Takeaways, observations from Michigan’s win at Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — It wasn’t pretty, but who said it had to be? The ninth-ranked Michigan football team found another way to win on the road Saturday, rallying to beat Penn State, 21-17, before an announced crowd of 109,534 at Beaver Stadium.mlive.com
Jim Harbaugh, surging Michigan have another good day
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — It wasn’t that long ago when Jim Harbaugh was in Indianapolis with his would-be captains playing the hypothetical game. It was mid-summer and, for the first time ever under Harbaugh, the spotlight was no longer on the Michigan football program. A 2-4 season had prompted major changes, both with his coaching staff and roster. And sporting a fresh suit and new haircut, Harbaugh was at Big Ten Media Days eager to help sell it. Everyone was openly acknowledging the rivalry with Ohio State.mlive.com
Michigan’s Hutchinson, Ojabo continue their reign of terror on opposing QBs
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Just when you thought Aidan Hutchinson and David Ojabo couldn’t do any more, they turn in *that* kind of performance. In total, the Wolverines compiled a season-high seven sacks; three of them by Hutchinson, who set a new single-game career high, and two from Ojabo. “Those were havoc plays by the defense,” said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who himself lost track of the count. We made a lot of plays.”More: Overheard outside the locker room: No flinching vs. Penn StateWhile Michigan’s defense lived in the backfield on Saturday, it opened the door to big plays. “He knew we were coming,” said Hutchinson, named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award for nation’s best lineman.mlive.com
Overheard outside Michigan’s locker room: No flinching vs. Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – For the second time in three weeks, Michigan surrendered a lead in the second half against a quality opponent on the road. This time, the ninth-ranked Wolverines responded, scoring a late touchdown and coming up with a key defensive stop to beat No. 23 Penn State 21-17 Saturday in University Park.mlive.com
Michigan TE Erick All plays through injury, trash talk to score winning TD
He was sore and wanted to test it out on the field first before deciding whether to gut it out. All scored the go-ahead touchdown with 3:29 left in Saturday’s 21-17 win over Penn State, flipping momentum and keeping the Wolverines’ Big Ten hopes alive. The Nittany Lions went from trailing by eight points to up three, thanks to a 31-yard field goal with 5:55 to play, catching Michigan off guard. But nothing went for a big gain, prompting Penn State linebacker Ellis Brooks, described by All as “No. McNamara said afterward that Penn State had shown man-coverage in big-game situations like these in the past and praised Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis for recognizing it.mlive.com
Michigan beats Penn State late on TD throw from QB Cade McNamara
Michigan came prepared and, more importantly, ready to play Penn State amid cold, blustery conditions at Beaver Stadium. The game-winning score came moments after Penn State appeared to seize momentum, too, turning a McNamara fumble into a go-ahead field goal with 5:55 to play. Both went unblocked during the game and became difficult to contain, suffocating Clifford and the Penn State offense at times. The Nittany Lions mustered just 109 yards rushing, led by Keyvone Lee’s 20 carries for 88 yards. Penn State mustered just one touchdown in four red-zone trips.mlive.com
Michigan without Blake Corum, Gemon Green vs. Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Michigan will be without one of its top ball carriers today against Penn State. Like last week, expect Michigan (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) to lean on Hassan Haskins for production in the run game. Green also departed last week’s game with a injury, this one believed to be to his upper body, and never returned. But, as we saw last week, pre-game activity doesn’t necessarily translate to in-game snaps. • The all-important uniform update: Michigan will wear white tops and maize pants today, while Penn State dons its traditional blue tops and white pants.mlive.com
Freeland coaching protege returns ‘home’ with Croswell-Lexington team
