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China extends Lunar New Year holiday as new virus toll rises

BEIJING (AP) - China extended its Lunar New Year holiday three more days to discourage people from traveling as it tries to contain the spread of a viral illness that has caused 80 deaths, the government said Monday. There were 2,744 confirmed cases by midnig
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China extends Lunar New Year holiday as new virus toll rises

BEIJING (AP) - China extended its Lunar New Year holiday three more days to discourage people from traveling as it tries to contain the spread of a viral illness that has caused 80 deaths, the government said Monday. There were 2,744 confirmed cases by midnight Sunday, the National Health Commission ...

Kobe Bryant, Daughter Die in Helicopter Crash in California

NBA legend Koby Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26. (Photo Credit: Harry How / Getty Images) NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif
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Kobe Bryant, Daughter Die in Helicopter Crash in California

NBA legend Koby Bryant died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, Jan. 26. (Photo Credit: Harry How / Getty Images) NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Sunday, according to multiple media reports. Bryant and his daughter were en route to a […] The post Kobe Bryant, Daughter Die in Helicopter Crash in California appeared first on Geek.com.

UK introduces new fast-track visa to attract scientists

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world’s best scientists to the U.K. in hopes of creating a global science “superpower.” Johnson paired the announcement of the Global Talent rout
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UK introduces new fast-track visa to attract scientists

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson introduced a new fast-track visa to attract more of the world’s best scientists to the U.K. in hopes of creating a global science “superpower.” Johnson paired the announcement of the Global Talent route program with a pledge of 300 million pounds ($392 ...

Kobe Bryant remembered as AFC beats NFC again in Pro Bowl

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Pro Bowl turned into a Kobe Bryant tribute. Green Bay’s Za’Darius Smith, Tampa Bay’s Shaq Barrett and Detroit’s Darius Slay got together following a second-quarter sack and faked fadeaway jumpers in an homage to Bryant. Smith
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Kobe Bryant remembered as AFC beats NFC again in Pro Bowl

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Pro Bowl turned into a Kobe Bryant tribute. Green Bay’s Za’Darius Smith, Tampa Bay’s Shaq Barrett and Detroit’s Darius Slay got together following a second-quarter sack and faked fadeaway jumpers in an homage to Bryant. Smith and several NFC teammates did it again following a ...

A Floating Hotel with Aurora Views Just Opened on a Frozen River in Sweden

After 16 months of construction, a spa hotel built on the Lule River in the northern province of Lapland Sweden is now open to travelers. Called Arctic Bath, the 12-room hotel features six elevated land cabins and six cabins that float when the river thaws. I
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A Floating Hotel with Aurora Views Just Opened on a Frozen River in Sweden

After 16 months of construction, a spa hotel built on the Lule River in the northern province of Lapland Sweden is now open to travelers. Called Arctic Bath, the 12-room hotel features six elevated land cabins and six cabins that float when the river thaws. In the center is a circular structure with saunas, hot baths around the perimeter, and a large ice bath at its core. For the buoyant rooms and main structure, architects Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi took design inspiration from timber floating methods used by loggers to transport felled trees downriver. More

Three years later, Trump travel ban heads back to court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries in 2018, the ruling appeared to shut down legal challenges that claimed the policy was rooted in anti-Muslim bias. B
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Three years later, Trump travel ban heads back to court

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - After the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries in 2018, the ruling appeared to shut down legal challenges that claimed the policy was rooted in anti-Muslim bias. But a federal appeals court in Richmond is set to ...

It Should Have Been Nominated!: ‘The Breakfast Club’

'The Breakfast Club' (Photo Credit: Universal Pictures) It’s hard to quantify what makes for a great screenplay. Oftentimes a script being credited as good by a viewer or critic tends to reduce to good dialogue, which is certainly vital, but [&
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It Should Have Been Nominated!: ‘The Breakfast Club’

'The Breakfast Club' (Photo Credit: Universal Pictures) It’s hard to quantify what makes for a great screenplay. Oftentimes a script being credited as good by a viewer or critic tends to reduce to good dialogue, which is certainly vital, but […] The post It Should Have Been Nominated!: ‘The Breakfast Club’ appeared first on Geek.com.

Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands can return home

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home. A popular tour
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Philippine volcano alert lowered, thousands can return home

MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home. A popular tourist destination just south of Manila because ...

