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IN LIFE Seth Meyers gears up to host Golden Globes Late Night host takes his first turn as emcee at Sunday’s awards show ON SALE THROUGH 1/22 ITop row: Hugh Hefner, Roger Moore IMiddle row: Della Reese, Chuck Berry $4.95 IBottom row: Tom Petty, Mary Tyler Moore, Jerry Lewis ILLUSTRATION BY JIM SERGENT/USA TODAY ON SALE NOW USA TODAY’s special edition Passages, commemorating notable deaths in 2017, is available on newsstands through Jan. 22 and at onlinestore.usatoday.com. Short missives could go a long way toward provoking friends, foes alike David Jackson USA TODAY QIJFAF-04005w(a)L ©COPYRIGHT 2018 USA TODAY, A division of Gannett Co., Inc. HOME DELIVERY 1-800-872-0001, USATODAYSERVICE.COM USA SNAPSHOTS© WASHINGTON – President Trump’s critics say his Twitter diplomacy is bad enough, but nuclear diplomacy by tweet could have explosive consequences. A social media missive Tuesday night all but threatening to blow up North Korea — the highlight of a striking 16-tweet day in which the president also promised to hold a ceremony to slam “the most dishonest and corrupt media,” suggested an aide to a political rival go to jail ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU/EPA-EFE sents a campaign promise fulfilled. “Elections have consequences,” said Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates for lower levels of legal and illegal immigration. “This is what he said he’s going to do, and he’s doing it.” Opponents of the president said the numbers represent a loss not only for refugees but also for America’s economy and its standing in the world. Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said many Midwestern cities depend on See TWEETS, Page 2A Dippin’ Dots looks for cold cash in cryogenics 58% of teens who have had acne have offered to take a photo to get out of being in the picture. SOURCE Cutanea Life Sciences, Inc. survey of 1,010 teens 15-19 STATE-BY-STATE 6B Launching a nuclear war is more complex than merely pushing a button. 2A Refugees wait for transport after they arrived on the ferry Nissos Samos from Lesbos island at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on Dec. 11. See REFUGEES, Page 2A Zlati Meyer MIKE B. SMITH, VERONICA BRAVO/USA TODAY Nuclear reality President Trump had to battle the courts and vocal opposition, but by the end of the year, he was able to slash refugee admissions into the USA to historic lows. From Inauguration Day to Dec. 31, his administration accepted 29,022 refugees, the lowest number since at least 2002, according to State Department data. Comparable figures before then are not available. The previous low during that time frame (29,468) came in 2002, when the United States slowed down all avenues of legal immigration after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The decline will continue in 2018 because Trump instituted a cap of 45,000 refugees a year, the lowest since Congress created the Refugee Resettlement Program in 1980. Presidents have the authority to unilaterally set the annual refugee cap, which has been as high as 217,000 under President Reagan and hovered around 70,000 to 80,000 under the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. For some, Trump’s reduction repre- USA TODAY The company best known for its tiny, colorful ice cream pellets is churning out a new business in cryogenics. Dippin’ Dots announced Wednesday that it will offer its freezing knowhow to businesses in the pharmaceutical, agriculture, aquaculture and animal feed industries. Ice cream, shmice cream. Though Dippin’ Dots might be a fanciful frozen dessert, there’s some heavy cryogenics science behind it. For many people, cryogenics brings to mind freezing body parts of the deceased such as the head of baseball legend Ted Williams in hopes that medical science can someday can bring them back to life. That’s not the direction Dippin’ Dots is going. The new company, called Dippin’ Dots Cryogenics, will use liquid nitrogen to flash-freeze products, which is part of the freeze-drying process. The Paducah, Ky.-based business sells customized versions of its stain- AMERICA’S MARKETS 3B MARKETPLACE TODAY 4-5D PUZZLES 5D TONIGHT ON TV 6D Dippin’ Dots is launching a cryogenics company. DIPPIN’ DOTS less-steel cryogenics machines for $200,000 to $350,000, said Stan Jones, chief development officer for Dippin’ Dots Cryogenics. “We’ve had a lot of interest,” he said. The freezing technology could be used to freeze cheese starter cultures for dairy companies, aloe vera for nutraceutical makers and probiotics for pet food manufacturers, Jones suggested. WEATHER 4A YOUR SAY 5A 2A ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY NEWS E2 Trump scraps commission on election integrity President says states wouldn’t cooperate Gregory Korte and Deborah Barfield Berry USA TODAY WASHINGTON – President Trump signed an executive order late Wednesday disbanding his own election integrity commission after less than eight months, saying he didn’t want to waste taxpayer money fighting with state governments over their voter data. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, co-chairman of the panel, said the investigation into alleged voter fraud would continue — and could pick up speed without the formalities of a commission. Trump said the commission’s work will go to the Department of Homeland Security. “Despite substantial evidence of voter fraud, many states have refused to pro- Refugees Continued from Page 1A refugees to work in the meatpacking and poultry plants that sustain their struggling economies. As more migrants flee their homelands, Noorani said, this is the worst time for the United States to retreat from its historic role as a “moral beacon” for the oppressed. “There are ways to help refugees get to places of safety and begin a new life that serves the American interest,” Noorani said. Refugees are a special class of immigrants who are granted asylum because they fear persecution based on their race, religion, nationality or political opinion in their home country. They represent a small fraction of the roughly 1 million immigrants allowed into the country each year. Trump has argued that the refugee program could be used by terrorists to infiltrate the USA. The administration was able to halt the program for several months to review the system. In October, Trump signed an executive order that restarted the refugee program, with restrictions. Refugee admissions plummet: President Trump slashed the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. in 2017 100,000 94,837 80,000 vide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with basic information relevant to its inquiry,” Trump said in a statement. “Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense, today I signed an executive order to dissolve the commission and have asked the Department of Homeland Security to review these issues and determine next courses of action.” Many states, citing voter privacy laws, refused to provide the commission data on their voters without an act of Congress. Those troubles ground the commission’s work to a standstill last fall. The commission sparked at least 15 lawsuits in federal and state courts, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Most complaints were about voter data and the commission’s lack of transparency. One lawsuit was filed by a Democratic member of the commission, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, who said he was left out of the loop on the commission’s deliberations. Reality of nuclear war is more than a ‘button’ But 800 warheads could launch within 15 minutes Jim Michaels USA TODAY North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, photographed on screen as he makes a New Year’s speech, has boasted that his missiles could strike the U.S. AHN YOUNG-JOON/AP Tweets Continued from Page 1A 60,000 40,000 29,468 29,022 20,000 ’17 ’02 SOURCE U.S. State Department; Data from Jan. 20 to Dec. 31 of each year GEORGE PETRAS/USA TODAY Corrections & Clarifications USA TODAY is committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-872-7073 or e-mail email@example.com. 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In an attempt to one-up North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, who claimed to have a “nuclear button” on his desk, Trump tweeted Tuesday night: “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” Kori Schake, a National Security Council official in the George W. Bush administration, said “infantilism is a dangerous foreign policy” — especially when it involves nations with nukes. “Not only does the president’s recklessness make war more likely,” Schake said, “it will also deprive us of allied support should war come.” Schake and other analysts said allies also may be less inclined to share intelligence about threats from Kim or other bad actors if they think it could lead to an ill-considered conflict. Though Trump and aides have said they want to resolve the North Korea standoff peacefully, the reference to button size is sure to raise anxiety levels from the Pentagon to foreign capitals. Important note: The idea of a “nuclear button” is a colorful metaphor; the president actually would authorize nuclear strikes through a series of launch codes. Trump and aides have said they do not want to use force, but they have not ruled it out. In August, as North Korea threatened to attack Guam with intercontinental ballistic missiles, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the human toll of a nuclear confrontation “would be catastrophic.” Trump’s tweets, said David Rothkopf, a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, “make our allies uneasy because they reveal the president to be erratic and extreme. They make our enemies more likely to respond dangerously for the same reason.” The big fear: that Trump’s rhetoric could be misunderstood by those adversaries, leading one way or another to a nuclear exchange. There could be other ripple effects, including a weakening of alliances, that would make it harder for the United States to achieve its global goals, whether it’s disarming North Korea or improving trade. On Tuesday, the president appeared to call for prosecutions of former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and ex-FBI director James Comey. He threatened to yank U.S. aid to Pakistan and the Palestinian Authority. And of course, he attacked the media. He used social media more sedately Wednesday morning: a single tweet backing protesters of the Islamic fundamentalist government in Iran. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump boasted this week that they have the ability to launch nuclear weapons with the push of a button. Trump — who said his is “bigger” — has no such button, and it is unlikely that Kim has one either, nuclear experts said. The reality of launching a nuclear war is more complex. Even so, a U.S. president could launch nuclear weapons almost as quickly as if he had a button to press in the Oval Office. “Right now, we could launch within 15 minutes around 800 nuclear warheads,” said Bruce Blair of the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University. The system is designed with checks and balances to avoid inadvertent launches or improper orders. U.S. military officials regularly train and review procedures for a nuclear strike because of the enormous ramifications of such a decision. “We think about these things a lot,” said Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who heads U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the nuclear arsenal. “When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?” “We think about these things a lot. When you have this responsibility, how do you not think about it?” Air Force Gen. John Hyten Head of the U.S. Strategic Command Hyten said his job is to advise the president, helping him ensure the response is in line with international law. “We’ll come up with options of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is,” he said. The system is streamlined, so nuclear missiles can be launched quickly once a decision is made. If a strike were contemplated, the president would meet with advisers in the emergency operations center, a secure bunker under the White House, or he would convene a conference call if not in Washington. The meeting would include about 15 people, including the Defense secretary and the national security adviser. The person briefing the president would be the head of Strategic Command, Blair said. The nuclear “football,” a satchel carried by a military aide who is always near the president, contains documents that describe various nuclear options. NEWS USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ 3A MANAFORT SUES MUELLER AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENT Lawsuit says charges unrelated to Russia Kevin Johnson USA TODAY WASHINGTON – President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sued the Justice Department and special counsel Robert Mueller on Tuesday, arguing that Mueller exceeded his authority by indicting him on conspiracy and money laundering charges unrelated to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Manafort’s court filing claimed that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last May, had no authority to grant the special counsel “carte blanche to investigate and pursue criminal charges in connection with anything he stumbles across while investigating, no matter how remote” from the examination of Russia’s election meddling. Manafort, who was charged in October along with former campaign aide Rick Gates, asked the court to effectively nullify the charges against him — and stop Mueller’s investigation from ranging beyond matters directly related to Russia’s interference. “Mr. Mueller’s investigation of Mr. Manafort has extended far beyond links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,” the lawsuit states. “The investigation has focused on Mr. Manafort’s offshore business dealings that date back to as early as 2005 — about a decade before the Trump presidential campaign launched — and have been known to the United States government for many years.” Instead, Manafort charged, Mueller’s team “constructed an indictment” based on Manafort’s failure to file required reports outlining his work for the government of Ukraine. In a brief statement, the Justice Department called Manafort’s lawsuit “frivolous.” Deborah Barfield Berry Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort accuses special counsel Robert Mueller of overstepping his authority. SUSAN WALSH/AP The Justice Department called the lawsuit “frivolous” in a brief statement. “But the defendant is entitled to file whatever he wants.” “But the defendant is entitled to file whatever he wants,” the Justice Department statement said. Last month, Rosenstein testified before the House Judiciary Committee that he did not believe Mueller had exceeded his scope of authority in the Russia inquiry. “I can assure you that the special counsel is conducting himself consistently with our understanding of the scope of the investigation,” Rosenstein said. “Nobody has communicated to me the desire to remove Robert Mueller,” Rosenstein said Dec. 13. “I think it would President Trump suggested the administration might cut off aid money to the Palestinian Authority, asking why the United States should make “any of these massive future payments” when the Palestinians are “no longer willing to talk peace.” Trump tweeted that “we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue … peace treaty with Israel.” Trump infuriated Palestinians last year when he announced that the United States would consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move its embassy there. be very difficult to find anybody better qualified for this job. ... I believe that, based upon his reputation, his service, his patriotism, his experience with the department and the FBI, he was an ideal choice for this task.” Manafort claimed in the lawsuit that federal prosecutors and FBI agents interviewed him in 2014 to discuss his consulting activities abroad as part of an effort to assist the government of Ukraine to recover stolen property. More than two years later, Manafort claimed that he was “charged with conduct he voluntarily disclosed.” A banker accused of helping Iran evade economic sanctions was convicted Wednesday in a case that strained ties between the United States and Turkey with its testimony about corruption at the highest levels of the NATO ally’s government. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, 47, was charged with taking part in a scheme in which Iran traded oil and gas for gold, moving some proceeds through U.S. financial institutions without their knowledge. N. Korea reopens cross-border communication with S. Korea North Korea reopened a cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday as the rivals explored the possibility of talking after months of acrimony and fears of war. Ethiopia to release all political prisoners, close notorious camp Ethiopia plans to drop charges against political prisoners and close a notorious prison camp in what Prime Minster Hailemariam Desalegn called an effort to “widen the democratic space for all.” His comments came after protests engulfed the Oromia and Amhara regions in recent months. From staff and wire reports Trump says Steve Bannon ‘lost his mind’ after firing President responds to former aide’s salvo in book few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony books.” USA TODAY In the forthcoming book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, BanWASHINGTON – President Trump non is quoted as calling his former colbashed Steve Bannon in an extraordi- leagues “unpatriotic” for taking the nary and scathing statement on now-infamous meeting in Trump Tower Wednesday, insisting his former chief to discuss an alleged Russian offer to strategist “lost his mind” after he was provide dirt on Hillary Clinton. Not long after the meeting was first ousted from his White House job. “Steve Bannon has nothing to do disclosed in July of last year, Bannon with me or my Presidency,” Trump told the book’s author Michael Wolff: said. “When he was fired, he not only “The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a lost his job, he lost his mind.” The four-paragraph official White foreign government inside Trump TowHouse statement from the president er in the conference room on the 25th floor — with no lawyers. They came just hours after the publididn’t have any lawyers. cation of excerpts of a new “Even if you thought that this book, in which Bannon reportwas not treasonous, or unpatriedly characterized a June 2016 otic, or bad (expletive), and I meeting of top Trump camhappen to think it’s all of that, paign officials and a Russian you should have called the FBI lawyer in 2016 as “treasonous.” immediately,” he continued. Trump went on to discredit Steve The meeting, which took place Bannon — who took over as Bannon two months before Bannon CEO of Trump’s campaign in joined the campaign, included the summer of 2016 — saying “Steve Trump’s son Donald Jr., his sonthat he had “very little to do” in-law and adviser Jared Kushnwith Trump’s presidential vic- Bannon er and then-campaign chairman tory but could be blamed for Re- has Paul Manafort. publican Roy Moore’s Senate nothing The officials met with lawyer loss in deep-red Alabama. Natalia Veselnitskaya and other Bannon, the advocate of to do Russians. hard-line immigration and Trump Jr. released emails last trade policies that dominated with me year showing he took the meetTrump’s campaign message, ing in the hopes of getting inforwas pushed out of the admini- or my mation from the Russian governstration in August. Bannon, Presiment that would potentially who has vowed to fight for damage Clinton’s campaign. Trump’s populist message from dency.” It’s now one focal point in inoutside the White House, now President vestigations by three congresruns Breitbart News, the alt- Trump sional committees and special right news website that is a leading source of information for counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s interference in the presidential election Trump’s base of voters. In his statement, Trump said Ban- and possible collusion with Trump asnon spent his time at the White House sociates, which the president has dis“leaking false information to the missed as a witch hunt. The excerpts from Wolff ’s book were media to make himself seem far more published Wednesday by The Guardimportant than he was.” “It is the only thing he does well,” he ian. The book is to be released next continued. “Steve was rarely in a one- week by publisher Henry Holt and Co. Contributing: Heidi M. Przybyla and on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had influence to fool a Fredreka Schouten Jessica Estepa and Doug Stanglin Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., takes the oath of office during a mock swearing-in Wednesday. AP USA TODAY WASHINGTON – Democrat Doug Jones, who pulled off a political upset in the South in December, was sworn in Wednesday as Alabama’s newest senator, narrowing the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate to 51-49. Former vice president Joe Biden, a longtime friend of Jones, accompanied the new lawmaker into the Senate chamber. Biden campaigned for Jones in Alabama last year, and soon after Jones’ win, the senator-elect sent out an email raising money for Biden’s political action committee. Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore in a special election last month — the first time in 25 years a Democrat won a Senate seat in the state. It was a contentious battle for the seat of former GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions, who left to become attorney general. Alabama officials certified the election results last week. Moore, however, has yet to concede and has been raising money to challenge the results. A judge struck down Moore’s request last week for a temporary restraining order to stop the certification of the results. Jones beat Moore by about 20,000 votes, out of about 1.3 million ballots cast. Jones has said it’s time to move on. “Alabama has spoken,” Jones said on CNN’s State of the Union soon after he won the race. “It was a close election. There’s no question about that. … But now it’s time to heal.” In the brief ceremony Wednesday, Jones, who carried a family Bible, walked to the front of the Senate chamber with Biden to be sworn in and take the oath of office. Trump warns that Palestinians may lose American aid money Turkish banker convicted of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions Democrat Doug Jones is sworn in to Senate Republican majority narrows to 51-49 IN BRIEF In one of his first moves, Jones named his leadership team Tuesday — all of them Alabama natives. The new senator was then greeted by colleagues, including Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, one of only a handful of Republicans in the chamber. Jones also chatted with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. McConnell had called for Moore to bow out of the race after allegations he had improper sexual contact with teenagers when he was in his 30s. In one of his first moves, Jones named his leadership team Tuesday — all of them Alabama natives. Dana Gresham, a Birmingham native and former assistant secretary for governmental affairs at the Department of Transportation, will serve as his chief of staff. That announcement earned praise from some civil rights groups, as Gresham becomes the only African-American chief of staff in a Senate Democratic office. Jones faces some challenges in the Republican-controlled Senate. He is one of only two Democrats in Alabama’s congressional delegation. Rep. Terri Sewell, who campaigned with Jones across the state, is the other. Jones comes from a red state and will have to not only appease Democrats who helped put him in office, but appeal to conservatives who supported Moore or didn’t vote for either of them. Contributing: Melissa Brown of the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser 4A ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY NEWS E6 Rare freeze and snow grip the Southeast New England braces for a ‘bomb cyclone’ Wednesday shut down a stretch of Interstate 10 east of Tallahassee because of icy conditions. In Savannah, Mayor Eddie DeLoach urged residents to keep off the roads. City officials, bracing for a rare bout of ice and up to 3 inches of snow, filled dump trucks with sand to spread on major streets. Both the Charleston and the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airports closed Wednesday because of snow and ice. Snow fell in Charleston and in Savannah on Wednesday for the first time since 2010. William Shaw, a Savannah native, used baby steps to shuffle along a frozen road from his home to the post office. “It almost seems the town is deserted just like in the last hurricane,” said Shaw, 65. In central Florida, the state’s largest theme parks announced that water attractions such as Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay and SeaWorld’s Aquatica were closed Wednesday because of the cold snap. Wind chill advisories were in place as far south as Boca Raton, Fla. The North Carolina Zoo offered halfprice admission, giving visitors a rare chance to see polar bears frolic in their kind of weather. The brutal weather, fed by punishing cold air sweeping in from Canada, put much of the country in a deep freeze. Wind chill advisories and freeze warnings were in effect from South Texas to Canada and from Montana through New England. Along the East Coast, the “bomb cyclone,” formed by a process known as bombogenesis, was expected to intensify off New England on Thursday and could generate blizzard conditions from Connecticut to Maine. Winds on Cape Cod could rage from 50 to 60 mph. Blizzard warnings were also in effect along coastal areas of North Carolina and Virginia, including Norfolk. This is only the second time since the 1980s that Norfolk has been under a blizzard warning. Travel in the Norfolk area Thursday was predicted to be “very dangerous to impossible,” the weather service said. “It’s sort of akin to a hurricane traveling up the coast,” said Ryan Maue, a meteorologist at Weather.us. Contributing: The Associated Press Doug Stanglin and Doyle Rice USA TODAY A winter storm dumping rare ice and snow from Florida to North Carolina was expected to strengthen rapidly Thursday as it pushes up the Eastern Seaboard, turning into a violent “bomb cyclone” that could produce blizzard conditions and hurricane-like winds in eastern New England and up to 2 feet of snow in parts of Maine. Winter weather watches and warnings were in place Wednesday in a continuous 1,300-mile stretch from northern Florida to northern Maine. LaGuardia Airport in New York reported in a late-afternoon tweet that more than 90% of its flights Thursday will be canceled due to the storm forecast. In Boston, where forecasters predicted 10 to 16 inches of snow, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that public schools would be closed on Thursday. The storm caps a week of brutal cold across the nation that has left at least 16 people dead. As the storm gripped the East Coast, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in their states through Friday. In the Southeast, winter storm warnings were issued in such usually mild locations as Tallahassee, Savannah, Ga., Hilton Head and Charleston, S.C., North Carolina’s Outer Banks and Wilmington, N.C. Those warnings for northern Florida also were the first in almost four years. Snow was reported in Tallahassee on Wednesday for the first time in 28 years, according to Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel. Sharon Rosenberg, 35, a lifelong Tallahassee resident, and her children caught snowflakes on their tongues and made small snowballs. The National Weather Service also warned of dangerous driving conditions across the region from icy roads and low visibility. In Florida, authorities on Omar Elkhalidi scrapes ice off his windshield Wednesday in Savannah, Ga. Snow fell in the city for the first time since 2010. STEPHEN B. 