‘What the Heck?’ CNN’s Debate Plans Leave New Hampshire Officials Confused.
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‘What the Heck?’ CNN’s Debate Plans Leave New Hampshire Officials Confused.

With great fanfare this week, CNN announced it would host the network’s first debate of the 2024 presidential campaign, gathering the Republican candidates for a marquee event on Jan. 21 at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.There was only one problem: Saint Anselm had no idea what CNN was talking about.“We were surprised to be included on a press release by a network about a debate which we had not planned or booked,” Neil Levesque, executive director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm, said in a statement on Friday.The chairman of New Hampshire’s Republican Party, Chris Ager, went a little further.“The CNN thing came out and everybody’s like, ‘What the heck?’” Mr. Ager said in an interview. “I’m still scratching my head. And I still haven’t been contacted by CN...
What the golf ball rollback means for professional, recreational golfers
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What the golf ball rollback means for professional, recreational golfers

NASSAU, Bahamas — At least one person says it’s monstrous. Others say they don’t understand the anger. But everyone has opinions.The decision by the USGA and R&A to “roll back” golf balls universally across all levels of golf is now one of the most debated topics in the game. After three years of a “notice and comments” period in which the governing bodies proposed a bifurcated system with only the pros using a different ball, such strong opposition to bifurcation led to a universal decision.In less than a decade, the golf balls you and the pros are using will no longer be within the rules. But there’s a whole lot more to parse through with this massive move.What does a ball rollback mean?Golf balls will be scaled back to ensure they can not go as far, combatting a long-term issue of p...
U.S. Military Grounds Ospreys After Crash Off Japan Leaves No Survivors
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U.S. Military Grounds Ospreys After Crash Off Japan Leaves No Survivors

The U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps said on Wednesday that they were grounding their fleets of Ospreys after a preliminary investigation found that a problem with the aircraft may have caused a crash last week off Japan that is believed to have killed all eight airmen aboard.In a statement, the Air Force cited “a potential materiel failure” in the crash, though it said the “underlying cause of the failure” remained unclear. The service said it had grounded its Ospreys to “provide time and space for a thorough investigation.” The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, which is responsible for the Marine Corps’ and Navy’s versions of the Osprey, said it had followed suit “out of an abundance of caution.”The grounding affects nearly 500 military aircraft: The Air Force has 54 Ospreys, the Navy...
What we learned in NFL Week 13: The 49ers’ NFC playoff potential, Tyreek’s target in sight and more
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What we learned in NFL Week 13: The 49ers’ NFC playoff potential, Tyreek’s target in sight and more

It was obvious how badly the San Francisco 49ers wanted this one, how much the scars from that afternoon last January remained seared in their minds, an opportunity at a Super Bowl berth effectively lost the moment their starting quarterback went down 22 snaps into the game.49ers star receiver Deebo Samuel didn’t hide from it during the offseason, admitting what a handful of his teammates were surely thinking: With no healthy quarterbacks, the 49ers were effectively playing a man down in last year’s NFC Championship Game against the Eagles in Philadelphia.In other words: they never got a fair shake. That made the 31-7 loss harder to swallow.Eleven months later the 49ers returned to Lincoln Financial Field and pummeled the defending conference champs 42-19, further muddying the NFC playoff ...
What the College Football Playoff got wrong: Leaving out Florida State
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What the College Football Playoff got wrong: Leaving out Florida State

Next year, all this College Football Playoff arguing will be moot with the CFP expanding to 12 teams. Arguing over Nos. 3, 4 and 5 is very different than 10, 11, 12 and 13. You lose your benefit of the doubt when you lose games. Even in the SEC.But this year is still a four-team field, and with so many variables factoring into the decision, there is a lot to dissect. And to state it plainly: the College Football Playoff committee got it wrong. College football has, or at least it used to have — up until right now — the best regular season in sports because the games mattered most. We have a smaller sample size in this sport than in any other.To leave out an undefeated 13-0 Florida State team in a Power 5 conference was the wrong decision.Michigan and Washington, both undefeated with top-10...
The MVP race through 13 weeks and Brock Purdy’s growing case: Sando’s Pick Six
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The MVP race through 13 weeks and Brock Purdy’s growing case: Sando’s Pick Six

