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Ghislaine Maxwell seeks release on $5 million bail in Jeffrey Epstein child sex case, says prosecution barred by deal


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:21:21 GMT

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Ghislaine Maxwell was a friend of the late convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, who was a former friend of Presidents Trump and Clinton.

Read more: Ghislaine Maxwell seeks release on $5 million bail in Jeffrey Epstein child sex case, says prosecution barred by deal


The Supreme Court just wrapped up a term that surprised everyone and satisfied no one


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:57:53 GMT

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If it were possible to transport the Supreme Court's tax rulings back to the most fiery days of the confirmation battle over Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018, it's likely that Trump would not be the only person surprised.

Read more: The Supreme Court just wrapped up a term that surprised everyone and satisfied no one


WHO says it's 'very unlikely' countries can eradicate the coronavirus right now


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:18:26 GMT

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"In our current situation, it is very unlikely that we can eradicate or eliminate this virus," said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO's health emergencies program.

Read more: WHO says it's 'very unlikely' countries can eradicate the coronavirus right now


Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen back in prison after he balked at media gag order


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:10:33 GMT

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Michael Cohen was taken into custody as he prepared to release in coming months a book about working as lawyer and fixer for President Trump.

Read more: Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen back in prison after he balked at media gag order


Marc Benioff's Salesforce has eclipsed Larry Ellison's Oracle in market cap


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:43:45 GMT

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Marc Benioff once considered Oracle's Larry Ellison his mentor at Oracle. Then Benioff started his own company. Now Salesforce is worth more than Oracle.

Read more: Marc Benioff's Salesforce has eclipsed Larry Ellison's Oracle in market cap


Trump's rift with White House health advisor Fauci widens as coronavirus cases continue to hit new records


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:43:26 GMT

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"Dr. Fauci's a nice man, but he's made a lot of mistakes," Trump said in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Thursday.

Read more: Trump's rift with White House health advisor Fauci widens as coronavirus cases continue to hit new records


How OneWeb's $1 billion bankruptcy rescue changes the competitive landscape for Elon Musk's Starlink


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:40:23 GMT

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Satellite internet company OneWeb is back in the space broadband race against SpaceX's Starlink network.

Read more: How OneWeb's $1 billion bankruptcy rescue changes the competitive landscape for Elon Musk's Starlink


Here's how to go to college for free


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:31:55 GMT

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Connecticut recently announced it would offer a tuition-free community college program for 2020, however, other states have had to table such plans due to budget shortfalls.

Read more: Here's how to go to college for free


Trump says U.S.-China relationship is 'severely damaged,' phase 2 trade deal not a priority


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:05:54 GMT

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Trump blamed China for not stopping the spread of the coronavirus, according to reporters who were traveling with the president on Air Force One.

Read more: Trump says U.S.-China relationship is 'severely damaged,' phase 2 trade deal not a priority


Are leveraged and inverse ETFs worth the risk? Two industry pros break it down


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:00:36 GMT

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Leveraged and inverse exchange-traded funds can be dangerous for investors who don't do their homework, two industry leaders warn.

Read more: Are leveraged and inverse ETFs worth the risk? Two industry pros break it down


Looming evictions may soon make 28 million homeless in U.S., expert says


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:57:27 GMT

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"We have never seen this extent of eviction in such a truncated amount of time in our history," housing expert Emily Benfer said.

Read more: Looming evictions may soon make 28 million homeless in U.S., expert says


Your iPhone is getting tons of fun new features this fall, but you can try them now — here's how


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:24:15 GMT

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It's a test version of the full software that will roll out to all iPhones this fall, and it includes a lot of fun new features. There are widgets on the home screen, for example, so you can see little windows that show the weather, photos, music controls and more.

Read more: Your iPhone is getting tons of fun new features this fall, but you can try them now — here's how


Tesla short sellers are down $18 billion this year, including another $4 billion in July


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 15:39:34 GMT

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Investors betting against Tesla have lost $18 billion so far this year, including $4 billion in July, according to S3 Partners.

Read more: Tesla short sellers are down $18 billion this year, including another $4 billion in July


T. Rowe Price leads $2.5 billion investment round into EV startup Rivian


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:20:01 GMT

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Robert "R.J." Scaringe, CEO and founder of Rivian, recently said the company was "open" to additional financing to help support its "aggressive growth plans."

