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  1. Bernie Sanders Faces Backlash for Saying Neither Republican Nor Democratic Establishment Can Stop Him Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was accused of "egomania" and accepting Russian assistance Saturday, after he remarked that neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party can stop his 2020 presidential campaign.
  2. Ex-Yankees prospect is on wild journey to opera stardom Dwight Gooden knew. Dr. K had gotten tipped off that the 29th-round pick of the 2003 draft by Yankees, a rookie 5-foot-8 second baseman from Long Island, had a secret talent. So during one of the long bus rides across Florida for the 2003 Gulf Coast League Yankees, for whom Gooden was the pitching coach,...
  3. White House Fears Effect of Coronavirus on Election as World Braces for Pandemic Global health officials are increasingly concerned about new cases that appear to have no direct link to travel to China.
  4. Burger King debuts a french fry sandwich and Wendy's isn't impressed Burger chains have come a long way, now offering a wide array of options for all, no matter your dietary preference.
  5. Half of South Korea’s coronavirus cases are linked to a controversial religious organization Disinfection workers wearing protective gears and prepare to disinfect against the novel coronavirus in Daerim Central Market, a neighbourhood with one of the largest Chinese population on February 05, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. | Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images One Covid-19 patient attended Shincheonji Church of Jesus, services while she nursed a fever. There’s been a rapid spike in coronavirus disease, or Covid-19, cases in South Korea, and about half of the 433 confirmed cases are linked to a secretive religious group often viewed with suspicion by more traditional religious groups. At least 182 Covid-19 cases have come from the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the city of Daegu, which is the fourth-largest in the country. The group itself is often considered a cult in South Korea by mainstream churches: it was founded in 1984 by Lee Man-hee, who claims he is the second coming of Jesus. Lee teaches he is the only person who can interpret the Bible and promises to take 144,000 people to heaven with him on the Day of Judgement. Despite its unorthodox background, the church boasts at least 150,000 members. There is growing concern the current number of confirmed cases in South Korea — already nearly eight times what it was early last week — will rise. Currently, 6,037 people being tested, and more than 1,250 church members have reported potential Covid-19 symptoms. The church is at the center of scrutiny in large part because several of these confirmed cases can be traced back to one person: Patient no. 31, a 61-year-old woman who is a devout follower of Shincheonji. The woman first checked in to a hospital following a small car accident. On the fourth day of her stay, she developed a fever, but refused to get checked for the virus because she hadn’t traveled abroad or been in contact with anyone contaminated. She was finally tested on Monday, and on Tuesday she received positive results. Up until that point, she had slipped out of the hospital at least four times to attend services that attracted up to 1,000 people. Shincheonji’s method of worshipping during these services could have contributed to the spread of the virus among its congregation, according to the Korea Center for Disease Control. Members are expected to kneel in tight rows and aren’t allowed to cover their faces with items like glasses or face masks. After patient no. 31’s case went public, church members reportedly received social media messages that encouraged them to continue evangelical work in small groups and to deny their affiliation to the church if public health officials asked. The church, however, later denounced these messages, claiming they didn’t come from the group’s leadership and that the church member behind the texts had been punished. Church leaders also said that they’ve been fully cooperating with the government’s quarantine efforts, and have closed all of their 74 sanctuaries across the country, providing worship services online instead. In a message to his worshippers, Lee encouraged members to adhere to government instructions and avoid gathering in groups. “This disease outbreak is the work of the devil, which is hellbent on stopping the rapid growth of the Shincheonji,” he wrote. Despite these instructions, government officials have faced difficulty in discovering the whereabouts of about 700 Shincheonji members who have yet to be tested for the virus, according to The New York Times. Many members, the Times notes, work to keep their affiliation with the church secret due to negative connotations that surround the organization. The government is also struggling to figure out how patient no. 31 contracted the virus, though KCDC Director Jung Eun-kyeong acknowledged that the church had invited Koreans from northeastern China to South Korea as part of their evangelical work. She said they were also looking into reports that the organization had opened a church in Wuhan — the epicenter of the disease — although the group has erased all references of it from their website. The government is taking drastic measures in response to the surge in cases The rapid rise of confirmed cases in the mere span of a week has led to deep concern among residents of Daegu: Public spaces, such as parks, movie theaters, and stores, are reportedly empty as people avoid them in fear of getting ill. In response, the government has decided to close thousands of community centers and daycare facilities across the country. The government’s most drastic measure, however, might be the ban on political rallies outdoors — a surprising move considering how such rallies are a common part of daily life in Seoul. Prime Minister Chung Sye-Kyun also discouraged organized religious activities for the near future. “In accordance with law and principles, the government will sternly deal with acts that interfere with quarantine efforts, illegal hoarding of medical goods and acts that spark uneasiness through massive rallies,” Chung said, according to Korea Times. However, this public announcement hasn’t done much to stop large public gatherings. Several conservative groups continued to hold political rallies in Gwanghwamoon on Saturday — which is considered the center of all political activism in Seoul and has hosted demonstrations daily — to call for the resignation of President Moon Jae-in (although to be clear, these conservative groups have tried to push the liberal president out of the office even before the Covid-19 began to spread). The demonstrations reflect scenes that health officials remain particularly worried about and that Chung’s announcement was meant to minimize: elderly people in close proximity together outdoors. Under city law, the organizers of rallies could be fined up to about $2,500. LIVE IN SEOUL'S GWANGHWAMUN: This is absolute madness. Conservative groups have defied the ban on protests re: containing the spread of coronavirus in South Korea, which has surged. Most people here are elderly. They are singing "Imprison Moon Jae-in". Large police presence.— Raphael Rashid (@koryodynasty) February 22, 2020 The ban on public gatherings comes as the government works to limit the spread of Covid-19 among another population that lives in close quarters: There are currently at least three confirmed cases — one each from the army, marines, and air force — in the country’s 600,000-member military. All three servicepeople either recently visited or were stationed in Daegu. In response, the military launched a mass quarantine of all soldiers who were in contact with the three sick troops, and has announced it will also shut down all vacations and visits indefinitely. The effort is part of the government’s strategy for fighting Covid-19 on a new front, now that it’s rapidly spread throughout the nation, Chung said: “Our efforts until now had been focused on blocking the illness from entering the country. ... But we will now shift the focus on preventing the illness from spreading further in local communities.”
