Tigers’ Derek Norris peppered with questions about domestic violence suspension

Derek Norris reported to spring training on Tuesday, and the questions followed him. Norris, the veteran catcher the Detroit Tigers signed to a minor-league deal this winter, was suspended last season for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy after his ex-fiancee alleged physical and emotional abuse in a social media post that has since been deleted.The signing was met with scrutiny. And while answering questions at Tiger Town on Wednesday, including several questions about how well the Tigers vetted the incident, Norris tried to speak about the future and deflected when asked about the past. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger," Norris said "So I think I’ve learned a lot from it but at the same time, new year, just looking to get back on that field and do the thing that I love to do and like I said, trying to break camp with the club.”Norris, 28, denied his ex-fiancee's claims, but MLB commissioner still determined his conduct warranted discipline. He was placed on the restricted list for the final month of last season, meaning he wasn't able to play, and he was required to forfeit $100,000 of his salary to the Tampa Bay Rays, his previous team. He did not appeal his suspension.Norris’ ex-fiancee did not file criminal charges against him, and Tigers general manager Al Avila felt comfortable enough to sign Norris based off the MLB's findings and Norris' longstanding relationship with assistant general manager David Chadd.“(The MLB) felt that at this point, that we certainly should sign the guy,” Avila said in December. “That he was suspended, they described what the situation was and that’s the way the process should work. There was a mistake done, they investigated it and they encouraged us to do the signing because they said, ‘Hey, this guy made a mistake, he was punished for it and now he should be back at work.’”Norris said Continue Reading

5 Questions About Debt You’re Afraid to Ask

Around one-third of all Americans have debt in collections, according to the Urban Institute. Medical debt accounts for a substantial portion of this unpaid debt, with around one in five households past due on bills for healthcare services. While not all Americans are past due, most owe at least some money, whether that's for mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, student loans, or other debts. If you're one of the millions of Americans who owe money, you may have some questions about your debts that you're not comfortable asking. Here are some of the most common with the answers you need. Image source: Getty Images. 1. What happens if you don't pay your debt? If you don't pay back what you owe, creditors likely will take action. Typically, once your debt is 30 days or more past due, creditors post notice of a late payment on your credit report, reducing your credit score and making future borrowing difficult. You can also expect to start getting collections calls and will often get hit with late fees. If you owe on a credit card, your late payment could also trigger a penalty APR that's significantly higher. You do have legal rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Upon your request, creditors have to prove you owe, and can't continue collections activities until they do. They also cannot call you early in the morning or late at night, or make threats of legal action they don't intend to pursue. The type of debt you have will determine what happens next if you don't repay. If you have secured debt, like a car loan or mortgage, the lender may initiate proceedings to repossess your vehicle or foreclose on your home. If the debt is unsecured, which means there's no collateral, creditors often write off the unpaid balance and sell your debt to collections agencies. You could find yourself facing a lawsuit that might lead to a judgement against you, which a collector could enforce by asking a court to put a lien on your home or garnish Continue Reading

If you’re not asking yourself these 5 questions about money, you might already be screwed

Lauren Lyons Cole, provided by Published 10:08 am, Friday, January 19, 2018 Chris Jackson / Getty Money questions may be personal, but they tend to revolve around investing, debt, and real estate.  Setting yourself up for financial success means answering the easy money questions, as well as dealing with the harder ones.  We've outlined the 5 most important financial questions you need to be able to answer to make sure you're on the right track.  Everybody has money questions — but finding good financial advice is tough. Only 40% of Americans have a financial adviser they can look to for guidance. Even those who do have their doubts about how trustworthy their adviser is. Most people — 60% — suspect financial advisers prioritize the company they work for over what is best for the client, according to a recent survey from the CFP Board. As a certified financial planner, I've seen first hand how hard it is for people to figure out what to do with their money. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing Amazon Announces Price Increase For Prime Memberships GeoBeats Guy Cooks Egg With Robot Jukin Media Apple Announces It Will Invest $350 Billion In The US Economy Over The Next Five Years GeoBeats These Are The World’s Most Admired Companies Veuer Bitcoin: the price of the volatile digital currency drops by nearly 50% since it peak in December Euronews DC Russian restaurant says business has gone up despite Mueller investigation, tense relations Fox5DC WhatsApp Launches New Business App Fortune Benefit Brow Try-On Cosmopolitan Top 5 Best-Selling Tech Products of 2017 Wibbitz Here's Why Trains in Japan Will Bark Like A Dog and Snort Like A Deer Buzz 60 It seems like it should be simple: pay off debt, save money, live happily ever after. But life gets in the way — the refrigerator breaks or an unexpected surgery is needed — and taking those Continue Reading

Suzy Welch: What to say when a job interviewer says, ‘Tell me about yourself’

