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Big love: Thai elephants, students send Valentines to virus-hit China

Some 3,000 students gathered on Friday in Thailand's Ayutthaya province to send Valentine's Day well-wishes to China, which is facing an ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
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Coronavirus patient re-hospitalized in China's Chengdu after testing positive again
A coronavirus patient initially discharged following recovery in southwestern Sichuan province's Chengdu city has been readmitted after testing positive again during a quarantine period at home, the city's public health clinical center said on Friday.
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Colorado police make 8 arrests outside Trump rally venue after protesters block traffic
Eight anti-Trump protesters were arrested Thursday afternoon outside the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colo., ​​​​​where President Trump held a "Keep America Great" rally, according to reports.
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China says to exempt extra tariffs on 65 U.S. goods from Feb. 28
China’s finance ministry said it will begin exempting 65 U.S. goods from retaliatory tariffs implemented amid the bilateral trade dispute with the United States for one year starting Feb. 28.
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Parasite Film Studio on Trump Saying the Film Shouldn't Have Won the Oscar: 'Understandable, He Can't Read'
Trump asked a crowd in Colorado Springs "what the hell was that all about?" after the South Korean movie won the Oscar for Best Picture.
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North Korea to cancel April marathon over coronavirus fears: tour company
North Korea has called off its Pyongyang Marathon scheduled for April after imposing a border lockdown and travel curbs to prevent a coronavirus outbreak, a Western tour company said on Friday.
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Jonathan Lucroy talks crazy lengths he’d go to beat Astros’ sign-stealing
Veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Thursday he knew the Astros were stealing signs a couple of years ago and explained the lengths he had to go through to try to fool Houston. “I knew about that two years ago, that it was going on,” Lucroy, who played for three AL West teams from 2016-2019, told...
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China changed how it counts coronavirus cases again. Here's why
Weeks after the novel coronavirus crisis began in December, there is still widespread confusion over the exact number of cases reported in China and whether the epidemic is finally stabilizing at the outbreak's epicenter of Hubei province.
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China police handle 274 cases of price gouging, hoarding during virus outbreak
China's police authorities have handled 274 cases of illegal commercial practices such as price gouging and hoarding during the coronavirus outbreak, an official with China's public security bureau told a briefing on Friday.
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Around 100 Uniqlo stores reopened in China this week, 250 still shut
Fast Retailing , which operates casual clothing chain Uniqlo, said it has reopened around 100 stores in China since last week, although approximately 250 of its 750 stores there remained closed on Friday due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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Photos: UFC on ESPN+ 26 official weigh-ins
Check out all 24 fighters on the scale at Friday's UFC on ESPN +26 official weigh-ins from Auckland, New Zealand.       Related StoriesPhotos: Dana White gives speech at Donald Trump rallyPhotos: Bellator 239 ceremonial weigh-insPhotos: UFC Auckland's traditional Maori welcome ceremony 
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Trump's support from African-Americans will rise 50 percent or more, Tim Scott predicts
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Thursday said President Trump will see a 50 percent increase in support from African-American voters.
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Bloomberg’s awful debate performance boosts front-runner Bernie
I don’t know if Donald Trump’s assessment of Mike Bloomberg’s “stumbling, bumbling and grossly incompetent” performance—“perhaps the worst in the history of debates”—is literally true.
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How misinformation on WhatsApp led to a mob killing in India
The second episode of our miniseries “Fakeout” takes us to India, where viral rumors spread on WhatsApp led to death.
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Iranians vote in election, hardliners set to dominate
Iranians began voting on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to help hardline loyalists of the supreme leader tighten their grip on power as the country faces mounting U.S. pressure over its nuclear program and growing discontent at home.