Read more: T. Rowe Price leads $2.5 billion investment round into EV startup Rivian


Trump says he will be 'looking at' pardon for Roger Stone as prison date approaches


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:27:26 GMT

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Stone has asked a federal appeals court to delay the start of his 40-month prison sentence for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstruction.

Read more: Trump says he will be 'looking at' pardon for Roger Stone as prison date approaches


Wearing masks is now the most important thing for the economy, Fed's Kaplan says


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:18:14 GMT

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"If we all wore a mask, it would substantially mute the transmission of this disease and we would grow faster," he added.

Read more: Wearing masks is now the most important thing for the economy, Fed's Kaplan says


Google bans ads for products and services that secretly track or monitor people


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:06:43 GMT

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Google says it will no longer allow ads for products or services marketed for the purposes of tracking or monitoring another person without their authorization.

Read more: Google bans ads for products and services that secretly track or monitor people


Dr. Scott Gottlieb estimates as many as 1 in 150 people in U.S. are infected with coronavirus


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:13:04 GMT

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"The prevalence of actual infection in the country right now must be pretty high," the former FDA commissioner told CNBC on Friday.

Read more: Dr. Scott Gottlieb estimates as many as 1 in 150 people in U.S. are infected with coronavirus


MacBook Pro with Apple's new processor expected later this year, top Apple analyst says


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:58:52 GMT

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Macs with Apple processors will allow the company to more closely control the Mac release schedule and deliver improvements, but it may face challenges to ensure apps run on its computers.

Read more: MacBook Pro with Apple's new processor expected later this year, top Apple analyst says


U.S. reports record single-day spike of 63,200 new cases of coronavirus


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:39:45 GMT

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White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci has urged officials in states where the outbreak is worsening to reconsider reopening plans.

Read more: U.S. reports record single-day spike of 63,200 new cases of coronavirus


Trump says Fauci 'made a lot of mistakes'


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:16:53 GMT

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The president spoke about one of the country's top infectious disease experts in an interview with Hannity on Fox News.

Read more: Trump says Fauci 'made a lot of mistakes'


Coronavirus mortgage bailout sees biggest one-week decline, but more borrowers are extending terms


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 11:34:18 GMT

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The number of homeowners in government and private sector mortgage bailout plans declined for the second straight week, as borrowers who got in earliest saw their plans expire.

Read more: Coronavirus mortgage bailout sees biggest one-week decline, but more borrowers are extending terms


Rivian raises $2.5 billion in aggressive plan to beat Tesla and Nikola with the first all-electric pickup


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:28:36 GMT

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Rivian is expected to be among the first, if not the first, to bring an all-electric pickup to market early next year – months, potentially years, ahead of those key competitors.

Read more: Rivian raises $2.5 billion in aggressive plan to beat Tesla and Nikola with the first all-electric pickup


Treasury yields off the lows after positive virus treatment news from Gilead


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:08:37 GMT

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Treasury yields fell on Friday as traders monitor the health crisis and the subsequent pace of economic recovery.

Read more: Treasury yields off the lows after positive virus treatment news from Gilead


NYC schools chancellor defends partial fall reopen plans: 'There are no perfect choices'


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:43:48 GMT

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"The perfect choice would be we have a vaccine and we're back to business, but we know that's not the case," said New York City Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza.

Read more: NYC schools chancellor defends partial fall reopen plans: 'There are no perfect choices'


SpaceX sees EXIM Bank as 'critical' in winning global market share from foreign competitors


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 22:34:39 GMT

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United States space companies are hoping to get more help against foreign competitors through U.S. Export-Import Bank financing.

Read more: SpaceX sees EXIM Bank as 'critical' in winning global market share from foreign competitors


Pentagon leaders say they're evaluating whether to remove Confederate symbols from military bases


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 22:07:35 GMT

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Pentagon leadership said Thursday that a process is underway to evaluate the potential removal of Confederate symbols from U.S. military installations.

Read more: Pentagon leaders say they're evaluating whether to remove Confederate symbols from military bases


CEO of Century 21 parent says suburban home search is up across the country, following New York's lead


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 19:48:44 GMT

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"In every urban geography, the web traffic ... has changed, versus 6 to 12 months ago, to be much more suburban," Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider said.

