February 19th, 2020

World News

New virus cases in China fall for 2nd day, deaths top 2,000

By Yanan Wang, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

BEIJING – New virus cases in China continued to fall Wednesday, with 1,749 new infections and 136 new deaths announced after China’s leader said disease prevention and control was at a “a critical time.” Japan also confirmed more infections of the new coronavirus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, bringing the total to 542 people ... Read More »

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Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed in Japan

By Maria Cheng And Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

TOKYO – As an extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship ends Wednesday in Japan, many scientists say it was a failed experiment: The ship seemed to serve as an incubator for the new virus from China instead of an isolation facility meant to prevent the worsening of an outbreak. Since the virus was identified ... Read More »

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President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

By Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin And Michael Tarm, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Trump also told reporters that he has pardoned financier Michael Milken, who pleaded guilty for violating U.S. securities laws and ... Read More »

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Boy Scouts seek bankruptcy, urge victims to step forward

By David Crary, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

The Boy Scouts of America urged victims to come forward Tuesday as the historic, 110-year-old organization filed for bankruptcy protection in the first step toward creating a huge compensation fund for potentially thousands of men who were sexually molested as youngsters decades ago by scoutmasters or other leaders. The Scouts resorted to Chapter 11 in ... Read More »

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Quarantined cruise ship in Japan became incubator for virus

By Maria Cheng And Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

TOKYO – As an extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship ends Wednesday in Japan, many scientists say it was a failed experiment: The ship seemed to serve as an incubator for the new virus from China instead of an isolation facility meant to prevent the worsening of an outbreak. Since the virus was identified ... Read More »

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Trump commutes Blagojevich sentence, pardons others

By Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin And Michael Tarm, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik. Trump also says he has granted clemency to financier Michael Milken, who pleaded guilty for violating U.S. securities laws. Kerik served just over three years for ... Read More »

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Trump commutes former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich’s sentence

By Michael Tarm, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

CHICAGO – President Donald Trump says he has commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, Trump on Tuesday told reporters the former governor’s sentence was “ridiculous.” THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story is below. WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is expected to commute the 14-year prison sentence ... Read More »

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Trump expected to commute former Gov. Blagojevich sentence

By Michael Tarm, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

CHICAGO – President Donald Trump is expected to commute the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted of political corruption just months after he appeared on Trump’s reality TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” Blagojevich, who hails from a state with a long history of pay-to-play schemes, is expected to walk out ... Read More »

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After learning of Whitey Bulger LSD tests, juror has regrets

By Michael Rezendes, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

EASTHAM, Mass. – One of the jurors who convicted notorious crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger says she regrets her decision after learning that he was an unwitting participant in a covert CIA experiment with LSD. Bulger terrorized Boston from the 1970s into the 1990s with a campaign of murder, extortion, and drug trafficking, then spent ... Read More »

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Afghan president wins vote, opponent says he’s the winner

By Tameem Akhgar And Rahim Faiez, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2020

KABUL – Ashraf Ghani won a second term as president of Afghanistan, the country’s independent election commission announced Tuesday, but his closest opponent refused to recognize the results, declaring himself winner and potentially endangering peace negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban also rejected Ghani’s win, further putting into question a U.S. peace plan that calls ... Read More »

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