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More precautions taken as 4th death blamed on China virus

BEIJING (AP) ” Heightened precautions were being taken in China and elsewhere Tuesday as governments strove to control the outbreak of a novel coronavirus that threatens to grow during the Lunar New Year travel rush.Anxieties around the disease grew after Chinese government expert Zhong Nanshan revealed on state television late Monday that the virus can be spread between humans. Authorities had previously said there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.So far, four […]

Feds allow use of opioid funds to stem meth, cocaine surge

WASHINGTON (AP) ” Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation’s drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine.The little-noticed change is buried in a massive spending bill passed by Congress late last year. Pressed by constituents and state officials, lawmakers of both parties and the Trump administration agreed to broaden the scope of a $1.5 billion […]

Lawyer: Suspect in Hawaii police deaths was 'out of control'

HONOLULU (AP) ” A man suspected of stabbing a woman and killing two Hawaii police officers would record neighbors with a camera mounted to his hat and rig a barbecue grill to blow thick smoke directly into their windows, a lawyer for residents said.Jaroslav ‘Jerry’ Hanel, facing eviction, stabbed a woman in the leg Sunday before he fired on responding authorities, killing Officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama, police said. A fire at Hanel’s residence then spread in a normally […]

Thai courts acquits opposition party of sedition charge

BANGKOK (AP) ” Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday acquitted the country’s third-biggest political party of seeking the overthrow of the country’s constitutional monarchy, a case that had highlighted ongoing political divisions in the Southeast Asian nation.The court ruled that the Future Forward Party showed no intention of committing the offense, and that the complaint had not been filed according to the correct legal procedure.The party still faces the threat of […]

Asian stocks tumble on growing concern about China virus

BEIJING (AP) ” Asian stock markets tumbled Tuesday as concern about the economic impact of a Chinese disease outbreak rose.Japan’s central bank left its key interest rate unchanged and revised up its economic growth outlook.Market indexes in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney all retreated following the Chinese government’s announcement of a fourth death from coronavirus. The outbreak, centered on the city of Wuhan, has sickened more than 200 people.Authorities said […]

Trump on mission to sell US overseas as Senate trial resumes

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) ” President Donald Trump is in Switzerland on a mission to sell the United States to the global business community just as his historic impeachment trial is to get underway Tuesday in Washington.When the trial reconvenes , Trump will be thousands of miles away trying to charm global CEOs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.His participation in the annual gathering in the Alpine ski resort will provide a conspicuous split-screen moment in a […]

Thunberg tells Davos climate awareness is only first step

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) ” Climate activist Greta Thunberg told the world’s political and business leaders Tuesday that the global movement sparked by her school strike was only the very beginning in the fight against global warming and much more has to be done.’It wasn’t only me, but all these young people pushing together … to form these alliances,’ the Swedish teenager said, speaking at a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos with other young activists. ‘People are more aware […]

Impeachment trial to begin with rules fight, long days

WASHINGTON (AP) ” President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is set to unfold at the Capitol, a contentious proceeding to render judgment on his Ukraine actions as Americans form their own verdict at the start of an election year.As the Senate reconvenes with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding over the rare impeachment court, senators sworn to ‘impartial justice,’ the legacy of Trump’s presidency and the system of checks and balances are at stake before a politically divided nation. […]

Challenges for public following impeachment, Weinstein cases

NEW YORK (AP) ” Americans who want to follow President Donald Trump’s impeachment saga and Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial through the media will sit in obstructed seats.Both events begin in earnest this week ” with Senate arguments over Trump’s impeachment beginning Tuesday and opening statements in the Weinstein case Wednesday. Both have been the subject of behind-the-scenes wrangling over media access.Far from an esoteric exercise, the limited media access […]

China steps up efforts to control new coronavirus outbreak

WUHAN, China (AP) ” Heightened precautions were being taken in China and elsewhere Tuesday as governments strove to control the outbreak of a new coronavirus that threatens to spread further during the Lunar New Year travel rush.Anxieties grew after Chinese government expert Zhong Nanshan revealed on state television late Monday that the virus can be spread from one person to another. The first cases late last month were connected to a seafood market, and transmission was suspected to […]