Read more: CEO of Century 21 parent says suburban home search is up across the country, following New York's lead


Judge asks full federal appeals court to reconsider decision forcing him to drop Michael Flynn case


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 21:11:35 GMT

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Judge Emmet Sullivan's lawyer asked for a so-called en banc review of the decision of the appeals court, which would involve all active judges on the court rehearing the Flynn case.

Read more: Judge asks full federal appeals court to reconsider decision forcing him to drop Michael Flynn case


Watch live: Biden speaks about his plan for economic recovery


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:37:52 GMT

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to deliver remarks on his economic recovery plan Thursday in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, as U.S. coronavirus cases continue to surge.

Read more: Watch live: Biden speaks about his plan for economic recovery

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Hagia Sophia: Turkey turns iconic Istanbul museum into mosque


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:08:18 GMT

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President Erdogan reopens Istanbul's Hagia Sophia to Muslim worship, after a court ruling.

Read more: Hagia Sophia: Turkey turns iconic Istanbul museum into mosque


Coronavirus: No 10 considering mandatory face masks in shops in England


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:05:51 GMT

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Face coverings are already compulsory on transport in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Read more: Coronavirus: No 10 considering mandatory face masks in shops in England


US Supreme Court rules half of Oklahoma is Native American land


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 02:05:52 GMT

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The justices decide an eastern swathe of the state should be recognised as part of a reservation.

Read more: US Supreme Court rules half of Oklahoma is Native American land


Venice test brings up floodgates for first time


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:43:50 GMT

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The system of 78 mobile barriers has taken years to construct and its design goes back to the 1980s.

Read more: Venice test brings up floodgates for first time


Hushpuppi's lawyer says FBI 'kidnapped' Nigerian Instagrammer from Dubai


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:44:32 GMT

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"Hushpuppi", who posts about his extravagant lifestyle, is accused of multimillion-dollar fraud.

Read more: Hushpuppi's lawyer says FBI 'kidnapped' Nigerian Instagrammer from Dubai


France: Bus driver dies after 'attack over face masks' in Bayonne


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:57:59 GMT

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The driver in south-western France was set upon by people who reportedly refused to wear face masks.

Read more: France: Bus driver dies after 'attack over face masks' in Bayonne


Naya Rivera: CCTV of star boarding boat


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:21:26 GMT

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The Glee star went missing on Wednesday after hiring a boat with her four-year-old son in California.

Read more: Naya Rivera: CCTV of star boarding boat


MH17 disaster: Dutch take Russia to European rights court


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:02:25 GMT

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The Dutch government says it wants justice for all 298 victims aboard the plane shot down in 2014.

Read more: MH17 disaster: Dutch take Russia to European rights court


Biden challenges Trump with ‘Buy American’ economic plan


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 05:22:37 GMT

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The Democrat promises a jobs boom, savaging President Trump's record on the economy and Covid-19.

Read more: Biden challenges Trump with ‘Buy American’ economic plan


Naya Rivera: Glee star likely drowned in tragic accident, police say


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 08:42:22 GMT

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Naya Rivera was reported missing after going on a boating trip with her four-year-old son.

Read more: Naya Rivera: Glee star likely drowned in tragic accident, police say


Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Court hears details of 'violent' marital rows


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:06:09 GMT

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A libel case hears the Hollywood actor threw a magnum of champagne at his ex-wife - a claim he denies.

Read more: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Court hears details of 'violent' marital rows


Iran explosions: Officials deny reports of fresh blast


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:35:46 GMT

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The official denials come after several mysterious blasts hit the country in recent weeks.

Read more: Iran explosions: Officials deny reports of fresh blast


Coronavirus: UK opts out of EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:39:04 GMT

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The UK's ambassador to the EU confirms the move, saying the UK would not have a say on decisions.

Read more: Coronavirus: UK opts out of EU Covid-19 vaccine scheme


LGBTQ rights: Arab Israelis call for tahini-maker boycott


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:34:05 GMT

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An Arab manufacturer of the popular dip sparks a backlash for supporting an Israeli LGBTQ group.

Read more: LGBTQ rights: Arab Israelis call for tahini-maker boycott


TikTok halts Hong Kong access after security law


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 06:33:38 GMT

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Popular short video app TikTok has blocked access in Hong Kong as it comes under increasing scrutiny.

