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Elisabeth Moss and Josephine Decker reveal 'inner sorcery' of Sundance premiere 'Shirley'
Elisabeth Moss and Josephine Decker create an intense portrait of author Shirley Jackson in 'Shirley'
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UK prime minister called Trump about securing 'justice' in car crash involving American: report
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The world celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year with fireworks, dragons and dancing
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Says NPR Reporter Lied to Him During Interview
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Rescuers dig for survivors after Turkey quake kills at least 29
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Byte, the sequel to Vine and potential competitor to TikTok, launches on mobile
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Surgeon ‘whistleblowers’ attribute SUNY patient deaths to boozy docs, poor care
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Dense fog causes some flight delays at LAX
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Iraqi Security Forces Storm Tahrir Square, Clash With Protesters
The security forces fired live bullets and tear gas and setting ablaze tents where demonstrators have been living. At least one protester was killed and dozens wounded.
White House Lawyers: Democrats Trying to Steal 2020 Election from U.S. Public
"They are asking you not only to overturn the results of the last election, but as I said before, they are asking you to remove President Trump from the ballot in an election that is occurring in approximately nine months," he said.
Man and woman dead in Alhambra shooting; suspect in custody
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ESPN tennis analyst Doug Adler still paying for absurd racist accusation
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Hong Kong declares a state of emergency in response to five confirmed coronavirus cases
People wear masks on a train on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Rat in Hong Kong on January 25, 2020, as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. | Dale De La Rey/AFP via Getty Images Globally, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 1,354. Hong Kong declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to growing concern over the spread of a coronavirus that first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan, announcing it will close schools for two weeks and impose a limited transportation ban. Chief Executive Carrie Lam held an urgent meeting with health officials Saturday morning to discuss the mysterious virus, which has — in limited numbers — begun to affect people across the globe. According to researchers at Johns Hopkins, there are currently 1,354 confirmed cases worldwide: while most have occurred in mainland China, 38 cases have been confirmed in 13 places abroad as well — including five cases in Hong Kong. According to Reuters, an additional 122 people are suspected of having the virus and are undergoing precautionary treatment. The first case in Hong Kong was confirmed on Wednesday; four new cases surfaced by Friday night — all involving people who had visited Wuhan. In response, Hong Kong is taking precautionary measures, according to the Hong Kong Free Press: schools and universities, which are already closed for the Lunar New Year, will not open until February 17. Transportation from Wuhan will be cancelled until further notice. And major public events, including annual Lunar New Year celebrations and a marathon next month, have been scrapped. Lam also promised to deploy all the resources needed to prevent the disease, including increasing the supply of surgical masks for people to wear while in public. The government will support medical staffers’ and overtime pay as well, she added. The public health concern comes amid an ongoing period of political tension — antigovernment protests calling for democratic reforms (and Lam’s resignation) have stirred the city since last summer. Now, Lam is calling for a truce: “We must stand united so that we can prevent and control the disease. We hope we can safeguard public health and public safety,” she said. Hong Kong isn’t the only place scrambling to protect its citizens from the virus. The United States, France, and Russia are all working to evacuate their citizens in Wuhan despite travel bans declared by the Chinese government, according to The Washington Post. The US plans to fly its citizens and diplomats out via a charter flight on Sunday. France is negotiating a deal with China that would see its nationals transported to Changsha, a city 100 miles away from Wuhan, by bus. Russian officials are also working with the government to ensure the quick repatriation of its citizens, with Russian officials estimating up to 7,000 Russians are currently in China as tourists. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said those outside of China have little to worry about at the moment, but have also stressed that governments are correct in erring on the side of caution given scientists are still learning about the virus and its transmission rate, as Vox’s Julia Belluz has reported: Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Friday that although the outbreak is a “very serious public health threat, the immediate risk to the US public is low at this time.” Yet Tom Frieden, the former director of the CDC, told Vox he’s concerned by how infectious the virus is. “If the sustained human transmission and a high rate of severe illness are confirmed, then it clearly is an event of international concern.” Despite assurances that any threat posed by the virus is largely concentrated in mainland China — and the precautions being taken by the government — some Hongkongers are concerned officials have reacted too slowly, noting rail passengers weren’t required to fill out health declaration forms until confirmed cases surfaced in Hong Kong. The public still remembers the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus of 2003 that killed 299 Hongkongers — a death toll many blame on the government’s lack of proactiveness at the time. Now, Hong Kong’s streets are reportedly filled with people wearing masks, a reminder that Hong Kong is no stranger to a deadly disease. Hong Kong isn’t doing a full travel ban because officials know bans don’t work As of now, the government of Hong Kong has no plans to limit travel to mainland China — only planes and trains to and from Wuhan will be suspended. All visitors from the mainland, however, will have to sign a health declaration form. It’s a smart move because travel bans aren’t actually that effective. Global health officials have become slow to recommend them in recent years given travel bans didn’t stop the spread of AIDS/HIV in the 1980s, the H1N1 swine flu in 2009, or the SARS outbreak in 2003, as Vox’s Julia Belluz and Steven Hoffman noted in their report on China’s newly imposed travel ban: At best, travel restrictions, and even airport screenings, delay the spread of disease but don’t impact the number of people who eventually get sick. Instead, they make it harder for international aid and experts to reach communities affected by disease. They are also expensive, resource-intensive, and potentially harmful to the economies of cities and countries involved. China’s quarantine “could inadvertently make people have less confidence in the government response,” [Tom Inglesby, director of the Center for Health Security of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,] added. “It could increase fear about the outbreak in the public. If this outbreak were happening in the US, I would advise strongly against any attempt to quarantine a city.” The Beijing-imposed ban currently affects three cities — Wuhan, Huanggang, and Ezhou. Together, they have a population of about 20 million people. Chinese President Xi Jinping has defended his government’s response — which includes the construction of new hospitals specifically to deal with the virus — and has warned of an “accelerating” crisis. Currently, all 41 deaths due to the virus have occurred on the mainland. The effectiveness of these measures remains to be seen, but as Belluz and Hoffman report, governments with limited options often take every opportunity they can to show a concerned public they are acting decisively to stem outbreaks. However, Belluz and Hoffman write, one of the best courses of action is actually to provide education on ways to reduce the spread of illness. And that seems to be Hong Kong’s strategy. The Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection recently shared advice on preventing illnesses with symptoms that are closely resemble the symptoms of the new coronavirus. Tips include wearing a surgical mask while in crowded places and maintaining drainage pipes properly to ensure environmental hygiene. The goal is to prevent a repeat of the deadly SARS outbreak of 2003 — and the deaths and panic that came with it.
