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‘Seinfeld’ is heading to Netflix in 2021

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(CNN) — Netflix may be losing Michael Scott and Chandler Bing, but it’s gaining Jerry Seinfeld and Cosmo Kramer.

“Seinfeld,” one of the most popular sitcoms in TV history, is heading to Netflix starting in 2021, the streaming company announced on Monday.

Netflix will be the exclusive global streaming home to the sitcom. The financial terms of the deal, which Netflix struck with distributor Sony Pictures Television, were not disclosed. The deal lasts five years.

Licensed content like “Seinfeld” has become a major weapon in the streaming wars. Legacy media companies like Disney and WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company, are pulling some of their most beloved shows from Netflix in an effort to draw subscribers to their own streaming services.

Nabbing the rights to “Seinfeld” is a big boost for Netflix, which has suffered the losses of two popular licensed shows in “Friends” and “The Office” in recent months. The company announced in June that “The Office” would be leaving Netflix for NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming service in 2021. WarnerMedia announced in July that “Friends” would be exclusive to its HBO Max service starting next year.

“Seinfeld,” a show about nothing that follows the day to day lives of four anxiety-induced New Yorkers, has been streaming on Hulu since 2015. That deal reportedly cost Hulu more than $150 million.

“Seinfeld is the television comedy that all television comedy is measured against,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to welcome Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer to their new global home on Netflix.”

Manhattan district attorney subpoenas 8 years of Trump tax returns

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(CNN) — New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office has subpoenaed eight years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns from Mazars USA, the longtime accounting firm to Trump and the Trump Organization, as part of its investigation into hush money payments, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The subpoena was first reported by The New York Times.

It isn’t clear what deadline Mazars USA has to comply with the grand jury subpoena. A Mazars representative could not immediately be reached for comment.

Any material obtained by a grand jury subpoena is covered by grand jury secrecy rules and would likely become public only if it were used as evidence at a trial.

Marc Mukasey, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, said, “We are evaluating and will respond as appropriate.”

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

US oil prices had their biggest spike in a decade after Saudi attack disrupts global supply

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(CNN) — Oil prices spiked Monday after a devastating attack on the heart of Saudi Arabian oil production over the weekend shocked markets and could disrupt the global supply of crude for some time.

US oil futures jumped 14.7%, settling at $62.90 a barrel. It was the biggest spike in more than a decade. Futures of Brent crude, the global benchmark, settled up 14.6% at $69.02 a barrel.

Gasoline futures, meanwhile, were up more than 13%.

Prices initially surged as much as 18% but retreated after US President Donald Trump said on Sunday night that he had authorized the use of oil from the country’s emergency oil supply. Trump said oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, or SPR, would be used “to keep the markets well-supplied.” The US reserve is the largest backup pool of oil.

State-owned Saudi Aramco oil facilities were badly damaged in the strikes and restoring production to their pre-attack levels “will take weeks, not days,” according to two Saudi sources familiar with the kingdom’s oil operations. “This is unprecedented in scale, and impact,” they said.

“This is a big deal,” said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service, which monitors the price of oil across the United States. “It is the biggest shock to the oil markets since [Hurricane] Katrina. And like Katrina it will likely haunt us for months, at least weeks.”

Kloza said gasoline prices will likely “creep up” this fall, rather than drop steadily, as they historically have done.

Markets around the world on alert

Stock markets around the world reacted to the news.

US stocks traded lower. The Dow fell some 130 points, or 0.5%, putting the index on track to snap an eight-day winning streak that has been its longest since May 2018. The S&P 500 dropped 0.3%, falling below 3,000 points for the first time since last week Tuesday. The Nasdaq fell 0.3%.

Despite the overall move, energy stocks are rallying on the oil price jump. Oil and gas producer Chesapeake Energy jumped some 18%. Energy was the only positive sector in the S&P 500. Apache Corp, Devon Energy and oil drilling company Helmerich and Payne were the top gainers.

In the Dow, shares of Chevron and Exxon Mobil were the best performers, amid very few companies trading in the green.

European exchanges closed lower, while energy stocks, including BP and Royal Dutch Shell, were among the best performers in London’s FTSE 100.

