Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came under heavy fire from his rivals during Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate at the Paris Casino but “weathered the storm,” his senior adviser Howard Wolfson said. The debate was the first one to feature Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman who entered the presidential race last November, months after all of his opponents. In the spin room, Wolfson offered an argument the Bloomberg campaign has repeatedly made in recent days, which is that he is one of only two viable candidates in the Democratic primary, the other being Bernie Sanders.
Hawaii Police Department Google product manager Sonam Saxena has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of his wife, Smriti Saxena. Smriti, who was a Microsoft business program manager, was reported missing by Sonam on Tuesday while the Seattle couple was vacationing in Hawaii. A body that could be Smriti's was discovered on a beach on Wednesday, and Sonam was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
In the German town of Hanau, a longtime immigrant destination with decades of coexistence between people of different origins, residents were left with the fear Thursday that their community was targeted after a gunman shot and killed nine people of foreign background. Residents shook their heads at a level of violence that is rare in Germany, and wondered at the degree of anti-foreigner hatred expressed by the attack in a place where Turks and ethnic Kurds patronize the same hookah bars, and where members of both groups were among the victims along with people with roots in Bulgaria, Bosniaand Romania, according to media reports. Among the dead was the owner of the Midnight Shisha Bar, an immigrant from Turkey who worked and saved to buy his own business, along with the gaming kiosk next door.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's push to ban the sale of assault weapons has failed after members of his own party balked at the proposal. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee room packed with gun advocates.
From Italy to Tasmania, a new book covers those farms with an eye on both sustainability and beautiful design Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - The streets of South Korea's fourth-largest city were abandoned on Thursday, with residents holed up indoors after dozens of people caught the new coronavirus in what authorities described as a "super-spreading event" at a church. The deserted shopping malls and cinemas of Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people, became one of the most striking images outside China of an outbreak that international authorities are trying stop from becoming a global pandemic. In China, where the virus has killed more than 2,100 people and infected nearly 75,000, officials changed their methodology for reporting infections, creating new doubt about data they have cited as evidence their containment strategy is working.
Ethiopia's government on Thursday assumed custody of a priceless 18th-century crown that a former refugee had kept hidden in his apartment in the Netherlands for two decades. The handover took place at a ceremony in the capital, Addis Ababa, attended by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Sigrid Kaag, the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development cooperation. Sirak Asfaw, the one-time refugee who is now a Dutch citizen, fled Ethiopia during the late 1970s during the so-called "Red Terror" purges.
The nation's airports are warning of chaos for passengers if the White House doesn't postpone the looming Real ID deadline. The law requires airline passengers to present a Real ID-compliant driver's license or ID card at Transportation Security Administration checkpoints in airports as of Oct. 1. Without a Real ID, airline passengers will be required to present a passport, military ID or Global Entry card to pass through security, even for domestic flights.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new advisories on Wednesday for travelers going to Hong Kong and Japan in the wake of the deadly coronavirus spreading across the world. The advisories are notably only a "level 1," a "watch," meaning travelers should exercise "usual precautions," unlike the "level 3" issued for China Jan. 27, which warns to "avoid nonessential travel." China's "level 3" advisory excludes Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
Michael Bloomberg attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders at Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, with the billionaire former New York City mayor claiming the self-described democratic socialist's ownership of multiple homes makes him a hypocrite. Bloomberg also accused Sanders of trying to “throw out capitalism” — something that he said resulted in “communism” in other countries. “The best-known socialist in the country is a millionaire with three homes,” said Bloomberg, who is worth an estimated $64.2 billion.
Donald Trump was called out for his “totally inappropriate” tweets by the judge presiding over Roger Stone's trial as she handed down a 40-month sentence for the president's longtime friend, saying his crimes should cause universal “dismay and disgust”. The comments came just before he took to the stage in Colorado Springs for a "Keep America Great Again" rally, as a part of a string of events he is doing this week across the country. Colorado stands out as an important battleground state this year, with the Republican Senate majority potentially on the line as GOP senator Cory Gardner faces stiff competition in his reelection campaign.
Of the more than 1,000 coronavirus cases outside mainland China, 634 have been diagnosed in Diamond Princess passengers, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. An infectious-diseases expert said the hygiene conditions on the cruise ship were abysmal, making him "so scared" of contracting COVID-19. Despite being at the center of the coronavirus outbreak, the ship's operator Princess Cruises plans to return the vessel to service before Japan's Golden Week in April.
Relatives of a black Connecticut man killed by a state trooper are seeking more than $10 million in wrongful death damages from state and local police, according to legal notices filed Thursday. Lawyers for the family of Mubarak Soulemane, 19, asked the state claims commissioner for permission to sue the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection and top state police officials including Public Safety Commissioner James Rovella for $10 million. They also filed notice with the town of West Haven that they intend to sue the town and local police officials for an undisclosed amount of money.
