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2 men caned 77 times for gay sex in Indonesia's Aceh

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Two men in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province were publicly caned each 77 times Thursday after neighbors reported them to Islamic religious police for having sex.Dozens of people witnessed the caning at Banda Aceh’s Tamansari city park. It's the third time that Aceh, the only province in Indonesia to practice Shariah law, has caned people for homosexuality since the Islamic law was implemented in 2015 as a concession made by the government to end a long-running separatist rebellion. The men, aged 27 and 29, were whipped across the back and winced with pain as a team of five enforcers wearing robes and hoods took turns, relieving one another after every 40 strokes.The men were arrested in November after residents became suspicious and broke into their rented room where they were caught having sex, said Heru Triwijanarko, Aceh’s acting Sharia police chief.A Shariah court last month sentenced each man to 80 strokes, but they were caned 77 times after a remission for time spent in prison. Four other people received 17 strokes for extra-marital relations and 40 strokes for drinking alcohol. A Shariah code allows up to 100 lashes for morality offenses including gay sex. Caning is also punishment for adultery, gambling, drinking and for women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers.With the exception of Aceh, homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but the country’s low-profile LGBT community has been under siege in the past years.

Vanecek makes 30 saves in NHL debut, Capitals sweep Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Vitek Vanecek made 30 saves in his NHL debut, Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist and the Washington Capitals beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Friday night to sweep the season-opening series.Jakub Vrana scored his second goal of the season for the Capitals, 6-4 winners over the Sabres on Thursday night. Rasmus Ristolainen scored for Buffalo, and Linus Ullmark stopped 19 shots.Wilson gave Washington the lead for good midway through the third period. Nicklas Backstrom dropped the puck off in the right circle for Wilson, and he flung a wrist shot over Ullmark’s glove.Ristolainen tied it for Buffalo in the opening minute of the third. His snap shot from the blue line wiggled underneath Vanecek’s glove after deflecting off the skate of Wilson, who was defending Buffalo’s Sam Reinhart in front of the net.Washington went ahead early in the second period on Vrana's partial breakaway. He took the puck from Buffalo’s Rasmus Dahlin in the Capitals zone before setting up Vrana.RETURNING TO THE LINEUPSabres C Eric Staal was back on the ice after leaving in the third period Thursday following a hit to the head from Capitals C Nick Dowd. Staal was listed as a game-time decision.Taylor Hall and Reinhart both went to the dressing room before returning to the Buffalo bench. Reinhart tripped and slid into the end boards during the second period, and Hall took an errant puck to the face in the third. Hall, Buffalo’s marquee offseason acquisition, assisted on Ristolainen’s goal.SCHEDULE SHUFFLEBoth teams had games rescheduled after the postponement of Friday’s matchup between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators due to positive COVID-19 tests.Buffalo will now play March 26 at Pittsburgh on March 26 and at home against Pittsburgh on April 19. Washington will play April 10 at Boston. All three games were originally scheduled for the following date.WHAT’S NEXT:Capitals: At Pittsburgh on Sunday.Sabres: At Philadelphia on Monday and Tuesday nights.___https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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Liz Weston: Got life insurance? You may not have enough

