Reuters Odd News Summary

Following is a summary of current odd news briefs.

Doctor TikTok-ed off with injured All Blacks loose forward Savea

Injured All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea has been ordered to curb his use of the social media platform TikTok as he recovers from knee surgery. Savea, who injured his knee in the Rugby World Cup semi-final against England, had surgery in December and was not expected back until the end of the Super Rugby season at the earliest.

Ultra trail runner Jornet beats base jumper in odd contest

Ultra trail runner Kilian Jornet beat base jumper Tom Erik Heimen in an unusual contest -- one ran up and down a mountain while the other climbed up and flew down in a race last year, footage of which was released on Tuesday. The video shows the two-time Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc winner running down the 1,550-metre high Romsdalhorn in Norway, meeting Heimen on his path as the Norwegian struggles on his way up.

  • Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents show
    Yahoo News

    Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents show

    WASHINGTON — “Pls have Mr. G bring the documents,” reads the March 27, 2019, email from a State Department official to someone who worked for “Mr. G.,” better known as former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a central figure in the Ukraine pressure campaign that culminated in the impeachment of President Trump. “S is happy to meet with him tomorrow for 10 minutes,” went an email, apparently between State Department officials, the next day (both sender and recipient are redacted, though the title “Office Manager to the Secretary of State” is visible in the sender's signature). “S” was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is suspected by Democrats to have had a more central role in that Ukrainian campaign than has yet been publicly acknowledged.

  • 10,000 mourn victims of racist shooting rampage in Germany
    Associated Press

    10,000 mourn victims of racist shooting rampage in Germany

    Around 10,000 protesters marched through the central German town of Hanau on Sunday to mourn the nine people who were killed by an immigrant-hating gunman four days ago. These days and hours are the blackest and darkest our town has ever experienced during peace times,” Hanau mayor Claus Kaminsky told the somber crowds, according to the German news agency dpa. But, he said, those who want to pull apart society won't succeed, “because we are more and we will prevent that.

  • Virus 'peaked' in China but could trigger global pandemic: WHO
    AFP

    Virus 'peaked' in China but could trigger global pandemic: WHO

    The World Health Organization on Monday said the new coronavirus epidemic had "peaked" in China but warned that a surge in cases elsewhere was "deeply concerning" and all countries should prepare for a "potential pandemic". WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the peak in China occurred between January 23 and February 2 and the number of new cases there "has been declining steadily since then". "This virus can be contained," he told reporters in Geneva, praising China for helping to prevent an even bigger spread of the disease through unprecedented lockdowns and quarantines in or near the outbreak's epicentre.

  • Trump Admin. Considers Booting Chinese Reporters in Response to ‘Egregious’ Expulsion of WSJ Journalists: Report
    National Review

    Trump Admin. Considers Booting Chinese Reporters in Response to ‘Egregious’ Expulsion of WSJ Journalists: Report

    The Trump administration is considering whether to expel Chinese journalists in response to China's own expulsion of three Wall Street Journal reporters, Bloomberg News reported on Monday. A meeting will be held at the White House on Monday to discuss the administration's options. The meeting will be led by deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, who himself was a Journal reporter based in Beijing.

  • World is on the brink of a coronavirus pandemic, warn virologists, as four more cases emerge in Britain
    The Telegraph

    World is on the brink of a coronavirus pandemic, warn virologists, as four more cases emerge in Britain

    Four new cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the UK on Sunday, as experts warned of an impending pandemic with parts of Italy in lockdown after a massive rise in the number of new infections there. The new British patients had all been passengers on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship and were in quarantine in The Wirral when they fell ill, having returned from Japan on Saturday. Of the four people who tested positive for coronavirus, two patients are in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, one is in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and a fourth was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, NHS England said.

  • Probe into abuse at America's oldest deaf school finds 'appalling truths'
    NBC News

    Probe into abuse at America's oldest deaf school finds 'appalling truths'

    An investigation into inappropriate conduct at America's oldest school for deaf people corroborated multiple allegations of sexual and physical abuse that stretched decades, school officials said. In a report, officials at the American School for the Deaf, in West Hartford, Connecticut, said Friday that the allegations involved former dorm supervisors, a maintenance worker, a dean and the school's longtime executive director. "The results of this investigation reveal startling and appalling truths," Executive Director Jeffrey S. Bravin and Catherine Burns, president of the board of directors, said in the report.

  • Democrats' strategy to stop Sanders could be fatally flawed
    Yahoo News Video

    Democrats' strategy to stop Sanders could be fatally flawed

    As the results of the Nevada caucuses showed Sen. Bernie Sanders solidifying his status as a — or the — Democratic frontrunner, those in the party who fear his nomination mounted increasingly panicked calls for other candidates to drop out and allow the opposition to coalesce around a single challenger.

