Chinatown businesses left empty amid coronavirus fears

This time of year tends to be a little slow in Chinatown, but customer anxiety over the coronavirus is causing a double-digit drop in business.

  • There are only three viable presidential candidates, according to Mike Bloomberg's campaign
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    There are only three viable presidential candidates, according to Mike Bloomberg's campaign

    Only three candidates out of the more than half dozen vying for the White House have a viable path to the nomination, a senior official for the Mike Bloomberg campaign told reporters Tuesday. Bloomberg states director Dan Kanninen said that “we are really down to a race where there are three people left who could really be considered viable to be sworn into office next year, and that's Bernie Sanders, Mike Bloomberg and Donald Trump,” he said in a conference call with reporters. The blunt statement provides a window into how the campaign views the other established frontrunners, including former Vice President Joe Biden and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

  • Grandparents, uncle charged in beating death, torture of Montana boy
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    Grandparents, uncle charged in beating death, torture of Montana boy

    A 12-year-old boy was tortured and beaten to death by his grandparents and a teenage uncle at their home in Montana, authorities said. In multiple instances, the suspects recorded themselves torturing the boy on their cellphones, police said. James Alex Hurley had been living with his grandparents, James Sasser Jr., 47, and Patricia Batts, 48, for about two years after the death of his father, who Batts identified as her biological son, according to a probable cause affidavit.

  • Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan
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    Huge locust outbreak in East Africa reaches South Sudan

    The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years has reached South Sudan, a country where roughly half the population already faces hunger after years of civil war, officials announced Tuesday. Around 2,000 locusts were spotted inside the country, Agriculture Minister Onyoti Adigo told reporters. The locusts have been seen in Eastern Equatoria state near the borders with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

  • Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite
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    Cuba burning tires to power factory as US oil sanctions bite

    The Cuban government has ordered a cement factory to burn old tires to power its operations and save on oil, amid a worsening fuel shortage brought on by US sanctions on the Communist island. On orders of President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the firm Cementos Cienfuegos, located in the center of the country, will receive an increasing supply of used tires to burn, the official daily Granma said Monday. Cuba has been suffering oil shortages since last September, when the administration of President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on ships carrying petroleum to the island from its main fuel supplier Venezuela.

  • 'Historic, unprecedented' flooding swamps southern USA; Mississippi and Tennessee hardest hit
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    'Historic, unprecedented' flooding swamps southern USA; Mississippi and Tennessee hardest hit

    Weeks of heavy rain have inundated a large portion of the southern U.S., bringing near-record flooding to portions of Mississippi and Tennessee. In Jackson, Mississippi, hundreds of residents either watched their homes flood over the weekend or worried their residence would soon be drenched as the Pearl River crested Monday at 36.8 feet, its third-highest level ever recorded – behind only 1979 and 1983. Reeves said at a news conference Monday that there were no reports of flood-related injuries and thanked the people of Mississippi for heeding evacuation orders.

  • North Korea imported purebred horses from Russia as Kim Jong Un took snowy ride
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    North Korea imported purebred horses from Russia as Kim Jong Un took snowy ride

    MOSCOW/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un was filmed riding through the snow on a white stallion last year, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on 12 purebred horses from Russia, according to Russian customs data. Accompanied by senior North Korean figures, Kim took two well-publicized rides on the snowy slopes of the sacred Paektu Mountain in October and December. North Korea has a long history of buying pricey horses from Russia and customs data first reported by Seoul-based NK News suggests that North Korea may have bolstered its herd in October.

  • The Coronavirus Comes for Taiwan
    The National Interest

    The Coronavirus Comes for Taiwan

    This system is meant to ensure that Taiwan does not run out of masks and that the country will be ready in the event that the virus spreads further throughout Taiwan. Tsai announced that the government would exercise “centralized procurement, centralized distribution, and centralized pricing” while tracking production and inventories to ensure dependable domestic supplies. The government has emphasized that healthy people do not need to wear masks but photos across Taiwan show people wearing them as a precautionary measure, particularly on public transportation.

  • 'Now We Are Refugees': A Family in Limbo Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak
    The New York Times

    'Now We Are Refugees': A Family in Limbo Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

    There are shortages of food and other essentials throughout Yichang, the Hubei province city of more than 4 million where they have been in limbo for weeks. “The government of Taiwan surely will come to our rescue,” her husband, Calvin Fan, who is from Beijing, has reassured her. Taiwan and China each say the other is the reason that she and other Taiwan citizens are unable to leave Hubei, a province under lockdown, where hundreds have died from the coronavirus and tens of thousands have been infected.

  • Chinese police reportedly put a professor under house arrest, cut his internet, and kicked him off social media after he criticized President Xi over the coronavirus
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    Chinese police reportedly put a professor under house arrest, cut his internet, and kicked him off social media after he criticized President Xi over the coronavirus

    Reuters A Chinese professor who wrote a scathing essay criticizing President Xi Jinping's handling of the novel coronavirus was placed under house arrest and had his internet services cut, The Guardian reported, citing his friends. After returning from his Chinese New Year holiday, Xu Zhangrun was put under house arrest, with several people patrolling the entrance of his home in Beijing. Friends of the professor told The Guardian that Xu's social-media accounts have either been removed or suspended.