You probably need life insurance if your death would cause financial hardship to someone else. If the only coverage you have is through your job, though, you may not have enough. Fortunately, buying life insurance has gotten easier in some ways during the pandemic. Plus, coverage may be cheaper than you think.The rising COVID-19 death toll has led more people to at least think about their life insurance needs, and many have taken action. One in 4 Americans who have life insurance say they purchased or increased their coverage because of COVID-19, according to a NerdWallet survey conducted Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 by The Harris Poll. Many of those who purchased or increased their coverage were motivated by fear of being diagnosed with the disease (30%) or knowing someone who had (29%).A survey by insurance industry trade group LIMRA this summer found nearly 6 in 10 Americans (58%) say they have a heightened awareness about the importance of life insurance, and about 3 out of 10 (32%) who were shopping for life insurance said it was in response to COVID-19. The number of term policies, the most popular type of life insurance, rose 10% in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, LIMRA found. That was the largest increase in 18 years.“Obviously, the pandemic is making people much more sensitive to their mortality,” says Alison Salka, LIMRA research director. “So we see more people aware of the need for life insurance.”Still, LIMRA has estimated that 30 million American households don’t have coverage, and another 30 million don’t have enough. The average coverage gap between what people have and what they need is about $200,000, LIMRA says.“There is a perception about, ‘Well, I have it at work, and that’s got to be enough,’” says Marc Cadin, CEO of Finseca, another insurance industry group. “Most people have not done the work to really understand what would happen if they were to prematurely die.” Employer-provided life insurance policies are typically capped at certain dollar amounts, such as $20,000 or $50,000, or limit coverage to one to two times an employee’s annual pay. That may seem like a lot, but parents with young children may need 10 times their salary or more to replace their incomes until the kids are grown. (Other types of insurance you may get from your employer, such as accidental death or critical illness policies, generally are too narrowly focused to protect you adequately.)Even if your need is more modest — your partner requires your income to pay the mortgage, for example — an employer-provided policy might fall short. Plus, you typically lose your coverage if you lose your job, as many Americans have during the pandemic. Having your own policy means your beneficiaries will remain protected. And thanks in part to the pandemic, you may be able to get coverage faster and without a medical exam.Increasingly, insurers are automating and accelerating the application process, LIMRA’s Salka says. Instead of sending someone to your home to check vital signs and collect blood and urine specimens, some insurers are waiving exams or are exclusively using exam and lab data provided by the applicant’s physician. This trend was already underway, but social distancing and other pandemic challenges mean more insurers are adopting these practices, Salka says.Life insurance is often cheaper than people expect, Cadin says. A 30-year-old woman in excellent health might pay $193 a year for 20-year term policy for $500,000. A 40-year-old man, also in excellent health, might pay $341 for the same coverage.Term insurance covers people for a specified period of time, which is typically 10, 20 or 30 years. Term policies are significantly less expensive than permanent life insurance, which has additional features such as a cash value that can be borrowed against and that grows over time. But the higher costs of permanent policies can tempt some buyers to skimp on coverage. If you do need life insurance — and you probably do if someone would be financially impacted by your death — then your priority should be getting enough.How much is that? A life insurance calculator can help you refine your estimate. You may want to replace your salary for 20 or 30 years if your children are young, for example, and perhaps provide a college fund. You may want to add in your mortgage balance and any other debts. If you’re a stay-at-home parent or other unpaid caregiver, consider how much it would cost to hire someone to provide those services and for how many years. For example, your kids may need a full-time babysitter until they’re old enough for school and then a part-time one until they’re in their teens.Once you have a total, subtract your “liquid” assets, such as savings accounts, college funds and any life insurance you already have. That’s the amount of life insurance you should start shopping for, without delay.___________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet, a certified financial planner and author of “Your Credit Score.” Email: [email protected] Twitter: @lizweston.RELATED LINK:NerdWallet: How urgent is life insurance for Americans? That depends on COVID https://bit.ly/nerdwallet-covid-life-insurance

Duchene leads Predators over Blackhawks 2-1 in shootout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For Matt Duchene, confidence was the difference. Duchene scored the only goal of the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.Nick Cousins had the regulation goal for Nashville. Ryan Carpenter had the Chicago goal. The Blackhawks have dropped two in a row, but have earned at least one standings point in their last five games. It was the second straight night the teams needed extra time to decide the game. Nashville won Tuesday night’s first game of the back-to-back set on an overtime goal by captain Roman Josi. In the tiebreaker, Duchene skated down the center of the ice, froze Chicago goaltender Kevin Lankinen with a forehand move before lifting a backhand under the crossbar of the fallen goaltender. “Coming in there, I think in a shootout, it starts upstairs in your head,” Duchene said. “For me, it starts upstairs and just having that confidence. When you pick that puck up, you've got to know that you’re going to score and I had that feeling tonight.” Cousins scored the game’s first goal at 5:24 of the third period. After Chicago turned the puck over just inside the Nashville blue line, Duchene chipped the puck off of the glass and Cousins outmaneuvered Chicago defenseman Calvin de Haan to take control of the puck. Cousins skated down the right side on a 2-on-1 and snapped a quick wrist shot between the pads of Lankinen from the right circle. Lankinen finished with 41 saves in regulation and overtime, including 20 in the third period. The goal was Cousins’ first as a Predator. Carpenter tied it 4 minutes later. Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros denied Carpenter’s redirection of a shot from Brandon Hagel, but Carpenter collected his own rebound and managed to slip a tough angle shot past Saros for his first of the season. The assist was Hagel’s first career NHL point. “I didn’t grab the puck, I hope someone grabbed it for him,” Carpenter said of Hagel. “He’s been playing so well. He brings so much energy every night. Even on a back-to-back, he was skating well.” Saros made 29 saves and denied all three Blackhawk shooters in the shootout. POWER PLAY DENIEDChicago entered Wednesday with at least one power-play goal scored in each of their seven games played this season, the second longest stretch to open a season in franchise history, trailing only the 1990-91 team, which scored 17 power play goals in the first 11 games of that season. PENALTY KILLING PROMISENashville entered Wednesday last in the NHL in penalty killing percentage at 54.0%, giving up nine power-play goals against in their last three games. Complicating matters was the fact that Chicago has the league’s second-best power play, clicking at 42.0% entering the game. The Predators denied the Blackhawks on all four of their power play attempts Wednesday, holding them to two shots on goal. FINALLY FIRSTAfter allowing the first goal in each of their first six games, Cousins’ goal was the first time Nashville scored first this season. MILESTONE GAMEDuchene played in his 800th career game. Duchene is in his second season with the Predators after stops in Colorado, Ottawa and Columbus. WHAT’S NEXTThe Predators head to the Sunshine State for four games, two each with Tampa Bay and Florida, beginning Saturday in Tampa Bay. The Blackhawks return home for four-straight, starting Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.