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Moscow targets Chinese with raids amid virus fears
Moscow targets Chinese with raids amid virus fears

Bus drivers in Moscow kept their WhatsApp group chat buzzing with questions this week about what to do if they spotted passengers who might be from China riding with them in the Russian capital. The befuddlement reflected in screenshots of the group exchanges seen by The Associated Press had a common source - instructions from Moscow's public transit operator Wednesday for drivers to call a dispatcher if Chinese nationals boarded their buses, Russian media reported. A leaked email that the media reports said was sent by the state-owned transportation company Mosgortrans told dispatchers who took such calls to notify the police.

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders' Nevada win is a breakout moment. The others are toast

The Vermont Senator will soon be going toe to toe with Donald Trump There are no second prizes in presidential contests. No silver medals. No participation trophies.There are, however, endless numbers of delusional candidates and campaigns who insist that they will sweep the later states, or take their delegates to the convention, or contest the legitimacy of the nomination process.This was the position of one Bernie Sanders four years ago, not to mention his die-hard fans.Today, after his resounding win in Nevada on Saturday, America's favorite socialist can look forward to trashing the arguments of the also-rans, just like the Clinton campaign trashed his protracted case of the race...

Nevada caucuses live updates: Results and analysis from the third 2020 Democratic contest
Nevada caucuses live updates: Results and analysis from the third 2020 Democratic contest

The candidates - not including Mike Bloomberg, who is not on the ballot - are vying for the state's 36 pledged delegates.

The Diamond Princess cruise ship, where at least 634 people caught the coronavirus, is setting sail again in April. Here
The Diamond Princess cruise ship, where at least 634 people caught the coronavirus, is setting sail again in April. Here's how it's being cleaned.

A spokesperson for Princess' parent company Carnival Corp. said the ship will be sprayed with a standard disinfectant after the COVID-19 outbreak.

CDC is preparing for the
CDC is preparing for the 'likely' spread of coronavirus in the US, officials say

While coronavirus has not spread in the United States, CDC officials said they're preparing for the coronavirus to become a pandemic.

United Airlines raising checked-bag fees, joining JetBlue
United Airlines raising checked-bag fees, joining JetBlue

United Airlines, which is following the lead of JetBlue Airways, said travelers will be able to avoid the increase if they prepay for bags in advance.

German mass shooting reopens gun law debates
German mass shooting reopens gun law debates

Filip Geoman's daughter was shot dead on Wednesday (February 19). She was one of nine victims killed in one of Germany's worst mass shootings since World War Two. (SOUNDBITE) (German) FILIP GEOMAN, WHOSE 35-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER MERCEDES KIERPACZ WAS KILLED, SAYING: "My child was murdered here. She was only 35 years old. She came here to eat a pizza and drink a coke. And then she was shot down. I ask all of Hanau to understand what happened here: a tragedy." The presumed killer, belonged to a gun club and published a racist manifesto online before opening fire at two shisha bars in Hanau. He is then believed...

Stone prison term: Will courts hold Trump accountable after Congress, Mueller failures?
Stone prison term: Will courts hold Trump accountable after Congress, Mueller failures?

Accountability still matters in court. Perhaps the judiciary will protect us from Trump where the executive and legislative branches have let us down.

Donald Trump dismisses US intelligence briefing warning Russia is working to boost his re-election
Donald Trump dismisses US intelligence briefing warning Russia is working to boost his re-election

Donald Trump has dismissed a US intelligence assessment that Russia is meddling in the 2020 election to help his re-election as a Democrat "hoax", amid a row over a briefing with Congress last week. "Another misinformation campaign is being launched by Democrats in Congress saying that Russia prefers me to any of the Do Nothing Democrat candidates who still have been unable to, after two weeks, count their votes in Iowa," the president tweeted, adding "Hoax number 7!" It comes after America's top election security official, Shelby Pierson, warned the House Intelligence Committee that the Kremlin was interfering in the 2020 presidential campaign to aid Mr...

No, you step aside: Democratic competitors
No, you step aside: Democratic competitors 'shocked' by Bloomberg suggesting they leave the race

Michael Bloomberg's Democratic competitors don't think much of his suggestion that they leave the race to him and Bernie Sanders.