The former Freeland football player and assistant coach doesn’t know what to expect when he actually leads his Croswell-Lexington football team onto the Freeland field. “Freeland football is special.”Cros-Lex brings a 10-1 record into the Division 4 quarterfinal, taking on a Falcons’ team that is also 10-1. When Townsend took over as the varsity coach, LeGrow followed and played for Townsend in his first two seasons as the Falcons’ varsity coach. I still shoot Coach Townsend text messages with questions.”LeGrow lived in Carrollton until moving to Freeland in the eighth grade. He joined the Hemlock coaching staff in 2015 for Huskies varsity coach Adam Clark.mlive.com
Trump and Giuliani’s false election claims led to official having 2 heart attacks, lawsuit says
The lawsuit claims James Savage, the voting machine warehouse custodian in Delaware County, suffered physical and emotional distress due to statements made by Trump, Giuliani and other Trump associates.washingtonpost.com
Woman raped on train as bystanders did nothing, police say
A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said “should have done something." Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said officers were called to the 69th Street terminal around 10 p.m. Wednesday after the assault on the westbound train on the Market-Frankford Line. An employee of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority who was in the vicinity as the train went past called police to report that “something wasn't right" with a woman aboard the train, Bernhardt said.news.yahoo.com
Royal Family member ‘being realistic’ about skin colour of Sussexes' baby, says John Barnes
Most black people think – “So what?” – about questioning the skin colour of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby, John Barnes has claimed, as he said the unnamed royal accused of asking the question was “being realistic”.news.yahoo.com
Israel strikes Gaza as Palestinians celebrate prison break
Israel launched airstrikes on what it said was a militant site in the Gaza Strip early Tuesday after Palestinians sent incendiary balloons into Israel in support of six Palestinian prisoners who had escaped from an Israeli prison the day before. Israeli forces were still scouring the country's north and the occupied West Bank for the escapees after the biggest prison break of its kind in decades.news.yahoo.com
GOP Sen. Pat Toomey: Trump should not be nominee in 2024
Retiring Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) told CNBC on Friday that he does not believe former President Trump should be the Republican presidential nominee in 2024, calling his behavior after the 2020 election "completely unacceptable."Why it matters: Toomey largely supported Trump and his agenda during his first term, but became one of seven Senate Republicans to vote to convict the former president after he was impeached for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Stay on top of the latest marketnews.yahoo.com
How to Watch the Little League World Series Final: Michigan vs. Ohio | Channel, Stream, Time
A team from Michigan taking on a team from Ohio, with a championship at stake....why not? ETWHERE: Volunteer Stadium (South Williamsport, Pa.)CHANNEL: ESPNSTREAM: FuboTV (7-day free trial)The tape-delayed airing of the annual T-Mobile Little League Home Run Derby is set for Sunday as well. Some of the best young baseball and softballers from around the country come to Williamsport for chance to show their stuff in the Little League Home Run Derby. BASEBALL PARTICIPANTSPetyon Andrie (East Region – Elmer (N.J.) Little League)Trey Ebel (West Region – Vineyard LL (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.))Maddox Gonzales (West Region – Road Runner Little League (Albuquerque, N.M.))Jaylin Jubray (East Region – Warick Little League (Newport News, Va.))Noah Kirby (East Region – Montoursville (Pa.) Little League)Jaron Lancaster (West Region – Honolulu (Hawaii) Little League)Camden Nishnick (West Region – Del Mar Little League (San Diego, Calif.))Aryan Punjabi (East Region – Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) Little League)SOFTBALL PARTICIPANTSCadence Beck (West Region – Marana (Ariz.) Little League)Isabella Dodson (East Region – Grosse Pointe (Mich.) Farms-City Little League)Jeweliana Farmer (East Region – Austintown (Ohio) Little League)Petra Hunt (East Region – Pittsford (N.Y.) Little League)Leah Loney (West Region – Johnston (Iowa) Girls Softball Little League)Jaslene Ramirez (West Region – Santa Fe (N.M.) Little League)Brooklyn Rutherford (East Region – Coeburn (Va.) Little League)Addison Yendrey (West Region – Goliad County (Texas) Little League)Check out the full LLWS schedule and results heremlive.com
Ohio beats South Dakota 5-2, reaches LLWS championship game
