• China reports uptick in new coronavirus cases though downward trend holds
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    China reports uptick in new coronavirus cases though downward trend holds

    China's Hubei province reported an uptick in new cases of coronavirus on Friday, reversing three days of declines, although the numbers still confirmed a downward trend which the World Health Organization (WHO) has called encouraging. The province at the center of the global health emergency said

  • Factbox: The Dalai Lama - ten facts about Tibet's spiritual leader
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    Factbox: The Dalai Lama - ten facts about Tibet's spiritual leader

    Tibetans mark the 80th anniversary of the enthronement of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Saturday. 1. Born in 1935 as Lhamo Thondup, the current Dalai Lama was proclaimed as the reincarnation of his predecessor at the age of two, when he is said to have identified several of his possessions

  • TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting
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    TV analyst? Spokesman? Freed ex-governor goes job hunting

    CHICAGO — Job wanted: Ex-governor and ex-con with strong speaking skills and good hair seeking employment.Fresh out of prison thanks to a commutation this week from President Donald Trump, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in the hunt for a post-prison career."I need to start working and providing

  • U.S. intelligence told lawmakers of Russian bid to boost Trump re-election: source
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    U.S. intelligence told lawmakers of Russian bid to boost Trump re-election: source

    U.S. intelligence officials told lawmakers last week that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election campaign by aiming to cast doubt on the integrity of the vote and boost President Donald Trump's re-election, a person familiar with the briefing said on Thursday. The person, who spoke on condition

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    Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

    The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of (February, 19) 2020 :TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT

  • Struggling Victoria's Secret sold as women demand comfort
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    Struggling Victoria's Secret sold as women demand comfort

    NEW YORK — Victoria's Secret, which once defined sexy with its leggy supermodels in their lacy bras and oversized angel wings, has a new owner.Now, the big question is whether the once sought after but now struggling brand can be reinvented for a new generation of women demanding more comfortable

  • 1 trillion euros: EU leaders get into big fight over budget
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    1 trillion euros: EU leaders get into big fight over budget

    BRUSSELS — European leaders argued into the early hours of Friday about how to spend and share some 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) over the next seven years. Their first summit since Britain quit the EU last month has been bruising, long — and so far inconclusive.Gaps and resentments between wealthy

  • Alaska needs broad review of aviation safety, officials say
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    Alaska needs broad review of aviation safety, officials say

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska needs a comprehensive review effort to improve aviation safety because its aviation fatal and non fatal accident rates are far higher than the national average, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.The NTSB issued a safety recommendation to the Federal Aviation

  • Police: Robbery looks unlikely as motive in rapper killing
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    Police: Robbery looks unlikely as motive in rapper killing

    LOS ANGELES — The home-invasion death of rising rapper Pop Smoke in Los Angeles does not appear to be part of a robbery, police said Thursday, as detectives sought to identify the shooter and the music community mourned.Investigators were not ruling out a robbery, but they were looking at other possible

  • New threats emerge in outbreak while China voices optimism
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    New threats emerge in outbreak while China voices optimism

    BEIJING — Chinese health officials expressed new optimism Thursday over the deadly virus outbreak while authorities in South Korea’s fourth-largest city urged residents to hunker down as fears nagged communities far from the illness’ epicenter.The confidence voiced by China’s government came as it reported

  • Weinstein jurors focus on Sciorra as deliberations drag on
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    Weinstein jurors focus on Sciorra as deliberations drag on

    NEW YORK — Deliberating for a third day, the jury at Harvey Weinstein's trial continued Thursday to focus a lot of attention on actress Annabella Sciorra’s linchpin allegations that the once-heralded Hollywood mogul raped and sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s.Jurors, before being dismissed

  • Morgan Stanley to buy E-Trade for $13 billion
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    Morgan Stanley to buy E-Trade for $13 billion

    NEW YORK — Morgan Stanley, the investment bank for millionaires, big business and megamergers, is buying E-Trade Financial, the online brokerage that encouraged waves of regular investors to get into the market with ads featuring its talking spokesbaby.The roughly $13 billion, all-stock deal would be

  • Computer scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' has died
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    Computer scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' has died

