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'Lawn and Order:' Four Seasons Total Landscaping selling out of 'Make America Rake Again' shirts

The Philadelphia landscaping business that made headlines after hosting a presidential press conference has been selling out of its new "Make America Rake Again" and "Lawn and Order" shirts.Four Seasons Total Landscaping started selling the shirts, sweatshirts and stickers on its website Monday after Saturday's press conference where Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's attorney made claims about voter fraud without offering proof.Four Seasons Total Landscaping, which describes itself as a "family-owned small business run by lifelong Philadelphians" said that some of the items were temporarily sold out Tuesday but had inventory available again Wednesday.Four Seasons said in a Facebook post it was "honored to be asked to host a press conference" and "would have proudly hosted any presidential candidates campaign at our business.":Whole Foods and Progressive offering 'Thanksgiving Turkey Protection Plan'Contributing: Joel Shannon, USA TODAY; Jo Ciavaglia and James McGinnis, Bucks County Courier TimesFollow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko read more...

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'It's an ending': Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino makes his men's basketball comeback at Iona College

If the perception exists that he was desperate to return to men's college basketball, Rick Pitino has been quick to deny it.Pitino actually insists he was more eager to return to the NBA than college, but in tiny Iona College, a mid-major Catholic school in Westchester County, New York, he found major appeal.Louisville fired him for cause in October 2017 after an FBI investigation into college basketball revealed a six-figure pay-to-play scheme centered around five-star recruit Brian Bowen.Carey was uncertain of Cluess' future with the program and asked Avare if Pitino would have interest in Iona."But this is where, while I think Rick Pitino will be great for Iona College, Iona College will be great for Rick." read more...

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'It's a big, scary mess': 12 million Americans to lose jobless aid after Christmas if Congress fails to act

Unemployment benefits for many families are the last thin line between surviving a difficult situation and facing lasting financial disaster, says Stettner.It had also included a $600 weekly supplement for jobless workers through late July.About 7.3 million workers will see their PUA benefits expire on Dec. 26, and roughly 4.6 million workers will see their PEUC benefits expire then.Plus an estimated 4.4 million workers will have already exhausted their CARES Act benefits before the cutoff in late December.Senate Republicans introduced a smaller $500 billion spending package that included aid for small businesses and federal unemployment benefits. read more...

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'It means the world to me': Marlins general manager Kim Ng set to inspire new generation of girls

Thirty years serving as either an assistant GM or in Major League Baseballs central office gave her an impeccable resume.Long-running relationships with Jeter and Marlins personnel director Gary Denbo when all three were with the Yankees gave her an in in Miami.Regardless of background or baseball lineage, Ng is insistent on plenty of chairs at the table preferably with few shrinking violets.Ive spent countless hours advocating for girls, advocating for women and really trying to help them advance their careers.I look forward to hearing their stories and just how inspired they are to pursue a job in sports, a job in baseball, and reach for the stars. read more...

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'I'm hungry': In-N-Out fans clog traffic, camp out for days as first Colorado locations open

"I'm waiting for them to open so I can get a hamburger.He said he had worried that Tuesday wouldn't be early enough to be first in line.The fast food chain has locations in only six other states: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Texas, and Oregon.Its famed "secret menu" is now published on the chain's website and many fans appreciate the brand's consistent execution of its limited, burgers-and-fries-focused menu.The Aurora Police Department signaled they too were familiar with the chain's famous Double Double burger and Animal Style fries (of secret menu fame) as they dealt with Friday's traffic: "Its official, traffic is double double animal style right now all around the mall. read more...

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'I wish I could do both': As MVP campaign heats up, Cardinals' Kyler Murray says he misses baseball

As his MVP chances rise with each passing week and every dynamic performance, no one is questioning Kyler Murray's decision to pursue professional football over baseball.Murray's Heisman campaign came after the Oakland Athletics selected him ninth in the 2018 MLB draft months earlier, and he had to tell baseball "thanks, but no thanks" as he pursued football.It's not just baseball Murray misses."I played baseball, football, basketball my whole life growing up," he said.I didn't get to play basketball as much as I may have wanted to, but yeah, I miss baseball for sure. read more...

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'Fox NFL Sunday' crew won't be in studio due to health concerns

Football fans will notice a slightly different look when they tune into Fox Sports' NFL pregame coverage today.The familiar faces seen each week on "Fox NFL Kickoff" and "Fox NFL Sunday" will not appear on set at Fox's studios in Los Angeles due to health and safety concerns, Fox Sports announced Saturday.The regular cast from "Fox NFL Sunday" -- Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer -- will appear remotely.Likewise, the "Fox NFL Kickoff" crew of Charissa Thompson, Tony Gonzalez, Mike Vick, Dave Wannstedt and Colin Cowherd will not be in the studio as well."We look forward to the return of both casts to their regular posts soon," Fox Sports' statement said. read more...

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'Devastating impact': Cruise industry says 254,000 American jobs, $32 billion in economic activity lost

In 2019, the cruise industry's contribution to the U.S. economy was on the rise, according to a new economic report put out by Cruise Lines International Association, the leading industry organization.But in 2020, facing an estimated $32 billion loss, the industry will contribute less than half of what it did last year.Cruising contributed $55 billion to the American economy in 2019 up 5.3% from 2018, according to the CLIA report.But in 2020, cruising is suspended in U.S. waters through the end of the year thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.At the time the order was announced, Cetron wasn't prepared to guess when passenger cruising will actually begin. read more...

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'CDC is putting American lives at risk': Members of Congress call for CDC to reinstate cruise 'no-sail' order

Members of Congress are calling for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reinstate its "no-sail" order, which expired at the end of October and was replaced by a "Conditional Sailing Order" that allows a phased-in return to cruising."According to the CDCs own no-sail order, '[c]ruise ships continue to be an unsafe environment with close quarters where the disease spreads easily and is not readily detected,'" the letter continues."In fact, cruise ships were breeding grounds for the virus at the epicenter of the initial COVID-19 outbreak.The letter Blumenthal and Matsui sent to the CDC Friday isn't the only one the agency has received from Congress.But most of all, he said, the pandemic "as we know it now" must end before cruise ships can safely sail. read more...

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$125k for Reds legend Johnny Bench's World Series ring? That's just the start in this auction

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Fans of Cincinnati Reds legend Johnny Bench purchased a piece of the Hall of Fame baseball player's legacy Saturday.Of the collectibles auctioned, the item that sold for the highest amount was an "exceedingly scarce and important" 1903 World Series program, with a winning bid of $215,000.The second highest sold was a 1959 Willie Mays autographed San Francisco Giants professional model road jersey for $160,000.Right behind was a "historic and scarce" 1903 World Series Game 1 program for $128,700.Other items sold included commemorative bats from the Reds' 1975 and 1976 World Series championships; Bench's custom gold, diamond and ruby Reds logo belt buckle; his Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player plaques; and his 1975 and 1976 World Series Championships rings. read more...

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