The West Side Little League squad from Hamilton, Ohio, became the first team from the state to reach the LLWS championship game. Ohio will play Sunday against Michigan, which defeated Hawaii 2-1 in the other semifinal. Wearing his cap just slightly crooked, Oden stared straight though the South Dakota order, locating and mixing his pitches efficiently.news.yahoo.com
Isolated from family, Hawaii Little Leaguers keep winning
While it took skill and Zack’s entire 4-foot-8 frame to make two leaping catches in his team’s 2-0 victory over Michigan on Wednesday night at the Little League World Series, his good fortune extends to having his father, Kevin, on the coaching staff as an assistant. Until they’re eliminated, all 16 teams at the tournament have been isolated to protect them from the coronavirus, living in the dormitories onsite in South Williamsport because the players are ages 10 to 12 and not eligible for vaccinations. Hawaii’s players and coaches have been quarantined from their families since Aug. 6, just before the start of the West regional tournament in San Bernardino, California.news.yahoo.com
Little League World Series - How to Watch on August 25 | Channel, Stream, Time
ETWHERE: Lamade Stadium (South Williamsport, Pa.)CHANNEL: ESPNSTREAM: FuboTV (7-day free trial)Honolulu showed why their offense is so lethal in their meeting with Nebraska on Sunday. Keanu ended up going 3-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored in the 11-3 victory. ETWHERE: Volunteer Stadium (South Williamsport, Pa.)CHANNEL: ESPNSTREAM: FuboTV (7-day free trial)The Ohio squad was able to stay alive in the World Series after knocking off Louisiana on Monday. Chase Moak also had a solid game, going 2-3 with an RBI as well. Gibson Turner chimed in with three RBIs and two runs scored while going 2-4 on the day.mlive.com
Little League World Series - How to Watch on August 24 | Channel, Stream, Time
A few 2-0 teams look to stay hot and take another step towards their group finals as the Little League World Series heads into day six of action on Tuesday. BASEBALL PARTICIPANTSPetyon Andrie (East Region – Elmer (N.J.) Little League)Trey Ebel (West Region – Vineyard LL (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.))Maddox Gonzales (West Region – Road Runner Little League (Albuquerque, N.M.))Jaylin Jubray (East Region – Warick Little League (Newport News, Va.))Noah Kirby (East Region – Montoursville (Pa.) Little League)Jaron Lancaster (West Region – Honolulu (Hawaii) Little League)Camden Nishnick (West Region – Del Mar Little League (San Diego, Calif.))Aryan Punjabi (East Region – Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) Little League)SOFTBALL PARTICIPANTSCadence Beck (West Region – Marana (Ariz.) Little League)Isabella Dodson (East Region – Grosse Pointe (Mich.) Farms-City Little League)Jeweliana Farmer (East Region – Austintown (Ohio) Little League)Petra Hunt (East Region – Pittsford (N.Y.) Little League)Leah Loney (West Region – Johnston (Iowa) Girls Softball Little League)Jaslene Ramirez (West Region – Santa Fe (N.M.) Little League)Brooklyn Rutherford (East Region – Coeburn (Va.) Little League)Addison Yendrey (West Region – Goliad County (Texas) Little League)HANK AARONTexas vs. New JerseyTIME: 3 p.m. ETWHERE: Lamade Stadium (South Williamsport, Pa.)CHANNEL: ESPNSTREAM: FuboTV (7-day free trial)Toms Rivers LL had to come from behind to stay alive in the World Series. ETWHERE: Lamade Stadium (South Williamsport, Pa.)CHANNEL: ESPNSTREAM: FuboTV (7-day free trial)The team from Hooksett, NH lived to fight another day after jumping ahead early against Tennessee.mlive.com
Little League World Series - How to Watch on August 20 | Channel, Stream, Time
ETWHERE: Lamade Stadium (South Williamsport, Pa.)Channel: ESPNSTREAM: FuboTV (7-day free trial)Taylor arrives at the LLWS as the first team from Michigan to compete since 2018. They punched their ticket by taking care of business and winning the Great Lakes Regional Championship. Eastlake (WA) vs. Wylie (TX)TIME: 7 p.m. They hammered their opponents 32-8, winning two games with double-digit runs, including beating Toms River (NJ) 10-3 in the regional championship. Tommy Sergio had a big tournament, batting well over .300 in the regional, including driving in four runs in the championship game.mlive.com
Coronavirus latest news: Backlog of heart patients will take five years to clear, experts warn
Macron grapples with new 'gilets jaunes' protests against vaccine passports Ditch the travel traffic light system, says former head of vaccine taskforce Middle class students will have upper hand in exam appeals system Army on standby to restock Britain’s shelves amid truck driver shortage Pubs and clubs that enforce vaccine passports could open fully during Covid surgesnews.yahoo.com
