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Iowa bicycle rides will be held on different weeks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Organizers of a new statewide bicycle ride are changing the date of their planned event so it doesn’t conflict with an annual ride that dates to the 1970s.

Organizers of Iowa’s Ride announced Friday on the group’s Facebook page that the ride would be held from July 12 to July 18, a week earlier than previously planned.

The change means the ride won’t overlap with the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI, scheduled for July 19 to July 25. RAGBRAI is organized by The Des Moines Register.

Iowa’s Ride also will move from east to west, while RAGBRAI traditionally travels west to east.

The former director of RAGBRAI and his staff resigned and launched the rival event amid a backlash over the Register’s handling of a story involving fundraiser Carson King.

Google to launch streaming gaming service

(CNN) -- Google is about to take a big step into the video game market with a service that some have likened to a Netflix for games.

On Tuesday, Google will officially launch Stadia, a service for streaming and playing games without needing to own a hard copy or even a console. At launch, the service will support a lackluster lineup of a dozen games — with more already in the works — and a reasonable price tag.

Google will be competing with a daunting list of rivals in the industry who are betting the future of video games lies in the cloud rather than just physical hardware. Microsoft is currently testing its Project xCloud service and Amazon is rumored to be working on its own cloud gaming service. Sony recently slashed prices on its cloud gaming service, Playstation Now, ahead of Stadia's launch.

"The technology is possible, but it requires a company like a Google to really make it a reality," Google Stadia head Phil Harrison told CNN Business.The games available at launch include: "Red Dead Redemption 2," "Assassin's Creed Odyssey," "Just Dance 2020," and three "Tomb Raider" games.

While Sony's Playstation Now service, for example, only works on PC and console, Google's supports a wider mix of platforms. Stadia works on TVs with a Chromecast Ultra dongle as well as on most computers with a Chrome browser and on newer Pixel phones. More devices are slated to be added in 2020.

People will have to buy a special subscription bundle if they want to play on Stadia this year. The $129.99 Premiere Edition will include a Stadia controller, a Chromecast dongle, three months of a Stadia streaming subscription and a free pass so a friend can also play for three months. The company is currently taking pre-orders for the Premiere Edition.

Next year, Google will release another streaming subscription option called Stadia Pro, which will cost $9.99 a month and include a rotating free game, as well as discounts for purchasing select individual titles. The company will also offer a free-to-play version of Stadia with a lower resolution.

The games available at launch include: "Red Dead Redemption 2," "Assassin's Creed Odyssey," "Just Dance 2020," and three "Tomb Raider" games.

Analysts agree that content will make or break Stadia. "Google is not in the content business, so they're going to have to learn that part," said Joost van Dreunen, managing director at SuperData, a Nielsen company that analyzes the video game industry.

The titles available on launch may not be particularly compelling given that "Destiny 2" is already available for free elsewhere and "Tomb Raider" originally came out in 2013. But there's hope for Stadia on the horizon. Unreleased games such as "Marvel's Avengers," "Watchdogs: Legion" and "Cyberpunk 2077" have already announced support for Stadia.

Google is also making its own games through its Stadia Games and Entertainment studio. It's headed by Jade Raymond, a Google VP who previously worked at Sony, Electronic Arts and Ubisoft. Harrison confirmed that original content could be available starting next year.

Stadia launches in 14 countries on Tuesday, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, France, and Italy. Google plans to expand it to more countries next year.

Coal Valley couple’s Christmas display grows again this year

COAL VALLEY, Illinois-- It's already starting to look like Christmas in the Quad Cities with some early snow, and now a Coal Valley couple is taking their annual holiday display to the next level.

Toney and Steph Genova's Christmas display is 12 years strong, growing bigger each season. The weekend of Nov. 15, 2019, the two put up more than 80 inflatables outside their home at 1709 East Third Street, yet still had about 25 more to go.

They make their cheerful display look effortless, but for over a week there's a lot of time and work put into it.

"It's time-consuming but it's a lot of fun," Toney said.

The work starts inside, replacing broken fans and rewiring LED lights. Toney makes sure each inflatable character is ready to go.

"Plug it in, make sure it works and move onto the next pile," he explained. "I'll tape up the wires at the end, and I'll bind them together and tape them up again."

It's a strategy the Genova family has down after putting up a massive display for years.

"One day, we were in Sam's Club, probably about 12years ago, we saw a big 12-footer or 15-footer so we bought it, put it up in the yard," Toney said. "Kind of grew from there. Next thing you know, we built a shed to house them because we couldn't house them in the garage because the ceiling was caving in."

The display now overflows into the neighbors' yards.

"We're actually starting a lot earlier than we did last year, but we've already had people stopping by, making sure we're doing it," Steph said. "It's nice to see that we're spreading happiness to the other people because we enjoy it."

This year, the two are adding music for the first time and a big red mailbox for children to send their wish lists to Santa.

They're also accepting donations for food baskets for the less fortunate.

They'll have applications to receive a gift basket on their new Facebook page. Those applications are accepted through Dec. 18.

Trump attacks another witness as his impeachment defense faces new tests

(CNN) -- President Donald Trump's impeachment angst led him to fire off a new attack on a key witness and threatens to deepen in the frenetic week ahead with crucial testimony scheduled from officials caught in the middle of the Ukraine storm.