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TODAY 57/35pc 42/18s 74/46s 43/24pc 8/0sf 15/5sn 30/28i 26/14pc 13/-4pc 16/7pc 56/37s 21/0sn 46/21s 56/35s 11/-4pc 25/10c 72/45s 33/14s 36/23pc 33/15sn 39/19pc 27/10sn 31/12s 19/4sn FRI 54/35s 42/22s 74/48pc 50/28s 7/-10c 12/0sn 35/31i 39/16s 13/-10pc 18/1pc 54/39s 2/-7sn 47/23s 54/36s 9/-6sf 31/9pc 75/45s 37/17s 47/23s 28/16w 46/15pc 18/7w 30/11s 7/-5w WORLD CITIES Beijing Buenos Aires Cancun, Mexico Dubai, UAE Frankfurt Hong Kong Istanbul Jerusalem Johannesburg London Mexico City Montreal Moscow Mumbai, India Paris Rio de Janeiro Rome Seoul Singapore Sydney Toronto Tokyo TODAY 32/15c 98/67pc 75/59pc 74/63pc 52/42r 72/64r 52/44sh 51/44pc 81/55s 55/41r 71/46pc 19/-2sn 35/28c 85/70h 57/44r 82/74pc 60/47pc 29/19pc 85/76t 76/65pc 11/-7pc 48/35s FRI 38/16s 75/57t 74/62s 75/63s 50/41sh 69/64r 50/45pc 48/45sh 85/60s 47/37sh 72/43pc -1/-12sn 32/31c 85/69h 51/41sh 84/75t 63/49s 34/20pc 84/76t 83/69s 4/-12c 44/36c NEWS USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ 5A OPINION TODAY'S DEBATE: CRYPTOCURRENCY Our view: Bitcoin bubble makes others look tame Throughout history, investment bubbles have emerged around things such as tulips, uranium, real estate, dot-coms and housing debt. But perhaps none is crazier than the recent panic buying of bitcoin. Even after a late-December swoon, the price of a single bitcoin ended 2017 at nearly $14,000. That’s a fourteenfold increase from where it started the year, this at a time when usage of bitcoin for its intended purpose — as a computerized method of transferring value — was up only modestly. By Wednesday evening, bitcoin was back to about $15,000 amid word that a venture-capital firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, had placed a major bet on the cryptocurrency. Do investors, if that is the right word, know the value of what they are buying? Do they even know the nature of what they are buying? Gauging from the run-up, the answer to both questions appears to be no. Their name notwithstanding, bitcoins aren’t really a currency. They lack the one thing common to currencies: widespread acceptance. They also lack the tangible qualities that are the hallmark of commodities. They function as a method of exchanging real currencies in a way that bypasses the confiscatory fees of banks and the prying eyes of governments. They behave like stock in a red hot company whose sole product is an elegant form of encryption that keeps bitcoins from being counterfeited or stolen. Just how useful bitcoins will be in the future is anyone’s guess. They might compete with banks and limit the power of governments. For the time being, however, they are most useful to drug dealers, tax evaders and people who live in countries with onerous capital controls. Considering this limited usage, and Bitcoin price at year’s end: $13,800 $14,000 $12,000 $10,000 $8,000 $6,000 $4,000 $2,000 $728 0 2013 2017 SOURCE Investing.com ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ/USA TODAY the fact that there is nothing to stop competitors from emerging, the notional value of all bitcoins ($250 billion) seems fantastically steep. As a point of reference, the company that owns the New York Stock Exchange and multiple other exchanges worldwide is worth $41 billion. Why are people bidding up bitcoins to such absurd levels? Many of the usual rationales are in play. In the past 30 years, fortunes have been made by pouring money into companies that were poorly understood or struck conventional investors as overpriced. And to many speculators of today, bitcoins seem like the latest in this trend. But bitcoins also offer something unique: a (misguided) sense of purpose. Among those snapping them up are investors who think they are doing the world a favor. They see bitcoins gaining widespread acceptance and eventually replacing traditional currencies, eroding the power of governments and ushering in a new libertarian era. All we can say is, good luck with that. The future of bitcoins is murky. What is not so hard to see is that they make other investing crazes look tame. Even if your idiot neighbor claims he made a bitcoin killing, we’d suggest alternative investment vehicles for the family nest egg. Opposing view: Don’t get left behind by the blockchain boom Moe Levin The holiday dinner table discussion about bitcoin has evolved and matured over the past eight years. Part of this evolution is in the grudging admission that the technology at bitcoin’s core has unexploited commercial and social utility. Bitcoin uses constantly growing, encrypted ledgers of transactions known as blockchains to allow secure transactions. Among other uses of blockchain technology, bitcoin has developed an elegant method for transferring value from one person to another. This is interesting from a technological perspective, and we can agree that this technology has some value. But how much? More important, how do we characterize the action of putting money at risk by buying bitcoin, or any cryptocurrency? For one thing, we don’t call it gambling. Gambling means binary bets with high probability of failure. With cryptocurrencies, you’re investing in the future potential of this technology, not a binary situation. The ultimate question is: As an in- vestment, is bitcoin going to be worth $200,000 or $20,000 or $20? It’s my view that blockchain technology will be ubiquitous in the future. Whether it is bitcoin, which is the leader and commands the highest market cap, or another cryptocurrency, we are witnessing the creation of a completely new asset class and are in uncharted waters. The short answer is that it all depends on your assumptions (estimates of market size, competitive challenges, rates of adoption, regulatory intervention, market manipulation, etc.). Invest the amount of money you are comfortable putting at risk. Like the famous disclaimer: Don’t risk more than you can afford to lose. As I’ve said before, not having a blockchain strategy in 2017 is like not having an Internet strategy in 1999. Don’t be left behind. The market capitalization of this industry is going higher, not lower. Moe Levin is CEO of Keynote, a global technology conference company responsible for over $250 million in investments into cryptocurrency and blockchain start-ups. R.J. MATSON, CQ ROLL CALL, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM Doug Jones guide to winning America Democrats will need more than enthusiasm Paul Maslin and Joe Trippi When the Sheraton hotel ballroom in Birmingham erupted on the night of Dec. 12 with the news that Democrat Doug Jones had upset Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special Senate election, tears of joy were falling all over America and the world. Coming just 13 months after the stunning presidential election of Donald Trump and weeks after a Democratic wave in Virginia, this was definitive confirmation that at this moment, in the most conservative of states, America had woken up and decided to pursue a different path. Events and elections this year will tell that ultimate story, and whether it will hold in races without Moore and his singular problems. But for Democrats who rejoiced Wednesday as the new senator from Alabama was sworn in, we offer some observations about what his victory might mean: ❚ Run everywhere and anywhere. In order to have the chance to exploit Moore’s nomination and scandal, Democrats needed a credible candidate. Jones was a successful prosecutor and respected attorney with a broad network of contacts in Alabama. We need similar people to step forward throughout the South as well as in the Midwest and other supposedly Trump or GOP strongholds. The wave will reach its full power only if there are plenty of surfers who know what they are doing atop it. ❚ Don’t trim your sails. Jones is a moderate Democrat willing to work across the aisle and find common ground to get things done. However, he did not alter his support for reproductive rights, immigration or gay marriage — or downplay his role in prosecuting two of the Ku Klux Klan members who murdered four African-American girls at a Birmingham church in 1963 — to curry favor with certain constituencies. Voters would rather you say what you mean than believe you are willing to sacrifice your principles in exchange for a few votes. ❚ Common ground works as a message, even in, and perhaps especially because of, these polarized times. Jones’ willingness to cross the aisle was an integral part of his message and a constant in our advertising. Our polling showed that Jones won two in five voters who had favored Luther Strange (the establishment choice) in the September GOP runoff, and Jones also won independents by nearly 10 points on Election Day. By election eve, 49% of Alabamians felt that Moore would “make things worse in Washington.” ❚ We have an energized coalition that can produce electoral magic. African Americans made a heroic demonstration of their political clout in Alabama: 96% favored Jones. And they punched way above their weight on turnout — exceeding their share of the overall electorate by several points while the white electorate that fueled the 2016 Trump win shrank. College-educated white suburbanites and Millennials of all races and ethnicities helped produce the Jones victory margin as well. Our campaign and other groups used television, radio and mail as well as social media and direct voter contact in substantial volume. Campaigns must use every medium to communicate urgency to these voters. ❚ Groups within these communities need more support and resources to build strong get-out-the-vote efforts. One caution: This special election stood alone on the political calendar, with everyone focused on one race. That will not be the case this fall. Campaigns must budget enough money to make the Democratic enthusiasm gap pay off in 2018. Finally, we would urge the next wave of Democratic candidates to set their sights as high as possible while keeping a disciplined eye on the prize. The best contenders combine a sweeping vision or campaign strategy with resolute ability to stay on message. Think Bill Clinton 1992, Barack Obama 2008 or, for that matter, Donald Trump 2016. And think Doug Jones 2017. He stayed incredibly grounded, even as his campaign soared to unthinkable heights. He might have pointed the way for his nation to become “Sweet Home America.” Pollster Paul Maslin and media consultant Joe Trippi were chief strategists for Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala. YOUR SAY Republicans can’t be trusted with ethics LETTERS LETTERS@USATODAY.COM USA TODAY’s editorial “Smearing Robert Mueller” puts the Trump administration on notice that the special counsel should be allowed to do his job. As a Republican, it is my belief that our party should make every effort to be transparent and set an example for the rest of America. During Kenneth Starr’s investigation of President Clinton in the 1990s, Republicans insisted that justice be done, and they took no offense to the overzeal- ous tactics employed in scrutinizing a Democratic president. If they liked Starr, they should love Mueller — then again, there is a double standard endemic to Republicans that ethics need only be followed when it is convenient. Republicans once feared Russian involvement in U.S. politics. Now, they see collaboration with our nuclear enemies as a badge of honor. The party that looked the other way for Roy Moore cannot be trusted to police itself. There is only one cure: Let Mueller do his job. Danny de Gracia, II Waipahu, Hawaii Is there a war on all men now? LETTERS LETTERS@USATODAY.COM I’m confused with the way women want to treat men who are accused of some sort of sexual misconduct. We are supposed to be a country where you are innocent until proven guilty and enjoy due process. Yet, it seems that if a woman claims some man injured her self-esteem, we take his livelihood without investigation or remorse. If someone breaks the law, turn him in. If he says something stupid, point it out. If you sought the company of someone rich or powerful in order to advance and he treats you poorly, stop the relationship, accept your share of the blame and move on. This denigration of men is akin to war on all men, using unproven accusations as the justification. Dan Adams Cameron, Wis. WANT TO COMMENT? Have Your Say at firstname.lastname@example.org, @USATOpinion on Twitter and facbook.com/usatodayopinion. Comments are edited for length and clarity. Content submitted to USA TODAY may appear in print, digital or other forms. For letters, include name, address and phone number. Letters may be mailed to 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA, 22108. “USA TODAY hopes to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation.” – Allen H. Neuharth, Founder, Sept. 15, 1982 Gannett Company President & Chief Executive Officer ROBERT DICKEY USA TODAY President & Publisher JOHN ZIDICH Associate Publisher President, USA TODAY Network MARIBEL PEREZ WADSWORTH Executive Editor: Patty Michalski Managing Editor: Donna Leinwand Leger Editor, Editorial Page: Bill Sternberg Chief Revenue Officer: Kevin Gentzel NEWS 6A ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY HAITIANS’ SHAKEN WORLD Border smugglers transport contraband cargo of illicit eggs Dominican produce is cheaper but restricted of the public sees the effort as heavyhanded and arbitrary, especially when it’s not accompanied by strong efforts to JIMANI, Dominican Republic – It’s develop the economy. The patchwork of dusk on market day at the Haitian-Do- half-measures makes life in Haiti even minican border. Throngs of Haitians more precarious. Those bringing Dominican eggs into have cleared Dominican trucks of their wares, stuffing diapers, brooms and Haiti never know whether they will food-flavoring mixes into buses and make it back to Port-au-Prince with strapping the overflow to roofs for the their cargo or if it will be seized. Haitian producers brace for a glut of cheap eggs return trip to Port-au-Prince. Off the main drag, a smuggling oper- during the Dominican tourism industry’s off-season. Uncertainty makes ation is underway. Men and women empty a couple of banks reluctant to provide loans to new trucks, tying boxes with colored string producers. Much of what is sold in Port-auand setting them in piles on the ground. Prince comes from the Purchasers stack them on twice-weekly market a couwheelbarrows and rush “The police ple of hours away in Jimani, them to nearby Lake Azuei, where Haitians bargain where wooden boats stand chase us, and heatedly before loading up ready for the trip to Haiti. the customs and heading home. The contraband is eggs. Jocelyn Lefevre, who Demand is high in Haiti, agents take our sells Haitian chickens and where malnutrition is a real stuff while letDominican eggs in a Portthreat for many people. au-Prince open market, Haitians eat more than ting other merrailed against the govern30 million eggs a month. chandise go ment for the way he is treatIn 2008, after an outed at the border. break of avian flu, Haiti es- through!” “The police chase us, sentially banned Dominand the customs agents ican eggs, which can cost Jocelyn Lefevre take our stuff while letting half of what Haitian eggs other merchandise go through!” he said. do. Haiti faces a dilemma familiar to It’s expensive to travel to the border and many countries: Keep prices low by al- to change money, but it’s still a better lowing free trade, or restrict imports deal than buying Haitian eggs. One problem is the high cost of enterand encourage domestic production, even though that is likely to drive up ing the poultry business in Haiti. To make a profit, an operation needs a prices, at least in the short term. Haitian officials tightened the border minimum of 10,000 hens, said Michel in an attempt to create an internal mar- Chancy, a former Ministry of Agriculket. Instead, dysfunction and lack of in- ture official who advises the governvestment feed a vicious cycle that per- ment. Buying imported birds and cages, petuates Haiti’s status as the Western as most Haitian egg producers do, can Hemisphere’s poorest country. The gov- cost $30 a bird, he said. The biggest exernment has paid more attention to the pense after that is feed, the ingredients border than to the other half of the strat- of which generally come from the USA. Haiti Broilers, a joint Haitian-Jamaiegy — boosting production. It hasn’t fully implemented either part, frustrat- can company producing chicken near Port-au-Prince, expanded into the egg ing nearly everyone. The border briefly reopened to Do- market four years ago and is the biggest minican eggs after a devastating earth- supplier in Haiti, owning 400,000 hens. quake in 2010. But the next year, Haitian The expansion created 200 more jobs. Dominique Charles Jean, hatchery authorities cracked down with greater determination. Four years later, they manager for Haiti Broilers, said the banned 23 more common items, includ- company financed its Haiti operations ing pasta, snacks and cement mix from by itself, but the government helped crossing the land border, citing the in- with paperwork that reduced import ability of customs officers to properly duties on feed and equipment. Damoclès Termeus, who heads the inspect and levy duties. Those products continue to pass as contraband, helping Ministry of Agriculture’s unit on poultry production, foresees many more jobs in fill the boats on Lake Azuei. Though improving border controls the growing egg and poultry industry, might increase customs revenue, much plus jobs for people growing corn and Amy Bracken Round Earth Media Phita, 36, a vendor who did not give her last name, prepares an omelet sandwich at the Salomon market in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Most market vendors use eggs brought in illegally from the Dominican Republic because domestic eggs are too expensive. REGINALD LOUISSAINT JR. Employees of a Dominican egg company unload a truck in Jimani, Dominican Republic, before the eggs are shipped across the border to Haiti. Jimani is the site of a major twice-weekly market, where Haitians come to buy many everyday items. Smugglers also use the market to load up on valuable eggs. AMY BRACKEN other ingredients for feed. If the ministry prioritizes egg production and invests every year, Haiti could reach selfsufficiency in eggs in 15 to 25 years, he said. Termeus and Chancy said the government should provide technical assistance for producers, facilitate bulk purchases of feed for multiple producers and provide incentives for banks to lend at low rates. But Chancy said securing the border is still job one. He knows it’s not easy. Last March, Chancy helped draft a plan to increase domestic egg production. The plan declared it “practically impossible to eliminate egg contraband at the border” because of the interdependence of the Haitian market and Dominican producers. But it’s worth working toward that goal, Chancy said, citing an increase in domestic production since 2011. “That interdiction is an opportunity for us to invest,” he said. In the past six years, Haitian companies have gone from producing a million eggs a month to 7 million. That’s a lot of eggs, but it still means Haitian producers provide less than one per month for each of the country’s 11 million people. Max Antoine, who heads the government commission on border management, said political instability has made it difficult to secure the border. There also are budget and morale problems. Smugglers have attacked agents, and customs posts have been burned. Many merchants in Port-au-Prince hate their country’s reliance on imported food but also hate the government’s remedy. Jorel Hibart wants the government to focus on creating jobs and developing the economy. He doesn’t like depending on the Dominican Republic, which Haiti ruled long ago, but the idea that the government would cut his supply of eggs agitates him. If they do that, he cried, “We’ll all die in this country!” Contributing: Michel Joseph This is the second in a series on Haiti produced in association with Round Earth Media, which trains and supports young journalists around the world. 50-plus killed in Peru bus crash on ‘Devil’s Curve’ Searchers struggle among wave-blasted rocks at foot of cliff Mike James and John Bacon USA TODAY Peruvian rescue workers and investigators continued the arduous search for bodies and answers Wednesday at the grisly site where a tractor-trailer slammed into a bus on a stretch of mountain road known as “Devil’s Curve.” The death toll rose to 51 people in Tuesday’s crash. Six survivors were taken to hospitals. Police Chief Víctor Rucoba said no highway signs in the area of Tuesday’s crash warned drivers of the perilous curve where the truck rammed the bus down a rocky cliff to a beach more than 260 feet below. The wreck occurred in a remote area of Pasamayo, about 45 miles north of Lima. The two-lane, Pacific Ocean road — used only by trucks and buses — is one of the nation’s most dangerous. Transportation Minister Bruno Giuffra said buses could be banned from the section of road, and plans are underway to build a third lane. Wednesday, workers sawed though the bus frame to extract bodies while heavy waves crashed on the beach around them. National Police Col. Dino Escudero Alcántara said the area was Firefighters recover bodies from a bus that fell off a cliff after it was hit by a truck in Pasamayo, Peru, on Tuesday. VIDAL TARKY/ANDINA NEWS AGENCY VIA AP Police Chief Víctor Rucoba said no highway signs in the area of Tuesday’s crash warned drivers of the perilous curve. inaccessible by land, so emergency responders were helicoptered down to the site or arrived by boat. Teams picked their way along craggy rocks near the beach where the battered bus rested upside down. Some survivors and the bodies of victims were helicoptered out. A Peruvian navy ship assisted rescue workers in the race to clear the scene ahead of the rising tides. Police Col. Franklin Barreto said investigators were reviewing initial reports that both vehicles were traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the crash. The driver of the truck was held for questioning. The bus was owned by Transportes San Martin de Porres. Luis Martinez, a spokesman for the company, said the driver was experienced and had an assistant on board. Martinez did not indicate whether the duo survived. The bus underwent an inspection before the trip, he said. The bus was carrying more than 50 passengers from Huacho, 100 miles north Lima, to Peru’s capital when it was struck by a tractor-trailer shortly before noon. Many of the passengers were returning to Lima after celebrating the New Year’s holiday with family outside the city. The serpentine road where the accident happened has no safety fences and is often laced with heavy fog coming off the nearby ocean, according to dangerousroads.org, which lists the roadway as “extremely dangerous.” Traffic accidents are common along Peru’s roadways: More than 2,600 people were killed in 2016. Peru’s deadliest traffic crash on record happened in 2013 when a makeshift bus carrying 51 Quechua Indians back from a party in the southeastern region of the country fell off a cliff into a river, killing everyone on board. Contributing: The Associated Press USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ SECTION B IN MONEY Aurora to team with VW, Hyundai Self-driving car race off and running in new year 2B Best and worst times to fly in 2018 Even Europe can be had on the cheap 5B STATES Around the nation World War II vet, 93, now mayor of N.J. town 6B SELF-DRIVING PROTOTYPE SEDRIC BY MEINEL MONEYLINE RAYOVAC OWNER MAY SELL BATTERY, APPLIANCE UNITS Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc. is looking for a buyer for its batteries and appliances businesses. The Middleton, Wis.