Read more: TikTok halts Hong Kong access after security law


Coronavirus: Kazakhstan denies 'unknown pneumonia' outbreak


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:49:33 GMT

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The country faces accusations Covid-19 is being diagnosed as pneumonia to lower rates.

Read more: Coronavirus: Kazakhstan denies 'unknown pneumonia' outbreak


Black Lives Matter: From social media post to global movement


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:43:35 GMT

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Black Lives Matter has sparked a hashtag, grass-roots organisations, and a collective of activists.

Read more: Black Lives Matter: From social media post to global movement


Teachers express concern about US schools reopening


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 19:46:16 GMT

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President Trump's press secretary said it was safe to reopen and that "the child will always come first".

Read more: Teachers express concern about US schools reopening


Danny Trejo: The actor who went from prisoner to film star


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:46:39 GMT

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A new documentary looks at how Danny Trejo left his criminal past to become a film star.

Read more: Danny Trejo: The actor who went from prisoner to film star


Naya Rivera: CCTV shows missing Glee star boarding boat


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 12:51:47 GMT

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Naya Rivera has been missing since Wednesday after going on a boat trip with her young son.

Read more: Naya Rivera: CCTV shows missing Glee star boarding boat


What are the questions for Ghislaine Maxwell?


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:38:09 GMT

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The arrest of Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend has reignited interest in her and her alleged role in Epstein's abuse of minors.

Read more: What are the questions for Ghislaine Maxwell?


Africa's week in pictures: 3-9 July 2020


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:38:21 GMT

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A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent and beyond.

Read more: Africa's week in pictures: 3-9 July 2020


European hamster added to 'critically endangered' list


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 10:39:02 GMT

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Lemurs, North Atlantic whales and a rare fungus are also new additions to the IUCN's Red List.

Read more: European hamster added to 'critically endangered' list


Black Lives Matter painted outside Trump Tower in New York


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 17:20:42 GMT

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The mural was painted on Fifth Avenue and others are planned for each of New York's five boroughs.

Read more: Black Lives Matter painted outside Trump Tower in New York


Quiz of the week: What annoyed Tom Hanks?


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:34:45 GMT

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How closely have you been paying attention to what's been going on during the past seven days?

Read more: Quiz of the week: What annoyed Tom Hanks?


Gorillas in Nigeria: World's rarest great ape pictured with babies


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:30:17 GMT

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The sighting of young Cross River gorillas in Nigeria eases fears they will soon die out.

Read more: Gorillas in Nigeria: World's rarest great ape pictured with babies


Coronavirus: The doctors on Yemen's front line


Created: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 23:42:01 GMT

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Five years of civil war have left the country's medical system devastated and Covid-19 is spreading largely unchecked.

Read more: Coronavirus: The doctors on Yemen's front line


Lemur species 'on the brink of extinction'


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 12:37:57 GMT

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A third of all the lemur species on Earth are "one step from extinction".

Read more: Lemur species 'on the brink of extinction'


Coronavirus: How Mexican cartels are taking advantage of pandemic


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:04:37 GMT

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The BBC has secured exclusive access to a cartel trying to win over the poor during the pandemic.

Read more: Coronavirus: How Mexican cartels are taking advantage of pandemic


Coronavirus: The British-Pakistani doctors saving lives in both countries


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:48:53 GMT

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From his laptop in Essex, Dr Tahir Akhtar is advising Pakistani doctors on treating coronavirus patients.

Read more: Coronavirus: The British-Pakistani doctors saving lives in both countries


US student visas: 'A lot of people I know are scared for the future'


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 11:58:37 GMT

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The US said some visas could be revoked because of coronavirus, leaving students confused and uncertain.

Read more: US student visas: 'A lot of people I know are scared for the future'


Coronavirus: How New Zealand went 'hard and early' to beat Covid-19


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:41:12 GMT

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What has been the strategy behind New Zealand's Covid-19 success?

Read more: Coronavirus: How New Zealand went 'hard and early' to beat Covid-19


Why Hollywood needs computer games tech more than ever


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:07:19 GMT

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The same technology that runs computer games is increasingly popular for making films and television.

