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Xi says epidemic ‘grim,’ calls for action on China economy

Xi says epidemic ‘grim,’ calls for action on China economy

Associated Press

February 23, 2020

BEIJING (AP) — Warning that China’s virus epidemic is “still grim and complex,” President Xi Jinping called Sunday for more efforts to stop the outbreak, revive industry and prevent the disease from disrupting spring planting of crops. Xi defended the ruling Communist Party’s response as “timely...

Proposed $18 billion opioid settlement falls short

Proposed $18 billion opioid settlement falls short

Cailey Gleeson, Nation & World Editor

February 23, 2020

As Purdue Pharma moves through courts following their Sept. 16 bankruptcy declaration, other opioid manufacturers continue work through more than 2,500 lawsuits with various states for their role in the opioid epidemic.  Opioid distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, McKesson Corp and Cardinal Health Inc. o...

Trump under fire for sanctuary cities crackdown

Trump under fire for sanctuary cities crackdown

Abbas Dahodwala, Contributing Writer

February 23, 2020

Experts are questioning the motives and potential effects of the Trump administration's recent move to send elite tactical agents to sanctuary cities across the United States.  The tactical agents’ potential arrivals in sanctuary cities comes shortly before the 2020 census measurement. These tact...

Infections climb in South Korea as world fights coronavirus

Infections climb in South Korea as world fights coronavirus

Associated Press

February 22, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea reported an eight-fold jump in viral infections Saturday with more than 400 cases mostly linked to a church and a hospital, while the death toll in Iran climbed to six and a dozen towns in Italy effectively went into lockdowns as health officials around the world...

Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, takes national Democratic lead

Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses, takes national Democratic lead

Associated Press

February 22, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bernie Sanders scored a resounding victory in Nevada’s presidential caucuses on Saturday, cementing his status as the Democrats' national front-runner amid escalating tensions over whether he’s too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump. While Sanders scored a strong victory,...

Picketing, pigeons, politics: Scenes from the Nevada caucus

Picketing, pigeons, politics: Scenes from the Nevada caucus

Associated Press

February 22, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Candidates have hustled past tourists and slot machines to ask housekeepers and cooks for their votes in the back of flashy casinos. They've made their pitches over plates of tamales, tacos and soul food. They've walked a picket line in the street with union workers. And then, with...

Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison

Trump ally Roger Stone sentenced to over 3 years in prison

Associated Press

February 20, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Donald Trump, was sentenced to more than three years in prison Thursday for obstructing a congressional investigation in a case that has sparked fears about presidential interference in the justice system. Soon after Judge Amy Berman...

Illinois restricts how students are secluded and restrained

Illinois restricts how students are secluded and restrained

Associated Press

February 20, 2020

The Illinois State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt permanent rules that ban the use of locked seclusion rooms and prohibit schools from using prone restraint, a move that restricts the state’s rules more than ever. The new rules approved on Tuesday specify instances in which seclusion...

Takeaways from the Democratic debate in Las Vegas

Takeaways from the Democratic debate in Las Vegas

Associated Press

February 20, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Six Democratic presidential hopefuls met on the debate stage in Las Vegas, but it was the newcomer, former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who received the most attention, and none of it positive. Here are some key takeaways from the debate. THE $60 BILLION PUNCHING BAG Bloomberg...

Stop and frisk gets renewed attention in Bloomberg candidacy

Stop and frisk gets renewed attention in Bloomberg candidacy

Associated Press

February 17, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — David Ourlicht was a college student, walking down a street near campus, when he became one of millions of New Yorkers swept up in the era of stop and frisk. A police officer accosted Ourlicht, deeming suspicious a bulge in his jacket. Police patted him down, told him to stand against...

Trump ignores Barr’s request to stop tweeting about DOJ

Trump ignores Barr’s request to stop tweeting about DOJ

Associated Press

February 16, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday ignored his attorney general’s public request to stop tweeting about the Justice Department, saying he had the legal right to ask the agency to intervene in a criminal case, but he’s so far “chosen not to.” Trump’s Friday morning tweet came just ...

Antarctica experiences record high temperatures

Antarctica experiences record high temperatures

Abbas Dahodwala, Contributing Writer

February 16, 2020

The phenomenon of global warming was brought to the forefront again on Feb. 6 in Antarctica as a record high 65 degree temperature was recorded, according to The New York Times. This occurrence is another point in a troubling trend of rising temperatures, with 2019 being the second highest on record.  Mark Potosn...

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