-based consumer products company, which makes Rayovac batteries and Kwikset locks, wants to concentrate on its four remaining businesses: hardware and home improvement, global auto care, global pet supplies and home and garden equipment. TOYS R US MAY LIQUIDATE SOME STRUGGLING STORES Toys R Us is poised to put struggling stores on the chopping block in early 2018 as the company aims to reorganize in bankruptcy after the holiday shopping season. The big-box retailer revealed in court filings that it had already hired a firm that specializes in evaluating stores for liquidation. TIME INC. SELLS ESSENCE TO BLACK-OWNED COMPANY Essence Ventures said it would buy Essence Communications from Time Inc. The independent company’s acquisition puts an all-black female executive team in place to lead the media firm that wasn’t part of Time’s recent sale to Meredith. Michelle Ebanks will continue to lead the company and join its board of directors. CONSTRUCTION SPENDING HITS RECORD IN NOVEMBER U.S. builders spent 0.8% more on construction projects in November, the fourth consecutive monthly gain. The advance follows October’s revised 0.9% gain, the Commerce Department said. The increase brought total construction spending for the month to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of $1.26 trillion, an all-time high. Dow Jones Industrial Avg. 25,000 4:00 p.m. 98.67 24,923 24,950 24,900 24,850 24,800 24,750 9:30 a.m. 24,824 WEDNESDAY MARKETS INDEX CLOSE Nasdaq composite S&P 500 T-note, 10-year yield Oil, light sweet crude Gold, oz. Comex Euro (dollars per euro) Yen per dollar 7065.53 2713.06 2.44% $61.63 $1316.20 $1.2018 112.52 CHG x x y x x y x 58.63 17.25 0.02 1.26 0.10 0.0037 0.25 SOURCES USA TODAY RESEARCH, MARKETWATCH.COM ❚ USA MARKETS, 3B GETTY IMAGES/ ISTOCKPHOTO Should children watch YouTube? Many say no ‘There is no filter when it comes to YouTube stars’ Jessica Guynn USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO – Not safe for kids. That’s the label some parents are slapping on YouTube after vlogger Logan Paul blasted out a video of a suicide victim in the Aokigahara — the Japanese forest where dozens of bodies are discovered every year — to millions of his young followers. “There is no filter when it comes to YouTube stars,” says Jill Murphy, editor in chief of Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization focused on education and advocacy for kids. “It’s not until something tragic is shown via a video, and viewers react, that the content is removed or dealt with by the platform.” For years, dark corners of YouTube were declared off limits by concerned parents. Now it’s mainstream YouTube that’s setting off alarm bells, with Google’s hands-off approach to the billions of videos that flow through the streaming service and the growing influence of YouTube stars on teens, tweens and even younger kids. Paul, 22, has built a mini digital empire out of his ability to hook young people on his onscreen antics. His daily videos, filled with pranks and YouTube superstar Logan Paul, 22, has apologized for showing a video of a suicide victim in Japan. AFP/GETTY IMAGES stunts, routinely fetch more than 5 million views. And last year, thanks to his legions of “Logang” fans, he pocketed $12.5 million from advertising spots, merchandise sales and other sources of revenue, according to Forbes magazine. The suicide video Paul posted Sunday night attracted more than 6 million views and tens of thousands of likes before he took it down. Even his apology video trended on YouTube, ranking No. 1 on YouTube’s trending videos page for much of Tuesday and racking up millions of views. “Parents need to be aware and the industry has to step up and do a better job of managing content being uploaded that people of all ages can see within Automakers snap record sales streak Seven-year run comes to an end, but industry remains strong USA SNAPSHOTS© Average CD yields Nathan Bomey USA TODAY This week Last week Year ago 6-month 0.24% 0.24% 0.19% 1-year 0.43% 0.42% 0.32% 2½-year 0.60% 0.59% 0.51% 5-year 1.02% 1.01% 0.85% Note: As of Wednesday. SOURCE Bankrate.com JAE YANG, JANET LOEHRKE/USA TODAY The U.S. auto industry’s seven-year sales streak has come to an end, a tally showed Wednesday. The sales run that began after the recession in 2010 — and included two consecutive years of record sales — fell short in 2017 with sales of 17.2 million vehicles, down 1.8% compared to 2016, industry tracker Autodata reported. The industry cooled off as Americans are keeping recently purchased vehicles longer and are embracing lower-mileage used vehicles in the face of rising interest rates, said Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist for Cox Automotive. The auto industry is yet to complain. Even if overall sales are slightly lower, Americans are flocking to See AUTOS, Page 2B seconds,” Murphy says. YouTubers, who chase clicks with outlandish behavior, aren’t just catnip for kids. They’re the lifeblood of YouTube, paying off in billions of views and billions of advertising dollars. But some of YouTube’s biggest stars have also produced some of its worst moments. Last year, Felix Kjellberg, a Swedish vlogger (video blogger) known as PewDiePie who has nearly 59 million followers and is very popular with young people, had his original YouTube Red series canceled after The Wall Street Journal reported on videos with racist language and anti-semitic imagery. YouTube also removed him from Google Preferred, which connects YouTube’s most popular stars with advertisers. YouTube isn’t just having problems with content and its creators on YouTube. Its kids app, with more than 11 million weekly viewers, has been called out for videos containing disturbing themes and imagery that slip past the service’s algorithms and moderators. YouTube has vowed to crack down on bad actors and to impose tighter filters for content. So far there has been no commercial fallout for YouTube with big brands eager to reach young viewers, and analysts don’t expect any, though they say marketers are being more careful these days about where their ads run. In fact, YouTube is raising the rates it charges adSee YOUTUBE, Page 2B Transform Your Tomorrow Discover a new mattress crafted for unrivaled comfort and support by the world’s leading sleep experts at Serta Simmons Bedding. 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Next to his younger bad boy brother, who also vlogs daily on his own YouTube channel, Logan Paul was the golden boy, cutting deals with big brands such as Doritos, Nike, Hanes, Pepsi and Dunkin’ Donuts. That changed with the flood of criticism that greeted Sunday’s publication of the 15-minute suicide video as people fumed over Paul’s decision to show a body hanging from a tree and his comments after discovering it. “This definitely marks a moment in YouTube history,” Paul bragged in the video. He later apologized. “For my fans who are defending my actions, please “Our mission is to get this tech out quickly, safely and broadly,” says Chris Urmson, who left Google’s program, now called Waymo, in 2016. Urmson’s new company is called Aurora. MARCO DELLA CAVA/USA TODAY “This tech is not easy, and not everyone will get across the finish line.” Chris Urmson Co-founder and CEO of Aurora “These cars will become a room from your home. They’ll be your gym or your movie theater or your gaming room or lounge,” Jungwirth says. WoongJun Jang, director of Hyundai’s Advanced Drivers Assistance System Development Group, said the South Korean automaker was attracted to Aurora due to its “diverse range of experience in this field,” adding that it hopes the start-up will speed up its efforts to bring autonomous technology to market. Hyundai says its Aurora-powered self-driving cars will debut by 2021 and initially will focus on models “customdeveloped for test programs in places don’t,” Paul said. “They do not deserve to be defended.” YouTube says it’s trying to keep inappropriate content away from kids by cracking down on creators who violate its terms of service and putting age restrictions on some videos. YouTube didn’t say whether Paul faced any consequences for the suicide video. In a statement, YouTube says it prohibits “violent or gory content posted in a shocking, sensational or disrespectful manner.” It’s unclear if the backlash from the suicide video will put a dent in Paul’s popularity or his earnings. While much of the Internet turned on Paul, many of his fans took to social media to defend him. Andrew Keen, author of the upcoming book How to Fix the Future: Staying Human in the Digital Age, says the real problem lies with YouTube, a platform without gatekeepers. The rules on the content that’s allowed on television, particularly children’s television, should extend to YouTube, which is soaking up more and more of young people’s screen time, Keen says. “It’s the same old story. No curation, no mediation, no taste, no boundaries. All clicks,” Keen says. “How many times does this need to happen?” Contributing: Brett Molina such as China’s Future City,” a reference to the MIT-China Future City Lab program launched last year that, in part, is meant to provide start-ups with a place to test new transportation technology. Aurora has been quietly testing its self-driving car software and sensor hardware since last August. That was shortly after Urmson founded the company with industry veterans Sterling Anderson, a former director of Tesla’s semi-autonomous Autopilot program, and Drew Bagnell, who led Uber’s autonomy and perception team. Automotive manufacturers increasingly are joining forces with tech startups in order to ensure they don’t get left behind in the coming transportation shift to vehicles that are capable of driving themselves. Although major hurdles remain — including federal and state regulations as well as consumer confidence — most stakeholders are predicting consumerready autonomous vehicles will arrive in the next two or three years. GM recently announced that it would Advertisement ! EW SE N LEA RE PRE-ORDER YOURS NOW ! Limit one per customer at this special low price! Secure your 2018 American Eagle Silver Dollar at our cost now!* the same design as the popular You can’t purchase this ONLY “Walking Liberty” silver coins of Uncirculated American Eagle $18.21 1916-47. You’ll also receive our silver dollar directly from the with FREE fully illustrated catalog, plus other U.S. Mint. 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For December, Autodata says overall sales were down 5.2% compared to the same month last year. That beat predictions from Edmunds.com, at 5.6%, and Kelley Blue Book, at 6.7%. Facing a tough comparison over a record December 2016, most automakers were down for the month. General Motors recorded a 1.3% decline compared to the same month last year, and Ford was down 1.1%. Fiat Chrysler fell 8.2% as it continues to reduce its reliance on sales to corporate, rental and government fleets. Toyota’s sales fell 0.6%. Fellow Japanese automakers Nissan and Honda rose 1.9% and 0.2%, respectively. Subaru continued its hot streak, rising 5.3%. Kia’s slump continued as the Korean automaker recorded a 20.9% decline. Sister automaker Hyundai also was expected to post a decline. Automakers increased discounts only 1% in December compared to a year earlier, to an average of $3,459 per vehicle, according to Edmunds. That indicates companies aren’t compromising profits for the sake of market share. 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Chris Urmson, formerly head of Google’s self-driving car program, announced Thursday that his new company Aurora has inked partnerships with Volkswagen Group and Hyundai aimed at helping both automakers accelerate their autonomous car programs. “Our mission is to get this tech out quickly, safely and broadly,” says Urmson, who left Google’s program, now called Waymo, in 2016. “Only when you bring this technology to market at scale will you see big safety and economic benefits. Aurora is targeting that objective.” Buttressing Volkswagen’s engineering team with Aurora makes sense given the current autonomous car gold rush, VW Group Chief Digital Officer Johann Jungwirth said. VW announced last year that it would roll out a self-driving vehicle based on a prototype called Sedric by 2021. Experts predict this coming transportation pivot will reap billions in revenues for industry leaders as self-driving mobility-as-a-service options gradually supplement or supplant car ownership. “There are more than 50 companies out there trying to provide the technological know-how to power this change in transportation, but only a handful, in the end, will be setting the standard,” Jungwirth says. “This is a huge opportunity for us” to focus on the most automated of cars. Those vehicles, called Level 4 and 5 in the industry, are capable of driving themselves in most or all conditions without driver input. Many automakers anticipate that such vehicles will eventually not have pedals or a steering wheel. Some makers envision the cars becoming moving entertainment areas — living rooms on wheels. roll out a self-driving ride-hailing fleet by 2019, anchored to its $1 billion purchase of autonomous tech start-up Cruise Automation. Ford also spent $1 billion a year ago to get its own in-house autonomous car firm, Argo.ai. And Google made a deal with Fiat Chrysler to outfit Chrysler Pacifica minivans with Waymo tech in order to launch its ongoing consumer trial in Phoenix. Aurora’s partnership deal with the VW Group — a massive organization that includes brands such as Audi, Porsche and Bugatti — calls for integrating self-driving tech into everything from “fully self-driving pods, shuttles or delivery vans to self-driving trucks without a cabin.” Aurora and VW engineers have been working together for the past six months to test the start-up’s software and hardware, Urmson says. Unlike driver-assist features developed by companies such as Tesla and Audi, Aurora is focusing entirely on socalled Level 4 capability rather than the more difficult Level 5. “This tech is not easy, and not everyone will get across the finish line,” Urmson says. “That’s why it’s better to enter into partnerships as opposed to trying to claim all this space for yourself.” Self-driving car proponents argue that such vehicles will drastically cut into the 40,000 U.S. road deaths a year that are attributable to driver error. Skeptics counter that autonomous technology still has a long way to go before it can handle every traffic situation. Aurora has offices in Palo Alto, Calif., and Pittsburgh, the latter both to accommodate self-driving car experts “who might not be interested in moving to Silicon Valley and for us to be able to test cars in tougher weather,” says former Tesla engineer Anderson, who declined to detail Aurora’s financing. Urmson says his decision to start Aurora with other autonomous car veterans had to do with happiness. “I came to the conclusion that what I wanted to do was build a company with the right leadership and the right approach to connecting with the auto industry,” he says. “We want to have an impact.” Special Offer for New Customers Only Get a New 2018 American Eagle Silver Dollar at our cost! send me the Uncirculated American Eagle Silver Dollar at Littleton’s cost with Free Shipping ✓ YES! Please (limit 1). Plus, send my FREE Uncirculated National Park quarter (one per customer, please). ❐ Please send coupon to: Dept. 4UU401 1309 Mt. Eustis Road Littleton NH 03561-3737 Method of payment: ❏ Check or Money Order payable to Littleton Coin Co. ❏ VISA ❏ MasterCard ❏ American Express ❏ Discover Card No. 18.21 Limit One: $ ________ FREE Shipping & Handling: $ _________ 18.21 Total Amount: $ _________ Exp. 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KEITH SRAKOCIC/AP U.S. nixes Alibaba arm’s $1.2B bid to buy MoneyGram Mike Snider Then President-elect Trump last year called Jack Ma “a great entrepreneur, one of the best in the world.” USA TODAY McDonald’s tests fresh beef with Archburger Zlati Meyer USA TODAY Under pressure from rivals, McDonald’s is testing a new burger that is made with fresh, not frozen, beef. The chain named it the Archburger. A reference to the company’s Golden Arches logo, the Archburger is going for a trial run at seven locations in the U.S., according to a research note by the brokerage Instinet. In March, the Oak Park, Ill.-based chain announced it would start making its iconic Quarter Pounder with fresh beef in 2018. McDonald’s has been under increasing pressure to move to fresh-beef burgers due to the popularity of rival chains that offer them, from Shake Shack to In-N-Out Burger. Instinet analyst Mark Kalinowski identified two test sites — one in Plano, Texas, and one in a suburb of Tulsa that are trying out the new Archburger. Both are selling a regular Archburger with cheese, pickle, onions and Arch Sauce for $2.19. An Archburger L&T, which also has lettuce and tomato, is going for $2.69. A Bacon Archburger is $2.89. The Plano restaurant’s menu board includes the tagline “One bite and you’ll believe,” and the promise of “fresh beef cooked when you order,” according to Kalinowski. McDonald’s confirmed the Archburger test but declined to share details. “We ... look forward to gaining valuable feedback from our customers and crew. We are continuing to raise the bar for our customers with new menu items and ways to experience our brand,” the company said in a statement. More than 20 years ago, McDonald’s tried out an Arch Deluxe burger aimed at adults with a mustard and mayonnaise sauce. The product, which cost $150 million to develop and roll out, was considered a flop. McDonald’s has tried before to go upscale. In May, it launched the Signature Crafted Recipes sandwich line, which has won attention. In September, the chain added hand-crafted drinks to its McCafe lineup. News about the Archburger trial run, the buzz surrounding the Quarter Pounder switch to fresh beef and the artisanal sandwiches will help McDonald’s same-store sales this year, especially in the second half of 2018, Kalinowski forecasts. The U.S. has blocked the $1.2 billion sale of money-transfer service MoneyGram to Ant Financial, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba — the latest sign of strain in the U.S.China relationship. Ant Financial, controlled by Alibaba founder and billionaire Jack Ma, a year ago had announced its intention to acquire Dallas-based MoneyGram International Inc., a move that would have helped solidify a financial presence in the U.S. for Ma and Alibaba. But the two companies could not get approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a Treasury Department-run multiagency panel that evaluates foreign acquisitions of U.S. companies for national security concerns. President Trump has had a complex relationship with China as he has sought to even what he calls “a very unfair and one-sided” trade relationship while seeking China’s help in pressuring North Korea into giving up nuclear weapons. However, Trump has been gracious to Ma, who he met with a year ago during the transition, calling the Alibaba executive chairman “a great entrepreneur, one of the best in the world.” Ant Financial and MoneyGram attempted to address the committee’s concerns, MoneyGram CEO Alex Holmes said. “The geopolitical environment has changed considerably since we first announced the proposed AMERICA’S MARKETS TIMOTHY CLARY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES transaction with Ant Financial nearly a year ago,” he said in a statement. “Despite our best efforts to work cooperatively with the U.S. government, it has now become clear that CFIUS will not approve this merger.” The two companies said they do plan to collaborate on improving global money transfers, especially in China, India and the Philippines. “While Ant Financial won’t have a direct ownership relationship with MoneyGram, we look forward to working closely with the MoneyGram team to make our platform even more accessible — particularly to unbanked and underserved communities globally,” Ant Financial president Doug Feagin said in a statement. Ant Financial paid MoneyGram a $30 million termination fee. Shares of MoneyGram fell 9% Wednesday to $12.11. Alibaba’s U.S. shares rose 0.2% to $184. Ant Financial operates Alipay, used by 520 million Chinese as an online payment system. In May, Alipay cemented a deal with New York-based payment tech firm First Data, giving U.S. stores the ability to accept Alipay from Chinese tourists and overseas customers. The scuttled Ant Financial-MoneyGram deal potentially opens the door for Leawood, Kan.-based global electronic payments processing firm Euronet, which said its March bid for MoneyGram was worth 15% more than Ant’s. 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The deduction for traditional IRA contributions, as well as the deductibility of other types of pretax retirement contributions — such as to a 401(k), 403(b), 457 or Thrift Savings Plan — were untouched by the legislation. Even the increased catch-up contributions for savers 50 and older — on the chopping block in earlier versions of the Republican proposal — survived intact. The Retirement Savings Contribution Credit, also known as the “Saver’s Credit,” also remains in place, with the same income limits the IRS previously announced. The deduction for traditional IRA contributions is an “adjustment to income,” also known as an “above-theline” deduction, rather than a deduction in the traditional sense. This means that you can take advantage of it even if you don’t itemize, as long as you qualify. 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T-bill 5 yr. T-note 10 yr. T-note Type 30 yr. xed 15 yr. xed 1 yr. ARM 5/1 ARM Close 6 mo ago 4.50% 4.25% 1.42% 1.16% 1.39% 1.06% 2.24% 1.93% 2.44% 2.35% Close 6 mo ago 3.84% 3.93% 3.19% 3.10% 3.31% 3.04% 3.76% 3.24% SOURCE: BANKRATE.COM COMMODITIES Commodities Close Prev. 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YTD % +0.8% +0.5% +0.2% +2.2% -0.1% unch. +0.3% -0.2% -0.5% +0.9% SOURCE Morningstar, Dow Jones Indexes, The Associated Press 4B ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY MONEY MONEY USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ 5B Plan travel around best, worst days to fly Even Europe can be had on the cheap if you do a little bit of homework Rick Seaney FareCompare.com If you’re feeling a little blah because the holidays are over and the dreariness of another winter is upon us, this may perk you up: January is an excellent time to fly because it’s so darn cheap, for domestic travel and Europe. Some examples of round-trip fares, all found within the past few days on FareCompare: ❚ Los Angeles to Denver — $53 ❚ Chicago to Miami — $63 ❚ Boston to Kauai, Hawaii — $482 ❚ New York to Madrid — $382 Of course, what goes down does go right back so let’s take a look at the best and worst days to fly so you can plan accordingly in the new year. January and February Best days to fly: Jan. 9 and beyond. This is when the very cheap, post-holiday pricing kicks in. The bargains continue into February. Worst days: February 15, 16, 17. Prices rise for travel during the President’s Day holiday for weekend trips. March and April Best days to fly: Most weekdays. Worst days: Weekends beginning March 10-11, continuing through April 21-22. This marks the start of the spring break travel season; airlines know most fliers who take these vacations will make it a week-long break and weekend fares rise with demand. But you can make it a cheaper spring break by flying a Tuesday-to-Saturday or Saturday-toWednesday itinerary. Now is a good time to fly to Europe before higher fares start taking over in late May. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO You can make it a cheaper spring break by flying a Tuesday-to-Saturday or Saturdayto-Wednesday itinerary. May, June, July and August Best days to fly: May 1-16. Prices will be relatively cheap for both weekdays and weekends. Worst days: May 17-June 22. Higher, presummer fares kick in with an aver- age price hike for weekdays and weekends of 20%-plus over May fares. Worst days: June 23 to late August. Summer fares reach their peak, and pricing remains high through Aug. 13, when prices drop for weekday fares. Fall season Best day to fly: Aug. 27. This is when the high summer fares drop for weekends as well as weekdays, and lower fares will rule until a big jump for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving falls early in 2018, on Nov. 22. Look for cheap fares the week after the holiday and into early Decem- ber, when higher Christmas and New Year’s fares kick in. Europe Cheap times to fly: Jan. 9-March 16. Prices drop as much as 40% over holiday fares. Higher fares: May 29-June 15. Fares begin to rise for summer. Highest fares: June 16-July 15. Peak summer pricing is in effect. Cheaper fall fares take over beginning around Sept. 10. FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney (@rickseaney) is an airline industry insider and top media air travel resource. U.S. kids will live better than parents, Buffett says But nation must close divide between rich, poor Paul Davidson USA TODAY Roku already has a voice-operated remote that takes simple commands. ROKU Roku aims to expand cord-cutting kingdom Voice-powered Entertainment Assistant coming in fall Mike Snider USA TODAY Roku is developing its own voice assistant and will begin licensing its tech standards to other product makers in hopes of making it easier to expand consumers’ home-streaming video setups. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based TV streaming tech company plans to have its Roku voice-powered Entertainment Assistant update available this fall for most Roku TVs and players. Roku also is launching new Roku Connect software that other device makers can license to create smart speakers and sound bars that will automatically link wirelessly to Roku TVs and media players. TCL, which already markets Roku TVs, will announce the first Roku Connect device at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show on Jan. 8. “What we really envision is an ecosystem where the TV is the center of a complete home entertainment experience, where you watch TV and listen to music, but we see that moving beyond the living room to ... wireless sound throughout the home,” said Mark Ely, Roku’s vice president for product management for players and whole home. “We want to have it all work seamlessly together wirelessly, and you can control (it all) with your voice.” The Roku Entertainment Assistant won’t be as powerful as, say, Amazon’s Alexa. But the assistant could be asked to start music on a sound bar in the living room — or speaker in another room — even if the TV is not on by asking, for example, “Hey Roku, play jazz in the living room.” How strong the artificial intelligence becomes in Roku’s assistant remains to be seen. It will be hard to compete against Apple, Amazon, Google and other powerhouses for complete control of the home, says Brett Sappington, senior research director for Parks Associates, an Addison, Texas, research firm. One advantage Roku has in its own space is that it already has a voice-operated remote control that could execute simple commands. “Roku is in an interesting position in implementation of voice in the video space,” Sappington said. “Roku already has inroads into TV makers, serving as the ‘smarts’ for their smart TVs ... (and) Roku also has relationships with major video services that already have developed apps for Rokupowered devices.” Roku holds the lead in the streaming media competition, used in 37% of U.S. broadband homes as of the first quarter of 2017, according to Parks Associates. That’s up from 33% the year before. Also growing its market share over that period is Amazon, which owns 24% of the market with its Amazon Fire TV devices, up from 16% the year before. It may be freezing outside, but a dose of spring-like optimism will emanate from newsstands this week as business magnate Warren Buffett assures readers that American children will have a better standard of living than their parents. The essay by Buffet for Time magazine’s Jan. 5 issue comes as Millennials are projected to be the first generation in U.S. history to do worse financially than their moms and dads. “I have good news,” Buffett, 87, writes. “First, most American children are going to live far better than their parents did. Second, large gains in the living standards of Americans will continue for many generations to come.” But Buffett warns that happy outcome hinges on the nation closing the divide between rich and poor. His essay highlights a special Time issue, titled “The Optimists,” guestedited by philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. In an editor’s letter, Gates ticks off a litany of global ills, including last year’s devastating North American hurricanes, mass shootings, the U.S. nuclear standoff with North Korea and bloody civil wars in Syria and Yemen. But he adds, “On the whole, the world is getting better.” He points to heartening successes, such as sharp declines in the portion of the global population living in extreme poverty and the number of children dying before their 5th birthday. Featured on the cover is 5-year-old Ethiopian Nohamad Nasir, whom Gates met less than a month after he was born. Other contributors include U2 lead singer Bono on why men must fight for women and girls; director Ava DuVernay on what gives her hope; Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., on why getting into trouble is necessary to make change; and Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, on Millennials as a hopeful generation. But Buffett touches on perhaps the biggest running angst for Americans — the idea that “our economic machine is sputtering,” exemplified by growth in gross domestic product that has been mired at about 2% a year since the Warren Buffett gave an upbeat view of the U.S. in his essay for “Time” magazine’s Jan. 5 issue. AP FILE PHOTO Great Recession ended in 2009. Buffett writes that with U.S. population growth slowing, smaller economic gains are needed. The population, he says, is expected to increase about 0.8% a year after factoring in births, deaths and immigration. Under that scenario, 2% annual increases in inflation-adjusted GDP would deliver 1.2% growth in per capita (or per person) GDP. In 25 years, that growth level would lift current GDP of $59,000 per capita to $79,000. “This $20,000 increase guarantees a far better life for our children,” Buffett writes. Buffett also tries to allay fears that innovation and productivity will mean lost jobs, a seeming nod to advances such as robots and artificial intelligence. In 1776, when the nation was founded, 80% of workers had jobs on farms, he says, but that figure has dwindled to just 2% today because of tractors, cotton gins and other inventions. If that kind of upheaval were foreseen, Americans would have wondered how all the unemployed farmers could find work, Buffett writes. But he says farming’s productivity gains “freed nearly 80% of the nation’s workforce to redeploy their efforts into new industries that have changed our way of life.” Increases in productivity, or worker output, have vastly raised living standards, Buffett adds, noting that uppermiddle-class Americans today enjoy travel, entertainment, medicine and education options unavailable to John D. Rockefeller, the wealthiest American when Buffett was born in 1930. Americans, he says, will similarly “benefit from far more and better ‘stuff ’ in the future. The challenge will be to have this bounty deliver a better life to the disrupted as well as to the disruptors.” MONEY 6B ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY STATE-BY-STATE ALABAMA Mobile: The University of South Alabama foundation board has approved $1.7 million in funds toward new surgical robots, Al.com reports. News from across the USA ciation of American Indian tribes that run casinos, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports. HIGHLIGHT: NEW JERSEY NEW YORK New York: A convicted ALASKA Fairbanks: The parents of a murderer whose 2015 prison break captivated the nation says he discovered a way to escape from the Five Points maximum-security facility but gave the details to prison officials. woman who died a year ago after being struck by a vehicle following a DUI stop are suing Fairbanks police, state corrections and Kodiak Jack’s nightclub for wrongful death, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports. ARIZONA Tucson: A landfill fire on Tucson’s outskirts sent smoke over the city, and residents near the burn were advised to stay indoors. ARKANSAS Hot Springs: A gunrights advocate who declared her firing range “Muslim-free” will challenge Gov. Asa Hutchinson for the GOP nomination for governor. If elected, Jan Morgan would be Arkansas’ first female governor. CALIFORNIA Los Angeles: Authori- ties say a partner in a law firm shot two of his colleagues before turning the gun on himself. The gunman and one victim died, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports. COLORADO Colorado Springs: More than 60 years after the ornate First National Bank building was torn down, pieces of it were unearthed and used in landscaping near a $115 million highway project. CONNECTICUT New Britain: The city is getting nearly $2 million for a redevelopment project adjacent to the downtown CTfasttrack station. DELAWARE Milford: Snowy owls that typically live in the arctic have been making rare visits to southern Delaware. The Delaware State News reports that the owls have been seen at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge near Milford. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Five companies offer bikeshare options in Washington, and the number of dockless bikes has spurred an increase in 911 calls from people who think they see a theft, WTOP Radio reports. FLORIDA Hollywood: State regulators say temperatures rose to 99 degrees in a sweltering Hollywood Hills nursing home under investigation for the deaths of 12 residents after Hurricane Irma, the Sun Sentinel reports. GEORGIA Atlanta: State lawmakers are exploring the use of income tax breaks to help repopulate rural Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. HAWAII Honolulu: A tourist was injured when someone threw an unripe breadfruit the size of a baseball through a bus window, leaving her face bloodied and bruised. IDAHO Caldwell: A former state lawmaker was arrested last weekend for the second time in December in a DUI matter, Idaho Statesman reports. Vito Perillo, center, served his country and serves his town. DAN RADEL World War II vet, 93, sworn in as mayor Katie Park Asbury Park Press USA TODAY NETWORK - NEW JERSEY Vito Perillo isn’t one to sit idle, watching days trickle by after 92 years of life. Perillo, 93, thrust himself into the heart of municipal government, winning the post of Tinton Falls mayor in a stunning upset over the incumbent, Gerald Turning, in November. Perillo officially assumed the position Tuesday evening during his swearing-in ceremony, where state Sen.-elect Vin Gopal, D-11, administered the oath. “This was a very historic election,” Gopal said moments before reciting the oath to Perillo. “Vito, for all of you know, World War II veteran, served his country, now has come back to serve his town. It’s really an inspirational story.” Politics in Tinton Falls are nonpartisan, but Perillo is a registered Republican, according to voter registration records. Perillo is not the oldest mayor in the USA. That title belongs to Charles Edwin Long, 94, who has been the mayor of Booneville, Ky., since 1959. Perillo and his campaign team stoked support for the campaign by going door to door, Perillo said in November. The team distributed 7,500 campaign fliers, and Perillo ments for children that take effect with the 2018-19 school year. LOUISIANA Slidell: A man accused of helping to swindle people out of thousands of dollars as a middleman in a “Nigerian prince” Internet scam has been arrested, The New Orleans Advocate reports. MAINE Augusta: Effective this week, 33 invasive plants are prohibited from being sold in Maine. Officials say the banned plants like “Crimson King” Norway maple crowd out native plants. MARYLAND Baltimore: The state has selected contractors to dredge sediment behind the Susquehanna River’s Conowingo Dam, The Baltimore Sun reports. MASSACHUSETTS Yarmouth: A pipe that burst in subfreezing weather last weekend caused major flooding to all three floors at Yarmouth Town Hall, the Cape Cod Times reports. has collected $14,500 in unpaid parking tickets since February, The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports. law requires taking DNA samples from suspects arrested for felony crimes, plus fingerprints and a photo. several signed works by prominent sports artist Ted Watts among contents they bought in a storage unit, The Topeka Capital Journal reports. KENTUCKY Sheperdsville: State school officials are encouraging parents to prepare for new hepatitis and meningitis immunization require- Minnesota Public Radio reports. Corn and soybeans account for nearly a third of the state’s trade with Mexico and Canada. MISSISSIPPI Oxford: Authorities say a chemical stench causing headaches in the Harmontown community is from an undiluted spill of ethyl mercaptan, an odorant that’s usually mixed with natural gas to give it a rotten-egg smell to detect leaks, The Oxford Eagle reports. MISSOURI Columbia: Volunteers are transcribing thousands of letters that World War II soldiers sent home, Columbia Missourian says. MONTANA Kalispell: Authorities say two snowboarders were killed in separate weekend accidents in Flathead County near Lakeside and at Whitefish Mountain Resort. NEBRASKA Lincoln: Nebraskans are being encouraged to make tax-deductible donations to the state Wildlife Conservation Fund. NEVADA Reno: State health data shows that cancer and heart disease are more likely to kill Nevadans than any other causes, The Reno Gazette-Journal reports. INDIANA Indianapolis: A new state KANSAS Topeka: Two men found NORTH CAROLINA Raleigh: State transportation officials are planning workshops and demonstrations on the use of drones. NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck: Authorities say the number of young walleye in the Lake Sakakawea reservoir on the Missouri River is among the highest in decades. OHIO Columbus: The state will use a new seal on high school diplomas to recognize students who demonstrate certain workplace assets, such as reliability and leadership. OKLAHOMA Wilburton: Authorities are investigating the death of a Latimer County jail inmate who was found with lacerations after asking for a razor and soap to shave. OREGON Salem: More beverages now carry the state’s 10-cent refund deposit, Statesman Journal reports. PENNSYLVANIA Bristol: Authorities say a driver who apparently overdosed crashed into a Levittown house, injuring a man inside. RHODE ISLAND Providence: The state has lifted all health advisories that were put in place for several ponds because of algae blooms. SOUTH CAROLINA Greer: Authorities say two people dropped off a dead man at Greer Memorial Hospital’s emergency room and then left before anyone could ask questions. SOUTH DAKOTA Rapid City: A local medical clinic is trying to convert 3,000 square feet of unused space into a mental health center, The Rapid City Journal reports. ILLINOIS Sycamore: This Illinois city IOWA Sioux City: A former East High School special education teacher is accused of stealing nearly $3,000 from accounts she set up for Special Olympics and the Friendship Connection, Sioux City Journal reports. said he wore out two pairs of shoes. As many other mayors and council members around the state did Monday and Tuesday, Perillo, a former electronics engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense, a U.S. Navy veteran and newcomer to politics, took the oath. Unlike other swearing-in ceremonies, Perillo didn’t swear on a copy of the Bible provided by the municipality. Instead, he swore on a copy that belonged to Mae, his wife of 64 years who died in 2013. As mayor, Perillo is required to attend two monthly mayor and council meetings and a monthly Fort Monmouth board meeting. Perillo oversees a $24 million budget. Campaign volunteers and members of Perillo’s family attended the swearing-in ceremony, adding to a full room at the Tinton Falls Municipal Complex. Among the crowd were New Jersey Assembly members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling, both local Democrats; Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden; and Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon. Along with Perillo, Brock Siebert, 36, who was elected to his first term as a councilman, took the oath, along with incumbent John Manginelli. Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone gave the oath to Siebert and Manginelli. NEW HAMPSHIRE Portsmouth: Two subcontractors have sued the company fired by the state’s National Guard for what it called substandard work on Pease Air National Guard Base hangars, New Hampshire Public Radio reports. MICHIGAN Lansing: More utility customers in the state are taking part in the net metering program by producing their own electricity. Solar is the leading generator, with wind second. MINNESOTA St. Paul: State farmers fear they could lose millions of dollars if the U.S. leaves the North American Free Trade Agreement, NEW JERSEY Atlantic City: The new $14 million, 227-foot high Observation Wheel at Steel Pier has opened after months of delay. But officials say it won’t run when the temperature is below 40 degrees. NEW MEXICO Santa Fe: The first major study in more than a decade of compulsive gambling in the state is being commissioned by an asso- TENNESSEE Greeneville: The oldest college in the state is becoming a university. Tusculum College will offer doctoral and master’s degrees in optometry, physician’s assistant, occupational and physical therapy, The Knoxville News Sentinel reports. TEXAS Brownwood: Authorities say three relatives on a hunting trip are believed to have died of carbon monoxide poisoning inside a box trailer that was converted into a cabin. UTAH Holladay: Police say three chil- dren were hurt in this Salt Lake City suburb after one of them threw gasoline in a fire pit, Deseret News reports. VERMONT White River Junction: The local VA Medical Center is holding a town hall meeting on Monday at the Rutland American Legion Post 31. VIRGINIA Portsmouth: A retired explosive detection dog that used to serve a security contractor in Kuwait was found dead after being hit by a car, WAVY-TV reports. WASHINGTON Pasco: The family of a man who was shot to death after throwing rocks at police while high on methamphetamine can’t agree on who should get a $750,000 settlement, the Tri-City Herald reports. WEST VIRGINIA Charleston: A weekly $2.50 user fee paid by people who work in Charleston has gone up to $3, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports. WISCONSIN Mondovi: Authorities are investigating a weekend fire that destroyed a barn at Loomis Lazy L Tack and Trailer Sales, WEAU-TV reports. WYOMING Gillette: A man faces a felony animal cruelty charge after a hound mix puppy was found abandoned in a dumpster in sub-zero weather, Gillette News Record reports. Compiled from staff, wire reports. E2 USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ SECTION C IN SPORTS Hostile work environment claims Ex-administrative assistant details allegations 2C Chen clearly top American figure Quad jump star ready for nationals, Olympics 3C Tournament of Champions FedExCup champ Justin Thomas back on course 4C CHEN BY JEAN-YVES AHERN/USA TODAY SPORTS SPORTSLINE KIRBY LEE/USA TODAY SPORTS FIRST WORD I think there’s a good chance.” Jon Gruden, asked Wednesday on ESPN Radio that if Mark Davis called, would Gruden coach the Raiders. NOTABLE NUMBERS 10% Drop in viewership for NFL broadcasts during the regular season, according to data provided to USA TODAY. The number includes the average audience across the NFL’s broadcast partners — CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network. While 33 of the top 50 TV programs since Week 1 in September were NFL games, this season’s decline follows an 8% drop in 2016. NFL broadcasts had an average minute audience of 14.9 million compared with 16.5 million in 2016. CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN had a smaller audience than 2016. ESPN, which included its streaming audience, had the lowest drop among the networks at 7.7%. Fox had a 9.1% drop, NBC 10.4% and CBS 11.2% compared with 2016. $1.35 million In bonuses so far for Georgia coach Kirby Smart, more than at least nine FBS schools paid their head coach and nine assistants — combined — this season. The CFP National Championship game pits the student, Georgia coach Kirby Smart, left, against his teacher, Alabama coach Nick Saban. LEFT: DALE ZANINE/USA TODAY SPORTS; RIGHT: CHUCK COOK/USA TODAY SPORTS MIRROR IMAGES, BIG DIFFERENCES Paul Myerberg USA TODAY NEW ORLEANS – There are obvious differences between Alabama and Georgia. One wears a red-hued 499 Career qualified rides for two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney, who hopes to become the third rider to hit 500 when the Professional Bull Riders kicks off its 25th Anniversary Tour Friday through Sunday (CBS, CBS Sports Network) at Madison Square Garden. LAST WORD I don’t know that we have an edge on Kansas in anything. Maybe we have Whataburger in Lubbock, Texas. I don’t think ya’ll do. That’s an advantage.” Texas Tech basketball coach Chris Beard, on his team’s “advantage” over KU after the Red Raiders’ upset Tuesday night. From staff and wire reports USA SNAPSHOTS© 3 Active NBA players have tallied at least 18,000 points and 10,000 rebounds: Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Zach Randolph. NOTE Randolph, who plays for the Kings, recorded his 10,000th rebound on Dec. 20. He had 10,034 as of Jan. 1. SOURCE NBA ELLEN J. HORROW, VERONICA BRAVO/USA TODAY helmet and uniform combination. One resides in the Southeast. One plays in the Southeastern Conference. One is led by a head coach with deep ties to the Crimson Tide. OK, so there are similarities at play in the College Football Playoff National Championship game. The matchup of Alabama and Georgia is the equivalent of a spot-the-difference picture quiz: There are subtle and some not-so-subtle contrasts between the two programs, if you know where to look, but at first glance the Tide and Bulldogs could pass for duplicates. Begin with what makes the two programs near-mirror images of each other, an inevitable consequence stemming from the ties between the head coaches. It will be sensei against star pupil, the master against the former right-hand man who knows all the tricks. Nick Saban invented the process, installed it at Alabama and taught it to his crew of loyal assistants. Chief among this group is second-year Georgia coach Kirby Smart, who initiated his own foundation-laying exercise with the Bulldogs to familiar results. Alabama won seven games in Saban’s debut. Georgia took eight wins in Smart’s debut a year ago. Saban’s second team knocked on the door of a national championship before falling to Florida in the SEC title game. Smart has the Bulldogs one win away from the program’s first national championship in decades entering the final game of his second season. See MIRROR, Page 2C Brees committed to process Quarterback won’t change game-week preparation in Saints’ return to playoffs Nancy Armour Columnist USA TODAY METAIRIE, La. – Drew Brees didn’t survive all these years in the NFL by winging it. Meticulous in his preparation, he is approaching this week as if it’s any other game week. Yes, he’s well aware the New Orleans Saints are in playoffs for the first time since 2013, hosting the Carolina Panthers in a NFC wildcard game Sunday. He knows, too, that, two weeks shy of his 39th birthday, the window on his career is closing. But to change things up this week, to put more pressure or expectations on himself and his teammates, that would cheat the process. That would cheat the Saints and their fans. That would cheat him. “I approach every game the same way. I prepare like every game could be my last or it’s a playoff game or I’ve got something to prove and I’ve got an edge,” he said Wednesday. “So it’s not like, ‘Oh, the playoffs are here. It’s time to ramp it up.’ It’s always important. So for me, the preparation is no different.” This doesn’t mean he’s blasé about the opportunity the Saints have. New See BREES, Page 4C Drew Brees has guided a balanced Saints offense (23 rushing, 23 passing TDs). CHUCK COOK/USA TODAY SPORTS SPORTS 2C ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL Details of claim against Rodriguez Ex-Arizona coach accused of hostile work environment Craig Harris and Anne Ryman The Arizona Republic USA TODAY Network TUCSON – Five days before University of Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez was abruptly fired, his former administrative assistant filed a multimillion-dollar claim accusing him of sexually harassing her and creating a hostile work environment. The allegations included forcing her to keep secrets about Rodriguez’s extramarital affair and inappropriate behavior toward her. The notice of claim, filed with the state Attorney General’s Office by an attorney representing Melissa Wilhelmsen and her husband, Jason, seeks $7.5 million in damages from Rodriguez and his wife. The claim was filed Dec. 28, the day after Arizona played its last game and the day the university said that an investigation into harassment allegations against Rodriguez had been completed. The nine-page claim by the Wilhelmsens is a precursor to a lawsuit. The Arizona Republic obtained a copy of the document Tuesday night. The claim alleges that Melissa Wilhelmsen, who worked for Rodriguez from late 2011 to August 2017, felt constant pressure to hide Rodriguez’s extramarital affair from his wife. She said she, along with two others on the football staff, referred to themselves as the “Triangle of Secrecy.” She described several occasions in which Rodriguez’s actions and words made her particularly uncomfortable, Rich Rodriguez was fired by the University of Arizona after a notice of claim was filed with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. CASEY SAPIO/USA TODAY SPORTS including walking past her shirtless in his underwear, trying to kiss her and asking her to come to his house alone to assist him with his dog. The university, in a letter about his firing signed by President Robert C. Robbins and athletics director Dave Heeke, said it had hired the Phoenix law firm of Cohen Dowd Quigley to “conduct a comprehensive investigation” in October after a former employee in the athletics department alleged that Rodriguez harassed her. The investigation finished Dec. 28 and found that the original harassment allegations against “could not be substantiated based on the evidence and witnesses available. However, Arizona Athletics did become aware of information, both before and during the investigation, which caused it to be concerned with the direction and climate of the football program,” the letter said. The university said the former employee declined multiple requests to participate in the investigation into her allegations and was “unwilling to turn over communications that she alleged provided support for her allegations.” The university said its decision to fire Rodriguez was based on several factors, including the “direction and climate of our football program.” Rodriguez released a statement Tuesday night calling the harassment claims “baseless and false.” He said he was “deeply disappointed to learn by email this evening that the University of Arizona is buying out my contract.” He admitted to having a consensual extramarital affair with a woman not affiliated with the university and added he was working to regain the trust of his wife and children. The Wilhelmsens’ claim alleges Rodriguez was a demanding boss, calling “at all hours of the night just to change travel plans or make some other requests which were only emergencies to him.” Rodriguez had Wilhelmsen get a sideline pass for his girlfriend for a November 2015 game against Southern California. His wife also was on the sideline during that game, and Wilhelmsen had to stand between the two women to avoid a confrontation, the claim says. Wilhelmsen said Rodriguez’s wife in May 2016 asked her to lunch, “which became a 3-hour interrogation of sorts to find out what Melissa knew about Rodriguez’s flirting and promiscuity.” Rodriguez’s personal behavior toward Wilhelmsen led her first to seek, unsuccessfully, a job in another university position and later to resign her job as the coach’s assistant, the claim says. Among the allegations: ❚ The coach called her into his office in January 2017 when he began discussing his marital problems and then grabbed her, “embraced her, touched the side of her breast, and tried to kiss her.” She managed to pull away. Two weeks later, he called her back to his office and said he wanted to “take care of her.” Rodriguez handed her $300 in cash, but she refused the money. ❚ Rodriguez asked Wilhelmsen to get him underwear from the equipment area. After she found a male staff member to bring them to him, Rodriguez told her how “his preferred style of underwear ‘visually enhanced’ his genitalia when worn.” ❚ A coaching assistant made a comment that when Wilhelmsen raised money for the football program she did it by rubbing her breasts on donors. Rodriguez laughed at the comment. ❚ Rodriguez asked Wilhelmsen to come to his home alone to help him with his dog. Wilhelmsen texted the coach that she and her husband could come, but she would not come alone. “You know I love you,” Rodriguez texted back, with a kissing-face emoji. Wilhelmsen’s attorney, Augustine B. Jimenez III, said via email he and his clients would not be commenting beyond what was in the claim. UCF to pay ‘national championship’ bonuses Steve Berkowitz and Dan Wolken USA TODAY Central Florida, claiming a “national championship” after finishing 13-0 with a win against Auburn in the Peach Bowl, is putting its money where its mouth is and paying bonuses to former assistant coaches who would have been associated with winning a national title. According to associate athletics director for communications Andy Seeley, UCF is distributing an additional $300,000 to the nine on-field assistants and $25,000 to the support staff, which will be divvied up at the discretion of head coach Scott Frost, who is departing for Nebraska, with the approval of athletics director Danny White. UCF, of course, did not win the officially recognized national title, which will go to the winner of the College Football Playoff championship game Monday between Alabama and Georgia. But UCF claiming a title has brought attention to the debate over whether schools in the second-teir Group of Five are treated fairly in the current Playoff structure. During media interviews this week, White said UCF will hang a banner in its stadium declaring itself the national champion. “We’re definitely getting a banner,” he said on 96.9 The Game in Orlando. “We won a national championship and we’re going to treat it as such. These kids deserve that. Like other football programs do all across the country, you claim a national championship, you’re the only undefeated team in a season, we’re going to hang a banner.” On Wednesday, the school an- Mirror Continued from Page 1C “It’s no surprise to me that his role expanded to be a head coach,” Saban said of Smart. “He’s a good football coach, a very bright guy. And he took over a program that has been successful and was actually fairly successful when he took over the program. And he’s done a great job of taking it to the next level.” Smart and Saban have built their respective teams on defense, both with a base formation of three linemen and four linebackers that is equally effective stopping the run and defending the pass. Of course, the dominant tie between the two programs is conference affiliation. Six years ago, the all-SEC title game between Alabama and LSU was the death knell for the Bowl Championship Series. At least this year’s oneleague pairing won’t be a rematch — a small victory, though not one that will pacify the masses. “I think sometimes people try to put a little hate on the SEC because of some of the success that we have,” Saban said. “And I don’t think that is really fair because I think it’s a great competitive league with a lot of great coaches and a lot of great institutions.” The ties that bind together Alabama and Georgia will be the defining story line of the next week. But while hard to ignore, the similarities between the pair are dwarfed by the differences. One looms above the others: Alabama has been here before. It’s a key dynamic to consider. For all the program’s gains since Smart’s arriv- Alabama has adapted to fit Jalen Hurts, who isn’t a traditional passer. Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has taken a back seat to the running game. KEVIN JAIRAJ/USA TODAY SPORTS ROBERT HANASHIRO/USA TODAY SPORTS al, Georgia is still a newcomer to this stage. The Rose Bowl was a solid introduction, but it’s impossible to equate a matchup with Oklahoma with facing off against the most dominant program in the sport. Alabama is a different animal, hardened by countless trips under college football’s bright lights and equipped — physically and mentally — for the strain of the championship push. That might be the biggest separator between these two specific teams. Yet it could also be overblown, especially when given Smart’s big-game experi- ence. There’s also one positive to take from the comeback win against the Sooners: Georgia learned the danger of falling behind early on a major stage and realizes that doing so in the matchup with Alabama could be fatal. “Our kids are so resilient. They never stopped chopping wood. They kept fighting. They believed,” Smart said. “We didn’t play the way we were capable of, but the best news is we get a chance to play again. So I’m really proud of the fight, the resiliency of our seniors and our fan base.” nounced it would hold a parade Sunday at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Frost himself will not receive any additional pay. His bonuses were capped in his UCF contract at $250,000, a number he reached by winning the Peach Bowl. The $300,000 assistants’ incentive pool for a national championship was outlined in Frost’s original contract and must be paid on the first regular pay period after March 1 of each year. This will be paid even though Frost’s entire staff is leaving with him to Nebraska. Another difference comes on offense. Georgia has streamlined its scheme to fit true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, who while capable of winning games with his arm has taken a back seat to a brutally efficient running game. There are new concepts embedded within the Bulldogs offense, but the system as a whole is fairly traditional. It looks like the Alabama offenses of the recent past, in fact. The Tide have adopted a more unorthodox offensive style, or at least one that differs from the meat-and-potatoes approach of the first handful of Sabancoached title teams. Quarterback Jalen Hurts isn’t a traditional passer, so the Tide have adapted. This isn’t to say the Tide can’t and won’t get dirty: Alabama’s win against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl was a sort of throwback to an older time. The odds are that each team gauges the other early in Monday’s championship game, sparring for a series or even a quarter, before the matchup evolves — or devolves, depending on your point of view — into a classic SEC pairing. You know what that means: tough defense, a commitment to the running game, ball control and field position will be the key factors. That might seem boring, because it is. But it’s also pure SEC, and a style that not only laid the foundation for Alabama’s dynasty but provides the framework for Georgia’s burgeoning run among the elite programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision. “I think it speaks volumes of the quality of programs that we have, especially to have two programs, two teams that are in the national championship game,” Saban said. SPORTS USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ 3C USA’s best shot at skating gold Chen opens nationals undefeated in world competition this season “I’m happy that I’m in this position. This is what I’ve wanted for a long time. I personally remind myself to embrace it.” Christine Brennan Nathan Chen Columnist Figure skater, on his chances at the U.S. national championships USA TODAY SAN JOSE — If there’s a sure bet in a sport in which competitors land jumps of four revolutions on a quarter-inch blade of steel on a bed of ice, it’s 18-yearold Nathan Chen. The men’s competition at the U.S. national figure skating championships doesn’t begin until Thursday evening, but mark this one down right now: barring injury, Chen is going to the 2018 Winter Olympics next month in Pyeongchang. He’s America’s best bet for an Olympic figure skating gold medal, and if he isn’t quite able to achieve such a lofty height, he’s still the nation’s top hope for an individual skating medal at the upcoming Games. A once-in-a-generation talent, Chen is both a prodigious athlete and a welltrained artist. His jumps are majestic; their number unprecedented. He became the first man in international skating history to land five quadruple jumps in one 41⁄2-minute long program when he did it at last year’s national championships — and he plans to do it again here this week. (He’ll also go for two quads in his short program.) Sometimes the numbers run together and it can be hard to get a grasp on how significant this is, so here’s a bit of historical context: in Vancouver in 2010, American Evan Lysacek won the Olympic gold medal with exactly zero quads. So far this season, Chen has not lost, becoming the only undefeated male skater in the world despite some stumbles here and there. Figure skating demands artistry as well, and this is where Chen’s unique childhood plays a vital role. At age 7, he entered Ballet West Academy in his native Salt Lake City. There, Nathan Chen became the first man in international skating history to land five quadruple jumps in one 41⁄2-minute long program. JEAN-YVES AHERN/USA TODAY SPORTS he took lessons, sometimes as many as six a week, for more than six years. His refined movements on ice today can be traced back to those formative days in the ballet studio. And it’s this exquisite package of powerful jumps and elegant artistry that makes Chen such a force heading into the Olympics. “I’m happy with the way things have gone,” Chen said on a conference call with journalists the other day. “I’m happy that I’m in this position. This is what I’ve wanted for a long time. I personally remind myself to embrace it.” In a month, male skaters from around the world will have their sights set on Chen, and he on them. For now, though, a quartet of U.S. men are on his heels. Their goal isn’t to catch him. He’s too far ahead of them for that. Their goal is to simply join him on the U.S. Olympic team. Jason Brown, Adam Rippon and Max Aaron are all past U.S. champions. There’s also 17-year-old phenom Vincent Zhou, who was second to Chen last year at nationals, then won the world junior title, but has disappointingly struggled so far this season. That’s the group. Two of those four will join Chen on the Olympic team. Their performances here will play a key role in determining who goes to South Korea, but it won’t be the only calculation. That’s because the three-day team event comes at the beginning of the Olympics and ends just four days before the men’s event begins. It’s unlikely the United States will want Chen to skate both phases of the men’s team event, the short and long, and risk burning him out for the individual men’s event. So, in all likelihood, Chen will skate the short program, which is a full week before the men’s individual short program, then hand off to a tried-and-true veteran to skate the men’s team long program. That skater will most likely be Rippon, 28, or Brown, 23, neither of whom has a quadruple jump they can regularly count on, but both of whom pour on the points with artistry and consistency. Whatever the case, this much we know: This is Chen’s nationals, and it will be Chen’s Olympics, however it all unfolds. Panthers need more than just Newton Lorenzo Reyes USA TODAY CHARLOTTE – Cam Newton rolled up to his weekly news conference, brow furrowed, and spoke of added focus. “You better believe my intensity is different,” the Carolina Panthers star quarterback said. His club’s first playoff test comes Sunday against a familiar foe: the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints, who swept Carolina in the regular season. Newton’s words seem to hold added meaning given his struggles in recent weeks, and it’s worth wondering if the Panthers can win if he doesn’t play better. “We need to compile good series on top of good series,” Panthers left guard Andrew Norwell told USA TODAY. “We simply can’t afford to have bad ones. Everybody has to play a complete game. Offense does, defense does. ’Cause when we have all three phases going, we’re hard to stop.” But that’s rarely happened this season. Of Carolina’s 11 wins, only three came by a margin of more than one score and two of those occurred before November. Newton passed for 3,302 yards and 22 touchdowns and also paced the Panthers with 754 rushing yards despite 59 fewer attempts than running back Jonathan Stewart (680 yards). When Newton is accurate, efficient and can extend plays and create yards with his legs, the Panthers can beat anybody. Case in point was a Week 4 victory at the New England Patriots when he threw for 316 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 44 yards and a score. He often takes on as much as he can, but it’s a delicate balance, and he’ll almost surely need more from his supporting cast to beat the Saints in the Superdome. New Orleans has already rendered Carolina’s offense one-dimensional once this season, holding Newton to 167 passing yards in a Week 3 game the Panthers lost at home 34-13. The Saints relentlessly pressured Newton, sacking him four times. When the teams met again nine weeks later, Newton was being de- Cam Newton and the Panthers open the playoffs vs. the Saints, who swept Carolina this season. JASON GETZ/USA TODAY SPORTS ployed on more designed runs. He rushed for 51 yards, passed for 183 and two scores and helped fuel a more competitive result. Carolina still lost 31-21, but the 2015 NFL MVP feels he’s a more effective player when not chained to the pocket. “That’s my edge,” Newton said. “I wouldn’t expect you or anybody else to take it away. When I say you, I mean the media as a whole. I’m comfortable running the football. I feel like I help the team when I run the football. And as long as I’m playing this game, I will run the football.” He’s done that frequently of late, running 50 times for 239 yards over the last four weeks. But he’s struggled noticeably through the air, throwing six TD passes but also five interceptions. And he’ll face an added obstacle by matching up against Saints Pro Bowl corner (and defensive rookie of the year candidate) Marshon Lattimore, who missed both regular-season games against Carolina. “He plays with a lot of juice,” Newton said. “There’s not much you can say bad about him — a guy who, when he’s healthy, is probably a top-tier cornerback in this league.” But the Panthers will get their own boost. Tight end Greg Olsen was out both times against New Orleans and was sorely missed in those defeats. The threat he presents through the air could ease coverage on wideout Devin Funchess and scatback Christian McCaffrey while potentially benefiting the ground game. “It’s going to be a big deal for us to get the running game going early,” running back Cameron Artis-Payne told USA TODAY. “That’s the emphasis that we have every week. It helps chew the clock and keeps our defense on the sideline so they can be rested to play against the Saints offense. And then it helps the passing game in play action. “That’s our plan. We just have to go out and execute.” SPORTS 4C ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY PGA TOUR Key stats 14 First-time starters in the Sentry Tournament of Champions: Ryan Armour, Wesley Bryan, Patrick Cantlay, Kevin Chappell, Austin Cook, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Hadwin, Patton Kizzire, Grayson Murray, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Cameron Smith, Chris Stroud and Hudson Swafford. 100 Combined PGA Tour titles of the 34 players in the field, led by Dustin Johnson’s 16 (four in the 2016-17 season). Jordan Spieth is next with 11, followed by Justin Thomas (7), Jason Dufner (5) and Hideki Matsuyama (5). Key groups Justin Thomas is the defending FedExCup champion and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year. KYLE TERADA/USA TODAY SPORTS Thomas is own biggest rival Steve DiMeglio USA TODAY Justin Thomas doesn’t have to look around much to find his No. 1 rival. He just has to look in the mirror. The defending FedExCup champion and reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year is coming off a breakout season when he joined the game’s elite, a winner of five titles in the 2016-17 wraparound season, including his first major triumph in the PGA Championship. He shot a firstround 59 in Hawaii and a third-round 63 in the U.S. Open, which set the record for lowest score relative to par in major championship history. He was a force in the Presidents Cup and won just shy of $20 million. And he joined Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as the only players to win five times in a season, including a major, before turning 25. What does he do for an encore? He’s already dealt with that and similar questions a few times since the 201718 season began in the fall. And starting with this week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, where he is the defending champion, the questions and demands on his time will be a constant companion going forward, a weight on his slim shoulders at every tournament he plays. “I know I’m constantly going to get reminded of what I did last year versus this year and whether it’s better or whether it’s worse,” Thomas said. “The hardest part of the season is going to be staying in the moment and recognizing that it’s a new year. It’s a new opportunity for great things, and I just need to continue to work hard.” During the brief offseason, Thomas sought the counsel of his good friend, Jordan Spieth, who dealt with the comparison factor in 2016 after his spectacular five-win season in 2015, one that included two major titles and victory in The Tour Championship and the FedExCup. Thomas and Spieth won’t divulge much of the conversations, but one thing is clear — Thomas, an accommodating sort, is on a different star-dusted plateau these days, and he better be prepared to be asked about 2016-17 over and over again, especially if he has a minislump. “I’m just going to have to get a little better at managing my time and know that I’m going to have a press conference every Wednesday,” Thomas said. “Life’s changed a little bit, but all for good reason. “In reality, as much as I hate to say it, I’m just going to have to pick and choose. I know a lot of people are going to want time and this and that, but that’s something I’ve really talked with my management about. I need to make sure I’m doing everything that I would Brees NFL MVP TRACKER RB Gurley takes lead at final gun Continued from Page 1C Nate Davis USA TODAY From Week 1 through Week 17, USA TODAY’s NFL staff handicapped the race for league MVP. A first-place vote is worth five points, a second-place worth three and a third-place worth one. Here are the final results. 