SATURDAY AN EDITION OF USA TODAY Detectives from ‘Psych’ are back, fistbumps and all 12.09.17 Long-running USA dramedy returns for a reunion movie, which the stars hope turns into a regular thing. In Life ALAN ZENUK/USA NETWORK IN BRIEF U.S. flu season gets early start; widespread activity in 7 states This year’s flu season is off to a quick start. Health officials say the flu vaccine seems well matched to the viruses making people sick, but it’s too early to tell how bad this season will be. The main flu bug tends to cause more deaths and hospitalizations, and vaccines tend not to work as well against it. By the end of last week, seven states reported widespread flu activity: Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Virginia. Trump’s tweets about Muslims taint travel ban, judges say President Trump’s travel ban ran into a familiar problem in a federal court Friday: President Trump. A majority of judges on the Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals repeatedly cited the president’s tweets about Muslims as evidence that his decision to ban most travelers from countries that are home to 150 million Muslims was based on religious animus. The judges also voiced concern that the third version of Trump’s travel ban, issued Sept. 24 and allowed to take full effect by the Supreme Court this week, bans travelers indefinitely. “The president is not lying about what he said,” Judge James Wynn told deputy assistant attorney general Hashim Mooppan at the two-hour hearing. “If anything, he’s one individual who’s saying exactly what he means.” Dick Marsala looks through what’s left of his home Friday after a wildfire roared through the Rancho Monserate Country Club retirement community in Fallbrook, Calif. GREGORY BULL/AP Unpredictable winds stoke California fires Progress reported in fighting Thomas fire, but it’s only 10% contained Wendy Leung Trump signs 2-week spending bill to avoid government shutdown Ventura County (Calif.) Star USA TODAY NETWORK President Trump on Friday signed a spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and keep the federal government running through Dec. 22. The president signed the two-week spending measure in private at the White House after the House and Senate acted to prevent a government shutdown this weekend. The funding reprieve comes as the White House and congressional leaders are negotiating a longer-term agreement. VENTURA, Calif. – There’s one thing constant as the ever-growing Thomas Fire entered its fifth day Friday — relentless winds. Santa Ana winds continued to 14 UN peacekeepers killed, 53 wounded in Congo attack make the 132,000-acre — or 206.5square miles — fire more dangerous, spreading flames north of Ojai city limits, past La Conchita and into Santa Barbara County. Wind speeds were expected to average 15 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 45 Kay Wilson-Bolton See FIRES, Page 2T Chaplain with the Ventura County Fire Department Fluctuating tolls manage highway traffic You can pay more ($40!) for the privilege of driving faster Bart Jansen USA TODAY In the deadliest single attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in recent memory, rebels in eastern Congo killed at least 14 peacekeepers and wounded 53 others in an assault on their base that was launched at nightfall and went on for hours. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed “outrage and utter heartbreak” and called the attack a war crime, urging Congolese authorities to swiftly investigate. The State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs said it was “horrified.” The peacekeepers killed were from Tanzania. Three remained missing, the U.N. said. Staff and wire reports “It’s a lesson on how we should hang on to things on earth very loosely.” WASHINGTON – Tolls that began this week along Interstate 66 near the nation’s capital illustrate a choice that states and local governments increasingly offer to manage traffic congestion: Pay more during busy parts of the day for the privilege of driving faster. Forty jurisdictions nationwide have adopted tolls that fluctuate depending on traffic congestion since Southern California adopted the first one in 1995. Transportation officials said dynamic tolls allow motorists to avoid traffic jams, often by allowing solo drivers to enter lanes usually designated for cars with two or more people. The fees can be set in schedules Motorists in Northern Virginia along Interstates 95 and 495 have the option to pay tolls for express lanes; tolls were added Dec. 4 to Interstate 66. H. DARR BEISER/USA TODAY that look like checker boards. The highest rates are for the busiest times of day. Or tolls can be left uncapped to fluctuate with changing traffic, as they do along the 10-mile stretch of I-66, where the toll spiked to $40 at 8:06 a.m. Tuesday. “We don’t know that that was actually paid,” Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne said. Radio host Toby Knapp called the new tolls “craptastic” in a tweet. The goal of fluctuating tolls is to keep traffic moving swiftly along those lanes while giving commuters the choice to stay in crowded regular lanes or switch to mass transit. “It’s becoming an accepted and reliable way that state, city and county governments are using to manage their congestion,” said Patrick Jones, CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Tolls have long been used to help pay for or expand state and local roads. Congress banned tolls on federally funded highways but later gradually allowed them to pay for new or expanded lanes. “No one has to pay a toll,” Layne said. “They can simply get somebody else in their car with them.” USA SNAPSHOTS© 71% of holiday shoppers admit they spend the most time and money finding the perfect gift for mom. SOURCE eBay Holiday Shopping Survey of 1,000 U.S. adults MIKE SMITH, PAUL TRAP/USA TODAY Supersized old black hole challenges astronomers Doyle Rice USA TODAY The most distant and oldest supermassive black hole ever seen has been discovered, astronomers announced in a study published this week. The black hole resides in a quasar, and its light reaches us from when the universe was only 5% of its current age — more than 13 billion years ago, or “just” 690 million years after the Big Bang. Quasars are among the brightest and most-distant known celestial objects and are crucial to understanding the early universe, study co-author Bram Venemans of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany said. The discovery of a massive black hole so early in the universe may provide key clues on conditions at that time, which allowed for huge black holes to form. It’s gargantuan, some 800 million times the mass of our sun. The size amazed and puzzled astronomers. “This black hole grew far larger than we expected in only 690 million years after the Big Bang, which challenges our theories about how black holes form,” study co-author Daniel Stern of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said. Study lead author Eduardo Bañados of the Carnegie Institution for Science said that “gathering all this mass in fewer than 690 million years is an enormous challenge for theories of supermassive black hole growth.” Another study author, Robert Simcoe of MIT, said “this is the only object we have observed from this era. It has an extremely high mass, and yet the universe is so young that this thing shouldn’t exist. ... It’s very puzzling.” Even older examples could be discovered, scientists said. The study was published in the British journal Nature. 2T SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY Fires Continued from Page 1T mph, according to the National Weather Service. By Friday evening, winds are expected to drop to around 15 mph. However, winds remain in the forecast through Saturday night, along with single-digit relative humidity and aboveaverage temperatures, leading the National Weather Service to extend its redflag fire warning for the county through Sunday. The Ventura County, Calif., fire is now 10% contained. Friday, President Trump approved an emergency declaration for California. In a statement, the declaration orders “Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from wildfires beginning on Decem- Corrections & Clarifications USA TODAY is committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-872-7073 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper. 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All rights reserved. ber 4, 2017, and continuing.” The declaration enables the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide assistance “to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.” California Gov. Jerry Brown had requested the emergency declaration. New developments of the fire had authorities concerned most of Thursday, not just because of the expansion but its trajectory into dry fuel beds. Cal Fire Capt. John Clingingsmith said the Ojai Valley and La Conchita haven’t had a history of fires. “There’s a lot of dead fuels up there,” Clingingsmith said. “And when we have no fire history, that could be decades worth of dead slash and trees and brush and everything.” New fire activity continued throughout the county, including in a remote area near Fillmore and Santa Paula that produced big plumes of smoke. By late Thursday, authorities said they were able to get a handle on much of the fire perimeter and make progress on mopping up problem areas. Strong winds, which haven’t taken a break since the fire started near Santa Paula on Monday, have limited aircraft deployment as well as the possibility of displaced residents being allowed to return soon. Officials said there has been a lack of qualified damage-assessment teams available in recent days to quantify the number of homes destroyed by the fire. Officials announced that 439 structures had been destroyed and 85 damaged. Gabriela Gutierrez was among those who lost her home. Gutierrez and her husband and their two young children evacuated their home in a Santa Paula, Calif., mobile home park Monday night. The first warning was a call from the family’s baby sitter saying some people were being evacuated. Then a security guard knocked on their door encouraging them to pack essentials. “I couldn’t believe it until I went outside and I saw flames, and there was some smoke,” she said. On Thursday morning, Gutierrez stopped in at the Santa Paula Community Center, one of six evacuation centers set up in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. For days, people had been dropping off donations of water, food and clothing. Kids played cards and video games as adults rested on cots. Jennifer Day volunteers to save a chicken along Rice Road in Ojai, Calif., on Thursday. JUAN CARLOS/VENTURA COUNTY (CALIF.) STAR VIA USA TODAY NETWORK Fire crews search for hot spots among destroyed homes in the Rancho Monserate Country Club community in Fallbrook, Calif. GREGORY BULL/AP Kay Wilson-Bolton, a chaplain with the Ventura County Fire Department who also works with area homeless people, said the outpouring of charity means basic needs are being met. What will be needed next, she said, are places for displaced people to eat a homecooked meal or take a shower, the things that will help them feel normal again. “It’s a lesson on how we should hang on to things on earth very loosely,” Wilson-Bolton said. She evacuated her home Tuesday and has been sleeping at her office. Her home survived. The unpredictability of the wind seems to be the overarching theme of this massive fire, which Thursday Jerusalem decision skirts some capital-size questions Trump says he’ll pursue Wells Fargo fraud fines Gregory Korte USA TODAY On maps, passports, the ancient city is stateless Gregory Korte USA TODAY WASHINGTON – President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday — but on Thursday, State Department officials stopped short of saying whether the U.S. believes that Jerusalem is actually in Israel. That seemingly contradictory policy demonstrates just how difficult it will be for the Trump administration to implement what the president called a “recognition of reality.” Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem upended decades of American foreign policy, delighted conservatives in both countries, ignited protests in the West Bank and cast the future of peace talks into doubt. But it also left any number of political, diplomatic and practical issues unresolved: How will U.S. passports identify people born in Jerusalem? How will the city appear on maps? What’s the future of the Consulate General in Jerusalem? And where will the U.S. pay for and build a new embassy in a city where historic, political and security considerations so often intersect? All those questions may be beside the point. “It’s pretty clear the embassy is not going to move to Jerusalem in the foreseeable future, so it’s a moot point for the time being,” said James B. Cunningham, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel and a fellow at the Atlantic Council. “The political situation will outrun the technical details of how to move the embassy in the long run.” moved toward Las Padres National Forest. The winds are expected to weaken but they’re not going away. In semirural San Diego County, at least 65 structures had been destroyed. Cal Fire said there’s still no containment of the fire early Friday. That fire exceeded 3,840 acres, or 6 square miles in a matter of hours Thursday and burned dozens of houses as it tore through the tightly packed Rancho Monserate Country Club community in the small city of Fallbrook. Contributing: Barrett Newkirk, Megan Diskin and Christian Martinez, Ventura County (Calif.) Star; The Associated Press. Our embassy in Tel Aviv won’t move to Jerusalem overnight. ABIR SULTAN/EPA-EFE “We’re not taking any position on overall boundaries.” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert For now, State Department officials said, there will be no practical change in how the U.S. deals with the city’s status. A 2015 Supreme Court decision, for example, upheld the longstanding practice of omitting the country on passports for people born in Jerusalem, effectively giving it a stateless status. That won’t change, officials said. “There has been no change in our policy with respect to consular practice or passport issuance at this time,” said acting Assistant Secretary of State David Satterfield on Thursday. U.S. government maps also won’t change for now, he said. “The president’s decision speaks for itself,” he said. “He didn’t go beyond that, and I’m not going to go beyond that.” While Israel sees Jerusalem as its undivided and “eternal” capital, the Palestinians also claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Previous presidents have said that the decision on Jerusalem’s capital must come from a negotiated agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. But even after Trump’s decisive foreign policy pronouncement, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert declined to say what country Jerusalem is in. “What country was the president in when he prayed at the Western Wall?” an Associated Press reporter asked. “We’re not taking any position on the overall boundaries. We are recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Nauert responded. “There are some questions that you will rightfully have about passports, for example, about maps. Some of those things, we are still working out.” Another question: Whether the president’s directive to move the embassy can be completed during his presidency. “We are not going to be doing that quickly,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday. “We have to acquire a site. We have to develop building plans. We’ll have to construct the building. So this is not something that will happen overnight.” The two most comparable embassies now under construction — in Beirut, Lebanon and Islamabad, Pakistan — are expected to cost more than $1 billion each. The Beirut embassy broke ground in 2011 and is scheduled to open next year. Construction on the Islamabad embassy started last year and isn’t expected to be completed until 2022. WASHINGTON – President Trump promised Friday to pursue banks found to have committed fraud against their customers, disputing reports that his administration would backtrack on a $100 million fine levied against banking giant Wells Fargo. “Fines and penalties against Wells Fargo Bank for their bad acts against their customers and others will not be dropped, as has incorrectly been reported, but will be pursued and, if anything, substantially increased,” he tweeted. “I will cut Regs but make penalties severe when caught cheating!” Trump’s statement follows a report by Reuters news agency, quoting three anonymous officials, that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was reconsidering the $100 million fine levied against the San Franciscobased bank. The consumer watchdog agency is undergoing an upheaval after its Obama-appointed director, Richard Cordray, resigned to run for Ohio governor last month. Trump installed his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, as the agency’s acting director. Mulvaney is a longtime critic of the agency, complaining that it was set up by Congress to be unaccountable to elected officials. But on his first day at the CFPB last month, he said he was also committed to enforcing the law. “I was disturbed by what’s happening with Wells Fargo,” Mulvaney said. “CFPB gets a lot of credit for fining Wells Fargo. My question is, why did they miss it?” In September, the CFPB fined the nation’s third-largest bank for secretly opening new accounts for customers, often charging them fees for products they never ordered or agreed to. The agency found that the illegal sales practices began in 2011. 3T USA TODAY ❚ SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 No Trump speech for civil rights ceremony Sam R. Hall The Clarion Ledger USA TODAY NETWORK Ben Platt uses a surfboard to sled down a hill at Cole Park after snow blanketed Corpus Christi, Texas. COURTNEY SACCO, CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES VIA USA TODAY NETWORK Snowstorm socks southern states, targets East Coast First blast of season snarls roads, closes some schools Doug Stanglin USA TODAY A band of cold air that delivered a rare blanket of snow to parts of southern Texas rolled through the Deep South on Friday bringing threats of more weekend snow, sleet and dicey travel conditions from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. Parts of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi reported snow flurries before dawn. In Georgia, nearly two dozen school systems closed ahead of the wintry weather. “It’s the first snow of the season, and any time you even mention snow in the South, you’re going to get people a little panicky,” said David Nadler, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office south of Atlanta. This first taste of winter will vary along the path across the South, with sleet and snow expected — but not certain — in much of Virginia, but likely producing snow in larger amounts farther north in New York City, Massachusetts and Maine. The National Weather Service said a half-inch to an inch of snow is forecast across many areas of the South by Friday night. Winter weather advisories have been posted for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. Meanwhile, a second storm moving across the upper tier of the United States out of the Midwest could bring patchy snow and the chance of a small accumulation to parts of the interior Northeast, AccuWeather says. The amount and intensity of snow activity depends on if and when the northern storm merges with the southern band and how much moisture it carries as it gets closer to the Atlantic Ocean. The storm’s unpredictable nature was on display in Texas, particularly near the Gulf Coast, as a band of heavy snow slowly moved over Austin and San Antonio on Thursday, eventually reaching Houston and Corpus Christi. Contributing: The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. – President Trump will not speak publicly when he visits the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum as part of the grand opening celebration. Gov. Phil Bryant’s office announced late Thursday night that the president would take a tour of the museum Saturday morning before speaking inside to an audience of “civil rights veterans, museum patrons and elected officials.” Trump will not address the general public as part of the President larger grand opening Trump celebration. The White House confirmed Wednesday that the president would visit Mississippi as part of the state’s bicentennial celebration. While no plans had been publicly announced, Trump was expected to speak as part of the public celebration, including the grand opening of the Mississippi History Museum and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. The announcement of Trump’s visit set off a firestorm of protests and counterprotests. Several civil rights veterans, elected officials and highprofile visitors announced they would not attend Saturday’s festivities because of Trump’s participation, citing past remarks that many considered insensitive toward minorities or supportive of racist groups. U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., was the highest profile official to cancel an appearance. He and Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., made a joint statement Thursday announcing their decision. Former U.S. Navy Secretary and governor Ray Mabus also said he would not attend. Kim’s heated talk masks cold calculation Nuclear program gives him deterrent, leverage North Koreans attend a mass rally in Kim Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang to celebrate the country’s claim that it had achieved full nuclear statehood on Dec. 