  • 'It's my guilty pleasure': Sen. Chuck Schumer confirms spending $8,600 on Junior's cheesecake
    USA TODAY

    'It's my guilty pleasure': Sen. Chuck Schumer confirms spending $8,600 on Junior's cheesecake

    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer admitted Sunday that he has dropped almost $9,000 on his favorite cheesecake over the years. Holding a platter of the rich dessert aloft at a news conference, Schumer responded to a New York Post report that said Federal Election Commission filings reveal he spent $8,600 on cheesecake from Junior's, a restaurant that boasts it has the best cheesecake in New York, over the course of a decade. "Guilty as charged," the New York Democrat confessed.

  • Trump administration backs off sending coronavirus patients to Alabama -governor
    Reuters

    Trump administration backs off sending coronavirus patients to Alabama -governor

    The Trump administration has backed off plans to quarantine patients from the Diamond Princess cruise ship stricken with coronavirus at a federal facility in Alabama, the state's governor and a U.S. senator said on Sunday. The news came as worry grew over the spread outside China of the sometimes fatal virus, with a spike in the number of cases found in South Korea, Iran and Italy. Experts were baffled over outbreaks with no clear link to China.

  • Nine of the World’s Most Beautiful Outdoor Saunas
    Architectural Digest

    Nine of the World’s Most Beautiful Outdoor Saunas

    From Seattle to Oslo, these outdoor saunas take relaxation and high-design to the next level Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • ‘I have never seen him eat a vegetable’: With steak off the menu, officials scramble to feed fussy eater Trump in India
    The Independent

    ‘I have never seen him eat a vegetable’: With steak off the menu, officials scramble to feed fussy eater Trump in India

    Donald Trump has embarked on his first presidential visit to India, the world's largest democracy – and home to the world's largest population of vegetarians. Since Mr Trump is a noted beef-eater, in particular a lover of steak and burgers, gastronomically speaking, the visit will prove one of his most challenging. Mr Trump was once challenged to go vegan for a month by the campaign group Million Dollar Vegan, which said it would donate $1m to a veterans' charity if the president swore off animal products just temporarily.

  • Islamic Jihad renews rocket fire on Israel amid ongoing air strikes
    AFP

    Islamic Jihad renews rocket fire on Israel amid ongoing air strikes

    Islamic Jihad resumed firing rockets at Israel from Gaza Monday night amid ongoing Israeli air strikes, damaging hopes for an end to a two-day flare-up a week before the Jewish state's election. The militant Islamist group announced Monday evening it had ceased firing rockets but backtracked about an hour later after Israel continued striking its forces in the Gaza Strip. "We announced the end of our military response...

  • Iran Prepares to Suffer the Wrath of the Coronavirus
    The National Interest

    Iran Prepares to Suffer the Wrath of the Coronavirus

    The spread of coronavirus has rapidly come to the Middle East after almost two months of being mostly contained in China, where it has killed more than two thousand people. Iran's leadership has responded by either ignoring the crisis or denying that it exists, even as all of Iran's neighboring countries have closed the borders that they share with Iran and began to institute checks on Iranians traveling abroad. The reaction of Middle Eastern states reveals a lack of coordination in responding to the emerging crises and also creates questions about what kind of impact a virus can have on a region that has deep divisions and smoldering conflicts.

  • The coronavirus death toll is still rising, but US interest in the outbreak is plummeting
    Business Insider

    The coronavirus death toll is still rising, but US interest in the outbreak is plummeting

    Richard Baker/In Pictures via Getty Images Google Trends data show that Americans are losing interest in the coronavirus, even though the death toll continues to rise in mainland China and other countries. The World Health Organization said Monday that the epidemic peaked and plateaued in China between January 23 and February 2. Cases have been reported in 34 countries outside of China, with the most severe outbreaks in Italy, Iran and South Korea.

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

    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.

  • Bloomberg Derides Sanders for Remarks Praising Castro
    National Review

    Bloomberg Derides Sanders for Remarks Praising Castro

    Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Monday criticized fellow 2020 contender Bernie Sanders over comments Sanders made praising the regime of the late Cuban Communist leader Fidel Castro. Bloomberg's statement came after CBS aired comments Sanders made during the 1980s, in which the Vermont senator claimed that part of the reason the Cuban people did not help the U.S. overthrow Castro's regime was because the authoritarian leader provided them with health care and education. “He educated their kids, gave them health care, totally transformed the society, you know?” Sanders said in the decades-old clip.

  • New Virginia sentencing law ends high court's DC sniper case
    Associated Press

    New Virginia sentencing law ends high court's DC sniper case

    Lee Boyd Malvo, the Washington, D.C., area sniper, and Virginia agreed Monday to dismiss a pending Supreme Court case after the state changed criminal sentencing law for juveniles. Under the new law, signed by Gov. Ralph Northam earlier in the day, people serving life terms for crimes they committed before they turned 18 can be considered for parole after serving at least 20 years. The two sides agreed that Malvo's life term would remain in effect, though he will have a chance at parole early in 2024.

