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In Chinese Zodiac, the rat is associated with wealth and high fertility, and people born in the Year of the Rat are supposed to be optimistic and likable.

  • 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.

  • CDC Issues Warnings on Virus; Markets Take Hit: Virus Update
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    CDC Issues Warnings on Virus; Markets Take Hit: Virus Update

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans to prepare for a coronavirus outbreak at home that could lead to significant disruptions of daily life, though the warnings were downplayed by the White House. Congress was told that there's shortage of masks needed for health workers if one occurs. New cases were reported in Europe, prompting worries of a widening outbreak there.

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

    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.

  • Factbox: News and quotes from Julian Assange's extradition hearing
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    Factbox: News and quotes from Julian Assange's extradition hearing

    Julian Assange appeared before a British court for a third day on Wednesday to fight an extradition request from the United States which wants to put the 48-year-old on trial for hacking government computers and violating an espionage law. Assange is being sought by the United States on 18 counts of hacking U.S. government computers and an espionage offense, having allegedly conspired with Chelsea Manning, then a U.S. soldier known as Bradley Manning, to leak hundreds of thousands of secret documents by WikiLeaks almost a decade ago. Assange's lawyer Edward Fitzgerald said his client should not be extradited because the case was political and he was not violent.

  • 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.

  • 'This might be bad': US officials finally admit Coronavirus will be a pandemic with schools and businesses forced to close
    The Independent

    'This might be bad': US officials finally admit Coronavirus will be a pandemic with schools and businesses forced to close

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has outlined on Tuesday what schools and businesses would need to do if the coronavirus reaches pandemic levels, which officials say is likely. "It's not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country any more but a question of when this will happen," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters, according to the New York Times. Public officials do not know if the spread of the virus will be mild or severe, she added, but Americans should prepare for it to disrupt their daily lives.

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

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  • 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.

  • A Korean Air flight attendant tested positive for the coronavirus, as people are desperately trying to cancel flights on the airline
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    A Korean Air flight attendant tested positive for the coronavirus, as people are desperately trying to cancel flights on the airline

    Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images A Korean Air flight attendant has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the South Korean airline announced on Tuesday. Korean Air is disinfecting aircraft and asking flight attendants with symptoms to self-quarantine, a representative told Business Insider. Korean Air's social-media platforms have been flooded with complaints from customers who are trying to cancel their flights to South Korea or other parts of Asia.

  • 'Truly shameful': Pro-Israel AIPAC slams Sanders after he says conference is platform for 'bigotry'
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    'Truly shameful': Pro-Israel AIPAC slams Sanders after he says conference is platform for 'bigotry'

    WASHINGTON – Sen. Bernie Sanders drew the ire of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and its supporters after he announced he would not attend the lobbying group's annual conference because he said the organization gives a platform for "bigotry." Sanders – who now leads the presidential pack in delegates after wins in Nevada and New Hampshire – has been an outspoken critic of Israel's treatment of Palestinians and derided Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "racist" during a Democratic debate in December. "The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Warren says Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand regularly check in on her
    The Week

    Elizabeth Warren says Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand regularly check in on her

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is on good terms with some Democratic exes. While she can't claim to have raised thousands of dollars from ex-boyfriends, like Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) can, Warren has remained quite friendly with several ex-Democratic presidential candidates. In an interview with NBC News, Warren said she's texted nature photos with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) shortly after he dropped out of the race, talked math with Andrew Yang, and kept in touch with former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, who has endorsed her run.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • U.S. appeals court rules Trump 'gag rule' on abortion referral can be enforced
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    U.S. appeals court rules Trump 'gag rule' on abortion referral can be enforced

    A sharply divided federal appeals court on Monday said the Trump administration may enforce a rule labeled by critics as a “gag rule” that could deprive abortion providers of federal funding for family planning.

  • 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.

  • A Wrongfully Convicted Kansas Man Who Spent 23 Years in Prison Is Awarded $1.5 Million
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    A Wrongfully Convicted Kansas Man Who Spent 23 Years in Prison Is Awarded $1.5 Million

    A Kansas man who spent over two decades in prison for a double murder he didn't commit will be awarded $1.5 million for his wrongful conviction, according to the Kansas State Attorney General's office. Lamonte McIntyre was convicted and sentenced to two terms of life in prison for the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994. According to the Associated Press, documents made public during the 8-year fight to free McIntyre allege that the prosecutor in the case intimidated witnesses who told her that McIntyre did not look like the shooter after they saw him in person.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pete Buttigieg appears to mimic Barack Obama almost exactly in campaign speech video comparison
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    Pete Buttigieg appears to mimic Barack Obama almost exactly in campaign speech video comparison

    Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has been accused of plagiarising Barack Obama in several campaign speeches. In a compilation video featuring side-by-side comparisons of the two men's speeches, Mr Buttigieg is shown using almost the exact same words as Mr Obama on multiple occasions. The embarrassing video comes as Mr Buttigieg faces mockery for a tweet in which he seemed to borrow from one of the speeches in question.

  • Juror in Roger Stone trial pushes back at Trump's accusations: 'Our jury valued truth, plain and simple'
    The Week

    Juror in Roger Stone trial pushes back at Trump's accusations: 'Our jury valued truth, plain and simple'

    A juror in the Roger Stone trial is setting the record straight. In an op-ed for The Washington Post published Tuesday night, Seth Cousins wrote about the allegations being leveled against the jury. Last year, they found Stone, a longtime friend and adviser to President Trump, guilty of obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress.

  • Coronavirus pandemic inevitable, U.S. warns as disease spreads across globe
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    Coronavirus pandemic inevitable, U.S. warns as disease spreads across globe

    SHANGHAI/SEOUL (Reuters) - Asia reported hundreds of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, including the first U.S. soldier to be infected, as the United States warned of an inevitable pandemic, and outbreaks in Italy and Iran spread to more countries. Asian shares fell on Wednesday as the U.S. warning to Americans to prepare for a likely coronavirus pandemic jolted Wall Street again and pushed yields on safe-haven Treasuries to record lows. The disease is believed to have originated in a market selling wildlife in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and has infected about 80,000 people and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China.

  • 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.

  • Mississippi man convicted in shooting deaths of 8 people
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    Mississippi man convicted in shooting deaths of 8 people

    A Mississippi jury on Tuesday convicted a man in the 2017 shooting deaths of eight people, including some of his own relatives and a deputy sheriff who responded to a domestic disturbance call. Willie Cory Godbolt, 37, was found guilty on all charges against him after jurors heard nine days of testimony and a partial day of closing arguments, WLBT-TV reported. The trial enters a second phase Wednesday, with jurors deciding whether to impose the death penalty for four capital murder convictions.