Alibaba preps $13B HK listing before end of November: RPT

A report released that the Chinese-based e-commerce company is planning a secondary listing in Hong Kong for the end of November, even as protests escalate at Hong Kong University. Yahoo Finance’s Akiko Fujita and Brian Cheung discuss why Alibaba wants to list on The Ticker.

  • Senators blast Trump administration for coronavirus response
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    Senators blast Trump administration for coronavirus response

    Top officials in the Trump administration struggled on Tuesday morning to justify their response to the growing threat of the coronavirus, which has sickened at least 80,423 people around the world and killed at least 2,712. Although there have been no recorded fatalities in the United States yet, skeptical members of the U.S. Senate made clear to administration officials that they did not have confidence in their response. At one point during their back-and-forth, which promptly went viral on social media, Kennedy insisted that Wolf tell him the number of coronavirus cases that the United States could expect.

  • Sanders gets hit early and often at Democratic presidential debate
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    Sanders gets hit early and often at Democratic presidential debate

    Bernie Sanders, who has been mostly spared attacks by his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, paid the price of being the frontrunner Tuesday night in the debate in South Carolina, which holds its primary election on Saturday. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off the flurry of attacks by referencing a finding from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia was seeking to aid Sanders's candidacy in the primary election. “Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States and that's why Russia is helping you, so you'll lose to him,” Bloomberg said.

  • Tom Steyer has paid more than $40,000 to rent a property owned by Jim Clyburn's daughter
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    Tom Steyer has paid more than $40,000 to rent a property owned by Jim Clyburn's daughter

    Billionaire Tom Steyer is facing some criticism over his spending in South Carolina, a state where his Democratic presidential campaign is making some legitimate headway. Some people have even accused him of trying to buy votes from the state's African-American voters, which Steyer and many others have adamantly denied, The New York Times reports. One thing that's been particularly scrutinized is the Steyer campaign's rental agreement with a company owned by Jennifer Clyburn Reed, the daughter of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking African American in Congress whose endorsement is considered key in South Carolina.

  • US Supreme Court upholds death sentences of Arizona man
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    US Supreme Court upholds death sentences of Arizona man

    A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death sentences for an Arizona inmate who was convicted of killing two people in home burglaries nearly 30 years ago and now wants a jury to consider abuse he suffered as a child. Justice Brett Kavanaugh, writing for the court's conservative justices, rejected the arguments of James Erin McKinney that he deserved a new sentencing hearing so a jury could decide whether he should face death or life in prison. McKinney also argued that courts have not fully considered the horrific physical abuse he suffered as a child.

  • 30 of the Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Faucets
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    30 of the Best Stainless Steel Kitchen Faucets

    An easy upgrade for your kitchen sink Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Coronavirus outbreak fuels China black market for supplies
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    Coronavirus outbreak fuels China black market for supplies

    China's coronavirus crisis has sparked a thriving black market in fake medical supplies, forcing a crackdown from authorities who have seized 31 million counterfeit or substandard face masks. Du Hangwei, deputy minister of public security, told a press conference Wednesday that masks and other products worth 174 million yuan ($24 million) had been seized and police had dealt with 22,000 criminal cases related to the virus epidemic. The outbreak has killed more than 2,700 people in China and infected at least 78,000, sparking panic-buying of protective equipment as people seek to keep the virus at bay.

  • China to Russia: End discriminatory coronavirus measures against Chinese
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    China to Russia: End discriminatory coronavirus measures against Chinese

    China's embassy in Russia has demanded authorities in Moscow end what it said are discriminatory anti-coronavirus measures against Chinese nationals, saying they are damaging relations and alarming Chinese residents of the Russian capital. The complaint, detailed in an embassy letter to the city's authorities and published by Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta late on Tuesday, deplored what it called "ubiquitous monitoring" of Chinese nationals, including on public transport in Moscow. Russia, which enjoys strong political and military ties with Beijing, does not currently have any confirmed cases of coronavirus, but has temporarily barred many categories of Chinese nationals from entering the country.

  • A rare, 'cryptic' rainbow snake was spotted in a Florida forest for the first time since 1969
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    A rare, 'cryptic' rainbow snake was spotted in a Florida forest for the first time since 1969

    In a state constantly dealing with animals it wants gone — like pythons and green iguanas — someone found something rare. A Florida hiker discovered a rainbow snake (Farancia erytrogramma) last week in Ocala National Forest, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Wildlife Research Institute. It's the first time a rainbow snake has been spotted in Florida's Marion County since 1969, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

  • NASA space telescope spots a double star system with an alter ego
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    NASA space telescope spots a double star system with an alter ego

    A volatile double star system appears to change its behavior rapidly and unpredictably like a cosmic story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The pair consists of a neutron star — an extremely dense remnant of a supernova explosion — and a smaller, sunlike star. Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the National Science Foundation's Karl F. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), astronomers found that this binary star system switches between two alter egos every few years.

