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Sanders gets hit early and often at Democratic presidential debate
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:03:21 -0500

Sanders gets hit early and often at Democratic presidential debateAt the start of Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in South Carolina, frontrunner Bernie Sanders came under fire from his rivals.


U.S. Supreme Court dismisses 'D.C. Sniper' Malvo case after change in law
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:28:44 -0500

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses 'D.C. Sniper' Malvo case after change in lawThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday formally dismissed a case in which Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he took part in the deadly 2002 "D.C. Sniper" shooting spree in the Washington area, was challenging his life without parole sentence. The move comes after a new law was passed in Virginia, where Malvo is incarcerated in a supermax state prison. The measure, signed into law on Monday, lets people sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for offenses committed before age 18 - as Malvo was - to seek release after 20 years.


Italian hikers rescued in Alaska after visiting infamous bus
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 18:04:59 -0500

Italian hikers rescued in Alaska after visiting infamous busAn Italian man suffering from frostbite and four other tourists were rescued in the Alaska wilderness after visiting an abandoned bus that has become a lure for adventurers since it was featured in the “Into the Wild” book and movie. Alaska State Troopers say the five Italians were rescued Saturday from a camp they set up after visiting the dilapidated bus on the Stampede Trail near the interior town of Healy. The hikers were found 13 miles from the trailhead, Trooper spokesman Tim DeSpain said.


Iran says it won't quarantine any towns or cities, despite recording the most coronavirus deaths outside of China
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 07:01:52 -0500

Iran says it won't quarantine any towns or cities, despite recording the most coronavirus deaths outside of ChinaIran said two people died from the coronavirus the same day it discovered its first case, leaving many questioning the honesty of the official count.


Fourth Diamond Princess passenger dead after coronavirus quarantine, reports
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:47:06 -0500

Fourth Diamond Princess passenger dead after coronavirus quarantine, reportsFour passengers from the Diamond Princess have died after being quarantined for coronavirus according to reports.


Beijing’s Handling of Coronavirus Has Undermined Chinese Public’s Trust in State Media
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:51:48 -0500

Beijing’s Handling of Coronavirus Has Undermined Chinese Public’s Trust in State MediaChina's government is facing widespread criticism from its own citizens over its handling of the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus.Beijing has launched a massive propaganda campaign with stories of Chinese heroism in the struggle to contain the coronavirus, meant to unify the country's citizens behind the government. However, the government's efforts have faced scorn on Chinese social media, where citizens are openly complaining about the government's response to the crisis, New York Times reported Wednesday.The Times cited a blog post by a lawyer, Deng Xueping, excoriating the government over the coronavirus. Deng mentioned a story circulated on state media about a woman who was treated at a Wuhan hospital, but liked staying in the hospital so much that she didn't want to leave."When many patients in Wuhan were struggling to get treatment, our TV camera chose to turn to one happy outpatient," Deng wrote in the post. "By magnifying one individual’s happiness while hiding the sufferings of most people there, it’s hard to say such coverage was truthful about the epidemic."Some stories put out by state media are completely unbelievable. A newspaper in the city of Xi'an in central China was forced to retract a story detailing how a nurse's newborn twins asked their father where their mother had gone. The Times cited another Chinese newspaper which reported that another nurse's husband, who has been in a vegetative state since 2014, would smile whenever he "heard" his wife's name, "as if he knew that his wife was engaged in a great endeavor."There is also widespread anger over the government's initial condemnation of eight doctors who tried to warn others about the outbreak of the SARS-like illness in Wuhan in late December-early January, before the outbreak took hold in earnest. One of those doctors, Li Wenliang, tried to warn medical school friends of the illness.After Li was reprimanded by the local Wuhan government for spreading "rumors," he contracted the virus from a patient he did not know was infected. Li has since died.China has also changed its diagnostic criteria for the coronavirus multiple times, leading to confusion over the number of confirmed cases in the country. A health official from Hubei Provice, the epicenter of the outbreak, has accused the government of a lack of transparency and accuracy regarding its reporting of cases.


