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Shippers prepare for another pandemic crush of holiday gifts Shippers prepare for another pandemic crush of holiday gifts 11/27/2021 04:45am • PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The last holiday season was far from the most wonderful time of the year for the U.S. Postal Service: Sick and quarantined workers, a flood of packages from shoppers loath to set foot in stores and a last-minute dump of packages from overwhelmed private shippers. Postal work Blaming COVID: Biden sees common culprit for country's woes Blaming COVID: Biden sees common culprit for country's woes 11/27/2021 03:45am • WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation is soaring, businesses are struggling to hire and President Joe Biden’s poll numbers have been in free-fall. The White House sees a common culprit for it all: COVID-19. Biden’s team views the pandemic as the root cause of both the nation’s malaise and his own poli Boston powers No. 1 South Carolina to 79-38 blowout of Elon Boston powers No. 1 South Carolina to 79-38 blowout of Elon 11/26/2021 01:12pm • COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Dawn Staley was worried how her top-ranked South Carolina team would handle its next game after its rousing success in The Bahamas. For a half, Staley had good reason — until the Gamecocks caught fire to put away Elon 79-38 on Friday. Aliyah Boston scored 12 points and bloc Hundreds of FedEx packages are found in Alabama woods 11/26/2021 07:04am • HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff is trying to figure out how hundreds of FedEx packages ended up dumped in the woods. An estimated 300 to 400 packages of various sizes were found in a ravine near the small town of Hayden on Wednesday, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Holcomb still chasing dream of becoming NFL head coach Holcomb still chasing dream of becoming NFL head coach 11/26/2021 05:56am • CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As an African American growing up in Queens, New York, Al Holcomb spent his fall Sundays watching Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys on television, and dreaming of one day becoming an NFL head coach. The 51-year-old Holcomb has spent more than a quarter-century chasing that d What if your kid gets the wrong COVID-19 vaccine dose? What if your kid gets the wrong COVID-19 vaccine dose? 11/26/2021 05:36am • After numerous incidents of children receiving the wrong dose of COVID-19 vaccine, parents are asking what to do if their own child is one of them. Experts are saying: Don’t worry, but be vigilant. Here's what you need to know. In early November, about 110 children ages 5 to 11 were administere Japan seeks extra defense budget amid China, N Korea concern Japan seeks extra defense budget amid China, N Korea concern 11/26/2021 01:45am • TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved a 770 billion yen ($6.8 billion) request for an extra defense budget through March to expedite the purchase of missiles, anti-submarine rockets and other weapons amid rising concern over the escalation of military activities by China, Russia and No Bedlam: Oklahoma QB Williams faces stout Cowboys defense Bedlam: Oklahoma QB Williams faces stout Cowboys defense 11/25/2021 10:10pm • The heat of Bedlam is on for Oklahoma freshman quarterback Caleb Williams. Oklahoma’s shot at its seventh straight Big 12 title is in jeopardy heading into Saturday's game at Oklahoma State. If Baylor beats Texas Tech and No. 10 Oklahoma loses to No. 7 Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12, No. 7 CFP) Brink helps No. 7 Stanford hold off No. 4 Indiana 69-66 11/25/2021 11:22am • NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Cameron Brink was the difference in an early season showdown between two of the top teams in the country. Brink had 21 points, 22 rebounds and five blocks to help seventh-ranked Stanford edge No. 4 Indiana 69-66 on Thursday at the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship to Schools reap benefits of hiring Coach Prime, Eddie George Schools reap benefits of hiring Coach Prime, Eddie George 11/24/2021 09:29pm • NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Deion Sanders has been all over national TV, putting Jackson State in the spotlight every time his insurance commercials air. Hiring Eddie George has had a similar effect at Tennessee State. Thanks to their high-profile coaches, Jackson State and Tennessee State are reap Tavares, Engvall lead rolling Maple Leafs' 6-2 rout of Kings Tavares, Engvall lead rolling Maple Leafs' 6-2 rout of Kings 11/24/2021 09:11pm • LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Tavares and Pierre Engvall had a goal and an assist apiece while Toronto scored four consecutive times in the second period, and the Maple Leafs rolled to a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night. Alexander Kerfoot, Auston Matthews, Jason Spezza and Micha Thanksgiving: If the feast is back, so are the leftovers Thanksgiving: If the feast is back, so are the leftovers 11/24/2021 10:42am • We’ve all learned more than we bargained for about how to celebrate the holidays during uncertain times. Last year, many of us cooked smaller Thanksgiving feasts and celebrated by Zoom. This year, with the proper precautions, we might see more real-life gatherings, and plates full of most -- if no Croatia OKs purchase of French jets before Macron visit Croatia OKs purchase of French jets before Macron visit 11/24/2021 09:19am • ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s government on Wednesday approved the purchase of 12 Rafale fighter jets from France worth about 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to replace its aging fleet of Soviet-era aircraft and strengthen its air force amid lingering tensions in the Balkans. The contract for EU urged not to forget Belarus as bloc prepares sanctions EU urged not to forget Belarus as bloc prepares sanctions 11/24/2021 07:20am • BRUSSELS (AP) — Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya appealed Wednesday to the European Union not to forget the plight of ordinary citizens and political prisoners in the former Soviet country. Tsikhanouskaya's plea came as the EU prepares new sanctions in response to a security cris Man sentenced for sending bomb hoax to UK vaccine plant 11/24/2021 03:06am • LONDON (AP) — A man who sent a bomb hoax to a U.K. coronavirus vaccine factory and similar parcels elsewhere, including a laboratory in Wuhan, China, was sentenced to more than two years in prison on Wednesday. About 120 people had to be evacuated from a plant in Wales producing the Oxford-AstraZ
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