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NFL player Vontaze Burfict arrested in Las Vegas on battery charge

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former NFL player Vontaze Burfict, a linebacker who in 2019 received the most severe punishment in league history for an on-field infraction, was arrested Saturday in Las Vegas, according to court records. Online records for Las Vegas Justice Court said Burfict was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge. The records did not list a defense attorney for Burfict who could comment on his behalf about the allegation. Burfict, 30, was released on his own recognizance, according to court records. Police officials did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press and circumstances of Burfict’s arrest weren’t immediately available. Burfict was playing for the Oakland Raiders when the NFL on Sept. 30, 2019, suspended him for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts ...

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Religious right eyes Biden warily after Trump’s good favor

By Elana Schor | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Conservative evangelical Christians have proven some of Donald Trump’s staunchest allies during his presidency. As his administration draws to a close, some of those backers are approaching President-elect Joe Biden with skepticism, but not antagonism. Christian conservatives who stood by Trump through moments of crisis and success are hardly comfortable with his loss, and several have yet to fully acknowledge Biden as the winner of the election amid ongoing, unfounded fraud claims by the president. But they’re largely not echoing the harsh tone Trump directed toward his Democratic rival during the campaign, when he claimed baselessly that Biden is “against God.” Texas-based megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, a stalwart evangelical booster of

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Santa Clara County Housing Authority workers protest high caseloads, not working remotely

About two dozen Santa Clara County Housing Authority union workers gathered in San Jose Saturday for a car caravan outside a board commissioner’s house, protesting what they describe as high caseloads and unfair working conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of SEIU Local 521 met up early Saturday morning at Galarza Elementary School at Bird and Pine avenues, their cars decked out with signs like “Fair Contract,” before driving around the block of board commissioner Kathy Espinoza-Howard’s home, honking as they went. Since their three-year contract expired in June, workers said, management has tried to push higher caseloads upon them — even after reducing hours — which makes it hard to keep up with clients. And meanwhile the 70 union members say they aren’t allowed to work from hom

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The Latest: Oregon doc’s anti-mask comment draws suspension

By The Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Medical Board has suspended the medical license of a doctor who said at a pro-Trump rally that he doesn’t wear a mask at his Dallas, Oregon, clinic. KGW-TV reported Friday that Dr. Steven LaTulippe also said at the November rally that he also encourages others not to wear masks. A state order requires health care workers to wear a mask in health care settings. The medical board voted this week to suspend LaTulippe’s license immediately due to concerns about patient safety. LaTulippe did not respond to a request for comment from KGW-TV and has previously declined to comment. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: A coronavirus surge hitting much of the U.S. is threatening to overwhelm hospitals in California. Southern California, five San Francisco Bay Area

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This You Gotta See: Illinois reps the Big Ten in a marquee challenge at Duke

Underwood needs to get more out of Dosunmu (right) and his team. | Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesThe Blue Devils have owned the Big Ten. The Illini have struggled against the ACC. Maybe this time will be different? OK, so it turns out Duke has been pretty decent through the years in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. How does 19-2 overall sound? How about 9-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium? Yeah, well, lots of luck to whoever gets the Blue Devils this year. Uh-oh — that would be Illinois. The most promising Illini team since early on in the Bruce Weber years will visit Durham, North Carolina, on Tuesday and try to be something more than a sacrificial lamb. Actually, that’s selling the Illini short. Brad Underwood’s top-10 team is good enough to beat anybody. But Ayo Dosunmu couldn’t buy a bucket, Kof

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UCLA men’s basketball welcomes Cal and Pac-12 play

Support our UCLA athletics coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe now. UCLA coach Mick Cronin’s pregame pep talk is layered differently nowadays. This is what it sounded like before Wednesday’s night’s home opener against Seattle in the team’s pregame walk-through. “I huddled (the team) up and said, ‘Hey, Seattle tested negative, the game is on,’” Cronin said on AM 570’s Petros & Money radio show Friday evening. “I never thought I’d have to tell my team the game is on because the opponent has tested negative for a viral pandemic. It’s the world we’re in.” The Bruins (2-1) will await Cronin’s go-ahead Sunday before the team’s Pac-12 opener against Cal (2-2) at Pauley Pavilion. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Network. Sunday’s game marks the earliest point ever in

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A federal appeals court unanimously shut down a conservative lawyer’s attempt to block Biden’s presidential win in Georgia

Summary List PlacementA US federal appeals court dismissed a bid by conservative lawyer Lin Wood to block President-elect Joe Biden's win in Georgia, the latest in a string of Trump-aligned legal setbacks to overturn the November election results. The Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled in a 3-0 decision to deny Wood's request to block the certification of Georgia's results, which they said was moot, since the statewide results were certified on November 20. The decision affirmed a ruling by the lower US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia that tossed the lawsuit. The court stated that Wood "had to prove that his suit presents a justifiable controversy," but that "he failed to satisfy this burden." "We may not entertain post-election contests about garden-variet...