Erdogan rules out even 'smallest step back' in Syria's Idlib
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:19:08 -0500

Erdogan rules out even 'smallest step back' in Syria's IdlibPresident Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed Turkey would not take even the "smallest step back" in an escalating stand-off with Damascus and Russia over the northern Syrian region of Idlib. Meanwhile, a meeting between Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, could be in the pipeline, the Turkish foreign minister said, ahead of a possible summit including EU heavyweights Germany and France to find a political solution to the Idlib crisis. "We will not take the smallest step back in Idlib," Erdogan told his ruling party's lawmakers in parliament in Ankara.


A Wrongfully Convicted Kansas Man Who Spent 23 Years in Prison Is Awarded $1.5 Million
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:02:01 -0500

A Wrongfully Convicted Kansas Man Who Spent 23 Years in Prison Is Awarded $1.5 MillionLamonte McIntyre was convicted and sentenced to two terms of life in prison for the murder of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994. The two victims had been shot in the middle of the day while they sat in their car


A Florida woman is being accused of zipping her boyfriend into a suitcase and leaving him to die
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 12:21:20 -0500

A Florida woman is being accused of zipping her boyfriend into a suitcase and leaving him to dieSarah Boone, 42, claimed it was just an accident. But police saw troubling videos of her taunting him as he struggled to get out of the luggage.


Warren unloads on Bloomberg as Dem debate becomes more personal
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:40:41 -0500

Warren unloads on Bloomberg as Dem debate becomes more personalSen. Elizabeth Warren continued to remake herself as a combative debater in Tuesday’s Democratic face-off in Charleston, S.C., and once again her target was former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.


Secretary of State Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents show
Mon, 24 Feb 2020 15:59:18 -0500

Secretary of State Pompeo appeared to coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine, new documents showA trove of documents released on Friday by the State Department to American Oversight make clear that Rudy Giuliani — who was acting as Trump’s personal attorney — pressed American diplomats to consider the information he’d unearthed in Kyiv about corruption. Though the documents released amount to fewer than a dozen pages of emails, they nevertheless show aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unambiguously receptive to Giuliani’s overtures.


Supreme Court rules Mexican parents can't sue Border Patrol agent who killed their son
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 12:05:00 -0500

Supreme Court rules Mexican parents can't sue Border Patrol agent who killed their sonThe ruling was a defeat for the parents of Sergio Hernandez Guereca, who was on the Mexico side when he was shot in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent who fired from the U.S. side.


Democratic candidates yell, interrupt each other during most chaotic debate yet
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:13:00 -0500

Democratic candidates yell, interrupt each other during most chaotic debate yetThe shouts of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the screeches of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and the shrieks of former Vice President Joe Biden ricocheted around the stage during Tuesday night's Democratic debate in South Carolina.Right from the start, it was a raucous affair, with the candidates consistently — and loudly — interrupting each other and ignoring the time limits to respond. At one cacophonous point, it sounded like all of the candidates were trying to answer a question, but no one could understand what they were saying. When things settled down a bit, billionaire investor Tom Steyer tried to get a word in, but was scolded by Sanders; later, an annoyed Sanders tried to get former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg to stop talking by saying, "Hellllooo!" It didn't work.Biden cracked the code about 30 minutes into the debate, saying, "I guess the only way to do this is jump in and speak twice as long as you should." He then attacked Steyer for once investing in private prisons, said Sanders hasn't passed "much of anything" during his time in the Senate, and refused to yield any of his time to the other candidates. "I'm gonna talk," he snapped, which got the crowd cheering. Expect none of these people to have a voice tomorrow.More stories from theweek.com Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Jim Clyburn gives Joe Biden key South Carolina endorsement Weinstein juror laments 'the way things went' for Annabella Sciorra