1. Jim Michaels USA TODAY North Korea’s latest threat of nuclear war is another salvo of incendiary rhetoric from the rogue nation, but it’s also part of a calculated power move by leader Kim Jong Un. Experts say Kim’s fiery talk and defiance of the international community masks a core fact: His pursuit of a nuclear program is designed to establish the legitimacy of his regime inside North Korea and to gain international stature. CIA Director Mike Pompeo said last week that the consensus in the intelligence community is that Kim is “rational” — even though some comments from North Korea may not seem so. The joint military exercises being conducted by the United States and South Korea involving hundreds of warplanes “are creating a touch-and-go situation on the Korean Peninsula,” North Korea’s foreign ministry said late Wednesday. “The remaining question now is: When will the war break out.” Kim has had a lengthy exchange of personal insults with President Trump, and North Korea’s many missile launches prompted Trump to call Kim “rocket man.” “Kim certainly is acting rationally and predictably if his objective is to secure his hold on power,” said Sheila Miyoshi Jager, a professor at Oberlin College and author of Brothers at War: The Unending Conflict in Korea. North Korea’s test last month established that the isolated nation had built a missile capable of reaching Washington, D.C., and other East Coast cities. Both its missile and warhead technology are advancing rapidly, as Pyongyang shows no sign of backing off its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Kim believes nuclear weapons serve as a deterrent and provide economic leverage for North Korea, Jager said. Kim fears he will go the way of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi — both gave up their nuclear weapons programs and were overthrown. If North Korea does eventually come KIM WON-JIN, AFP/GETTY IMAGES South Korea and U.S. fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula during combat exercises Wednesday, despite North Korea’s objections. GETTY IMAGES to the negotiating table, it would rather be as an established nuclear power so it could make economic demands in return for curtailing its program or signing non-aggression treaties. In 1994, for example, the United States agreed to provide North Korea with so-called light water reactors and provided other economic incentives in return for abandoning its nuclear program. The deal eventually fell apart, but North Korea would still be interested in similar economic incentives today. Kim also believes that the threat of a nuclear attack on the United States might force Washington to rethink its commitment to defend South Korea if attacked. North Korea’s ultimate goal is to reunify the peninsula. “Would the U.S. trade destruction of L.A., Seattle or Chicago (in order) to defend Seoul?” Jager asked. “Perhaps, but from Kim’s perspective, it’s definitely worth pursuing, because it is the only realistic way to achieve the ‘final victory.’ ” Even Kim’s brutality against his own people is calculated. He was relatively unknown and untested when he came to power in 2011 and not yet 30 years old. He is the third generation of his family to rule the country. “Many people thought he was too young and inexperienced to rule,” Jager said. “He came into power with something to prove.” He turned to violence to quickly prove himself. “He’s vengeful, ruthless and knows how to wield power through terror,” Jager said. “Kim plays by his own rules.” 4T SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES A Ventura home becomes a raging inferno as the Thomas fire descends from the hills. JUAN CARLO/ Fire crews attempt to save what remains of this home in the upscale Bel Air Estates area of Los Angeles. VENTURA DAN COUNTY STAR MACMEDAN/ VIA USA USA TODAY TODAY NETWORK NETWORK Greg Smith stands amid the ruins of his home after the Thomas fire swept through Ventura. Continuing winds hampered containment efforts. DANIEL DREIFUSS/AP ‘Pandemonium’ hits people, horses alike The terror of a wildfire isn’t limited to people. About 25 race horses were killed when flames engulfed eight barns at a training center in San Diego County, the California Horse Racing Board said. Other horses in surrounding pastures remained unaccounted for. Nearly 500 horses were stabled at the San Luis Rey Downs training center when the fire erupted Thursday, and workers risked their lives to free horses from stalls and herd them to safe areas. Horses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars that are usually carefully walked from place to place were simply set free and even encouraged to run off as flames engulfed the center. It was “total pandemonium when several hundred horses were cut loose,” said Mac McBride, who worked with the trainers. Trainer Cliff Sise told KFMB-TV that he saw about 10 horses die, including his filly. “It was dark, everything was hot and she wouldn’t come out. I opened the pen and tried to get behind her. ... She burned to death that quick.” – The Associated Press Dense vegetation along canyon walls fueled the fires even with constant helicopter flights making water drops. DAN MACMEDAN/USA TODAY NETWORK 5T USA TODAY ❚ SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 MONEYLINE Economy added 228,000 jobs in November GET STARBUCKS CHRISTMAS TREE FRAPPUCCINO NOW Starbucks launched the Christmas Tree Frappuccino on Thursday. The concoction is the latest in the coffee chain’s line of limited-edition frappuccinos. The drink is a Peppermint Mocha Crème Frappuccino topped with matcha whipped cream styled to look like a Christmas tree, and it’s decorated with caramel drizzle, candied cranberries and a strawberry. It’s available through Monday at participating stores. Report supports a likely Fed rate hike next week Paul Davidson USA TODAY STARBUCKS FINANCIER SAM ISALY EXITS AMID SEXUAL ALLEGATIONS SUSAN TOMPOR/DETROIT FREE PRESS VIA USA TODAY NETWORK Samuel Isaly, co-founder of one of the biotech industry’s most influential hedge funds, is retiring from his role as managing partner of OrbiMed Advisors following allegations of sexual harassment. The New York City-based hedge fund characterized the departure as a routine leadership change, saying in a statement that Isaly was leaving “pursuant to years-long succession planning discussions.” FORD OFF OF MSNBC UNTIL ALLEGATIONS RESOLVED Susan Tompor Detroit Free Press USA TODAY NETWORK Former congressman Harold Ford Jr. will not be a contributor on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program until allegations of misconduct against him are resolved. The announcement comes a day after Ford was fired by Morgan Stanley amid a report by HuffPost that a woman alleged that Ford forcibly grabbed her several years ago, engaging in harassment and intimidation. Ford has denied the allegations. DELTA ADDS CHECKED-BAG FEE TO SOME EUROPE FARES Delta Air Lines plans to start charging basic economy passengers checked baggage fees on flights to Europe: $60 for the first bag and $100 for the second, a change that will apply to tickets bought after Dec. 6 for flights departing April 10 and beyond. Dow Jones Industrial Avg. 24,350 24,320 117.68 24,290 4:00 p.m. 24,329 24,260 24,230 24,200 9:30 a.m. 24,211 FRIDAY 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 6840.08 2651.50 2.378% $57.34 $1245.20 $1.1768 113.51 CHG x x x x y y x 27.24 14.52 0.02 0.75 0.60 0.0006 0.38 SOURCES USA TODAY RESEARCH, MARKETWATCH.COM USA SNAPSHOTS© 24% of companies plan to eliminate desk phones soon. SOURCE MOBI Enterprise Mobility in 2017 and What Comes Next survey of 300 information technology decision-makers JAE YANG, VERONICA BRAVO/USA TODAY December a cool month for hot car deals Shoppers who missed out on Black Friday sales can hit a restart button when it comes to sweet car deals in December. The ads might be labeled as a “Year-End Sales Event,” “Holiday Sale” or “December to Remember,” instead of Black Friday. But many rebates and special incentives are at their best levels of the year now and some regional incentives could be added before Dec. 31, according to Brad Korner, general manager of Cox Automotive Rates & Incentives in Ann Arbor, Mich. Cox owns car-shopping websites including Kelley Blue Book and AutoTrader. “You’re going to see a lot of these go away in January,” Korner predicted. Shoppers who think the end of the month is a great time to buy a car have grown accustomed to anticipating even better prices at the end of the year, too. “It’s like buying Christmas paper in January,” said James Dollinger, a Flint, Mich.-area auto dealer. “Traditionally, my biggest months have always been December.” Car companies are concerned about clearing out inventories — and holding onto market share. U.S. auto sales are likely to be down for 2017, the first decline since 2009 when both General Motors and Chrysler ended up in bankruptcy. Shoppers should expect: Generous rebates and cash incentives Carmakers cranked out plenty of incentives for December to unload outgoing 2017 models. Many 2018 models have rebates, but the better deals tend to be on the older inventories. Chevrolet, for example, has added “Employee Pricing for All” in December — the best incentives of the year for all Chevy vehicles in inventory, Korner said. In December, bigger rebates are likely to be on slow-selling luxury cars, sedans, hybrids and electric vehicles. A 2017 Ford Taurus, for example, has up to $6,750 in incentives for those who qualify. That includes a $4,000 cash incentive plus $1,250 in bonus cash — and a $1,500 bonus for a customer financing through Ford Credit. In addition, some customers could qualify for another $500 military bonus or a $500 bonus for college students and recent graduates. Many car companies offer extra, conditional incentives for college grads, military experience, union members — even Uber drivers. Tip: Before heading to a dealership, research incentives and rebates online at sites such as Kelley Blue Book at www.kbb.com and Edmunds at www.edmunds.com. Incentives can apply to specific models, too. Unlike years past, incentives aren’t across the board. 