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Pope observes usual Ash Wednesday customs in time of virus

Associated Press 02/27/2020

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis celebrated the Ash Wednesday ritual that marks the opening of the Catholic Church’s Lenten season in traditional fashion while greeting the public in Rome as other Masses were canceled in northern Italy…

Virus adds to fears for targets of Muslim crackdown in China

Associated Press 02/27/2020

WASHINGTON  — The spread of a new virus in China has deepened fears about the targets of a mass crackdown on ethnic Muslims in the far west of the country, human rights advocates said Wednesday. The Uighur…

Desperate to stop spread of COVID-19, countries limit travel

Associated Press 02/26/2020

SEOUL, South Korea — Police manned checkpoints in quarantined towns, governments issued travel warnings and more flights were suspended Tuesday as officials desperately sought to stop the seemingly inevitable spread of a new virus. Clusters of the…

COVID-19 spreads in South Korean city as thousands are screened

Associated Press 02/22/2020

  SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Saturday reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections in four days to 433, most of them linked to a church and a hospital in and around the country’s fourth-largest…

The Latest: Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr. wins slam dunk contest

Associated Press 02/16/2020

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on Saturday night at NBA All-Star weekend. (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic…

China coronavirus cases rise again, 66 more on ship in Japan

Associated Press 02/11/2020

BEIJING — China reported a rise in novel coronavirus cases Monday, possibly denting optimism that disease control measures including isolating major cities might be working, while the operator of a cruise ship in Japan reported dozens of…

Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway

Associated Press 02/10/2020

LOS ANGELES  – The 92nd Academy Awards have started off on script: Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar for his performance in “Once Upon on a Time … In Hollywood.”   After winning nearly every major…

Terminally ill Peru woman demands right to euthanasia

Associated Press 02/08/2020

LIMA, Peru  — A Peruvian woman who is almost completely paralyzed and requires round-the-clock care for a terminal illness took her fight to change the South American nation’s law forbidding euthanasia to the country’s courts Friday. The…

Japan finds 41 more cases on ship as novel coronavirus alarm doctor dies

Associated Press 02/07/2020

  BEIJING  — Japan on Friday reported 41 new cases of a virus on a cruise ship that’s been quarantined in Yokohama harbor while the death toll in mainland China rose to 636, including a doctor who…

Not Guilty: Split Senate acquits Trump of impeachment

Associated Press 02/06/2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal Wednesday in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the…

Coronavirus won’t turn you into a ‘zombie’, says Malaysia

Associated Press 02/02/2020

  KUALA LUMPUR — The deadly coronavirus will not cause victims to act like zombies, Malaysia’s government said on social media, as officials act to correct the spread of misinformation surrounding the outbreak. As medical authorities seek…

Kobe’s stolen jersey returned for ceremony at high school

Associated Press 02/02/2020

  ARDMORE, Pa. — Kobe Bryant’s high school jersey spent more time in China of late than it did hanging on the wall of the gym named in honor of the school’s career leading scorer. Bryant’s retired…

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