A brew of competing scandals and controversies will jostle for attention in Washington. That includes fallout from a mysterious and unscheduled trip to a hospital on Saturday, his fight against efforts to reveal his tax records and firing off searing attacks on witnesses who criticize him in televised hearings.

The President opened a window into the state of his mind Sunday when he lashed out against Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, who described his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in her deposition as "inappropriate."

An appearance on Wednesday from Gordon Sondland, the US envoy to the European Union, could prove to be the most pivotal moment so far of the inquiry into whether Trump abused his power.

The former GOP donor is emerging as Trump's top point of contact with Ukranian officials as the President pushed for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a possible 2020 rival.

Other witnesses have testified that Sondland had a direct line to the President and as saying that the only thing Trump cared about in relations with Ukraine was his own political advantage.

That leaves Sondland facing a dilemma -- does he seek to protect the President when he testifies under oath or can he mitigate his own exposure? He may not be able to do both.

But Sondland is not the only witness with the capacity to damage the President's case this week. At least eight current and former officials are expected to testify in a dramatic week of televised hearings that are likely to infuriate Trump and may tie him more directly to the scheme to go around official US foreign policy channels to heap pressure on Ukraine.

Trump blasted Williams in a tweet as part of a band of "Never Trumpers, who I don't know & mostly never even heard of." Pence's office pointedly declined to defend Williams -- with a spokeswoman apparently seeking to downplay her importance to the vice president by saying she was a staffer on assignment from the State Department.

The President's attack may be an attempt to discredit public testimony from Williams due on Tuesday when she is scheduled to appear alongside Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a senior National Security Council official who has also criticized Trump.

Trump's assault follows his attack on former US ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony at a televised hearing on Friday in a tweet that sparked a debate over whether he was guilty of witness tampering -- with some Democrats suggesting the episode could be folded into articles of impeachment.

Tell Jennifer Williams, whoever that is, to read BOTH transcripts of the presidential calls, & see the just released ststement from Ukraine. Then she should meet with the other Never Trumpers, who I don’t know & mostly never even heard of, & work out a better presidential attack!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019

'This is not OK'

The building sense of crisis was reflected in comments by one of the President's top Republican defenders, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio on Sunday.

"As I've said from the beginning, this is not OK," Turner told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

"The President of the United States shouldn't even in the original phone call be on the phone with the president of another country and raise his political opponent."

Still, Turner argued that there was no "quid pro quo" or smoking gun that should lead to the President being removed from office. His comments reflect the uncomfortable spot Republicans find themselves facing as more and more evidence contradicts the White House claim that nothing underhand took place.

Trump has already warned his party not to adopt a face-saving approach in which lawmakers could criticize his behavior but argue that it does not meet the constitutional standard for impeachment.

There is so far no sign of Trump's Republican firewall crumbling in the Democratic-led House -- which is expected to vote to impeach before the end of the year, or the Senate where a two-thirds majority would be needed to convict him and oust him from office after an impeachment trial.

But the political price that Republicans may pay for saving the President -- especially among vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection next year appears to be rising.

According to a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll in Iowa, members of both parties in the state see the inquiry as a boost to their party's chances of winning the general election next November.

Trump's defense was further undermined by the latest witness testimony released over the weekend that appeared to show him more closely tied to the center of the scheme to pressure Ukraine.

This followed a grim week in which several State Department veterans painted a picture of a rogue operation that trashed longtime US national interests to serve Trump's political goals.

Roger Stone, the President's friend, was meanwhile convicted of lying to Congress, apparently in an effort to protect the President from embarrassment in a case linked to then-special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

And an unscheduled visit by the President to Walter Reed on Saturday sparked new intrigue and doubts over whether his staff was being truthful about his condition. White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said the President was in good health and went for a routine check-up.

Just 'Never Trumpers'?

An emerging line of defense for the President is that anyone critical of his conduct is simply a disaffected bureaucrat who never accepted him as President.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise suggested on "Fox News Sunday" that people criticizing the President were witnesses chosen by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to make Trump look bad.

"There are a lot of people who worked in the Trump administration who have very countering views to that and they've not been allowed to come forward," Scalise said.

And Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said the investigative process threatens executive privilege in the future, arguing on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that a public examination of the President's actions is damaging to the country.

"Having this all come out into public ... has exposed things that didn't need to be exposed," Johnson said.

But while the White House is targeting foreign service and current and former National Security Council staff who have testified, Trump has not allowed senior political staff -- including acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney -- to testify.

Democrats want to question Mulvaney over why the military aid to Ukraine was delayed at a point when Trump was leaning on the country's new government to investigate Biden.

Democrats on Sunday sought to turn up the heat on the President by arguing that he could clear up any questions and complaints about the process by appearing on Capitol Hill himself.

"If Donald Trump doesn't agree with what he's hearing, doesn't like what he's hearing, he shouldn't tweet. He should come to the committee and testify under oath and he should allow all those around him to come to the committee and testify under oath," the top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said.

As they grasped for anything that could improve their case, Republicans highlighted reported comments from Ukraine's foreign minister that the administration did not tell Kiev that there was a link between nearly $400 million in delayed US aid and the need to open an investigation into Biden.

But Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut told CNN that the Ukrainians -- locked in a desperate battle with Russian-backed separatists -- had an incentive to play down US pressure.

"The Ukrainians are always going to try to put a spin on this," Murphy said on "State of the Union."

"They won't accuse the President of extortion. They are presently reliant on the goodwill of Trump in order to keep their country safe."

