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Flu season off to a fast start, driven by unexpected virus, CDC says


Posted: Mon-Jan-2020



Is this a bad flu season? Early infections in the South are spreading more broadly, and it's possible the season could peak earlier than normal, the CDC said.

Headlines:
Impeachment outcome is a foregone conclusion, but how Trump's defence tackles Biden could sway voters
USA-ELECTION/BIDEN

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was not central to the brief opening arguments of the defence in the impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump, but he is sure to come up this week. How the defence team paints the former vice-president could prove consequential in the November election.

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China's coronavirus quarantine like using an 'atomic bomb' to deal with outbreak, expert says
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While China's response to the new coronavirus outbreak is being praised in comparison to its handling of the SARS epidemic, some are suggesting officials may have gone too far by ordering a quarantine of the city of Wuhan.

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Democrats demand Bolton testify as impeachment trial resumes
Trump Impeachment

The stakes over witness testimony at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial are rising now that a draft of a book from former national security adviser John Bolton appears to undercut a key defence argument

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China says death toll from coronavirus now 80, warns its ability to spread 'increasing'
China Outbreak

China's health minister says the ability of the coronavirus to spread in his country appears to be getting stronger and the number of infections could continue to rise. 

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Canadian Forces sending plane, crew to help fight Australia wildfires
AUSTRALIA-BUSHFIRES/

The plane and crew are to transport fire retardant from the U.S., free up Australian airlift capacity and take images of fires from the air to measure them and predict how they might spread.

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Rockets fired at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraqi PM condemns attack
Iraq US Troops

Five Katyusha rockets crashed into a riverbank near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone without causing any injuries or serious damage, a statement from U.S. Joint Operations Command said.

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In China, people wonder how open government is being over coronavirus
CHINA-HEALTH/CANADA

The 2003 SARS outbreak left 44 Canadians dead, but it wasn’t documented on social media. That’s because Facebook, Twitter and YouTube didn’t exist back then.

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Turkish teams hunt for quake survivors as death toll hits 38
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Working against the clock in freezing temperatures, Turkish rescue teams pulled more survivors from collapsed buildings Sunday, after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit the country's east.

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How 3D holograms and AI are preserving Holocaust survivors' stories
Max Eisen

Canadian Max Eisen has had his memories of what happened to him and his family during the Holocaust archived using an interactive system powered by artificial intelligence.

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China reports 15 new coronavirus fatalities, total death toll now 56
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China's leader has called the accelerating spread of the coronavirus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicentre in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to contain the illness.

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In opening impeachment argument, Trump lawyers say Democrats want to overturn 2016 vote
APTOPIX Trump Impeachment

Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump are presenting arguments today at the Senate impeachment trial. They will rebut the last three days of accusations from Democrats that he abused his power and obstructed Congress.

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Iraqi security forces clash with protesters in Baghdad, other cities
IRAQ-PROTESTS/

Iraqi security forces firing tear gas and live bullets clashed with anti-government protesters in central Baghdad and other cities on Sunday.

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U.K. will set out EU trade objectives next month
Britain Brexit

Britain will set out more details about its objectives for a free trade deal with the European Union next month after the country leaves the bloc on Jan. 31, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay says.

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Turkey earthquake's death toll hits 29 with more than 1,200 injured
Turkey Earthquake

The death toll from a strong earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey has climbed to 29 as rescue crews searched for people who remained trapped under the rubble of collapsed buildings, officials said.

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LeBron James passes Kobe Bryant for 3rd on NBA scoring list
Lakers 76ers Basketball

LeBron James moved past Kobe Bryant for third place on the NBA's career scoring list, getting the milestone on a driving layup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

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Iraqi security forces raid protest camps after populist cleric withdraws support for demonstrators
IRAQ-PROTESTS/

Security forces set fire to anti-government protest tents in the southern Iraq early Saturday and re-opened key public squares in Baghdad that had been occupied by demonstrators for months.