Trump Attorney Pat Cipollone: ‘Let the People Decide’ Next President at the Ballot Box
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Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren Considering Private Jets for Travel to Iowa Events
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The chilling dark secrets behind ‘The Ren & Stimpy Show’
The show was a revolution, ending more than a decade of TV cartoon stagnation and inspiring the next generation of animators. But behind the scenes, the staff of Nickelodeon’s “The Ren & Stimpy Show” were feeling anything but “Happy Happy Joy Joy.” A new documentary called “Happy Happy Joy Joy – The Ren & Stimpy...
Jay Faison: Clean-energy supporters should support nuclear power
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Mike Pompeo Lashes Out at NPR Reporter Again after Demanding She Point to Ukraine on a Map
His statement railing against the reporter came with an official State Department seal.
Joni Ernst: Trump Counsel 'Shredded' Democrats' Impeachment Case in Two Hours
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) said after the Senate impeachment trial Saturday that President Donald's Trump legal team had "shredded" the Democrats' case for impeachment within two hours.
The NL East plot lines that could transform 2020 season
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Heavy rainfall expected in Northeast this weekend
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Over the Target: Marsha Blackburn Draws Ire of Trump Foes as She Exposes Key Impeachment Figure Vindman
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4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles California's Mojave Desert
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit north of Barstow, California, Friday evening in the Mojave Desert.
'Power' Season 6 Spoilers: All the Evidence that Rashad Tate Killed Ghost
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It's Brexit Day, let's party! – cartoon
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Schiff Show: Adam Schiff Spoke Five Times Longer than Jerry Nadler During Impeachment Trial
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Ron Howard shares advice for aspiring filmmakers at Sundance
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Coronavirus Update: What's New In The Evolving Outbreak
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Toobin on impeachment trial: President is winning here
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CORONAVIRUS: U.S. Orders Wuhan Consulate Staff to Leave City
The U.S. Department of State ordered employees of the Consulate in Wuhan, China, to evacuate from the city in wake of the spreading novel coronavirus. The order comes as Chinese authorities expand containment responses designed to slow or stop the rapidly spreading virus that has so far killed at least 41 people.
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NPR host says Pompeo shouted and swore at her after interview
NPR host Mary Louise Kelly also said the secretary of state, after a contentious interview, brought her into a room and demanded she find Ukraine on an unmarked map.
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At Sundance, the hellish journeys of 'Zola' and 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always'
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Watch Jennifer Aniston hilariously surprise 'Friends' fans visiting the iconic coffee shop on set
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Drama ensues at Sundance dinner honoring chef Alice Waters
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Veterans group demands apology after Trump said traumatic brain injuries from Iranian attack are 'not very serious'
The Veterans of Foreign Wars is demanding that President Donald Trump apologize for downplaying traumatic brain injuries sustained by US service members in Iraq after Iranian missile strikes on American troops earlier this month.
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A baby covered AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck,' after his dad recorded his noises for a year
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Artista latino de Pacoima admite no ser talentoso a pesar de exponer decenas de murales públicos
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Proceso de nominaciones de los Grammy crea suspicacia
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We won’t back off on pension protests, union ‘Asterix’ warns Macron
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Senate impeachment trial, Day 5: Trump's legal team launches attack on Dem case
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Pompeo’s upcoming Ukraine trip just got more awkward
Impeachment was challenging enough. Now, the secretary has his own intemperate language to overcome.
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Pompeo accuses radio reporter of lying about his behavior after interview
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday accused a National Public Radio reporter of lying to him and violating "the basic rules of journalism and decency" after she said Pompeo repeatedly cursed at her following a testy interview.
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