The notion that the Trump team did not spell out a "quid pro quo" on military aid is undermined by a deposition, released Saturday, by Tim Morrison, a senior National Security Council official.

Morrison said he witnessed a conversation between Sondland and senior Ukrainian official Andriy Yermak in Poland.

He said the US envoy to the European Union told him that he suggested to the Ukrainians that military aid could be freed up if the Ukrainian prosecutor general went to a microphone and announced an investigation into Burisma, the energy giant on which Biden's son Hunter served as a board member. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens.

This and other revelations help explain why the appearance by Sondland will be so crucial.

On Friday, diplomatic aide David Holmes testified behind closed doors that he overheard a phone call in which Trump asked Sondland whether the Kiev government would open investigations he asked for the day before in his now notorious call with his Ukrainian counterpart.

Sondland told Trump that Ukrainian President Vlodymyr Zelensky "loves your ass" and that Ukraine was going to move forward with the probe Trump had asked for, according to a copy of an opening statement delivered by Holmes and obtained by CNN.

Two Arkansas chemistry professors accused of making meth

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas college chemistry professors have been arrested on charges of making meth, in an apparent case of life imitating art.

The Clark County sheriff’s office says Henderson State University professors Terry David Bateman and Bradley Allen Rowland were arrested Friday on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.

It wasn’t clear if they remained in jail Sunday, and a jail official said he couldn’t give out that information.

Tina Hall, a spokeswoman for the Arkadelphia-based school, says Bateman and Rowland have been on administrative leave since Oct. 11. She says three days earlier, police investigated a report of a chemical odor in the campus science center. She says the building reopened Oct. 29 after a company filtered the air.

The arrests drew comparisons to the central character in the hit TV series “Breaking Bad,” in which a high school chemistry teacher began making methamphetamine.

Clean energy gets greener as battery technology gets better

Blackouts could be a thing of the past as battery technology improves. This is also essential in making green energy resilient.

This year, as Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to millions of people in an effort to prevent wildfires for individual homes and communities. But if more batteries were considered, fewer areas would need to be cut off from the main generation stations. Batteries are being considered as a tool in wildfire prevention and are seen as a key to significantly reducing the emissions that drive climate change.

When connected to a renewable energy source such as solar panels or wind turbines, batteries can store any excess clean energy generated to be used as needed.

When demand peaks during hot, stagnant weather in the summer, clean energy sourced by the wind can power those air conditioning units! This extra energy can also reduce electricity bills for customers who choose to sell their power back to the grid when energy prices are highest.

MidAmerican Battery Storage facility in Knoxville, Iowa

In Iowa, MidAmerican Energy brought a battery storage facility online in November of last year.  The Knoxville, Iowa facility now provides 4-megawatt-hours of storage capacity. According to MidAmerican, that’s enough electricity to power almost 900 average Iowa homes for up to four hours.

Just as the cost of solar and wind energy has dropped in recent years, the price of battery energy storage is also declining—with a 76% drop in U.S. prices since 2012.

It’s not just homes and businesses that batteries can power, but electric vehicles store energy too.

Batteries supplied by low-carbon electricity sources have the potential to significantly decrease the 29% of US carbon dioxide emissions produced by the transportation sector.

Work is ongoing to make battery technology safer, more powerful, and more accessible. Doing this brings carbon-free energy system ever closer to reality…something that is essential in solving the climate crisis.

– Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

4 dead, 6 wounded in California football party shooting

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Four people were killed and six more wounded when “unknown suspects” sneaked into a backyard filled with people at a party in central California and fired into the crowd, police said.

The shooting took place about 6 p.m. on the Fresno’s southeast side, where people were gathered to watch a football game, Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley said.

Deputy Chief Michael Reid told the Fresno Bee and the KSEE/KGPE TV stations that a total of 10 people were shot, with three found dead in the backyard. A fourth person died at the hospital. Six others are expected to survive and are recovering at the hospital.

All the victims were Asian men ranging from ages 25 to 35, Reid said.

“What we do know is that this was a gathering, a family and friend gathering in the backyard,” Dooley said. “Everyone was watching football this evening when unknown suspects approached the residence, snuck into the backyard and opened fire.”

The victims were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in critical condition, and some are now stable, the TV stations reported.

About 35 people were at the party when the shooting began, Reid said.It was at least the second fatal gun attack Sunday in southeast Fresno, but police have not said whether the incidents could be connected.

“Thank God that no kids were hurt,” he said.

No one is in custody in connection with the shooting. Police said there was no immediate indication that the victims knew the shooter or shooters.

Police were going door-to-door in search of surveillance video that might help them track down the suspects. The shooting took place about a half-mile from the city’s airport.

Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in San Francisco were responding to the shooting, the Bee reported.

It was at least the second fatal gun attack Sunday in southeast Fresno, the Bee reported. A man in his 20s was shot to death early Sunday at a home in another part of the city. Police have not said whether the incidents could be connected.

Sunday’s shootings in Fresno also come on the heels of at least two mass shootings in California.

On Thursday, a 16-year-old student at a Southern California high school shot and killed two classmates and wounded three other teens before shooting himself in the head. He died the next day. And on Saturday, police in San Diego said a husband shot and killed his wife and three of their sons before killing himself. A fourth son wounded in the shooting was on life support Sunday, family members said.