Hiring managers often kick off interviews with a deceptively simple question: "Tell me about yourself." Interviewees may be tempted to gloss over this question in their preparation — after all, everyone thinks they know the answer by heart. But according to bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch, you should have your answer meticulously prepared. Potential employers will use your response to determine two things: your maturity and your authenticity, Welch tells CNBC Make It. Here's the best way to answer this common question. While it may sound like the hiring manager has asked for your life story, they don't want to hear a long-winded, aimless tale. And they already have the bulk of your professional narrative in front of them, in the form of your resume. For example, if you are interviewing for a job in sales, tell the hiring manager how you ran lemonade stands when you were a kid, sold products in college or pitched a new project at your last job. Ask yourself, "What is it about me that he or she cares about?" Welch says. This shows the hiring manager that you are aware of what they're looking for, which is a sign of maturity. While you may think it's best to stick to a script, you should also add a bit of personality to your answers. "Your interviewer is hoping to hear who you really are," Welch says. "They want to see if you'll fit in, culturally." Continue Reading

What not to say when a hiring manager says, ‘Tell me about yourself’

No matter where you interview for a job, it's almost guaranteed that you'll be asked some variation of this prompt: "Tell me a bit about yourself." Seems like an easy cue to respond to, right? After all, you're just talking about yourself. Well, not exactly. Hiring managers use this question to get a feel for who you are as a worker and a person. It's also a starting point for the rest of the conversation. If you don't prepare, or at least know how to answer the question succinctly, you could miss a key opportunity to impress the hiring manager, or worse, actively lose their interest and derail your interview. Unfortunately, one interviewee made that mistake on a recent episode of CNBC's "The Job Interview," in which candidates interview for real jobs while being filmed. Andy Sajnani, CEO of software development company Think Latitude, and COO Misha Shah, interviewed five candidates for a marketing manager role within their company. To kick off each interview, they asked the candidate to explain who they were. Sajnani said, "Why don't you tell us a little bit about your background?" to the candidate sitting across the table. The candidate, John, launched into a speech, walking the interviewers through nearly his whole professional history without any signal of why he was highlighting the experiences or when he was going to stop. The candidate did not pick up on the the CEO's body language, which included looking around the room, taking sips of coffee, and other small signals that conveyed he was losing interest. Instead, he rambled, only stopping when Shah interrupted him. Continue Reading

Bill Cosby refuses to answer questions about rape accusations in unearthed interview (VIDEO)

Days before several women claimed Bill Cosby drugged and raped them, the comedian stonewalled a reporter's questions about previous assault accusations and asked for the interview to be "scuttled." The Associated Press released a part of a Nov. 6 interview Wednesday that showed Cosby refusing to answer questions about a 2005 sexual assault lawsuit. Since then, three new women have claimed the entertainer raped them decades ago and three TV outlets have scrapped or postponed shows starring the 77-year-old. The interview focused on Cosby loaning art to the Smithsonian, but near the end, a reporter asked the comedian if he had any response to Hannibal Buress' Oct. 16 stand-up gig in Philadelphia, where Buress' repeatedly called Cosby a rapist. The bit harped on a 2005 lawsuit where Andrea Constand, Tamara Green and 12 Jane Does claimed Cosby drugged and raped them. The lawsuit was settled in 2006. "I don't talk about it," he said. After the interview, Cosby requested that the footage never be shown. "I would appreciate it if it was scuttled," he told the reporter. "I think that if you want to consider yourself to be serious, then it will not appear anywhere." In the days following the interview, three more women came forward with new rape accusations. While they span several states, each victim reported a similar story: The entertainer attacked them decades ago after he gave them sedatives. On Sunday, Joan Tarshis claimed Cosby drugged and raped her in his dressing room in 1969 when she was an aspiring comedy writer. Two days later, former supermodel Janice Dickinson revealed a similar story. She claimed Cosby raped her in 1982 after he slipped her two pills and some wine while they were on a trip to Lake Tahoe. On Wednesday, a third woman from West Palm Beach told WPTV Cosby assaulted her in 1976. Therese Serignese said she was a starstruck 19-year-old living in Las Vegas when she Continue Reading

Bruce Springsteen’s memoir: 8 must-answer questions

The Boss talks.Rather, the Boss writes. It’s Bruce Springsteen’s upcoming autobiography, “Born to Run,” due  September 27 from Simon & Schuster.In the book, Springsteen “vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band,” according to a posting on Springsteen’s social media sites.What’s compelling about Springsteen is that there are parts of his life that have been laid bare -- yet there are other elements that we know little about. YOUR TURN: Which Springsteen song is your favorite? Which of his performances is most memorable? 'Like' us on Facebook and tell us in the comments. “Writing about yourself is a funny business,” says Springsteen in the book. “But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.”We’re looking forward to it. Springsteen is a compelling story teller and perhaps his greatest story has yet to be told. Specifically, there are eight questions we would like answered in “Born to Run:”See you at the book store in September.Chris Jordan: [email protected] Continue Reading

After destroying New York Knicks, LeBron James all business, shoots down questions about free agency