    NEW YORK — Larry Tesler, the Silicon Valley pioneer who created the now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as “cut,” “copy” and “paste,” has died. He was 74.He made using computers easier for generations as a proponent and pioneer of what he called “modeless editing." That meant a user wouldn'

  • German gunman calling for genocide kills 9 people
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    German gunman calling for genocide kills 9 people

    HANAU, Germany — A German who shot and killed nine people of foreign background in a rampage that began at a hookah bar frequented by immigrants had posted an online rant calling for the “complete extermination” of many “races or cultures in our midst,” authorities said Thursday.German Chancellor Angela

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    MGM Resorts hack affected a reported 10.6M former guests

    LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts International has confirmed the company was hacked after a report was released detailing information from more than 10 million former hotel guests was compromised.ZDNet released a report Wednesday revealing 10,683,188 guests were affected after the company's cloud server was

  • No conspiracy this time:  Dan Brown writing children's book
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    No conspiracy this time: Dan Brown writing children's book

    NEW YORK — Dan Brown's next book will have a lighter, more musical touch.The “Da Vinci Code” author is working on a picture story, “Wild Symphony," scheduled to be published Sept. 1. Rodale Kids, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, announced the book Thursday and called it an “entertaining

  • Success of 'To All the Boys' puts stars on Hollywood's radar
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    Success of 'To All the Boys' puts stars on Hollywood's radar

    NEW YORK — The 2018 release of the Netflix teen rom-com "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," changed the lives of its stars, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, by putting them on Hollywood’s radar."People are taking me more seriously," said Condor, a 22-year-old Vietnamese American

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    PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Bestsellers

    Bestselling Books Week Ended February 15thHARDCOVER FICTION1\. "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse'' by Charlie Mackesy (Harperone)2\. “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron Books)3\. “Golden in Death” by J.D. Robb (St. Martin's Press)"4\. “Snug” by Catana

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    US-Bestsellers-Books-USAToday

    1\. “Open Book” by Jessica Simpson (Dey Street)2\. “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins (Flatiron Books)3\. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G. P. Putnam's Sons)4\. “Llama Llama I Love You” by Anna Dewdney (Viking Children's)5\. “Dog Man: Fetch-22” by Dav Pilkey (Graphix

  • CBS streaming service to grow with Viacom, Paramount videos
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    CBS streaming service to grow with Viacom, Paramount videos

    NEW YORK — ViacomCBS is planning a new streaming service that will combine the existing CBS All Access service with Paramount movies and shows from Viacom channels such as MTV and BET.The move had been expected since CBS and Viacom combined in August to better compete in the increasingly competitive

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    'Black in Space' looks at final frontier of civil rights

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black.Years later, McNair was selected to become only the second

  • Disillusionment among women, youth seen dampening Iran election turnout
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    Disillusionment among women, youth seen dampening Iran election turnout

    Middle-aged men have been plastered on campaign posters and online adverts this week ahead of Iran's parliamentary election, even though women and young people make up the majority of voters. Roughly a third of Iran's electorate is between 18 and 30 and 49.9% of voters are women, according to

  • In rough US flu season for kids, vaccine working OK so far
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    In rough US flu season for kids, vaccine working OK so far

    NEW YORK — It may end up being a bad flu season for kids, but early signs suggest the vaccine is working OK.The vaccine has been more than 50% effective in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a child to the doctor's office, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday

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    Ethiopia gets back Christian crown spirited away to Rotterdam decades ago

    An 18th century church crown stolen from Ethiopia decades ago has been returned from the Netherlands after it was found in a suitcase more than 20 years ago, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Thursday. It has depictions of the Christian Holy Trinity as well as Jesus Christ’s disciples. An adviser to

  • Irony prevails at Benetton, transparent femininity at Prada
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    Irony prevails at Benetton, transparent femininity at Prada

    MILAN — The frills are on at Milan Fashion Week, where “pretty” is womenswear watchword of the next cold weather season.Embellishments appeared even on brands known for their spare lines, mostly in the form of constructed ruffles, gathering and tiers.Highlights from Thursday’s womenswear previews for