Cover 7 | Monday A daily NFL destination that provides in-depth analysis of football’s biggest stories. Each Monday, Mike Sando breaks down the six most impactful takeaways from the week.Football fans love a good MVP discussion. We are going to have one here after Brock Purdy’s San Francisco 49ers ran the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles off their own field on Sunday.Jalen Hurts, Dak Prescott, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes and Tua Tagovailoa entered Week 13 as betting favorites to win the award. Purdy was next, followed by a big drop to Josh Allen and C.J. Stroud in the next tier.It’s time to reassess not only the MVP race, but where Purdy fits into it after leading San Francisco to touchdown drives on six consecutive possessions against the Eagles — only the fifth time an offen...
Erling Haaland photo: What our writers think of Manchester City striker’s reaction to Simon Hooper
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Erling Haaland photo: What our writers think of Manchester City striker’s reaction to Simon Hooper

It’s the photo that has defined the weekend’s Premier League action — and caused debate across the world.Erling Haaland reacted wildly to referee Simon Hooper’s decision not to play an advantage in the final moments of Manchester City’s 3-3 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Haaland was fouled in the City half but Hooper initially appeared to indicate an advantage as Haaland released the ball, only to pull play back with Jack Grealish clear through on goal.Haaland — and other City players — remonstrated with Hooper on the pitch. The striker also reposted a clip of the incident on Twitter commenting “Wtf”.City have also now been charged by the Football Association for how their players surrounded Hooper, with the FA alleging that “the club failed to ensure their players do not behave in...
Math Scores Dropped Globally, but the U.S. Still Trails Other Countries
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Math Scores Dropped Globally, but the U.S. Still Trails Other Countries

The math performance of U.S. teenagers has sharply declined since 2018, with scores lower than 20 years ago, and with American students continuing to trail global competitors, according to the results of a key international exam released on Tuesday.In the first comparable global results since the coronavirus pandemic, 15-year-olds in the United States scored below students in similar industrialized democracies like the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany, and well behind students in the highest-performing countries such as Singapore, South Korea and Estonia — continuing an underperformance in math that predated the pandemic.The bleak math results were offset by a stronger performance in reading and science, where the United States scored above average internationally.About 66 percent of ...
Nigeria’s President Calls for Inquiry After Military Strike Kills at Least 85 Civilians
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Nigeria’s President Calls for Inquiry After Military Strike Kills at Least 85 Civilians

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria on Tuesday called for an investigation into a drone attack by his country’s military that killed scores of civilians on Sunday, the latest in a series of accidental bombings that have hit local populations.The strike occurred on Sunday evening in a village in the northern state of Kaduna, where armed groups have been rampant. Many of the victims were gathered for a Muslim celebration, according to the local authorities.As of Tuesday, at least 85 people had been pronounced dead, including children, women and older people, Nigeria’s main emergency body, the National Emergency Management Agency, said in a statement.At least 66 others were injured, and the search for more bodies was continuing, it said. Although there have been other accidental bombings i...
Fitch Ratings affirms Ficohsa’s rating at ‘A+(hnd)’ with Stable Outlook
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Fitch Ratings affirms Ficohsa’s rating at ‘A+(hnd)’ with Stable Outlook

Fitch Ratings, one of the world's leading credit rating agencies, has recently affirmed Banco Financiera Comercial Hondureña, S.A. (Ficohsa) at 'A+(hnd)', with a stable outlook. This rating reflects Ficohsa's financial strength and consistent performance in the Honduran market. Key rating factors Size and market relevance Ficohsa is the largest bank in terms of assets and the second largest in terms of loans and deposits in Honduras. Its relevant franchise size gives it a significant competitive advantage in the market. In addition, its business model focuses on corporate and commercial banking, which has resulted in consistent total operating revenues of USD 310 million over the past four years. Loan portfolio quality Although Ficohsa's past-due portfolio ratio increased slightly to ...