Whitey’s Releases Exclusive Flavor to Celebrate Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s Harry Potter Concert Series

If you're a Harry Potter fan, you know what Butterbeer is - the delectable drink featured throughout the Harry Potter books.

Now, you can taste it in ice cream form - thanks to Whitey's Ice Cream and a special partnership with the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa.

Whitey's is unveiling a Butterbeer flavored ice cream that will only be sold at the Adler this Saturday, November 23rd during the Quad City Symphony Orchestra's "Harry Potter in Concert" Series. This is the third year of this special tradition, so concert-goers will watch the third movie based on the third Harry Potter book - "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" - while talented musicians play the score live.

Tickets are still available for the 2:00pm and 7:30pm shows. Click here for information.

Local country artist lands big gig

MUSCATINE, Iowa-- A typical jam session for Monica Austin and her band at Kavanaugh's in Davenport always leads to the same question.

"Everywhere that I've played, everyone that I've met they ask you 'What do you want to do?'" said Monica.

Ever since she started singing she knew the answer. She just didn't know how far it would take her.

"I want to be an artist like the artists I grew up watching those songwriters, the strong female vocalists in country like Wynonna Judd," said Monica.

Monica, a Muscatine, Iowa resident, has been singing covers and writing original music since 2012.

"We played quite a lot two or three times a week for a couple of years and switched out band members here and there and then I had two babies in three years," said Monica.

Busy with her three kids, music took it's place on the back burner. Now, it's time for the comeback.

"In the last year I started getting back out and playing again," said Monica.

Small gigs here and there but big things are coming in 2020.

"Someone from the venue called and said hey there's an opportunity," said Monica.  "I had to submit every video from the last seven years, they looked at reviews on my social media, they asked venue owners that I worked with they asked musicians that I'd work with."

An extremely long job interview, but Monica made the final cut and is opening up for Wynonna and the Big Noise during their stop at the Rust Belt in East Moline.

"I answered the phone and she just said you got it kid and I was just bawling for the next two days," said Monica. "It's just a huge honor makes all of the hard work a hundred percent worth it."

It will be a night full of firsts.

"This will be the first time I see her perform live and I'm opening," Monica said. "It's huge, I'm over the moon."

Monica has just three months away to sing through the jitters and make her community proud.

"Everyone in town said 'Oh we're going we have to get tickets we have to make t-shirts' and so I was watching the website and you could just see the seats like going, going, going and I'm like oh my gosh everyone I know is going to be there," said Monica.

The crowd is ready to cheer on one of their own.

"I wanna say I've been working on this specifically opening for Wynonna Judd the entire time," said Monica.

The concert is on Friday, February 21st at the Rust Belt.

Tickets are still available.

Tracking an active, but warm pattern this week

Ready for a break from our early flirt with winter? I know I am! I've got some good news this week as some warmth is finally returning to the forecast. It will come with a cost though, that being a more active pattern with a few chances for both rain and snow.

Monday will feature dry conditions as we will be between storm systems. With plenty of cloud cover left, temperatures won't rise much compared to this weekend as we stay close to the low 40s.

A weak system moves in by Monday evening and especially Tuesday morning bringing a brief rain/snow mix to the region. Most of this activity will only impact areas north of the Quad Cities between midnight and 6am on Tuesday morning. I wouldn't expect much of an impact in terms of road conditions with this system since there isn't a whole lot of moisture to work with.

The strongest system this week will develop by Wednesday as an area of low-pressure forms in the plains. In response to this strengthening storm system, a strong southerly flow will take over the region boosting our high temperatures well into the 50s for Wednesday afternoon. If we can manage to sneak in a few periods of sunshine, a stray 60° reading or two will be likely in some of our hometowns. The day will remain dry with rain chances increasing once we get into the evening hours.

This particular system will have a bit more moisture to work with and will lead to a widespread rain that will likely approach one inch in some areas. While we've been fairly dry lately, minus the snow, there will still be a little runoff from this rainfall that may lead to a brief, minor, rise on area creeks and streams. Any cold air that this system will try and work with to produce snow will remain locked up well to our north as the track takes this system to our northwest. Since we will also be on the warm side of this system, a rumble or two of thunder will also be possible, especially late Wednesday night as the rain begins.

The colder air will eventually catch up to us by Friday as temperatures fall into the 30s for daytime highs. This cooler air mass will remain with us through next weekend before another warming trend arrives for Thanksgiving Week.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

An estimated 4,500 cars leading procession for Missouri boy who died from battle with cancer

WASHINGTON, MO (KMOV) — A huge show of support is expected for a 14-year-old Washington, Missouri boy who died after a four-year battle with cancer.

Alec Ingram had been fighting osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, since April 2015. He passed away last week.

Recently News 4’s Steve Harris sat down with Alec who said his wish was to have sport cars lead the procession to his final resting place. News 4 has been following his journey since 2016.

And his wish will come true Sunday.

“Alec was just a kid we met. All of us cancer families just kind of know each other and stick together,” Dana Manley said. “Alec was into super cars and sports cars. So, we put out a flier on Facebook to get as many as we could.”

Manley’s organization, Sydney’s Soldiers Always, is named after her daughter who died from cancer. The organization recruited almost 4,500 sports and exotic cars. All cars will be led by a Camaro limo.

Several hundred cars met at Six Flags St. Louis Sunday morning and then drove to Washington, Missouri for the funeral at 1 p.m. The estimated 4,500 cars then led the procession at 2 p.m.