Read more: Why Hollywood needs computer games tech more than ever


Nile Dam row: Egypt and Ethiopia generate heat but no power


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 23:45:30 GMT

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Egypt sees the dam as an existential threat, while Ethiopia sees it as an existential necessity.

Read more: Nile Dam row: Egypt and Ethiopia generate heat but no power


'I can recover at home': Cosmetic surgeons see rise in patients amid pandemic


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:42:43 GMT

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More people are having surgery as they can work from home while they recover and hide behind masks.

Read more: 'I can recover at home': Cosmetic surgeons see rise in patients amid pandemic


George Floyd: Pew survey on US attitudes to police reveals changes


Created: Thu, 09 Jul 2020 18:10:04 GMT

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Support for officers has declined slightly, but most oppose cuts to police funding, a survey finds.

Read more: George Floyd: Pew survey on US attitudes to police reveals changes


Dowrich and Brathwaite punish England as West Indies take command in first Test


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 18:05:49 GMT

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England are under huge pressure in the first Test after West Indies take a first-innings lead of 114 on day three in Southampton.

Read more: Dowrich and Brathwaite punish England as West Indies take command in first Test


Man City to learn European appeal fate on Monday


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 17:26:19 GMT

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Manchester City will learn on Monday whether their appeal against a two-year ban from European club competitions has been successful.

Read more: Man City to learn European appeal fate on Monday


Verstappen fastest in Styrian GP practice as Ricciardo crashes


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:44:09 GMT

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen heads Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas in second practice at the Styrian Grand Prix.

Read more: Verstappen fastest in Styrian GP practice as Ricciardo crashes


Man City face Juventus or Lyon if they get past Real Madrid


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 13:32:34 GMT

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Manchester City will face Juventus or Lyon in the Champions League quarter-final if they overcome Real Madrid.

Read more: Man City face Juventus or Lyon if they get past Real Madrid


Man Utd, Wolves & Rangers learn potential Europa League opponents


Created: Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:16:33 GMT

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Manchester United are drawn against Istanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen in the last eight of the Europa League, while Wolves may meet Sevilla or Roma.

Read more: Man Utd, Wolves & Rangers learn potential Europa League opponents


Coronavirus: Disease detectives track an invisible culprit


Created: Mon, 06 Jul 2020 22:58:50 GMT

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They're working frantically to stop the pandemic spreading. And sometimes that means some awkward conversations.

Read more: Coronavirus: Disease detectives track an invisible culprit

Demonstrators protest stay-at-home order at Capitol
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Holocaust survivor honored with anthem played by band separated by COVID-19 lockdown


Military musicians from the U.S. and Israel honored Abba Naor, the youngest survivor of the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, which was liberated on April 29, 1945.



Inside Seattle's empty landmarks during the coronavirus pandemic



With the stay-at-home orders still in place, Seattle's normally bustling streets are eerily empty.


Author: Gloria Angelin (KING 5), KING 5 Evening (KING 5)
Published: 5:19 PM PDT April 27, 2020
Updated: 4:59 PM PDT April 28, 2020
Reposted: 3:49 PM April 29, 2020

SEATTLE — Evening Photojournalist Stan McMeekin recently documented this unprecedented time in our history -- through photos.

He captured eerily empty Seattle landmarks including the famous Space Needle, Pike Place Market, T-Mobile Park, a highway entrance, Sea-Tac airport, and some of your favorite theaters.

Stan's photos were all taken on one day, Sunday April 19th.  

As he said, "The show must go on and this will pass... hang in there everyone."
Can mosquitoes or ticks spread the virus that causes COVID-19?





by: Ronnie Das KXAN
Posted: / Updated: Apr 9, 2020 / 12:27 PM CDT
Reposted April 29, 2020

Mosquitoes and ticks can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease — but can they spread COVID-19?

At this time, no data suggests that this new coronavirus or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes or ticks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The main way COVID-19 spreads is through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected.

It is not yet known whether weather and temperature affect the spread of COVID-19. Some other viruses, like those that cause the common cold and flu, spread more during cold weather months but that does not mean it is impossible to become sick with these viruses during other months. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID-19 and investigations are ongoing.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

CDC recommends people practice frequent “hand hygiene,” which is either washing hands with soap or water or using an alcohol-based hand rub. CDC also recommends routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.


