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A man adjusts a boy's protective face mask on Thursday as they try to avoid contracting a new coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea. The country is reporting a spike in COVID-19 cases, predominantly in its south.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 10:49

Many of the new cases are linked to a Christian sect in the city of Daegu. A woman who attended services there is listed as having more than 1,000 contacts.

During a visit last week to the California Museum in Sacramento, Les Ouchida holds a 1943 photo of himself (front row center) and his siblings taken at the internment camp in Jerome, Ark., that his family was moved to from their home near Sacramento in 1942.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:35

The bill's sponsor says he was "disturbed by the striking parallels" between the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and current U.S. immigration policy.

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 09:03

Distortion is familiar to most of us — a 'staticky noise,' a 'noisy static.' But in the right hands, its uses can bloom and its rigid contours soften.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell speaks during a news conference after a meeting with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, last month.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:55

Richard Grenell, the vocal and frequently controversial U.S. envoy in Berlin, replaces another acting director. Grenell, a Trump loyalist, has no background in intelligence.

A girl in a park in Beijing on Feb. 15. Researchers are looking at the impact of the newly identified coronavirus on children.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:51

A small study from China finds infected babies have only mild symptoms. And a study of pregnant women who were infected with the virus evaluates whether it can be passed on to their babies.

A police officer guards the road in front of a house where police found the bodies of the suspected gunman and his mother, in Hanau, Germany, on Thursday.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:38

"Racism is a poison. Hate is a poison," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday, as evidence pointed to the gunman being motivated by extreme views.

Arthur Jackson (right) gets blood tests during home visits in Boston from nurse Brenda Mastricola. He's also getting intravenous penicillin to treat a serious bone infection in his foot. The medication's pump is connected to an indwelling IV catheter. It's still uncommon for patients with a history of injection drug use to be sent home with an IV.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:00

When patients need long-term treatment with IV antibiotics, hospitals usually let them do it at home — but not if they have a history of injection drug use. A Boston program wants to change that.

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nev., Wednesday night.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:00

It was former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first debate after spending more than $300 million on ads. He had an uneven performance, especially when it came to his record on women.

Calvin Brandford (center) is a certified minority contractor who has run an excavation business north of Boston for almost 30 years. Brandford said getting state-funded work as a subcontractor is very hard and often comes with a serious drawback: not getting paid for 60 to 90 days.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:00

Despite affirmative action goals meant to make up for disparities, white-owned businesses win most of the bids for government work. And in many places the numbers are getting worse.

Lisa Ricchio sued the motel where she was sexually assaulted and held captive under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
Thu, 02/20/2020 - 04:00

Lisa Ricchio recently settled a first-of-its-kind lawsuit under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. She sued the motel where she was held captive, accusing it of turning a blind eye to her abuse.

The Oceanfront area of Virginia Beach has long had no-cursing signs on its boardwalk — you can even buy replica versions at tchotchke gift shops.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 20:57

"Profane swearing" has been illegal in the commonwealth since 1792. The repeal now awaits the governor's signature.

Dagmar Turner recently played her violin during brain surgery in London. "The violin is my passion," she said in a statement. "I've been playing since I was 10 years old."
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:38

Doctors wanted to ensure they didn't compromise parts of the brain necessary for playing the violin, so they asked their musician patient to play for them mid-operation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plants a tree during a commemoration of the Jewish holiday of Tu BiShvat (New Year for Trees), in the Israeli settlement of Mevo'ot Yericho near the Palestinian city of Jericho in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 17:23

The Trump Mideast plan would recognize Israeli sovereignty of settlements and lands Palestinians want for a future state, but the administration urged Israel to hold off until after Israel's election.

The Metropole Hotel in Hong Kong was ground zero for a super-spreading event during the 2003 SARS outbreak.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 15:52

At least 11 cases of the viral disease are linked to a British man's ski trip to the Alps after attending a conference in Singapore.

Pop Smoke, a young rapper who rapidly gained a following after releasing the track "Welcome to the Party," last year, has died.
Wed, 02/19/2020 - 15:46

The young rapper, who had just released his second mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, was reportedly killed in the early morning on Wednesday.

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