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2 Dead, 3 Injured in Shooting at Idaho Senior Citizens’ Apartment Complex
Multiple victims were at the scene when officers responded to the report of an active shooter at Portstewart Apartments in Caldwell, Idaho
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Police say 2 killed, 3 injured in Idaho shooting
Idaho police say at least two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting at an apartment complex for senior citizens in Caldwell. A police officer was among the injured, and the suspect in the case was among the dead. (Feb. 21)       
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Nissan, Honda delay restart of some China plants due to coronavirus
Japanese automakers on Friday delayed the restart of plants in China near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, in compliance with local directives, raising the risk of further supply disruptions that could affect global car production.
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Hollywood Therapist May Have Been Strangled Before Being Thrown Off Balcony, Coroner Finds
Amie Harwick, 38, was thrown off the balcony of her Hollywood Hills apartment. Her ex-boyfriend, Garth Pursehouse, is facing charges
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Northwest China's Gansu lowers coronavirus emergency response level
Northwest China's Gansu province has lowered its coronavirus emergency response measures from level I to level III, its local health commission said on Friday, making it the first region in the country to do so.
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Three men are killed at a cemetery in Southern California. Police work to dispel rumors of a serial killer
Investigators have identified a suspect after three men were found dead this week at a cemetery in Southern California.
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As one storm moves out of the East, rain and mountain snow move into Southwest
A winter storm that piled on snow across parts of the South is finally heading offshore Friday with one last round of freezing temperatures.
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Tennessee doctor, wife see coronavirus turn their cruise vacation into a nightmare as wife tests positive
A Tennessee doctor remained Thursday aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship that's seen more than 600 passengers and crew -- including his wife -- test positive for the coronavirus, according to multiple reports.
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Knicks’ Dennis Smith Jr. looking to end rough season on high note
It’s impossible not to view discussion of the Knicks’ options for their first-round pick in this year’s draft as a reflection of the disappointing first full season Dennis Smith Jr. has endured with the team. The Post’s Marc Berman reported last week the Knicks’ scouting staff has been instructed “the top priority” with their expected...
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Japanese Prime Minister Abe Under Increasing Fire for Handling of Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise
At least 621 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed on the Diamond Princess ship
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Mom of slain British backpacker Grace Millane tells killer she ‘died terrified’
The mother of British backpacker Grace Millane, who was strangled to death by her Tinder date in New Zealand in 2018, reportedly addressed her daughter’s killer as he was sentenced to life in prison on Friday. “She died terrified and alone in your room” Gillian Millane told the unidentified killer in a New Zealand via...
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Amid Japan coronavirus fears, hundreds leave quarantined ship, Tokyo scraps public events
Hundreds of Japanese and foreign passengers were set to disembark from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship near Tokyo on Friday amid growing disquiet in Japan about whether the government was doing enough to stop the virus spreading.
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Italian national tests positive for Coronavirus in Italy: Lombardy region
An Italian national has tested positive for the new coronavirus, a statement of the Lombardy region said early on Friday morning.
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WRAPUP 4-Coronavirus on G20 agenda as China reports uptick in cases
China reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday, boosted by more than 200 people testing positive for the disease in two prisons outside of Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak.
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Legal analyst slams Trump's attack on Stone jury foreperson
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig fact checks President Donald Trump's claim that the jury foreperson in the Roger Stone case was an "anti-Trump activist" and that Roger Stone was never involved in his 2016 presidential campaign.
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Wrestler says he was abused by university doctor
An Olympic wrestler is accusing a University of Michigan doctor of touching him inappropriately during medical exams at the school and says the physician's reputation for such conduct was well known among his teammates. (Feb. 21)       
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Over 200 infected in coronavirus outbreaks at Chinese prisons
A prison in eastern Shandong province has reported a large outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 2,000 people across the country, according to local officials.
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CBP employee killed wife and sons before fatally shooting himself, police say
A US Customs and Border Protection employee allegedly shot and killed his wife and two sons in Florida before killing himself, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
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Ex-National Matt Adams thankful to get opportunity with Mets
PORT ST. LUCIE — Matt Adams was hardly shocked when he wasn’t offered a major league contract this offseason. “That is kind of the way free agency has gone, but I am thankful for the opportunity here,” the veteran slugger said before a workout with the Mets on Thursday. “It’s a very good club and...
