The Rundown for December 27, 2019

STOCKS CONTINUE LATE RALLY… A year-end rally pushed by strong retail sales over the holiday season continued yesterday as U.S. stocks raised the Nasdaq Composite index to 9,000 for the first time in its history. The Nasdaq closed at 9,022.39 after surging 69.51 points, or 0.78 percent, while the S&P 500 also posted a fresh all-time high at 3,239.91. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose about 105 points to a peak of 28,621.39.

UPS EXPECTS TO SET ANOTHER RETURN RECORD… United Parcel Service forecast yesterday that it will set a record with 1.9 million returns during National Returns Day on January 2. The number reflects a 26-percent increase over 2018. UPS says returns have changed dramatically over the years because now customers and businesses anticipate returns, while more returns are being made for gifts purchased online. This will be the seventh year that straight returns have reached a record high, the carrier said.

MURDER-SUICIDE SUSPECTED IN DEATHS OF MOTHER, 2 CHILDREN… Authorities in Boston believe a mother killed her two young children and then herself at a parking garage on Christmas Day. The bodies of a 40-year-old woman, along with her 4-year-old daughter and 15-month-old son, were found on the sidewalk outside the parking garage. Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said yesterday that it appears the two children fell from the garage’s roof first and were followed by their mother.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH HIDING CHILDREN AT DAYCARE… A 58-year-old Colorado Springs, Colorado, woman has been arrested for allegedly hiding 26 young children behind a false wall of her daycare center. Police arrested Carla Faith after officers visited the building and discovered the kids and two adults in the basement. The children were all younger than 3 years old. Faith is facing charges that include two counts of reckless child abuse without injury and one count of trying to influence a public servant. Three of Faith’s employees are also facing charges following a six-week police investigation triggered by complaints that the daycare was housing more children than permitted by its license.

HARD-BOILED EGGS RECALL EXPANDED… Almark Foods has announced an expanded recall of hard-boiled eggs that have been sold nationwide stores including Costco, Walmart, Kroger and Trader Joe’s. The recall was originally issued last week after the Food and Drug Administration linked the eggs to a listeria outbreak that killed one person and caused illness in several others. The expanded recall now affects all products manufactured at Almark Foods’ facility in Gainesville, Georgia. The affected products have a “Best If Used By” code starting with a “G,” indicating they were made at the Gainesville location.

ENTERTAINMENT
SLEEPY LaBEEF DIES… Legendary rockabilly performer Sleepy LaBeef died of undisclosed causes yesterday at age 84. LaBeef launched his career in the mid-1950s and continued performing at festivals until earlier this year. Music historians remember him as one of the last direct links to the birth of rock and roll. The Arkansas native was the subject of a 2013 documentary, “Sleepy LeBeef Rides Again.”

IN THEATERS… In “1917,” two young British soldiers during World War I are given the impossible mission of delivering a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier’s brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap. Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the R-rated film… In “Little Women,” four sisters come of age in the aftermath of America’s Civil War. The PG film stars Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson… “Just Mercy” tells the story about civil-rights attorney Bryan Stevenson in his effort to free a wrongly-condemned death-row prisoner. Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson star in the PG-13 drama… Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge star in “Clemency,” which centers on a prison warden who confronts psychological and emotional demons as she prepares to execute another inmate. It’s rated R… In the animated feature “Spies in Disguise,” the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon and must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. The film carries a PG rating.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
DETROIT 132 – Washington 102… Christian Wood came off the bench to score 22 points and lead seven players in double figures as the Pistons routed the Wizards. Blake Griffin had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

New York 94 – BROOKLYN 82… The Knicks held the Nets to 27 percent shooting in cruising to the win. Julius Randle scored a game-high 33 points. Marcus Morris Sr. added 22 points.

DALLAS 102 – San Antonio 98… Luka Doncic returned to the lineup after missing four games due to injury and led all scorers with 24 points in the Mavericks’ win over the Spurs. Doncic also grabbed 10 boards.

