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S. Korea 'very grave', Moon says as coronavirus cases approach 1,000

The novel coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is "very grave", President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday as he visited its epicentre and the country's total number of cases approached 1,000. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) confirmed 144 new infections, taking the tally to 977, the largest national total anywhere outside China, where the virus first emerged. Scores of events have been cancelled or postponed as the outbreak has spread in the world's 12th-largest economy, from K-pop concerts to the start of the K-league football season, with casualties on Tuesday including parliamentary sessions and the World Team Table Tennis championships.

Korean Air is not offering refunds on flights to South Korea as customers desperately try to cancel trips because of coronavirus
Korean Air is not offering refunds on flights to South Korea as customers desperately try to cancel trips because of coronavirus

Korean Air is not offering refunds on flights to South Korea, even after one of its own flight crew tested positive.

A Korean Air flight attendant tested positive for the coronavirus, as people are desperately trying to cancel flights on the airline
A Korean Air flight attendant tested positive for the coronavirus, as people are desperately trying to cancel flights on the airline

It is not clear which routes the infected staffer flew on. Meanwhile, people are trying to cancel reservations to South Korea as its outbreak worsens.

Virus delivers blow to Hong Kong protests but rage remains
Virus delivers blow to Hong Kong protests but rage remains

The new coronavirus has handed Beijing an unexpected gift -- an end to Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies. For the Chinese government -- and its unelected proxy leaders in Hong Kong -- the end of the financial hub's huge rallies that engulfed the city for seven months straight has been a rare spot of good fortune in an otherwise grim start to the year. Protests were winding down when the virus first began to emerge in central China as activists reeled from exhaustion and a huge increase in arrests.

Trump praises Pakistan while announcing $3 billion India arms deal
Trump praises Pakistan while announcing $3 billion India arms deal

Trump's remark that the U.S. has a "very good" relationship with Pakistan may not be well received by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

John Oliver explains how Narendra Modi is
John Oliver explains how Narendra Modi is 'Marie Kondo-ing India' of Muslims, and why he might fail

President Trump has landed in India for his first state visit, "and at the center of it will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a man for whom Trump seems to have a great deal of affection," John Oliver said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. While Modi may have charmed Trump, however, "within India he's an increasingly controversial figure, because his government has pursued a steadily escalating persecution of religious minorities -- persecution so intense that for the last two months, Indians across the country have been taking to the streets in anger."The charismatic, previously Teflon-coated Modi has both a "cult of personality" inside India and a new...

Entrance polls show Sanders winning nearly every demographic in Nevada
Entrance polls show Sanders winning nearly every demographic in Nevada

What do union households, non-union households, men, women, and just about every other demographic in Nevada have in common?They're all caucusing for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), entrance polls for Saturday's Democratic caucuses in Nevada show. Not only did Sanders have a sizable lead when it came to early caucus results on Saturday, but these polls indicated his message has proved universal.According to entrance polls taken Saturday for The Washington Post and other news outlets, former Vice President Joe Biden is leading the Democratic field in attracting black caucusgoers and those age 65 and older, by nine and eight percentage points, respectively. Sanders is meanwhile leading the...

Sheriff: Gunman shot Florida Highway Patrol trooper at point-blank range
Sheriff: Gunman shot Florida Highway Patrol trooper at point-blank range

A dispute over money owed to a tow truck driver appears to have preceded the fatal shooting of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper.

For first time, Biden calls Obama deportations
For first time, Biden calls Obama deportations 'big mistake'

Going further than he ever has in expressing regret over Obama administration immigration policy, presidential candidate Joe Biden called it a "big mistake" to have deported hundreds of thousands of people without criminal records. "We took far too long to get it right," Biden said in a wide-ranging, sometimes contentious interview with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. In written statements included as part of Biden's proposed immigration overhaul, the campaign already had acknowledged "pain" surrounding deportations that occurred when he served as President Barack Obama's vice president.

Biden calls on Sanders to take accountability for supporters
Biden calls on Sanders to take accountability for supporters' threats

The message comes after the powerful Culinary Workers Union said supporters of the Vermont senator had "viciously attacked" its members.

Virginia teen accused of killing mother, brother arrested

A 17-year-old boy suspected of fatally shooting his mother and his 6-year-old brother in their Virginia home was arrested on Saturday in North Carolina, authorities said. Levi H. Norwood's father found his wife and younger son dead from gunshot wounds when he returned to their Midland, Virginia, home

Macron opens door to North Macedonia, Albania EU accession talks
Macron opens door to North Macedonia, Albania EU accession talks

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he would allow North Macedonia and Albania to begin talks on joining the European Union if the bloc's executive gave them a positive review next month. Macron's comments at the Munich Security Conference look set to end his freeze on the two Balkan countries' progress towards EU membership and reassure other European leaders that France still backs expanding the bloc to new members. "We are waiting for the (European Commission) report in March ... depending on that, if the results are positive and confidence is established, then we should be in a position to open the negotiations," Macron told the conference.

