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Vatican Confirms 1st Coronavirus Case as Pope Francis Recovers From a Cold

(VATICAN CITY) — The Vatican confirmed the walled city-state’s first case of the new coronavirus Friday and closed some offices as a precaution while Pope Francis continued recovering from a cold. A health clinic inside Vatican City was closed for sanitizing following the positive test result received Thursday, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said. Vatican employees and their families are eligible for health care at the clinic. One Vatican official was put into a protective quarantine after ...
Tags: News, France, Uncategorized, Rome, Pope Francis, Italy, Vatican, Catholic, Vatican City, Francis, Colosseum, Lombardy, St Peter s Square, Veneto, Bruni, Onetime


Passengers Aboard Cruise Ship Off San Francisco Await Coronavirus Test Results — And Potential Quarantine

Debbie Loftus and her parents were meant to be touring the beauty of Ensenada, in Baja California, Mexico on Thursday, at one of the ports of call for their cruise aboard the Grand Princess. Instead, the highlight of their day was watching Black Hawk helicopters arriving to drop off kits to test for COVID-19. Loftus and 3,500 other passengers and crew members are currently anchored off the coast of San Francisco after news broke that a passenger who sailed on a previous voyage had died from...
Tags: Japan, News, California, Mexico, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Hawaii, Ensenada, U S Air Force, Travis, Loftus, Pearce, Baja California Mexico, Overnight, Onetime, Lafayette Calif


Tokyo Olympic Organizers Hold Test Event Amid Coronavirus Outbreak—Without Fans or Top Athletes

(TOKYO) — Despite the spreading virus, Tokyo Olympic organizers have finally held a test event. The recent outbreak of the coronavirus has forced them to rearrange or postpone several. But they allowed a sport climbing event on Friday to go ahead, with a few restrictions: no fans and no top athletes. Instead they used amateurs to test the climbing facility. Almost all sports events and large gatherings have been shut down in Japan. Preseason baseball is being played without fans, the soccer...
Tags: Japan, News, China, Uncategorized, Tokyo, International Olympic Committee, Paralympics, 2020 Olympics, Overnight, Onetime, COVID-19, Italy Iran


Starbucks Says China Is Getting Back to Normal After Coronavirus Slump

(Bloomberg) —Starbucks Corp. saw its business in China crater in recent months — but assured investors it’s quickly getting back to normal. The coronavirus outbreak will curb profit this quarter by as much 18 cents a share, the Seattle-based company said in a filing Thursday. The key measure of comparable sales in China, meanwhile, will fall about 50% in the second quarter from a year earlier. Still, Starbucks said the impact will be temporary. The company’s shares alternated between losse...
Tags: News, China, Uncategorized, Companies, Starbucks, Seattle, Overnight, Onetime, COVID-19, Bloomberg Starbucks Corp, Luckin Coffee Inc Starbucks


North Korea Releases 221 Foreigners Held in Coronavirus Quarantine

(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea said Friday it has released about 220 foreigners from a quarantine imposed as part of its vigilant prevention efforts to avoid an outbreak of the coronavirus that has spread around the world. The country has not publicly disclosed any cases of COVID-19, but outsiders are skeptical it escaped the virus that erupted in its neighbor and closest ally China and has infected more than 98,000 people globally. About 380 foreigners in North Korea had been placed un...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, New York, News, California, North Korea, China, Russia, India, Uncategorized, Iran, United States, Italy, Kim Jong Un, Hassan Rouhani, World Health Organization


Alabama Executes Nathaniel Woods for Deaths of 3 Officers Who Were Shot by Another Man

(ATMORE, Ala.) — A man convicted as an accomplice in the 2004 killings of three police officers in Alabama who were shot by another man was executed Thursday evening. Inmate Nathaniel Woods, 43, was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. CST Thursday following a lethal injection at the state prison in Atmore, authorities said. The inmate had no last words before the chemicals began flowing, but appeared to arrange his hands in a sign of his Islamic faith. Alabama’s first execution of the year came af...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Alabama, Courts, Birmingham, Martin Luther King Jr, Woods, State, Spencer, U S Supreme Court, Bennett, Owens, Owen, Atmore, Chisholm, Greg Owens