A bald eagle was shot in Oregon. Officials are offering a reward for information leading to its killer

(CNN) — A $2,500 reward is being offered for help identifying whoever shot and killed a protected bald eagle in Oregon earlier this month.

After receiving a tip, Oregon State Police found the bird in Lower Cow Creek in Douglas County in southwest Oregon. Now state police are asking for anyone with any information about the shooter to contact them, according to a state police Facebook post.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service is offering the reward for information that could lead to the criminal conviction of anyone involved in the shooting.

The dead bird was found by troopers from the Oregon State Police’s fish and wildlife division on November 7. The police posted a photo of the bird lying face down in the creek.

An examination by the troopers and staffers from wildlife rehabilitation group Umpqua Wildlife Rescue determined the eagle was shot. Investigators believe it had been killed one to two days before its death was reported.

The killing or possession of a bald eagle or its parts is illegal under federal law and is punishable by imprisonment of up to a year in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000, according to Oregon State Police.

Once endangered by hunting, pesticides and lead poisoning, the bald eagle was removed from endangered animal lists in 2007 but is still protected under federal law.

The federal wildlife service is working with the Oregon Hunters Association TIP program to find whoever shot the eagle. The TIP program offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or citation linked to the unlawful taking or possession of wildlife.

The bald eagle is indigenous to North American and is the national bird of the United States. It was placed on Great Seal of the United States in 1782. But after a six-year dispute in Congress over what should be on the national emblem, the bald eagle was officially chosen in 1789 as the symbol of the new country.

Two yachts were just destroyed in a fire. They were worth over $20 million

(CNN) — Over $20 million worth of property went up in flames early Saturday in Florida, where two multimillion-dollar yachts were destroyed in a fire.

More than 60 firefighters and three fire boats battled the blaze at Universal Marine Center docks in Fort Lauderdale, working to prevent the fire from spreading to other yachts nearby.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue reported that nobody was injured.

Officials believe the blaze began on a 160-foot yacht named Lohengrin and spread to a neighboring 100-foot yacht named Reflections.

The estimated loss from the fire is more than $20 million, said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

Crews were still on the scene of the fire Sunday, working to remove scaffolding surrounding the boats and extinguish hot spots, according to a Twitter post by Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

The yachts appear to have been under construction prior to the fire, indicated by scaffolding and tarps surrounding the boats.

After the hot spots have been snuffed out, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said they will begin salvage efforts and an investigation into what caused the blaze.

Nike designs new shoe for ‘everyday heroes’ working in healthcare industry

PORTLAND, Ore. (WJW) — Shoe giant Nike has created a new shoe for our everyday heroes.

According to Nike, the Air Zoom Pulse was designed with nurses, doctors, home health providers and others medical professionals in mind.

Nike conducted on-the-ground product testing and used medical workers’ insights when creating this new shoe.

Designers of the Air Zoom Pulse learned from staff at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, located in Portland, Oregon, about the rigorous activities health care workers endure in their day-to-day efforts.

Nike reports that nurses walk approximately four to five miles daily, sitting for less than an hour during the course of their 12 hour shifts.

The design of the Air Zoom Pulse aims to tackle healthcare worker’s physically and mentally demanding challenges with simplicity in mind.  Nike officials say the shoe is easy to get on and off, as well as being simple to clean.

The fit, cushioning and traction systems reportedly work together to secure the foot in all hospital conditions.

The shoe also features a full-rubber outsole, a flexible drop-in midsole with Zoom Air heel unit and a heel that is meant to fit so secure it feels like your foot is receiving a soft, snug hug.

Nike describes the shoe as “almost a traditional clog made athletic.”  It has the arch and posture support one looks for in a Nike shoe, as well as a smooth capacity for natural motion.

The Air Zoom Pulse is also fabricated to protect wearers from the “unforeseen peculiarities of life in the hospital.”  It offers a coated toe box to protect against any spills, as well as good traction.

Click here for more on Nikle’s Air Zoom Pulse shoe.

Taylor Swift says she’s not being allowed to perform her early music for AMAs

Losing the rights to her early music catalog continues to cause trouble, trouble, trouble for singer Taylor Swift.

Swift on Thursday claimed an ongoing dispute with her former music label has presented a new roadblock as she is being told she cannot perform many songs from her past at the upcoming American Music Awards or use it in a forthcoming Netflix documentary about her life, which has been in production for several years.

Swift’s disclosure of this latest rights issue comes months after she spoke publicly about her displeasure with a deal that saw music manager Scooter Braun take control of her old catalog after he acquired her former music label, Big Machine Label Group.

“I’ve been planning to perform a medley of my hits throughout the decade on the show. Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun have now said that I’m not allowed to perform my old songs on television because they claim that would be re-recording my music before I’m allowed to next year,” Swift wrote.

In July, Swift called it her “worst case scenario,” upon learning that her music catalog had been sold to a company owned by Braun.

Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019

Braun’s Ithaca Holdings acquired Big Machine Label Group from founder Borchetta in late June. The deal was worth roughtly $300 million, according Billboard.

“Scott Bocchetta told my team that they’ll allow me to use my music only if I do these things: If I agree to not re-record copycat versions of my songs next year (which is something I’m both legally allowed to do and looking forward to) and also told my team that I need to stop talking about him and Scooter Braun,” Swift wrote. “The message being sent to me is very clear. Basically, be a good little girl and shut up. Or you’ll be punished.”

