U.S. mortgage rates jump significantly again
After U.S. mortgage rates rose modestly to start the New Year, they have jumped substantially in subsequent weeks, according to Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed mortgage rate averaged 3.56% for the week ending Jan. 20 — up from 3.45% last week. A year ago, mortgage rates stood at 2.77%. “Mortgage rates moved up again as the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose and financial markets adjusted to anticipated changes in monetary policy that will combat inflation,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “As a result of higher mortgage rates, purchase demand has modestly waned in advance of the spring homebuying season.mlive.com
'Orion's Fireplace': Flame Nebula is ablaze with color in stunning new image
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) shared a new image of the blazing Flame Nebula, located in the Orion Constellation. Also known as "Orion's fireplace," the colorful interstellar cloud of dust and gas is an emission nebula where new stars and planets form.space.com
Detroit Pistons vs. Charlotte Hornets - NBA (1/5/22) | Tip-Off, How to Watch
Dare I say it, the Detroit Pistons are on a winning streak. That’s right, Detroit Basketball is undefeated in the New Year, and they will look to keep that trend going on Wednesday when they travel south to take on the Charlotte Hornets. However, with the return of Cade Cunningham, and another great game from Saddiq Bey, Detroit put together another great second half. Check out more stories about the Detroit Pistons here on MLiveWhat: NBA BasketballWho: Detroit Pistons (7-28) vs. Charlotte Hornets (19-19)When: Wednesday, January 5Time: 7:00 p.m. ETWhere: Spectrum Center (Charlotte, N.C.)Channel: Bally Sports DetroitStream: DirecTV StreamCheck out the NBA standings and results on NBA.commlive.com
Saline implements mask mandate for all home sporting events
SALINE – Saline Schools announced Tuesday it will be mandating masks for all home sporting events moving forward as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the state of Michigan. “Saline Athletics will be strictly enforcing the wearing of masks at all sporting events, applying to all spectators and any player not actively playing,” the statement read. Thank you.”Michigan reported 61,235 new, reported coronavirus cases in the five days through the New Year’s holiday, which was a pandemic record. Saline joined Ann Arbor Public Schools with attempts to limit exposure of the virus as AAPS limited the number of spectators to its indoor sporting events last fall. At the collegiate level, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are each now requiring proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the home event.mlive.com
Michigan COVID-19 cases skyrocket, hitting record seven-day average of 12,442
Michigan reported 61,235 new, reported coronavirus cases in the five days through the New Year’s holiday and crushed a pandemic record. Michigan also recorded 298 deaths, a seven-day average of 91 a day from Thursday, Dec. 30, to Monday. A week ago, after the Christmas holiday, Michigan reported an average of 6,663 new, reported cases a day and 95 deaths. Below is a chart that indicates the seven-day average for new cases reported per day throughout the pandemic. Below is a chart that tracks the state’s seven-day average for reported COVID-19 deaths per day over the course of the pandemic.mlive.com
Air travel cancellations and delays continue across the U.S.