  • 1,000 tourists on a Spanish island are quarantined in their hotel after one of them tested positive for coronavirus
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    1,000 tourists on a Spanish island are quarantined in their hotel after one of them tested positive for coronavirus

    Frank Fleischmann/Getty Images/Business Insider Spanish officials have put 1,000 people staying at a plush hotel in the Canary Islands under quarantine after one of its guests tested positive to a preliminary check for the coronavirus, according to local media. More than 1,000 holidaymakers are confined to their rooms in the four-star Hotel H10 Costa Adeje Palace on the island of Tenerife, reported The Local. The man who fell sick was a doctor visiting from Lombardy, Italy, the center of Europe's worst outbreak.

  • Trump news – live: ‘Insane and depressing’ White House hands top role to college student, as president leaves Delhi amid worst anti-Muslim violence in decades
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    Trump news – live: ‘Insane and depressing’ White House hands top role to college student, as president leaves Delhi amid worst anti-Muslim violence in decades

    Donald Trump's White House is facing criticism for its “insane and depressing” decision to hire 23-year-old college James Bacon for a post in its powerful Presidential Personnel Office under new director John McEntee. The president has just returned from his two-day visit to India where he set in place a lucrative arms deal with Narendra Modi and toured the country's beauty spots while being shielded from the outbreak of anti-Muslim riots, which left at least 20 people dead in New Dehli.

  • Trump ignites backlash with demand Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from cases affecting him
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    Trump ignites backlash with demand Supreme Court justices recuse themselves from cases affecting him

    President Trump has lashed out at two liberal Supreme Court justices and demanded they recuse themselves from cases related to his administration in an extraordinary attack on the judicial system.

  • Italian hikers rescued in Alaska after visiting infamous bus
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    Italian hikers rescued in Alaska after visiting infamous bus

    An Italian man suffering from frostbite and four other tourists were rescued in the Alaska wilderness after visiting an abandoned bus that has become a lure for adventurers since it was featured in the “Into the Wild” book and movie. Alaska State Troopers say the five Italians were rescued Saturday from a camp they set up after visiting the dilapidated bus on the Stampede Trail near the interior town of Healy.

  • Swing District Dem Says ‘No One’ Left in the Presidential Race Will Be ‘Helpful’ in Her Reelection
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    Swing District Dem Says ‘No One’ Left in the Presidential Race Will Be ‘Helpful’ in Her Reelection

    Representative Lauren Underwood (D., Ill.) said at an event on Monday that “no one” running for the Democratic presidential nomination would be helpful to her in the 2020 general elections. “Some people are neutral and some people are not and no one in my opinion that's running on the Democratic ticket is helpful to me in my race,” Underwood told an audience at the City Club of Chicago, responding to a question about whether the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) would hurt down-ticket Democrats in November. “I guess that's controversial,” Underwood said when she perceived the audience's reaction.

  • Stocks, oil prices slide as virus sweeps globe
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    Stocks, oil prices slide as virus sweeps globe

    Stock markets and oil prices slid again Wednesday, as major companies began to count the financial cost of the spreading coronavirus. Heavy selling followed another rout Tuesday on Wall Street where all three main indices lost around three percent after officials said COVID-19 would likely take hold in the United States. With cases being reported in more countries -- and lockdowns in nations including Austria, Italy and Spain -- traders are growing increasingly fearful about the impact on the global economy.

  • Arizona congressional candidate suspends campaign after overdosing on heroin: 'I'm not going to hide from this'
    The Week

    Arizona congressional candidate suspends campaign after overdosing on heroin: 'I'm not going to hide from this'

    A Republican running for Congress in Arizona announced on Monday he is suspending his campaign following a heroin overdose last week. Chris Taylor is an Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan and a member of the City Council in Safford. Thankfully I have every resource available to me through the Veterans Affairs Administration and I have the strongest support system one could dream of.

  • Missing Tennessee toddler's grandmother and her boyfriend extradited after arrest
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    Missing Tennessee toddler's grandmother and her boyfriend extradited after arrest

    Previously: Two fugitives arrested in connection with missing Tennessee toddler Evelyn Boswell The girl, who has been the focus of an Amber Alert issued Wednesday night, was not with her grandmother and McCloud when they were captured. "I'd like to get back there and get this situation with my granddaughter resolved," Boswell told Wilkes County District Court Judge David Byrd. McCloud, 33, of Bristol, Tennessee, claimed the BMW was a gift from Evelyn's mother, Megan "Maggie" Boswell.