Virus death toll in China rises as Xi calls situation grave

BEIJING (AP) - The new virus accelerated its spread in China with 56 deaths so far in what the country's leader called a grave situation, and the government stepped up efforts to restrict travel and public gatherings while rushing medical staff and supplies t
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Virus death toll in China rises as Xi calls situation grave

BEIJING (AP) - The new virus accelerated its spread in China with 56 deaths so far in what the country's leader called a grave situation, and the government stepped up efforts to restrict travel and public gatherings while rushing medical staff and supplies to the closed-off city at the center ...

Dodgers' fan group ready to vent at Astros for sign stealing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of Los Angeles Dodgers fans is making plans to vent its frustration at the Houston Astros about baseball's sign-stealing scandal. Houston and the Dodgers don't play each other during the upcoming regular season, so Pantone 294 is sn
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Dodgers' fan group ready to vent at Astros for sign stealing

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A group of Los Angeles Dodgers fans is making plans to vent its frustration at the Houston Astros about baseball's sign-stealing scandal. Houston and the Dodgers don't play each other during the upcoming regular season, so Pantone 294 is snapping up tickets to the Los Angeles ...

If the $6.5M hat isn't Lincoln's, why not ask for a refund?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - In 2007, Springfield's gleaming new shrine to Abraham Lincoln was open, but it lacked touchstone pieces to show off, so organizers paid $6.5 million for the most symbolic Lincoln artifact available: one of the 16th president's stovepi
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If the $6.5M hat isn't Lincoln's, why not ask for a refund?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - In 2007, Springfield's gleaming new shrine to Abraham Lincoln was open, but it lacked touchstone pieces to show off, so organizers paid $6.5 million for the most symbolic Lincoln artifact available: one of the 16th president's stovepipe hats. A dozen years and as many studies ...

Davis/White, Meissner, Casey entering skating Hall of Fame

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - As they enter the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Meryl Davis and Charlie White ponder just who they are joining in receiving one of the highest honors in their sport. “One of the things that makes it so special is we are friends w
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Davis/White, Meissner, Casey entering skating Hall of Fame

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - As they enter the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Meryl Davis and Charlie White ponder just who they are joining in receiving one of the highest honors in their sport. “One of the things that makes it so special is we are friends with and ...

Nature Reclaims Abandoned Castles, Theaters, and Monasteries in Photographs by Jonk

Inspired by a wildlife documentary he saw as a child, Paris-based photographer Jonk (Jonathan Jimenez) travels the world in search of man-made structures that have been abandoned and reclaimed by nature. A jungle fills a dilapidated theater in Cuba, roots sna
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Nature Reclaims Abandoned Castles, Theaters, and Monasteries in Photographs by Jonk

Inspired by a wildlife documentary he saw as a child, Paris-based photographer Jonk (Jonathan Jimenez) travels the world in search of man-made structures that have been abandoned and reclaimed by nature. A jungle fills a dilapidated theater in Cuba, roots snake through a mansion in Taiwan, and a wild garden sprouts in a former greenhouse in Belgium. A reflection of his ecological consciousness, Jonk’s photography shows that in the power struggle between man and nature, nature always wins. More

Study: Fewer vacation rental units available on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) - A study shows the number of residential vacation rentals on Oahu has decreased by more than 13% since legislation was enforced against illegal short-term rentals, a Hawaii tourism agency said. The Hawaii Tourism Authority released the latest m
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Study: Fewer vacation rental units available on Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) - A study shows the number of residential vacation rentals on Oahu has decreased by more than 13% since legislation was enforced against illegal short-term rentals, a Hawaii tourism agency said. The Hawaii Tourism Authority released the latest monthly study this week, Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. Vacation rental units ...

Morneau elected to Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has been elected to the club's Hall of Fame. Morneau will be inducted during a ceremony at Target Field before the May 23 game against the Chicago White Sox. Morneau played 14 seasons in the major
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Morneau elected to Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Former Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has been elected to the club's Hall of Fame. Morneau will be inducted during a ceremony at Target Field before the May 23 game against the Chicago White Sox. Morneau played 14 seasons in the major leagues, including 11 with ...

Civil War-era sword finds a home in Virginia museum

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) - The sword soon to be displayed at the Spotsylvania County Museum was pulled, not out of stone like Excalibur, but from under the floorboards of a historic church at Spotsylvania Courthouse. And, after spending parts of three centurie
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Civil War-era sword finds a home in Virginia museum

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) - The sword soon to be displayed at the Spotsylvania County Museum was pulled, not out of stone like Excalibur, but from under the floorboards of a historic church at Spotsylvania Courthouse. And, after spending parts of three centuries in some unusual places, the U.S. Cavalry saber ...