As winter weather pummels parts of the country and coronavirus cases surge, air travelers across the U.S. are still trying to get home from their holiday trips. CBS News transportation correspondent Errol Barnett joins "CBSN AM" with the latest.news.yahoo.com
New Year's celebrations toned down as COVID cases hit record highs nationwide
Sparse crowds were at the Vatican Saturday morning as Pope Francis conducted New Year’s Day Mass. On Friday, the Pope canceled his traditional New Year’s Eve visit to the nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square to discourage large crowds from forming. In Times Square, just 15,000 revelers rang in 2022. The muted celebrations come as COVID cases in New York City have skyrocketed in recent weeks. Elise Preston reports.news.yahoo.com
Japan's emperor prays for pandemic dead in New Year message
Japan’s Emperor Naruhito offered prayers for those who died during the pandemic, taking to video for the second straight year for his New Year’s greeting on Saturday, having canceled public palace gatherings to curb coronavirus infections. Sitting before a bonsai tree with his wife Masako, Naruhito praised and thanked doctors and other health care workers, and expressed concern for countries lacking access to vaccines and adequate hospital systems. Japan has recorded more than 18,000 COVID-19-related deaths, but the pace of deaths has fallen in recent months.news.yahoo.com
Arsenal FC vs. Manchester City FC - Premier League (1/1/22) | How to Watch, Start Time
Two of the hottest teams in the Premier League bring in the New Year with style, with the defending champs continue to hunt down history, as Manchester City heads to North London to meet up with Arsenal. Manchester City certainly is showing that they want to win back-to-back league titles for the second time in club history. Heading into the weekend, they lead the Premier League with 50 points, eight clear of second-place Chelsea. What: English Premier League FootballWho: Arsenal FC (11-6-2) vs. Manchester City (16-2-2)When: Saturday, January 1Time: 7:30 a.m. ETWhere: Emirates Stadium (London, England)Channel: USA NetworkStream: FuboTV (7-day free trial), Sling, DirecTV Stream, PeacockCheck out the Premier League tables and results heremlive.com
How to Watch “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022” stream live
Tonight at 8/7c, usher in the new year with “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Celebrate with host Ryan Seacrest, and stream the beginning of 2022 for free with a FuboTV subscription. “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022″ will feature killer performances of this year’s most iconic songs. Marking the 50th anniversary of America’s most-watched New Year’s celebration, the annual live and television event is delivering only the best in musical entertainment. Where to watch:Tune in tonight at 8/7c for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022″ when you register for FuboTV (7-day free trial). About the show: “ABC and MRC Live & Alternative today announced the performance lineups in Times Square and New Orleans for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022.” This year marks the 50th anniversary of America’s go-to annual New Year’s tradition that celebrates the year’s very best in music.mlive.com
Join the ‘Party in Your Parka’ street bash in downtown Muskegon New Year’s Day
MUSKEGON, MI – A street party will be thrown in downtown Muskegon to celebrate the New Year, and you’re invited. The Muskegon Lumberjacks are hosting the “Party in Your Parka” event downtown outside the Mercy Health Arena. The arena at 470 W. Western Ave. is in the heart of the city’s social district. Party in Your Parka had been an event sponsored by the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex at Muskegon State Park. The complex held its last party in 2018, explaining that the event had been too taxing on the complex’s staff and resources.mlive.com
‘Yellowstone’ New Year’s marathon, how to watch Seasons 1-4 starting Thursday
Just like they did over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Paramount Network is serving up a heaping helping of the world’s favorite Western ranch drama with a New Year’s marathon of the smash hit “Yellowstone.”Starting Thursday, Dec. 30 at noon, Paramount will kick off a “Yellowstone” marathon running Seasons 1-4 back-to-back. The marathon will end on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m., when the “Yellowstone” Season 4 finale is set to air. There has already been a buzz on social media threads that at least one major character will exit the show during that finale. (Editor’s note: Please, don’t let it be Rip!) How to watch the “Yellowstone” New Year’s Marathon:mlive.com
New COVID-19 cases in US soar to highest levels on record
By KATHLEEN FOODY Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to the highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average, a surge driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant. The previous mark was 250,000 cases per day, set in mid-January, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University. While hospitalizations sometimes lag behind case numbers, the figures may indicate omicron is not making people as severely ill as previous versions, as many experts suspect. COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have climbed over the past two weeks from an average of 1,200 per day to around 1,500. Several European countries, including France, Greece, Britain and Spain, also reported record case counts this week, prompting a ban on music at New Year’s celebrations in Greece and a renewed push to encourage vaccination by French authorities.mlive.com
2021 College Football Bowl Games on December 29 - Alamo Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl and More | Kickoffs, How to Watch
Some more great action on the college football bowl schedule for Wednesday, including our first matchup between two ranked opponents this bowl season. Watch the 2021 College Football Bowl Season on FuboTV (7-day free trial)VALERO ALAMO BOWL#14 Oregon Ducks vs. #16 Oklahoma SoonersTwo schools that had College Football Playoff aspirations meet prior to the New Year. Oregon ended the regular season at 10-3, and are hoping to come out victorious in the program’s 34th bowl game. They are 13-20 in the bowl season, and are seeking their first win the 2016 Belk Bowl. Maryland is sort of happy to be even in the bowl season, after going .500 during the regular season.mlive.com
Mental health is critical for Michiganders that are looking to overcome negative feelings
Many people report that their stress and anxiety levels rise this time of year. So local mental health expert Dr. Jennifer Peltzer Jones from Henry Ford Emergency Behavioral Services is here to help circumvent that frame of mind with tips that can help change your way of thinking.
