, though nothing like pre-COVID-19 days. The airport helped people flow through to visit family for the holiday and other travel. About 100,000 people came through last weekend, compared to a little more than 200,000 the weekend before Thanksgiving in 2019. Sunday had about 35,000 travelers. (credit: CBS) “You can live in fear or wait until you get the shot. We still got to go on. I mean we’re not getting any younger,” said Leslie Shaffer, who was there along with her husband to pick up her daughter-in-law and their 2-year-old grandson who had just arrived. “We’re going to do a little bit of a different Thanksgiving and social distance, not just just all sit around the table.” DIA has been quicker to recover than many of its peer airports said spokesperson Emily Williams for two...
    A former NYPD detective has blamed the violent crime surge currently plaguing the Big Apple on Black Lives Matter-inspired rioting, the defunding of the city’s police department and demoralized cops, warning ‘a law that isn’t enforced is not a law’. Retired cop Pat Brosnan made the damning assessment during an appearance on Fox’s America’s Newsroom on Monday, in which he contradicted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s claims the latest spike in crime has been caused by business and school closures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. ‘It’s a convenient narrative to lay the blame on the doorstep of COVID, granted, COVID is a contributing factor, there is no doubt about it,’ Brosnan said. ‘But, riots for fun and profit, a desecrated police department in both morale and operationally, and a completely destructed and destructed rule of law relative to the adherence to it are the main drivers here - they’re the...
    By Daniel Leussink TOKYO (Reuters) - Sixty-year-old Yashiro Haga is folding his Tokyo noodle ramen shop after 15 years in December, unable to overcome the prospect of a lasting customer slump due to the coronavirus crisis.     "The flow of people has changed due to the coronavirus," Haga said, standing behind the counter of his ground-floor shop, Shirohachi. "Customers aren't coming in and queuing up outside shops any longer."     The pandemic is damaging Japan's "mom-and-pop" restaurants - including noodle shops like Haga's - at a growing rate, despite evidence the government's massive effort to stave off bankruptcies is working in other sectors of the economy. Hurt by deflationary pressures and growing competition in the run-up to the now-delayed Tokyo Olympics, noodle bars are particularly prone to the economic malaise the pandemic triggered in the service sector. Small and mid-sized businesses like Haga's noodle bar employ about 70% of Japan's workers...
    This story was originally published on Nov. 22 by THE CITY. Sign up here to get the latest stories from THE CITY delivered to you each morning.  A gruesome discovery by transit workers last week — an arm inside a subway tunnel — underscored a troubling trend: a growing number of people ending up on the tracks. MTA statistics obtained by THE CITY show at least 720 instances of a “person on the roadbed” this year — including one Sunday morning in which police said a man survived after being shoved onto the tracks at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center in Brooklyn. That’s nearly as many as the 781 cases in all of 2019 and almost 200 more than five years ago — despite a steep pandemic-driven decline in ridership and the suspension of overnight passenger service. Some transit workers and homeless advocates believe the overnight shutdown could be driving the roadbed...
    By Dee-Ann Durbin and David Koenig | Associated Press About 1 million Americans a day packed airports and planes over the weekend even as coronavirus deaths surged across the U.S. and public health experts begged people to stay home and avoid big Thanksgiving gatherings. And the crowds are only expected to grow. Next Sunday is likely to be the busiest day of the holiday period. To be sure, the number of people flying for Thanksgiving is down by more than half from last year because of the rapidly worsening outbreak. However, the 3 million who went through U.S. airport checkpoints from Friday through Sunday marked the biggest crowds since mid-March, when the COVID-19 crisis took hold in the United States. Many travelers are unwilling to miss out on seeing family and are convinced they can do it safely. Also, many colleges have ended their in-person classes, propelling students to return...
    PHOTO BY DYLAN MELCHERFlorida’s unemployment rate dropped in October, reflecting the state’s continued push to reopen businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. But the severe economic impacts of the pandemic will result in additional weeks of state assistance next year for jobless people. The state Department of Economic Opportunity on Friday announced a 6.5 percent unemployment rate for October, down from a revised 7.2 percent in September. The new rate is based on mid-October data. Since mid-March, the department has received 4.68 million jobless claims, and Friday’s report estimates 659,000 Floridians qualified as unemployed in October out of a workforce of 10.1 million. That was a reduction of 72,000 from the number of people who qualified as unemployed in September. “What we are seeing right now is a trend of gaining jobs,” Adrienne Johnston, the department’s chief of the Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, told reporters Friday. “We actually gained a...
    Oklahoma mega-church under fire for holding Friendsgiving amid Covid spike How SpaceX Starlink broadband will envelop Earth and transform the sky 4 tips to land the best 15-year mortgage for your refinance Thanks to this year's breathtakingly low mortgage rates, refinancing remains a must for many homeowners — and it has taken on even more urgency as a new fee has led some lenders to push their refi rates higher. © @beachbumledford / Twenty20 How to get the best 15-year mortgage for your refi A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage might be a borrower's go-to loan for a refinance. But if you've been in your house a few years, refinancing to a 15-year mortgage can help you avoid dragging out the debt and piling up massive lifetime interest costs. Load Error The monthly payments on a 15-year home loan can be stiffer, but the interest rates are lower — currently...
    LaTonya Story is every retailer’s worst fear. With the viral pandemic re-surging through the country and the economy under threat, Story has decided to slash her holiday shopping budget. She’ll spend less than $2,000 this season, down from several thousand dollars in 2019. Worried about entering stores, she’s buying gifts online and going out only for groceries. “I want to be conservative,” said Story, a 47-year-old Atlanta resident. “I’m not a scientist, but the best precaution is to stay in place.” The acceleration of coronavirus cases is causing an existential crisis for America’s retailers and spooking their customers just as the critically important holiday shopping season nears. It’s also raising the risk that the economy could slide into a “double-dip” recession this winter as states and cities re-impose restrictions on businesses and consumers stay at home to avoid contracting the disease. An anxious consumer is a frightening prospect for retailers...
    CLAREMONT, The Bronx (WABC) -- An 85-year-old man was robbed while walking down the street in the Bronx.The victim was walking on 170th St in Claremont on Saturday morning when a woman approached him from behind. He was knocked to the ground.The woman then climbed on top of him and emptied his pockets. She got away with seven dollars.ALSO READ | 70-year-old woman struck by stray bullet speaks outEMBED More News Videos A 70-year-old woman spoke out days after she was struck in the face by a stray bullet while riding an MTA bus in Brooklyn. The man is in critical condition at the hospital.Police are still searching for the robber.ALSO READ: Gunfire leaves 2 men dead in front seats of car in Queens: PoliceEMBED More News VideosDiana Rocco has an update on a double fatal shooting in Queens. ----------* More Bronx news* Send us a news tip* Download the...