Key point: Why have a regular missile, when you can have a faster hypersonic one that is harder to shoot down? That is the logic behind Russia's impressive Avangard missile. Russian President Vladimir Putin's March 1, 2018 annual annual state-of-the-nation address became his most-cited since his 2007 Munich speech.
VIENTIANE/BANGKOK (Reuters) - China on Thursday said it was helping its downstream neighbors cope with a prolonged drought by releasing more water from its dams on the Mekong River, adding it would consider sharing information on hydrology to provide further assistance in the future. The statement came as a new economic report predicted that the building of dams to harness hydropower on the Mekong River would reshape the economies of five countries along the waterway, fuelling long-term inflation and dependence on China. The drought over the past year has severely hurt farming and fishing in Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, and many blame China's 11 dams on the upper Mekong - which China calls the Lancang River - as well as climate change.
Former President Barack Obama celebrated Presidents' Day — or "President's Day," as President Trump tweeted Monday — by subtweeting his successor on the economy. Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history. Trump has been touting the economy in his pitch for re-election, often employing exaggeration, and he got Obama's message.
Four members of an extended Massachusetts family on vacation were killed and four others were hospitalized with injuries following a car crash in Florida. The Smith and Fay families, who are related, were traveling together in a van on State Road 429 near Kissimmee, about 20 miles south of Orlando, on Tuesday night when a pickup rear-ended their vehicle, causing it to roll, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Montes said. Julie Smith, 41, and her 5-year-old daughter, Scarlett Smith, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to a press release.
A tanker carrying about 4,000 gallons of jet fuel overturned and exploded in Indianapolis, closing lanes and backing up traffic on two interstate highways. Authorities began receiving calls reporting an overturned semi and fire on the ramp from Interstate-465 southbound to I-70 eastbound on the city's east side just before 2 p.m., Indianapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Rita Reith said. The fire caused "severe, catastrophic damage" to the surrounding area, Reith said, spreading nearly 500 feet and affecting both sides of the bridge.
Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders sparred during Wednesday's debate in Las Vegas, with the former South Bend, Ind., mayor calling the Vermont senator too “polarizing” to be the Democratic nominee, and Sanders taking a jab at Buttigieg's big-money donors. “We've got to wake up as a party,” Buttigieg said. “Let's put forward somebody who actually lives and works in a middle-class neighborhood in an industrial Midwestern city,” Buttigieg continued.
Donald Trump's pastor is telling Florida worshippers to prioritise giving money to her church over paying their own mortgages. Paula White, the controversial televangelist who serves as Mr Trump's spiritual guide, warned thousands of congregants in Miami to put God before their own financial needs. During the sermon she urged attendees of the mass to pay their monthly donation, or tithe, to the church before they had payed other necessary personal expenses such as electricity or their mortgage.
AP Images / J. Scott Applewhite Apple has been granted a temporary restraining order against a man it says is harassing CEO Tim Cook. The filings state that Rakesh Sharma has been harassing Cook, and has shown up at his house in Palo Alto twice. Sharma has now been ordered by a judge to stay away from Cook, his home, and the company's Apple Park headquarters.
Mexican authorities arrested a couple believed to have kidnapped, tortured and murdered a seven year-old girl on Wednesday, days after the discovery of the victim's body sparked protests in the violence-wracked country. The suspects "were detained in a town in the State of Mexico," Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum tweeted, without giving more detail. Prosecutors on Tuesday released pictures of the two suspects -- identified as Giovana and Mario Alberto "N" -- after searching a house near the victim's home.
A U.S. judge in Arizona sided Wednesday with migrants who have long-complained about inhumane and unsanitary conditions in some U.S. Border Patrol facilities in the state. The ruling came weeks after the conclusion of a seven-day trial in which attorneys for migrants who sued in 2015 argued that the agency holds immigrants in extremely cold, overcrowded, unsanitary and inhumane conditions. The order makes permanent a preliminary injunction that U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury issued in 2016 requiring the Tucson Sector to provide clean mats and thin blankets to migrants held for longer than 12 hours and to allow them to clean themselves.
A novel coronavirus is spreading rapidly in China, causing a disease called COVID-19. The latest World Health Organization report puts the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at 73,332, with 1,873 deaths. Despite widespread concerns that we are facing a new global pandemic, public health experts suggest that COVID-19 may become another endemic coronavirus, of which four already circulate in the world, including the common cold.
Majed Jaber/Reuters Saudi Arabia's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told Deutsche Welle, a German state-owned broadcasting company, that reports of Jamal Khashoggi's assassination being "authorized" by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are "ridiculous." "If Saudi Arabia was so bad, nobody would come," Al-Jubeir said of foreign investors flocking to the Kingdom. The 59-year-old Washington Post journalist, who was frequently critical of the Saudi government, was killed in October 2018 upon entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain the documents necessary to marry his Turkish fiancée.