0% financing Federal Reserve policymakers are likely to raise rates at their meeting next week. But most experts anticipate that 0% financing will continue to be offered through the automakers. Some promotions, such as on most 2018 Chevy Cruz models, are limiting 0% financing to 60 months. Ford has 0% for 72 months on many 2017 models. Many people who do not have excellent credit will not qualify for 0%. Typically, consumers need a credit score around 710 to 720 to qualify for 0%, says Matt Jones, senior consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com. Some exceptions apply. Consumers should get preapproval on a car loan before heading to a dealership in order to compare financing options. It’s a good idea to get a free copy of your annual credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com to catch any signs of identity theft before you apply for a car loan. Lease deals and lease pull-ahead programs Mark Montante, general manager for Taylor Chevrolet in Detroit, said Chevy’s lease loyalty program more than doubled to up to $3,500 on many vehicles in December, compared with last month’s discount up to $1,500. The discount is used toward the down payment. To qualify, a buyer must currently lease a Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC car or light-duty truck. This incentive is transferable within the same household. The lease loyalty program can apply to some 2017 and some 2018 models. Employers added 228,000 jobs last month in a sign the labor market is healthy despite worker shortages and two months of hurricane-related volatility. Wage growth, however, remained tepid. The unemployment rate, which is calculated from a different survey, was unchanged at 4.1%, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg forecast 195,000 employment gains in November. Businesses added 221,000 jobs, lifted by hiring in professional and business services, health care and manufacturing. Federal, state and local governments added 7,000. Job gains for September and October were revised up by a total 3,000. September’s was upgraded to 38,000 from 18,000 and October’s was revised down to 244,000 from 261,000. Average hourly wages rose 5 cents to $26.55, nudging annual gains to 2.5% from 2.4%. Pay increases have been stuck at about 2.5% for more than a year. Economists have expected an acceleration in light of the low unemployment rate that’s making it harder for employers to find workers. Some economists say the government’s measure of average earnings growth may be skewed downward by the retirements of higher-paid Baby Boomers and the entry into the labor force of lower-paid Millennials. Some other readings of the salaries of the same workers over time show faster raises. And while the Federal Reserve is seeking sharper wage gains to underpin its plan to gradually increase interest rates, the generally strong report supports an anticipated quarterpoint rate hike at Wednesday’s Fed meeting. It would be the third such increase this year. “The solid report gives the (Fed) the green light,” Gus Faucher, chief economist of PNC Financial Services Group, wrote in a note to clients. The Fed continues to expect worker shortages to eventually drive wages higher. But, “if (modest pay increases) continue into next year, that argument is going to wear thin,” says Scott Anderson, chief economist of Bank of the West. He’s predicting just two rate hikes in 2018, below Fed policymakers’ median forecast of three. Job creation, meanwhile, “is firing on all cylinders,” Anderson says. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma suppressed job growth in September because many workers stayed home, leading to an increase in October as most of them returned to job sites. But as many as 50,000 more employees in Texas, Florida and Georgia were not back in time to be counted in October and could have bolstered payrolls in November, Goldman Sachs economists said. Also, the economy grew at more than a 3% annual rate in the second and third quarters, its best six-month stretch in three years, as consumer and business spending continued to strengthen and an improving global economy aided manufacturers. Some hot deals the week after Christmas “That last week of the year, it can be a sales monster,” Jones said. Most shoppers, though, would be wise to do a test drive and research the features before waiting until the last week of December. You want to make sure the car and the deal are right for you. “We do get caught up in sale hysteria at some times,” Jones said. Job fairs such as this one in Sweetwater, Fla., in October helped push November’s 228,000 jobs increase. AP 6T SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY MONEY Bitcoin crash among 2018 worries, bank warns Kevin McCoy USA TODAY The bull market continues rising, and the economy added a healthy 228,000 jobs last month, so what could possibly spoil the celebrations for consumers and investors in 2018? A “Bitcoin crash,” rising inflation, danger from North Korea and results from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling with the 2016 presidential election are among 30 risks for financial markets next year, Deutsche Bank says in a report on Friday. The risks could boost market volatility and cause growth that is faster or slower than the German bank previously forecast, wrote Torsten Slok, the company’s chief international economist. As for the recent surges and drops in Bitcoin, “you wonder where prices will even be by the end of 2017,” Slok said during an appearance on CNBC’s Trading Nation broadcast. Slok said questions about Bitcoin regulation, transparency and disclosure issues remain unanswered. Topping Deutsche Bank’s worry list is the potential for U.S. inflation rates to move higher in 2018. Low national unemployment, growth projections for the nation’s gross domestic product, and other financial measures signal a potential rise, Slok said. Uncertainty about North Korea’s test launches of longer-range nuclear missiles also could roil financial markets. Slok cited fear that we could have a “further escalation of the situation.” Cover your online shopping tracks Marc Saltzman USA TODAY You might enjoy hearing an excited “Oh honey, you shouldn’t have!” from your life partner after ripping open the box of a sweet pair of wireless headphones. But chances are you’d prefer it on Christmas morning, by the tree — instead of on Dec. 19, on your doorstep, in front of the delivery person. Alas, the popularity of online shopping has added a new wrinkle when it comes to buying gifts for loved ones — especially those living under the same roof — and so we’re now forced to intercept packages from couriers, bury email receipts, scrub our Web history and pay with gift cards to avoid curious charges on a credit card bill. That’s a change from the old days, when you may have paid cash for your partner’s present in a mall and then hid it in the home until Dec. 25. If you’re unsure how to cover your technological tracks, the following are a few suggestions. Shop on your smartphone While you might share a personal computer at home, you probably have separate smartphones, locked with a PIN or biometrics login (such as using your fingerprint, iris or face). Therefore, use your mobile Web browser, or an app, to secretly buy the family gifts. GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO address, for online shopping. This way, emailed receipts only go to this account installed on your phone. Scrub your history Your online activity follows you around, so it’s important to clear your history and cache often — especially if you’re sharing the laptop or desktop with your significant other (and attentive kids). Otherwise, if you’re researching a new 4K TV to surprise the family, everyone who browses the Web (or uses a search engine) after you may see gratuitous advertisements for televisions — and thus, connect the dots. The option to clear history and cache will be in the Settings or Options area of your Web browser, usually accessible in the top right of the page. Some browsers offer a “private” or “incognito” browsing option, too. Gift cards, secondary accounts Retail solutions If you don’t want to use gift cards to cover your tracks — which you can purchase at gas stations and convenience stores — you can also create a separate credit card or bank account to avoid ruining the surprise. Some savvy (nay, sneaky) shoppers set up a free webmail account, too, such as a Gmail Some online stores and marketplaces are helping shoppers keep a secret. Amazon Prime members, for example, could set up Amazon Household, which allows everyone in the home — up to two parents and up to four kids — to each have their own respective shop- AMERICA’S MARKETS DJIA +117.68 DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE CLOSE: 24,329.16 %CHANGE: +0.5% YTD % CHG: +23.1% SPX +14.52 S&P 500 STANDARD & POOR'S CLOSE: 2,651.50 %CHANGE: +0.6% YTD % CHG: +18.4% S&P 500’S BIGGEST GAINERS/LOSERS A FOOLISH TAKE GAINERS Company (ticker symbol) COMP +27.24 Alexion Pharma (ALXN) % Chg +7.2 -6.4 +4.0 +19.9 +4.0 -13.0 +4.0 -36.6 +4.0 -29.2 +.57 +4.0 -38.3 171.65 +6.30 +3.8 -25.6 63.79 +2.30 +3.7 +49.5 53.22 +1.91 +3.7 -43.5 +3.5 +94.9 Price $ Chg 114.46 +7.68 Western Digital (WDC) 81.47 +3.12 L Brands (LB) 57.28 +2.18 Apparel maker trades higher on upbeat analyst reports. Foot Locker (FL) 44.97 +1.75 Retailer stock still benefiting from positive Q3 results. Noble Energy (NBL) 26.94 +1.04 Energy stock regaining some of value lost during 2017. More than 174 million Americans bought goods in stores or online from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday, according to the National Retail Federation. The organization reported average spending per person during that period was $355.47, with three-quarters of that total ($250.78) spent on holiday gifts. The popularity of clothing bodes well CenturyLink (CTL) 14.67 +1.25 CLOSE: 6,840.08 %CHANGE: +0.4% YTD % CHG: +27.1% YTD % Chg Telecom regaining some value after rough November. RUSSELL RUT COMPOSITE Rumors of a truce with Toshiba send tech stock higher. The Motley Fool To avoid the family seeing their gifts as parcels on the porch, choose to deliver the packages to an alternate address, such as a workplace, neighbor’s house, another family member or opt for a buyonline-and-pick-up-in-store option. If you’re shopping on Amazon, you can also ship to a nearby Amazon Locker, which are self-serve delivery kiosks located in more than 2,000 spots across the country. Arrange to ship your gifts there and then discretely pick it up when you have the time. NASDAQ Hedge fund urging pharma company to explore a sale. Leo Sun Ship it elsewhere ALL THE MARKET ACTION IN REAL TIME MARKETS.USATODAY.COM THE MOTLEY FOOL Retailers get off to robust holiday start ping history, wish lists and notifications. Amazon Household also lets you share Amazon Prime perks and your library of purchased digital content (between adults). Non-Amazon Prime members, on the other hand, can also “archive” an order, which will hide gift purchases from your order history (look under the “Your Orders” section). Similarly, Amazon has a “don’t spoil my surprises” option for its wish list feature, as it’ll mark bought items as unpurchased. Another Amazon tip: Go to “Your Browsing History” section, then click “Remove all items.” Or turn off your account’s Browsing History entirely by clicking on “Turn off browsing history.” RUSSELL 2000 INDEX CLOSE: 1,521.72 %CHANGE: +0.1% YTD % CHG: +12.1% MARKET PERFORMANCE BY SECTOR Sector Close Chg. 4wk 1 YTD 1 Technology Financials Health care Industrials Materials Consumer discret. 