‘That Thing You Do’ Wonders reunion coming to Tigers minor league ballpark
ERIE, PA - The Detroit Tigers double-A team is hosting a “That Thing You Do” reunion featuring all four members of the Wonders. The reunion is scheduled at the game between the Erie SeaWolves and the Harrisburg Senators on Saturday, September 4 at 4:05 p.m. at UPMC Park. Meantime, the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive SeaWolves sunglasses in honor of the “Shades” Guy Patterson wore in the movie. To cap off the night, about 30 minutes after the game, fans can stick around and watch “That Thing You Do” on the UPMC Park video board from the outfield grass. Re-entry will be allowed so fans can go to their vehicles and get blankets or lawn chairs.mlive.com
Covid cases fall for sixth day in a row
Covid cases have fallen for a sixth day in a row, with scientists saying a combination of vaccines, the "pingemic", school holidays and good weather may be responsible. The daily reported infections for Monday stood at 24,940 – a drop of 14 per cent since Sunday and down 15,000 since the same time last week. Figures suggest all regions are now seeing declines, with big decreases in previously high areas such as the north east of England, where daily cases have fallen by two thirds since the peaknews.yahoo.com
Public Health England criticised for excluding reinfections from official Covid figures
Scientists working at Public Health England have defended the Government’s recording of daily Covid-19 figures after it emerged reinfections are not included in the daily numbers. A reinfection is when a person who has previously tested positive for Covid-19 recovers and then catches the virus and tests positive again. Weekly figures published by PHE show this is a rarity, and that such instances account for around 1.2 per cent of all daily cases. Official figures show that there have been arounnews.yahoo.com
The Latest: Trump blasts Fauci and Birx as 'self-promoters'
The Department of Health reported more than 10,000 new COVID-19 cases Monday, the highest since the pandemic hit the country. Fauci told CNN it seemed like the Trump virus team was “fighting with each other rather than fighting the virus.”AdIn his statement, Trump says “Dr. Texas has administered more than 10 million vaccine doses. Jared Polis has announced that residents over age 16 will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine starting Friday. Ad___NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson says it’s agreed to provide up to 400 million doses of its one-dose COVID-19 vaccine to African countries, starting this summer.
Palestinians get 60,000 vaccine doses through WHO program
The Palestinian Authority says it will receive 62,000 coronavirus vaccine doses through a World Health Organization partnership designed to help poor countries. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)JERUSALEM – The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday it will receive just over 60,000 coronavirus vaccine doses over the next 48 hours, the first shipment provided by a World Health Organization partnership aimed at helping poor countries. That's only enough doses to vaccinate 31,000 people out of a population of nearly 5 million Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Kamal al-Shakhra said authorities would receive 38,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 24,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. AdUntil now, the PA had received 2,000 doses from Israel and acquired another 10,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine.
The Latest: Nevada to open vaccination to everyone over 16
FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2021, file photo, people receive the COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada is making all residents ages 16 and older eligible for the coronavirus vaccine starting April 5 as part of its efforts to inoculate the population as quickly as possible. Dr. Marcela Nunez-Smith, the White House COVID-19 equity task force chair, says the administration is spending $150 million to broaden access to monoclonal antibodies. In contrast, Arizona and Montana are achieving equity in vaccine coverage, directing vaccines to counties with more economic and social disadvantages. AdThe CDC analyzed vaccine coverage through March 1 and included data representing 49.2 million people who had at least one dose.