House leaders reportedly learned Russia was trying to get Trump re-elected - and Trump was angry about it
House leaders reportedly learned Russia was trying to get Trump re-elected - and Trump was angry about it

President Trump would rather keep the facts to himself.Last week, the House Intelligence Committee reportedly received a briefing detailing how Russia was once again interfering in the 2020 election. The next day, Trump attacked his outgoing national intelligence director for letting the briefing happen, people familiar with the exchange told The New York Times.The committee, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), learned from intelligence official Shelby Pierson that Russia was working to get Trump re-elected this fall, five people familiar with the matter said. Pierson has a reputation for bluntness, and some officials who heard about the briefing suggested Pierson should've left out the...

Apple has been granted a temporary restraining order against a man it says has been stalking Tim Cook
Apple has been granted a temporary restraining order against a man it says has been stalking Tim Cook

Apple alleged the man has been harassing Tim Cook, and has shown up at his house in Palo Alto twice, once with champagne and flowers.

Virus Surge in Japan Risks Undoing Abe
Virus Surge in Japan Risks Undoing Abe's Efforts to Woo China

(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has so far managed to keep the coronavirus outbreak from damaging his hard-won relationship with China. That's getting even more difficult with each new case confirmed in Japan.Abe has taken a softer approach to China over the virus than the Trump administration, winning Tokyo praise in Beijing. That chimes with his efforts to nurse Japan's relationship with its giant neighbor and biggest trading partner back to health since he took office in 2012 amid the worst crisis in decades.Unlike others including the U.S., Australia and Singapore, Abe's government has avoided a blanket ban on visitors from its neighbor, instead restricting entry from just...

From
From 'stop and frisk' to comments about women, Bloomberg faced multiple attacks in his first debate

Several of Bloomberg's Democratic competitors have hit him on a variety of issues over the past week, including in Wednesday's debate.

Imported camels evacuated from Libya
Imported camels evacuated from Libya's capital after port comes under fire

Three thousand camels imported from Australia have been walked out of Libya's capital Tripoli in an overnight evacuation after the port where they arrived came under artillery fire. The camels left Tripoli's port shortly after midnight on Wednesday, and were herded along a highway leading west to the city of Zawiya, some 45 km (30 miles) away, where they arrived on Thursday morning, according to a local merchant. A Reuters reporter saw about 20 camel herds whipping the camels into line as they left central Tripoli, with some camels trying to search for food along the side of the road.

South Korea and Vietnam are asking millions to stay home to avoid coronavirus as more people get infected and die outside of China
South Korea and Vietnam are asking millions to stay home to avoid coronavirus as more people get infected and die outside of China

The vast majority of the 2,100 deaths from coronavirus remain in China - but rates outside of the country are starting to creep up.

Who won the Nevada Democratic debate? Our panelists
Who won the Nevada Democratic debate? Our panelists' verdict

The debate was so vicious at times that it resembled a circular firing squad. So who emerged as the victor? Jessa Crispin: 'Angry Elizabeth Warren is back - and that's good'So thrilled to have lived long enough to witness Mayor Bloomberg's performance on the debate stage. Oh, to revel in his deadly charisma, in his power to unify the nation and lead us into a better future. He was so magnetic I simply kept forgetting he was on the stage. He was so inarticulate, timid, easily flummoxed, and filled with an obvious contempt for the proceedings, it's no surprise so many (who may have undisclosed financial ties to the man and his company) have declared him the obvious winner.Was the audience...

Warren: Bloomberg will drop
Warren: Bloomberg will drop 'another $100 million' just to 'erase America's memory' of the Las Vegas debate

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was not pulling her punches in Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, and her most potent haymakers landed on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, standing to her right. MSNBC's post-debate panel showed the moment she started pummeling Bloomberg, and Chris Matthews described it in elaborate boxing metaphors.The Daily Show was a little more succinct:> Elizabeth Warren rn pic.twitter.com/HbrrAFVNRx> > -- The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) February 20, 2020Warren's biggest blow was set up by Bloomberg himself, and Joe Biden jumped in to help her finish him off.After the debate, Matthews asked Warren why she went after...

Former Mexico President Pena Nieto investigated in corruption probe: report
Former Mexico President Pena Nieto investigated in corruption probe: report

Mexican law enforcement authorities are investigating a former president, Enrique Pena Nieto, as part of an inquiry into corruption, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Pena Nieto has become embroiled in the investigation of Emilio Lozoya, the former chief executive of Mexico's state oil firm Petróleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Lozoya is accused of corruption related to a wide-ranging bribery and money-laundering case involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht SA. Lozoya, who was arrested in Spain last week, has denied wrongdoing.