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Best Buy (BBY) Improved analyst perception giving stock a boost. Signet Jewelers (SIG) What shoppers bought Jeweler stock recovers a bit after rough early December. Percentage of shoppers who bought gifts (by category) during the Black Friday weekend: Clothing-accessories 58% Toys 38% Books, other media 31% Electronics 30% Gift cards 23% Investor sentiment is up on pharmaceutical company. Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) LOSERS Company (ticker symbol) Cooper (COO) 143.61 +4.83 Price $ Chg 226.56 -12.24 YTD % Chg % Chg -5.1 +29.5 Medical device company down big in active trading. SOURCE National Retail Federation Ball (BLL) for apparel retailers, which have struggled with competition from fast fashion and e-commerce, as well as market saturation. Robust sales of toys are a bright sign for toymakers Hasbro and Mattel, but the fate of brick-and-mortar toy retailers remains murky after the bankruptcy of Toys R Us. Electronics specialist Best Buy remains relatively healthy as it matches Amazon’s prices and expands its ecommerce capabilities. But Gift Card Granny recently reported that Amazon gift cards are still the most popular in America — another indication of the online superstore’s growing dominance. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an AMZN subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Leo Sun owns shares of AMZN. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends AMZN and HAS. Analyst downgrade dings canning product manufacturer. 21st Century Fox A (FOXA) 39.60 33.30 -1.21 -3.0 -.88 -2.6 +18.8 -.80 -2.4 +21.0 -.35 -2.3 -45.4 107.16 -2.45 -2.2 +44.8 -.87 -1.7 +59.4 259.91 -3.98 -1.5 +47.0 -.99 -1.5 -1.5 -.86 -1.5 -9.6 32.97 Rumors of asset sale to Disney continue to affect stock. Mattel (MAT) 15.04 Concerns that stock price is inflated hit toy manufacturer. Autodesk (ADSK) Restructuring woes ding software company’s stock price. 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General Mills (GIS) 55.83 Analyst forecasts give small ding to food manufacturer. SOURCE Bloomberg and The Associated Press FOREIGN MARKETS Country Close Frankfurt 13,153.70 Hong Kong 28,639.85 Japan (Nikkei) 22,811.08 London 7,393.96 Mexico City 47,572.86 Prev. Change 13,045.15 +108.55 28,303.19 +336.66 22,498.03 +313.05 7,320.75 +73.21 46,987.02 +585.85 %Chg. +0.8% +1.2% +1.4% +1.0% +1.3% YTD % +14.6% +30.2% +19.3% +3.5% +4.2% SOURCE Morningstar, Dow Jones Indexes, The Associated Press 7T LIFELINE USA TODAY ❚ SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 TELEVISION TWEET TALK STARS SOUND OFF ON TWITTER @mariashriver: Thank you all for keeping those of us near the fires in your thoughts. Our area remains on alert. Bags still packed. So Maria Shriver grateful for fireMICHAEL KOVAC fighters who are working to get the fires contained. Others have not been as lucky. @lionelrichie: Due to the devastating California Wildfires, and helping family evacuate to a safer place, I unfortunately have to cancel my show tonight. I look forward to returning to the stage this weekend and performing for my fans. “They’re still doing crazy stuff, in their same crazy way.” @LeahMichele: Praying for everyone in LA ... grabbed what I loved most this morning and so grateful to my friends for taking us in. Dulé Hill James Roday, left, and Dulé Hill hope to make “Psych” reunions a regular thing. PHOTOS BY ALAN ZENUK/USA NETWORK ‘Psych’ stars are back on the beat in reunion movie But this time the detectives are sleuthing in San Francisco — fistbumps and all Brian Truitt USA TODAY Gal Gadot JON KOPALOFF/ FILMMAGIC STYLE STAR Gal Gadot proved that superhero red is her color, stepping out at the ‘GQ’ Men and Women of the Year party Thursday. GETTY IMAGES IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY WHO’S CELEBRATING TODAY ❚ Kirk Douglas is 101. ❚ Beau Bridges is 76. ❚ Judi Dench is 83. USA SNAPSHOTS© 79% of Americans plan to add healthy items to their loved ones’ holiday stockings this year. SOURCE Arm & Hammer Spinbrush survey of 1,000 adults MIKE B. SMITH, KARL GELLES/USA TODAY Absence makes the fistbumps fonder. USA’s Psych: The Movie (streaming online now) brings the long-running detective dramedy’s stars James Roday and Dulé Hill back together for the first time in three years, and there are many familiar aspects for their devoted “Psych-O’s,” none more than their signature exultation. “Even though the skin around our fists are getting thinner and wrinklier, it’s still one of the great joys of my life being back on a set with him and acting a fool,” Roday says of working again with Hill. But that’s maybe not the best word: “You can’t call it work. It’s never been work.” For eight seasons, Roday starred as fake psychic detective Shawn Spencer and Hill as his loyal best friend/partner Burton “Gus” Guster, and the twohour TV movie picks up with them in real time and in a new city (trading Santa Barbara for San Francisco) but with the same old foibles. Shawn still can’t commit to his fiancée Jules (Maggie Lawson), though he’s trying to find the engagement ring that a thief absconded with in the 2014 Psych series finale. Gus has a new pharmaceutical sales gig but still is being roped regularly into Shawn’s shenanigans. And there’s still trouble to be had, with the fistbumping, “Suck it”-singing duo needing to find the villain who has targeted someone close to them. “They’re still doing crazy stuff, in their same crazy way,” Hill says. “That’s true of life, too. For myself, if somebody hadn’t seen me in three years and saw me now, they’d see some evolution.” New love interest Selene (Jazmyn Simon, Dulé Hill’s real-life fiancée) proves a challenge for Gus in the “Psych” reunion. Roday, who co-wrote the movie with Psych creator/director Steve Franks, adds that he always figured the characters would return at some point — and were approached by USA to do it earlier. “We were hopeful because it was an amazing experience for all of us that changed our lives, and the opportunity to basically write a love letter to our fans for keeping us on the air for eight years was something we were really psyched to do. No pun intended.” In addition to the ubiquitous running gag with pineapples, the gang has mostly returned, including Corbin Bernsen as Shawn’s father and John Cena as Jules’ brother — Timothy Omundson, who had a stroke earlier this year, has a cameo as lovably embattled cop (and Shawn’s frequent foil) Carlton Lassiter. As for the big changes, Roday likes the move to San Francisco, where Shawn has set up an office that’s the replica of the strange antique shop from Gremlins. “The idea that we could open up the world a little bit in a much larger city with a lot more people, that felt like a fresh start and a fun way to reboot the show,” he says. And Gus gets a love interest in Selene (Hill’s real-life fiancée Jazmyn Simon), who rocks his world by being aggressively flirtatious. “Gus has been doing that for eight years and is always striking out, but he thinks he’s the smoothest dude on the planet,” Hill says. “When it happens to him, he’s appalled.” Both stars want to make Psych reunions a regular thing. “Maybe we do Halloween next, and then we’ll do Easter,” Hill says. “Anytime we have a chance to step back and fistbump, it will always be that much more special.” AWARDS ‘Wonder Woman’ among AFI’s best movies of ’17 Andrea Mandell USA TODAY Wonder Woman is the comic book movie that could end up at the Oscars. The massively successful film starring Gal Gadot continued earning marks in the awards race Thursday, landing a spot on the American Film Institute’s list of the top movies of the year. Jordan Peele’s Get Out also was named, giving the social thriller its lat- est accolade. The AFI Awards don’t crown a winner but instead honor 10 films and 10 television programs they deem “culturally and artistically significant.” Lady Bird, The Shape of Water, The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were included in AFI’s 10 best films this year, as were the gay romance Call Me By Your Name and the indie The Florida Project. Summer hits The Big Sick and Dunkirk rounded out their picks. On the TV side, Big Little Lies continued its post-Emmys reign, as did The Handmaid’s Tale, Master of None, Stranger Things 2 and This Is Us. AFI also honored Game of Thrones, The Crown, Insecure, Feud: Bette and Joan and The Good Place. A special award went to Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Vietnam War. A luncheon honoring the projects will be held Jan. 5 in Los Angeles. 8T SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY AWARDS ‘Shape of Water’ tops Critics’ Choice nominees The Associated Press LOS ANGELES – Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fantasy tale The Shape of Water is the leading nominee at the Critics’ Choice Awards . It received 14 nominations, including for best picture, best actress for Sally Hawkins and best director for del Toro. Call Me By Your Name, Dunkirk, Lady Bird and The Post each earned eight nominations, including for best picture. Blade Runner 2049 earned seven nominations, followed by The Big Sick and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with six each and Get Out and I, Tonya with five. Also up for best picture: The Big Sick, Darkest Hour, The Florida Project, Get Out and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Daniel Day-Lewis is nominated for best actor in what’s expected to be his final role in Phantom Thread. The leading television nominee is FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, which focused on the rivalry between actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. It earned six nominations, and HBO’s Big Little Lies and FX’s Fargo series each earned five. Netflix series earned a leading 20 nominations, followed by HBO with 15. Multiple award nominees were led by Kumail Nanjiani with three, who with his work on The Big Sick and Silicon Valley is competing in both film and TV categories. He’s up for best original screenplay alongside wife Emily V. Gordon, and best actor in a comedy for The Big Sick, as well as best supporting actor in a comedy series for Silicon Valley. The winners will be announced at a Jan. 11 gala that will be televised on The CW (8 p.m. ET/PT). Contributing: Kim Willis Above, Elisa (Sally Hawkins) shares a moment with her beloved amphibian man (Doug Jones) in Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.” KERRY HAYES Left, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and Nick (Max Minghella) in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” HULU Right, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) spends a strange weekend at the family home of his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) in “Get Out.” UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Gal Gadot cries, Timberlake is ‘arm candy’ at breakfast LISTEN UP Andrea Mandell SONG OF THE WEEK USA TODAY LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Lawrence