4 people in Michigan won January $1.05B Mega Millions prize
In this Feb. 26, 2021, photo provided by the Michigan Lottery, attorney Kurt Panouses poses with a check on behalf of the winners of a Mega Millions lottery jackpot in Lansing, Mich. Four people in a suburban Detroit lottery club have won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions lottery jackpot and will share $557 million after taxes. (Michigan Lottery via AP)DETROIT – A four-member suburban Detroit lottery club won a $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot and will receive $557 million after taxes, officials said Friday. After taxes, the $776 million payment was reduced to about $557 million, the Michigan Lottery said. The $1.05 billion jackpot was the largest in Michigan Lottery history and the third-largest in the United States. Mega Millions is played in 45 states as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Creighton players express hurt over McDermott words in video
Creighton coach Greg McDermott shouts during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)OMAHA, Neb. – Five Creighton basketball players explained in a short pregame video Saturday why they were hurt by coach Greg McDermott's remarks in his locker room talk following a loss last weekend. AdCreighton players hadn't commented publicly about McDermott's remarks until five Black players spoke in the pregame video at CHI Health Center. Let's start the conversation.”The video ended in silence with all the Creighton players locked arm in arm on the court. “A lot of guys in that locker room were hurting from it, and I was hurting from what he said," Zegarowski said.
Creighton suspends Greg McDermott for 'plantation' remark
Creighton coach Greg McDermott shouts during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)OMAHA, Neb. – Creighton University suspended basketball coach Greg McDermott on Thursday night for using racially insensitive language while addressing the team after a game last weekend. McDermott publicly apologized Tuesday and again Wednesday for urging his players to “stay on the plantation” after the 14th-ranked Bluejays' 77-69 loss at Xavier. Assistant coach Alan Huss will serve as interim head coach for the home game against Butler on Saturday. “Coach McDermott and our athletics program must use this incident as an opportunity for growth and learning, as clearly more work needs to be done.”McDermott, in an apology he posted on Twitter on Tuesday, acknowledged saying: “Guys, we got to stick together.
Palestinian Authority faces criticism over vaccine rollout
But to date it has only acquired enough doses to inoculate 6,000 people in a population of nearly 5 million. “We have focused from the beginning on health workers, but there are around 100,000" in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, Health Minister Mai Alkaila told reporters on Tuesday. The PA acquired another 10,000 doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine. AdAlkaila said 2,000 doses have been shipped to Gaza, which is ruled by the Palestinian militant group Hamas and is under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade. Of the remaining 9,800 doses, she said 90% have been given to health workers.
NFL Draft 2021: ESPN’s Mel Kiper predicts Lions trade down from No. 7
7 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft? But ESPN’s Mel Kiper has been publishing mock draft predictions for *checks notes* more than 30 years, and he’s suggesting the Lions could trade down. In Kiper’s latest mock draft, the Lions trade the No. And then the Lions take Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons. Here’s what Kiper says:With the Lions moving down in my mock trade with the 49ers, that takes them out of the quarterback race but gives them extra draft capital.
US productivity in Q4 falls by largest amount in 39 years
The Labor Department reported that the third quarter increase in productivity was below the first estimate a month ago of a 4.9% increase. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)WASHINGTON – U.S. productivity in the October-December quarter fell by the largest amount in 39 years as the coronavirus pandemic roiled the labor market. The decline was the biggest quarterly setback since a 5.1% rate of decline in the second quarter of 1981. After falling 0.3% in the first quarter, productivity shot up at a 10.6% rate in the second quarter as millions of people lost their jobs. For all of 2020, productivity rose 2.6%, an improvement from a 1.7% gain in 2019 and an even lower 1.4% increase in 2018.
