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 • Headlines: Sunday, December 15, 11:45 AM   (More news)
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  Captain Tiger Woods rallied the U.S. golf team to a 16-14 victory over the International team on fourth day of the Presidents Cup on Sunday in Melbourne. The Americans, who wore red outfits made famous by Woods when he plays on Sundays -- the last day of golf competition -- overcame a 2-point deficit 10-8 at Royal Melbourne in Australia. It was the United States' eighth consecutive in the tournament conducted every two years. The U.S. won 19-11 at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., in 2017. "I had faith in all the 11 other players," Woods told reporters. "We love the lineup. We love how we set it up going into the singles. "We came here as a team. My teammates and my boys all played well. The captains did an amazing job of just being there for every little detail. I couldn't have done it without all their help and all my boys ... they did it." At age 43, Woods was the first player-captain in 25 years. "I've cried in pretty much every Cup we've won," he said. "I've been doing this a long time. Any time you have moments where you're able to do something that is bigger than us as an individual is so much more meaningful and so much more special." Woods, playing in his ninth Presidents Cup, went 3-0 as a player in Australia, teaming with Justin Thomas to win his Four-ball and Foursomes matches on Thursday and Friday. He sat out both sessions Saturday. Woods started and ended the 2019 golf season with victories. He earned his 15th major victory -- the Masters in Augusta, Ga., in April. In all he has won 82 PGA events. Playing leadoff, Woods defeated the Internationals' hottest player, Presidents Cup rookie Abraham Ancer, 3 and 2. A group of American fans called "We the People" enticed Woods to visit outside the ropes. He did a little dance as he gave them high-fives and took selfies with them. Woods' Presidents Cup record is 27-15-1, surpassing Phil Mickelson. "Wow! Just watched one of the most exciting days in Presidents Cup history," Mickelson posted on Twitter. "What a display of great golf and heart from both teams. Amy and I are so happy for Team USA. Congratulations on a very inspiring victory!" His victory cut the deficit to one. Matt Kuchar made a 5-foot birdie putt that gave him a halve against Louis Oosthuizen and the clinching 15 points. He rallied from 3 down. "It was pretty awesome to play for the greatest player ever," Kuchar said. "To have a chance to make a team captained by the greatest player ever that is also a player on the team, I can't tell you how unique, how cool of a thing that is - to not only play for him, but alongside him." The U.S. side hadn't won a singles session since 2009. Besides Woods, the U.S. team won five other matches Sunday: Patrick Reed over CT Pan 4 and 2; Dustin Johnson over Haotong Li 4 and 3; Patrick Cantlay over Joaquin Niemann 3 and 2; Xander Schauffele over Adam Scott 2 and 1; and Webb Simpson over Byeong-Hun An 2 and 1. Tied were Tony Finau of the United States against Hideki Matsuyama; American Bryson DeChambeau against Adam Hadwin and Rickie Fowler of the United States against Marc Leishman. The International team, coached by Ernie Els, has two victories: Sungjae Im over Gary Woodland 4 and 3; and Cameron Smith over Justin Thomas 2 and "If you compare our team on paper with other teams in other sport, you would have laughed us out of the building," Els said. "But we gave it a hell of a go and we came mightily close to winning and upsetting one of the greatest golf teams of all time. "I felt we had them right in the headlock and we didn't quite finish it off on that particular time [Friday's foursomes matches]. There's not many times when you get a team like that under the gun like that, under the pump like that.
  A 6.8 magnitude earthquake occurred 3 miles to the south-southeast of Magsaysay, Philippines, on Sunday. The earthquake had a depth of 17.5 miles and struck at 12:11 p.m. ave been reported in the area, according to the United States Geological Survey. CNN reported three people died. A 6-year-old girl was inside her family's house when the building collapsed and killed her, Mindanao province's governor, Douglas Cagas, told CNN. Residents across the Mindanao Island of the Philippines, which is a popular tourist destination, reported feeling shaking. A statement issued by local officials urged everyone "to remain calm but stay vigilant in anticipation of aftershocks." "All concerned agencies of the government have been mobilized to respond to the present conditions and provide immediate assistance to those in need," officials said. "The President was in his house in Davao City with his daughter Kitty when the earthquake struck. The First Lady Honeylet Avancea was on her way home when the ground rumbled and moved. She said the car she was riding in was swaying. They are unhurt," the statement continued. There are reports of multiple landslides and damaged structures across the region with several individuals trapped in the rubble, according to Philippine Emergency Alerts. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat for a tsunami. Plenty of moisture across the southern Philippines will produce occasional showers and thunderstorms in the coming days as rescue and recovery efforts get underway. This same area experienced several strong earthquakes in October that led to multiple fatalities and severe damage.