Asian markets finished mostly lower, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng closing down 0.8%. CNOOC, China’s biggest offshore oil producer, spiked 8.7% in Hong Kong, making it the best performer on the Hang Seng. PetroChina, another Hang Seng component and Asia’s largest oil and gas producer, rose 7.4%.

Airlines stocks were hit hard in the face of a looming surge in fuel prices. Germany’s Lufthansa and Air France KLM both closed lower.

American Airlines, United, Delta and Southwest were all also trading in negative territory in the United States.

In Asia, China’s three biggest airline operators all dropped sharply in Hong Kong. China Eastern Airlines fell more than 4%, while China Southern Airlines and Air China each fell at least 2.5%.

Cathay Pacific, the flagship airline of Hong Kong, fell 3.9%. The airline already has been struggling with fallout from months of pro-democracy protests in the city.

Amid the dramatic market moves, investors are also awaiting the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision on Wednesday. A quarter percentage point cut is expected at the meeting, according to the CME FedWatch tool, which ascribes a 73% chance. This is down from 77% earlier Monday.

Measuring fallout

Oil prices had been in a slump. Brent closed at $60.22 per barrel on Friday, down from a high of $74.57 in April. The price closely followed in the United States, known as WTI, closed at $54.85, a 17% drop from April’s highs.

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, had cut back on production of crude and other energy products as part of an OPEC effort to boost prices. The kingdom produces approximately 10% of the total global supply of 100 million barrels per day.

Saturday’s coordinated drone strikes on key Saudi Arabian oil facilities disrupted about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity, or 5% of the daily global oil supply. The location is the world’s largest oil processing plant. Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said that 5.7 million barrels a day of crude oil and gas production have been affected.

The longterm impact of the shock to oil markets will depend on how long it takes Saudi Aramco to get fully back online.

“A small $2-$3 per barrel premium would emerge if the damage appears to be an issue that can be resolved quickly, and $10 if the damage to Aramco’s facilities is significant,” Ayham Kamel of the Eurasia Group said in a research note.

The fallout for stocks also depends on how long it takes Saudi Arabia to resume output, said Oscar Yee, an analyst for Citi Research in Hong Kong, in a report on Monday.

Kerry Craig, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management based in Australia, said the ability of oil producers to dip into stockpiles may mitigate some of the rise in prices in the near term.

But he said in a note that the “bigger issue is what premium markets will build in to reflect the risk of further attacks.”

Ratings agency Standard & Poor’s warned about the effect the higher oil prices could have on the US economy.

“One of the biggest factors playing into our current economic outlook is uncertainty, and along with a heightened level of this, higher oil prices may be just one more nail in the coffin for this current US expansion,” said S&P Global chief economist Beth Ann Bovino.

Higher gas prices could hit the American consumer, whose spending power has so far stabilized a US economy with a slowing manufacturing sector.

The United States’ strategic reserve

Meanwhile, the Trump administration is trying to mitigate any damage from the price shock. The country’s oil stash, the SPR, contains 645 million barrels. It was established by Congress after the oil shocks following the OPEC oil embargo in the 1970s. It has been drawn on only three times, most recently in June 2011 when civil unrest in Libya unsettled global oil exports. The US government, worried that supply disruptions would threaten a fragile global economy still recovering from the Great Recession, ordered the sale of 30 million barrels.

It was also deployed in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the nation’s oil infrastructure along the Gulf of Mexico. Its first use was in 1991 when the United States attacked Iraq in Operation Desert Storm.

The reserve is a complex of four sites along the Texas and Louisiana gulf coasts that have deep underground storage caverns, 2,000 to 4,000 feet below the surface. Any oil drawn from the SPR would not give an immediate boost to global supply. It has to be pulled out of storage and then sold into the marketplace of buyers and sellers, a process that could take about two weeks.

 CNN Business’ Chris Isidore and Rob McLean contributed to this report.

An Oregon man beat cancer. Twice. Then he won $4.6 million in the state lottery

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(CNN) — An Oregon man beat cancer. Then he beat it again. Then he won the lottery.

He seems to be his own lucky charm.

Stu MacDonald of Bend buys Oregon Lottery tickets every week, and every week, his wife Claudia tells him to “get the winning ticket.”