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Groceries could see meat shortages by end of week amid plant closings


By Corky Siemaszko


Shelves reserved for chicken lie empty at a ShopRite supermarket in Plainview, N.Y., on Friday, April 24, 2020.Bruce Bennett / Getty Images


This is not the time to pig out.

Beef, chicken and pork could be as scarce as toilet paper soon because so many meat processing plants have been temporarily shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, industry experts are warning.

"We've just completed our third week of reduced slaughter and production," Dennis Smith, a commodity broker/livestock analyst with Archer Financial Services in Chicago, said. "My guess is that about one week out, perhaps around May 1, shortages will begin developing at retail meat counters."

Overall meat production is down 25 percent, Smith said, "which is a huge decline."

It might be time to save some bacon, since the amount of pork in frozen storage dropped last month by 4 percent, to 621 million pounds, the Department of Agriculture reported last week.

"The cause of the shortage is reduced production due to labor issues at the packing plants," Smith said. "Some plants have closed for deep cleaning and will remain closed until the employee base has recovered from the virus. Others are implementing safety procedures which in effect slows processing speed at the plants."

Case in point: The Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota — the state that is now one of the nation's biggest coronavirus hot spots — was closed after two workers died and 783 others tested positive for the virus.

Right now, there is enough meat to feed American appetites. In fact, the 502 million pounds of beef in warehouse freezers was up 2 percent from the previous month while the amount of chicken in storage dropped slightly to about 921 million pounds, according to the Agriculture Department.

But the pandemic has clogged the pipeline for getting more meat to grocery stores, the experts said.

"There are likely to be (meat) shortages in select parts of the country," Terry Reilly, a senior commodity analyst at Futures International in Chicago.

Reilly noted that last month in Chicago, in the early days of the crisis, there was a run on chicken as fearful consumers emptied the shelves. He said there's no reason to worry just yet about a meat shortage.

"There is a lot of frozen pork and beef sitting in freezers, so people shouldn't panic," Reilly said. "In San Diego, they're trying to figure out where to store all the fish that they would normally be serving the tourists."
Put Your Pants on When You Get Your Mail, Police Remind Residents of Maryland Town


"You know who you are," police warned in a message on Facebook

By Iris Vukmanovic
Reposted April 26, 2020


A mailbox overflows with mail in this file photo.

Wearing pants has become optional for some people holed up indoors while obeying the stay-at-home order. A police department in a northern Maryland town is reminding residents that's not an option when they go outside.

The Taneytown Police Department left a message on its Facebook page Wednesday morning telling residents to put their pants on when they leave their homes.

“Please remember to put pants on before leaving the house to check your mailbox. You know who you are. This is your final warning,” the post said.


The post drew more than 600 comments and 4,000 shares within the day it was posted. Many responded with silly gifs, like one of Winnie the Pooh dancing, captioned “Life’s too short for pants.” Others said wearing underwear outside is legal and police should redirect their focus to more important matters.

NBC Washington reached out to Taneytown police for comment.

Gov. Abbott reveals a tiered approach to re-open Texas economy


With different rates of spread across the state, Gov. Greg Abbott plans to open Texas on a county-by-county basis.

Author: Mike Marut (KVUE)
Published: 7:00 PM CDT April 24, 2020
Updated: 7:00 PM CDT April 24, 2020

April 26, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — In various interviews this week, Gov. Greg Abbott discussed opening the state of Texas gradually based on the rate of spread of COVID-19.

"This does not require a one-size-fits-all approach," Abbott said in an interview with WBAP this week.

On Monday, Abbott will reveal specifically what that means, but until then, he has said it will basically be a look at each county's response to coronavirus and how quickly the virus is spreading in those communities.

"There are some pockets in Texas that don't have the adequate downward trajectory," Abbott said on KFYO in regards to the rate of spread. "The hope is when our open business order goes into effect, those counties will be corralled."

Abbott also said every industry that is not yet operational is being intensely looked at by doctors as part of his strike force to open the state. Because businesses won't be opened in the same ways and at the same times, he plans to continue making announcements as appropriate.

As far as dates go, Abbott said in his interview with KFYO that he's looking at the first few days of May to start the re-open process. His current statewide essential-services-only order ends at the end of April.

For some business owners, the announcement is music to their ears.

