News archive from 1 January 2015

Wayne and Wanda: Dawdling on the way to engagement

Dear Wayne and Wanda, At Christmas this year, two of my best friends got engaged. I’m happy for them but it’s made me doubt the relationship I am in. I have been with “Brian” for three years. A year ago, we moved in together. We are renting but have...

 
S&P 500 winners, losers: Southwest tops the list

S&P 500 winners, losers: Southwest tops the list

The plunging price of oil helped create 2014's biggest winners and losers on the stock market. The price of U.S. crude lost half its value in the second half of the year. That made life good for major consumers of fuel such as airlines, and bad for...

 

Hornets' decision to shut down Al Jefferson made at halftime Monday

HOUSTON The decision to shut down Charlotte Hornets center Al Jefferson was essentially made at halftime of Monday's overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. That according to Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who said he and head athletic trainer Steve...

 
Boise State beats Arizona 38-30 in Fiesta Bowl

Boise State beats Arizona 38-30 in Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. Jay Ajayi ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns and No. 21 Boise State made a late defensive stand to hold off No. 12 Arizona 38-30 in the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday. Boise State (12-2) raced to a 21-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes...

 
Feast on the beach: Florida grouper at Frenchy's

Feast on the beach: Florida grouper at Frenchy's

Fullscreen Frenchy's is a quintessential beachfront bar and grill, complete with fake shark décor. (Photo: Larry Olmsted for USA TODAY) Fullscreen The grouper eggrolls, with Southwestern flair from black beans, corn, cilantro and Jack cheese, are one...

Usa Today, 20:52 in Travel
 
New Year's stampede in Shanghai: 35 dead, 43 injured

New Year's stampede in Shanghai: 35 dead, 43 injured

New Year's revelers jammed along Shanghai's historic riverfront stampeded about a half hour before midnight Wednesday, killing at least 35 people and injuring 43 others, Chinese media reported. City officials said they had not yet determined what...

 

Watch the epic finale of Dubai's New Year's firework display

The Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was center stage for a New Year's fireworks display that wowed audiences below.

 
Expert offers tips for better New Year's resolutions

Expert offers tips for better New Year's resolutions

NASHVILLE — Each new year brings a new chance to adopt a list of resolutions that will bring us health, wealth and happiness in 12 months' time. For many, it also is an annual tradition to drop unsuccessful New Year's resolutions as the year wears on....

 
Body of missing toddler found in Ohio creek

Body of missing toddler found in Ohio creek

The body of a missing 14-month-old boy from Frederick, Md., was found in an Ohio creek Wednesday morning, authorities say. Columbus, Ohio, police say the body of Cameron Beckford was found inside a bag in Big Walnut Creek. The boy was reported missing...

 
Ex-radical refused clemency in 1981 Brinks robbery

Ex-radical refused clemency in 1981 Brinks robbery

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A woman convicted for her role in the 1981 Brinks robbery in which two police officers and an armored truck guard were killed will be staying in prison. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday afternoon said passed over Judith Clark's...

 
What's at stake for Ohio State — and the Big Ten — in the Sugar Bowl

What's at stake for Ohio State — and the Big Ten — in the Sugar Bowl

Video Keywords Lane Kiffin Big Ten Ohio State's rookie quarterback Oklahoma Wisconsin America USA TODAY Sports' George Schroeder outlines Alabama's offense before the Sugar Bowl. Video TranscriptAutomatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100%...

Usa Today, 21:21 in Sport
 
Brennan: Jimbo Fisher defends Florida State as well as he coaches it

Brennan: Jimbo Fisher defends Florida State as well as he coaches it

Video Keywords Heisman Trophy organ demands ball downfield individual players Florida USA TODAY Sports' Paul Myerberg breaks down the matchup between Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota. Video TranscriptAutomatically Generated...

Usa Today, 21:21 in Sport
 

Alaska's minimum wage increase to take effect in late February

As in 20 other states, Alaska's minimum wage will be going up in 2015. Yet, unlike in most states, where the raises take effect on Jan. 1, Alaska's lowest-paid workers won't see the $1-per-hour bump in their paychecks to $8.75 until the end of...

 

Among Alaska athletes in 2014, tiny Allie Ostrander was a titan

Dallas Seavey mushed through a wicked storm at race’s end, arrived in Nome presuming he had finished third and was momentarily mystified to discover he had become the two-time champion of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Matt Kenney returned to the...

 
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