  Today is Sunday, Dec. 15, the 349th day of 2019 with 16 to follow.The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus. Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include the Roman Emperor Nero in A.D. 37; French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, builder of the Paris tower that bears his name and engineer of the Statue of Liberty, in 1832; billionaire oilman J. Paul Getty in 1892; Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer; comic actor Tim Conway in 1933; rock musician Dave Clark in 1942 (age 77); actor Don Johnson in 1949 (age 70); director Julie Taymor in 1952 (age 67); actor Helen Slater in 1963 (age 56); actor Garrett Wang in 1968 (age 51); actor Adam Brody in 1979 (age 40); actor Michelle Dockery in 1981 (age 38); actor Charlie Cox in 1982 (age 37); actor Camilla Luddington in 1983 (age 36); actor Erika Tham in 1999 (age 20).On this date in history:In 1791, the Bill of Rights, comprising the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, took effect. In 1890, Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull was killed in a skirmish with U.S. soldiers along the Grand River in South Dakota. In 1939, the film version of Gone with the Wind premiered in Atlanta. In 1945, U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur ordered an end to state Shintoism in Japan, a key belief of which was that the emperor was a divine being. Because the U.S. government supported freedom of religion, though, it did not place an outright ban on the religion. In 1961, Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi SS officer regarded as the architect of the World War II Holocaust, was condemned to death by an Israeli war crimes tribunal. In 1973, John Paul Getty III is found alive at a gas station outside of Naples, Italy, more than four months after he was kidnapped. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association reversed its longstanding position and declared that being gay isn't a mental illness. In 1990, in a landmark right-to-die case, a Missouri judge cleared the way for the parents of Nancy Cruzan to remove their daughter from life-support systems. In 1992, Salvadorans celebrated the formal end to their country's 12-year civil war. In 1993, British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds issued a "framework for lasting peace" in Northern Ireland. In 1997, 85 people were killed in the crash of a Tajik Airlines charter jetliner in the United Arab Emirates. In 2001, the leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after a decadelong restoration effort. In 2011, the United States formally ended its long military mission in Iraq in a solemn ceremony at Baghdad's international airport. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared the war was over. It had begun in 2003. In 2014, Man Haron Monis took 18 people hostage inside a Lindt Cafe in Sydney, Australia. The standoff, which lasted 16 hours, finally ended when police raided the cafe the next morning. Monis and two hostages died in the ordeal. In 2017, 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi was recorded slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier in the West Bank after forces shot her younger cousin the head for throwing rocks. She was arrested days later and sentenced to eight months in prison. A thought for the day: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.." -- American businessman Walt Disney
  Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include: -- The Roman Emperor Nero in A.D. 37 -- French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, builder of the Paris tower that bears his name and engineer of the Statue of Liberty, in 1832 -- Billionaire oilman J. Paul Getty in 1892 -- Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer -- Comic actor Tim Conway in 1933 -- Rock musician Dave Clark in 1939 (age 80) -- Actor Don Johnson in 1949 (age 70) -- Actor Helen Slater in 1963 (age 56) -- Actor Garrett Wang in 1968 (age 51) -- Actor Adam Brody in 1979 (age 40) -- Actor Michelle Dockery in 1981 (age 38) -- Actor Charlie Cox in 1982 (age 37) -- Actor Camilla Luddington in 1983 (age 36) -- Actor Erika Tham in 1999 (age 20)
  On this date in history: In 1791, the Bill of Rights, comprising the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, took effect. In 1890, Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull was killed in a skirmish with U.S. soldiers along the Grand River in South Dakota. In 1939, the film version of Gone with the Wind premiered in Atlanta. In 1945, U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur ordered an end to state Shintoism in Japan, a key belief of which was that the emperor was a divine being. Because the U.S. government supported freedom of religion, though, it did not place an outright ban on the religion. In 1961, Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi SS officer regarded as the architect of the World War II Holocaust, was condemned to death by an Israeli war crimes tribunal. In 1973, John Paul Getty III is found alive at a gas station outside of Naples, Italy, more than four months after he was kidnapped. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association reversed its longstanding position and declared that being gay isn't a mental illness. In 1990, in a landmark right-to-die case, a Missouri judge cleared the way for the parents of Nancy Cruzan to remove their daughter from life-support systems. In 1992, Salvadorans celebrated the formal end to their country's 12-year civil war. In 1993, British Prime Minister John Major and Irish Prime Minister Albert Reynolds issued a "framework for lasting peace" in Northern Ireland. In 1997, 85 people were killed in the crash of a Tajik Airlines charter jetliner in the United Arab Emirates. In 2001, the leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after a decadelong restoration effort. In 2011, the United States formally ended its long military mission in Iraq in a solemn ceremony at Baghdad's international airport. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta declared the war was over. It had begun in 2003. In 2014, Man Haron Monis took 18 people hostage inside a Lindt Cafe in Sydney, Australia. The standoff, which lasted 16 hours, finally ended when police raided the cafe the next morning. Monis and two hostages died in the ordeal. In 2017, 16-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi was recorded slapping and kicking an Israeli soldier in the West Bank after forces shot her younger cousin the head for throwing rocks. She was arrested days later and sentenced to eight months in prison.
