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Bad timing: New virus poses threat to fragile world economy

This should be peak season for a 12-room hotel near the train station in the Chinese industrial hub of Wuhan. The Chinese New Year usually brings in plenty of travellers and delivers profits of around $3,000 a month. But the place is empty.
Palestinians angrily reject Trump Mideast peace plan

Palestinians angrily reject Trump Mideast peace plan

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territory — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said “a thousand no's” to the Mideast peace plan announced Tuesday by President Donald Trump, which strongly favours Israel.
AP Exclusive: Feds backtrack on transfer of Epstein warden

AP Exclusive: Feds backtrack on transfer of Epstein warden

NEW YORK — The Bureau of Prisons is holding off on transferring the warden who was in charge of the New York City jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself.
Nicholas Parsons, host of BBC's 'Just a Minute' dies at 96

Nicholas Parsons, host of BBC's 'Just a Minute' dies at 96

LONDON — British broadcaster Nicholas Parsons, who hosted the witty, wordy radio program “Just a Minute” for more than 50 years, has died at the age of 96. Parson’s agent, Jean Diamond, said he died Tuesday morning after a short illness.
Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments

Harvard professor charged with hiding China ties, payments

BOSTON — A Harvard University professor was charged Tuesday with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research.
Was Kobe Bryant's pilot feeling pressure to fly that day?

Was Kobe Bryant's pilot feeling pressure to fly that day?

LOS ANGELES — The pilot in the foggy-weather helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant was well-acquainted with the skies over Los Angeles and accustomed to flying celebrities.
Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth single again, divorce finalized

Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth single again, divorce finalized

LOS ANGELES — Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are officially single. Court records show that a Los Angeles judge on Tuesday finalized the divorce that ended the brief marriage of the 27-year-old American pop star and the 30-year-old Australian actor.
Sheriff: Man stirs the pot by lighting joint in court

Sheriff: Man stirs the pot by lighting joint in court

LEBANON, Tenn. — The rapper Afroman famously sang about how getting high on marijuana prevented him from going to court. A Tennessee man decided to combine the two when he lit a marijuana cigarette in the courtroom, authorities said.

'American Dirt' Latino backlash part of long publishing war

During a trip to Mexico to visit family, writer Myriam Gurba took “American Dirt,” a novel about immigration and cartel violence that was being touted as one of the biggest U.S. releases of 2020.
Barr says there will be 'zero tolerance' on anti-Semitism

Barr says there will be 'zero tolerance' on anti-Semitism

NEW YORK — Attorney General William Barr ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to step up their efforts to combat anti-Semitic hate crimes as he met with Jewish leaders in Brooklyn, New York, on Tuesday.