According to an American Gaming Association survey, 47 million Americans will wager $8.5 billion on the NCAA tournament this year, and while more than half of that astounding sum will be wagered via bracket pools, $3.9 billion will be bet on the games themselves via a sportsbook (either in person or online), through a bookie or with a friend. It's that latter group - in which point spreads come into play - that concerns us here.
BURLINGTON, Iowa - Beto O'Rourke was in his bathroom, brushing his teeth. He and his wife, Amy, had been engaged in the morning sprint to get out the door. Fixing breakfast for their three children, packing lunches, getting dressed. It was then, a few weeks ago, the teeth brushing and all, when he says he decided to run for president of the United States.
Authorities in the Midwest declared states of emergency as "historic" flooding overwhelmed infrastructure, threatened a nuclear power plant and killed at least two people. The surging water, fueled by a powerful winter storm, shut down roads, forced scores of people to evacuate their homes and cut off access to some towns and cities. In Nebraska, which has seen some of the most significant damage, Gov. Pete Ricketts, R, said the impacts of the "devastating flooding ...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Facebook said that it removed 1.5 million videos of footage from the shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch within 24 hours of the attack, underscoring the massive game of whack-a-mole social media giants have to play with even the most high-profile problematic content on their platforms. In a statement, Mia Garlick, spokeswoman for Facebook New Zealand, said that the company continues to "work around the clock to remov
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Police have shared a list of victims with relatives and loved-ones and are rushing to release bodies to families on Sunday, as they raised the death toll to 50 from a massacre at two mosques. "We were able to take all of the victims from both of those scenes, and in doing so, we have located a further victim," Mike Bush, New Zealand's police commissioner, told a news conference.
DENVER -- Colorado has joined a list of states that plan to allocate their electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the nationwide popular vote. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis signed the measure into law Friday, March 15, uniting Colorado with 11 other states and the District of Columbia in the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, whose members pledge to use their electoral votes on whichever candidate wins the national popular vote.
The rise of online shopping has defined an entire epoch of American retail, yet we know little about what boost, if any, it has given to consumers and to the economy as a whole. Because of how federal data have been collected, it's easier to answer questions about the price of butter or industrial spraying equipment than questions about what we buy over the Internet.
Authorities in the Midwest declared states of emergency amid what they called "historic" flooding, which forecasters warned would stretch through the weekend. The flooding shut down roads, forced people to evacuate their homes and cut off access to some towns and cities. In Nebraska, which has seen some of the most significant flooding, Gov. Pete Ricketts said the impacts of the "devastating flooding . . . could last for quite some time."
While a historically snowy winter begins to wind down across parts of the Plains and Midwest, what threatens to be an equally historic spring flood season is now underway. From Nebraska to Wisconsin, and up and down rivers in the Plains and Midwest, more than 10 million people are under flood warnings into the weekend in the wake of this week's "bomb cyclone."
In May 2016, a group of national health experts issued an urgent plea in a private letter to high-level officials in the Obama administration. Thousands of people were dying from overdoses of fentanyl - the deadliest drug to ever hit U.S. streets - and the administration needed to take immediate action.