Kick off New Year’s 2022 with ‘First Day Hikes’ at Michigan state parks
LANSING -- No matter what your New Year’s resolutions may be, spending time in nature is a great way to start 2022 on the right foot. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is encouraging folks to kick off the New Year with First Day Hikes, a national initiative to get people outdoors on New Year’s Day. Last year the program saw nearly 55,000 people nationwide collectively hiking more than 133,000 miles on January 1.mlive.com
Danes orders eateries to close early, bans large concerts
The Danish government has decided that school students up to the 10th grade must study remotely for the last few days before Christmas and ordered nightclubs, bars and restaurants to close at midnight in an attempt to counter an uptick in COVID-19 caseswashingtonpost.com
Mid-American Conference Championship: Kent State vs. Northern Illinois (12/4/21) | How to Watch, Start Time
On Saturday, two teams look to clinch conference bragging rights and possibly a better bowl game closer to the New Year, as the Northern Illinois Huskies get set to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes. Watch college football on FuboTV (7-day free trial)One of their losses came at the hands of Kent State. In a winner-take-all game against the Miami RedHawks, the Golden Flashes outlasted their opponents in a wild 48-47 overtime win. Their first shot at a MAC Championship came back in 2012, when the Huskies knocked off Kent State in overtime. What: Mid-American Conference Championship (NCAA Football)Who: Kent State Golden Flashes (7-5, 6-2 MAC) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (8-4, 6-2 MAC)When: Saturday, December 4Time: 12:00 p.m.mlive.com
Confessed killer set for parole while victims’ family and prosecutor try to stop it
It is still painful for the family as Robert Miles avoided life in prison by pleading guilty to Second Degree Murder. We first talked with Crystal 5 years ago when Miles was up for parole for good behavior in prison. His prison sentence was 30 to 60 years for pleading guilty to Second Degree Murder. Because he's mentally not right.”State Corrections officials tell us Miles was granted parole because the Parole Board has no substantial means 30 years later to keep him locked up. I saw I'm 44 years old and I still have nightmares.”The Wayne County Prosecutor is working with Crystal going to court to try to stop the planned release and appeal the parole board decision.wxyz.com
Azeri president marks Nowruz in retaken cultural city
Aliyev marked the Nowruz holiday by lighting a ceremonial fire outside Shusha, a culturally revered city that Azerbaijan took from Armenian forces in last autumn's war. Shusha, a center of Azeri culture for centuries, came under Armenian control in 1992 in fighting over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region. (Vugar Amrullaev, Azerbaijani Presidential Press Office via AP)MOSCOW – Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev marked the Nowruz holiday Saturday by lighting a ceremonial fire outside Shusha, a culturally revered city that Azerbaijan took from Armenian forces in last autumn’s war. Shusha, a center of Azeri culture for centuries, came under Armenian control in 1992 in fighting over the separatist Nagorno-Karabakh region. “Today we are celebrating Nowruz in our ancient city Shusha, the cultural capital of Azerbaijan.
Michigan football players turn over a new leaf
Michigan’s football team has hit the reset button. A new-look staff, players say, has reinvigorate the program as Michigan turns over a new leaf entering week two of its 15-practice spring schedule. “As a football player, you got to have a short-term memory, because if you get scored on, you can’t keep dwelling on it. “We had a disappointing season last year, so just want to get back to our usual 10-11 win seasons and, hopefully, continue to get better,” Hutchinson said. MORE: Michigan RB Hassan Haskins a big fan of new assistant Mike HartNew-look Michigan coaching staff has players ‘fired up’Michigan walk-on QB commit already has beaten the oddsmlive.com
Where to order delicious paczki for in the Detroit area for Fat Tuesday
click to enlarge Courtesy of Union JointsThe hedonistic holiday of Paczki Day in Detroit is one filled with tradition and glazed with Polish heritage. When it comes time to celebrate the Christian-adjacent holiday of Fat Tuesday, we line up outside Hamtramck bakeries, which annually stuff us silly with classic plum, prune, rose, or raspberry treats. Though this year's festivities may look and feel a bit different due to the pandemic, with many of the usual paczki providers pivoting to pre-order only availability, there is no shortage of the decadent, calorie-packed treat in metro Detroit. Fat Tuesday, which falls on Feb. 16 this year, is the perfect time to re-evaluate those pesky New Year's goals, but only after you indulge in a paczek from one — or several — of these local paczki pushersmetrotimes.com
Metro Detroit weather: More snow tonight -- here’s what to expect
Highs in the low to mid 30s (0 to 1 degree Celsius), with a north wind becoming northeast at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday snow forecastHighs Tuesday should once again be in the low to mid 30s (0 to 1 degrees Celsius). Snow ends Tuesday evening, with lows in the mid 20s (-5 to -4 degrees Celsius). Becoming partly cloudy by late Wednesday night, and the clearing skies will allow temperatures to fall into the mid-teens (-10 degrees Celsius). Weekend outlookIncreasing clouds on Saturday, with highs in the low 30s (0 degrees Celsius).