CNN has reached out to Braun for comment.

Swift said she thinks sharing her experience “could change the awareness level for other artists and potentially help them avoid a similar fate.”

“This is WRONG. Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this is where I’m asking for your help,” she wrote. “Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this.”

Swift had been signed to Big Machine from her 2006 self-titled debut album through 2017’s “Reputation,” before moving to Universal Music Group.

Swift alleged she only learned of the sale when it became public, a claim disputed by Jake Basden, Senior Vice President Communications at Big Machine Label Group.

Basden told CNN at the time that Swift’s dad, Scott Swift, is a shareholder in Big Machine Records and that Basden first alerted all of the shareholders of the pending deal with Ithaca Holdings on June 25.

“Out of courtesy, I personally texted Taylor at 9:06 p.m, June 29 to inform her prior to the story breaking on the morning of June 30 so she could hear it directly from me,” Basden told CNN. “I truly doubt that she ‘woke up to the news when everyone else did.”

The sale prevents Swift from owning the first six albums in her catalog. She told CBS Sunday Morning of her plans to re-record her earlier music.

The public dispute that has followed since the sale has both sides finding their defenders.

In an Instagram post, Justin Bieber, who is managed by Braun, appealed to Swift, saying, “I’m sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed.” But he also took issue with Swift making the issue public, saying doing so to “get people to hate on scooter isn’t fair.”

“What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully Scooter,” he wrote.

Braun’s wife, Yael Cohen, also came to his defense.

Meanwhile, singer Halsey, director Joseph Kahn and Iggy Azalea have shown themselves to be Team Taylor.

In her post on Thursday, Swift appealed to other artists managed by Braun “who I really believe care about other artists and their work.”

“Please ask them for help with this – I’m hoping that maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote,” she said. “I’m especially asking for help from The Carlyle Group, who put up money for the sale of my music to these two men.”

Braun also manages Ariana Grande and the Zac Brown band.

“I just want to be able to perform MY OWN music. That’s it. I’ve tried to work this out privately through my team but have not been able to resolve anything,” Swift added. “Right now my performance at the AMAs, the Netflix documentary and any other recorded events I am planning to play until November of 2020 are a question mark.”

Pete Buttigieg surges to first place in Iowa, new poll shows

(CNN) -- There is a new Democratic front-runner in Iowa, and his name is Pete Buttigieg.

The mayor of South Bend, Indiana, holds a clear lead in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, climbing to 25% in a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers. That marks a 16-point increase in support for Buttigieg since the September CNN/DMR poll. This survey comes on the heels of other recent polls that have shown Buttigieg joining the top tier of the Democratic primary race in Iowa.

Behind Buttigieg, there is a close three-way battle for second with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 16%, and former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders each at 15%. Since September, Warren dropped six percentage points and Biden slipped five points, while Sanders gained four points.

RELATED: Full poll results

Surveying the rest of the field, no other candidate gets double-digit support. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar lands at 6%, while five candidates register 3% -- Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, investor Tom Steyer and businessman Andrew Yang. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has yet to officially announce a 2020 bid, gets 2%. The rest of the field receives 1% or less.

Buttigieg's significant rise comes in the wake of a heavy investment of time and money in Iowa. Over the last few months he has built one of the largest on-the-ground operations in the state, supplemented by a robust advertising campaign and strong public appearances, including a speech at the Democratic Party's biggest event of the year earlier this month in Des Moines.

His elevated standing in Iowa is grounded in steady support across different demographic groups. He does roughly as well with self-identified Democrats as he does with independents. He also performs about the same with previous caucusgoers as first-timers. And his support is nearly even in cities, suburbs, towns and rural areas.

The 37-year-old mayor does slightly better among those with incomes more than $100,000 (32%) and with self-described moderates (32%). His standing with union households (17%) and those who call themselves very liberal (12%) is weaker than his overall average.

Among the candidates vying for second in this poll, Sanders has the most variation when it comes to demographic groups. His support among those who describe themselves as very liberal (34%) is nearly 20 points higher than his overall standing. Like Sanders, Warren does better with that group (32%) than her overall standing.

Sanders also does better with younger likely caucusgoers, getting 27% of those under the age of 35, compared to Buttigieg at 20%, Warren at 18% and Biden at 9%. Meanwhile, Buttigieg (28%) and Biden (27%) run about even among the oldest caucusgoers -- those 65 and older -- a group the former vice president had led with by more than 20 points in September. For Buttigieg, his support among the oldest likely caucusgoers marks a significant jump from his 7% standing in September.

Biden's core strength remains the electability factor. Of the four candidates tested, the former vice president earns the most confidence in his ability to beat Trump. A majority of likely caucusgoers (52%) say they're almost certain or fairly confident Biden could win next November, compared with 43% who say they're not very confident or are almost certain he'll lose.

Another factor that points to Buttigieg's front-runner status is the 68% share of likely Democratic caucusgoers who say he is their first or second choice or being actively considered, up from 55% in September. Warren is close behind at 66%, though that's off slightly from 71% in September, when she topped the field on that metric.

The Massachusetts senator is the second choice of 20% of likely caucusgoers, followed by Buttigieg at 14%, and Sanders and Biden each at 13%. Harris is now the second choice for 7%, down from her 14% mark in June -- though 36% say they are still actively considering her.