Airports warn of chaos with looming Real ID license deadline
Airports warn of chaos with looming Real ID license deadline

Without a special Real ID driver's license or card, airline passengers will be required to present a passport, military ID or Global Entry card to pass through security, even for domestic flights, starting in October.

Oracle Employee Speaks Out Against Her Boss Raising Money for Trump
Oracle Employee Speaks Out Against Her Boss Raising Money for Trump

Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle, one of the largest software companies in the world, hosted a fundraiser for Donald Trump's re-election on Wednesday at the tech titan's Southern California estate. The event was expected to bring in some $7 million for the incumbent president. Some of Ellison's employees were less than pleased about that, signing a protest petition and, according to Recode, planning to walk out on Thursday to demand Ellison and Oracle donate an equivalent amount to humanitarian causes and denounce what they see as the Trump administration's failings.Kristine Lessard, an Oracle sales account manager based in Massachusetts, signed the first petition with a personal...

Maduro accused of "disappearing" US oilmen as trial delayed
Maduro accused of "disappearing" US oilmen as trial delayed

Family members of six American oil executives jailed in Venezuela are accusing Nicolas Maduro's government of "forced disappearance" after the men were inexplicably missing for the scheduled start of their trial on Wednesday. Veronica Vadell said that lawyers for her father, Tomeu Vadell, and the five other executives from Houston-based Citgo had been waiting at a Caracas courthouse for more than six hours for the men to be transferred by the nation's intelligence police. The arrest took place the same day opposition leader Juan Guaidó met with President Donald Trump at the White House, fueling speculation the detention was politically motivated.

Obama Team Asked Harry Reid to Quash Bernie Sanders
Obama Team Asked Harry Reid to Quash Bernie Sanders's 2011 Primary Challenge: Report

Former Senate Majority Leader and Nevada Democrat Harry Reid convinced Bernie Sanders not to mount a primary run against former President Barack Obama in 2011, according to The Atlantic.Reid was reportedly tasked by an "absolutely panicked" Obama campaign team to dissuade Sanders - who had privately disclosed his intentions to fellow Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy - because they were fearful that Sanders would pose a serious challenge."Every president who has gotten a real primary has lost a general," Obama's 2012 reelection-campaign manager Jim Messina told The Atlantic.After being told of the situation by Leahy, Messina then asked Reid to talk Sanders out of the race. The two men...

Coronavirus may be detectable before symptoms start
Coronavirus may be detectable before symptoms start

It's still unclear at what point a person with the virus can spread it to others.

South Korea coronavirus cases jump by two-thirds in one day
South Korea coronavirus cases jump by two-thirds in one day

South Korea reported 20 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday -- increasing its total by nearly two-thirds -- including a cluster of at least 16 centred on the southern city of Daegu. The trade-dependent nation has been hit by the economic fallout from the virus outbreak in neighbouring China, but until Wednesday's jump, its own case numbers had hardly changed for several days. The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said in a statement that 20 new coronavirus cases had been confirmed, raising its total from 31 to 51.

Students are protesting a Catholic school in Washington after two teachers said they were forced out for being gay
Students are protesting a Catholic school in Washington after two teachers said they were forced out for being gay

Two teachers say they were forced out of a Catholic school in Washington state because of recent engagements to same-sex partners.

Large majority of nonvoters plan to cast ballots in November, new report finds
Large majority of nonvoters plan to cast ballots in November, new report finds

Both pro- and anti-Trump attitudes were motivating factors to vote in 2020, with 19 percent supporting the president and 22 percent against.

Coronavirus 20 times more lethal than the flu? Death toll passes 2,000
Coronavirus 20 times more lethal than the flu? Death toll passes 2,000

The death toll from coronavirus passed 2,000 as a Chinese study says the outbreak could be 20 times more deadly than the flu.

U.S. imposes new rules on state-owned Chinese media over propaganda concerns
U.S. imposes new rules on state-owned Chinese media over propaganda concerns

The Trump administration said on Tuesday said it will begin treating five major Chinese state-run media entities with U.S. operations the same as foreign embassies, requiring them to register their employees and U.S. properties with the State Department. Two senior state department officials said the decision was made because China has been tightening state control over its media and President Xi Jinping has made more aggressive use of them to spread pro-Beijing propaganda. "The control over both the content and editorial control have only strengthened over the course of Xi Jinping's term in power," said one official.