UK says new study vindicates delaying 2nd virus vaccine shot
Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Wednesday a new study suggesting that a single dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine may reduce transmission of COVID-19 categorically supports the government's strategy of taking more time between injections. Some countries, including France, have authorized the AstraZeneca vaccine only for use in people under 65, saying there is not enough evidence to say whether it works in older adults. AdBritain has Europe's deadliest coronavirus outbreak, with more than 108,000 deaths, and is in its third national lockdown as authorities try to contain a new, more transmissible virus variant first identified in southeast England. AdThat is a worry as the U.K. races to vaccinate its own population against the virus. Pollard said Oxford scientists believe the AstraZeneca vaccine will continue to offer protection against new variants of COVID-19, although they are still waiting for data on that.
Winning ticket of $1 billion Mega Millions lottery sold at Kroger in Novi
DETROIT – Local 4′s Priya Mann was live at the Kroger in Novi Saturday morning where one winning ticket was sold for the $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, making it the third-largest lottery prize in US history. The winning numbers drawn Friday are: 4, 26, 42, 50, 60 and a Mega Ball of 24. In a release issued Saturday the Michigan Lottery stated it will not know the identity of the winner until that person contacts the Lottery. The Kroger store is located at 47650 Grand River Avenue in Novi, according to the Michigan Lottery. Details: Lottery player who purchased ticket at Kroger in Novi wins $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot
Lottery player who purchased ticket at Kroger in Novi wins $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot
DES MOINES, Iowa – Someone in Michigan bought the winning ticket for the $1.05 billion Mega Millions jackpot, which is the third-largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The winning ticket was purchased at a Kroger store in the Detroit suburb of Novi, the Michigan Lottery said. The Mega Millions top prize had been growing since Sept. 15, when a winning ticket was sold in Wisconsin. Friday night's drawing came just two days after a ticket sold in Maryland matched all six numbers drawn and won a $731.1 million Powerball jackpot. Three tickets for a $1.586 billion Powerball jackpot were sold in January 2016, and one winning ticket sold for a $1.537 billion Mega Millions jackpot in October 2018.
No. 3 Villanova edges Seton Hall in return from 27-day break
3 Villanova win its first game in 27 days, 76-74 over Seton Hall on Tuesday night. Mamukelashvili scored 23 points and Rhoden had 19. Myles Cale pulled Seton Hall to 72-70 with 2:33 left and Nova’s Justin Moore was whistled for an offensive foul. Mamukelashvili tied it and the Seton Hall bench started chanting “Defense! Gillespie missed a 3 and Shavar Reynolds grabbed the defensive board to set up a late look for Seton Hall.
Trebek's last new 'Jeopardy!' episodes airing with a tribute
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, moderator Alex Trebek speaks in Hershey, Pa. Sony Pictures Television said Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, that Trebeks final Jeopardy! episodes will air the week of Jan. 4, concluding with a special tribute on Friday, Jan. 8. The longtime and beloved host died of pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8 at age 80. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)LOS ANGELES – The final new “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by Alex Trebek will air next week, with highlights that promise to be memorable. It was unexpected that the episodes taped in late October would be his final ones, Sony said.
US home prices rise at fastest pace in more than 6 years
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)WASHINGTON – U.S. home prices jumped in October by the most in more than six years as a pandemic-fueled buying rush drives the number of available properties for sale to record lows. That combination of strong demand and limited supply pushed home prices up 7.9% in October compared with 12 months ago, according to Tuesday's S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index. The biggest price gain was in Phoenix for the 17th straight month, where home prices rose 12.7% from a year ago. Home sales slipped in November, according to the National Association of Realtors, after rising steadily for the previous five months. The number of homes for sale fell to 1.28 million in November, the Realtors said, enough to last just 2.3 months at the current pace of sales.
FAA outlines new rules for drones and their operators
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)WASHINGTON – Federal officials say they will allow operators to fly small drones over people and at night, potentially giving a boost to commercial use of the machines. Currently, operators who want to fly a drone over people or at night need a waiver from the FAA. Small drones flying over people cannot have rotating parts capable of cutting skin. So-called remote ID was a requirement impose by Congress at the urging of national security and law enforcement agencies. Drone manufacturers will have 18 months to begin making drones with remote ID, and operators will have one year after that to start using drones with remote ID.