Australian soldiers caring for rescued koalas
Australian soldiers caring for rescued koalas

The soldiers fed 28 rescued koalas and helped build climbing structures for them in their new home.

Army Secretary: No investigation into Vindman, Army aide and impeachment witness fired by Trump
Army Secretary: No investigation into Vindman, Army aide and impeachment witness fired by Trump

Vindman, an impeachment witness fired from the White House by Trump, will have interim assignment before enrolling at a senior service war college.

Trump Admin to Send Border Patrol Special Ops on Raids in Sanctuary Cities
Trump Admin to Send Border Patrol Special Ops on Raids in Sanctuary Cities

The Trump administration is sending officers from a special operations unit of the Border Patrol to assist in raids by Immigration Customs and Enforcement in so-called sanctuary cities.The officers from BORTAC, the Border Patrol's version of a SWAT unit, will deploy to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and various other cities whose local governments forbid law enforcement from working with federal immigration officials, the New York Times reported on Friday. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Lawrence Payne confirmed the initiative.BORTAC officers will be deployed "in order to enhance the integrity of the immigration system, protect public safety, and strengthen our...

Fox News Anchor: Roger Stone Controversy
Fox News Anchor: Roger Stone Controversy 'Avoidable' if Trump Just Pardons Him

Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner said on Thursday that the controversy surrounding the Justice Department overruling prosecutors in the Roger Stone case could have been "completely avoidable" if President Donald Trump would just pardon his "friend" Stone. Presidents do it "all the time," she said.With Trump and right-wing media now taking aim at the jury who delivered the guilty verdict in the trial of the longtime Trump confidant, Fox News opinion roundtable show Outnumbered opened Thursday's broadcast by brushing off criticism that the president is using Attorney General William Barr to politically interfere in the prosecutions of his allies."It's not like he grounded his plane on a...

'War on the poor': Las Vegas's homelessness crackdown takes effect

As those 'lodging' on sidewalks face jail time, the city claims humanitarian motives. But homeless advocates warn of dangerous long-term impactsOutside a Taco Bell in south-east Las Vegas, Skateboard Mike crossed an empty parking lot and pointed at the tent encampment that had built up on the ledges of a storm drain.Skateboard Mike, whose real name is Michael Brinkman, lives nearby, spending his nights in a hole he dug in a dirt lot. The space is filled with couch cushions, and Brinkman, 42, usually tops the hole with cardboard and tumbleweed to avoid being exposed."It's not that we're here. It's that they see us," Brinkman said.Las Vegas recently began cracking down on people living...

Four career prosecutors are now the target of Trump
Four career prosecutors are now the target of Trump's anger. Here's how they came up with a stiff sentence for Roger Stone.

Prosecutors recommended Roger Stone serve seven to nine years in prison after factoring in his behavior, threats and obstruction of the prosecution.

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Nevada's most powerful labor union warns workers about Bernie Sanders' health care plan

At the top of the Culinary Union's presidential asks is to maintain the robust health care plans members have fought hard to negotiate and win.

'I don't think that's appropriate': Trump's involvement in Roger Stone case draws criticism from GOP senators

Several Republican lawmakers criticized President Donald Trump for inserting himself into the federal case of longtime ally Roger Stone.

US warns Venezuela of consequences if Guaido harmed
US warns Venezuela of consequences if Guaido harmed

The United States on Thursday warned Venezuela's leftist regime of consequences if opposition leader Juan Guaido is not allowed to return safely from a visit to Washington. "We hope that the regime makes the calculation, particularly after this trip, that the support for Guaido is strong and that the counter-reaction to any move against him would make it a mistake for the regime," said Elliott Abrams, the US pointman on Venezuela. Guaido, who is considered interim president by the United States and most other Western and Latin American nations, paid a surprise visit as a guest Tuesday at President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to Congress.

Virginia lawmakers to debate assault weapon ban
Virginia lawmakers to debate assault weapon ban

Democratic lawmakers in Virginia are set to try to advance legislation to ban assault weapons despite pushback from members of their own party. A state House committee is scheduled to take up legislation backed by Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday that would ban the sale of certain semi-automatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles. Heated debates over guns have dominated this year's legislative session, as Virginia has become ground zero in the nation's raging debate over gun control and mass shootings.

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It Doesn't Matter Who Technically Wins Iowa: Both Bernie Sanders And Pete Buttigieg Did

It may be awhile before we know who technically won the Iowa caucuses, but it doesn't really matter. In a contest that was always more…

Authorities: Man shot in face during immigration operation

Wuhan is ordering all 11 million residents to report their body temperature every day to combat the coronavirus
Wuhan is ordering all 11 million residents to report their body temperature every day to combat the coronavirus

A fever is a key symptom of the novel coronavirus tearing its way through the city. The checks are the latest drastic step taken to battle this virus.

