FRAZER, Mont. - The laughter of children playing basketball, all crowded around the hoop as the ball spilled over the rim, carried out of the school playground and into an otherwise silent Saturday afternoon in mid-December. Three stray dogs, looking for food or shelter or anything to do, walked along the sidewalk. A biting wind whipped off the prairie and inside the second-to-last house on the last street on the western edge of town sat Mya Fourstar, running three fingers through her straightened brown hair, squinting into the dining room table.
The Philadelphia Eagles secured home-field advantage throughout the playoffs on Monday after they beat the Oakland Raiders 19-10 at Lincoln Financial Field. It may have been an ugly performance, but its importance cannot be underrated. For starters, consider the basic fact the Eagles are 7-0 at home. But the bigger development is that the home-field edge could make up for the downgrade at quarterback to Nick Foles from the injured Carson Wentz.
The Philadelphia Eagles, in the strictest sense, did exactly what was necessary Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field. They beat the Oakland Raiders. They upped their NFL-best record to 13-2. They wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. They ensured the conference's road to the Super Bowl goes through Philadelphia. But there was a bigger task Monday for the Eagles when they faced the Raiders. They needed to reestablish their superiority over the NFC's other top contenders. They needed to look, once again, like the NFC's honest-to-goodness Super Bowl favorite.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and leading NFL MVP candidate Carson Wentz exited a victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday with what the Eagles reportedly fear to be a season-ending injury to his left knee, a potentially devastating blow to a franchise seeking its first Super Bowl appearance since the 2004 season and another black mark for a league already shaken by a staggering number of serious injuries to major stars.
The Philadelphia Eagles, by record and by appearance, have been the best team in the NFL this season. They are 10-1, and in the entirety of November no opponent came within three touchdowns of them. But we may not know how good they are yet, and the next two weeks will provide the fullest reveal of their capacity.
Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly. A needle and thread. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. The actor and the director, who have worked together on films such as "Gangs of New York," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Aviator," are joining forces yet again for a drama about the life and times of Teddy Roosevelt, according to Deadline.
Utah residents who look forward to retiring in their state just got some good news in a report that names the state as the best in which to grow old. Those who hope to age gracefully in Wyoming, North Dakota, and New York may face more of a challenge. Those states are ranked as the three worst. All 50 states were ranked by the elder care resource site Caring.com on 13 categories including quality, cost, and availability of health care for seniors. The calculations also incorporated a state-by-state well-being ranking for older Americans. Utah, No.
Three days after Donald Trump named his campaign foreign policy team in March 2016, the youngest of the new advisers sent an email to seven campaign officials with the subject line: "Meeting with Russian Leadership - Including Putin." The adviser, George Papadopoulos, offered to set up "a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russia ties under President Trump," telling them his Russian contacts welcomed the opportunity,according to internal campaign emails read to The Washington Post.
When Susan Kroger decided to help launch a political activism group for women in her largely rural, pro-Trump region, she expected a few dozen liberal neighbors to show up. But when she opened the doors at the group's first community meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 100 people flooded into the room. Now nine months later, Kroger says the group has quickly grown to 2,300 active members. It's a story emerging across Trump country, where left-leaning grass-roots groups have popped up in some of the reddest parts of the nation - a sign that "the resistance" has gone rural.
A crowd toppled a bronze Confederate statue in front of a county administrative building in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday evening, as throngs of "anti-fascist" groups gathered there days after white nationalist-fueled violence turned fatal in Virginia. Derrick Lewis, a reporter from the local NBC affiliate WNCN, posted a video to Twitter at 7:15 p.m. showing the statue crashing to the ground in front of the old Durham County Court House during what organizers billed as an "emergency protest."