1. RB Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams (34 points): He hits the tape for the first time all season in our final poll, earning five of the eight first-place votes. QB Jared Goff ’s development has been hugely important to the Rams’ revitalization, but Gurley has been the key. Coach Sean McVay finally leveraged Gurley’s ability as a receiver, adding a needed dimension to the attack and further aiding in Goff ’s improvement. The result: Gurley not only led the team in rushing (career-best 1,305 yards in 15 games) but also receptions (64). He paced the NFL in yards from scrimmage (2,093) and total touchdowns (19) and almost surely would have nabbed the rushing title had he played in Week 17. But Gurley earned a week off after his performances in Weeks 15 and 16 (456 total yards from scrimmage, six TDs) catapulted the Rams to their first NFC West crown since 2003 and their first playoff home game in the City of Angels since the 1985 season. Last week: 2 2. QB Tom Brady, New England Patriots (30 points): Perhaps he’s being unfairly judged by his own sublime measuring tape. Posting 4,577 passing yards — at 40, Brady became the oldest normally do and need to do to be as ready as possible to play well in a tournament. I’m going to have to feel out and get a gauge for and get comfortable with and see what works best for me.” Most everything worked last year. After he won the FedExCup by finishing runner-up in The Tour Championship, Thomas, 24, pulled out his phone and showed the world his 13 goals for the 2016-17 season. He accomplished 11 — among them winning a major and making the Presidents Cup team — and came so very close to ticking off the other two boxes. He has a new list for the 2017-18 season saved in his phone, and he’s likely already checked off one box. In the fall, he won the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea, pushing his total of Tour wins to seven. And this week he’s in the perfect spot to add to his victory haul — the Plantation Course at Kapalua on the island of Maui. After a six-week break, the Tour resumes the season with the Tournament of Champions. Last year Thomas won the winnersonly event by three shots with rounds of 67-67-67-69. The next week he shot 59 in the first round of the Sony Open and followed with rounds of 64-65-65 to win by seven shots and set the PGA Tour 72-hole scoring record of 253. Let the questions continue. Rams RB Todd Gurley’s 19 TDs in 2017 were five more than any other NFL player. KIRBY LEE/USA TODAY SPORTS player to lead the league in that category — an AFC-high 32 TD passes and an impressive 102.8 passer rating would represent a career year for almost anyone. Throw in a 13-3 record and yet another No. 1 playoff seed for New England, and Brady’s résumé should speak for itself. But in the TB12 context, it’s rather humdrum. Brady was subpar in the season’s final month (six TDs, five interceptions, 81.6 passer rating) while Gurley was at his best. Last week: 1 3. QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (5 points): If his value wasn’t apparent enough when he was on the field, it’s been underscored by his absence. Philly’s offense managed 13 points in its final two games without Wentz after a mirage performance against the lowly Giants in Week 15. Despite him missing the final three weeks due to his torn ACL, Wentz’s 33 TD passes placed him second only to the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson (34). Last week: 3 Also receiving votes: Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell (1), Saints RB Alvin Kamara (1), Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (1) Orleans made the playoffs five times in Brees’ first eight years, reaching the NFC title game in 2006 and winning the Super Bowl three years later. Since losing in the divisional round in 2013, the playoffs have proved elusive. Heck, the Saints couldn’t manage a winning record, compiling identical 7-9 finishes in 2014, ’15 and ’16. As the Saints limped through the season, many around the league watched in pity, wondering if the last best years of Brees’ career would be wasted. “We went through a little bit of a roller-coaster ride in ’14, ’15 with the roster turnover,” he acknowledged. “We were trying to find ourselves again. Re-establish what we had built when Sean (Payton) first got here in 2006. “I think that’s what was realized, was that we needed to go out and find the right type of guys. Really value character, toughness and intelligence in the way that we draft and the way that we go out and look at free agents. That’s really been the process the last two years. You look around the locker room, you see those types of guys, and it’s the reason we’ve been successful.” Guys such as starting right guard Larry Warford and receiver Ted Ginn Jr., third on the team with four touchdown catches. Or defensive end Alex Okafor, whose 4.5 sacks are his most since his first full season with Arizona. Or rookie Alvin Kamara, whose versatility has helped take some of the load off Brees and Marshon Lattimore, who leads the Saints with five interceptions, one returned for a TD. Though the Saints got off to another slow start — 0-2 for the fourth year in a row — Brees said he knew this team Good friends Spieth and Thomas, the winners of the last two majors of 2017, are the featured group on Golf Channel’s coverage of Thursday’s first round (5:50 p.m. ET). Johnson is out with 2017 Tour Championship winner Schauffele (5:40 p.m.). Other top groups include Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama (5:20 p.m.) and reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and Kevin Kisner (5:10 p.m.). FedExCup Patton Kizzire, who won his first PGA Tour title in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in the fall, has the lead as the Tour restarts after a six-week break. The Tour’s fifth wrap-around season consists of 45 events before the FedExCup Playoffs begins. The Tour Championship on Sept. 20-23 in Atlanta is the Playoffs finale. 1. Patton Kizzire .................................. 659 2. Pat Perez .......................................... 646 3. Austin Cook .................................... 563 4. Brendan Steele .............................. 556 5. Patrick Cantlay ............................... 555 SENTRY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS Site: Kapalua, Hawaii Course: Kapalua Resort (Plantation Course). Yardage: 7,452. Par: 73. Purse: $6.3 million. Winner’s share: $1,134.000. TV (ET): Thursday-Friday, 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 3-7 p.m. (Golf Channel); Sunday, 6-10 p.m. (Golf Channel). was different. Sure enough, a win at Carolina kick-started a run of eight consecutive victories. “We knew that, man, we were just that close. So much closer than I think most people give us credit for. And you just needed the validation of going out there and getting the W. It was just the confidence to know that the process is good. We’re doing something right here and it’s something to build on,” he said. There it is again, process and preparation. Ginn said he always knew Brees was one of the best to play the game, a lock for the Hall of Fame. But he’s developed an even greater appreciation for him in his short time in New Orleans, just watching what Brees does every day. “Just seeing how much of a routine he has, how much he does the same thing every day, it kind of helps you get into a routine a little bit. Kind of helps you get into a different situation when you’re coming into something new,” Ginn said. “It’s been a blessing to be able to see somebody like that.” Brees said he’s more diligent in taking care of his body now than, say, 10 years ago, which means he has to be more efficient with everything else. But while the way he does it might be more compressed, what he’s doing isn’t. “I know how I learn the best. I know what I need to do in order to put the day’s worth of work behind me so I can move on to the next day,” Brees said. Just look at his numbers. Despite closing in on 40, Brees is having one of his finest years. He is fourth in the NFL with 4,334 yards passing, and his 103.9 passer rating is his highest since 2013. All this despite Brees having his fewest attempts since 2009. The ultimate goal, of course, is another Super Bowl. But you can’t get there by skipping steps. So Brees will keep on doing what he’s doing all these years, treating every game like any other, regardless of how big it is. SPORTS E6 USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ 5C Campbell led Iowa State to an 8-5 finish George Schroeder USA TODAY There were moments last fall when it seemed Iowa State was destined to fall just short — like so many other times in the program’s history — and that the promise in the second season under coach Matt Campbell would go unrealized. “This team had multiple opportunities to quit, but this team’s never done that,” Campbell said after a victory in the Liberty Bowl. “One of the things I’m most proud of is that Iowa State football is a player-led program. Iowa State football is being led inside-out.” And by Campbell, under whom the Cyclones finally realized their potential, going 8-5 and winning a bowl game for the first time since 2009 and the fourth time in school history. Campbell is one of five finalists for the American Football Coaches Association’s 2017 National Coach of the Year award. He joins Paul Chryst, Georgia’s Kirby Smart, Fresno State’s Jeff Tedford and Scott Frost, formerly of Central Florida, as regional winners. The national award will be announced at the American Football Coaches Awards presented by Amway. In early October, a few days before a game at Big 12 power Oklahoma, which owned an 18-game winning streak against Iowa State, the Cyclones’ starting quar- terback left the team for personal reasons. The replacement: Kyle Kempt, a well-traveled, fifth-year senior walk-on who had two career pass attempts. Kempt threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns, including a 25-yard pass for the winning score in a 3831 upset. The win was one of two against Big 12 powers. Later, Iowa State beat TCU. Iowa State completed an 8-5 season by edging Memphis in the Liberty Bowl — in essence, winning a road game. “It creates belief,” Campbell said after the Liberty Bowl. “When you’re dealing with 18- to 22-year-olds, you eventually want to see a direct result to the hard work. The thing that finally resonates in our program is that this can happen. Success and winning football games in Ames, Iowa, can really happen.” FOR THE RECORD Iowa State coach Matt Campbell led Iowa State to an 8-5 record and a bowl victory for the first time since 2009. DAVID DERMER/USA TODAY SPORTS IN BRIEF Trump plans to attend college title game NFL St. Louis Nashville Dallas Minnesota Colorado Chicago Playoff Glance All Times ET Wild-card Playoffs Saturday 42 39 41 40 39 38 25 23 22 21 20 18 Pacific Division Tennessee at Kansas City, 4:35 p.m. Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. Sunday Buffalo at Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m. Carolina at New Orleans, 4:40 p.m. Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 13 New Orleans/Carolina/Atlanta at Philadelphia, 4:35 p.m. Kansas City/Tennessee/Buffalo at New England, 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 Jacksonville/Kansas City/Tennessee at Pittsburgh, 1:05 p.m. Los Angeles Rams/New Orleans/Carolina at Minnesota, 4:40 p.m. Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 21 AFC TBD Vegas Los Angeles San Jose Anaheim Calgary Edmonton Vancouver Arizona GP 38 40 37 41 39 40 40 41 W 27 24 21 19 19 17 16 9 15 11 16 16 16 14 2 5 3 3 3 6 52 51 47 45 43 42 L OT Pts GF GA 9 2 56 135 106 11 5 53 120 91 12 4 46 102 93 14 8 46 114 115 16 4 42 108 114 20 3 37 114 131 19 5 37 106 132 27 5 23 94 146 Tuesday’s Games Boston 5, N.Y. Islanders 1 Washington 5, Carolina 4, OT Tampa Bay 2, Toronto 0 Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 1 San Jose 4, Montreal 1 St. Louis 3, New Jersey 2, SO Minnesota 5, Florida 1 Columbus 2, Dallas 1 Colorado 3, Winnipeg 2, OT Los Angeles 5, Edmonton 0 Vegas 3, Nashville 0 Anaheim 5, Vancouver 0 NFC Wednesday’s Games Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 28 In Orlando, Fla. Thursday’s Games AFC vs. NFC, 3 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4 In Minneapolis, Minn. AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 6 p.m. NBA All Times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W 31 26 18 18 15 Southeast Division W 22 20 14 12 10 Washington Miami Charlotte Orlando Atlanta Central Division W 25 20 20 19 13 Cleveland Detroit Milwaukee Indiana Chicago Pct GB .756 — .722 21⁄2 .486 11 .474 111⁄2 .395 141⁄2 L 16 17 23 27 27 Pct .579 .541 .378 .308 .270 GB — 11⁄2 71⁄2 101⁄2 111⁄2 L 13 16 16 19 25 Pct .658 .556 .556 .500 .342 GB — 4 4 6 12 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W 27 26 18 13 12 Houston San Antonio New Orleans Dallas Memphis L 9 13 18 25 26 Northwest Division W 24 20 19 19 16 Minnesota Oklahoma City Denver Portland Utah Pacific Division W 29 17 15 12 11 Golden State L.A. Clippers Phoenix Sacramento L.A. Lakers Florida at Boston, 7 p.m. Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. San Jose at Toronto, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Vegas at St. Louis, 8 p.m. New Jersey at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Calgary, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Columbus at Colorado, 9 p.m. Nashville at Arizona, 9 p.m. Friday’s Games L 10 10 19 20 23 Pct GB .750 — .667 21⁄2 .500 9 .342 15 .316 16 L 15 17 17 18 21 Pct GB .615 — .541 3 .528 31⁄2 .514 4 .432 7 L 8 19 24 25 25 Pct GB .784 — .472 111⁄2 .385 15 .324 17 .306 171⁄2 Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Florida at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Vegas at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. MLB Calendar Jan. 12 — Salary arbitration figures exchanged. Jan. 24 — BBWAA Hall of Fame voting announced. Jan. 29-Feb. 16 — Salary arbitration hearings, Phoenix. Jan. 30-Feb. 1 — Owners meetings, Beverly Hills, Calif. Feb 15 — Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players. Feb. 19 — Voluntary reporting date for other players. Feb. 24 — Mandatory reporting date. March 29 — Opening day. Active rosters reduced to 25 players. April 17-18 — Cleveland vs. Minnesota at San Juan, Puerto Rico. June 4 — Amateur draft starts. June 15 — International amater signing period closes. July 2 — International amateur signing period opens. July 6 — Last day to sign for amateur draft picks subject to deadline. July 10 — All-Star Game, Washington. July 29 — Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y July 31 — Last day to trade a player without securing waivers. Aug. 31 — Last day to be contracted to an organization and be eligible for postseason roster. Oct. 2-3 — Wild-card games. Dec. 10-13 — Winter meetings, Las Vegas. Tuesday’s Games COLLEGE FOOTBALL Wednesday’s Games College Football Championship Monday Atlanta Cleveland 127, Portland 110 San Antonio 100, New York 91 Phoenix 104, Atlanta 103 Charlotte 131, Sacramento 111 L.A. Clippers 113, Memphis 105 Houston 116, Orlando 98 Philadelphia 112, San Antonio 106 Washington 121, New York 103 Brooklyn 98, Minnesota 97 Miami 111, Detroit 104 Boston 102, Cleveland 88 Milwaukee 122, Indiana 101 Toronto 124, Chicago 115 Golden State at Dallas New Orleans at Utah Phoenix at Denver Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers Thursday’s Games Golden State at Houston, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Friday’s Games Detroit at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Boston, 7 p.m. New York at Miami, 8 p.m. Toronto at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Chicago at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Phoenix at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Utah at Denver, 9 p.m. Washington at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. Atlanta at Portland, 10 p.m. Charlotte at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. NHL All Times ET EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division Tampa Bay Boston Toronto Florida Detroit Montreal Ottawa Buffalo GP 39 38 41 39 38 40 37 39 W 29 22 23 17 15 16 12 10 L OT Pts GF GA 8 2 60 146 93 10 6 50 119 95 16 2 48 135 120 17 5 39 109 126 16 7 37 104 119 20 4 36 101 126 17 8 32 98 128 20 9 29 86 129 Metropolitan Division Washington New Jersey Columbus NY Rngers Carolina NY Islnders Pittsburgh Phladelphia GP 41 39 41 39 39 40 41 39 W 25 22 23 21 18 20 20 16 L OT Pts GF GA 13 3 53 128 117 10 7 51 123 116 15 3 49 115 115 13 5 47 123 109 13 8 44 110 119 16 4 44 137 144 18 3 43 116 129 15 8 40 107 114 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division Winnipeg GP W L OT Pts GF GA 41 23 11 7 53 136 113 Georgia (13-1) vs. Alabama (12-1), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Jan. 20 East-West Shrine Classic At St. Petersburg, Fla. East vs. West, 3 p.m. (NFLN) NFLPA Collegiate Bowl At Carson, Calif. American vs. National, 4 p.m. (FS1) North vs. South, 2:30 p.m. (NFLN) GOLF 1. Dustin Johnson 2. Jordan Spieth 3. Justin Thomas 4. Jon Rahm 5. Hideki Matsuyama 6. Justin Rose 7. Rickie Fowler 8. Brooks Koepka 9. Henrik Stenson 10. Rory McIlroy 11. Sergio Garcia 12. Jason Day 13. Marc Leishman 14. Paul Casey 15. Matt Kuchar 16. Tyrrell Hatton 17. Tommy Fleetwood 18. Alex Noren 19. Pat Perez 20. Rafael Cabrera Bello 21. Francesco Molinari 22. Louis Oosthuizen 23. Charley Hoffman 24. Patrick Reed 25. Xander Schauffele 26. Kevin Kisner 27. Brian Harman 28. Daniel Berger 29. Matthew Fitzpatrick 30. Branden Grace 31. Adam Scott SAF ENG USA BEL USA JPN AUT USA USA USA KOR USA VEN USA USA USA USA JPN USA 3.04 3.03 3.02 2.80 2.80 2.78 2.69 2.68 2.66 2.66 2.65 2.61 2.59 2.57 2.50 2.48 2.42 2.39 2.39 English Premier League GP W D L GF Man City 22 20 2 0 64 Man United 22 14 5 3 45 Chelsea 22 14 4 4 41 Liverpool 22 12 8 2 50 Tottenham 21 12 4 5 41 Arsenal 22 11 6 5 40 Burnley 22 9 7 6 19 Leicester 22 8 6 8 34 Everton 22 7 6 9 25 Watford 22 7 4 11 31 Huddersfield 22 6 6 10 18 Brighton 22 5 8 9 17 Newcastle 22 6 4 12 20 Crystal Palace 22 5 7 10 20 Bournemouth 22 5 6 11 22 West Ham 21 5 6 10 24 Southampton 22 4 8 10 21 Stoke 22 5 5 12 23 West Brom 22 2 10 10 16 Swansea 22 4 4 14 13 Tuesday’s Games Swansea 0, Tottenham 2 West Ham 2, West Brom 1 Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 2 Man City 3, Watford 1 Wednesday’s Game Arsenal 2, Chelsea 2 Thursday’s Game Tottenham vs. West Ham, 3 p.m. USA USA USA ESP JPN ENG USA USA SWE NIR ESP AUS AUS ENG USA ENG ENG SWE USA 10.80 9.55 8.60 8.26 8.22 8.00 7.01 6.52 6.15 5.92 5.87 5.31 5.25 5.06 4.91 4.75 4.67 4.67 4.36 ESP ITA SAF USA USA USA USA USA USA ENG SAF AUS 4.01 3.97 3.90 3.90 3.82 3.53 3.45 3.42 3.32 3.26 3.31 3.16 GA 13 16 16 25 20 28 19 32 34 40 35 27 30 33 34 39 32 47 30 34 Pts 62 47 46 44 40 39 34 30 27 25 24 23 22 22 21 21 20 20 16 16 Favorite HOUSTON LA CLIPPERS FOOTBALL National Football League CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to a new contract. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Signed G Kofi Amichia. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS — Placed CB Phillip Gaines on injured reserve. Signed DT Stefan Charles. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Signed WR Brandon Zylstra to a reserve/future contract. HOCKEY National Hockey League VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS — Signed F Jonathan Marchessault to a six-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season. LA GALAXY — Signed D Ashley Cole to a one-year contract. NEW YORK RED BULLS — Traded N Sacha Kljestan and targeted allocation money to Orlando City for F Carlos Rivas and D Tommy Redding. Signed D Kevin Politz. COLLEGE AUBURN — CB Carlton Davis and RB Kamryn Pettway will enter the NFL draft. BARUCH — Named Victoria Tiso softball coach. COLORADO — Named Kurt Roper quarterbacks coach. FLORIDA STATE — Announced TE Ryan Izzo will enter the NFL draft. Named Donte’ Pimpleton running backs coach and Raymond Woodie linebackers coach. HAMILTON — Named Matt Brisotti men’s and women’s tennis coach. MEMPHIS — Announced the resignations of inside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Dan Lanning and defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson. STANFORD — Announced TE Dalton Schultz will enter the NFL draft. TENNESSEE — DB Rashaan Gaulden announced he will enter the NFL draft. UNC ASHEVILLE — Named David Jandrew assistant athletics director for athletics advancement/major gifts. WAGNER — Named Terrance Knighton defensive assistant football coach. WASHINGTON STATE — DT Hercules Mata’afa announced he will enter the NFL draft. TODAY IN SPORTS ODDS NBA Thursday WASHINGTON WIZARDS — Waived F Mike Young. Assigned F Chris McCullough to Wisconsin (NBAGL). SOCCER Major League Soccer Jan. 4 Line O/U OFF (OFF) 1 (213) Underdog Golden State Oklahoma City COLLEGE BASKETBALL Thursday Favorite WICHITA ST Cincinnati UAB CLEVELAND ST Middle Tennessee IOWA IUPUI GEORGIA ST GA SOUTHERN Milwaukee LOUISIANA TECH MICHIGAN ST Coastal Carolina Old Dominion SOUTHERN MISS NORTH TEXAS TEXAS-ARLINGTON LA.-LAFAYETTE TEXAS STATE Arizona St SMU MISSOURI ST Arizona UC DAVIS SAINT MARY’S CA LONG BEACH ST UC Santa Barbara LOYOLA MARYMNT San Diego UCLA SOUTHERN CAL BYU Gonzaga Line Underdog 9 Houston 7 TEMPLE 71⁄2 FAU 1 Green Bay 131⁄2 FIU 1 Ohio State 2 Ill.-Chicago 14 UALR 12 Arkansas St 8 YNGSTWN ST 8 UTSA 14 Maryland 3 LA.-MONROE RICE 141⁄2 1 UTEP 7 Charlotte 9 Troy 10 Appalachian St 4 South Alabama 1 9 ⁄2 COLORADO 81⁄2 TULANE 71⁄2 N. Iowa 4 UTAH 1 4 ⁄2 UC Irvine 19 Pacific 1 Hawaii 6 CAL POLY 6 Santa Clara 7 PORTLAND 5 STANFORD 61⁄2 CALIFORNIA 2 S FRANCISCO 19 PEPPERDINE National Hockey League Thursday Saturday, Jan. 27 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. World Golf Ranking Through Dec. 17 32. Charl Schwartzel 33. Ross Fisher 34. Kevin Chappell 35. Thomas Pieters 36. Phil Mickelson 37. Yuta Ikeda 38. Bernd Wiesberger 39. Jason Dufner 40. Patrick Cantlay 41. Tony Finau 42. Siwoo Kim 43. Webb Simpson 44. Jhonattan Vegas 45. Brendan Steele 46. Russell Henley 47. Zach Johnson 48. Kyle Stanley 49. Satoshi Kodaira 50. Peter Uihlein SOCCER Ottawa at Detroit Chicago at N.Y. Rangers TBD Boston Toronto Philadelphia New York Brooklyn 122 104 123 107 123 114 115 114 126 122 112 106 Favorite BOSTON TORONTO PITTSBURGH PHILADELPHIA Tampa Bay MINNESOTA ST. LOUIS DALLAS COLORADO Nashville EDMONTON CALGARY Line -190 -133 -148 -120 -165 -187 -117 -165 OFF -175 -128 -110 Underdog Florida San Jose Carolina NY Islanders MONTREAL Buffalo Las Vegas New Jersey Columbus ARIZONA Anaheim Los Angeles Line +175 +123 +138 +110 +155 +172 +107 +155 OFF +163 +118 +100 College Football Monday National Championship Game Favorite Alabama O T O/U 4 3 44 NFL Playoffs Saturday Favorite KANSAS CITY LA RAMS O T O/U 7 8 44 5 6 48 Playoffs Sunday Favorite JACKSONVILLE NEW ORLEANS O T O/U 7 8 39 5 6 48 Underdog Georgia Underdog Tennessee Atlanta Underdog Buffalo Carolina DEALS Wednesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL National League MILWAUKEE BREWERS — Traded RHP Dylan Baker to the L.A. Dodgers for cash. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association 1970 — The Minnesota Vikings become the first expansion team to win the NFL title by beating the Cleveland Browns 27-7 in 8-degree temperatures in Bloomington, Minn. 1970 — Kansas City’s defense, highlighted by four interceptions, three in the final quarter, carries the Chiefs to a 17-7 victory over Oakland Raiders in the last AFL title game. 1976 — The Dallas Cowboys become the first wild-card team to make it to the Super Bowl with a 37-7 rout of the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC title game. 1986 — Eric Dickerson shatters the NFL playoff record with a 248-yard rushing performance and two touchdowns to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a 20-0 win over the Dallas Cowboys. 1991 — Fu Mingxia, a 12-year-old from China, becomes the youngest world titlist in the history of any aquatic event by winning the women’s platform gold medal at the World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia. 1992 — Mike Gartner of the New York Rangers scores his 1,000th NHL point with a power-play goal in the third period of a 6-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils. 2000 — Top-ranked Florida State, the preseason No. 1, holds off Virginia Tech 46-29 in the Sugar Bowl to finish 12-0 and win the national championship. Florida State is the first team to go wireto-wire in The Associated Press’ poll since preseason rankings began in 1950. 2002 — Michael Jordan becomes the fourth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points, reaching the milestone for the Washington Wizards in an 89-83 win over his old team, the Chicago Bulls. 2003 — Bode Miller wins his second straight World Cup giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia to move into first place in the World Cup overall standings. It’s the first time an American man has held the overall lead since Phil Mahre in 1983. 2005 — Matt Leinart throws five touchdown passes and Southern California overwhelms Oklahoma 55-19 in the Orange Bowl. USC (13-0) is the first team to repeat as AP national champions since Nebraska in 1994-95 and joins Florida State in 1999 as the only teams to go wire-to-wire — from preseason to post bowls — as No. 1. 2006 — Second-ranked Texas ends Southern California’s 34-game winning streak, beating the two-time defending national champion 41-38 in the Rose Bowl. The Longhorns also snap USC’s record string of 33 consecutive weeks as the No. 1 team in The Associated Press Top 25. The Longhorns win a national championship for the first time since 1969. 2012 — Geno Smith ties a record for any bowl game with six touchdown passes, including four to Tavon Austin, and West Virginia sets a bowl scoring record by beating Clemson 70-33 in the Orange Bowl. West Virginia’s point total breaks the bowl record established six days earlier when Baylor beat Washington 67-56 in the Alamo Bowl. 2013 — Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel runs for two touchdowns, passes for two more and has a Cotton Bowl-record 516 total yards as Texas A&M wraps up its first SEC season with a 41-13 win over Oklahoma. Manziel sets an FBS bowl record with his 229 yards rushing on 17 carries, and completes 22 of 34 passes for 287 yards. 