  LSU quarterback Joe Burrow claimed one of the most prestigious awards in all of sports, winning the 2019 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City. Burrow was a heavy favorite to take home the honor entering the ceremony at PlayStation Theater. He beat out Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts for the honor. Hurts, Burrow and Fields have something else in common, other than being first-time Heisman Trophy finalists. They were all once backup quarterbacks at other schools before transferring to star on their current campuses. Burrow backed up J.T. Barrett before being beaten for the Buckeyes' starting job by Dwayne Haskins. He transferred to LSU in May 2018. He completed just 57.8 percent of his throws and threw 16 touchdowns and five interceptions during the Tigers' 2018 campaign and entered the 2019 season off the Heisman Trophy radar. He erupted for a nation-leading 48 touchdowns and was the most accurate quarterback in college football in 2019, completing 77.9 percent of his throws. Burrow also passed for 4,715 yards and threw just six interceptions while leading the Tigers to a No. 1 national ranking in 2019. Hurts lost his starting job to Tua Tagovailoa while playing at Alabama. He transferred to Oklahoma in January, replacing 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray. Murray went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Tagovailoa finished second in the 2018 Heisman Trophy race. Burrow is the second Tigers player to win the Heisman Trophy, following Billy Cannon's win in 1959. Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma own the record for Heisman Trophy winners, with seven apiece. A quarterback has now claimed the Heisman Trophy in nine of the last 10 years. Fields, a Georgia transfer, completed 67.5 percent of his throws for 2,953 yards, a Big Ten leading 40 touchdowns and one interception this season for the Buckeyes. The sophomore quarterback also had 471 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Young had a nation-leading 16.5 sacks, 44 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, seven forced fumbles and three passes defensed in 11 games for the Buckeyes. Burrow also won the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards Thursday, honors given to the best player and best quarterback in college football. Tigers coach Ed Orgeron was named Home Depot Coach of the Year. Young claimed the 2019 Bednarik Award, an honor given college football's best defensive player. Burrow and Young are expected to be the first players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. Fields isn't draft-eligible until the 2021 NFL Draft. Hurts is likely a borderline first or second round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Tigers take on Hurts' Sooners in the Peach Bowl at 4 p.m. EST Dec. 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The winner of that matchup faces either Ohio State or Clemson in the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship game at 8 p.m. EST Jan. 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
  A followup attempt to recover two people missing after a deadly volcanic explosion in New Zealand Monday was not successful, police said Saturday. At least 15 people are dead after a volcanic explosion on an island off the north coast of New Zealand known as both Whakaari and White Island. Officials say 47 people were on the island at the time of the eruption. Thirteen people have been hospitalized due to severe burns. Two people remain unaccounted for in search and rescue efforts, and police commissioner Mike Bush said the effort to find them -- which includes helicopter searches and dives -- has been tough going, but they intended to "make every effort" to find the missing parties. Water is contaminated in the area near the island and visibility is poor due to Monday's eruption, making search efforts more difficult. And the volcano -- New Zealand's most active -- is still a dangerous place to be: a geological monitoring agency said there was a 30 to 45 percent chance of interruption in the next day.
