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NCAA: ‘Highly probable’ Congress passes athlete comp rules

NEW YORK (AP) – NCAA President Mark Emmert says it is “highly probable” federal legislation will be passed that sets national guidelines for how college athletes can be compensated for the their names, images and likenesses. Emmert says he is focused on figuring out how the NCAA and its member schools allow college athletes get that compensation. The issue was…

Bullied fan’s T-shirt design helps raise $950K for nonprofit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Sales of a University of Tennessee T-shirt designed by a bullied fourth-grade boy in Florida have raised over $950,000 for an anti-bullying organization. The fourth-grader had designed his own University of Tennessee logo to put over an orange T-shirt for his school’s college colors day this fall. In a Facebook post that went viral, the boy’s…

Fed leaves low rates alone and foresees no moves in 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Fed’s decision to leave rates alone follows three rate cuts earlier this year. It reflects its view that the U.S. economy has so far withstood the U.S.-China trade war and a global slump and remains generally healthy. Its benchmark rate influences many consumer and business loans. It will remain in a low range of 1.5% to…

Bill Cosby loses appeal of sexual assault conviction

Bill Cosby/Source: ANN An appeals court has rejected Bill Cosby’s bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction. The ruling Tuesday is being closely watched as Cosby was the first celebrity convicted in the #MeToo era. Cosby’s spokesman says the appeals court failed to properly review the case. Defense lawyers say the trial judge improperly allowed five other accusers to testify….

House Speaker Announces Drafting of Articles of Impeachment against President Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces drafting of articles of impeachment against President Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has announced that the House will begin drafting articles of impeachment against President Trump. The White House press secretary says "Speaker Pelosi & the Democrats should be ashamed," adding "We look forward to a fair trial in the Senate."…

BREAKING: Second Suspect Arrested In Aniah Blanchard Case

  There’s a new break in the search for missing 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard,  after a second man was arrested in connection to her disappearance. Lee Co. District Attorney Brandon Hughes, confirmed the arrest of 35-year-old Antwain Fisher who is also known as “Squirmy” with Kidnapping First Degree. Antwain Shemar Fisher, one of two suspects arrested in connection to Aniah Blanchard’s…

Thanksgiving Travel Rush Likely to Shatter Records

Record throngs of travelers are expected to jam into airports over the Thanksgiving break and airlines are adding hundreds of flights a day in response. The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that it expects to screen more than 26.8 million passengers between Nov. 22 and Dec. 2, a 4% increase over last year. The busiest days figure to be the…

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Expected to File Presidential Campaign Paperwork in Alabama Today

CBS News is reporting that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to file paperwork today to place his name on the ballot for the Alabama Democratic presidential primary next year. This is the first concrete signal that he is on the verge of launching a presidential campaign, according to a person familiar with his plans. Bloomberg is…

U.S. House Approves Setting Rules for Impeachment Inquiry of President Trump

This morning, the U.S. House voted 232-196 to set rules for an impeachment inquiry of President Trump.  (This was not a vote on actual impeachment.) A sharply divided House voted nearly on party lines on the first formal vote on a process that’s likely to take months, possibly stretching into the early weeks of the 2020 election year. The vote was…

President Trump Announces Death of ISIS Leader after U.S. Military Raid

FILE – This file image made from video posted on a militant website April 29, 2019, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group’s Al-Furqan media outlet.  (Al-Furqan media via AP, File) The leader of the Islamic State who presided over its global jihad and became arguably the world’s most…