fangirled over Wonder Woman, Justin Timberlake got roasted by Angelina Jolie, and Sarah Silverman addressed the elephant in the room. Such highlights abounded at The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment breakfast, where A-listers and powerful producers gather annually to support each other and award scholarships to underprivileged young women. As the token male on stage, Timberlake cut a joke. “I’d like to say to all of the women — strong, beautiful souls — I’m happy to be here to be your arm candy,” he said to laughter. “Angelina warned me that I was basically only here to be objectified. I said that’s absolutely fair.” The fires raging around the city were also top of mind; it was announced honoree Amy Pascal couldn’t attend because of area closures. Silverman dryly addressed the omnipresent topic of sexual harassment in Hollywood when she opened up the breakfast. “I just want to say before I start that I’ve been asked about my stance on sexual assault in Hollywood,” she said from the podium. “And this is as good a time as any to express exactly how I feel on it. (Pause) I’m against it. OK — hello!” Indeed, the tone seems to have shifted from sharing personal stories, as seen at events of late, to overarching messages of larger solutions while striving for equality and progress. When Jolie took the stage, she began on a lighter note, riffing that like many, her morning began with typical mom stuff, like overseeing “last-minute homework ... and debating the importance of brushing teeth.” But she ultimately implored those in the room to aid oppressed women around the world to tell their stories. “We have a level of freedom that is unimaginable for millions of other women around the world,” Jolie said. “Women who live with conflict and terrorism and displacement and poverty. Whose voices are always silenced.” Sufjan Stevens, ‘Tonya Harding’ Sufjan Stevens is going into Oscar season as a serious contender for best original song, thanks to his two exquisite compositions for the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack, Mystery of Love and Visions of Gideon. This week, the singer/songwriter shared an additional song he submitted to a 2018 Oscars contender: Tonya Harding, an ode to the figure skater at the center of the new biopic I, Tonya. The plaintive track didn’t make it into the film, but that hasn’t lessened Stevens’ appreciation for the tragic figure at its center. – Maeve McDermott Gal Gadot and Justin Timberlake share a laugh at “The Hollywood Reporter” Women In Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday. JESSE GRANT/GETTY IMAGES Later, while announcing scholarships from the stage, Timberlake was visibly moved by the teary excitement of the gathered 18 young women who had been mentored by Hollywood professionals. Each was given a $10,000 scholarship, and four women were awarded full rides to Loyola Marymount University. “Oh, my God, I’ve got to have a daughter,” he said. “I’m ruined after today.” Then came Gadot, who strode in mid-breakfast surprising with a new Wonder Woman scholarship furnished by Warner Bros. She wiped tears from her eyes after young student Carla Arellano was awarded funds to finish her schooling. J-Law geeked out over Gadot, just a little. “She truly is Wonder Woman,” the actress said on stage. “She came up to me at an awards show, and I just went (speechless). She was so gorgeous. I didn’t recognize her. I was like who is — what is that?” Lawrence, who received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, ended the breakfast saying she was determined to use her voice for good and recited an Elie Wiesel quote. “It’s not easy to speak out,” she said. “It’s not easy to face criticism on a global scale. But the fact is, I’ve been given a platform, and I feel that if I don’t use it, I don’t deserve it.” “Let’s be outspoken,” Lawrence said. “Let’s be resilient. Let’s all be silence breakers.” PLAYLIST Santa Claus is Coming to Town Burl Ives I have a video of my 4-year-old daughter and I singing this classic ... and boy does she steal the show! – JO The Christmas Song Nat King Cole Simply nostalgia at its finest. To me, the best Christmas songs are ones that are classics, and there’s no song out there more classic or honeyed in nostalgia than this one. – JB In the Bleak Midwinter Susan Boyle If only Jeff Buckley covered this poetic masterpiece. – JO Christmas Time is Here Vince Guaraldi Trio Any song from Vince Guaraldi’s iconic Peanuts Christmas album can be found on my playlist 365 days a year. – JB Blue Christmas Elvis Presley The all-time shining example of how to perform and conceive a rock & roll Christmas song. Combined with its vintage sound and Elvis’ vocals, this song is a Christmastime essential. – JO Rudolph Burl Ives Nothing better for medley long car rides to Grandma’s house. – JO Ave Maria The Carpenters It’s Karen Carpenter ... what more could you ask for? I love the entire Carpenters Christmas Collection, and this song in particular is a great Americana-flavored version of an international classic. – JB White Christmas Bing Crosby Bingo! – JO Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson Sleigh Ride wasn’t originally written with lyrics, and as an often instrumental-only songwriter, I feel the need to defend Leroy Anderson’s work! This song is a musical sleigh ride all on its own. – JB The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Johnny Mathis Besides being an iconic musician, personal idol, and (amazingly) a collaborator of mine, Johnny’s version of this song has always managed to get me into the holiday spirit. – JB Jim Brickman and John Ondrasik DUSTON TODD Grammy-nominated artists John Ondrasik (aka Five For Fighting) and Jim Brickman have teamed up to send a message of love and support to the troops this holiday season with their new holiday song, Christmas Where You Are. To celebrate the song’s release, Ondrasik and Brickman collaborated on a holiday playlist for USA TODAY, featuring Christmas classics and newer favorites. 9T USA TODAY ❚ SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 MOVIES In theaters this weekend A Bad Moms Christmas eeEE Plot: A trio of underappreciated women have their holidays turned upside down when their own bad moms come to town. Directors: Jon Lucas and Scott Moore Compiled from reviews by USA TODAY film critics 1 hour, 44 minutes It Rating: R Upside: Kathryn Hahn singlehandedly keeps the sequel entertaining with over-the-top crassness. Downside: It’s missing a lot of the cleverness and rebellious nature of the hit original. Plot: A band of small-town teenagers must stave off the return of a dark force manifesting itself as an evil clown. Director: Andy Muschietti eeeE eeeE Plot: TWA pilot Barry Seal (Tom Cruise) gets involved in gun running and drug smuggling while working for the CIA and the Medellín cartel. Director: Doug Liman 1 hour, 55 minutes Justice League Rating: R Upside: Cruise is full of his usual charisma but gives his embattled pilot a needed and hilarious sense of desperation. Downside: The action is well-paced, but the momentum derails when Barry’s family gets sucked into his illegal dealings. Plot: Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) gather a group of superhumans to face an invading alien threat. Director: Zack Snyder 2 hours, 44 minutes Murder on the Orient Express Rating: R Upside: A super-stylish and deeply human sequel that outclasses the original sci-ﬁ classic. Downside: The runtime is a bit staggering, but at least it’s never boring. Plot: A detective (Kenneth Branagh) has to question a slew of suspects when a murder occurs on a luxury train. Director: Kenneth Branagh eeeE eeee Plot: A futuristic cop (Ryan Gosling) unearths a discovery that could throw the balance between mankind and bioengineered beings into chaos. Director: Denis Villeneuve eeeg Plot: A Mexican boy (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) has musical dreams that lead him to visit his deceased family in the Land of the Dead. Directors: Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina 1 hour, 49 minutes Only the Brave Rating: PG Upside: Pixar’s most songﬁlled effort to date is a joyful tale about identity and love for family. Downside: It’s unabashed in its emotional manipulation, though you won’t mind by the time you realize it. Plot: The true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, the elite ﬁreﬁghting unit that lost 19 members in a 2013 Arizona wildﬁre. Directors: Joseph Kosinski Plot: Dads Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) are back with new headaches — their own visiting fathers (Mel Gibson and John Lithgow). Director: Sean Anders 1 hour, 40 minutes Thor: Ragnarok Rating: PG-13 Upside: Branagh is solid on both sides of the camera, especially as the awesomely mustached supersleuth. Downside: The all-star cast is wasted on an overly complicated, ponderous murder mystery. 2 hours, 13 minutes Rating: PG-13 Upside: Josh Brolin smolders as supervisor Eric Marsh, who makes a family of his crew, played by James Badge Dale, Taylor Kitsch and Miles Teller. Downside: Kosinski pulls no punches in the emotional ending, which will bring tears to the hardest of viewers. Rating: PG-13 Upside: Like all dysfunctional holidays, this unfunny, crude movie eventually ends and everyone goes home. Downside: Gibson is the absolute wrong choice to play Wahlberg’s womanizing, boozing father. Plot: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) rounds up a squad to keep the goddess of death (Cate Blanchett) from taking over the realm of Asgard. Director: Taika Waititi eeeE 2 hours, 10 minutes Rating: PG-13 Upside: Hemsworth gets a chance to showcase his comedic muscles along with his beefy biceps. Downside: The movie struggles with tone and leans zany to a fault. MARVEL STUDIOS PARAMOUNT PICTURES eeeE Plot: A struggling actor (Dave Franco) helps his eccentric ﬁlmmaker friend (James Franco) see his vision through on his dream ﬁlm, “The Room.” Director: James Franco 1 hour, 54 minutes SONY PICTURES eEEE The Disaster Artist eeEE eeeg PIXAR Daddy’s Home 2 Rating: PG-13 Upside: The A-list movie does justice to its comic-book characters and offers quite a bit of underlying emotion. Downside: A bad CGI villain, narrative issues and a lack of character development don’t do the ﬁlm any favors. 