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Bracing for more coronavirus cases, Canadian health officials reassure public risk of outbreak remains low
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U.K.'s proposal to limit Huawei's role in 5G networks most 'pragmatic' path, expert says
China Huawei

Reports that the United Kingdom plans to limit the use of Huawei equipment to less critical parts of Britain’s 5G networks is the most “pragmatic position” for the country, a British cybersecurity expert says.

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U.S. House investigators given tape of Trump calling for ambassador's ouster
USA-TRUMP/IMPEACHMENT

An associate of Rudy Giuliani has provided congressional investigators with a recording of U.S. President Donald Trump saying he wanted to get rid of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, whose ouster emerged as an issue in the president's impeachment, his attorney told The Associated Press on Friday.

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Why tracing the animal source of coronavirus matters
CHINA-HEALTH/PNEUMONIA

When viruses sometimes spill over from animals to humans, the health consequences can be serious.

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China Extends Holiday To Contain Virus As Death Toll Rises
China is making increasingly drastic efforts to stop the spread of the virus, which has killed at least 80 and sickened more than 2,700. ... read more


Multiple Rockets Crash Near U.S. Embassy In Baghdad Amid Anti-Government Protests
Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators flooded the streets of Baghdad and Iraq's southern provinces on Sunday. ... read more


Nearly 2,000 In China Now Infected With Coronavirus; 56 Dead
China has put Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, on virtual lockdown. ... read more


Ugandan Climate Activist Vanessa Nakate Addresses Being Cropped Out Of Davos Photo
“Does that mean I have no value as an African activist?" she asked, after a news organization published a photo of only white activists, including Greta Thunberg. ... read more


China Reports Over 1,280 Coronavirus Cases, Death Toll At 41
The virus that originated in Wuhan is dimming Lunar New Years celebrations across China. ... read more


Thousands Rally In Baghdad To Demand U.S. Troops Leave Iraq
The "million-man" march was called for by an influential Shiite cleric, though their numbers fell short of a million. ... read more


China Building A Hospital To Treat Virus, Expands Lockdowns To 10 Cities
On the eve of the Lunar New Year, transportation was shut down in at least 10 cities with a total of about 33 million people as China fights the coronavirus. ... read more


'From Heartbreak Comes Hope': Koala Rescuers Share Moving Recovery Stories
As scores of koalas battle to recover from Australia's destructive fires, hopeful stories of survivors are emerging. ... read more


WHO Says China's Coronavirus Is Not A Global Health Emergency
The decision follows three Chinese cities being placed on lockdown in order to prevent the virus from spreading. ... read more


China Locks Down Cities At Epicenter Of Coronavirus Outbreak
Health authorities fear the transmission rate will accelerate as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel for the Lunar New Year holidays. ... read more


China Halts Transportation Out Of Wuhan To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus
Cases of the infectious respiratory disease have been reported in China, the U.S., Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. ... read more


U.N. Experts: Saudi Crown Prince Likely Involved In Hacking Of Jeff Bezos' Phone
The U.N. is calling for an “immediate investigation” by the United States into the incident. ... read more


Saudi Embassy Denies Alarming Reports That Crown Prince Hacked Jeff Bezos
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman allegedly personally hacked into the phone of the Washington Post owner in 2018, according to media reports. ... read more


Iran Acknowledges 2 Russian-Made Missiles Targeted Ukraine Jet
Iran released a new preliminary report on the crash of the Ukraine International Airways plane, which killed 176 people. ... read more


The Man (And The Mission) Behind Trump’s Clash With Venezuela
Ousting Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro is Trump's dream and NSC official Mauricio Claver-Carone is eager to make it come true. ... read more


Pig Bungee Jumping Stunt In China Prompts Global Outcry
The cruel PR grab at Meixin Red Wine Town, a theme park, drew outrage in China as well as abroad. ... read more