2013 — Mikaela Shiffrin becomes the first American woman to win two World Cup races before turning 18. The 17year-old captures a slalom in Zagreb, Croatia by a massive 1.19-second margin. Her first victory came last month in Sweden. President Trump is planning to attend the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday. The news was confirmed to USA TODAY by two people within the administration who were not authorized to speak publicly because Trump’s schedule isn’t official. The all-Southeastern Conference showdown between Alabama and Georgia will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Politically Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s politics blog, was first to report the news Wednesday. The president and first lady Melania Trump are expected to be guests of Nick and Jamie Ayers. Nick Ayers is chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence and a native of Georgia. During the presidential election, Trump carried Alabama and Georgia. Last month, Alabama voted Doug Jones into the U.S. Senate, eschewing Trump’s endorsement of Ray Moore. ❚ The Houston Astros officially have been invited to visit the White House and plan to accept that invitation, a team spokesman confirmed to USA TODAY. Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan told the Houston Chronicle in an interview the team is planning to visit the White House at President Trump’s invitation, adding the date has not been finalized. “This is a tradition and an honor,” Ryan told the newspaper. “For many people, this might be their only time to ever be invited to the White House. And as the representatives of baseball and the World Series champs, when the White House calls and invites you to come up, it’s something that as an organization we felt both a responsibility and an obligation to be part of.” Team spokesman Steve Grande told USA TODAY via e-mail the report is accurate. While the Astros schedule will not bring them to the Washington, D.C., area until September, the team could choose to visit the White House during spring training. Buccaneers safety Ward arrested, charged Tampa Bay safety T.J. Ward was arrested Wednesday on drug charges, according to the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Sheriff ’s Office. Ward was charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia and was released from jail Wednesday after posting $2,500 bond, jail records indicated. Ward started five games for the Bucs this season after signing a one-year, $5 million deal. The three-time Pro Bowler is slated to be a free agent in March. From staff and wire reports SPORTS ON TV Times Eastern. Programs live unless noted. Check local listings. COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Tennessee-Martin at Austin Peay (CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m.); Houston at Wichita State (ESPN, 7 p.m.); Ohio State at Iowa (ESPNU, 7 p.m.); Maryland at Michigan State (Fox Sports 1, 8 p.m.); Northern Iowa at Missouri State (CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m.); Arizona at Utah (ESPN, 9 p.m.); Cincinnati at Temple (ESPN2, 9 p.m.); SMU at Tulane (ESPNU, 9 p.m.); UCLA at Stanford (Fox Sports 1, 10 p.m.); Gonzaga at Pepperdine (ESPNU, 11 p.m.) COLLEGE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Iowa at Maryland (Big Ten Network, 6 p.m.); Kentucky at Texas A&M (SEC Network, 7 p.m.); Michigan at Wisconsin (Big Ten Network, 8 p.m.); Arkansas at Mississippi State (SEC Network, 9 p.m.) FIGURE SKATING: U.S. Championships, in San Jose (NBC Sports Network, pairs short program, 5 p.m.; men’s short program, 8:30 p.m.) GOLF: PGA Tour, Sentry Tournament of Champions, first round, in Kapalua, Hawaii (Golf Network, 6 p.m.) HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Under Armour All-American Game, in Orlando (ESPN2, 6 p.m.) NBA: Golden State at Houston (TNT, 8 p.m.); Oklahoma City at Los Angeles Clippers (TNT, 10:30 p.m.) SOCCER: English Premier League, Tottenham vs. West Ham (NBC Sports Network, 3 p.m.) WINTER SPORTS: U.S. Olympic trials: speedskating, men’s 10,000 and women’s 5,000, in Milwaukee (NBC Sports Network, 6:30 p.m.) 6C ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY SPORTS USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ SECTION D IN LIFE Everybody wins in ‘Dog Bowl’ Grown-up pups get a bite at ‘furever’ homes. 4D Will American parents say danke? Achtung Baby, the German way; eeeE review. 5D ROBERT DEUTSCH/USA TODAY LIFELINE 2018 could be Melania Trump’s coming-out party AWARDS SEASON ROY ROCHLIN/FILMMAGIC With a low-key first year, she has remained elusive HOW WAS YOUR DAY? CHIP AND JOANNA GAINES Maria Puente USA TODAY They may have pulled the plug on Fixer Upper, but the Gaineses are still taking on new projects. The Texas home-renovation experts revealed just after Tuesday’s episode on HGTV that they’re expecting Baby No. 5. Chip posted a photo on Instagram of the couple, wearing similar gray T-shirts and hoodies, comparing their bumps. “Party of 7,” he wrote. “If you’re still confused ... WE ARE PREGNANT.” USA TODAY; WIREIMAGE; GETTY IMAGES MAKING WAVES COACHELLA Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd will headline the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Goldenvoice promoters have announced, ending a 14-month guessing game about who would join Beyoncé as the top acts at the two-weekend event April 13-15 and April 20-22 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Passes go on sale at noon PT Friday at coachella.com. HOW WAS YOUR DAY? DJ KHALED The producer and recording artist is bringing his Wild Thoughts to Weight Watchers, representing the brand to millions of followers on Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Khaled “will document his experience and progress on the new WW Freestyle program,” Weight Watchers said Tuesday, “speaking candidly about how the program has given him the freedom and flexibility to make healthier choices while keeping up with his busy lifestyle.” The 75th Golden Globes will air live on NBC Sunday starting at 8 ET, with Seth Meyers as the host. LLOYD BISHOP/NBC Seth Meyers gears up to host Golden Globes Gary Levin USA TODAY GETTY IMAGES FOR DXL USA SNAPSHOTS© Top five best sellers, shown in proportion1 of sales. 10.0 Twisted Helen Hardt 8.3 The People vs. Alex Cross James Patterson 8.3 Two Kinds of Truth Michael Connelly 8.0 The Wanted Robert Crais 7.0 1– For every 10 copies of Dog Man and Cat Kid sold, Twisted sold 8.3 copies. (books.usatoday.com) SOURCE USA TODAY Best-Selling Books MARY CADDEN, JANET LOEHRKE/USA TODAY Inside Who will win, who should win 2D Expect plenty of Trump jokes and a nod to Hollywood’s harassment scandal when NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers takes his first turn as emcee of the Golden Globe Awards (Sunday, 8 ET/5 PT). Excerpts from his post-Christmas phone chat with USA TODAY from his in-laws’ home in New Mexico: You’ve hosted the Emmys, the ESPYs and the White House Correspondents Dinner. What makes the Globes gig challenging or different? JERRITT CLARK/ Dog Man and Cat Kid Dav Pilkey e re, it’s th “At its co loosest e h t , n u f most s shows.” d r a w a e of th At its core, it’s the most fun, the loosest of the awards shows. Having watched Tina (Fey) and Amy (Poehler) do it, and the joy they brought to it, you can see how it has a uniqueness. The thing I like the most about it is that the stage is small. Because the great difficulty of most awards shows is how gigantic the stage is, and how long the walk is from when you get introduced to when you hit your mark. There’s no time self-doubt creeps in more than the long walk from name to first joke. How are you preparing? Writing a ton of jokes. We’ll sit down and read through them ... and get a sense of what you have and what you need. There’s no big (per- formance) numbers; historically pretapes aren’t a big part of it. And because we got asked late to do this, we didn’t really have time to even think about or entertain those things, so it’s great that it’s a show that doesn’t need it and can just be about jokes. Our plan is to just frontload it into a monologue and you probably won’t ever see me again. The sexual harassment scandals are still in the news, and you will be the first major awards-show host to tackle them. Is there a line you won’t cross? Melania Trump’s first year as first lady is coming to an end, and she remains as elusive and enigmatic as she was when she moved into the White House in June. We will see more of her in 2018, if for no other reason than that she’ll be a full-time first lady for a full year. And she’s in the midst of planning her first big event, a state dinner early in the year, although she’s mum on details. But it’s an open question whether she’ll exert more influence in 2018, or whether we’ll get to know her even marginally better, FLOTUS watchers say. “She is more popular than her husband (most first ladies are), but not as popular as some past first ladies at this point,” says Myra Gutin, a firstlady historian at Rider University in New Jersey. “No one knows the extent to which she influences her husband’s decisions.” That’s because Melania Trump, 47, is not about letting it all hang out or preening in the spotlight that comes with her position. Trump is first and foremost a reserved woman, accustomed as a former fashion model to affecting a neutral, even blank face at all times so as not to distract from the clothes or, now, her husband, President Trump. She is approaching the ill-defined job of first lady unlike any of her predecessors, recent or antique. But in her firm but unflashy manner, she is setting a marker: She’s doing the FLOTUS thing her way — and she’s still figuring out what that means. “I think Mrs. Trump will continue to be true to herself as she said she would early on in the transition and soon after the election,” says Anita McBride, who was chief of staff to former first lady Laura Bush and now studies first ladies at American University in Washington. “Her priority continues to be, as it should be, her young son, Barron, and his adjustment to life in Washington and the White House.” As a mother to an 11-year-old, Trump has been clear her primary focus is on him, making sure he’s settled in at his new school and getting to soccer practice while including him in public events such as taking delivery of the White House Christmas tree. Her vision for her job in 2018 is still to be determined; she gives little away. See FIRST LADY, Page 4D We’re certainly not going to ignore it, but we want to talk about it in a way that’s cathartic, as opposed to reminding us all how awful it is. That’s the tone we’re certainly trying to strike, which is to release the pressure rather than build it up. Who would you give the award to for best TV show or movie? People don’t want to know the host has a rooting interest for one show over the other. (But) Fargo’s a great show; I really enjoyed that. Better Call Saul. Search Party is a really cool show. I super-dug Lady Bird. I loved Get Out — that was one See MEYERS, Page 2D The first lady, 47, has focused much of her energy on her 11-year-old son, Barron, and his adjustment to life in Washington. MARK WILSON/GETTY IMAGES LIFE 2D ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY 2018 GOLDEN GLOBES Who will (and should) win? Brian Truitt USA TODAY A new year means a new awards season, which kicks off in earnest Sunday with the 75th annual Golden Globes (NBC, 8 p.m. ET/5 PT) and a heap of awards handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. With no clear front-runners and a potentially wild race to the Oscars in March, USA TODAY predicts who will win (and who should) in the top movie categories. DRAMA ❚ Call Me By Your Name ❚ Dunkirk ❚ The Post ❚ The Shape of Water ❚ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Will win: The Shape of Water Should win: The Post The Shape of Water leads the entire Globes field with seven nominations, giving Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fairy tale the edge in a stacked category. But The Post — boasting six nods — has the total package, including a standout all-star cast led by legends Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, as well as a whole bunch of timeliness. Doug Jones and Sally Hawkins bring quiet beauty to “The Shape of Water.” FOX SEARCHLIGHT ACTRESS IN A DRAMA ACTOR IN A COMEDY OR MUSICAL ❚ Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game ❚ Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water ❚ Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ❚ Meryl Streep, The Post ❚ Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World ❚ Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes ❚ Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver ❚ James Franco, The Disaster Artist ❚ Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman ❚ Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out Will win: James Franco Will win/should win: Frances McDormand Streep and Hawkins are strong contenders because their roles power their projects, but this is McDormand’s season to rule — and to snag her first Globe win out of six nominations. Three Billboards completely hinges on her vengeful mom on a mission, and McDormand gives the character weight, complicated emotions and a wickedly dark sense of humor. Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf are a bickering mother and daughter in “Lady Bird.” A24 SUPPORTING ACTRESS ACTOR IN A DRAMA ❚ Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name ❚ Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread ❚ Tom Hanks, The Post ❚ Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour ❚ Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq. James Should win: Daniel Kaluuya Franco Franco effectively captures the strange mannerisms and can-do indie spirit of The Room auteur Tommy Wiseau, the HFPA loves to fête major stars, plus he’s just fun to watch. Yet Kaluuya gets the meatier role to sink his teeth into, bringing a huge amount of depth and fear as well as humor to the role of a young black man terrorized by his white girlfriend’s family. ❚ Mary J. Blige, Mudbound ❚ Hong Chau, Downsizing ❚ Allison Janney, I, Tonya ❚ Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird ❚ Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water Will win: Laurie Metcalf Gary Oldman Will win/should win: Gary Oldman Frances Any other year, this would be Cha- McDormand lamet’s trophy to win after his stirring MERRICK MORTON and emotional performance in a coming-of-age story of sexual awakening. Unfortunately for him, Oldman completely transforms, from jowls to paunch, into Winston Churchill, a rousing role that’ll likely let the acclaimed British thespian run the table to Oscar. Should win: Allison Janney A toss-up between two overbearing movie moms lacking a filter. Given Lady Bird’s popularity, Metcalf might have the edge as the hard-working, opinionated parent of a free-spirited teen, Allison but Janney’s turn as Harding’s chainJanney smoking, foul-mouthed, abusive mother is pure brilliance. COMEDY OR MUSICAL ❚ The Disaster Artist ❚ Get Out ❚ The Greatest Showman ❚ I, Tonya ❚ Lady Bird Will win: Lady Bird Should win: Get Out Like La La Land last year, Lady Bird will benefit from not having to compete with the Oscarready dramas. For laughs plus a little something extra, though, Get Out offers biting social satire and a metaphor on racism. SUPPORTING ACTOR ACTRESS IN A COMEDY OR MUSICAL ❚ Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project ❚ Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name ❚ Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water ❚ Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World ❚ Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ❚ Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul ❚ Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker ❚ Margot Robbie, I, Tonya ❚ Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird ❚ Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes Will win: Christopher Plummer Will win: Saoirse Ronan Should win: Margot Robbie Ronan is the best thing about the universally beloved Lady Bird, and that translates into an almost certain win for the Irish actress. Margot Robbie Consider, however, the acting acumen needed to pull off playing disgraced skate champion Tonya Harding; Robbie’s success at squeezing dark humor and deep pathos from a real figure is way more impressive. Should win: Willem Dafoe Plummer’s eleventh-hour reshoot to replace Kevin Spacey and save All the Money in the World is already the stuff of legend, a feat that will fuel an upset over Rockwell and Dafoe. Of the two favorites, Dafoe deserves it for his heart-tugging role as an embattled but kind hotel manager. Christopher Plummer stars as ultra-rich J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World.” GILES KEYTE Meyers took our son (Ashe, 21 months) on his first trip to the zoo yesterday: outstanding. I’m so excited, mostly just because my relationship with my brother (Josh) is as strong a thing as I have in my life, so I’m so excited for not only Ashe to have that but for whomever comes to have Ashe. Continued from Page 1D of the coolest movies of the year. I’m still working through my screeners, so don’t take absence of a movie as judgment. You’re expecting a second boy this spring. How are you feeling about that? The pregnancy is a little more arduous for my wife (Alexi). But every day she sees the baby and knows what the payoff is, so it’s easier to get through. We Has Trump fatigue set in on “Late Night”? Seth Meyers says on “Late Night,” argumentative guests are the best. NBC If our goal every day was, ‘Here’s what we don’t like about Trump,’ fatigue would have set in. Our approach is: ‘Here’s what Trump did today. Here are the consequences.’ We try very hard to move on with him. But I think it’s as fatiguing for us as it is for him. We just golf less to get through it. Who are your favorite political guests on “Late Night”? Ted Cruz was a real interesting person to talk to. He’s a smart person who is very good at being argumentative. And it’s fun now and then to be argumentative with someone, because by nature that’s not how talk shows work. (Former Massachusetts congressman) Barney Frank is always a blast. People who are out of politics are a blast, because they’re kind of burning it all down. LIFE USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ 3D USA TODAY BEST SELLING BOOKS BOOKLIST.USATODAY.COM n Rank this week THE TOP 10 n Rank last week (F) Fiction (NF) Non-fiction (P) Paperback (H)Hardcover (E) E-book Publisher in italics 1 7 Dog Man and Cat Kid Dav Pilkey Youth: Dog Man and his sidekick, Cat Kid, search for a missing movie star; fourth in series (F) (H) Scholastic 6 2 — Twisted Helen Hardt Ruby Lee and Ryan Steel try to ﬁnd answers about their mysterious pasts; eighth in series (F) (E) Waterhouse Press 7 3 9 The People vs. Alex Cross James Patterson Alex Cross works on a case despite his suspension after shooting his nemesis, Gary Soneji; 25th in series (F) (E) Little, Brown 8 24 End Game David Baldacci Harry Bosch gets pulled into a prescription drug case while volunteering for the San Fernando police force; 20th in series (F) (E) Little, Brown 9 — The Alice Network Kate Quinn The stories of two women — a female spy during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 — converge (F) (E) William Morrow Paperbacks Elvis Cole and Joe Pike try to help a single mother whose son has crossed paths with hired killers (F) (E) G.P. Putnam’s Sons 10 6 The Sun and Her Flowers Rupi Kaur A look at growth and healing through poetry; follow-up to “Milk and Honey” (F) (P) Andrews McMeel Publishing 4 54 Two Kinds of Truth Michael Connelly 5 — The Wanted Robert Crais 10 Darker E.L. James 2 Christian Grey retells “Fifty Shades Darker” from his point of view (F) (E) Vintage Origin Dan Brown Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is on the hunt (and run) again as he searches for a cryptic password in Spain (F) (E) Doubleday Will Robie and Jessica Reel try to track down their missing handler (F) (E) Grand Central Publishing WHAT AMERICA’S READING® The book list appears every Thursday. For each title, the format and publisher listed are for the best-selling version of that title this week. Reporting outlets include Amazon.com, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble.com, Barnes & Noble Inc., Barnes & Noble e-books, BooksAMillion.com, Books-A-Million, Costco, Hudson Booksellers, iBooks (Apple, Inc.) Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Lexington, Ky.; Cincinnati, Charlotte, Cleveland, Pittsburgh), Kobo, Inc., Powell's Books (Portland, Ore.), Powells.com, R.J. Julia Booksellers, Schuler Books & Music (Grand Rapids, Okemos, Eastwood, Alpine, Mich.), Target, Tattered Cover Book Store (Denver). THE REST 11 8 Milk and Honey/Rupi Kaur 12 25 Astrophysics for People in a Hurry/Neil deGrasse Tyson 13 4 The Rooster Bar/John Grisham 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 3 1 27 18 — — 14 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 — 15 66 21 28 11 — 32 — — 31 32 33 34 35 36 — — 55 — 22 — 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 80 17 52 — — — — 48 — — 35 — 12 74 Poetry collection divided into four chapters that explore four pains (F) (P) Andrews McMeel Publishing Succinct takes on the science of the universe by renowned astrophysicist (NF) (E) W.W. Norton Three law school students, drowning in debt, decide to expose the hedge-fund operator behind a chain of shady, third-tier law schools — including their own (F) (E) Doubleday Wonder/R.J. Palacio Youth: August Pullman, who was born with a facial irregularity, wants nothing more than to be normal (F) (H) Knopf Books for Young Readers Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway/Jeff Kinney Youth: The Heffleys’ plans go awry when they take a tropical trip for the holidays; 12th in series (F) (H) Amulet Books Little Fires Everywhere/Celeste Ng Mia Warren rents a house in suburban Cleveland and causes upheaval in the neighborhood (F) (E) Penguin Press Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1/Nora Roberts Magic, both good and bad, rises up after a devastating plague causes society to collapse; ﬁrst in trilogy (F) (E) St. Martin’s Press The Good Daughter/Karin Slaughter Lawyer Charlotte Quinn is thrust into a case that brings up memories of an attack on her years earlier (F) (E) William Morrow American Gods/Neil Gaiman Old gods battle the new gods of consumerism, technology (F) (E) William Morrow The Midnight Line/Lee Child The discovery of a West Point 2005 ring in a pawn shop leads Jack Reacher on a hunt for the female cadet who left it and onto a larger conspiracy (F) (E) Dell Need To Know/Fern Michaels The Sisterhood tries to help singer Garland Lee, who was betrayed by her lawyer; 28th in series (F) (E) Zebra A Wrinkle in Time/Madeleine L’Engle Children: Otherworldly visitor informs family of a “tesseract,” a wrinkle in time; classic (F) (P) Square Fish The Hate U Give/Angie Thomas Youth: Starr Carter witnesses a fatal shooting that becomes national news (F) (E) Balzer + Bray Ready Player One/Ernest Cline Wade Watts escapes his grim life by searching for a lottery ticket in a virtual world (F) (P) Broadway Books The Subtle Art of Not Giving a (Expletive)/Mark Manson Subtitle: “A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life” (NF) (H) HarperOne Leonardo da Vinci/Walter Isaacson Biography of the great Renaissance painter, who also had a passion for science (NF) (H) Simon & Schuster The Hideaway/Lauren K. Denton Sara Jenkins learns her late grandmother has left her a bed and breakfast (F) (E) Thomas Nelson The Wisdom of Sundays/Oprah Winfrey Subtitle: “Life-Changing Insights From Super Soul Conversations” (NF) (H) Flatiron Books The Silent Corner/Dean Koontz Rogue FBI agent Jane Hawk ﬁnds herself in danger when she uncovers the conspiracy behind her husband’s suicide (F) (E) Bantam Hidden Figures/Margot Lee Shetterly Subtitle: “The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” (NF) (E) William Morrow The Source/James A. Michener A story of the Holy Land from the persecution of the Hebrews up to the current conﬂict in the Middle East (F) (E) The Dial Press My Not So Perfect Life/Sophie Kinsella Katie Brenner’s seemingly fabulous life in London hits the skids when she’s ﬁred from her marketing job (F) (E) The Dial Press Before We Were Yours/Lisa Wingate Rill Foss ﬁghts to keep her siblings together after they’re forced into an orphanage (F) (E) Ballantine The Little Book of Mindfulness/Patrizia Collard Subtitle: “10 Minutes a Day to Less Stress, More Peace” (NF) (E) Gaia Artemis/Andy Weir Jasmine Bashara tries to pull off a heist that could affect the moon’s only colony (F) (E) Crown The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye/David Lagercrantz Imprisoned punk hacker Lisbeth Salander returns to expose dark truths from her childhood with the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (F) (E) Knopf The Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook/Melissa Hartwig Subtitle: “150 Simply Delicious Everyday Recipes for Your Whole30” (NF) (H) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Turtles All the Way Down/John Green Youth: Aza pursues a mystery involving a fugitive billionaire and potential reward money (F) (H) Dutton Books for Young Readers Make Your Bed/William H. McRaven Subtitle: “Little Things That Can Change Your Life ... and Maybe the World” (NF) (E) Grand Central Publishing Room Mates: The Series/Kendall Ryan Four-book series includes “The Room Mate,” “The Play Mate,” “The House Mate” and “The Soul Mate” (F) (E) Kendall Ryan Books The Last