20TH CENTURY FOX WARNER BROS. Coco 1 hour, 59 minutes WARNER BROS. UNIVERSAL PICTURES Blade Runner 2049 Rating: R Upside: The movie offers a talented young cast and an emphasis on heart rather than all horror. Downside: A long runtime and unnecessary subplots upend the grand ambitions. WARNER BROS. STX ENTERTAINMENT American Made 2 hours, 15 minutes 1 hour, 45 minutes Wonder Rating: R Upside: James Franco is hilarious and fantastic as the eccentric indie director at the heart of the ﬁlm. Downside: Some of the ﬁlm’s funniest moments might be lost on those who haven’t seen cult hit “The Room.” Plot: Life for the Pullmans orbits around Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), a child with extreme facial irregularities. When his parents (Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson) decide it’s time to stop home-schooling him, they pray the world will welcome their son. Directors: Stephen Chbosky AP eeeE 1 hour, 53 minutes Rating: PG Upside: Fifth grade can be a treacherous place, but the good guys outrun the school bullies in this heartwarming tale. Downside: There is no downside. We could all use a dose of goodness right now. LIONSGATE Irresistibly athletic. Irresistibly lucrative. Download our free app, now with virtual reality. Feed your inner fan with in-depth player interviews, up-to-the-minute scores, and the most thrilling moments in sports. Download our free app, now with virtual reality. Tend to your growing financial future. 10T SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY Angels pull off stunner, win Ohtani sweepstakes Bob Nightengale Columnist USA TODAY We don’t even know him, but we’re mesmerized by him. We’ve never seen him play, but we’re fascinated by him. Come on, has there ever been a free agent in baseball history that has captivated Major League Baseball like Shohei Ohtani, stunning us with every single move he made. Ohtani, the Babe Ruth of Japan, saving his latest trick for last, made the staggering decision Friday announcing that he will be sign with the Los Angeles Angels. Really. The ugly step-sister of the Los Angeles market, the team that L.A. has forgotten, suddenly just cold-cocked the powerful New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs to bring Ohtani to little ol’ Anaheim, Calif. This is the Angels’ greatest free-agent heist since they signed Reggie Jackson. They have the greatest player in the game in Mike Trout, a shoo-in Hall of Famer in Albert Pujols, a power-hitter in Justin Upton, a Gold Glove whiz in Andrelton Simmons, and now have the most fascinating player in all of baseball. Shohei Ohtani is about to become a household name in the U.S., and he belongs to the Angels, who gets the man every single team coveted. Trout may be getting married Saturday, but no one is going to provide a greater present than GM Billy Eppler who delivered Ohtani. Instantly, the Angels are a legitimate AL West contender. “Awesome,’’ Pujols said. The Angels not only get a two-way player who immediately becomes their ace, and a potential force in their lineup, but he also becomes the biggest gate attraction in the game. Forget Disneyland, Angel Stadium is now the Happiest Place on Earth. Really, you can’t help but be happy for the Angels, who haven’t won a playoff game since 2009, for simply signing a 23-year-old kid with the innocence of a Japanese star Shohei Ohtani has agreed to sign with the Angels. KAZUHIRO NOGI KAZUHIRO NOGI, AFP/GETTY IMAGES 6-year-old seeing his first bicycle under the Christmas tree. You’ve got to admire a guy who ignores the idea of waiting two years to sign a $200 million contract as a free agent, snubs all of the big-market clubs, and signs with the Angels where he hopes to simply blend into Orange County as one of Trout’s co-workers. He’s a small-time kid with huge values. He didn’t care about the marketsize. Branding. Or Hollywood. This is a guy who had a $200 million lottery ticket, ripped it up, and decided to go to work at the nearby McDonald’s. How can anyone begrudge an athlete like this? Ohtani just wants to play baseball, and it was baseball that attracted him to the blue-collar Angels. “While there has been much specula- tion about what would drive Shohei’s decision,’’ agent Nez Balelo said, “what mattered to him most wasn’t market size, time zone or league, but that he felt a true bond with the Angels. “He sees this as the best environment to develop and reach the next level and attain his career goals. “More than ever, I believe this is not only a special talent but a man of special character, and I’m like everyone else, I’m excited to see him in Major League Baseball.’’ And there’s where you’ll see him, on the playing field, each and every day for the Angels, whether he’s on the mound, at the plate, or on the field. The Angels shouldn’t have to ever worry about this small-town kid falling in love with the limelight, and going off the deep end at night. Ohtani would rather be riding the tea cups at Disneyland every afternoon than driving across town to the Playboy Mansion at night. Then again, considering he still doesn’t have a driver’s license, he may not be going anywhere besides his home and Angel Stadium, anyways. In time, we’ll see what kind of player he develops into as he becomes acclimated to life in the big leagues. We’ll find out whether he can really become a 20game winner, a consistent 30-homer/30-stolen base player, and a Gold Glove outfielder. He could be a star in the making, or a kid who had no chance to live up to the hype. But no matter what happens, the kid has got our attention. Oh, boy, does he ever. Bradley seeks title after World Cup miss Martin Rogers USA TODAY Michael Bradley still wrestles with the disappointment of missing out on the World Cup, and there is no shortage of reminders. The draw for next summer’s tournament was last week. Fox is beginning to crank out its promo segments. And he gets asked about the USA failing to qualify — a lot. Yet while Saturday’s MLS Cup final provides the U.S. captain with the chance to end the domestic season on a high note, by leading Toronto FC to its first Major League Soccer title since the club was formed in 2007, it would do little to erase the memories from Oct. 10. That was when the Americans went down to Trinidad and Tobago and fell to a 2-1 defeat against the bottom team in the CONCACAF regional qualifying pool, condemning themselves to an empty summer in 2018. “They are two completely different things,” Bradley told USA TODAY in a telephone interview, when asked if taking Toronto all the way would soothe his lingering annoyance. “That goes for both the good times and the bad times. When you play on a national team you have a responsibility to focus on the task at hand. It is important to switch gears quickly and not let that emotion carry over. I know that when I came back to Toronto, I had to make sure none of the frustration of what happened transmitted itself.” Bradley is not the only MLS Cup finalist in a similar position. His Toronto teammate Jozy Altidore also played in Trinidad. From the Seattle Sounders team they will face, Clint Dempsey came on as a substitute in Trinidad while Jordan Morris was absent that night but played a significant role during the doomed qualifying campaign. All of them expected to progress in the tournament. Not only had the USA reached the previous seven World Cups in a row, but during that period it also had established itself, with Mexico, as one of two dominant forces in its region. Staying home, while Panama goes to the World Cup for the first time and Honduras came close in a playoff, stings. However, Bradley has an important task at hand and has come to cherish life in Toronto since moving back to MLS from Europe in 2014. The club enjoys the fulsome support of its city, and after struggling in the early years, Toronto is now reaping some of the benefits of prolonged player investment. Winning the Supporters Shield, given to the team with the best regular-season record, was a major step forward for a team that missed out on the playoffs in each of its first eight seasons. But what everyone truly craves is a championship, especially after the pain of losing on penalty kicks to Seattle in last year’s final. “This is a sports-mad city,” Bradley added. “I have learned that from living here, and you come to understand the history and what it means. But I learned even more and felt even closer because of what happened last year. “It is not normal for a fan base to suffer such disappointment and heartache and to respond to it by giving such love like they showed us. It was so powerful. They Toronto FC midfielder Michael Bradley (4) battles for the ball with Columbus Crew midfielder Will Trapp (20) during the Eastern Conference championship Nov. 29. DAN HAMILTON/USA TODAY SPORTS could have been angry or pointed fingers, but they did the opposite. It makes us so much more motivated to give them a time to celebrate to the fullest, because they deserve that.” Toronto put together one of the most dominant regular seasons in MLS history this year, losing just five times across the campaign and finishing well clear of the pack. That run, combined with narrow playoff victories over the New York Red Bulls and the Columbus Crew, means it has the right to host Saturday’s showdown. Seattle, however, thrives in big games, is coming off a resounding victory over the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference final and is full of confidence. Dempsey won the MLS Comeback Player of the Year award for his successful return from a layoff caused by a heart condition and is hungry for success. “Last year it was tough not being on the field and being able to battle with the guys,” Dempsey said. “The longer the game went the more nervous I got.” However, his medically enforced absence from soccer has provided a further spur to clinch more silverware as his career approaches its twilight. “You start enjoying it more,” Dempsey added, talking about his feelings since coming back. “You are still able to compete at a high level doing what you love. I have never been a guy who took things for granted too much. I really don’t now.” USA SNAPSHOTS© 276 miles Combined distance1 of all tee shots hit by Mac Hughes in the 2016-17 PGA Tour season, nearly equal to the length of Pennsylvania (283 miles) from east to west. 1 –Hughes tallied a combined 485,366 yards on his par-3, par-4 and par-5 tee shots. SOURCE PGA TOUR ELLEN J. HORROW, JANET LOEHRKE/USA TODAY 11T USA TODAY ❚ SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 ARMY VS. NAVY Monken fuels Knights’ resurgence Army has 16 wins in last 2 seasons Paul Myerberg USA TODAY Every time Army football players enter the team’s meeting room they pass a picture commemorating last year’s win against Navy, a not-so-subtle reminder of the Cadets’ one-game winning streak in the series. Maybe it’s not the longest winning streak in the history of college football’s national rivalry. But after more than a decade of losing to the Midshipmen, Army won’t argue about the semantics. “It’s a great memory for our program,” Army head coach Jeff Monken said. “It’s different maybe from any other game. There is such a great sense of pride in winning this game.” It’s easy to point to that win, the team’s first against Navy since 2001, as the turning point for a program quickly gaining steam. After reaching a bowl game last fall, Army enters Saturday’s matchup with Navy already having matched last year’s eight-win total. Not since 1990 had the Cadets notched backto-back