Migrants Going To U.S. Clash With Mexican Forces At Guatemala Border
Hundreds of migrants crossed the Suchiate River into Mexico in a new test of U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy to block them from entering the country. ... read more


Violence Escalates In Beirut As Anti-Government Protesters Clash With Security Forces
The clashes in Lebanon took place amid a rapidly worsening financial crisis and an ongoing impasse over the formation of a new government. ... read more


China Reports 17 New Cases Of Deadly SARS-Like Virus Ahead Of Lunar New Year Holiday
Some airports, including three in the U.S., have begun screening airline passengers from central China, where the coronavirus appears to have originated. ... read more


Australian Zoo Staff Save Koalas, Beat Back Alligators In Dramatic Flash Floods Video
“The contrast between the current bushfire crisis and this sudden flooding is striking," said the director of the Australian Reptile Park. ... read more


Holocaust: Dutch PM apologises over failure to protect Jews
Mark Rutte is the first prime minister to acknowledge the Netherlands' role in persecuting Jews. ... read more


Italy's far-right Salvini fails to gain foothold in key regional election
Matteo Salvini had hoped to depose the left in Emilia-Romagna and force snap elections. ... read more


German police probe Nazi-style beer brand
A beer with a label stating "German Reich Brewery" sells out in a store in eastern Germany. ... read more


Brexit: Zero tariff, zero quota aim for trade talks, says Barclay
The prime minister will set out trade talk details in a speech next month, says the Brexit secretary. ... read more


Varadkar: EU will have stronger team in trade talks with UK
The Irish PM warns the UK not to try for a "piecemeal" trade deal, saying the EU will not accept it. ... read more


Turkey earthquake: Rescue efforts near end as death toll rises
Hopes fade of finding more survivors from a powerful earthquake that hit eastern Turkey on Friday. ... read more


Dublin child deaths: Three McGinley children found dead in house
Grieving father releases a photo of his two young sons and daughter found dead in a Dublin house. ... read more


'I was 90% dead': Henri's story of surviving Auschwitz
Henri Kichka lost his family in the Nazi death camp, but lived on to tell his own story of survival. ... read more


Auschwitz: How death camp became centre of Nazi Holocaust
It is 75 years since Soviet Union troops liberated Auschwitz - now marked as Holocaust Memorial Day. ... read more


Photos from families ripped apart by the Holocaust
Jewish survivors use family photos to describe their relatives murdered by the Nazis at Auschwitz. ... read more


Auschwitz: Searching for traces of my grandfather
Meijer Nieweg was murdered in August 1942. It has taken decades for details of his death to emerge. ... read more


Three women who were part of a quiet resistance against the Nazis in Berlin
The three were part of a quiet resistance against the Nazis in Second World War Berlin. ... read more


The tiger ‘gift’ that horrified Polish rescuers
Tigers recovering from a nightmare journey could have ended up as Asian ‘medicine’ ... read more


Coronavirus: How worried should we be?
Hundreds of people people have been infected with a newly-discovered virus. ... read more


Climate Change: Tough questions at first UK assembly
Members of the public from a range of backgrounds gather for the UK's first climate change assembly. ... read more


Irish general election: Issues at the heart of Irish election campaign
For the first time since Irish independence, a general election will be held on a Saturday. ... read more


Auschwitz survivor recalls his ordeal in the camp
Henri Kichka lost his family in Auschwitz but lived to tell his own story of survival. ... read more


Turkey earthquake: At least 20 dead as buildings collapse
A devastating earthquake has hit Turkey's Elazig province, with over a thousand injured and many dead. ... read more


How Italy's far right is hoping to cause a political earthquake
Matteo Salvini is hoping to cause a political shock by winning a traditional stronghold of the left. ... read more


Storm Gloria: Wind, rain, flooding and snow batter parts of Spain
Hundreds of thousands of people were left without power and at least 13 people were killed. ... read more


