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Dodgers and Braves Have Won With the Home Run. Can They Win Without It?

The first two rounds of the Major League Baseball playoffs reflected the modern game: lots and lots of home runs. In 11 of the 12 series before Sunday, 54.8 percent of all runs were scored on homers.

By comparison, the games at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, seemed to be lifted from the 1980s. The ballpark, which opened in July, is the site of the National League Championship Series, which starts on Monday between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves. The winner gets to stay in town to play the World Series.

“The park plays big,” said Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts, whose team swept the San Diego Padres in their division series last week in Arlington. “We’ve had the roof open, but it still plays pretty big. It’s a beautiful ballpark. It plays more to the pitcher, but there’s a lot of outfield grass out there for

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winners and losers in the COVID economy

Although European capitals are loath to reintroduce the national lockdowns imposed in March, they are targeting restrictions on hospitality, entertainment and travel.

“No government wants to go back to where they were in March given the impact on the economy,” said Melanie Debono, European economist at Capital Economics. “But any restrictions may take longer to unwind so the virus doesn’t uptick again.”

Where we have seen policies to contain the virus, people have quickly returned to normal.

Frederic Neumann, HSBC

By contrast, countries in the Asia-Pacific region – including New Zealand and Vietnam as well as Taiwan, South Korea and China – suppressed COVID-19 to lower levels and then maintained tighter controls against a resurgence. While Europe enjoyed its summer holidays, Asia kept international travel on hold.

Taiwan closed its borders early and followed that up with well-organised contact tracing, quarantine and social distancing to eliminate a few initial

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Home and Away’s Deanis dumped by Ziggy as Ross story continues

From Digital Spy

Home and Away spoilers follow for UK viewers.

Home and Away airs a sad split for Dean Thompson and Ziggy Astoni on UK screens next week.

Dean (Patrick O’Connor) is dumped by Ziggy after telling her the truth over Ross Nixon’s murder and his involvement in the cover-up.

Ziggy (Sophie Dillman) is horrified as Dean explains that Colby Thorne fatally shot Ross and they both teamed up to bury the body.

As Dean has been keeping this dark secret for the entirety of their relationship, Ziggy decides that he’s not the man she fell in love with and ends things between them.

Photo credit: Endemol Shine - Channel 5
Photo credit: Endemol Shine – Channel 5

Related: Home and Away’s Dean Thompson makes a shock confession in 36 spoiler pictures

The break-up sends Dean into a downward spiral as he starts drinking at Salt to drown his sorrows.

Before long, Dean is pursuing his

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With no power, Louisiana residents return home to assess Hurricane Delta damage

By Stephanie Kelly



a castle on top of a house: FILE PHOTO: A destroyed home is reflected in flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta in Creole, Louisiana


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FILE PHOTO: A destroyed home is reflected in flood waters in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta in Creole, Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Reuters) – Louisianans continued storm cleanup on Sunday after Hurricane Delta rolled through the region on Friday, as more returned to survey damage to their homes, having waited out the storm elsewhere.

Delta made landfall near the town of Creole in Cameron Parish early Friday evening as a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, packing sustained winds of 100 miles per hour (160 km per hour).

By Sunday the storm had weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, but continued to be a heavy rainfall threat, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm knocked out power for more than half a million customers and compounded damage from the more powerful Hurricane Laura, which devastated the region in August.

Video: Hurricane Delta weakens after

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Google Nest Audio review: A steal at $100

In a lot of ways, smart speakers are the ideal home stereo for the streaming music generation. Telling an Amazon Echo to play whatever song was on your mind for the first time was a bit of a revelation. And music remains one of the most-used and most crucial features of any smart speaker. The only problem is lots of them sound terrible.

Sonos, Google, Apple and Amazon all have smart speakers where music quality is paramount, but a $200 Echo Studio or Sonos one is a tough sell next to a $50 Echo Dot or Nest Mini. Google is trying to fill the gap between those two extremes with the $100 Nest Audio, a speaker that effectively replaces the original Google Home that arrived four years ago. That speaker was meant to be a jack of all trades Google Assistant device, but the Nest Audio has a focus on

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Giants end drought, take early lead over Cowboys

The Latest on Week 5 in the NFL (all times EDT):

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The New York Giants have ended a two-game stretch without a touchdown in the first series for offensive coordinator Jason Garrett at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, where he was head coach for nearly 10 years.