Metro Detroit weather: Cold, cloudy Saturday evening gives way to snowy Sunday
After blue skies Saturday afternoon, we’ll have fair skies across Metro Detroit Saturday evening. Saturday evening will be very cold under fair to partly cloudy skies. Sunday will be cloudy with scattered light snow from a weak clipper system. Afternoon temps will be in the low 30s each day. Tuesday remains snowy with on-and-off light snow after sunrise and throughout the rest of the day.
Macron calls on Biden for greater US military involvement
(Stephane Mahe/Pool Photo via AP)BREST – French President Emmanuel Macron hoped on Tuesday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will show a greater military commitment to fight against Islamic extremists in several theaters of conflict and especially in the Middle East. Macron stressed that France has maintained its efforts to fight against the Islamic State group in the region. About 900 French troops are currently taking part in the U.S.-led international coalition. In his speech, Macron also suggested he is considering a partial troop pullout in Africa’s Sahel region, an “adjustment” he presented as a consequence of successes achieved by French forces last year and an expected greater involvement of other European countries. The deployment of about 5,100 troops in five West African countries represent France’s largest military operation abroad.
Moon urges Biden to learn from Trump's N. Korea diplomacy
South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during an on-line New Year press conference with local and foreign journalists at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Jeon Heon-kyun/Pool Photo via AP)SEOUL – South Korea’s president on Monday urged the incoming Biden administration to build upon the achievements and learn from the failures of President Donald Trump’s diplomatic engagement with North Korea. Biden has accused Trump of chasing the spectacle of summits rather than meaningful curbs on the North’s nuclear capabilities. And while Moon acknowledged that Biden is likely to try a different approach than Trump, he stressed that Biden could still learn from Trump’s successes and failures in dealing with North Korea. “The start of the Biden administration provides a new opportunity to start over talks between North Korea and the United States and also between South and North Korea,” which have stalled amid the stalemate in nuclear negotiations, Moon said.
Metro Detroit weather: Still slippery with flurries, snow showers Sunday evening
It remains slippery Sunday evening, with flurries and light snow showers continuing to fall. It remains a bit snowy overnight on Sunday and during MLK Day on Monday, but accumulations will be light. Snow showers continue Sunday evening. As we celebrate and reflect, it will be chilly and mostly cloudy with on-and-off flurries and snow showers. Tuesday will have on-and-off snow showers with highs in the low 30s.
Metro Detroit weather: A few flakes Saturday, more snow expected Sunday
Scattered snow flurries and light snow showers are appearing on Storm Tracker 4 just before dinner on Saturday. Scattered flurries and light snow showers develop mainly north of Eight Mile Road. It gives us a chance of scattered snow showers during the day Sunday. Neighborhoods north of Eight Mile Road, particularly those in Livingston County, have a better chance of receiving over an inch of snow. In Detroit and south of Eight Mile Road, some rain may mix with snow and a trace to one inch of snow is possible.