The only candidates besides Buttigieg and Warren to hit 50% when combining first and second choice and actively considering are Biden at 58% (compared to 60% in September) and Sanders at 55% (up from 50% in September). Harris is now at 46%, down nine points from her September score.

Buttigieg's improved standing can also be attributed to his high favorable rating among likely caucusgoers -- 72% -- the best in the field and up three points from September. Warren's favorable sits at 71%, followed by Biden at 64% and Sanders at 61%.

The candidates who saw the biggest gains in their favorable ratings from September were Steyer (up 10 points to 37%) and Yang (up seven points to 43%). Booker and Harris both dipped eight points in terms of their favorability numbers, falling to 52% and 55% respectively. Bloomberg, meanwhile, saw his favorable rating drop eight points from March, down to 19% now. That coincides with a sharp increase in his unfavorable rating, up 20 points to 58%, with 30% having a very unfavorable view of Bloomberg.

The Goldilocks principle

What applies to porridge may also apply to politics.

In the case of Buttigieg, 63% of likely caucusgoers think his views are about right, the highest of the four candidates tested. Only 7% say his views are too liberal, while 13% feel they're too conservative.

Biden places second in the "about right" category with 55%, though that is down from 70% who said so in March. Like Buttigieg, 7% say his views are too liberal. But 28% say Biden's views are too conservative.

Nearly half of likely caucusgoers (48%) say Warren's views are about right, compared with 38% who think her views are too liberal. A majority of likely caucusgoers (53%) deem Sanders' political views to be too liberal, up from 44% in March. Just 37% say his views are about right.

This divide within the Democratic Party is also reflected in how likely caucusgoers feel about the way candidates approach policy positions. A majority of likely caucusgoers (52%) would prefer the Democratic nominee to advocate for policies that have a good chance of becoming law, even if the changes aren't as big. That compares to 36% who want the nominee to push for big changes even if there's a lower chance those reforms would become law.

As one might expect, majorities of Buttigieg (62%) and Biden (60%) supporters prefer changes that are more likely to be enacted. Majorities of Warren (58%) and Sanders (54%) backers want big change even if it has a tougher chance of becoming law.

The electability argument

For these Democrats, defeating President Trump remains a priority.

Nearly two-thirds of likely caucusgoers (63%) say it's more important to them personally that the winner of the caucus be a candidate with a strong chance of beating Trump. Roughly a third (32%) say they want a candidate who shares their positions on major issues.

While there is more confidence in Biden's ability to win next November, feelings about Warren and Buttigieg are more evenly split on this question. For Warren, 46% are almost certain or fairly confident she will prevail, the same as the share who say they're not very confident or she's almost certain she will lose. For Buttigieg, it's 46% to 43%.

This represents a weakness for Sanders, as 40% say they are almost certain or fairly confident about his chances against Trump compared with 53% who aren't very confident or are almost certain he will lose.

Among Biden supporters, 57% say they are almost certain he will defeat Trump. Supporters of other contenders aren't as rosy. It's 48% for Sanders, 35% for Warren and 27% of Buttigieg supporters. Despite all of Buttigieg's strengths in this survey, the lack of confidence among his own supporters in his prospects for defeating Trump could be a warning sign given the importance of the electability factor for Democrats.

Commitment & enthusiasm

With the caucuses now less than three months away, there is evidence more voters have made up their minds. Among likely Democratic caucusgoers, 30% say they have a first-choice candidate they've decided to back. That's a 10-point increase from September, but still leaves ample space for preferences to shift before February.

Sanders is the top choice among those who've made up their minds at 28%, followed by Buttigieg at 22%, Biden at 14% and Warren at 12%. In fact, 57% of Sanders supporters say they are committed to supporting the senator, while less than 30% of Biden, Buttigieg and Warren supporters say their minds are made up.

Buttigieg, meanwhile, leads among those who could still be persuaded with 29%, followed by Warren at 20%, Biden at 16% and Sanders at 10%.

Not only are Sanders supporters more committed, they're also the most enthusiastic. A majority of the Vermont senator's backers (51%) describe themselves as extremely enthusiastic about their choice. That compares with 35% for Warren, 33% for Buttigieg and 25% for Biden.

In a sign of potential weakness for Biden, 27% of his supporters say they are mildly or not enthusiastic about their choice. That compares with 18% for Sanders, 17% for Buttigieg and 16% for Warren.

There appears to be early widespread enthusiasm for the 2020 Democratic caucuses as 63% now say they will definitely rather than probably caucus in February. By comparison, the final Iowa poll released before the 2008 caucuses found 53% said they would definitely attend.

Here Warren leads the pack with 72% of her supporters saying they will definitely caucus compared with 63% for Sanders, 60% for Buttigieg and 59% for Biden.

The CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll was conducted by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, Iowa, November 8 through 13 among a random sample of 500 likely Democratic caucusgoers reached on landlines or cell phones by a live interviewer. Results for the full sample of likely caucusgoers have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Veterinarian opens up about suicide rates rising throughout the profession

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (WTKR) — Kristen Seymour rushes through the halls of Acredale Animal Hospital in Virginia Beach.

She’s a veterinarian who has just finished a morning of surgeries and back-to-back appointments with pets.

“I actually tried really hard not to be a veterinarian because I knew what I was getting into, but it ended up being the only thing that really made sense for me,” she says.

Seymour’s mom is a veterinarian, so she was familiar with the long hours and emotional burden that the job can bring.