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Rita Walters, a fierce advocate for equality and trailblazing elected official, dies at 89
Rita Walters advocated fiercely for equality through school integration and hiring practices, first as a member of the L.A. school board and then on the L.A. City Council
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Paul Felder, Dan Hooker on weight; UFC on ESPN+ 26 main event official
There were no issues on the scale for headliners Paul Felder and Dan Hooker ahead of their UFC Auckland clash.        Related StoriesJalin Turner, the UFC's Spider-Man, plans to rebuild his arachnids collection that once reached 200Dana White speaks at Donald Trump rally in Colorado: 'We gotta win this election again'MMA Junkie Radio #3028: Previewing Wilder-Fury 2, trio of UFC and Bellator events, more 
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Sol Wisenberg: Roger Stone case revealed AG Barr and his people viewed as 'occupying force' by some inside DOJ
Federal prosecutors' initial recommendation of a nine-year prison sentence for former Trump adviser Roger Stone -- who instead received a 40-month sentence Thursday -- was "draconian," former deputy independent counsel Sol Wisenberg said Thursday night.
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Iran's election vetting body spokesman says honored to be blacklisted by U.S.
Iran's election vetting body spokesman said he was honored to be blacklisted by the United States, which sanctioned five members of the Guardian Council for preventing free and fair elections in the Islamic Republic.
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Nets get a big boost from veteran bench players
PHILADELPHIA — The Nets came out of Christmas break by dropping their first seven games. Their starters returned from an All-Star break that was twice as long and got humbled by the 76ers, looking uninterested and unprepared. The Nets, who lost 112-104 in overtime to the Sixers on Thursday night, handed Philadelphia a 20-4 lead,...
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The most interesting takeaways from how 2020 candidates spent their money in January
The January spending figures are officially in — and the 2020 presidential candidates spent a lot.
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South Korea Begins Locking Down City With Coronavirus Outbreak Linked to Church
Health authorities reported 52 new cases of the illness, raising South Korea's total to 156
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Democratic contenders plead for cash after draining their accounts
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UCLA's defense holds against Utah for fourth consecutive win
UCLA is now 15-0 this season when limiting the opposition to 73 points or fewer and remain within striking distance of the logjam at the top of the conference.
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4 burning questions heading into Bellator Dublin
MMA Junkie's Simon Head picks out four key storylines to follow through Bellator's first Euro series event of the year.       Related StoriesLeah McCourt admits unexpected Bellator Dublin headliner 'a bit surreal,' but she's composedAaron Chalmers expects 'gritty fight' at Bellator Europe 7, plans to 'blow the roof off' DublinMMA Junkie Radio #3028: Previewing Wilder-Fury 2, trio of UFC and Bellator events, more 
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Russia, Germany, Coronavirus: Your Friday Briefing
Here’s what you need to know.
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What to watch on Friday: ‘Gentefied’ premieres on Netflix
Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 | “The Last Thing He Wanted” premieres on Netflix.
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Trump says he’s considering Rep. Douglas A. Collins for permanent DNI post
The appointment could help Georgia Republicans avoid an intraparty fight this year over the Senate seat now held by Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.), a strong Trump loyalist during impeachment.
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Bodycam footage shows cops exchange shots with anti-Semitic Jersey City attackers
Newly released bodycam footage of the shootout between police and two anti-Semitic attackers who killed several people at a Jersey City kosher grocery store last year shows the tense moments after an officer fires several shots toward the suspects. The footage, one of seven videos obtained by the Associated Press, captures part of the chaotic...
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GLOBAL ECONOMY-BOJ's Kuroda says watching with "grave concern" as virus hits Asian economies
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he was watching the coronavirus impact on the economy with "grave concern," in a nod to the growing toll the epidemic is taking on manufacturing activity and exports across Asia.
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