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Ex-Raider Burfict arrested in Vegas on battery charge

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former NFL player Vontaze Burfict, a linebacker who in 2019 received the most severe punishment in league history for an on-field infraction, was arrested Saturday in Las Vegas, according to court records. Online records for Las Vegas Justice Court said Burfict was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge. The records did not list a defense attorney for Burfict who could comment on his behalf about the allegation. Burfict, 30, was released on his own recognizance, according to court records. Police officials did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press and circumstances of Burfict’s arrest weren’t immediately available. Burfict was playing for the Oakland Raiders when the NFL on Sept. 30, 2019, suspended him for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Indianapolis Colts ...

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2 charged with attempted murder in multiple carjackings

Two men were charged in connection with multiple carjackings in Chicago, police announced Dec. 5, 2020. | Adobe Stock PhotoThe men allegedly fired shots at the victims in each incident, police said. Two men are facing charges in connection with multiple armed carjackings in Chicago in which they allegedly fired shots at the victims. Marcus Whatley, 22, and 23-year-old Javon Readus are each charged with attempted murder, vehicular hijacking, aggravated battery with a firearm and criminal trespass to vehicles, Chicago police said. Readus is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of obstructing police. The charges stem from “multiple vehicular hijackings,” police said, but did not provide details on specific incidents. The arrests come amid a spike in carjackings across the city. Chic...

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Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright: FIRED from Vanderpump Rules!

As previously reported, Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright are preparing their first child. This is very exciting news. Conversely, however, Bravo viewers must now prepare themselves for something previously unimaginable: A season of Vanderpump Rules without both Taylor and Cartwright. "The last 8 years on Vanderpump Rules have been some of the most challenging, rewarding and fulfilling years of my life," Taylor wrote on Friday. He did so while sharing a multitude of throwback photos from his time on the series via Instagram. For example: Continued Taylor: "Although this is difficult to share, Brittany and I will not be returning for another season of Vanderpump Rules. "We are excited to take this time to focus on our growing family and share with you our new e...

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Rams must slow down Arizona’s ‘Roadrunner’ Kyler Murray

The Rams no longer see the NFL’s new breed of dual-threat quarterbacks as freaks or unique challenges. They seem to face a new one every other week. And they win those games more often than not. But Rams players and coaches speak of the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray as something different among the league’s many running quarterbacks. Before the Rams (7-4) can beat the Cardinals (6-5) in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, they’ll have to catch Murray. They sum up Murray as Seattle’s Russell Wilson with more foot speed, which is like being Gavin Newsom with better hair. “It’s kind of like those Russell Wilson type of games, but he’s a little bit more athletic, a little faster,” Rams safety John Johnson said of what the defense faces. Then Johnson compared Murray to another elusive bird. “He’s lik

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Latter-day Saint apostle, wife test positive for COVID-19

Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, stand together and speak at a BYU-Idaho campus devotional on Sept. 26, 2017. | Ericka Sanders, BYU-Idaho Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Ruth L. Renlund, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release issued Saturday by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. “Their condition is being carefully monitored, but gratefully, Elder Renlund currently has just mild symptoms and Sister Renlund is asymptomatic,” the release stated. The release said the Renlunds have followed recommended public health practices. Elder Renlund, 68, is the second apostle to contract COVID-19. Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Sister Susan Gong tested positive...

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Rapper Jeremih leaves Chicago hospital after COVID-19 bout

Chicago R&B artist Jeremih is on the mend at home after a near-death scare with the coronavirus. | Barry Brecheisen/Invision/APChicago R&B artist Jeremih is on the mend at home after a near-death scare with the coronavirus. Chicago R&B artist Jeremih is on the mend at home after a near-death scare with the coronavirus. Jeremih left Northwestern Memorial Hospital this week after a three-week battle with COVID-19, TMZ reported Saturday. Last month, Jeremih’s condition appeared dire when reports surfaced that he was in the intensive care unit and on a ventilator after experiencing complications from symptoms of COVID-19. That news prompted several celebrities, including Chance the Rapper and 50 Cent, to rally around the 33-year-old singer. Jeremih’s health took a turn for th...

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New Bountiful Ice Ribbon celebrates grand opening

People skate at the new Bountiful Ice Ribbon during its grand opening at Bountiful Town Square in Bountiful on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. | Yukai Peng, Deseret NewsPeople skate at the new Bountiful Ice Ribbon during its grand opening at Bountiful Town Square on Saturday. The ice ribbon provides a skating path through the town square, according to city officials. Skating there throughout the season is by reservation-only at southdavisrecreation.com. Officials say the state’s health guidelines will be followed at the facility, including mask wearing, limited numbers of skaters on the ice, and physical distancing. ...read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News...

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