CLEVELAND - This was such an easy night for LeBron James, from the opening tip through the final buzzer. Mike D'Antoni was nice enough to send out a dead team, and the Cavaliers hardly broke a sweat in building a 49-point lead. And then some nosy guy from New York had to go and ruin James' night with a question about free agency. What, I was going to ask LeBron how it felt to put a 124-93 whipping on a team that is as undermanned, undersized and as bad on defense as ever? Like anybody back in New York even cares. Much more importantly, we had to get to the bottom of how James feels about the Knicks opening up two max-salary slots this summer. How does James feel about free agency, knowing he can come to the Garden and play with another megastar? Remember, he's the one who once said that he'd love to play one day with fellow Dream Teamer Chris Bosh. Come July 1, the Knicks are going to try to give James that opportunity. Well, how about it? "I stopped answering ... I don't know if you've been around," James said. "I don't know what you've been doing." Guess he doesn't read the Daily News. His loss. "I stopped answering free-agent questions a long time ago," he added, not looking very happy. "So, move on to the next (question), please." Bottom line, Knicks fans: He did not say no. He tabled the matter until this summer. That's fair. This certainly was not the time for James to start thanking Donnie Walsh for giving him the chance to play with Bosh, if that's the route the Knicks' president tries to go. The Cavs have run smack into a little adversity, with Shaquille O'Neal out for up to eight weeks following surgery on his right thumb. Suddenly, without O'Neal or Zydrunas Ilgauskas to hold down the paint, they're a different team, more vulnerable. Well, against 28 other teams, perhaps. Make that 27, because the Cavs come to the Meadowlands tomorrow night and it could get as ugly as this game. Then again, the Nets play a more Continue Reading

Derek Jeter remains optimistic about Yankees despite A-Rod’s surgery

TORONTO - The Yankees might not be able to replace Alex Rodriguez's production while he recovers from hip surgery, but the team is talented enough to "be all right" in his absence, captain Derek Jeter said. "We have no choice," Jeter said before Sunday night's World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Venezuela won by the U.S., 15-6. "Obviously, (whoever takes over third base) is not going to be able to do some of the things that Al is capable of doing - there aren't too many people in baseball who can - but we've got enough guys on our team that we'll be all right. "It's good he gets it taken care of and he'll be back with us soon enough." Of course, part of Jeter's public persona is that, even if he thought losing Rodriguez for 6-9 weeks was a severe blow to the Yankees, he would never reveal it. Still, he said several times that the Yankees could withstand however long Rodriguez is out, especially because of their revamped starting rotation. "That's how you win, pitching," Jeter said. "I say it time and time again. You can have all the hitters you want, but you have to pitch. We have a lot of optimism with our pitching staff, so in that sense we feel pretty good about ourselves. "There's more than just one person on a team," he added. "If someone goes down, other guys step up. You don't sit around and feel sorry for yourself and say, 'Oh, we'll just wait until he comes back.' No, you have to play whether he's out there or not. Our job is to get through it." It's unclear if Rodriguez's upcoming surgery will slow the news cycle surrounding the third baseman - after all, Rodriguez has been a one-man, 24-hour headline. But it's clear Jeter is eager for the day he is not regularly asked a battery of A-Rod questions. "You guys still ask me about him and he's not even here, so I'm sure you're not going to stop asking," a feisty Jeter told reporters. "That's up to you, though. If you guys don't ask questions, then no one has to answer them. I'm sure you'll bring Continue Reading

News answers burning questions about PSLs as issue continues to simmer

This past summer, the Giants and Jets unveiled their respective Personal Seat License programs - one-time fees assessed to season-ticket holders. The move, for the most part, has been met with anger from fans of both teams. As fans struggle to make ends meet in an ever-worsening economy, the Jets and Giants - each worth nearly $1.2 billion, according to Forbes - insist that PSLs are necessary to pay for the new Meadowlands stadium scheduled to open in 2010. In the months following the Jets’ and Giants’ PSL announcement, cries of corporate greed and fan exploitation have been prevalent, along with confusion about obtaining and maintaining seat licenses. PSL SAGA PART I: AGONY OF THE SEATBelow, the Daily News sorts through the biggest questions surrounding the controversial issue. If I purchase a PSL, but cannot afford tickets for a particular season, do I simply lose the PSL? Both teams say yes. The Giants and Jets are asking buyers to make an initial investment in the PSL ranging from $1,000 to more than $20,000, while also requiring PSL holders to purchase season tickets each year. Failure to buy the tickets for any season will result in loss of the seat license and the money spent to obtain it. "You are obligated to purchase a season ticket for each PSL you own," says Kevin Frattura, vice president of sales for Giants Stadium LLC. Adds a Jets team spokesperson: "You are required to purchase tickets every year. If you do not purchase the tickets, you lose the rights to the seat and the money you have previously paid for the PSL. This is a very remote scenario, however, since the PSL owner would simply sell the PSL if they no longer wished to purchase tickets." PREVIOUS: GIANTS & JETS SAY THEY HAD NO CHOICE ON PRICEY PSLsCan I sell my PSL for as much as I want, to whomever I want? "Yes," says the Giants’ Frattura. "However, the transfer of ownership cannot be made until after March 11, 2011. You just have to act in Continue Reading