February 27, 2020

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LA deputies shared graphic photos of Kobe Bryant crash scene, new report says
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Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shared graphic images of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.Two days after the Jan. 26 crash, first responders were talking about how images of victims’ remains and the debris field were being shared, a source told the newspaper.The source said they saw one of the photos on the phone of another official in a setting that had nothing to do with the investigation.It’s not clear if deputies actually snapped the images at the scene or received them from someone else.It’s also unclear how widely the photos were shared or who exactly was involved.The Sheriff’s Department said Thursday that the “matter is being looked into,” following multiple inquiries by The Times.
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Outspoken Hong Kong publisher held over pro-democracy march
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HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s Apple Daily newspaper says the outspoken head of its publishing group, Jimmy Lai, has been held by police Friday over his participation in a protest march in August that was part of a months-long pro-democracy movement. The paper said Lai, the founder of Next Media, was picked up from his home by officers at around 7 a.m. and taken to a police station in the Kowloon neighborhood. It also said the vice chairman of the opposition Labor Party, Lee Cheuk-yan, and others were also detained at the same time in connection with the Aug. 31 march, called to mark the fifth anniversary of a decision by China against fully democratic elections in Hong Kong.Organizers called off the action after the police banned it, but hundreds of thousands of people defied the order and filled the streets in several areas of the Asian financial hub. Protesters threw gasoline bombs at government headquarters and set fires in the streets, while police stormed a subway car and hit passengers with batons and pepper spray in some of the most violent scenes up to that point in the protest movement.
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National Symphony cancels Japan concerts due to virus
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Symphony Orchestra canceled the five remaining performances in Japan of its Asian tour because of a new virus epidemic.The orchestra originally was to play eight concerts in its first international tour with music director Gianandrea Noseda. On Feb. 4, the NSO called off shows in Beijing on March 13 and 14 and one in Shanghai on March 17.In an announcement Thursday night, the orchestra scrapped performances from March 6-11 in Fukui, Sakai, Hiroshima and Tokyo. It cited a recommendation from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that major cultural events be canceled for the next two weeks.“After multiple consultations with officials at U.S. government agencies and recommendations from the Japanese government, it became clear that these evolving circumstances are beyond our control,” NSO executive director Gary Ginstling said in a statement.
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A mother made her son do pushups in a store's bathroom because he wouldn't listen
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(CNN)Parents, have you ever asked your kiddo to do something or behavior properly and they've ignored you? Yeah, you're not alone.To combat that behavior, one Texas mom had her son drop down to pushup position in the middle of a shopping trip at a craft store.Molly Wooden was in the restroom at a Hobby Lobby store in Killeen on Sunday when she saw another mom, Nicki Harper Quinn, disciplining her 10-year-old son. Wooden took a picture of the lesson Harper Quinn was teaching her son and posted it on Facebook with words of admiration. "'Strong parenting' is huge for me, but you rarely see it being implemented," Wooden told CNN. "So when I finally saw it with my own two eyes, let alone in public, I felt strongly compelled to capture that moment!"
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Ritchie has goal, assist in Bruins’ 4-3 win over Stars
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BOSTON (AP) — Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist for his first points since Boston acquired him at the trade deadline, and the NHL-leading Bruins snapped a two-game losing streak by beating the Dallas Stars 4-3 on Thursday night.Brad Marchand broke a second-period tie and Ritchie scored 87 seconds later to make it 3-1. Then after Denis Gurianov cut the deficit to one early in the third, Ritchie fed David Pastrnak in the slot to again make it a two-goal game. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots, and Charlie Coyle scored on a double-tipped swat out of the air for Boston. Ben Bishop made 24 saves and John Klingberg also scored for the Stars, who had won two straight and seven of their previous nine games.
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2 California ministry members plead in forced labor case
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Two members of a Southern California-based ministry that allegedly forced homeless people and drug addicts to panhandle, stole their welfare benefits and held them against their will have pleaded guilty to federal charges
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World's preparation for virus pandemic hits global shares
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GENEVA/BEIJING (Reuters) - Hopes the coronavirus would be contained to China vanished on Friday as infections spread rapidly around the world, countries started stockpiling medical equipment and investors took flight in expectation of a global recession. Share prices were on track for the worst week since the global financial crisis in 2008 as virus-related disruptions to international travel and supply chains fueled fears of recession in the United States and the Euro zone. The U.S. stock market fell into correction territory with the benchmark S&P 500 index down more than 4% on Thursday, extending a market rout that has now sliced more than 10% off of its closing peak on Feb. 19. “Markets are voting and saying they think the U.S. is on its way to recession,” said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at MUFG in New York.
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Florida woman who fatally stabbed dad with arrow smiles at sentencing
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A Florida woman smiled to family members in court Thursday before she was sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally stabbing her father 69 times.Amber Maltese pleaded guilty to second-degree murder at a court in Brevard County for the heinous February 2015 killing of her father, Alfred Megathlin, at his Melbourne condo, according to WESH.The daughter, who was receiving mental health treatment before the murder, used arrows, a knife and a picture frame to carry out the deadly attack on her 60-year-old dad, police said.Following the fatal 2015 stabbing, Maltese, wearing only underwear, hopped in a car and intentionally rammed a police car — leading to a high speed pursuit.She eventually surrendered, getting out of the car without placing it in park.Maltese had just been released from a facility for mental health treatment on the day she killed her father, WESH reported, citing court records.