Kobe Bryant, former NBA star and Los Angeles Lakers legend, dies at 41
The basketball legend's unexpected death rippled across the sports world and beyond. On the court, he helped the Lakers win five NBA championships. ... read more


NBA players take the floor in tears after Kobe Bryant's death
The San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors both took 24-second shot clock violations to honor No. 24. ... read more


Democrats demand Bolton testify after report his book says Trump tied Ukraine aid to Biden probe
The reported account in an unpublished manuscript by the former national security adviser counters the White House's defense of the president. ... read more


Grammys 2020: Top moments from the show
Tributes to Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle were among the highlights of the Grammy Awards show. ... read more


Kobe and Gianna Bryant honored at Grammys
"Earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero," host Alicia Keys said. "We're literally standing here in the house that Kobe Bryant built." ... read more


80 dead from coronavirus in China as authorities scramble to contain outbreak
Chinese officials extended the week-long Lunar New Year holiday by three days to Feb. 2 to slow down the spread of the virus. ... read more


Survivors return to Auschwitz 75 years after liberation
The event will recall the moment the Nazi camp was liberated by the Soviet army on Jan. 27, 1945. ... read more


Bloomberg addresses anti-Semitic violence, throws shade at Sanders and Trump
"Anti-Semitism is hardly the exclusive domain of one political party," the former New York mayor said, adding, "Presidential leadership matters." ... read more


SNL's 'White Male Rage' song goes viral, prompting critical discussion of Oscars
Melissa Villaseñor rattled through a list of this year's Oscar nominated films that shared one narrative in common: white male rage. ... read more


How California's homelessness crisis surged
“This is decades and decades of failures,” one expert said of the persistent homelessness crisis that continues to plague California. ... read more


Parenting kids over 18 is still parenting, just with less say and higher stakes
I once looked forward to my kids’ legal adulthood as a kind of finish line, but I now I know how delusional that vision was. ... read more


A housecleaning routine you can actually stick to
Need a plan to tackle cleaning tasks at home? These expert tips and checklists will help you get on top of your mess. ... read more


Nathan Chen wins fourth straight U.S. figure skating title, joins legends
Nathan Chen became the first man to win four straight U.S. figure skating titles since Brian Boitano in 1988, landing six quadruple jumps between two programs in Greensboro, N.C. ... read more


Nadler to miss day of Trump's impeachment trial because of wife's cancer treatment
Nadler was absent from a Rules Committee hearing on impeachment last month, with an aide telling NBC News his the absence was due to a family emergency. ... read more


Republicans say they have no concerns about Trump-Parnas tape
"That video was more than a year before he asked Marie Yovanovitch to be removed," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said on CBS' "Face the Nation." ... read more


Pennsylvania woman charged with imprisoning sister in a wooden cage
Leona Biser, 51, was keeping her sister in a manmade wooden cell with only a dirty mattress in their home, Pennsylvania's attorney general said. ... read more


Buttigieg goes on the offensive as Sanders pulls ahead in the polls
The Buttigieg campaign sent an email to their followers on Saturday imploring them to donate to the campaign with Sanders “surging in the polls.” ... read more


New York police investigate alleged subway assault on trans woman as possible hate crime
"I swear, I just wish people would just leave me alone. I don't do anything. I just want to be left alone," the woman said through tears after the attack. ... read more


GOP senator: Impeachment should encourage Trump to be more 'careful' next time
"I think he'll put two and two together," Braun told NBC's "Meet the Press." "In this case, he was taken to the carpet." ... read more


Klobuchar on Democratic primary: 'I should be leading the ticket'
While Klobuchar said she's "ready to support the winner" of the Democratic nomination fight, she argued that she fits the profile of a successful nominee. ... read more


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Kobe Bryant, former NBA star and Los Angeles Lakers legend, dies at 41
The basketball legend's unexpected death rippled across the sports world and beyond. On the court, he helped the Lakers win five NBA championships. ... read more