Germany's Merkel: Trump's Twitter eviction 'problematic'
FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for photographs after the television recording of her annual New Year's speech at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel considers U.S. President Donald Trump's eviction from Twitter by the company “problematic,” her spokesman said Monday. Twitter permanently suspended Trump from the microblogging platform on Friday, citing a “risk of further incitement of violence” in the wake of the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the outgoing president. “Seen from this angle, the chancellor considers it problematic that the accounts of the U.S. president have now been permanently blocked.”Facebook on Thursday suspended Trump’s account through Jan. 20, the day of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, and possibly indefinitely. Merkel herself does not have a Twitter account, although Seibert does and many German government ministers do.
Metro Detroit weather: Chilly Sunday evening under mostly cloudy skies
Tranquil weather continues to bring relief, or at least not add to the rigor, Sunday evening, Sunday night and early this week. Sunday evening will be mostly cloudy and chilly. Thursday becomes cloudy with afternoon temps near 40 degrees or a bit more. Friday will have rain and snow showers with daytime temps near 35 degrees. Remember to download the FREE Local4Casters weather app -- it’s easily one of the best in the nation.
Metro Detroit weather: Fair skies as 3 planets align Saturday evening
After highs in the low 40s and sunshine all day, skies will be fair Saturday evening. An amazing three-planet conjunction has a good chance of being visible as it becomes chillier at night. Overnight lows return to the low and middle 20s, which is barely higher than the average low temperature of 19 degrees. Thursday and Friday will have cloudier skies with Thursday rain showers turning to snow showers Thursday night and Friday. Remember to download the FREE Local4Casters weather app -- it’s easily one of the best in the nation.
Sheriff's office to continue limiting services, visitors
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office will continue to limit in-person services as the department begins the New Year. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will continue to limit in-person services as the department moves forward with its administrative transitions, including some staff promotions, to kick off the New Year. “In 2020, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office was forced to suspend what was viewed as non-essential services to mitigate employee and citizen exposure to COVID-19,“ Goodnough said. The sheriff’s office records division is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and may be reached to request an appointment at 734-240-7415. They are:Brian FranciscoBrian Francisco, who has worked for the sheriff’s office since 2003, was promoted to road patrol sergeant.monroenews.com
At last it’s 2021
So, my prediction #1: people in 2021 will waste good money buying nonsense. Prediction # 3: Just as fear showed itself to be wide and deep in these United States, nothing will lessen this in 2021. Police roadblocks prevent travel from town to town unless you can prove you have the right to enter. Prediction # 4: Doing more of the same and expecting different results will remain popular in 2021. I see no chance these tools will be abandoned in 2021.monroenews.com
Metro Detroit weather: Temps near freezing this slippery Sunday evening
The start of the first full week of 2021 did not disappoint snow lovers, as one to five inches of snow fell across the region. Sunday evening will be cloudy with re-freezing likely on untreated surfaces Sunday night. Our Jan. 3 snow storm dropped one to three inches of snow, generally. Sunday evening will be cloudy and chilly. Remember to download the FREE Local4Casters weather app -- it’s easily one of the best in the nation.
Looking ahead in 2021: The U.S., no longer AWOL on the world stage
One thing, at least, used to be predictable in this world: crowds gathering around the globe to celebrate as the New Year rolled in. And there is no immediate improvement in all the issues the world is facing just because the date has now changed to 2021. "Definitely not," replied Madeleine Albright, who was U.S. Secretary of State 20 years ago, when the world was a different place. U.S. President Donald Trump confronted by world leaders (including German Chancellor Angela Merkel) at the 2018 G7 Summit. We have to have the bandwidth," Albright said.cbsnews.com
Zimbabwe returns to restrictions amid rise in virus cases
Thousands of people attend a music concert to celebrate New Year's in the Mbare suburb of Harare, Zimbabwe, early Friday, Jan 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)MUTARE – In response to rising COVID-19 numbers, Zimbabwe has reintroduced a night curfew, banned public gatherings, and indefinitely suspended the opening of schools. “We are being overwhelmed and overrun,” Information Minister Nick Mangwana warned, saying the country's hospitals are rapidly reaching capacity with COVID-19 patients. Zimbabwe recorded 1,342 cases and 29 deaths in the past week, “the highest number recorded so far,” Vice President Constantino Chiwenga said, announcing the strict measures. Funerals are now limited to 30 people while other gatherings such as weddings and church services are banned for 30 days.