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Fox News' Britt McHenry says she has brain tumor
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McHenry tweeted that she has a brain tumor and that surgery is imminent. "Thank you for continued support and understanding at this time," she said.
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CDC responds to California coronavirus cases
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) — California now has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than any state in the country.The CDC is now sending a team of people to the state. Governor Gavin Newsom is not yet ready to call a state of emergency as California ramps up its response to the coronavirus.As of Thursday, 33 people tested positive for the virus in the state. Five of those patients were transported to other states. California health centers are now treating the rest and bracing for the numbers to rise.“This is a fluid situation and the risk to the general public remains low,” Dr. Sonia Angell, director of California Department of Public Health, said. State leaders and health officials are trying to put the public at ease as more cases of coronavirus are confirmed in California.The state is now monitoring more than 8,000 people for the virus.
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Arrest made in video assault of elderly San Francisco man
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San Francisco police have arrested a man in connection with the taunting and robbery of an elderly Asian man who was collecting recyclables near a Bayview area housing project _ an attack that was caught on video and posted to social media
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Jungle Cruise boat at Disney World takes on water with passengers on board
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(CNN)Disney's Magic Kingdom in Orlando may be known as "The Most Magical Place on Earth," but for some visitors riding the Jungle Cruise on Thursday, the experience was a bit less magical and a lot more wet. The ride takes passengers on an adventure through the world's exotic rivers with a humorous skipper as the guide. But around noon, one of the boats started taking on water while passengers were on board.Matthew Vince, who was on the ride, said more than a foot of water flooded the boat. The boat "went from floating to sunk in about a minute," Vince told CNN affiliate WPTV. "Everyone was fine and we were rescued in about 20 minutes." A spokesperson for Disney confirmed to CNN affiliate WFTV that the boat took on some water, but added that everyone was able to get off the boat safely.
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Hong Kong Newspaper Owner Arrested on Charges of Unlawful Assembly and Intimidation
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Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai has been arrested on suspicion of participating in an unlawful assembly last year and intimidating a reporter in 2017.The arrest was confirmed by Mark Simon, the group director for Lai’s company, Next Digital Ltd., which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper. Two former pro-democracy lawmakers and activists, Lee Cheuk-yan and Yeung Sum, were also arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly Friday, he said.“This is ridiculous,” Simon said by phone. Lai was being held in a police station in Kowloon and was waiting to see his lawyer, he said.The Police Public Relations Branch didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Friday. The moves were earlier reported by local media including Now TV and Cable TV.
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Coronavirus Patient’s Pet Dog Tests Positive for ‘Low Level’ of Virus
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The pet dog of a coronavirus patient in Hong Kong has been found to have a “low level” of the virus, the Hong Kong government said early Friday.The dog tested “weak positive” for the coronavirus, the city’s agricultural and fisheries department said in a statement, without giving further details. Officials will carry out further tests to confirm whether the dog has really been infected with the disease, or if it was a result of environmental contamination of its mouth and nose.Much is still not known about the virus that is spreading around the world after emerging in central China late last year. It is thought to have transferred to humans from bats and has been shown to spread in a number of ways, but the Hong Kong agricultural department said it doesn’t have evidence that pet animals can be infected, or be a source of infection to people.
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BTS cancels concerts in South Korean capital due to virus
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — K-pop superstar group BTS has canceled a series of planned concerts in Seoul in April due to concerns about a soaring viral outbreak in South Korea, its management agency announced Friday.“We regret to announce that the BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR ... has been cancelled,” the Seoul-based Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement. It said the COVID-19 “outbreak has made it impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak during the dates of the concert in April.”The seven-member boy band was scheduled to perform April 11-12 and April 18-19 at Seoul’s Olympic Stadium. The concerts would have involved a number of global production companies and a large number of foreigners among its expert crew, with more than 200,000 concertgoers expected, according to the agency.
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The Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina
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CONWAY, S.C. —  Former Vice President was the headline attraction here at a Thursday evening rally, but it was a celebrity supporter, actress Vivica Fox, who cut to the heart of the matter.“We are counting on you guys to start to get the 2020 election back on track,” Fox told the audience at Coastal Carolina University, shortly before introducing Biden.Right now, Biden’s fate lies in the hands of Palmetto State Democrats.Winning the South Carolina primary is, at this point, the whole ballgame for the former vice president. The firewall that his supporters have talked about for so long needs to hold in Saturday’s primary. If it does not, Biden’s campaign is as good as over.Front-runner Sen. (I-Vt.) has two first-place finishes and one near-tie for victory from the first three contests. Biden, who led national polling averages for months, has come fourth, fifth and a distant second in those three races, respectively.
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Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Sen. (I-Vt.) let loose at a rally on Thursday, accusing Democratic Party elites of working against his ascendent campaign for president and asserting that his top rival in South Carolina, former Vice President , would be a weak opponent against . Speaking at a rally at Wofford College, a small liberal arts college in South Carolina’s Upcountry, Sanders boasted about his back-to-back wins in the New Hampshire primary and Nevada caucuses and claimed a “popular vote” victory in Iowa. That cluster of wins, he said, had put the Democratic establishment on edge. “The establishment sees turnouts like this. You’re making them very nervous,” Sanders told a crowded gymnasium of nearly 2,000 supporters, according to an estimate released by his campaign.“When they see us winning in Iowa and New Hampshire and Nevada, they get even more nervous. They’re trying to come up with reasons as to why people shouldn’t vote for us. And one of the reasons you see is Bernie can’t beat Trump.”
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