A top Trump adviser was contradicted on air during a CNN fact-check of the Obama economy. He still said it was
A top Trump adviser was contradicted on air during a CNN fact-check of the Obama economy. He still said it was 'horrible.'

Peter Navarro clashed with CNN anchor Poppy Harlow during a segment where he was shown data that contradicted his claims.

Bolton Slams White House for Effort to
Bolton Slams White House for Effort to 'Suppress' His Memoir

Former national security adviser John Bolton criticized the White House on Monday for what he termed its efforts to censor his memoir on working in the Trump administration."For all the focus on Ukraine and the impeachment trial and all that, to me, there are portions of the manuscript that deal with Ukraine, I view that like the sprinkles on the ice cream sundae in terms of what's in the book," Bolton told an audience at Duke University. "This is an effort to write history and I did it the best I can. We'll have to see what comes out of the censorship." Bolton also said he hoped the book would survive the pre-publication review process."I'm hoping ultimately I...

A group of federal judges will hold an emergency meeting over Trump
A group of federal judges will hold an emergency meeting over Trump's role in the DOJ's sentencing recommendations for Roger Stone

The emergency meeting comes after DOJ leadership intervened in the prosecution of Trump ally Roger Stone to recommend a lower sentence.

Bloomberg
Bloomberg's financial regulation plan includes some pretty progressive ideas

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is apparently letting the progressives get to him.The billionaire and 2020 candidate is set to unveil his plan for regulating the financial industry on Tuesday, and as The New York Times reports, it "features ideas that wouldn't be out of place" for 2020 candidates Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Diverging from his past criticism of Wall Street regulation, Bloomberg will propose tighter oversight rules that touch on hot-button topics such as student loans, per the Times.In his Tuesday announcement, Bloomberg will propose a financial transactions tax of 0.1 percent, as well as create a Justice Department...

Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy after String of Sexual Assault Suits
Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy after String of Sexual Assault Suits

The Boy Scouts of America youth organization has filed for bankruptcy amid mounting legal expenses due to a string of sexual assault cases going back decades.In April 2019, it was revealed that the organization had kept files on sexual abusers in its ranks since the end of World War I. From 1944 there have been almost 8,000 perpetrators and over 12,000 victims the organization knew of, while the Boy Scouts said at the time that all known instances had been reported to the police.In recent months, hundreds of new abuse cases have been reported."If you've ever considered coming forward, now is the time," attorney Tim Kosonoff, who has worked on numerous Boy Scout cases, told the...

A famous hedge fund bought Tesla stock before it surged 91% this year. It potentially raked in over $1.5 billion from the bet.
A famous hedge fund bought Tesla stock before it surged 91% this year. It potentially raked in over $1.5 billion from the bet.

Renaissance Technologies took a 2.1% stake in Elon Musk's electric-car startup. It might have made $1.5 billion.

China-led $280 million Kyrgyzstan project abandoned after protests

A Chinese company has pulled out of a $280 million project to build a logistics center in Kyrgyzstan after protests by hundreds of locals in a fresh display of anti-Beijing sentiment in Central Asia. The deal signed during Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to the former Soviet republic last year

Jailed Wikileaks founder Assange
Jailed Wikileaks founder Assange's health improving - spokesman

Jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is no longer being kept in solitary confinement and his health is improving, his spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told reporters on Tuesday. Assange, 48, is in Belmarsh high-security prison in London, fighting an extradition request from the United States where he faces 18 counts including conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage law. Assange was moved from solitary confinement in the medical wing to a different part of the prison with 40 other inmates after his legal team and prisoners complained that his treatment was unfair, Hrafnsson said.

Turkish philanthropist detained in new case after acquittal
Turkish philanthropist detained in new case after acquittal

Turkish prosecutors detained a prominent philanthropist for alleged ties to a 2016 coup attempt Tuesday night, just hours after a court acquitted him on terrorism-related charges and ordered his release from jail after 840 days. The Istanbul prosecutor's office said in a statement that it planned to appeal the verdict by a panel of judges that found Osman Kavala not guilty of charges resulting from anti-government protests. While the judges also set Kavala free, prosecutors ordered him to be detained in a separate investigation involving the failed coup.