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NBA players take the floor in tears after Kobe Bryant's death
The San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors both took 24-second shot clock violations to honor No. 24. ... read more


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Democrats demand Bolton testify after report his book says Trump tied Ukraine aid to Biden probe
The reported account in an unpublished manuscript by the former national security adviser counters the White House's defense of the president. ... read more


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Grammys 2020: Top moments from the show
Tributes to Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle were among the highlights of the Grammy Awards show. ... read more


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Kobe and Gianna Bryant honored at Grammys
"Earlier today, Los Angeles, America and the whole wide world lost a hero," host Alicia Keys said. "We're literally standing here in the house that Kobe Bryant built." ... read more


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80 dead from coronavirus in China as authorities scramble to contain outbreak
Chinese officials extended the week-long Lunar New Year holiday by three days to Feb. 2 to slow down the spread of the virus. ... read more


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Survivors return to Auschwitz 75 years after liberation
The event will recall the moment the Nazi camp was liberated by the Soviet army on Jan. 27, 1945. ... read more


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Bloomberg addresses anti-Semitic violence, throws shade at Sanders and Trump
"Anti-Semitism is hardly the exclusive domain of one political party," the former New York mayor said, adding, "Presidential leadership matters." ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_04/3202981/200126-weekend-update-snl-cs-1252p_410ced8478e7a10c48e718c1fa11925a.jpg
SNL's 'White Male Rage' song goes viral, prompting critical discussion of Oscars
Melissa Villaseñor rattled through a list of this year's Oscar nominated films that shared one narrative in common: white male rage. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_04/3201881/200124-homeless-count-california-ac-1114p_37893622124721ed6b31a341d4fa043b.jpg
How California's homelessness crisis surged
“This is decades and decades of failures,” one expert said of the persistent homelessness crisis that continues to plague California. ... read more


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Parenting kids over 18 is still parenting, just with less say and higher stakes
I once looked forward to my kids’ legal adulthood as a kind of finish line, but I now I know how delusional that vision was. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_04/3199831/200123-cleaning-tub-stock-cs-457p_5ed7c8a9effa3330cf4bf2aadb88ed91.jpg
A housecleaning routine you can actually stick to
Need a plan to tackle cleaning tasks at home? These expert tips and checklists will help you get on top of your mess. ... read more


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Nathan Chen wins fourth straight U.S. figure skating title, joins legends
Nathan Chen became the first man to win four straight U.S. figure skating titles since Brian Boitano in 1988, landing six quadruple jumps between two programs in Greensboro, N.C. ... read more


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Nadler to miss day of Trump's impeachment trial because of wife's cancer treatment
Nadler was absent from a Rules Committee hearing on impeachment last month, with an aide telling NBC News his the absence was due to a family emergency. ... read more


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Republicans say they have no concerns about Trump-Parnas tape
"That video was more than a year before he asked Marie Yovanovitch to be removed," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said on CBS' "Face the Nation." ... read more


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Pennsylvania woman charged with imprisoning sister in a wooden cage
Leona Biser, 51, was keeping her sister in a manmade wooden cell with only a dirty mattress in their home, Pennsylvania's attorney general said. ... read more


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Buttigieg goes on the offensive as Sanders pulls ahead in the polls
The Buttigieg campaign sent an email to their followers on Saturday imploring them to donate to the campaign with Sanders “surging in the polls.” ... read more


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New York police investigate alleged subway assault on trans woman as possible hate crime
"I swear, I just wish people would just leave me alone. I don't do anything. I just want to be left alone," the woman said through tears after the attack. ... read more


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GOP senator: Impeachment should encourage Trump to be more 'careful' next time
"I think he'll put two and two together," Braun told NBC's "Meet the Press." "In this case, he was taken to the carpet." ... read more


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Klobuchar on Democratic primary: 'I should be leading the ticket'
While Klobuchar said she's "ready to support the winner" of the Democratic nomination fight, she argued that she fits the profile of a successful nominee. ... read more


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