Amy Klobuchar Calls for Independent Review of Murder Case That Dogged Her Presidential Campaign

(MINNEAPOLIS) — US Sen. Amy Klobuchar asked a top Minnesota prosecutor Thursday to initiate an independent investigation into the case of Myon Burrell, a black teen sentenced to life after an 11-year-old black girl was killed by a stray bullet. “As you are aware, significant concerns about the evidence and police investigation have been raised by a press investigation, by members of the Hennepin County community, and by Myon’s family,” she wrote in a letter to Hennepin County Attorney Mike ...
Tags: News, Minnesota, Uncategorized, Ap, Courts, Amy Klobuchar, Associated Press, Naacp, Richmond, Edwards, Freeman, Klobuchar, Hennepin County, Mike Freeman, Burrell, Overnight


Supreme Court Halts Alabama Execution of Nathaniel Woods so It Can Review His Appeal

(ATMORE, Ala.) — Alabama was set to put to death an inmate Thursday evening for the 2004 slayings of three police officers shot by another man at a suspected drug house. The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution plan at least temporarily to review his appeal. Nathaniel Woods, 43, was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Atmore, Alabama, unless the governor or courts ultimately intervene. In Washington, the Supreme Court announced it was staying the execution, w...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Washington, Uncategorized, Alabama, Courts, Birmingham, Martin Luther King Jr, Jones, Woods, Marshall, State, Spencer, U S Supreme Court, Bennett, Owen


Students Protest Mormon Church’s ‘Explicitly Homophobic’ Ruling on Brigham Young University’s Honor Code

Weeks after removing a section from its Honor Code that banned displays of “homosexual behavior” among students, Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, released a letter this week “clarifying” that same-sex romantic behavior is still “not compatible” with the rules of the school. In a Q&A sent to the school community along with Wednesday’s letter, Kevin Utt, director of BYU’s Honor Code Office, said that “any same-sex romantic behavior is a violation of the principles of the Honor C...
Tags: Utah, News, Church, Religion, Uncategorized, Jesus, Lgbtq, Johnson, BYU, Foster, Brigham Young University, Church of Jesus Christ, Jenkins, Lopez, Provo Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune


Italian Grandparents Are Out in Force as Schools Close Amid Coronavirus Outbreak. Is That Safe?

(ROME) — Italian grandparents — “nonni” as they are called — were pulled in two contradictory directions on Thursday — and as usual the grandchildren won out. In a decree that took effect Thursday, the Italian government urged the elderly and infirm to stay at home and restricted visits to nursing homes and assisted living facilities to contain the spread of coronavirus among those most vulnerable to it. But Italian grandparents were out in force at the nation’s playgrounds and parks, stepp...
Tags: Europe, Japan, News, Uncategorized, Rome, Italy, Lombardy, Roberto, Testaccio, Locatelli, Onetime, Giuseppe Conte, COVID-19, Mauro Benedetti, Santa Maria Liberatrice, Franco Locatelli


‘I Didn’t Commit Any Crimes.’ Videos Showing Controversial NYC Arrest Spark Outrage

The New York City Police Department has launched an internal review after disturbing videos circulated online showing multiple officers arresting a man and aggressively bringing him down to the ground as he pleaded for them to “get off of me” and “help me.” Twitter user Velvet, who took an initial video that has racked up at least 5.7 million views, tells TIME that she was walking home from the subway in Canarsie, Brooklyn, when she noticed two men who looked like they were in an “aggressiv...
Tags: Twitter, New York, News, New York City, Uncategorized, Brooklyn, Nypd, New York City Police Department, Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough, Velvet, Carl Takei, Canarsie Brooklyn, Takei, Onetime, Eric Gonzalez


Maya Moore Was One of the WNBA’s Biggest Stars. Then She Stepped Away to Fight for Justice.