Orange County Has Released More Than 2,000 Criminal Illegal Immigrants in Recent Years Due to California
Orange County Has Released More Than 2,000 Criminal Illegal Immigrants in Recent Years Due to California's Sanctuary Law

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes released data this week showing how California's SB54 sanctuary law allowed for over 2,000 illegal immigrants with outstanding ICE detainers to be released from custody over the last two years, with 411 of those later rearrested for additional charges.Barnes's data drew praise from acting ICE Director Matthew Albence, who released a statement Wednesday saying that "this is exactly what ICE has said time and again.""These policies do nothing but ensure that criminals are released back into the community, where many re-offend, instead of being turned over to ICE," Albence said. "These are preventable crimes, and more importantly, preventable victims. As the...

Bernie Sanders Backed by One-Third of New Hampshire Democrats in Poll

(Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a comfortable lead before next week's New Hampshire primary with nearly double the support of Pete Buttigieg and is favored in nearly every subgroup, according to a new Emerson College poll.The Vermont senator leads with 32% in the state, followed by the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor with 17%. Former Vice President Joe Biden was next with 13%, trailed by Senators Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 11% each. The poll was conducted from February 2-4 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percentage points.Entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard both garnered...

Abortion is unlikely complication in Senate race in Kansas
Abortion is unlikely complication in Senate race in Kansas

A fight in the Kansas Legislature over protecting its power to restrict abortion has become an unlikely complication in the Republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat, even though the top candidates all oppose abortion. Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle is campaigning for higher office as anti-abortion groups and state lawmakers seek to put a proposed amendment on abortion to the state constitution on the ballot in the August primary. The amendment would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court ruling last year that access to abortion is a "fundamental" right under the state's Bill of Rights.

Nancy Pelosi is not done trolling Trump
Nancy Pelosi is not done trolling Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was left hanging on Tuesday night when President Trump ignored her offer of a handshake, and now, she's calling him out.At the start of Trump's State of the Union address, Pelosi held out her hand to the president, but he did not reciprocate. Pelosi shrugged it off, but after the speech, which included digs against Democrats and former President Barack Obama, she calmly ripped up her copy of the address, later telling reporters, "I tore it up. I was trying to find one page with truth on it. I couldn't."Pelosi didn't stop there, though. She turned to Trump's favorite social media platform, Twitter, and posted a photo showing Trump ignoring...

She needs surgery to treat cancer, but a judge gave her 10 months in prison for $110 theft
She needs surgery to treat cancer, but a judge gave her 10 months in prison for $110 theft

Ashley Menser's family was focused on her treatment. They were shocked at the state prison sentence and are desperate to get her the care she needs.

75,000 in Wuhan infected with coronavirus: study estimates
75,000 in Wuhan infected with coronavirus: study estimates

More than 75,000 people -- ten times the official tally of confirmed cases -- have been infected with the coronavirus in Wuhan, ground zero of a global health emergency, according to research published Friday. "We estimate that 75,815 individuals have been infected in Wuhan as of January 25, 2020," a team led by Gabriel Leung from the University of Hong Kong reported in The Lancet. As of January 31, the Chinese government said the number of confirmed cases had risen above 9,700 for all of China, including 213 deaths.

Delta, American, and United just suspended all China flights, a red flag as the unprecedented coronavirus wreaks havoc on the airline industry
Delta, American, and United just suspended all China flights, a red flag as the unprecedented coronavirus wreaks havoc on the airline industry

Demand has plummeted because of the coronavirus outbreak, putting airline profits and China's economy at risk.

Coronavirus Is Spreading Here: CDC Confirms First Person-to-Person Transmission in America
Coronavirus Is Spreading Here: CDC Confirms First Person-to-Person Transmission in America

The transmission happened in Illinois.

The Air Force Its Getting a New Stealth Bomber but the B-2 Remains Lethal for 1 Reason
The Air Force Its Getting a New Stealth Bomber but the B-2 Remains Lethal for 1 Reason

It can still hide and surprise its targets.

Harvard professor slams Trump
Harvard professor slams Trump's lawyer for incorrectly citing him numerous times during Trump's impeachment trial: 'It's a joke'

Harvard professor Nikolas Bowie said Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump's legal team was wrong during an interview with CNN.

Environmental Group Backs Sanders, Warren in Dual Endorsement
Environmental Group Backs Sanders, Warren in Dual Endorsement

(Bloomberg) -- The endorsement of the deep green environmental group Friends of the Earth is in for 2020: the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.The left-wing group known for opposing fossil fuels announced Thursday it was making a rare dual endorsement of "true progressives" Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren for president."The future of people and the planet depends on a bold progressive champion leading the United States," Erich Pica, the group's president said in a statement. "Both Senator Warren and Senator Sanders support strong policies ranging from a Green New Deal and breaking up Big Agriculture companies, to fighting for economic justice and protecting our democracy."The...

Trump withdraws his threat to end the United States
Trump withdraws his threat to end the United States' intelligence-sharing alliance with the UK after it signs Huawei deal

Trump allies had warned that the president would cut the United States' intelligence-sharing relationship with the UK if they defied him.


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