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    Greece confirms first coronavirus case

    A Greek woman who recently returned home from northern Italy has become Greece's first coronavirus case and she is being closely monitored, the health ministry said on Wednesday. No further information was immediately available on the previous movements of the 38-year-old woman, though one Greek media outlet, Proto Thema, said she had traveled to Greece by road. Greece has not introduced any travel restrictions to Italy, which is the country in Europe most affected by the outbreak with more than 370 cases and 12 deaths reported.

  • Pete Buttigieg called Mike Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk record 'racist' before admitting he had a 'lot of issues' with policing in South Bend
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    Pete Buttigieg called Mike Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk record 'racist' before admitting he had a 'lot of issues' with policing in South Bend

    Pete Buttigieg called Mike Bloomberg's record of stop-and-frisk policing "racist" at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina before reflecting on his own record as mayor. "We let it get out of control," Bloomberg said. "I come to this with some humility because I'm conscious of the fact that there are seven white people on this stage talking about racial justice," Buttigieg said.

  • U.S. soldier in South Korea tests positive as coronavirus pandemic fears grow
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    U.S. soldier in South Korea tests positive as coronavirus pandemic fears grow

    More than 78,000 confirmed cases in China, death toll reaches 2,715 • U.S. soldier stationed in South Korea tests positive for COVID-19 • Iran's Deputy Health Minister tests positive for virus • WHO: Coronavirus not a pandemic yet • White House seeks $2.5 billion for coronavirus • Italy hardest hit in Europe with 283 cases U.S. soldier in South Korea tests positive for COVID-19 A U.S. service member stationed in South Korea has tested positive for the coronavirus illness COVID-19, United States Forces Korea said in a statement. The 23-year-old soldier stationed at Camp Carroll, which is northwest of Daegu, is the first U.S. service member to test positive.

  • A British Tank Army Expected to Last Just a Few Days Against the Russians
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    A British Tank Army Expected to Last Just a Few Days Against the Russians

    The British Army in late February 2020 handed over, to German authorities, its last remaining headquarters in Germany. The handover of the headquarters at Bielefeld in northwest Germany signalled the final dismantling of what once was a powerful ground force. "Today I think, not only for me but for the British forces as a whole, means the end of an era,” Lt. Col. Tony Maw, commander of the British Army's Germany Enabling Office, said in an official statement.

  • Crackdown on immigrants using public benefits takes effect
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    Crackdown on immigrants using public benefits takes effect

    With new rules taking effect on Monday that disqualify more people from green cards if they use government benefits, droves of immigrants, including citizens and legal residents, have dropped social services they or their children may be entitled to out of fear they will be kicked out of the United States.

  • New Mexico governor to sheriffs: Enforce gun law or resign
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    New Mexico governor to sheriffs: Enforce gun law or resign

    New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a red-flag gun bill Tuesday that will allow state district courts to order the temporary surrender of firearms, and she urged sheriffs to resign if they still refuse to enforce it. Flanked by advocates for stricter gun control and supportive law enforcement officials at a signing ceremony, Lujan Grisham said the legislation provides law enforcement authorities with an urgently needed tool to deter deadly violence by temporarily removing firearms from people who pose a threat to themselves or others. “If they really intend to do that, they should resign as a law enforcement officer and leader in that community,” she said.

  • Egypt executes eight men over church bombings: sources
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    Egypt executes eight men over church bombings: sources

    Egypt has executed eight men sentenced to death over deadly attacks claimed by the Islamic State group on churches and a police checkpoint, judicial and medical sources said Tuesday. The convicts, whose final appeal against the death penalty was denied in May last year, were put to death at dawn on Monday, the sources said. They were among 17 defendants who were sentenced to death by a military court in October 2018 for their roles in the attacks on churches in Alexandria, Cairo and Tanta and a police checkpoint in southwestern Egypt, a judicial source told AFP.

  • In Iran, an Electoral Flop
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    In Iran, an Electoral Flop

    According to the official Fars News Agency, just 42 percent of Iranians voted in the country's latest parliamentary elections, which took place on Friday. That's the lowest percentage ever recorded in the 41-year history of the Islamic Republic. By way of comparison: The turnout for Iran's last parliamentary elections, in 2016, was approximately 60 percent.