She forgot to tell him on September 7, the Oregon Lottery said. But he ended up buying a winning ticket worth $4.6 million.

“I am a very lucky guy,” he said in a statement. “I survived cancer twice and here I am. This is amazing.”

After taxes, he took home about $1.5 million. A cafe where he purchased the quick pick ticket got a selling bonus of $46,000, the lottery said.

A spokesman for the Oregon Lottery told CNN MacDonald hadn’t agreed to any interviews or to release any images of himself, so you’ll have to imagine the grin on his face when he found out about his winnings.

Winning the lotto is rare. Like 1 in 300 million rare.

MacDonald is lucky, indeed. Winning the lottery is exceedingly rare.

The average person’s odds of winning the Mega Millions jackpot are 1 in 302,575,350. That’s about 292,200 times less likely than being born with extra digits (the odds are about 1 in 500).

Unlucky odds won’t stop people from trying to get lucky anyway. For one Canadian man, it worked: After playing the same numbers for 30 years, he finally won $60 million in October. He waited nearly 10 months to pick up his earnings, which he said he’d put away toward a new home and a family vacation.

Top local burger joints for National Cheeseburger Day

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Hannah Rodriguez is an extremely hungry Digital Content Producer who’s constantly taking food and drink recommendations. For more burger related content find her on Twitter @HRodriguez15.

Ah, the cheeseburger.

Paired with french fries and a milkshake it’s a meal that’s so classically American it’s almost always served at Fourth of July cookouts and is featured on nearly every road-side diner’s menu.

Since every day’s a holiday, on National Cheeseburger Day Wednesday, Sept. 18, try out one of these burgers at a local Quad City joint. I promise you, the big guys are doing alright and you can always visit the Golden Arches the next day.

Boozie’s Bar and Grille

Find me eating lunch at Boozies on Tuesdays and Thursdays for their $6 burger basket special. A QC classic, their burgers come with three cheeses and their mysterious, yet delicious, house sauce.

Last year Boozie’s owner and Prophetstown High School alumni Mark McClintock died after running the place for over a decade. The burgers have always lived up to their hype and hopefully stick around for another decade or two… or three.

Don’t miss Boozies at 14 ½ West Third Street Davenport, Iowa.

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If you ask Locals Love Us, Central Standard takes the second highest rated burgers in the area. The craft beer and burger restaurant has 14 different burgers from a Belly Burger with smoked pork belly and smoked gouda fondue to a Sunny-Side Up Burger with truffle aioli and prosciutto.

With a full milkshake menu just as diverse as the burgers, Central Standard is anything but standard.

Check them out at 2239 Falcon Avenue Bettendorf, Iowa or at their second location 1222 SE University Avenue Waukee, Iowa.

Steel Plow Burger Company

In an era where we all like to be a little healthier, a little more environmentally conscious and feel just a little less guilty about how and what we eat, Steel Plow’s website boasts grass-fed beef that has “no hormones, no antibiotics and no bull.”

On top of their normal patties, the East Moline restaurant also features vegan bison, turkey and prime rib burgers to fit the wants and needs of any gathering.

You can find Steel Plow at 2180 53rd Street Moline, Illinois and stay tuned for their Iowa location

Maple Street Grille

Photo of the Big Cheese burger courtesy of Maple Street Grille.

Every time a new Burger of the Month hits the menu it’s hard to resist the siren call from Orion to try the latest innovation. With their creative charm and unexpected toppings, each month a simple burger is transformed into something that’s never boring.

This September is “The Big Cheese” featuring bacon, melted American cheese, fried mozzarella cheese sticks, queso sauce and Dorito dust. Please bury me in a cheese filled coffin.

Maple Street is located at 303 10th Ave Orion, Illinois.

Legends Corner Bar and Grille

In my eyes, the greasier the burger the better. Just down the road from Augustana College, Legends is often haunted by students fighting their last hangover or chasing their next. The diner-style place has the faces of ‘legends’ lining the walls and is the perfectly stereotypical place to dig into a massive cheeseburger.

Their menu is pretty straight shooting and kid friendly.

Head over to Legends at 3008 7th Ave Rock Island, Illinois

Did we miss your favorite? Send us an email at news@wqad.com with the subject line “Better Burger”!