Memphis 110 – OKLAHOMA CITY 97… The Grizzlies got 21 points from Jonas Valanciunas and 20 from Jaren Jackson Jr. in downing the Thunder. Four other players scored in double figures.

UTAH 121 – Portland 115… The Jazz took a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter and barely hung on to down the Trail Blazers. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 35 points. Joe Ingles tossed in 26 points. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Minnesota 105 – SACRAMENTO 104 (2OT)… Gorgui Deng scored 21 points and brought down 15 rebounds as the Timberwolves outlasted the Kings. Andrew Wiggins had 18 points and 10 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Cleveland is at Boston…
Charlotte hosts Oklahoma City…
Philadelphia is at Orlando…
Atlanta hosts Milwaukee…
Indiana is at Miami…
Golden State hosts Phoenix

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Buffalo…
New Jersey hosts Toronto…
Carolina is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Washington hosts Columbus…
Pittsburgh is at Nashville…
Winnipeg hosts St. Louis…
Minnesota is at Colorado…
Chicago hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Calgary is at Edmonton…
Anaheim hosts Vegas…
Los Angeles is at San Jose

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCORES
Louisiana Tech 14, Miami (Fla.) 0 in the Independence Bowl…
Pittsburgh 34, Eastern Michigan 30 in the Quick Lane Bowl

TODAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
North Carolina plays Temple in the Military Bowl…
Michigan State plays Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl…
#25 Oklahoma State plays Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl…
#16 Iowa plays #22 Southern California in the Holiday Bowl…
Air Force plays Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl

SATURDAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
#10 Penn State plays #17 Memphis in the Cotton Bowl…
#15 Notre Dame plays Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl…
#1 LSU plays #4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl (CFP semifinal)…
#2 Ohio State plays #3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl (CFP semifinal)

NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE… Only two playoff spots remain as the NFL heads into the final weekend of its regular season. However, only two out of the six seeds have been finalized in the AFC and the NFC has only one seed finalized… In the AFC, the North Division champion-Baltimore Ravens have clinched the top seed. The East Division-champion New England Patriots will enter the post-season as the 2 or 3 seed. The West Division-champion Kansas City Chiefs could land seeds 2, 3 or 4 while the South Division-champion Houston Texans are in contention for seeds 3 or 4. The wild-card Buffalo Bills have clinched the fifth seed. The Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders will try to nail down the other AFC wild-card spot… In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks will battle it out to determine the NFC West winner and a wild-card spot, with both teams in contention for the 1, 2, 3 or 5 seed. The North Division-champion Green Bay Packers and the South Division-champion New Orleans Saints are seeking the 1, 2 or 3 seed. The Philadelphia Eagles need a win over the New York Giants to lock down the East Division title and enter the playoffs as the 4 seed. An Eagles loss and a Dallas Cowboys win would send Dallas into the postseason with a 4 seed. The Minnesota Vikings have clinched a wild-card spot and the 6 seed.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Jets (6-9) are at Buffalo (10-5)…
Cincinnati (1-14) hosts Cleveland (6-9)…
Green Bay (12-3) is at Detroit (3-11-1)…
Kansas City (11-4) hosts the L.A. Chargers (5-10)…
Chicago (7-8) is at Minnesota (10-5)…
New England (12-3) hosts Miami (4-11)…
Atlanta (6-9) is at Tampa Bay (7-8)…
Carolina (5-10) hosts New Orleans (12-3)…
Washington (3-12) is at Dallas (7-8)…
Denver (6=9) hosts Oakland (7-8)…
Arizona (5-9-1) is at the L.A. Rams (8-7)…
the N.Y. Giants (4-11) host Philadelphia (8-7)…
Indianapolis (7-8) is at Jacksonville (5-10)…
Baltimore (13-2) hosts Pittsburgh (8-7)…
Tennessee (8-7) is at Houston (10-5)…
Seattle (11-4) hosts San Francisco (12-3)

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