Time to ‘Spring forward’
On Sunday the vast majority of Americans lose an hour of sleep as clocks are set ahead for daylight saving time. While most cellphones and other devices take care of the time change automatically, traditional clocks need to be adjusted manually when the time changes at 2 a.m. Sunday and turns to 3 a.m. The time difference can affect your health, and may change sleep patterns, often for about five to seven days. Daylight saving was ostensibly started to save energy, but it turned out people enjoyed having an extra hour of daylight after work. Not in Arizona, though, where sunlight only extends the heat-related misery. Another state that does not observe daylight saving time is Hawaii. In 2017, California, along with several other states, proposed a bill to enact daylight saving time year-round.
Daylight saving time has some unexpected consequences. Tony Spitz has the details.
Another winter storm is on its way
A massive storm will bring a mix of wild weather to the central and southern U.S. this weekend, including blizzard conditions in the Midwest and the chance for tornadoes in the Southeast. The snowstorm will likely be at its strongest later Saturday and into Sunday. The heaviest snow is expected in the Dakotas and Minnesota. Wind gusts of up to 45 mph are likely, which could result in reduced visibility, drifting snow and blizzard conditions in some locations in the northern Plains. Winds from the storm will howl around the Great Lakes states on Sunday; gusts of 60 to 70 mph are possible in Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo, New York. Meanwhile, another outbreak of severe weather and tornadoes is taking aim on the Deep South on Saturday — nearly a week after a twister killed 23 people near Auburn, Alabama.
Record bull market turns 10 years old
As the longest bull market in U.S. history celebrates its 10th anniversary Saturday, Wall Street pros are debating whether the old-timer is on its last legs or mustering a second wind. The question is pivotal for the 401(k) plans and other investments of millions of Americans who have built robust nest eggs on the back of the market’s impressive rise. A bull market is generally defined as a sustained rise in stock prices without a 20 percent drop from its peak — or bear market — based on closing prices. Since the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index bottomed out at 676.53 on March 9, 2009, in the thick of the Great Recession and financial crisis, it has more than quadrupled.
Zion back in Duke vs. UNC rematch?
Duke travels to Chapel Hill on Saturday for a regular season-ending rematch against the University of North Carolina — and there’s a chance Zion Williamson could play for the first time since Feb. 20. That’s when the Blue Devils superstar suffered a knee sprain in the first meeting against the Tar Heels. It happened after a bizarre shoe fail witnessed by a packed Cameron Indoor Stadium crowd that included former President Barack Obama. On Friday, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Williamson looked great in a non-contact practice and a decision on his status was pending. UNC and Duke are Nos. 3 and 4, respectively in USA TODAY’s Coaches Poll. The game starts at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.
HBO doc examines murder mystery featured in popular podcast
The first season of journalist Sarah Koenig’s 12-episode true-crime investigation podcast “Serial” became an instant phenomenon when it premiered in 2014, generating more than 40 million downloads in its first two months. On Sunday, HBO’s four-part docuseries “The Case Against Adnan Syed” begins delving further into the central mystery featured in the podcast. Adnan Syed was convicted of the first-degree murder of ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee in Baltimore. The 18-year-old high school student was allegedly strangled and buried in a park. His conviction came despite inconsistencies in witnesses’ testimony that Koenig tried to unpack on “Serial.” In the end, the podcast was inconclusive. But new details in the HBO docuseries could provide legal ammunition Syed, now 38, needs in getting a new trial.
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