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FL Condo Complex Votes Against “Trump Plaza” Signs

The Palm Beach Post reports: The West Palm Beach condominium complex had had the Trump Plaza signs atop the twin towers for decades. Monday’s votes are in, and the people have spoken. Residents of the overwhelmingly voted 178-20 to keep the Trump Plaza signs off the top of the twin-tower complex at 525 and 529 S. Flagler Drive in West …

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WH Invites Venezuelan Opposition Leader To SOTU

Bloomberg News reports: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido plans to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday as a guest of the White House, according to three people familiar with the matter. Guaido’s attendance provides a high-profile platform for the Venezuelan National Assembly leader as he seeks to revive support for his bid to oust President …

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Lesotho’s First Lady Charged In Killing Of PM’s Ex-Wife

Agence France-Presse reports: Lesotho police on Tuesday charged first lady Maesaiah Thabane with murder for her alleged links to the brutal 2017 killing of the prime minister’s previous wife. Maesaiah Thabane, 42, will spend the night in custody after she came out of hiding and turned herself in to the police earlier on Tuesday. “She has been charged with murder …

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Vatican Sends 600,000+ Face Masks To China

The Catholic News Service reports: In an email to Catholic News Service Feb. 3, the Vatican press office confirmed a report that appeared in the Chinese newspaper The Global Times, which said that since Jan. 27, the Vatican has sent 600,000-700,000 protective masks to China. “The masks are destined to the provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang and Fujian,” the press office …

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Limbaugh Reveals Advanced Lung Cancer Diagnosis

The Washington Examiner reports: Rush Limbaugh on Monday announced during his nationally-syndicated radio show that he had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The 69-year-old radio host — considered the most influential in radio among conservatives — added that he will be out for the next several days as he undergoes treatment. Limbaugh said he was experiencing shortness of breath …

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Virus Update: China Accuses US Of Spreading “Panic”

The New York Post reports: The Chinese government on Monday accused the US of spreading “panic” over the coronavirus outbreak by pulling its citizens out of the country and restricting travel instead of offering significant assistance. The US was the first country to begin evacuations, issued a travel warning against going to China, and from Sunday barred entry to foreigners …

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China Uses Drones To Scold People Without Masks

The New York Post reports: Chinese authorities are taking coronavirus surveillance to new heights — using drones to scold citizens who go outside without face masks. “Yes, auntie, this is the drone speaking to you. You shouldn’t walk about without wearing a mask,” says the caption of a video posted Friday on Twitter by the Global Times, the English-language newspaper …

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Massive Anti-MTA Protest Snarls Grand Central, Many Arrested, Turnstiles Vandalized W/Glue, Paint [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: There were multiple arrests after protesters gathered at Grand Central before taking to the streets Friday night. Police struggled to hold back the elbow-to-elbow protesters covering the main floor of Grand Central Terminal. The group started gathering just after 5 p.m., many wearing masks and carrying anti-police posters. Some tried to hang banners in the terminal, all …

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Virginia House Passes Raft Of Gun Control Measures

ABC News reports: The Virginia House of Delegates has passed a package of gun control measures they said were needed to improve public safety a week after tens of thousands of pro-gun advocates from around the country rallied at the state Capitol. The Virginia Senate passed their version of the bills last week. Those bills include limiting handgun purchases to …

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ITALY: 6000 Held On Cruise Ship Over Virus Fears

ABC News reports: About 6,000 people are being held on an Italian cruise ship after a woman on board fell ill amid fears of the deadly new coronavirus outbreak that originated in China. The Costa Smeralda Vessel is currently being held off the coast, 35 miles north of Rome. The 54-year-old woman, who reportedly came down with a fever, and …

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Google Shuts China Offices, Toyota Halts Production

The Verge reports: Google is temporarily shutting down all of its China offices due to the coronavirus outbreak, the company confirmed to The Verge on Wednesday. The shutdown includes all offices in mainland China, as well as Google’s offices in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Currently, the offices are closed for the extended Lunar New Year holiday, a measure the Chinese …

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British Airways Suspends China Flights, Others Reduce

CNN International reports: Airlines based in North America, Europe and Asia are canceling flights to China as authorities there seek to contain the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. British Airways, United Airlines, Air Asia, Cathay Pacific, Air India and Finnair have announced plans to slash the number of flights they are operating to China or stop flying to the country …

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Cotton Calls For Ban On Flights From China To US

Fox News reports: Sen. Tom Cotton called on the Trump administration Tuesday to impose a “targeted travel ban” on flights to the United States from China to stem the spread of the coronavirus. In a letter to members of Trump’s cabinet, the Arkansas Republican outlined a four-step plan to contain the disease, starting with a ban on commercial flights from …

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7.7 Mag Quake Shakes Caribbean, Tsunami Warning

The Guardian reports: A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake has struck in the sea south of Cuba, triggering a tsunami warning for Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but tsunami warnings were quickly issued. The quake also hit the Cayman Islands, leaving cracked roads and what appeared to be sewage spilling from …

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Virus Update: Hong Kong Closes Border, 4500 Cases

The BBC reports: Hong Kong has announced plans to slash cross-border travel between the city and mainland China as the new coronavirus continues to spread. More than 100 people have now died in China, with confirmed infections surging to more than 4,500. High-speed trains and ferries that cross the border will be suspended from Thursday, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam …

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Markets Dive On Virus Fears, Trump Offers US Help

Politico reports: The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened 500 points lower as news of the virus spreading to the U.S. and other countries grew and world officials scrambled to contain the outbreak, which began in Wuhan, China. The coronavirus has affected over 2,700 people. The Dow wound up closing down 456 points, or nearly 1.6 percent. An out-of-control virus — …

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State Department Elevates Travel Warning For China

Via press release from the State Department: Reconsider travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Some areas have increased risk.  A novel (new) coronavirus is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness that began in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This outbreak began in early December 2019 and continues to grow. Chinese health officials …

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Virus Update: Mongolia Closes Border, Markets Dive

The Associated Press reports: China on Monday expanded its sweeping efforts to contain a deadly virus, extending the Lunar New Year holiday to keep the public at home and avoid spreading infection as the death toll rose to 81. Mongolia closed its vast border with China, and Hong Kong and Malaysia announced they would bar entry to visitors from the …

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Michelle Obama Wins Grammy For Best Spoken Word

The Associated Press reports: Michelle Obama is a Grammy winner. The former first lady won her first Grammy Award on Sunday for best spoken word album for the audio book of her 2019 memoir “Becoming.” Obama was not on hand to accept the award handed out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during the Grammys pre-telecast ceremony. Her husband, …

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Virus Update: Chinese Cases Up 50%, Third US Case

The Washington Post reports: China’s national health commission said early Sunday that the number of confirmed infections had soared 50 percent over the prior 24 hours to 1,975 people across 30 provinces. Fifty-six deaths have been reported, including in major metropolitan areas such as Shanghai. Several doctors in Beijing, the capital, also reported being infected. The United States, meanwhile, announced …

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