“I’ve gotten a couple phone calls already people asking if we’re open," Jonathan Pisana, owner of Austin Art of Fitness, said.

Pisana's gym typically only has about 10 people inside at a time even during normal operating times. However, he said he's ready for two things: an influx of clients and new restrictions self-imposed or otherwise.

“If the bigger gyms aren’t open yet, it may be something that I actually have to mandate. We can’t have any more than 10 people in here," Pisana said.

As one of the larger local businesses, Birds Barbershop's co-founder feels the same as Pisana.

“The decisions are going to be human," Jayson Rapaport said. "What is the safest and most comfortable place for our team members to work, and what is the safest and most comfortable place for the community of Austin to come in and get a haircut?”

Rapaport closed all the Birds locations five weeks ago. During that time, company leadership has been discussing how best to continue safety and cleanliness.

“We want everything to be contactless," he said. "We don’t want you to interact with anybody anymore. So it’ll all kind of be done via your phone. You’ll come in and sit at the chair. We’ll be wearing a mask, we’ll ask that our clients wear a mask, and then when you leave, again, contactless. You’ll be able to walk out the door and finish the transaction on your phone.”

He said, ironically, barbershops are social places, so balancing social distancing and being social won't be happening at the outset.

“That whole social gathering idea, that’s going to take a little bit of time," Rapaport said. "We know how to do that ... we’ll be excited to roll that out.”

Gov. Abbott will make his announcements on Monday to continue re-opening the state.
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Thieves steal tires off paramedic’s truck in Regional One parking garage



Thieves steal tires off paramedic’s truck in Regional One parking garage (Source: WMC Action News 5)

By Janice Broach | April 23, 2020 at 9:53 PM CDT - Updated April 23 at 11:25 PM
April 25. 2020
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man who spends his day saving lives at Regional One became the victim of a crime while on the job.

“I had a security guard come to me in the ER advised me my truck had been vandalized.”

The paramedic, who did not want to be identified, works in the emergency room at the Regional Medical Center.
He said he was getting fluids for dizziness and nausea when security notified him.

All four tires were gone from his tuck in the parking garage. He says it cost $4,000 to get new tires and other repairs because of the vandalism.

According to a security report, Memphis police were notified about the vandalism.

He says it’s stressful enough working during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re on the front lines of it. It’s super stressful, but it’s part of my job. It’s what I signed up for.”

The paramedic says vandalizing medical workers vehicles makes things even worse.

“A truck is replaceable. Someone’s life is not. I love my co-workers and I want to look after them as much as possible. It’s just safety that concerns me.”

The reason he is concerned is because he says the security cameras in the parking garage were not working. There is no video of the crooks.

WMC Action News 5 contacted the Regional Medical Center.

A spokesperson confirmed the cameras are not working, adding security did not know until the tire thefts. However, the vendor is fixing the problem.

Memphis police say thefts from vehicles is up 7% since the beginning of the year.


By Janice Broach | April 23, 2020 at 9:53 PM CDT - Updated April 23 at 11:25 PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A man who spends his day saving lives at Regional One became the victim of a crime while on the job.

“I had a security guard come to me in the ER advised me my truck had been vandalized.”

The paramedic, who did not want to be identified, works in the emergency room at the Regional Medical Center.

He said he was getting fluids for dizziness and nausea when security notified him.

All four tires were gone from his tuck in the parking garage. He says it cost $4,000 to get new tires and other repairs because of the vandalism.

According to a security report, Memphis police were notified about the vandalism.

He says it’s stressful enough working during the coronavirus pandemic.


“We’re on the front lines of it. It’s super stressful, but it’s part of my job. It’s what I signed up for.”

The paramedic says vandalizing medical workers vehicles makes things even worse.

“A truck is replaceable. Someone’s life is not. I love my co-workers and I want to look after them as much as possible. It’s just safety that concerns me.”

The reason he is concerned is because he says the security cameras in the parking garage were not working. There is no video of the crooks.

WMC Action News 5 contacted the Regional Medical Center.

A spokesperson confirmed the cameras are not working, adding security did not know until the tire thefts. However, the vendor is fixing the problem.

Memphis police say thefts from vehicles is up 7% since the beginning of the year.


A witness gave a description of the suspect vehicle -- a gray truck with three males inside.

If you have any information, call Memphis Police.

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