February 19th, 2020

World News

Young Ugandan who starred in a Disney chess film dies at 15

By Rodney Muhumuza, The Associated Press on February 16th, 2020

KAMPALA, Uganda – A Ugandan student who played a memorable role in a 2016 Disney film about a local chess prodigy has died at the age of 15. Nikita Pearl Waligwa died on Saturday at a hospital near the Ugandan capital, Kampala. The cause was a brain tumour, according to the girls’ secondary school she ... Read More »

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Xi’s early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions

By Yanan Wang, The Associated Press on February 16th, 2020

BEIJING – A recent speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that has been published by state media indicates for the first time that he was leading the response to a new virus outbreak from early on in the crisis. The publication of the Feb. 3 speech was an apparent attempt to demonstrate that the Communist ... Read More »

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New virus cases fall; Xi urged steps as early as Jan. 7

By Yanan Wang, The Associated Press on February 15th, 2020

BEIJING – China reported Sunday a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day, as it became apparent that the country’s leadership was aware of the potential gravity of the situation well before the alarm was sounded. After Chinese President Xi Jinping played a muted public role in the early days of the ... Read More »

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China reports fall in new virus cases for 3rd straight day

By The Associated Press on February 15th, 2020

BEIJING – China reported Sunday a drop in new virus cases for the third straight day. There are 2,009 new cases in mainland China, bringing its total number of confirmed cases to 68,500, according to the country’s National Health Commission. The fatality rate remained stable with 142 new deaths. The death toll in mainland China ... Read More »

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Ex-‘Love Island’ host Caroline Flack found dead in London

By Jill Lawless, The Associated Press on February 15th, 2020

LONDON – Caroline Flack, a British television presenter who hosted the controversial reality TV show “Love Island,” has died at age 40, her family said Saturday. “We can confirm that our Caroline passed away today, the 15th of February,” the family said in a statement. A family lawyer said Flack had killed herself and was ... Read More »

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New leader of indigenous museum is educator, tribe member

By The Associated Press on February 15th, 2020

BAR HARBOR, Maine – The new executive director of a museum dedicated to the indigenous people of Maine is a professional educator and member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe. The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor will be led by Christopher Newell, the museum’s trustees announced this week. The museum documents Wabanaki culture, history and art. Newell ... Read More »

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Mating snakes prompt closure of part of Florida park

By The Associated Press on February 15th, 2020

LAKELAND, Fla. – A Florida city shut down a section of a lake Thursday after receiving reports of swarming snakes. Turns out, the slithery creatures were just celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early. The Lakeland Parks & Recreation department wrote on its Facebook page that a group of non-venomous water snakes congregated to mate near ... Read More »

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14-year-old charged with Barnard College student death

By Julie Walker And Michael Hill, The Associated Press on February 15th, 2020

NEW YORK – A 14-year-old has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Barnard College student in a Manhattan park in December, authorities said Saturday. Rashaun Weaver has been indicted by a grand jury and was taken into custody Friday night without incident, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a news ... Read More »

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Ex-Michigan State hoops star Appling facing heroin charges

By The Associated Press on February 15th, 2020

WARREN, Mich. – Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was charged with drug crimes after authorities say they found heroin in his vehicle that he planned to sell. Appling, 28, was arraigned Wednesday in a Warren courtroom on charges of delivery or manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance. Prosecutors said ... Read More »

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Police: 14-year-old held in Barnard College student death

By The Associated Press on February 15th, 2020

NEW YORK – A 14-year-old has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a Barnard College student in a Manhattan park in December, authorities said Saturday. The male suspect has been indicted by a grand jury and was taken into custody Friday night without incident, New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said at a ... Read More »

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