Yet, after going through four years of undergraduate school and four years of veterinary school, she knew she needed to be the voice for the family members who can’t say what’s wrong with them.

Aside from your visit, when you take your pet to the doctors, a lot more is going on behind the scenes.

Seymour remembers a few weeks ago when she had nonstop appointments.

“I went from one room where I was like, ‘Oh, your dog is pregnant,’ and then I go into the next room and it’s like, ‘I have to euthanize my cat, it’s doing terrible.’ It’s like emotional highs and lows,” she says with a sigh.

Those highs and lows are a reason the CDC says veterinarians are suffering from anxiety and depression.

Glinda O’Neill, manager of Sentara Outpatient Behavioral Health Services in Virginia Beach, says it’s typical of a high-stress job.

“They deal with a high level of stress and crisis on a daily basis, and so all of that has to go somewhere.”

Like many others, Seymour is no stranger to this type of analysis. She says she has suffered with depression issues for years and takes medication regularly.

She says she’s not ashamed of her journey and says it needs to be talked about more.

However, aside from the emotional strain of dealing with sick pets, other stressors from the job are financial. Seymour tells News 3 that often a major struggle is that some owners don’t have the means to pay for a treatments and surgeries.

“The hard ones are the ones that people don’t allow you to treat and you really want to and you wish you could have them sign over all the pets and give them to you, but you can’t,” she says.

From that, the tension between the owner and the vet can be harsh. Arguments and accusations now become an emotional burden on the shoulders of each veterinarian.

A 2014 study by the CDC found that 30% of vets had experienced depressive episodes and 17% had experienced suicidal thoughts since leaving school.

Compared to the general public, female veterinarians are said to be 3.5 times more likely to kill themselves while men are 2.1 times more likely.

Seymour says it is sad, but the suicide rates don’t shock her because she can see how the job changes a person.

Where is there help?

A new online Facebook group is helping people deal with those problems. It’s called “Not One More Vet,” and it was created for vets to vent with people that understand.

O’Neill encourages outlets like this saying, “One of the ways we treat it is by talking about it.”

It currently has more than 20,000 members worldwide — Seymour being one of them.

Benita Thornhill is a behavioral health therapist with Sentara Outpatient Behavioral Health Services in Virginia Beach. She says, “I think it’s important for individuals to create a routine – a routine that includes self-care.”

She offers that people should try taking a walk if they get a small break at work or even try setting time aside at the end of the day to unwind.

With her clients, she has seen yoga and meditation work wonders, but overall she says it’s important to talk to someone — whoever that may be.

Seymour agrees.

“One of the other things people used to say in vet school is that you can’t care more than the client cares, you’re going to drive yourself nuts, and that’s totally true.”

Taking Thornhill’s advice, Seymour exercises when she has a long day or spends time with her husband and dog.

If you need to talk to someone, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Cincinnati Zoo ‘devastated’ by the death of Kimba the giraffe

(CNN) — The Cincinnati Zoo lost one of their special animal friends Sunday.

Twelve-year-old Kimba the giraffe died after complications from a procedure to fix his hooves, the zoo said.

“Zoo staff, and especially the giraffe care team, are devastated,” Michelle Curley, spokeswoman for the Cincinnati Zoo, told CNN.

The Zoo Volunteer Observer (ZVO) team was monitoring the giraffe barn when they saw Kimba fall to the ground after 1 a.m. Sunday.

Kimba was dealing with mobility issues when he was given a hoof trim Tuesday.

“Kimba began intermittent bouts of lameness last summer, which we’ve been managing with laser therapy and medications that mitigate symptoms,” said Cincinnati Zoo’s curator of mammals Christina Gorsuch in a news release.

While the procedure was successful, there were later complications.

Kimba, the zoo’s only male giraffe, stood over 16 feet tall and was the father of six other giraffes, with a seventh on the way.

The giraffe came to the Cincinnati Zoo in 2018 from the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, where one his calves lives now.

Police arrest gunman after standoff lasts nearly 4 hours

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a 25-year-old man after a nearly four-hour standoff at an apartment complex in eastern Des Moines.

Des Moines Police say officers responding to reports of gunfire shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday found the suspect on a second-floor balcony. The man fired at police and two officers returned fire before he retreated inside an apartment.

The man was arrested without incident nearly four hours after police arrived. He was alone in the apartment.

No injuries were immediately reported in the incident.

The man is facing two counts of attempted murder of a police officer and two counts of intimidation with a gun.

Davenport’s Bootleg Hill meadery celebrates first anniversary, laments flooding

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A local business is marking its first anniversary after a year of operation, even though that year was often distressing.

Bootleg Hill Honey Meads threw a party to celebrate its birthday on Saturday, Nov. 16. On the tap for the evening, among many options, was the business's first product: their blueberry mead.

However, underlying the party was a sense of frustration of certain events that made the meadery's first year a challenging one.

The business suffered a huge blow in April 2019 when flood walls broke and downtown Davenport was under water. Bootleg Hills was forced to close for six weeks and according to the owner, sales dropped by 50% after the flood wall failed, and the recovery process is still ongoing.

Owner Rick Harris expresses his disappointment with the city of Davenport, saying, "You know, you'd think the city would step up to the plate and help the businesses. I keep asking 'when's the city gonna help these businesses?' and I keep getting a blank stare like there's no help."

 

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