When Maya Moore an nounced in January that she was once again sitting out a basketball season — and this year, skipping what would be her third appearance in an Olympic Games — in order to keep pursuing a wrongful conviction case in Missouri, her peers expressed admiration. “ We are proud of the ways that Maya is advocating for justice and using her platform to impact social change,” said Cheryl Reeve, head coach and general manager of the Minnesota Lynx, the team with which Moore has wo...
Tags: News, Russia, Uncategorized, Sports, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, America, Atlanta, Spain, Missouri, Basketball, Nba, Ncaa, Kobe Bryant, Irons, UConn


Katy Perry Reveals She’s Expecting Her First Child With Fiancé Orlando Bloom

Katy Perry has revealed she’s pregnant in a very show business way. The 35-year-old pop star showed off her growing baby bump at the end of the video for her latest song “Never Worn White.” On Instagram, Perry said her pregnancy is “probably the longest secret” she has “ever had to keep.” The news was confirmed Thursday by Perry’s label, Capitol Music Group. The baby will be Perry’s first, and the second for her fiance, Orlando Bloom, who has a 9-year-old son, Flynn, with ex-wife Miranda Kerr. P...
Tags: Music, News, Uncategorized, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Flynn, Perry, Capitol Music Group, Onetime, Miranda Kerr Perry


Russia and Turkey Announce Cease-Fire Agreement in Northwestern Syria

(MOSCOW) — The presidents of Russia and Turkey said they reached agreements on a cease-fire to take effect at midnight Thursday in northwestern Syria, where escalating fighting had threatened to put forces from the two countries into a direct military conflict. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said the deal also envisions setting up a security corridor along a strategic highway in Idlib province. Putin voiced hope the deal will serve as a “goo...
Tags: Europe, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Uncategorized, Eu, Turkey, Syria, West, Nato, Moscow, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kremlin, Assad


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Says He Regrets Remarks About Supreme Court Justices

(WASHINGTON) — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that he “should not have used the words I used” when he declared at a rally in front of the Supreme Court that two justices would “pay the price” for their decision in an abortion case. Republicans chastised Schumer for the remark and Chief Justice John Roberts in a rare rebuke said the words were “inappropriate” and “dangerous.” Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called Schumer’s...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Washington, Senate, Uncategorized, Barack Obama, Brooklyn, House, Courts, Nancy Pelosi, Louisiana, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Senate Overwhelmingly Approves $8.3 Billion Bill to Fight Coronavirus

(WASHINGTON) — The Senate passed an $8.3 billion measure Thursday to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak in hopes of reassuring a fearful public and accelerating the government’s response to the virus, whose rapid spread is threatening to upend everyday life in the U.S. and across the globe. The money would pay for a multifaceted attack on a virus that is spreading more widely every day, sending financial markets spiraling again Thursday, disrupting travel and potentially threatening the U...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Uncategorized, United Kingdom, House, Medicare, Parliament, Donald Trump, Trump, Health And Human Services, PAUL R KY, Appropriations Committee, Sen Maria Cantwell D Wash


Woman’s High-Drama ‘Movie Trailer’ About Her Parents’ Divorce Goes Viral

It’s been said that great art comes from pain, a theme that Victoria Valle Remond, a current film student and lifelong enthusiast of the craft made the case for while revisiting the emotional tour de force iMovie trailer she made after her parents got divorced. On Twitter, Valle Remond, who’s now 17 years old, shared the trailer that she made when she was 10. The minute-and-a-half clip teasing her fake film, “A Shattered Relationship,” features footage and images from multiple stages of her pare...
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Viral, Noah Baumbach, Onetime, Clickmonsters, Victoria Valle Remond, Valle Remond, National Bureau of Divorce


Dubai’s Ruler Threatened His Wife and Ordered His Daughters Abducted, British Judge Rules After Custody Battle

(LONDON) — The ruler of Dubai conducted a campaign of fear and intimidation against his estranged wife and ordered the abduction of two of his daughters, a British judge ruled in documents that were unsealed Thursday. A judge at the High Court in London found that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, 70, “acted in a manner from the end of 2018 which has been aimed at intimidating and frightening” his ex-wife Princess Haya, 45. Judge Andrew McFarlane also said the Sheikh “ordered and orche...
Tags: London, News, India, Uncategorized, High Court, Sydney, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Cambridge, Oman, Jordan, Oxford University, International Olympic Committee, Mohammed, Elizabeth Ii, Mohammed bin Salman