  • Two 13-year-old boys charged with murder in California library fire
    USA TODAY

    Two 13-year-old boys charged with murder in California library fire

    Charges have been filed against two 13-year-old boys linked to a California library fire that killed two local firefighters. On Friday afternoon, Tulare County prosecutors filed two counts of murder with special circumstances of multiple murders and arson-related charges. In California, children under 14 can't be tried as adults, even if they are charged with serious and violent felonies, such as murder.

  • Americans Show Fresh Signs of Panic as Coronavirus Cases Jump Again
    The Daily Beast

    Americans Show Fresh Signs of Panic as Coronavirus Cases Jump Again

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday that the number of 2019 novel Coronavirus cases in the United States rose from 34 on Friday to 53 as more passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for the sickness. The virus quickly spread among 695 passengers aboard the Carnival cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, and has since killed at least two and forced many of the rest into quarantine and isolation. The U.S. State Department eventually repatriated those who wished to come home, though local officials across America have shown signs of resistance to housing the potentially infected in state or federal facilities.

  • Eleven-year-old girl with AR-15 rifle enters US statehouse to support concealed gun legislation
    The Independent

    Eleven-year-old girl with AR-15 rifle enters US statehouse to support concealed gun legislation

    An 11-year-old girl has openly carried an AR-15 rifle into a gun legislation hearing in Idaho's capital. Bailey Nielsen – escorted by her grandfather – visited a House panel at the Idaho Statehouse to support legislation allowing visitors to the state who can legally posses firearms to carry concealed handguns in urban areas. Under an Idaho law that went into effect last summer, any resident aged 18 and older can carry a concealed handgun within city limits inside the state without a permit.

  • Praise, cheering crowds for Trump in India love fest
    AFP

    Praise, cheering crowds for Trump in India love fest

    Emerging in a stadium to the strains of the Village People's "Macho Man" as 100,000 people cheered, US President Donald Trump looked like he was at a campaign rally in America's Midwest. But the US leader was thousands of miles away, sweltering in India's scorching heat as he kicked off his first official visit here with a lavish extravaganza at the world's largest cricket stadium. Five months after being feted by 50,000 people with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a mass rally in Houston, Trump revelled in pomp and pageantry once more as Modi went all-out to welcome him in his home state of Gujarat.

  • Coronavirus Cases Outside China Are Accelerating Rapidly. Here’s What to Know
    Time

    Coronavirus Cases Outside China Are Accelerating Rapidly. Here’s What to Know

    A surge in deadly coronavirus cases outside China is raising concerns that the outbreak has reached a new stage and could continue its global spread to even more vulnerable countries. As of Monday, more than 2,200 cases of the virus, officially called COVID-19, have been reported outside of mainland China, where the overwhelming majority of the 79,000 cases have been located since officials first discovered the disease in December. The number of deaths outside mainland China has also increased, including 12 in Iran, seven in South Korea and six in Italy, according to the Associated Press.

  • North Korea has yet to officially report any coronavirus cases. But it just quarantined 380 foreigners.
    Business Insider

    North Korea has yet to officially report any coronavirus cases. But it just quarantined 380 foreigners.

    Kyodo News via Getty Images Three-hundred eighty foreigners in Pyongyang, North Korea, have been placed in medical quarantine, state media reported Monday. The isolated, secretive country has yet to announce any cases of the novel coronavirus. On February 19, the World Health Organization announced it had "no indications" North Korea was facing an outbreak.

  • 14 products dermatologists recommend for soothing redness and rosacea
    NBC News

    14 products dermatologists recommend for soothing redness and rosacea

    To help you tackle red, irritated skin, we consulted top dermatologists for their favorite products. "This cleanser is very gentle on reactive or sensitive skin, which most patients with rosacea have. It also contains feverfew, an ingredient known to decrease redness and help with irritation," said Noelani González, MD, director of cosmetic dermatology at Mount Sinai West in New York City.

  • Senate FISA Abuse Investigation to Focus on Mystery Source Who Contradicted Steele Dossier
    National Review

    Senate FISA Abuse Investigation to Focus on Mystery Source Who Contradicted Steele Dossier

    Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on Sunday told Fox News the Senate's investigation into FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will focus on interviews the agency conducted with a Russian source who contradicted much of the information in the Steele dossier. The first thing I want to do is call the people who heard from Russian sub-source that this dossier is a bunch of bar talk and hearsay,” Graham said on Fox's Sunday Morning Futures. I want to find out when did [former FBI director James] Comey and [former FBI deputy director Andrew] McCabe understand it was not reliable and start from there.