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Virus death toll in China rises as US prepares evacuation

BEIJING (AP) ” The new virus accelerated its spread in China with 56 deaths so far, and the U.S. Consulate in the epicenter of the outbreak, the central city of Wuhan, announced Sunday it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight.Chinese President Xi Jinping called the outbreak a grave situation, and the government stepped up efforts to restrict travel and public gatherings while rushing medical staff and supplies to Wuhan, which remains on lockdown. […]

Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands return home

MANILA, Philippines (AP) ” Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home.A popular tourist destination just south of Manila because of its picturesque setting in the middle of a lake, Taal erupted on Jan. 12. It caused no known deaths but delivered an early crisis this year for one of the world’s most disaster-prone […]

Democratic race in Iowa heats up as caucus approaches

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ” Democratic presidential candidates have roared back into Iowa touting fresh endorsements, critiquing their rivals and predicting victories in the caucuses that will soon launch the process of deciding who will challenge President Donald Trump.Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Saturday she was ‘delighted” to pick up a coveted endorsement from The Des Moines Register. The state’s largest newspaper called the Massachusetts Democrat ‘the best leader for these times” and […]

Progressive mayor Ted Terry exits Georgia US Senate race

A young, progressive mayor of an Atlanta-area city on Sunday dropped out of the Democratic race to challenge Republican Sen. David Perdue in a contest that could dictate the fate of the Senate in 2020.Ted Terry told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he struggled to raise enough money to compete in the nationally watched race. Terry said he will instead run for an open DeKalb County commission seat.Terry’s exit from the race leaves three prominent Democrats vying for the […]

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in copter crash, 7 others dead

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) ” NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed Sunday when their helicopter plunged into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball.The chopper went down in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities said nine people were aboard and presumed dead. Bryant, an all-time […]

China extends Lunar New Year holiday as new virus toll rises

BEIJING (AP) ” China extended its Lunar New Year holiday three more days to discourage people from traveling as it tries to contain the spread of a viral illness that has caused 80 deaths, the government said Monday.There were 2,744 confirmed cases by midnight Sunday, the National Health Commission announced.Tens of millions of Chinese who visited their hometowns or tourist spots were due to return home this week in the world’s largest movement of humanity, raising the risk the […]

Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in LA sports, basketball world

LOS ANGELES (AP) ” Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with both his sublime skills and his unquenchable competitive fire.He also earned Los Angeles’ eternal adoration during his two decades as the fierce soul of the city’s beloved Lakers.Less than four years into his retirement from the NBA, Bryant was seeking new challenges and working to inspire his daughters’ generation through sports and storytelling when his next act ended shockingly early. […]

Report: Bolton says Trump tied Ukraine funds to Biden probe

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump told his national security adviser he wanted to maintain a freeze on military assistance to Ukraine until it launched political investigations into his Democratic rivals, according to a report in The New York Times on Sunday.The newspaper said John Bolton’s description of his exchange with Trump appears in drafts of his forthcoming book. The revelation challenges the defense offered up by Trump and his attorneys in his Senate impeachment trial […]

China counts 2,700 cases of new virus, 80 deaths

BEIJING (AP) ” China says the death toll from a new virus has risen to 80, with 2,744 confirmed cases.The National Health Commission said Monday morning there were 769 new cases confirmed in the 24 hours through midnight Sunday.The government also reported five cases in Hong Kong and two in Macao.Small numbers of cases have been found in Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, the U.S., Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Nepal, France and Australia.The U.S. has confirmed […]

UK introduces new fast-track visa to attract scientists

LONDON (AP) ” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world’s best scientists to the U.K. in hopes of creating a global science ‘superpower.’Johnson paired the announcement of the Global Talent route program with a pledge of 300 million pounds ($392 million) for research into advanced mathematics. The money will help fund researchers and doctoral students whose work in math underpins myriad developments such as safer air travel, […]