Expert says Trump could have defended Capitol on Jan. 6 as disqualification case enters new phase
A professor who is an expert in national security has testified that then-President Donald Trump could have mobilized the National Guard and federal law enforcement to protect the U.S. Capitol once violence broke out on Jan 6, 2021.
Top Texas A&M officials were involved in botched recruiting of journalism professor, who will receive $1 million settlement
A new internal report, conducted by the university system’s office of general counsel, also looked into Texas A&M’s decision to temporarily suspend a respected opioids expert after she was accused of criticizing Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in a lecture.
Research leaders at Texas A&M University raise “serious concerns” with President Kathy Banks’ leadership
A poll conducted by the Council of Principal Investigators, an elected group of faculty who help oversee research activity at the school, found respondents distrust the president’s decision making since she took the helm nearly two years ago.
Black Baltimoreans fight to save homes from redevelopment
Residents of a historically Black neighborhood in west Baltimore filed a complaint this week asking federal officials to investigate whether the city's redevelopment policies are violating fair housing laws by disproportionately displacing Black and low-income residents to make way for so-called urban renewal projects.
Texas A&M students protest after president ends print publication of 129-year-old Battalion newspaper
The student newspaper will continue as an online-only news organization after the spring semester. But the university’s unilateral decision to end the print edition without student input has students and faculty concerned about its editorial independence.
Asian shares mixed after Wall St. fall, mixed market signs
People walk past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Asian shares were mixed in listless trading Tuesday after U.S. stocks finished mostly lower as cause for optimism, such as the Suez Canal reopening, mixed with caution about the vaccine rollout. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)BEIJING – Asian shares were mixed in listless trading Tuesday after U.S. stocks finished mostly lower as cause for optimism, such as the Suez Canal reopening, mixed with caution about the vaccine rollout. The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks fell more than the broader market, shedding 62.80 points, or 2.8%, to 2,158.68. Weighing on stocks at the same time, though, are worries about a coming rise in inflation and possibly too-ebullient prices across the market.
S&P 500 returns to a record high after best day in weeks
Stocks rose in afternoon trading on Wall Street Friday with technology companies and banks leading the way higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 453.40 points, or 1.4%, to 33,072.88, and both it and the S&P 500 set all-time highs. The higher yields helped lift stocks of banks, in part because higher interest rates allow them to make bigger profits from making loans. Steelmaker Nucor climbed 8.9% for the biggest gain in the S&P 500, and miner Freeport-McMoRan rose 5.9%. AdSince interest rates began rising last autumn, tech stocks have been most caught within the the market's crosswinds.
Wall Street closes higher after Fed says will keep rates low
Shares are opening mostly lower on Wall Street, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, as investors cautiously await the U.S. central banks latest assessment on the economy. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)TOKYO – Stocks closed higher Wednesday, reversing an early slide after the Federal Reserve reassured Wall Street that it expects to keep its key interest rate near zero through 2023. Wall Street has been anxious about the potential for higher inflation and has been looking for signs that the central bank shares investors’ concerns. After Powell spoke stocks gradually pivoted higher and bond yields fell. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note, which has surged in recent weeks on inflation concerns, rose to 1.64%.
Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after Fed pledge
Major indexes are off to a mixed start on Wall Street as gains for banks and industrial companies are offset by losses in Big Tech stocks like Apple and Amazon. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)BANGKOK – Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday after the Federal Reserve chairman said the U.S. central bank is in no hurry to withdraw support for the economy. Overnight, Wall Street hit a new high after chairman Jerome Powell said the Fed sees no sign inflation might rise out of control. Global stock prices have soared over the past six months on hopes for a coronavirus vaccine and central bank promises of abundant credit to support struggling economies. The central bank earlier indicated it would let the economy “run hot” to make sure a recovery is well-established following the deepest slump since the 1930s.
Virus-muffled Mardi Gras hits New Orleans' party-loving soul
People walk past parts of Mardi Gras floats past and present, at Mardi Gras World, where Kern Studios creates and stores some of their floats, in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. New Orleans' annual pre-Lenten Mardi Gras celebration is muted this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mardi Gras joy is muted this year in New Orleans as authorities seek to stifle the coronavirus's spread. Mardi Gras joy is muted this year in New Orleans as authorities seek to stifle the coronavirus's spread. None of it is worth putting people's lives in danger.”AdNew Orleans' Mardi Gras has had hard times before.
S&P 500 closes wobbly week at new record high
The S&P 500 rose 0.5% after spending most of the day wavering between small gains and losses. The S&P 500 rose 18.45 points to 3,934.83, while the Dow gained 27.70 points, or 0.1% to 31,458.40. Despite a week of mostly minor gains and losses for the broader market, the S&P 500 notched its second straight weekly gain. Roughly 75% of companies in the S&P 500 have released results, showing overall growth of 2.8%, according to FactSet. Genetic analytics company Illumina jumped 11.9% for the biggest gains in the S&P 500 following its encouraging earnings report.
Alabama's Jones, Smith, Harris lead 6 Tide AP All-Americans
Lawrence, the likely first pick in the next NFL draft, made AP All-America for the first time in his career. ___The 2020 AP All-America team:FIRST TEAMOffenseQuarterback — Mac Jones, junior, Alabama. Running backs — Najee Harris, senior, Alabama; Breece Hall, sophomore, Iowa State. Guards — Ben Cleveland, senior, Georgia; Tommy Kraemer, senior, Notre Dame. Safeties — Kyle Hamilton, sophomore, Notre Dame; Tykee Smith, sophomore, West Virginia.