Evan Engram scored on a 3-yard run on a reverse to cap a seven-play, 75-yard drive for a 7-3 lead over the Cowboys. A week after giving up a franchise-record 307 yards rushing, the Cowboys allowed Devonta Freeman 20 yards on three carries. Freeman also had an 18-yard catch when he was left wide open coming out of the backfield.

The Giants extended the lead to 14-3 when Kyler Fackrell returned an interception by Dak Prescott 46 yards for a touchdown. The Cowboys entered the game tied for the NFL lead with nine turnovers.

— Schuyler Dixon reporting from

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3 Tech Stocks That Are Thriving Despite the Coronavirus

It’s no secret we’re in a highly uncertain economy created by the efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. unemployment rate, while showing some improvement recently, is still hovering around 8% and is significantly higher than the 3.5% it was in February just prior to the pandemic.

In this uncertain economic environment, it can be reassuring for investors to own stock in businesses that are not only surviving but are thriving in the midst of COVID-19.

Peloton Interactive (NASDAQ: PTON), Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX), and Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) are three tech companies that are thriving despite (or to some extent, because of) the coronavirus. Let’s find out a little more about them and why these three stocks are currently doing so well.

A man exercises on a Peloton stationary bike as a woman walks by inside a home with a large bay window.

Image source: Peloton.

1. Peloton: The home fitness revolution

Peloton’s business is on fire due to its very popular exercise bikes coupled with

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Upgrading your space while stuck at home? Get it insured

As many Americans face months stuck indoors, some are using their time to upgrade their surroundings. Office equipment purchases are on the rise, and people are tackling renovation projects.

Significant home improvements can leave you underinsured. If you’re considering making changes to your home — or if you already have — it’s smart to revisit your homeowners or renters policy.

TELL YOUR INSURER ABOUT YOUR PLANS: There’s a good chance you’re underinsured before you even make changes, according to Don Griffin, vice president of personal lines at American Property Casualty Insurance Association. Talk to your insurer before making any expensive purchases or changes to your home to inform the company of your plans and clarify your policy’s current coverages and limits. If your home costs more to replace after you’ve improved it, some insurers will pay the new expense to rebuild, but “that’s not every policy, and it may not

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Woman gives birth in truck on US Highway 89

NORTH SALT LAKE — A woman gave birth in a truck early Friday morning along U.S. Highway 89 with only her husband present to help deliver the baby.

Mariah Simmonds said her plan was to have her baby naturally at a birth center, but the contractions began to increase unexpectedly late Thursday evening.

“I called the midwife and said, ‘What should we do? Should we come in?’ and she said, ‘Go take a bath and see if they calm down and if your contractions calm down, we’ll meet up a little later.’”

Simmonds said the contractions slowed to 12 minutes apart before she went to bed around midnight.

Around 1 a.m. Friday, Simmonds woke up and the contractions had intensified once again. Her husband, Kirk Simmonds, encouraged her to get going.

“I had five contractions about two minutes apart from here to the truck,” Simmonds said Friday afternoon from her

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Doing battle with home insecurity systems



a close up of a camera: Choosing security camera may cause insecurity.


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Choosing security camera may cause insecurity.

We had a prowler last week.

According to my neighborhood watch groups and security apps, it was only a matter of time. If you look at the footage captured by people’s security cameras, the wee hours are populated by a shambling zombie army checking car doors, stumbling around your porch and skulking through alleys in search of pawnable items.

When I saw signs of entry in the backyard, I knew it was time to get a security camera — even though I wonder what good it will do. Some of these bad actors trip the motion detector lights, look up, stare at the camera long enough for someone to chisel them in stone, then go about their thievery. You wouldn’t be surprised if they lifted their shirt to show some telltale scars, or held up a driver’s license.

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