Murals, pianos & more: New art projects aimed at luring businesses to urban core

Jack Witthaus
Murals, pianos & more: New art projects aimed at luring businesses to urban core

Downtown Orlando has a 7% retail vacancy rate, according to Colliers International Central Florida, which is higher than the Orlando-area average of 5.5%.

  • Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows two-thirds of voters want the Senate to call new impeachment witnesses
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    Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows two-thirds of voters want the Senate to call new impeachment witnesses

    Nearly two-thirds of registered voters (63 percent) agree with Democrats that the Senate should call new witnesses to testify during President Trump's impeachment trial, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll. Only 26 percent of voters disagree. Conducted on Jan. 21 and 22 as the Senate trial was getting underway, the poll suggests that broad majorities of Americans side with Democrats in the pitched partisan battle over whether new witnesses should be allowed to testify or whether they should be blocked, as Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has maintained.

  • White Nationalists Arrested ahead of Richmond Rally Planned to Kill Gun-Rights Demonstrators to Spark Civil War
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    White Nationalists Arrested ahead of Richmond Rally Planned to Kill Gun-Rights Demonstrators to Spark Civil War

    Three alleged members of a white supremacist group were plotting to murder demonstrators at Monday's gun rights rally at the Virginia Capitol before they were arrested by the FBI last week, according to court documents. The men were caught discussing their plans on a hidden camera set up in their Delaware apartment by FBI agents. “We can't let Virginia go to waste, we just can't,” said Patrik J. Mathews, one member of the hate group “the Base” that promotes violence against African-Americans and Jews.

  • The mysterious, deadly Wuhan coronavirus may have jumped from snakes to humans, scientists say
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    The mysterious, deadly Wuhan coronavirus may have jumped from snakes to humans, scientists say

    Getty Images We finally have a bit more information on the mysterious origins of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed 17 people. A group of Chinese scientists said in a report on Wednesday that the disease most likely came from a "recombinant virus" between one found in bats and another "origin-unknown" one. Specifically, it came from the many-banded krait snake and Chinese cobra, which then transmitted it to humans, the scientists said.

  • First stage of extradition hearing for top Huawei exec ends
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    First stage of extradition hearing for top Huawei exec ends

    A Canadian judge said Thursday she will announce her decision at a later date after ending the first phase of an extradition hearing that will decide whether a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei is sent to the United States. This week's hearings dealt with the question of whether the U.S. charges against Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei's founder, are crimes in Canada as well. Canada arrested Huawei's chief financial officer in December 2018 at Vancouver's airport at the request of the U.S. as she was changing flights.

  • 'End of the world': Wuhan a ghost town under quarantine
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    'End of the world': Wuhan a ghost town under quarantine

    Wuhan residents called for help and shared worries of food shortages Thursday, with streets in the virus-hit central Chinese city left deserted after it was put on lockdown. Planes and trains out of the city -- the epicentre of a new SARS-like virus -- were cancelled, with public transport suspended and residents ordered not to leave in a bid to control the spread of the disease. Streets decorated for Chinese New Year festivities in the city of 11 million were empty, with the few who ventured outside wearing masks as ordered by authorities.

  • Family attorneys say cruise line's story of toddler's death is 'physically impossible'
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    Family attorneys say cruise line's story of toddler's death is 'physically impossible'

    Attorneys representing the family of an Indiana toddler who fell to her death from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in July say their recent inspection of the scene proves the cruise line is lying to the court. Earlier this month, Royal Caribbean filed a motion to dismiss the civil case holding them responsible, claiming that Chloe Wiegand's death was solely caused by the "reckless and irresponsible" actions of her grandfather, Salvatore "Sam" Anello. The cruise line maintains that Anello was aware that the window Chloe fell from was open.

  • Australia bushfires contribute to big rise in global CO2 levels: UK's Met Office
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    Australia bushfires contribute to big rise in global CO2 levels: UK's Met Office

    Australia's bushfires are contributing to one of the biggest annual increases in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere since record-keeping began more than 60 years ago, according to a forecast published by Britain's Met Office on Friday. While human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for the bulk of the increase in CO2 levels, Australia's bushfires have made the problem measurably worse, underscoring the impact of the catastrophe on the global climate system. "A forecast of the atmospheric concentration of carbon-dioxide shows that 2020 will witness one of the largest annual rises in concentration since measurements began at Mauna Loa, in Hawaii, 1958," the Met Office said in a statement.