Fields, No. 5 Ohio St run away from Huskers in opener, 52-17
Then came Fields' nifty touchdown run and a 55-yard scoop and score by Buckeyes cornerback Sevyn Banks, and Ohio State had it under control. THE TAKEAWAYNebraska: Effective against the Ohio State defense to start the game, the Huskers couldn't keep up in the second half. Ohio State: Once they knocked the rust off early, Fields made good decisions and Buckeyes receivers were terrific. It is believed to be the smallest crowd to watch an Ohio State game since sometime before 1910. Ohio State: Faces No.
Asian shares rise after Wall Street gains on solid earnings
Asian shares mostly rose Wednesday, cheered by the gains on Wall Street as investors welcomed a batch of solid earnings reports from U.S. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO – Asian shares mostly rose Wednesday, cheered by the gains on Wall Street as investors welcomed a batch of solid earnings reports from U.S. companies. Asian shares have tracked the moves on Wall Street lately, as much of the region's export-dependent economies depend on robust trade, slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. Technology, communication and financial stocks powered most of the gains on Wall Street. Insurer the Travelers Cos. gained 5.6% after its latest earnings topped Wall Street's estimates, thanks partly to lower-than-expected losses on claims.
Lions WR Golladay makes 2020 debut; Bucs' Godwin also active
Jeudy is active for the Bucs game as Denver quarterback Jeff Driskel makes his first start while Drew Lock recovers from a shoulder injury. Cardinals: QB Brett Hundley, WR Christian Kirk, RB Eno Benjamin, OL Mason Cole, OL Josh Miles, DL Leki Fotu. ___CHICAGO AT ATLANTABears: CB Duke Shelley, OG Arlington Hambright, NT Daniel McCullers, WR RIley Ridley, OLB Trevis GipsonFalcons: WR Julio Jones, CB A.J. Browns: WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, CB Greedy Williams, LB Jacob Phillips, Olivier Vernon, Evan Brown and WR Rashard Higgins. Brown, CB Chris Jackson OLB Derick Roberson, C Aaron Brewer, TE Geoff Swaim, DT Matt DickersonVikings: WR Tajaé Sharpe, WR K.J.
Barrymore sets high standard in her models as talk show host
NEW YORK – Drew Barrymore is setting a high standard for herself as she joins the world of daytime talk show hosts on Monday. “We’re all human beings on this planet going through our lives and our journeys and there’s a way to connect through that,” Barrymore said. I’ve never lived in that space.”“The Drew Barrymore Show,” retrofitted for the coronavirus era, is being distributed by CBS Television. Bill Carroll, a veteran television consultant and expert in the syndication market, said he’s impressed that Barrymore is shooting high. Yes, some may regard Barrymore as slightly loopy and hippie-dippie (“we’re all human beings on this planet”), but it’s more endearing than annoying.
Texas coalition hopes to repurpose, transform old KKK Hall
FORT WORTH, Texas The building at 1012 N. Main St. is unremarkable a brick shell that appears to be little more than a relic of Fort Worths industrial past. The Projects Group has worked on many Sundance Square projects, and more recently managed the Dickies Arena construction and renovations at the Amon Carter Museum. In 1916, as the Klan was regaining power across the country, a Fort Worth assistant police chief decided to form a Klan group. Along with hosting Klan gatherings, it served as a community center and auditorium. While many people may be unaware of the Klans presence in Fort Worth, McKinney said its legacy has been woven into the citys cultural history.
Tyra Banks waltzing in as new Dancing With the Stars host
LOS ANGELES Tyra Banks will be showing off her moves as solo host of ABCs Dancing With the Stars.The supermodel, actor and businesswoman who co-created Americas Next Top Model will replace longtime host Tom Bergeron and take on the role of executive producer, ABC said late Tuesday. Tom Bergeron, Erin Andrews exit Dancing With the StarsCo-host Erin Andrews also is leaving the series, which is getting a creative refresh while honoring Americas affection for it, ABC said. When the show will get to unveil its new approach in season No. The announcement that Banks is joining the show followed word Monday of Bergeron and Andrews exits. Andrews originally competed as a contestant back in 2010 and returned as co-host in 2014.
A Long-Overdue 'Tip of the Cap' to baseball's Black pioneers
Not long after, with many of its best players gradually following Robinsons path, the Negro Leagues ceased operations. President Clinton said he chose a Chicago Cubs cap in honor of Ernie Banks, the late Hall of Famer who got his start in the Negro Leagues. Long before that, the Negro Leagues made baseball better and America better.The celebration was moved online after a major league-wide tribute to baseballs Black pioneers scheduled for June 27 was shelved along with the games because of the coronavirus pandemic. So then I thought, How about a virtual tip of the cap?''' I always felt if there was going to be conversations about race in sports, the Negro Leagues should be at the center, because thats the story: They triumphed over adversity.
Retailers look to boost sales, German car sales weak
The company had reopened 367 stores as of May 30, with approximately 30 additional stores reopening the week of May 31. Total comparable store sales declined 27.6%, but online sales soared nearly 300%. Kirkland's currently has 357 of its 404 stores open to customers. One bright spot was online sales, which rose 32.3% in the quarter. In the last month of the quarter, online sales jumped 97%.
Urgent question from small businesses: When will aid arrive?
That's the urgent question for small business owners who have been devastated by the coronavirus outbreak. “Relief can’t come soon enough — we’re a cash business with small margins," says Rammel, who is looking to Small Business Administration loans. The rescue package signed into law Friday provides for Small Business Administration loans to companies as well as to sole proprietors and freelancers. And the Federal Reserve plans to set up a program to lend directly to small business owners. On its face, the rescue aid appears to address some of the most vital needs of small businesses, notably their ability to maintain or hire back furloughed workers eventually.