Mrs. Parrish/Liv Constantine Amber Patterson’s jealousy drives her to try and take down socialite Daphne Parrish (F) (E) Harper The Art of Running in Heels/Rachel Gibson Runaway bride Lexie Kowalsky meets hockey star Sean Knox on a plane to Canada during her escape (F) (E) Avon The Orphan’s Tale/Pam Jenoff Noa ﬁnds refuge with a German circus after taking a baby from a boxcar headed for a concentration camp (F) (E) Harlequin MIRA You Are a Badass/Jen Sincero Subtitle: “How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” (NF) (P) Running Press The Whole30/Melissa Hartwig, Dallas Hartwig Subtitle: “The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom” (NF) (H) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O./Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland Melisande Stokes and Tristan Lyons try to resurrect magic in today’s world after it disappeared in 1851 (F) (E) William Morrow It/Stephen King Seven adults return to their small Maine town to battle an evil creature that preys on children (F) (P) Scribner See Me/Nicholas Sparks A chance encounter will alter the lives of Colin Hancock and Maria Sanchez (F) (E) Grand Central Publishing Grant/Ron Chernow Biography of Ulysses S. Grant, Union general and U.S. president (NF) (H) Penguin Press Beneath a Scarlet Sky/Mark Sullivan The story of an Italian youth during WWII who ﬁnds himself spying for the Allies (F) (E) Lake Union BOOK REVIEWS Women-in-peril thrillers offer some winter chills Jocelyn McClurg Columnist USA TODAY Is the Girl trend finally Gone? Maybe the “Girl” title trend is taking a mini-break, but two new women-inperil/psychological thrillers prove that as 2018 kicks off, publishers are still riding that, ahem, Girl on the Train. Sure, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn and The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen could easily have been called The Girl in the Window and The Girl Between Us, but let’s give the authors props for substituting a couple of serviceable “W” words. Both books check off the now-familiar bestselling tropes established by Gillian Flynn in 2012’s masterful Gone Girl and polished by Paula Hawkins in 2015’s zippy The Girl on the Train. Unreliable narrators: check. Damaged, wine-guzzling female protagonists: check. Great big plot twists meant to cause deep inhalations of breath: check. Film rights snapped up: check. The Woman in the Window (William Morrow, 427 pp., eeeE) does have a nice ring to it, and Hitchcock’s Rear Window is the obvious inspiration (Girl on the Train’s alcoholic, voyeuristic Rachel can’t be overlooked, either). Author A.J. Finn, a gender-neutral pseudonym for former William Morrow executive editor Daniel Mallory, knows his classic movies. (There’s even a character named Jane Russell!) Like James Stewart in Rear Window, Anna Fox is a shut-in who spies on her neighbors with a telephoto lens. Unlike Stewart, Anna isn’t wheelchair-bound with a broken leg; she’s a child psychologist paralyzed by panic attacks. Her husband and young daughter have moved out (why?), so Anna keeps herself occupied by mixing pills and booze, running an online chat for fellow agoraphobics and spying on the new neighbors across the park who paid $3.45 million for a “landmark 19th century Harlem gem!” of a brownstone. (Million Dollar Listing New York has nothing on this novel.) Then Anna sees what appears to be a bloody murder through the window … but nobody believes her. I figured out two of the biggest “reveals” in Window well before they were revealed, and Finn the cinephile’s taste for melodrama can get silly (doorbells ring, cellphones die, thunder crashes!) but there’s something irresistible about this made-for-the-movies tingler. Finn knows how to pleasurably wind us up. The Wife Between Us (St. Martin’s Press, 343 pp., eeeE, on sale Jan. 9) bests The Woman in the Window in the didn’t-see-it-coming plot twist category, right on page 147. The remaining pages, while intriguing, never quite top that early jaw-dropper. Vanessa has suffered the ultimate New York humiliation: She’s been dumped by her hedge-fund husband, Richard, and now she’s trying to make ends meet working at Saks Fifth Avenue waiting on snooty former “friends.” (She walked away without a settlement in one of the novel’s many mysteries.) Beautiful nursery-school teacher Nellie seems ready to step into Vanessa’s place. Both women have secrets, but so does “too-good-to-true” (re: controlling) Richard. Seemingly unstable stalker Vanessa is determined to stop Richard’s remarriage to her “replacement.” Is it sheer jealousy, or something else? The Wife Between Us is built around a deliciously clever premise, and it’s psychologically astute, if a bit dreary. Danger lurks in Wife, but it’s hard to beat the kooky adrenaline rush of Window’s pillpopping shut-in fighting for her life on a Harlem rooftop in the pouring rain. 7KH SHUIHFW VLOYHU EUDFHOHW :HōYH WDNHQ WKH JOREDO WUHQG IRU URSH FKDLQV DQG PDGH LW WZLFH DV QLFH 7ZR VWUDQGV RI VWHUOLQJ URSH FKDLQ DUH OD\HUHG LQWR RQH VLPSOH \HW H[TXLVLWHO\ HOHJDQW GHVLJQ 3OXV )UHH 6KLSSLQJ 6WHUOLQJ 6LOYHU 'RXEOH 5RSH %UDFHOHW OHQJWK ŝ ZLGH /REVWHU FODVS 6KRZQ VOLJKWO\ ODUJHU IRU GHWDLO 5RVV6LPRQV ,WHP 7R UHFHLYH WKLV VSHFLDO RIIHU XVH RIIHU FRGH 683(5 RU YLVLW ZZZURVVVLPRQVFRP683(5 LIFE 4D ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ USA TODAY TELEVISION ‘Puppy Bowl’ sports a fetching spinoff Adult dogs get their chance to have howling good time Patrick Ryan USA TODAY NEW YORK – Super Bowl weekend is going to the dogs. Fourteen years after Puppy Bowl made football fans of even the most apathetic sports viewers, Animal Planet is spinning off its cuddly game-day event into The Dog Bowl, a one-hour special airing Feb. 3 (8 ET/5 PT) that turns the spotlight on older canines in need of “furever” homes. Like Puppy Bowl, which airs Feb. 4, Super Bowl Sunday (3 ET/12 PT), Dog Bowl splits shelter pooches into two “teams” — Paws and Tails — for a playful game of pigskin, complete with a colorful (and clamorous) assortment of squeak toys, tennis balls and frayed ropes. But the more mature offshoot is a whole different breed of competition, with mutts from 15 shelters in 11 states, ranging from 2 to 15 years old. “They’re calmer with each other” on the field, says Dan Schachner, Puppy Bowl’s official “ruffaree” of seven years. “We don’t get fights like the puppies when they yip at each other. They seem a little more aloof ” and like to “stake their claim.” Which means round-the-clock cleanup duty for their handlers, armed with paper towels and plastic bags on the sidelines of the miniature Dog Bowl field on a cavernous Manhattan soundstage, where the special was taped in mid-October. Within 30 seconds after scampering onto the field, the wiryhaired Stewart has already lifted his leg and peed on a stuffed toy; moments One-year old Talula, left, and Papa take part in “The Dog Bowl,” an offshoot of Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” that puts the spotlight on older canines in need of adoption. PHOTOS BY ROBERT DEUTSCH/USA TODAY The 50 pups competing in “The Dog Bowl” ranged in age from 2 to 15, and officials say most have been adopted. earlier, the shaggy black Betty sniffed an opponent’s butt and pooped on the 50-yard line. While the senior lineup requires more coaxing to interact and run plays, “we don’t mind that,” Schachner says. “In fact, it’s kind of a plus. Part of the message that we’re trying to get out there is sometimes older dogs are more sedate and low-key for families that might be looking for that. In a perfect world, a family watches this and goes, ‘Oh, that bulldog is so chill!’ ” Most of the 50 pups competing in The Dog Bowl have been adopted, including four English Bulldogs from Long Island Bulldog Rescue in Stony Brook, N.Y., who pant, rather than punt, when they First lady Continued from Page 1D “She is very self-possessed, and I don’t think she worries about pleasing people or meeting preconceived notions about what a first lady should or should not do,” says Kate Andersen Brower, author of First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies. English is not Trump’s first language — that would be Slovenian; she is the first immigrant FLOTUS in 200 years — but her command of English is good in more intimate, low-pressure settings. So far, she has done no high-pressure, on-therecord interviews with print or TV media. She doesn’t do social media much, let alone let loose with strings of newsmaking tweets, as her husband does. She has delivered few major speeches about substantive matters aside from an address at the United Nations in September in which she condemned bullying. She has been on multiple foreign trips but seems happiest, judging from her relaxed and smiling pictures, in lowkey encounters with children at hospitals or holiday events. And, of course, her fashion choices are avidly followed. “There was no political activity, almost no advocacy,” Gutin says. “Mrs. Trump has been a ceremonial first lady. This probably sits well with half the country; the other half looks at the fact that she is not utilizing the White House podium to voice concerns or push an initiative.” Or not yet, anyway. So far Trump’s approach to her position has been methodical, careful and unobtrusive, informed by her own research and advice from experts and her small staff, and generally indifferent to the operatic hullabaloo and Twitter twaddle that often rages around her and the president. Social media warriors have used her to bash him, mocking her for not moving into the White House right away and making a viral video of her seeming to swat his hand away from hers on their first foreign trip. They criticized her for her choice of clothes, shoes and a gift of Dr. Seuss books to school libraries. They even at one point debated whether the woman standing next to him on the White House lawn was a “body double.” (She wasn’t.) As the two have often said, when he’s hit, he hits back 10 times as hard. She shares her husband’s disdain for the media; however, she is usually more subtle and thus maybe more effective. After Britain’s The Daily Mail and a Slovenian magazine published false articles suggesting she worked as a highend escort when she was a model, she sicced her lawyers on them — a first for a first lady. The publications capitulated, retracting, apologizing and paying up big bucks. Melania Trump greets the daughter of a military family last month at a Toys for Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. JACQUELYN MARTIN/AP “I don’t think that we’re going to see a huge change in her over the next year — in fact, I think a lot of this has to do with her husband and her feeling that he is being unfairly persecuted,” Andersen Brower says. “There is a bunker mentality that can develop in times like these.” Her plans for an anti-cyberbullying campaign are still on hold, either because she is being careful about launching an initiative or it’s difficult to fight cyberbullying when her husband so often uses Twitter as a cudgel. Meanwhile, she has dived into the anti-opioid movement, decrying especially its often tragic effect on children and families. “This is an important way to use her unique platform and podium, and with “I don’t think she worries about pleasing people or meeting preconceived notions about what a first lady should or should not do.” Kate Andersen Brower Author of First Women the right support, I believe her efforts and voice on this issue can make a difference,” McBride says. Andersen Brower says Trump has been most effective, and happiest, when she has been out of the country. “I think she should focus on her strengths in 2018: empathizing and spending time with children and doing more work to tackle the opioid crisis.” Gutin agrees Trump’s best moments so far have been with children. “Any (future) project that includes children might work well, as these interactions seem to bring out her natural warmth,” Gutin says. “This could be a turnaround year if she increases her public presence and invites media in.” Given the Trump White House’s relationship with the media, that’s not like- hit the field. “Bulldogs don’t usually do tricks — the big trick is that they grab your heart,” rescue founder Laurette Richin says, huddling between quarters with Josie, a drooling 5-year-old who was given up for adoption after she gave birth to a litter of puppies. Although the breed was named the fourth-most popular in the U.S. by the American Kennel Club in 2016, Richin says many are abandoned due to eye and breathing problems, which can amount to thousands of dollars in health bills. But for some people, the tail waggers are as good as medicine. Rommy is a 5year-old Labradoodle from Denver who was rescued and trained through Freedom Service Dogs of America, a foundation started by Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker and his wife, country singer Jessie (James) Decker. He was matched with Army and Navy veteran Shon Wilson, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and suffers from PTSD. At first, “I wasn’t sure I wanted the stigma of having (a service) dog with me. I wanted to be tough, (like) ‘There’s nothing wrong with me,’ ” Wilson says. “But it came down to my wife and counselor saying, ‘You’re not getting better. Let’s do something else.’ ” Now, Rommy helps Wilson with simple tasks such as throwing away garbage and turning on lights, as well as situations directly related to his trauma, including waking him if he’s having nightmares or creating space between him and others in crowded places. Mellow and shy around his Dog Bowl teammates, Rommy may not look like the next Bark Favre or Peyton Man’s Best Friend. But off the field, “he’s always playful,” Wilson assures. “He’ll make a game of anything.” ly. Still, the first lady has stepped up to center stage for traditional White House events and on foreign trips. We can expect more of the former and possibly more of the latter, McBride says. “She has successfully presided over major events in the White House that are traditionally the purview of FLOTUS — the Easter Egg Roll and Christmas — that are always highly anticipated,” McBride says. “She has also shown that she is comfortable on the world stage.” Trump did not carry out a traditional FLOTUS duty in her first year — planning and hosting a state dinner at the White House, a major diplomatic and social undertaking, and the first time in decades an administration did not hold such an important event in its first year. The White House says the administration hopes to schedule a dinner “early” in 2018; neither the first lady nor White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said which country will be first to be fêted. 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Any Contract Counterparty that objects to the cure amount set forth in the Cure and Possible Assumption and Assignment Notice or the possible assignment of their executory contract or unexpired leasetotheSuccessfulBiddermustfileanobjection(a“CureorAssignmentObjection”)onorbefore4:00 p.m. prevailing Eastern Time on January 19, 2018, which Cure or Assignment Objection must be served on (i) counsel for the Debtor, Polsinelli PC, 222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1101, Wilmington, Delaware 19801, Attn: Christopher A. Ward (email@example.com), (ii) counsel to Hercules, Cole Schotz P.C., 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601, Attn: Stuart Komrower (firstname.lastname@example.org), (iii) the Office of the United States Trustee for the District of Delaware, J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building, 844 King Street, Ste. 2008 – Lockbox #35, Wilmington, DE 19801, Attn: Brya Keilson (brya.keilson@usdoj. gov), and (iv) the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, 824 North Market Street, 3rd Floor,Wilmington, DE 19801, so that it is actually received no later than 4:00 p.m. prevailing Eastern TimeonJanuary19,2018. IfaContractCounterpartydoesnottimelyfileandserveaCureorAssignment Objection, that party will be forever barred from objecting to (a) the Debtor’s proposed cure amount, or (b)theassignmentofthatparty’sexecutorycontractorunexpiredleasetotheSuccessfulBidder. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a hearing will be held to confirm the results of the Auction and approve the transactions contemplated in the Bidding Procedures and the Bidding Procedures and Sale Motion to the Successful Bidder at the Auction (the “Sale Hearing”) before the Honorable Christopher S. Sontchi,United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware,824 Market Street,5th floor,Courtroom 6, Wilmington,Delaware 19801,on January 26, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. (prevailing Eastern Time),or at such time thereafter as counsel may be heard. The Sale Hearing may be continued from time to time by the Bankruptcy Court or the Debtor without further notice other than such adjournment announced in open court or a notice of adjournment filed with the Bankruptcy Court and served on the Notice Parties and the entities who have filed objections to the Bidding Procedures and Sale Motion, without further notice to other parties in interest. Objections to the sale of the Transferred Assets to the Successful Bidder or the Backup Bidder must be filed and served so that they are actually received by the Debtor no later than 4:00 p.m. (prevailingEasternTime)onJanuary19,2018. PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that this Notice is subject to the full terms and conditions of the Bidding Procedures and the Bidding Procedures Order,which shall control in the event of any conflict with this Notice. The Debtor encourages parties in interest to review such documents in their entirety. A copy of the Bidding Procedures and the Bidding Procedures Order may be obtained for free (i) by contacting counsel for the Debtor, Polsinelli PC, 222 Delaware Avenue, Suite 1101, Wilmington, Delaware 19801, Attn: Christopher A. Ward (email@example.com),or(ii)forafeeviaPACERathttp://www.deb.uscourts.gov. POLSINELLI PC,Christopher A.Ward,Shanti M.Katona,222 Delaware Avenue,Suite 1101,Wilmington,Delaware 19801,Telephone:(302)252-0920,Fax:(302)252-0921, ProposedCounselforDebtorandDebtorinPossession 1 The Debtor’s last four digits of its U.S. federal tax identification number are 0620. The address for the Debtor’sheadquartersis410WestHarrisonStreet,Suite300,Seattle,Washington98119. 2 Capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined herein shall have the meanings set forth in the Bidding ProceduresortheBiddingProceduresOrder,asapplicable. LIFE USA TODAY ❚ THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018 ❚ 5D BOOK REVIEW ‘Achtung Baby’: Germany schools us on raising kids Anne Godlasky USA TODAY America may be the land of the free and the home of the brave, but it’s Germany whose children display independence and whose parents have the courage to step back, Sara Zaske writes in Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children (Picador, 239 pp., eeeE). Zaske and her husband left Oregon for Germany, toddler in tow. They welcomed a baby boy shortly after moving to Berlin, so they experienced everything from childbirth to grade school as expat parents. Differences are notable from the getgo, from baby’s sleep (only one in five German parents stay in the room as their wee ones nod off) to governmentsubsidized, overwhelmingly common early child care, which Zaske says leads to less “mom guilt.” Many of the differences Zaske points out between Germany and the USA could also be made about 1970s America and today’s. Many kids in Germany, like American kids before helicopter parenting, Zaske writes: ❚ Spend more time outdoors. ❚ Walk or bike to and from school or the playground by themselves — a move that in the U.S. can result in having the police called on you. ❚ Enjoy what is now sometimes called “free play” — formerly known as simply “play” — without direction from parents, teachers or coaches. Zaske puts it plainly: “We raise free and responsible children by giving them freedom and responsibility.” One German method may have you rethinking all those Christmas gifts: toy-free time. For weeks or months, many preschools and kindergartens throughout Germany (and Switzerland and Austria) remove toys from their classrooms. Children, instead, must use their imaginations. How many times has a toy proven less popular than the box in which it arrived? Though Zaske is not an anthropologist or child psychologist, Achtung Baby is wellsourced, citing research from non-partisan heavyweights such as the Pew Research Center and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She compares German and American parents’ individual mindsets as well as the social structures that feed them. German parents, too, have an irrational fear of their children being kidnapped. Yet they believe it is not only important for their kids to learn selbständigkeit, or self-reliance, but that it’s wrong for parents to stand in the way. These ideals are reinforced by school and government policies that allow for play rather than test preparation and family time rather than overscheduling. It’s hardly the first time Americans have looked to other cultures for childrearing clues. This decade brought us Bringing Up Bébé and Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, which focused on Americans raising children the French and Chinese way, respectively. But unlike many parenting books, Zaske’s is not judgmental, prescriptive or didactic. For that, American parents may soon be saying danke and sending Achtung up the charts, too. 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Stars discussed the revelations that have snowballed in Hollywood since allegations surfaced last fall against Harvey Weinstein, especially the Time’s Up initiative announced Monday by 300 Hollywood women to combat sexual harassment in all workplaces, from movie studios to farm fields. The initiative calls for attendees to wear black to Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, and actress Holly Hunter said she plans to support it. “I’m all for solidarity,” she said while entering the convention center in a formal white dress. “It packs a punch that nothing else does. When people gather Wonder Woman Gal Gadot took home the trophy for rising star at Tuesday night’s gala. FRAZER HARRISON/GETTY IMAGES and stand together, it has an impact that is unrepeatable in any other way. And I think the Time’s Up initiative is beautiful — beautiful and it should have happened yesterday. But here we are. So this is the right time.” Festival chairman Harold Matzner said before the gala that he hoped honorees would focus their speeches on film, but he offered one of the more political statements after Patty Jenkins, director of Wonder Woman, presented her star Gal Gadot with the award for rising star actress. Matzner noted Jenkins had become the highest-paid female director of all time and Gadot the highest-grossing actress of 2017: “The incredible popularity of the film reflects the fact that the world is ready for more powerful women and the end of unequal pay, sexual misconduct and a stubborn glass ceiling.” Chairman’s award recipient Jessica Chastain, star of Molly’s Game, also spoke of how difficult 2017 was “for all of us” but how much promise the future holds. “Major change is coming, and change is good,” she said. Inside the gala, perhaps the funniest segment of the night came when Kumail Nanjiani, writer and star of The Big Sick, presented the career achievement award to his co-star Hunter and called that his career achievement. Nanjiani said he was terrified when he learned Hunter had agreed to make his movie because “she’s literally the Holly Hunter of acting.” But he went from intimidated to bewildered when she e-mailed him that she couldn’t make a rehearsal one day because she was taking her cat in for acupuncture. “My mind was filled with questions,” he said. “What does a cat get from acupuncture? ... And if a cat does need acupuncture, how does it convey that to its owner? I got this image in my head of ... her cat meowing and Holly going: ‘What is it, Buttons? Your back hurts? You need acupuncture?’ ” When Hunter told him she was just messing with him, he felt a “tremendous wave of relief,” he said. “That was the moment I knew we were going to be OK.” Contributing: Xochitl Pena TONIGHT ON TV Critic’s Corner Kelly Lawler USA TODAY The Four: Battle for Stardom Fox, 8 ET/PT In the latest take on the reality singing competition, hosted by Fergie, Fox upends the formula by starting with four already-vetted contestants competing for the top prize. Each week the four singers will defend their spots against ambitious newcomers, and the last singer after six episodes will receive career guidance from the series’ panel of experts — artists DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, Sean “Diddy” Combs and record label executive Charlie Walk. Fergie is host of Fox’s newest singing competition. FOX The Good Place NBC, 8:30 ET/PT The afterlife sitcom returns from hiatus and kicks off the back half of its stellar second season. 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