Henry County man fires shots in campground, turns self in next day

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HENRY COUNTY, Iowa — A Henry County man turned himself in as officers were investigating reports of shots fired at a campground.

Around 10:30 p.m. on the night of Saturday, September 14th, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call that shots were fired at a group of people at the Ketchum Bridge campground. Officers were dispatched to the scene, where they found multiple spent casings, confirming the report.

Officers could not immediately locate the suspect and determined they had left the scene. The Sheriff’s Office made multiple attempts to search for the offender, but came up empty.

However, just before 2 p.m. the following Sunday afternoon, 45-year-old Henry County resident Todd Smith turned himself in for the incident. He has been charged with 2 counts of Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, Going Armed with Intent, and Assault While Displaying a Dangerous Weapon. Smith is being held with a $15,000 bond.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Mount Pleasant Police, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Henry County Attorney’s Office, and the Iowa State Patrol.

Unseasonable warmth rest of the week… Later week shower, too

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Temperatures are warming quickly after seeing some pretty dense fog this morning in parts of the area.  Highs this afternoon will easily reach well into the 80s.

Like this morning, more fog is expected to redevelop overnight into Tuesday morning with overnight lows in the middle 60s.

This unseasonably warm and humid August-like weather pattern will extend through the rest of the work week with daytime highs well into the 80s… possibly reaching 90 before the weekend.

What about rainfall?  Well, I do see one wave grazing the area late Wednesday night into Thursday with an isolated coverage of showers and thunderstorms.  The stronger and better coverage of showers and storms is still on track for the weekend especially developing Saturday before drying out on Sunday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

Here’s a look at the hour-by-hour forecast from the StormTrack 8 Weather App!

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Galesburg teen reportedly crashes car stolen from GHS teacher

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GALESBURG, Illinois — A Galesburg High School student reportedly stole her teacher’s car, drove it over 100 miles to LaSalle, and then crashed it, according to the Galesburg Register Mail.

The report says that a GHS teacher found that his car was missing after school around 3 p.m. on Friday, September 13th. The teacher activated his OnStar support and discovered that his 2016 Chevy Impala was travelling east on Interstate 80, and then alerted the authorities. A police chase then ensued, resulting in the car crashing on State Route 351 just off the I-80 exit near LaSalle.

This mirrors a report from the LaSalle News-Tribune placing the crash at just before 5 p.m. in the same location. It was a single-car crash that left the vehicle heavily damaged and the driver flown to a hospital via helicopter.

The teacher reports the thief to be a 14-year-old female student who was reportedly “having trouble” with him that Friday afternoon, and alleges that she may have taken his keys while she was at his desk. Her medical condition is currently unknown.

Illinois State Police District 17 has said that the incident is still under investigation and has not given a time-frame for a press release.

 

Want some Sicilian style pizza? Antonella’s II is the perfect spot to go to

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MOLINE, Illinois--- Monday, September 16, we featured our new Pizza Deals segment on News 8 at 11. We showcase a different restaurant in the Quad City area and give you a chance to get a great deal on their pizza.

Monday morning, we featured Antonella's Sicilian Pizzeria II. It's located in the Freight House in downtown Davenport, at 421 West River Drive. You can learn more about them by checking out their Facebook Page. Reno Vitale and Antonia Sgro joined us in the kitchen Monday morning to talk about their business.

 You can get a $20 gift certificate to their restaurant for just $10! To get the deal, click here. 

City of Davenport asking residents to complete grant money use survey: Here’s the details

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — The City of Davenport is asking residents for help in deciding what to do with a $1 million dollar grant.

The city announced in a Facebook post that it is gathering resident input using an online survey on its next five year plan, which runs from 2020 to 2024, as well as how the million dollars in community development block grant (CDBG) funding will factor in.

The city says the money can be used for a variety of issues, but they must meet at least one of the three following guidelines provided by the CDBG program:

  • Benefiting low and moderate income persons
  • Preventing or eliminating slums and blight
  • Meeting urgent community threats to health needs due to serious and immediate threats to health or welfare of the community.

You can provide your feedback through this survey. It is 21 questions long; with types such as multiple choice, ranking, and short answer. The survey primarily covers what types of public services and projects you would like to see improvement in, as well as some basic personal information questions.

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