winning seasons, and not since 1984-85 had they won as many games in a two-year span. But the reality is that last year’s win was long coming — Army was knocking on Navy’s door in both 2015 and 2014, losing both games by a single possession. The narrow setbacks hurt, as rivalry losses tend to do, but they came with a message: Army was closing the gap. “Every one of these games that I’ve been a part of us has been special,” Monken said. “It’s two teams that will battle it out as hard as they can on every snap for 60 minutes. It’s truly a privilege for all of us in this game to represent the people that we do. I think that’s the thing that makes this rivalry the best, not the game itself but all those it represents.” It might have seemed impossible just three seasons ago, or at best improbable — such was Navy’s seemingly insurmountable edge in the rivalry. But ending its long losing streak was just the first step for Army, which under Monken’s direction has turned from national hasbeen to annual bowl participant. And the Army coach Jeff Monken celebrates with players after defeating Duke Nov. 11 in West Point, N.Y. DANNY WILD/USA TODAY SPORTS Cadets might be only getting started. A victory against Navy would give the Cadets four wins against bowl-eligible competition, with one, against Duke in November, coming against a member of the Power Five. A win would hand the Cadets undisputed claim to the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, an award signifying the winner of the academies’ triangular series, for the first time since 1996. “You can’t get too complacent,” senior running back John Trainor said. “It’s about getting better, because you can always get better at what you’re doing.” It might have taken a coach with Monken’s background to reverse Army’s nearly 20-year run among the weakest programs in the Football Bowl Subdivision, which saw the Cadets cycle through five head coaches and nearly as many failed offensive schemes. While Army struggled, Monken was learning the option offense from the source: Beginning at Georgia Southern in 1997, he spent more than a decade as an assistant under current Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson — including six seasons as the running backs coach at Navy. It took the right coach with the right offense at the right time, and more than a little bit of patience. The Cadets won just six games in Monken’s first two seasons, due in no small part to an inconsistent running game, but the offense has since turned the corner: Army ranked second nationally in rushing yards per game last season and enters Saturday leading the entire FBS, one spot above Navy, and ranks fourth in yards per carry. In the standings, at least, the arrow is pointing up. Having already booked a spot in the Armed Forces Bowl, a matchup with San Diego State, the Cadets need to win one of their final two games to exceed last year’s win total. The results are uniformly positive: Army is winning games at a clip unmatched in years. But the next step is the hardest. Much like Navy before them, the Cadets successfully have reversed an extended stretch of mediocrity, if not worse. The Midshipmen then took the next step, earning a national ranking in 2004, notching a perception-changing win against Notre Dame in 2007 and not missing a beat when Johnson was replaced by Ken Niumatalolo a year later — Navy has won at least eight games in eight of the last nine seasons. “Our main goal is just to win every single game,” Trainor said. “Not look forward to any other game, just focus on the next week, next day, next practice, and at the end of the day just look up at the scoreboard and hopefully end up on the winning side.” Army enters Saturday knocking on the door of that next step. Having already moved into the small class of Group of Five programs capable of annual bowl appearances, the next rung on the ladder is double-figure wins and borderline top-25 contention — a strong possibility with wins against the Midshipmen and San Diego State to end the season. Navy’s Jasper balances job, son’s health issues You need to get here.” Ivin arrived less than an hour later, in time to hear another update: “We’re doing all we can for him.” “You hear that in the movies sometimes,” he says. “I don’t ever want to hear those words, ‘We’re doing all we can for him.’ What do you mean? He came in, there’s nothing wrong with him. ‘We’re doing all we can for him.’ They’re talking like he’s not gonna make it. I cannot believe this. That was the worst day. It was when our life changed.” George Schroeder USA TODAY ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Outside the comfortable two-story house at the end of a quiet cul de sac, a simple metal sign proclaims: “BEAT ARMY.” It is the only evidence of the most important goal, ever and always, for anyone associated with Navy football — and until now, that has included the Jasper family. “This game,” Donna Jasper says, “as long as you win, all the little ups and downs we had all year long — it will take them all away and it will make the season better.” And Ivin Jasper, Donna’s husband and Navy’s longtime offensive coordinator, acknowledges: “We’re not having the year we want to have. But one week can change everything.” One phone call, too. Jasper got one Wednesday afternoon, just before practice. It wasn’t the one he has been waiting on for so many months now. But he dropped evething and left, uncertain when he might return. To beat Army means everything — until it means nothing. For the Jaspers, what matters is a teenage son with big dreams and a bad heart. Jarren Jasper is 14. He needs a heart transplant, which is why Ivin and Donna keep their phones very close at all times. When a call comes, they check for area code 202 and prefix 476 — hoping it’s from Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and praying it’s a heart. “Is this it?” Ivin wonders. “But it’ll be confirming his appointment.” Wednesday when his phone rang, it was something else. Jarren had gone in for tests. Doctors didn’t like what they saw. Ivin didn’t like what he heard. Thursday afternoon, the Jaspers returned home. Ivin went to practice. More tests are scheduled for Friday morning. No one is certain whether he will coach Saturday against the Black Knights. Football? Beating Army? “Really, none of that matters,” Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo says. “Your kids, ‘Next big coaching job’ Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper poses with his son, Jarren, who is waiting for a heart transplant. JASPER FAMILY PHOTO your family — lives are what matters.” ‘When our life changed’ Giant photos of the Jaspers’ three children playing sports adorn the walls of their home, as well as Ivin’s office at the Naval Academy. Dallas, their daughter, is a junior volleyball player at Saint Leo University in Florida. Jaylen is a freshman volleyball player at Stanford. Jarren, who was a fixture at Navy football practices since before he could crawl, is a very good athlete, too. And although his best sport might be basketball, he has played football since kindergarten — first at running back, then later receiver and quarterback — and was looking forward to playing on the freshman team at Broadneck High School last fall. Then during a routine physical exam last summer, a doctor detected an irregular heartbeat. A visit to a cardiologist followed, then to an electrophysiologist. And then Aug. 4, Jarren underwent a catheter ablation, in which doctors attempt to destroy tiny portions of the heart muscle to arrest the irregular heartbeat. No one was especially concerned. Ivin Jasper had a similar procedure because of similar symptoms years earlier, when he was a teenager. The procedure took longer than expected. And then Jarren’s heart swelled. And then it stopped. A nurse emerged from the operating room to provide a vague but troubling update: “We’re having a little difficulty.” Donna called Ivin: “Something’s wrong. On Oct. 5, after two months in the hospital, Jarren went home with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD), which was implanted to do the heart’s work. It’s battery-powered or plugged into the wall. Even so, life has settled into a routine. He struggles to walk because of nerve damage related to the placement, during those first days in the hospital, of an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) device, which took over Jarren’s heart function until the LVAD replaced it. But he rarely dwells on his situation. “I just kind of try to think about other things,” Jarren says. “I don’t want to be sitting here just thinking about that and keep waiting and waiting.” When Ivin left the office that day in August, he didn’t really return for several weeks. When Jarren’s status stabilized, he began spending more time with the team. Ivin has mostly worked regular hours, up and out of the house early and back late. He says the season has been a release for him. When the season ends, Ivin plans with Niumatalolo’s blessing to take some time away from football. His goal will be to help Jarren back to health. And he dreams of a day when Jarren has that new heart and father and son take an RV across the country, taking detours to sight-see, finishing in California where they’ll visit Jaylen. “That’s my next big coaching job,” Ivin says, “is to get him back.” 12T SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 ❚ USA TODAY WEATHER WEATHER ONLINE USATODAY.COM TODAY’S FORECAST Seattle 48/34pc Helena 42/20s Portland 49/30pc NATIONAL FORECAST Bismarck 41/31s Portland 37/27sn Billings 53/33s Boise 34/19c Mpls-St. Paul 25/17pc Albany 35/24pc Rapid City 54/35s Sacramento 63/35s San Francisco 64/48s Salt Lake City 40/21s Denver 60/30s Las Vegas 65/41s Los Angeles 81/57pc San Diego 76/55pc Milwaukee Detroit 32/18sf 34/19sn Cleveland 36/22sn Chicago Pittsburgh 32/19sf 40/22sf Indianapolis Omaha 35/18sn 37/23s St. Louis Washington 37/21pc Cincinnati 37/30sn Kansas City 37/19sn 40/22s Wichita Charlotte 50/25s 43/23sn Nashville Memphis Tulsa 43/22c 46/24pc 51/28s Casper 39/21s Phoenix 75/50s PRECIPITATION Albuquerque 52/27s Little Rock 51/24s Dallas-Fort Worth 60/33s Houston 60/32s El Paso 56/29s San Antonio 66/35s Birmingham 47/23pc Hawaii Precipitation c Cloudy dr Drizzle f Fog h Haze Below 10 10s Thunderstorms i Ice r Rain pc Partly cloudy s Sunny 20s Rain 30s Showers sf Snow flurries sh Showers 50s Snow Miami 77/49r Honolulu 83/69pc Hilo 79/64pc Juneau 47/39r 40s Baltimore 36/24sn Charleston 49/29r Atlanta 44/25s Tampa 65/44r Alaska Anchorage 32/29c Temperatures (°F) New York 35/31sn Philadelphia 37/28sn Orlando 65/38r New Orleans 52/37s Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather Inc. ©2017 Boston 36/30sn 60s 70s Snow flurries sn Snow w Windy t Thunderstorms 80s 90s 100s 110+ Ice / wintry mix Note: The forecast highs are for the 24-hour period of that day. 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