  The man caught on video slapping a reporter on the backside as she reported on camera last week has been arrested and charged with sexual battery, officials say. Savannah, Ga., reporter Alex Bozarjian was reporting on the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run Dec. 7 when a participating runner slapped her from behind as he ran by, interrupting her reporting. The man in the video, Thomas Callaway, turned himself in on Friday and was released on a $1,300 bond, according to Bozarjian's employer, WSAV. The station's story includes a statement from high-profile women's rights attorney Gloria Allred, identified in the story as Bozarjian's counsel. "Alex wants to thank the members of the public who have reached out to her to offer support," said Allred's statement. "If this case goes to trial, she will be a witness. For that reason, she will have no further comment until the case concludes, but she does hope that there will be a just result." WSAV's story also includes a statement from the station saying Callaway's conduct was "reprehensible and completely unaccaptable" and that the company stands by its employee. A WSAV reporter reporting on Callaway's arrest read the statement on the air. "No one should ever be disrespected in this manner. The safety and protection of our employees is WSAV-TV's highest priority," the statement said. On Wednesday Callaway, told the Statesboro Herald he regrets his actions. "I made a wrong decision, a horrible mistake that can't be taken back," he said. "I am embarrassed and ashamed and offer my sincerest apologies to Ms. Alex." Callaway was misidentified as a youth pastor in some media reports since the incident, but both he and an official at his church told the Statesboro Herald Callaway has never held that position.
  A woman whose baby was ripped from her arms by officers in New York City in 2018 is set to receive a $625,000 cash settlement from the city. The settlement is in response to a lawsuit filed by Jazmine Headley in federal court in August. Headley was sitting on the floor holding her 1-year-old child at a crowded social-services office in Brooklyn on Dec. 7, 2018 to inquire about child care benefits when officers tore the baby from her arms. "Through her intelligence, bravery, and grace, Jazmine Headley turned the worst ordeal of her life - and of any parent's - into an opportunity for change for the entire city," said Headley's lawyers, Katherine Rosenfeld and Emma Freeman. A bystander's video of the incident quickly went viral. She can be heard on the video saying, "They're hurting my son! They're hurting my son." According to the legal complaint, Headley's child suffered physical, mental and other injuries and that Headley's name and image would forever be associated with the experience. According to the legal complaint officers had demanded she leave and she responded by saying she wanted to see a supervisor. Police have said officers for the city's social services agency and from NYPD responded to Headley. Immediately after the incident she faced possible charges for resisting arrest, acting in a manner injurious to a child, obstructing governmental administration and criminal trespass. Headley spent four days in jail, but those charges -- and a New Jersey warrant related to charges of credit card fraud -- were dropped. The two guards who initially confronted Headley were suspended for 30 days without pay. Mayor Bill de Blasio apologized to Headley publicly days after the incident, and his spokeswoman, Olivia Lapeyrolerie, said Friday that the city failed to treat Headley with dignity and respect.
  Seven Democratic presidential candidates addressed a crowd of 1,000 educators and school advocates at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., Saturday in the first-ever nationally televised public forum focused on public education. The day-long, invitation-only event was organized by national and local teachers' unions and public school supporters. Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage along with Sen. Michael Bennet, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey was invited to attend but unable to do so due to illness. Charter school supporters gathered outside the convention center Saturday morning, telling reporters the forum's failure to include the voices of school choice advocates was "not democratic." Sanders touted "the concept of universality" when it comes to public schools, saying they should be for all children, that all public colleges and universities should be tuition free and that student debt should be canceled. He also drew cheers when he mentioned the importance of teachers' unions. "We have seen teachers not only standing up for their rights as workers, but standing up for their children's education," said Sanders to cheers. Warren also expressed support for making public colleges tuition free and for canceling student loan debt. She also said she wants to increase access to Pell grants, hire more teachers of color and to invest an additional $50 billion in historically black colleges and universities. "We support our teachers, we support our students of color, when we make college accessible to them without forcing them to go into debt," Warren said. Buttigieg said teachers should be honored more like soldiers and paid more like doctors. The call for higher teacher pay was echoed by Bennet, who said teachers "have to be paid on a scale that looks like the other professionals in their community." The Republican National Committee sent out a statement as the forum wrapped Saturday. "While Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg campaign on socialist policies that will harm hardworking Pennsylvanians, President Trump continues to fight for Americans with policies that have delivered a stronger economy and a better trader deal to the state," RNC Spokesperson Christiana Purves wrote.

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