Metro Detroit weather: Freezing Saturday evening gives way to snowfall Sunday
Then, chilly but unremarkable weather is back for much of next week -- which is what we love in Detroit this time of year. Temperatures return to the freezing mark, and people must watch out for re-freezing on roads and sidewalks. As it expands, light snow will spread across the region, from Lenawee and Monroe counties northward over Detroit and through the thumb by dawn. Sunday will be cloudy with light snow, especially in the morning and midday. Remember to download the FREE Local4Casters weather app -- it’s easily one of the best in the nation.
Asia Today: Australian state under fire for slow response
Trace testing has linked the new Melbourne coronavirus cluster to the New South Wales outbreak. The newest occurred at midnight Friday when Victoria closed its border to New South Wales, prompting traffic bottlenecks as people raced to beat the closure. Once in Victoria, COVID-19 testing sites saw long queues as travelers lined up for mandatory testing. South Korea reported 824 new cases, raising the national tally to 62,593 with 942 deaths. — Thai authorities are planning to launch two levels of restrictions of activities for highly controlled areas where coronavirus cases are on the rise.
The Latest: S Korea extends distancing rules for 2 weeks
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, intensive care units in several parts of Texas were full or nearly full. India and Brazil trail behind the U.S. in coronavirus cases at over 10 million and 7 million, respectively. ___MILAN, Italy — Italy added another 462 virus deaths on Friday for a known pandemic death toll of 74,621, the highest in Europe. ___BANGKOK — The Thai capital is shutting down venues including schools and entertainment parks as coronavirus cases continue to spread. China on Friday reported a total of 19 new virus cases, including 10 that were brought from outside the country.
Local 4 News at 11 -- Dec. 31, 2020
Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at 11:Winter weather advisory issued for Southeast Michigan from noon Friday until Saturday morningEverything thus far remains consistent with our New Year’s storm, but fortunately, we’ll get through our New Year’s Eve dry (granted, we’re not supposed to be going out to parties, but some undoubtedly will, and at least the roads will be dry). Friday starts dry. Then, snow and freezing rain will move in from south to north, so those in our South Zone will see it before those in our North Zone.
How people are celebrating New Year’s Eve in downtown Northville amid COVID restrictions
NORTHVILLE, Mich. – It may not be your normal New Year’s Eve celebration, but many are still ready to bring in 2021 in Downtown Northville -- whether outside in the cold or something a little more warmer. “We’re just going to go home and have some dinner, just alone with our little puppy,” said Carol Seneker. “Well we did a little shopping in Downtown Northville today and we’re going to go home and spend it with my wife and family and bring in the new year,” said Sean Carlson. We are, I think, all ready for 2021,” said Mayor Turnbull. “Oh yes, yes.
Metro Detroiters celebrate New Year’s Eve in downtown Northville amid COVID restrictions
NORTHVILLE, Mich. – There has never been a more anticipated end to the year than in 2020 -- and even amid the pandemic, Metro Detroiters are not missing the opportunity to say kiss the year goodbye. New Year’s Eve celebrations in Michigan look different this year due to COVID restrictions, but some Metro Detroiters took to downtown Northville on Dec. 31, where outdoor businesses were ready to welcome them. Businesses and restaurants in downtown Northville have taken advantage of outdoor structures and heaters to continue offering services amid the state’s coronavirus restrictions. More: Heated outdoor ‘pods’ installed to keep downtown Northville businesses goingLocal 4′s Larry Spruill visited Northville on New Year’s Eve and found crowds of people enjoying the outdoor space with their friends and family. LIVE STREAM: 2021 New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop virtual event
Local 4 News at 4 -- Dec. 31, 2020
Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at 4:Winter weather advisory issued for Southeast Michigan -- Full forecast nextEverything thus far remains consistent with our New Year’s storm, but fortunately, we’ll get through our New Year’s Eve dry (granted, we’re not supposed to be going out to parties, but some undoubtedly will, and at least the roads will be dry).
Winter weather advisory issued for Southeast Michigan from noon Friday until Saturday morning
Winter weather advisoryThe National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in anticipation of the hazardous conditions. The advisory is in effect for Wayne, Monroe and Lenawee counties from noon Friday through 12 a.m. Saturday (midnight Friday into Saturday). The advisory is in effect for Washtenaw, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, St. Clair, Lapeer, Genesee, and Sanilac counties from noon Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday. Then, snow and freezing rain will move in from south to north, so those in our South Zone will see it before those in our North Zone. Rain and freezing rain will changeover to some snow between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday, which should end by 6-7 a.m. Saturday.