  • Trump news - live: President gives out controversial pardons as new report undermines White House rationale for Soleimani killing
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    Trump news - live: President gives out controversial pardons as new report undermines White House rationale for Soleimani killing

    Donald Trump has again lashed out at Barack Obama, accusing the 44th president of “trying to take credit for the Economic Boom taking place under the Trump Administration” in response to his predeccessor's tweet remembering his signing of the Recovery Act in 2009 at the onset of the Great Recession. Away from the 2020 race, the president's ex-national security adviser John Bolton has expressed fears the White House will “suppress” his forthcoming memoir, The Room Where It Happened, telling a university audience in North Carolina the ongoing review process could interfere with his “effort to write history”. Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load

  • Missing Milwaukee woman, two daughters found dead in garage
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    Missing Milwaukee woman, two daughters found dead in garage

    A missing Milwaukee woman and her two daughters were found dead Sunday, the victims of an apparent homicide, authorities said. Amarah J. Banks, 26, Zaniya R. Ivery, 5, and Camaria Banks, 4, were found in a Milwaukee garage Sunday afternoon, Milwaukee police Chief Alfonso Morales said at a news conference. "You have to also understand that foul play was not an initial piece of this investigation, it was a missing investigation that escalated," Morales said.

  • Hunter Biden Served on Board of Trade Group That Lobbied Obama Admin for Increased Ukraine Aid: Report
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    Hunter Biden Served on Board of Trade Group That Lobbied Obama Admin for Increased Ukraine Aid: Report

    Hunter Biden, son of former vice president Joe Biden, was on the board of a trade group that lobbied the Obama administration for increased U.S. aid to Ukraine, according to a report Tuesday. From 2012 through 2018, the younger Biden served as a director for the Center for U.S. Global Leadership and was connected as well with its affiliate, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, The Daily Caller reported. The two groups, which include about 400 larger corporations and non-government organizations, lobbied for increased spending abroad by the State Department's International Affairs Budget, including a special focus on Ukraine.

  • U.S. Coronavirus Cases Nearly Double With No End in Sight
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    U.S. Coronavirus Cases Nearly Double With No End in Sight

    Confirmed cases of the new, deadly coronavirus in the United States almost doubled over the holiday weekend thanks to the messy evacuation of Americans from a cruise ship in Japan, while fresh numbers from China suggested the disease might be deadlier than first believed. The U.S. government evacuated 328 American passengers from Tokyo early Monday on two chartered cargo jets, leaving 61 others behind who preferred to stay on the Diamond Princess cruise ship—despite a strong disembarkation recommendation from the federal government. All travelers from Japan were screened before boarding the aircraft “to prevent symptomatic travelers from departing Japan,” according to the CDC.

  • Missing more than a year, an abandoned 'ghost ship' washed ashore on the other side of the Atlantic
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    Missing more than a year, an abandoned 'ghost ship' washed ashore on the other side of the Atlantic

    A "ghost ship" abandoned for over a year and drifting in the Atlantic finally washed ashore in Ireland amid Storm Dennis' choppy water, the country's coast guard says. The MV Alta was found on the coast near Ballycotton, a small town in southern Ireland's County Cork, with no crew on board, the Irish Coast Guard said Sunday. The county's local council asked the public to stay away from the vessel as crews work to determine whether it posses any environmental risk.

  • Mississippi and Tennessee Have Been Deluged With Near-Record Levels of Flooding. Here's What to Know
    Time

    Mississippi and Tennessee Have Been Deluged With Near-Record Levels of Flooding. Here's What to Know

    Heavy rain has bought severe flooding to parts of Mississippi and Tennessee, leaving up to 1,000 homes flooded across the two states as officials caution that more rain is expected in the coming days. During a Monday press conference, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves said that the Pearl River — which runs through multiple towns in Miss. including Jackson, Pearl and Flowood — had crested at 36.7 feet, just above its major flood level, which is 36 feet. “We as a state are not in the clear yet,” Governor Reeves said at the press conference.

  • Gunmen kill 24 and injure 18 in attack on Burkina Faso church
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    Gunmen kill 24 and injure 18 in attack on Burkina Faso church

    Gunmen killed 24 people, including a pastor, in an attack on a church during Sunday Mass in northwestern Burkina Faso, four security sources told Reuters on Monday.

  • Yes, China's New DF-100 Anti-Ship Missile Are a Big Problem
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    Yes, China's New DF-100 Anti-Ship Missile Are a Big Problem

    It's unclear whether the DF-100 is a cruise or ballistic missile. The “DF” nomenclature seems to indicate it flies a ballistic trajectory, while Jane's depicts the bird as a supersonic cruise missile. It may straddle the difference between ballistic and sea-skimming missiles, arcing high into the atmosphere but following a flatter trajectory than a ballistic missile.