  6. Two FDNY firefighters arrested at NJ blaze for defying police orders to leave Matthew Paglione and Matthew Farletta were collared Feb. 2 at the scene of a three-alarm, multi-house blaze in Trenton after they repeatedly defied orders to stay behind police tape, officials said.
  7. Julio Urías set to be part of Dodgers' starting rotation this season Julio Urías bounced between the starting rotation and the bullpen last season, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts sees the 23-year-old as a starter in 2020.
  8. Messi ends mini scoring drought with four-goal spree Lionel Messi ended his mini scoring drought in typical style Saturday as he notched four goals in Barcelona's 5-0 rout of Eibar in La Liga.
  9. China says it's taking care of Taiwanese stranded by coronavirus. Taiwanese aren't sure After nearly a month, Taiwanese citizens quarantined in China's coronavirus epicenter are chafing. Geopolitics is adding to the tension.
  10. Man convicted of murdering two train passengers who intervened in hate tirade Jeremy Christian was convicted Friday of killing two people who intervened when he went on a hate tirade against two young black women on a Portland, Oregon, commuter train. CBS Portland affiliate KOIN reports.
  11. Get ready for the newest change to airport security Starting October 1, 2020, most Americans will need a new ID to fly for security reasons. Here's how to find out if yours will be accepted.
  12. No. 3 Kansas fights off No. 1 Baylor in thrilling Big 12 showdown The Jayhawks fed off big man Udoka Azubuike, who had a double-double, in their 64-61 win in Waco. Baylor had no answer for the 7-footer. 
  13. 2 arrested in connection to disappearance of 15-month-old Tennessee girl: reports Investigators in Tennessee looking into the disappearance of 15-month-old Evelyn Boswell who was last nearly two months ago have arrested two people in connection to the case, reports say.
  14. Steven Spielberg ‘embarrassed’ and ‘concerned’ for porn star daughter This week brought a Steven Spielberg blockbuster no one saw coming. On Wednesday, the director’s daughter Mikaela announced to the world that she is embarking on a film career of her own — as a porn star. The 23-year-old told The Sun about making solo sex videos that she posted on and how she...
  16. Liz Hurley sizzles in white, hot pink bikinis during island getaway Elizabeth Hurley wasted no time modeling off her bathing suit collection while touching down in the Maldives for a luxurious tropical getaway.
  17. Missing 11-year-old boy from Pennsylvania may be headed to NYC: cops Andray Knighton, 11, left Danville Middle School around 3 p.m. Friday after telling a friend he was moving to New York, Danville Police said in a Facebook post.
  18. Fmr. Sen. Dean Heller: 'We may be talking about Nevada on Super Tuesday' As 2020 Democratic presidential candidates make their final pitch to Nevada voters, a question hangs in the air: will this election be a continuation of Iowa's caucus chaos?
  20. America’s Parasite Frankly, Trump doesn’t give a damn.
  21. Nevada Dems irk caucus volunteers by asking them to sign non-disclosure agreements The Nevada Democratic Party is asking volunteers to sign non-disclosure agreements before they work the presidential caucus on Saturday, a move that has caught some by surprise and caused at least one volunteer to quit.
  22. Dozens take part in underpants run Dozens of running enthusiasts wearing nothing but underwear and jogging shoes took part in a race along the Danube river in Belgrade on Saturday. (Feb. 22)  
  23. Two Fashion Institute of Technology Officials Placed on Leave Following 'Racist' Runway Show The FIT school president placed the officials on leave pending the results of an independent investigation after a controversial runway show earlier this month.
  24. Biden aims to revive sagging campaign in Nevada Sanders entered caucus day as the undisputed frontrunner, but it's anyone's guess after that.
  25. The 2020 Nevada caucuses Thirty-six delegates are at stake in Nevada's Democratic caucuses. Follow here for live updates and results.
  26. Man drags elderly woman to the ground in Brooklyn, steals her bag The elderly woman was waiting for the bus on Cooper Street near Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick at about 11 p.m. on Feb. 6 when an unidentified man walked up to her from behind and grabbed her purse, officials said.
  27. Harry and Megan: the new Edward and Wallis Simpson? The BBC's Jude Sheerin muses in a deep dive into the two love stories.
  28. About 40 million people get water from the Colorado River. Studies show it's drying up. Studies show climate change is drying up the Colorado River. Its largest reservoirs have dropped dramatically since 2000.   
  29. Tucker Carlson: Russia isn’t attacking our democratic system – our own ruling class is Our democratic system is in fact under attack. That much is true. But it's not the Russians who are attacking it. It's not even the Chinese. It's being attacked by our own ruling class. They're undermining democracy because they have no choice.