Virus-hit province rewards doctors
Virus-hit province rewards doctors' children with extra exam points

Children of China's frontline medical workers battling the deadly coronavirus will be awarded extra exam points when applying for schools and higher education, local officials said Tuesday. Doctors and nurses in Hubei province -- where the outbreak originated and which has reported the majority of deaths -- have been lionized online and by state media. China's schooling system places a major emphasis on exams, and even younger children face extreme competition to get into top schools that parents believe will raise their chances of getting into a good university.

Nevada
Nevada's changing demographics are a road map showing Democrats how to win elections

Change doesn't happen on its own. It takes intensive organizing, a focus on bread-and-butter issues, and persuading immigrants to become citizens.

Coronavirus: Diamond Princess passengers arrive in US, including 14 who tested positive
Coronavirus: Diamond Princess passengers arrive in US, including 14 who tested positive

Fourteen of the evacuees from the Diamond Princess had coronavirus but were allowed to board a flight to the U.S. because they did not have symptoms.

Presidents
Presidents' Day Celebration! Meet the 6 Best U.S. Presidents Ever

Did Trump make the list? Obama? Lincoln? Here is the list.

Ex-wife of man accused of killing 8 describes 1st shooting
Ex-wife of man accused of killing 8 describes 1st shooting

Sheena May was the only witness called Sunday at the trial in Magnolia, telling jurors her divorce had become final in recent days, The Daily Leader newspaper reported. The woman's ex-husband, Willie Cory Godbolt, 37, is charged with capital murder, accused of fatally shooting the eight, including the deputy who arrived at his in-laws' home in the long Memorial Day holiday weekend of May 2017. The killings began after Godbolt entered the in-laws' home in Bogue Chitto and got into an argument with his estranged wife and her family over the couple's two children, witness Vincent Mitchell testified earlier at trial, according to The Daily Leader.

Topless dairy industry protesters crashed the stage at a Bernie Sanders rally
Topless dairy industry protesters crashed the stage at a Bernie Sanders rally

One protester grabbed a microphone to say she was Sanders' "biggest supporter" but pleaded that he "stop pumping up the dairy industry."

If William Barr Truly Believed in Rule of Law, He Would Resign
If William Barr Truly Believed in Rule of Law, He Would Resign

If the President insists that DOJ must submit its prosecutions to his control whenever he chooses to intervene, Attorney General William Barr's only response can be to resign.

The coronavirus could cripple China
The coronavirus could cripple China's economy for longer than Wall Street wants to believe

China's economy can't snap back from the coronavirus as fast as it did after SARS because it's growing more slowly and the banking system is a mess.

'Housing is not the end': Former homeless struggle to adapt

"There needs to be continued support," one woman said.

Why Joe Biden needs
Why Joe Biden needs 'a political miracle' to stay in the race to face Trump

Barack Obama's vice-president is floundering in the Democratic primary, losing key support as vital votes loomLarry Sabato is an analyst, author and director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. His students are currently embedded in various presidential campaigns. Two were working for Joe Biden in Iowa. Before caucus day, they texted Sabato to say they expected to lose badly.Sabato asked why. The answer: "No energy at all."And so it proved. Biden, who was Barack Obama's righthand man for eight years and long the Democrats' national frontrunner to take on Donald Trump, trailed in fourth. A week later, he fled New Hampshire before the votes were even counted, to escape...

Vatican, China, hold extremely rare high-level diplomatic meeting

The foreign ministers of the Vatican and China met on Friday, the Vatican said, in what is believed to be the highest-level official encounter between the two sides in decades. It said the two sides agreed to continue "institutional, bi-lateral dialogue" aimed at benefiting both the Catholic

An American in a Locked-Down Chinese Town:
An American in a Locked-Down Chinese Town: 'Everyone Here Is So Bored'

Weeks before the coronavirus became a national health crisis in China, authorities threatened a doctor, Li Wenliang, who warned about early cases. State media reported that Li was illegally spreading rumors.That was a red flag for Bob Huang."People here tend to believe the government. Not me," said Huang, who is 50 years old and lives with his mother, Zhang Wanrong, and her caretaker in Zhichang, a town of 300,000 in northern Zhejiang province. "I've watched too many episodes of 'The X-Files.'"Huang is not like other people in Zhichang. He is a Chinese-born American and, as he put it, he doesn't think like his neighbors. As Zhichang barricades itself from the outside...


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