  • Bolsonaro repeats debunked sexual comments about journalist
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    Bolsonaro repeats debunked sexual comments about journalist

    Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro repeated a debunked sexually charged allegation about one of the country's more prominent journalists on Tuesday, drawing fire from press freedom advocates. Bolsonaro referred to Patricia Campos Mello, a reporter for newspaper Folha de S.Paulo who last year won the International Press Freedom Award after coverage of his presidential campaign. She'd also been honored for earlier reporting from the Middle East, U.S. and Africa.

  • Bloomberg Nods to Progressives With Wall Street Transaction Tax
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    Bloomberg Nods to Progressives With Wall Street Transaction Tax

    Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg released a series of financial regulation proposals Tuesday that represent a sharp leftward tack for the Wall Street billionaire, more closely aligning himself with progressives like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The regulations include a 0.1% transactions tax, which is sure to elicit negative reactions from pro-business groups. Bloomberg, who has been criticized by progressives for his close ties to Wall Street, also proposed merging Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and regulating Wall Street in a way that ensures the financial system is “strong enough to weather crises without harming the broader economy or requiring taxpayer bailouts.

  • German far right arrests reveal 'shocking' mosque attack plot
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    German far right arrests reveal 'shocking' mosque attack plot

    Members of a German extreme right group arrested last week were believed to have been plotting "shocking" large-scale attacks on mosques similar to the ones carried out in New Zealand last year, a government spokesman said Monday. Officials said that investigations into 12 men detained in police raids across Germany Friday had indicated they planned major attacks, following media reports over the weekend the group aimed to launch several simultaneous mass-casualty assaults on Muslims during prayers. "It's shocking what has been revealed here, that there are cells here that appear to have become radicalised in such a short space of time," interior ministry spokesman Bjoern Gruenewaelder told reporters at a Berlin press conference.

  • New Mexico woman who was pregnant with third child still missing three years later
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    New Mexico woman who was pregnant with third child still missing three years later

    “Holidays will never be the same,” Jennifer told Dateline. Liz, as she is known by her family and friends, was four months pregnant with her third child. “She got in his truck and that's the last time I ever heard from her,” Amber said.

  • Trump reportedly urged the CIA to hunt and kill Osama bin Laden's son instead of more pressing terrorist threats
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    Trump reportedly urged the CIA to hunt and kill Osama bin Laden's son instead of more pressing terrorist threats

    President Donald Trump wanted his intelligence officials to focus on killing Osama bin Laden's son over other terrorist targets because he was the only one Trump was familiar with, NBC News reported Sunday. Two military and intelligence officials said Trump did not recognize many other names on the CIA's list of potential targets. Trump has also approved successful strikes on other top terrorist targets, including the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Yemen's Al Qaeda chief Qasim al-Rimi.

  • Airlines, officials trace path of couple diagnosed with coronavirus that flew from Hawaii
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    Airlines, officials trace path of couple diagnosed with coronavirus that flew from Hawaii

    Delta Air Lines and Hawaiian Airlines are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Japanese health officials to trace the path of a couple from Nagoya, Japan, who were diagnosed with coronavirus after returning from Hawaii. Hawaiian state health officials say the couple, who are in their 60s, were in Hawaii from Jan. 28 to Feb. 7 and tested positive after being hospitalized in Japan. The man, who was diagnosed before his wife, flew on Hawaiian Airlines flight HA265 from Kahului, Hawaii, to Honolulu on Feb. 3, in addition to flying home on Delta flight 611 from Honolulu to Nagoya on Feb. 6 with his wife.

  • Kidnappers prey with ‘total impunity’ on migrants waiting for hearings in Mexico
    The Guardian

    Kidnappers prey with ‘total impunity’ on migrants waiting for hearings in Mexico

    The people waiting to board the van have already crossed into the USA, but have been sent back under the Trump administration's so-called Migrant Protection Protocols - known as “Remain in Mexico” – whereby would be asylum seekers must await their appointed hearing south of the border. MPP was rolled out in January last year, since when an estimated 57,000 people now wait south of the border for their asylum hearing date. Tens of thousands more are waiting just for the initial application for asylum.

  • Boy Scouts of America files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, proposes abuse victim fund
    The Week

    Boy Scouts of America files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, proposes abuse victim fund

    The Boy Scouts of America announced Tuesday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, saying its goals are twofold: "Equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in scouting and continue carrying out its mission for years to come." BSA noted that local scouting councils are legally separate, distinct, and financially independent from the national organization, and will not be directly affected by the bankruptcy reorganization. As part of the bankruptcy process, BSA said, it proposes to "create a Victims Compensation Trust that would provide equitable compensation to victims" of sexual and other abuse by scout leaders and volunteers.