People Can Just Barely Handle This Friendship Between This Dog and Its Cat Buddy

More than two decades later, Rose and Jack’s iconic Titanic love story may have finally met its match. The love displayed between a dog and a cat in a new short film — in the form of a viral Twitter video, of course — may just have the power to bright our days while bringing both dog and cat-people together once and for all. In the clip, originally taken by Lisa Plummer but shared by the Humor and Animals account, a black cat is perched atop the couch, looking out the window. The cat’s golde...
Tags: News, Animals, Uncategorized, Viral, Jack, Rose, Onetime, Lisa Plummer


Chinese Schools Run Into Censorship Issues After Being Forced Online by Coronavirus

(BEIJING) — Less than 30 minutes into a lecture on bioinformatics, Chu Xinjian’s class was abruptly cut short. It was the first day of an unusual semester. Across China, schools have been shut indefinitely to contain the spread of a new virus that has killed more than 3,000 people. Chu’s class was one of tens of thousands of courses, from grade school to university, being forced online. Chu’s professor was painstakingly sending voice recordings to the class group chat when, without warning,...
Tags: News, China, Uncategorized, Ap, Beijing, Associated Press, Weibo, Communist Party, Jiangsu, Chu, Wang, Cheng, Facebook YouTube, Education Ministry, Deng Xiaoping, Cyberspace Administration


Neither Major Dem Candidate Currently Seeking Secret Service Protection

(WASHINGTON) — Topless demonstrators crashed a Bernie Sanders rally in Nevada two weeks ago. On Tuesday, two animal rights activists rushed the stage where Joe Biden was giving a victory speech after a stunning primary triumph, and they were carried off, protest signs flailing. Armed and seriously dangerous threats these individuals were not. But the breaches were concerning enough to prompt an online outcry that the Democratic presidential candidates be granted protection by the U.S. Secre...
Tags: News, Congress, California, Washington, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Dhs, House, Homeland Security, Secret Service, Associated Press, Nevada, Biden, Topless


Elizabeth Warren Ends 2020 Presidential Campaign

(WASHINGTON) — Elizabeth Warren, who electrified progressives with her “plan for everything” and strong message of economic populism, dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Thursday, according to a person familiar with her plans. The exit came days after the onetime front-runner couldn’t win a single Super Tuesday state, not even her own. The Massachusetts senator hasn’t endorsed Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden, the remaining candidates in the race. But she has talked to both campai...
Tags: New York, News, Minnesota, Congress, Washington, White House, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, New Hampshire, Hawaii, House, Iowa, Manhattan


Toddler Makes Extremely Endearing Attempt to Say ‘Tomato’

In the U.S. the word tomato is pronounced with a long a, like Fonzie delivering his trademark, “Ayyy.” In England, it’s more of an aww sound like the noise you make when watching kitten videos. When English language learners learn the word they pronounce it as “tomayto” or “tomahto”—except for one toddler has devised an entirely new way to say it. In a video shared on TikTok by user @350snake, a little learner is taught how to pronounce the word. She carefully follows instructions to say “t...
Tags: England, News, Uncategorized, Viral, Fonzie, Milo, Onetime, Clickmonsters


Trump Attacks Jeff Sessions, Again, Ahead of Primary Runoff for Alabama Senate

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Jeff Sessions, making new strides to regain his former Senate seat, faces renewed criticism that could be his biggest hurdle after President Donald Trump appeared to mock his former attorney general for being forced into a primary runoff. Trump broke his silence on Sessions’ race in Alabama, again lashing out at his former ally over his 2017 recusal from the Russia investigation. The newest Twitter scolding by Trump could further damage Sessions’ hopes of mounting a politic...
Tags: Florida, News, Senate, White House, Russia, Uncategorized, Alabama, Gop, United States, Davis, Associated Press, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Jones, Trump