Between Reality and Surreality

Tate Modern’s retrospective on the much-overlooked surrealist pioneer Dora Maar shines a light on a radical and experimental vision that stretched across different genres and mediums.
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Between Reality and Surreality

Tate Modern’s retrospective on the much-overlooked surrealist pioneer Dora Maar shines a light on a radical and experimental vision that stretched across different genres and mediums.

Bill would allow lawmakers to hide behind tinted windows

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island lawmaker proposed letting legislators and other officials tint their windshields to shield them from unhappy constituents. Rep. Anastasia Williams, a Providence Democrat, introduced a bill Thursday that would carve out a
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Bill would allow lawmakers to hide behind tinted windows

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island lawmaker proposed letting legislators and other officials tint their windshields to shield them from unhappy constituents. Rep. Anastasia Williams, a Providence Democrat, introduced a bill Thursday that would carve out an exception for the state's lawmakers and officials to travel around behind tinted ...

Baker says remaining in Shoals was a good decision

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Gary Baker said he's still trying to process the fact that he will be inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, alongside people like Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, Rick Hall and others. After all, he wasn't born in Alabama, but the m
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Baker says remaining in Shoals was a good decision

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - Gary Baker said he's still trying to process the fact that he will be inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, alongside people like Nat King Cole, Hank Williams, Rick Hall and others. After all, he wasn't born in Alabama, but the majority of his ...

Outbreak casts pall over China new year as deaths surpass 40

BEIJING (AP) - China's most festive holiday began in the shadow of a worrying new virus Saturday as the death toll surpassed 40, an unprecedented lockdown kept 36 million people from traveling and authorities canceled a host of Lunar New Year events. The Nat
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Outbreak casts pall over China new year as deaths surpass 40

BEIJING (AP) - China's most festive holiday began in the shadow of a worrying new virus Saturday as the death toll surpassed 40, an unprecedented lockdown kept 36 million people from traveling and authorities canceled a host of Lunar New Year events. The National Health Commission reported a jump ...

Navajo lawmakers opt for smaller buffer around national park

Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, as New Mexico’s congressional delegation, environmentalists and o
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Navajo lawmakers opt for smaller buffer around national park

Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, as New Mexico’s congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage ...

For businesses, virus in China fans fear and uncertainty

China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon to know how disruptive the crisis will prove. But it’s already having
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For businesses, virus in China fans fear and uncertainty

China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon to know how disruptive the crisis will prove. But it’s already having an impact. McDonald’s has shuttered restaurants ...

First Alaska retail pot shops get OK to allow on-site use

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The first marijuana shops in Alaska where customers can partake on-site have gotten approval, putting them on the leading edge nationally. Visions for the spaces range from a living room feel to a brewery-style tasting room with a TV to
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First Alaska retail pot shops get OK to allow on-site use

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The first marijuana shops in Alaska where customers can partake on-site have gotten approval, putting them on the leading edge nationally. Visions for the spaces range from a living room feel to a brewery-style tasting room with a TV to watch football games. Zoning and ventilation ...

NASA’s Kepler Spots Vampire Star System in Super-Outburst Mode

This newly-discovered dwarf nova system has a white dwarf star stripping material from a brown dwarf «friend.» (Photo Credit: NASA and L. Hustak [STScI]) NASA’s Kepler spacecraft recently spotted a vampire star system in space a
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NASA’s Kepler Spots Vampire Star System in Super-Outburst Mode

This newly-discovered dwarf nova system has a white dwarf star stripping material from a brown dwarf «friend.» (Photo Credit: NASA and L. Hustak [STScI]) NASA’s Kepler spacecraft recently spotted a vampire star system in space and it’s an unusual super-outburst. Designed to find exoplanets, Kepler sometimes spots other objects that brighten or dim, including the one above. […] The post NASA’s Kepler Spots Vampire Star System in Super-Outburst Mode appeared first on Geek.com.

Lawsuit planned to stop Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to file a lawsuit to stop a proposed underground natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming the groups say will harm protected grizzly bears and other wildlife. The Alliance for the Wi
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Lawsuit planned to stop Idaho-Wyoming natural gas pipeline

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to file a lawsuit to stop a proposed underground natural gas pipeline from Idaho to Wyoming the groups say will harm protected grizzly bears and other wildlife. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection ...

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