  • Man in Mexico Now Ill After Visiting Coronavirus Ground Zero
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    Man in Mexico Now Ill After Visiting Coronavirus Ground Zero

    A man who fell ill in Mexico on Monday following a December trip to Wuhan, China, is under observation as a potential case of the coronavirus, the respiratory virus that has killed at least 17 people worldwide. The 57-year-old molecular biology professor works for the Instituto Politecnico Nacional university in the city of Reynosa, which borders with the U.S. The man returned to Mexico on Jan. 10 through a Mexico City airport and then flew to the state of Tamaulipas, Mexican authorities said. Tamaulipas State Health Minister Gloria Molina said in a radio interview that the man immediately reported his situation to authorities after feeling sick.

  • FULL INTERVIEW: Tom Steyer on 'Hot Mic With Brittany Shepherd'
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    FULL INTERVIEW: Tom Steyer on 'Hot Mic With Brittany Shepherd'

    In a live studio interview on Yahoo News' “Hot Mic With Brittany Shepherd,” Democratic candidate Tom Steyer discusses Trump's Twitter attacks, his own billionaire status, and takes questions from first-time voters in the audience.

  • Democrats pounce as Trump says he would consider cuts to Social Security and Medicare
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    Democrats pounce as Trump says he would consider cuts to Social Security and Medicare

    While much of the nation was focused on Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, the president gave an interview in Davos, Switzerland, that undercut one of his key pledges from his 2016 campaign, declaring his intention to “take a look” at cutting benefits to entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. Asked by CNBC host Joe Kernen whether he would ever consider cutting entitlements, Trump, who had run on a promise to protect Social Security and Medicare, didn't rule it out. At some point they will be.

  • Warren responds after angry dad confronts her on student loans
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    Warren responds after angry dad confronts her on student loans

    Warren's student loan comments begin at the 6-min. mark in video above After being confronted by a man questioning her student loan forgiveness plan, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren dismissed his argument. "We don't build an America by saddling our kids with debt," she said on "CBS This Morning" Friday.

  • White House breaks silence on Jeff Bezos phone-hacking scandal, calls Saudi Arabia an 'important ally'
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    White House breaks silence on Jeff Bezos phone-hacking scandal, calls Saudi Arabia an 'important ally'

    Mark Wilson/Getty Images The White House broke its silence Thursday on reports that Saudia Arabia was likely behind the hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone. The White House called Saudi Arabia an "important ally" and said it doesn't have any additional information on the hacking allegations but it's taking the situation "seriously." The spokesperson did not say whether the US plans to investigate the hacking, which the United Nations called for on Wednesday.

  • Prosecutor: DNA match leads to Florida 'pillowcase rapist'
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    Prosecutor: DNA match leads to Florida 'pillowcase rapist'

    Prosecutors announced Thursday that a sophisticated DNA match has led to the cold case arrest of a Florida man believed to be the “pillowcase rapist" who terrorized greater Miami with a series of assaults on women in the 1980s. Robert Koehler, 60, was arrested over the weekend and was being held without bond Thursday in a Miami jail. The “pillowcase rapist” was so named because he used a pillowcase or other fabric to cover the faces of his terrified victims, usually after he had broken into an apartment or town home, according to investigators.

  • These 9 Dining Chairs Are Sculptural, Surprising, and Downright Sleek
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    These 9 Dining Chairs Are Sculptural, Surprising, and Downright Sleek

    The best chairs earn their place at the table Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Smugglers tried to bring 3,700 invasive crabs through the Port of Cincinnati
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    Smugglers tried to bring 3,700 invasive crabs through the Port of Cincinnati

    CINCINNATI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its agriculture specialists at the Port of Cincinnati have stopped 51 shipments of invasive mitten crabs from being smuggled into the country over the past four months. The shipments containing 3,700 of the live crabs weighed about 3,400 pounds, originated in China and Hong Kong and were destined for businesses and homes in multiple states – mostly New York, a CBP press release said. Nationwide, CBP agriculture specialists and others have refused entry to more than 15,000 mitten crabs since September.

  • 'No, No America': Iraq protesters demand expulsion of U.S. troops
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    'No, No America': Iraq protesters demand expulsion of U.S. troops

    Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Baghdad on Friday calling for the expulsion of U.S. troops, but the protest mostly dissipated after a few hours despite fears of violence following a cleric's call for a "million strong" turnout. Populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr convened the march after the U.S. killing of an Iranian general and an Iraqi paramilitary chief in Baghdad this month. His eventual decision to hold it away from a separate anti-government protest camp, and away from the U.S. embassy, looked pivotal in keeping the march peaceful.

  • Angela Merkel Says Fight Against Climate Change ‘Matter of Survival’
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    Angela Merkel Says Fight Against Climate Change ‘Matter of Survival’

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she's worried about the growing conflict between young campaigners for a cleaner planet and those who reject global warming. Their stances have become “irreconcilable” and led to a gap in dialog just when nations need collective actionon climate change, Merkel said Thursday in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The question of achieving the Paris Agreement goals could be a matter of survival for the whole continent and that is why there is pressure to act,” said Merkel.