Kim Jong Un Expresses ‘Condolences’ Over Coronavirus Outbreak in South Korea

(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a personal letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to express his condolences over a soaring viral outbreak, Seoul officials said Thursday. It wasn’t immediately clear if Kim’s letter was an attempt to improve strained ties with South Korea amid a deadlock in broader nuclear diplomacy with the U.S. Earlier this week, Kim’s sister issued insults against Moon’s presidential office in her first official statement. In his letter t...
Tags: South Korea, News, North Korea, Singapore, Uncategorized, Moon, Kim Jong Un, Kim, Vietnam, Donald Trump, Seoul, Yoon, South, Trump, Koreas, Seoul South Korea


Celine Dion Had the Best Reaction to This Singer and Everyone Is Following Suit

Having that A Star Is Born moment is a dream for most aspiring singers. In a city like New York, which has recently become home to more artists than ever before, magical big breaks are hard to come by. But Jackson Maine, please step aside — one professional singer just had her big chance by singing to musical sensation Celine Dion. The Grammy winner had her driver pause outside of the Four Seasons in New York this week to hear Freida Solomon sing the Dion classic, “I Surrender.” “Hold on,” Dion...
Tags: Music, New York, News, Uncategorized, Maine, Viral, Jackson, Dion, Celine Dion, Solomon, Onetime, Clickmonsters, Freida Solomon, Freida @musicbyfreida


Celine Dion Had the Best Reaction to This Singer Serenading Her and Everyone Else Is Following Suit

Having that A Star Is Born moment is a dream for most aspiring singers. In a city like New York, which has recently become home to more artists than ever before, magical big breaks are hard to come by. But Jackson Maine, please step aside — one professional singer just had her big chance by singing to musical sensation Celine Dion. The Grammy winner had her driver pause outside of the Four Seasons in New York this week to hear Freida Solomon sing the Dion classic, “I Surrender.” “Hold on,” Dion...
Tags: Music, New York, News, Uncategorized, Maine, Viral, Jackson, Dion, Celine Dion, Solomon, Onetime, Clickmonsters, Freida Solomon, Freida @musicbyfreida


1 Killed and 5 Injured, Including 7-Year-Old Girl, in Shooting at California Family’s ‘Celebration of Life’ Party

A shooter fired multiple rounds at a gathering of people at an apartment in Tulare, Calif. on Wednesday night, killing one and injuring five others, including a 7-year-old child, according to police. Tulare Police Sgt. Ed Hinojosa said during a press conference that the suspect opened fire at a “party or some type of celebration of life going on for somebody who was buried today that was apparently involved in a car accident a few days ago.” He added that there were about 50 to 60 people pr...
Tags: News, California, Uncategorized, Gun Violence, Tulare Calif, Hinojosa, Onetime, Valley Children, California Family, Ed Hinojosa, The Visalia Times


Melania Trump Makes a Rare Fundraising Foray Into 2020 Presidential Campaign

(WASHINGTON) — Melania Trump is set to make a rare fundraising foray into the 2020 campaign. President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is asking supporters to make a donation for a chance to meet the first lady in California. “Win a trip to meet first lady Melania Trump in Beverly Hills,” the campaign literature says. A date for the event was not included, though it is believed to be scheduled for mid-March. Mrs. Trump largely avoided campaigning and fundraising during the 2016 president...
Tags: News, California, Washington, White House, Uncategorized, Beverly Hills, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Melania Trump, Barron, Kayleigh McEnany, Mrs Trump, McEnany, Onetime, 2020 Presidential Election


Passengers Stranded as British Airline Flybe Collapses, Weakened by Coronavirus’ Impact on Travel Industry

(LONDON) — The struggling British airline Flybe collapsed Thursday amid drops in demand caused by the new coronavirus, leaving passengers stranded and threatening the viability of regional airports across the country. Flybe’s fall highlights the damage that the virus outbreak has had on the airline industry, which has cut back on flights around the world as people avoid flying out of precaution. The British regional airline narrowly avoided bankruptcy in January but had continued to lose mo...
Tags: Travel, Business, London, News, Uncategorized, Flybe, Iran, Britain, Southampton, United Kingdom, Transport, Boris Johnson, Airlines, Thomas Cook, Grant Shapps, United Airlines