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China’s unprecedented quarantines could have wider consequences, experts say

(CNN)With Chinese authorities warning the coronavirus outbreak is accelerating, placing millions of people in more than a dozen Chinese cities under intense travel restrictions might seem like a good idea. The shutdown of Wuhan, a city of more than 11 million people where the virus originated, is “utterly incredible,” Howard Markel, professor and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, told CNN.

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‘A quiet reminder of people gone but not forgotten’

Image caption Danny’s army number has been carved into the bench She hopes it stays in Hotham Park for many years, pointing out there is no option to take it home when you live in a first-floor flat with no garden. For other grieving families, the installation of a dedicated bench may only prove to be a temporary monument. Individual councils set their own rules for benches and other memorials to loved ones. Many only guarantee their position and maintenance for 10 years after which they may be taken away,…

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Parnas tape is a real problem for Trump

(CNN)“But her emails” became a shorthand way after the 2016 election to explain — often in jest and as memes — why Hillary Clinton, who was favored to win, lost to Donald Trump. However, all jokes aside, post-election studies confirmed that Clinton’s emails were the most-covered topic during the campaign between May 2015 and November 2016. The tapes in question are audio recordings secretly made of Trump by Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was indicted last year for alleged campaign finance violations to which…

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Kobe Bryant: Remembering the final game of ‘The Black Mamba’

(CNN)Gone but never forgotten. As tributes poured in remembering Kobe Bryant’s remarkable basketball career following his death in a helicopter crash on Sunday in California, fans were left cherishing countless memories as they mourned the NBA great’s passing. “He’s the greatest of our generation,” he said. “He’s been a great inspiration for all of us.” ‘The first reality show’: ‘Hoop Dreams’ at 25 READ: ‘We all have Hoop Dreams’ — Bittersweet tale of first ‘reality TV show’ How great was Bryant as he bid farewell to the NBA? He outscored…

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Madonna ‘deeply sorry’ for cancelling London show

“I am deeply sorry that I have to cancel my concert scheduled for Monday 27 January in London,” she said. “Under doctors’ guidance I have been told to rest for a few days. “As you all know I have injuries that have plagued me since the beginning of the tour but I must always listen to my body and put my health first. “The last thing I want to do is disappoint my fans or compromise the integrity of my show. So I will keep going until I cannot.” ‘How…

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Wales a haven for wildlife – but for how long?

Five creatures special to Wales 1) Blind cave spider (Porrhomma rosenhaueri) Image copyright National Museum Wales Image caption The ghost slug sucks up earthworms If spiders lurking in caves sound creepy, then how about the flesh-eating ghost slug? Unknown to science, the mysterious worm-eater was discovered by a Cardiff gardener in 2007. It has no eyes and lives underground and, unlike most slugs, it is carnivorous. It kills earthworms at night with powerful, blade-like teeth, sucking them in like spaghetti. Although similar species exist in eastern Europe, the Welsh example…

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Andrew McCarthy: Trump impeachment trial should let him justify why he wanted Bidens investigated

When you get to court, though, you are horrified to learn that the judge is excluding your defense. The prosecutors peremptorily assert that it’s all a big lie. The judge doesn’t want to hear your constitutional claims about the rights to present a defense and call witnesses; your motion to subpoena evidence is denied. Then, at the trial, not only do the prosecutors establish that you planned to take millions from the bank; they tell the jury there was not a shred of evidence that you had any legitimate collateral…

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World leaders attend anti-Semitism, Holocaust forum in Jerusalem

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, visits the Western wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in the Old City of Jerusalem, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Dozens of world leaders have descended upon Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on commemorating the Holocaust and combating modern-day anti-Semitism. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean) The presidents of Germany, Italy and Austria and representatives from Canada and Australia were also present. Meanwhile, the president of Poland boycotted the event after he was not invited to speak. Rivlin warned visiting dignitaries to “leave history for the historians”…

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Sick of high drug prices, insurers join hospitals to make their own generic medications

New York (CNN Business)Everyone complains about high drug prices. But hospitals and now insurers are trying to lower costs by manufacturing their own generic medications. Now insurers want in. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, along with 18 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurers, announced Thursday they are pumping $55 million into Civica to form a subsidiary aimed at lowering the price of costly generic drugs consumers buy at pharmacies and through mail order. The subsidiary will initially focus on manufacturing seven to 10 high-priced medications, with the first…

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First space-baked cookies took 2 hours in experimental oven

And how do they taste? No one knows. Still sealed in individual baking pouches and packed in their spaceflight container, the cookies remain frozen in a Houston-area lab after splashing down two weeks ago in a SpaceX capsule. They were the first food baked in space from raw ingredients. The makers of the oven expected a difference in baking time in space, but not that big. “There’s still a lot to look into to figure out really what’s driving that difference, but definitely a cool result,” Mary Murphy, a manager…

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Democrats warned of cybercriminals targeting campaign funds

(CNN)Democratic campaigns were warned late last year that cybercriminals were seeking to steal their funds by posing online as staff and election vendors, CNN has learned. Many organizations are targeted in this way every day. Just last month, a Texas school district lost $2.3 million in a phishing scam. But while this is not unique to Democratic campaigns, the warnings served as a reminder to Democrats that they can be the target of criminals as well as the more publicized threat from state-backed hackers, such as the Russians who hacked…

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Man who killed the McStay family sentenced to death

(CNN)The man convicted of killing a California family of four and burying them in the Mojave Desert nearly 10 years ago has been sentenced to death, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith announced in court on Tuesday. His defense attorney Rajan Maline told reporters outside the courthouse that the decision was a miscarriage of justice and that he believes Merritt is innocent. “There is no evidence to convict Mr. Merritt. It is shocking that we’re in this position today,” Maline told CNN by phone. Merritt’s daughter Taylor…

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First new 2020 Corvette auctioned for $3 million

New York (CNN Business)The first 2020 model year Corvette available for sale to a customer was auctioned off Saturday night for $3 million. The redesigned model is the first Corvette with its engine mounted behind the seats, rather than in the front under the hood. “VIN 001” of any car is genuinely worth more than others of that same car, though, notes Jonathan Klinger, a spokesman for Hagerty, a collector car lifestyle and insurance company. General Motors CEO Mary Barrawas at the event andintroduced the Corvette sale. The $3 million…

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