The Latest: 'Nova pauses hoops, coach Wright tests positive
Wright says in a statement issued Sunday by Villanova that he another staff member tested positive. ___Syracuse has paused all women’s basketball-related activities and contact tracing is underway after a positive COVID-19 test was confirmed within the program. Their next scheduled game is Thursday at home against North Carolina. One of the Bulls players tested positive after the game. The Gamecocks last played Dec. 17 against Temple.
AstraZeneca: Shot will be effective against COVID-19 variant
AstraZeneca chief executive Pascal Soriot also told the Sunday Times that researchers developing its vaccine have figured out a “winning formula” making the jab as effective as rival candidates. Partial results suggest that the AstraZeneca shot is about 70% effective for preventing illness from coronavirus infection, compared to the 95% efficacy reported by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. Asked about the vaccine’s efficacy against the new variant of coronavirus spreading in the U.K., Soriot said: “So far, we think the vaccine should remain effective. But we can’t be sure, so we’re going to test that.”British authorities have blamed the new virus variant for soaring infection rates across the country. Public health officials said on Dec. 24 that more than 600,000 people had received the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
Insurance shoppers: Plan now to trim next spring's tax bill
But they have to estimate their income for the coming year to figure out how much help they need in the form of tax credits. Those who make between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level can get some tax credit help paying their premium. This year, 400% of federal poverty amounted to $104,800 for a family of four. EXPLORE OPTIONS FOR HELPIt’s too late to adjust your tax credits for 2020. There’s enough time at that point to adjust tax credits if needed.
UK nixes Christmas gatherings, shuts London shops over virus
Shoppers wear face masks as they walk in Regent Street, ahead of the new Tier-4 restriction measures, in London, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Christmas gatherings cannot go ahead and non-essential shops must close in London and much of southern England as he imposed a new, higher level of coronavirus restrictions to curb rapidly spreading infections. “It is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you we cannot proceed with Christmas as planned,” Johnson said. While London fared relatively well in controlling the virus throughout the fall, the city now has the highest infection rates in England. The move will largely scrap Christmas gatherings in line with the rules for southern England.
Toughest COVID-19 rules extended to much of south England
Matt Hancock told lawmakers that cases in the southeast of England have risen 46% in the past week, while hospital admissions there are up by a third. In eastern England, cases are up two-thirds, and hospital admissions rose by nearly half. The extension of the restrictions means a total of 38 million people — or 68% of England's population — will be living under the highest level of restrictions, Tier 3, from midnight Saturday. Under the rules, all restaurants and pubs must close except for takeout services, and people can't socialize indoors or in most outdoor places. The extra cases weren't included on top of a reported 11,911 positive cases last week because of maintenance work on public health databases.
Police: 4 die after explosion at UK wastewater plant
Emergency services attend to a large explosion at a warehouse in Bristol, England, Thursday Dec. 3, 2020. A local British emergency services department says there have been multiple casualties following a large explosion at a warehouse near the southwest England city of Bristol. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)LONDON – Four people died following an explosion in a silo that holds treated biosolids at a wastewater treatment plant near the southwest England city of Bristol, police said Thursday. A fifth person was injured during the explosion at the plant in the industrial area of Avonmouth, but the injuries are not considered life-threatening, Runacres said. “Deeply saddened to learn that four people have lost their lives in the water works explosion in Avonmouth,” Johnson said on Twitter.
Heart condition forces Penn St. RB Brown to give up football
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Penn State running back Journey Brown says he has a heart condition that is forcing him to give up football. Penn State coach James Franklin told reporters Brown’s condition was not COVID-19 related, but it was discovered in September during “a routine COVID test.”“It’s heartbreaking,” Franklin told reporters. Neither Penn State nor Brown have indicated whether he tested positive for COVID-19, but the Big Ten requires cardiac screening and testing of those athletes who do before they can return to competition. Brown was Penn State’s leading rusher in 2019 and was expected to be one of the best backs in the country in 2020. Penn State is off to an 0-3 start and heading to Nebraska on Saturday.