  • China Puts 13 Cities on Lockdown as Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs
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    China Puts 13 Cities on Lockdown as Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs

    China broadened its lockdown to include at least 13 cities Friday as it strives to contain a deadly virus outbreak the World Health Organization has termed a domestic health emergency. The respiratory virus has claimed 26 lives and infected at least 830 people in China since it was first detected at a seafood market in Wuhan last month, according to figures provided by the National Health Commission Friday morning. While cases of the new coronavirus have been detected around the world, from Thailand and South Korea to the United States, WHO said the situation does not yet constitute a global health emergency.

  • Samantha Bee Dunks on Trump’s Defense Team: ‘A Virtual Dream Team of Rape Culture’
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    Samantha Bee Dunks on Trump’s Defense Team: ‘A Virtual Dream Team of Rape Culture’

    Early in her weekly show Wednesday night, Samantha Bee played a clip of Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) telling Fox News that he thinks not calling witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial is the “right thing to do. And if anyone's an expert on witnesses not talking about the crimes they saw, it's Jim Jordan,” the Full Frontal host said, putting up a headline about how the congressman allegedly knew about sexual abuse at Ohio State and said nothing. That was a preview of what was to come later in the opening segment when Bee took a closer look at President Trump's defense team “Continuing his tradition of appointing only the best, Trump's defenders include Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz and Jim Jordan,”...

  • Iran's Qaher 313 Stealth Fighter Is More Bluster Than Brawn
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    Iran's Qaher 313 Stealth Fighter Is More Bluster Than Brawn

    Tensions have escalated in the Persian Gulf region in the aftermath of U.S. president Donald Trump's decision unilaterally to withdraw the United States from the agreement limiting Iran's nuclear program. The U.S. military has implicated Iranian agents in several summer 2019 attacks on civilian ships sailing near Iran. The regular Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force and the air wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps militia together operate around 700 aircraft, including around two dozen U.S.-made F-14s.

  • Rep. Ilhan Omar launches 'Send her back to Congress!' reelection bid with big advantages
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    Rep. Ilhan Omar launches 'Send her back to Congress!' reelection bid with big advantages

    Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. is kicking off her reelection campaign Thursday night with a massive bank account and no challengers who pose a serious threat from either party. Her campaign slogan — “Send her back to Congress!

  • Islamic leaders make 'groundbreaking' visit to Auschwitz
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    Islamic leaders make 'groundbreaking' visit to Auschwitz

    Muslim religious leaders joined members of a U.S. Jewish group at Auschwitz on Thursday for what organizers described as “the most senior Islamic leadership delegation" to visit the site of a Nazi German death camp. The interfaith visit came four days before the 75th anniversary of the camp's Jan. 27, 1945, liberation by Soviet forces and as world leaders gathered in Jerusalem to commemorate the Holocaust. The secretary general of the Muslim World League, Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, and the CEO of the American Jewish Committee, David Harris, led the tour to the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial in Poland.

  • Saudi officials close to the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly knew of plans to hack Bezos phone
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    Saudi officials close to the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly knew of plans to hack Bezos phone

    Saudi officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (know in the West as MBS) told The Wall Street Journal that they were aware of plans to hack Jeff Bezos' phone. The unnamed officials also said that senior adviser to the crown prince, Saud al-Qahtani, was also involved in the hacking as part of a broader intimidation campaign against Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in October 2018 at the hands of Saudi agents. On Wednesday, UN experts published a report on the hacking allegations, calling for an "immediate investigation by US and other relevant authorities" into any role MBS may have played.

  • 'Serious safety risk': Man arrested after pointing laser at planes, temporarily blinding one pilot
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    'Serious safety risk': Man arrested after pointing laser at planes, temporarily blinding one pilot

    Two planes were struck by a lasers, which temporarily blinded one of the pilots, as they flew into Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport in Florida Wednesday night. One of the planes was a small aircraft, a Cessna Skyhawk, and the other was a United Airbus A320 coming in from Newark, New Jersey. When the laser struck the Cessna Skyhawk between 7:25 pm and 8:15 p.m., the pilot's sight was "temporarily impaired," according to Kohuth.

  • Philippines' Duterte threatens to end military deal with the United States
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    Philippines' Duterte threatens to end military deal with the United States

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the United States on Thursday he would repeal an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises if Washington did not reinstate the visa of a political ally. Visibly upset, Duterte vented his anger over the U.S. decision to deny entry to Ronaldo dela Rosa, a former police chief who is now a senator. Dela Rosa said the U.S. embassy in the Philippines did not explain why his visa had been canceled but that he believed it was most likely because of allegations of extrajudicial killings during his more than two-year term as police chief.