S&P 500 ends at another record high as tumultuous 2020 ends
The benchmark S&P 500 index finished with a gain of 16.3% for the year, or a total return of about 18.4%, including dividends. And the S&P 500 rose or fell by at least 1% on twice as many days in 2020 than it did, on average, since 1950. The electric car maker jumped 743.4% in 2020 for the biggest gain in the S&P 500. All told, the S&P 500 set 33 record highs in 2020. The S&P 500 rose 24.03 points, or 0.6%, to 3,756.07, an all-time high.
Michiganders hate 2020 more than any other Americans, data shows
According to new research, Michigan residents expressed more hatred for this year than Americans in any other state -- particularly on Twitter. Tech company Someka Excel Solutions reportedly tracked more than 900,000 tweets containing negative comments about 2020, rifling through hashtags and keywords like “I hate 2020,” “2020 is the worst” and “horrible year,” officials said. Using geotagging data from Twitter, Someka identified which states the most negative sentiments were tweeted from -- and Michigan was number one. Michigan residents were the most negative about the year on Twitter, according to the data. 🌟 Become an Insider 🌟Introducing WDIV Insider: A new way for loyal Local 4 fans to gain access and customize your ClickOnDetroit news experience.
Tokyo trading closed for holiday, other Asian indexes mixed
FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020, file photo, an employee tolls the closing bell during a ceremony of the last trading day at the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo. Major Asian bourses were closed for the New Year's holidays Thursday, Dec. 31, while the handful that remained open was mixed. (JPX via AP)Major Asian bourses were closed for the New Year's holidays Thursday while the handful that remained open was mixed. Trading was closed in Tokyo and South Korea. The Tokyo exchange marked the end of trading for the year Wednesday, with the Nikkei falling 0.5%, and trading will not reopen until Monday next week.
Thailand imposes new restrictions amid coronavirus outbreak
Thailand generally has been viewed as successful in combating the coronavirus, due partly to its well-regarded public health infrastructure and people’s adherence to mask-wearing and other protocols. But cases have jumped significantly since an outbreak was detected last week among migrants from Myanmar working at a seafood market in Samut Sakhon province. Samut Sakhon Gov. Weerasak Wijitsaengsri tested positive for the virus after meeting Sunday with senior health officials including Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. Samut Sakhon was put under lockdown on Dec. 19, followed by Samut Songkhram and Samut Prakarn.
Asian shares mixed as boost from US stimulus package fades
Asian shares were mixed Wednesday after a lackluster day on Wall Street, as the boost from President Donald Trumps signing of the coronavirus relief package faded. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)Asian shares were mixed Wednesday after a lackluster day on Wall Street, as the boost from President Donald Trump’s signing of the coronavirus relief package faded. It is still on track to end the month 7.7% higher, more than twice as much as the S&P 500. The S&P 500 fell 8.32 points to 3,727.04. With two days of trading left in 2020, the S&P 500 is up 15.4% this year, while the Nasdaq is up 43.2%.
Asia Today: Governor of hotspot Thai province infected
Hata was the son of late Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata, who headed an opposition-led government in 1994. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s government has been reluctant to impose tougher restrictions that would further damage the pandemic-hit economy. South Korea on Monday registered 808 new coronavirus cases, raising its national caseload to 57,680 with 819 deaths. Sri Lanka has confirmed 41,053 coronavirus cases, including 191 fatalities. The government also announced 5,854 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the country's total to 719,219 confirmed cases, including 21,452 deaths.
J. Lo, Billy Porter to perform at 'New Year’s Rockin’ Eve'
NEW YORK – Jennifer Lopez will help bring in the New Year with a headlining performance in New York’s Time Square for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021." Other performers include Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter and Jimmie Allen. Lauper and Porter collaborated on the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots" and they will join forces for a special performance during the TV special, which will air on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern. “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021" will run until 2 a.m. Eastern on Jan. 1. Seacrest is returning to host the event for a 16th year, and he will be joined by Porter and Lucy Hale in New York.