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BEIJING - China will start nationwide screening to tackle the growing outbreak of a new respiratory virus, with hundreds of millions set to travel during the looming Lunar New Year holiday. Officials are stepping up the monitoring of transportation links in China as the death toll increased to nine from six previously, the National Health Commission said in a briefing in Beijing Wednesday. ...

Grand Ledge (Mich.) police and state authorities searched the Grand Ledge home of a former USA Gymnastics coach as well as the club he ran where victims of convicted serial rapist Larry Nassar trained, officials said. "As part of its investigation into gymnastics coach John Geddert, Attorney General Dana Nessel's prosecution team has - with the help of the Michigan State Police and the Grand ...

DALLAS - The family of a man killed in August in a luggage cart accident at Charlotte International Airport is suing American Airlines and taking aim at the industry after a string of tarmac deaths over the last decade. The Corpus Christi law firm of Hillard Martinez Gonzales LLP filed the suit after Kendrick Hudson died on Aug. 2 when he swerved to avoid a piece of luggage on the tarmac and ...

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Boeing said Tuesday it now projects the 737 Max won't get Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) clearance to fly until mid-year, about three months further out than previously expected. "We are currently estimating that the ungrounding of the 737 Max will begin during mid-2020," Boeing said in a statement, after it informed the FAA and airlines Tuesday morning. "We acknowledge and regret the ...

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SAN DIEGO - The reputed architect of some of the Sinaloa drug cartel's most elaborate tunnel systems has been quietly extradited to San Diego, eight years after his arrest in Mexico. Jose Sanchez Villalobos, 58, is alleged to have been the highest-ranking cartel member tasked with building cross-border tunnels and using them to smuggle large amounts of marijuana into the United States when he ...

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Laura Loomer has been banned from Facebook, Twitter and Uber for violating hate-speech policies, but she found a platform to express her views in the Florida Capitol on Tuesday. The far-right provocateur and South Florida congressional candidate spoke at a news conference organized by Florida GOP chairman and state Sen. Joe Gruters, telling reporters that she thinks hate ...

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Former Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks is staying in the SEC for his final season of college football. Franks posted a photo of himself on his Instagram account wearing an Arkansas jersey, accompanied by the words, "New Beginnings." Franks' mother, Ginger, tweeted: "Arkansas here we come!! Proud of you Feleipe!!" Franks decided following the 2019 regular season to ...

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BEIJING - The U.S. and China haven't set a timetable for the next phase of their trade negotiations, according to an official directly involved in the talks. The focus for now is on implementing the phase one deal, Ning Jizhe said Tuesday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Ning is the deputy head of China's top economic planner, the National Development and Reform ...

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It took the Federal Bureau of Investigation about two months to unlock the Apple iPhone 11 that was seized from Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani. The Justice Department on Tuesday rebuffed allegations by a lawyer for Parnas that the government had delayed turning over the information extracted from his phone to "frustrate" his ability to comply with requests for the data ...

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two years after the U.S. Supreme Court removed legal barriers to sports betting, California voters could be asked in November to join 14 other states in allowing legal wagers on athletic contests, creating a lucrative industry worth billions of dollars and intense competition among rival gambling interests in the state. On Tuesday, a coalition of 18 Native American tribes ...

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LOS ANGELES - The theft of the 2017 World Series championship continues. A week after the revelation of their sign-stealing scandal, the pathetic Houston Astros are still cheating the Los Angeles Dodgers. They're cheating them out of any show of remorse. They're cheating them out of any words of regret. They're cheating them out of any transparency that could lead to any sort of closure. The ...

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LOS ANGELES - Readers of classic literature know Montfermeil as the Parisian suburb that partly inspired Victor Hugo's 1862 novel "Les Miserables." To French filmmaker Ladj Ly, it's the neighborhood he grew up in and still proudly calls home - a banlieue where vibrant communities of largely immigrant and poor residents of color persist in an acutely modern state of despair. "It was more than ...

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PALM BEACH, Fla. - Local governments and police have spent $13.7 million to protect the president during the 27 visits he and his family made to Mar-a-Lago between his election in November 2016 and Easter of last year. U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, a Democrat, said Tuesday that federal officials have reimbursed the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, West Palm Beach Police Department, and Town of ...

PETA Asia's emergency line has been ringing nonstop. After the Taal volcano in the Philippines spewed hundreds of tons of suffocating ash and sent lava streaming down its sides, PETA Asia was the first charity on the scene, and staffers are working to help as many animals as possible in the evacuation zone, providing food, water and veterinary care to dogs and cats who've been abandoned or ...

LOS ANGELES - Last spring, an NCAA working group gathered at a Dallas-area hotel to discuss a strategic vision for the billion-dollar organization. Each attendee received a 44-page report marked "Privileged and Confidential - Not for Distribution" filled with anonymous feedback from top college athletics officials. The document, obtained by the Los Angeles Times through a public records ...

Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry is not expected to undergo offseason hip surgery, a league source told the Beacon Journal on Tuesday morning. A sign Landry would avoid the surgery emerged when he agreed to participate in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on Wednesday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The skills competition will air at 9 p.m. Thursday on ESPN. Landry will ...

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Making a guest appearance on the "Zach Gelb Show" on CBS Sports Radio this past week, former Jaguars top football executive Tom Coughlin said he's not considering retirement from the NFL. "I love the game, l love the people involved in the game," Coughlin said on the radio show. "To continue to be involved in some capacity would be a very good thing for me. I need to be active. I want to be ...

ATLANTA - The Braves have their clean-up hitter. Marcell Ozuna, who tormented the Braves in the National League Division Series with St. Louis, signed a one-year, $18 million deal, the team announced Tuesday night. He fills the need for a power hitter in the middle of the lineup. The signing came one week after Josh Donaldson signed a four-year deal with Minnesota. His departure left an ...

CHICAGO - Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product. All that was expected, based on what's happened as other states legalized cannabis. But there's also been a less-anticipated result: More people want medical marijuana cards. More than 2,570 people ...

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BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombians on Tuesday demonstrated against economic reforms and the killing of civil society leaders, with police using tear gas and stun grenades against stone-throwing protesters as some of the rallies turned violent. They were the first larger protests to take place since nationwide marches late last year. Students, teachers, workers, trade unionists and indigenous people ...

'Pillowcase Rapist' suspect tells judge: 'I'm not guilty' FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A 60-year-old sex offender who is suspected of terrorizing South Florida women decades ago as the "Pillowcase Rapist" was led into a courtroom Tuesday, where he blurted out, "I'm not guilty." Robert Eugene Koehler is being held without bond in a Brevard County Jail until he is transferred to Miami. Authorities ...

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PHILADELPHIA - Curt Schilling will have to keep waiting. Schilling fell tantalizingly short of election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his eighth - and third-to-last - year on the ballot. The former Phillies ace and three-time World Series champion with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox received 70% of the vote (75% is required) by the Baseball Writers' Association of ...

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In sports media, you're not supposed to openly pull or root for a winner. But in a newsroom setting, away from the sports department? Who are we fooling here? Game on, people. When it comes to this Super Bowl in Miami, two McClatchy newsrooms will be glued to the action amid editing copy, laying out sections and uploading stories and photos. The editors of The Sacramento Bee and The Kansas ...

NEW YORK - Another year of Baseball Hall of Fame announcements ends without two of the game's biggest stars of their era, as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens each missed out on the honor once again on Tuesday night. Over the past six Hall of Fame elections, Bonds and Clemens have made incremental gains with the voting body of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. But will they eventually ...

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An Iranian lawmaker announced a $3 million bounty for the assassination of President Donald Trump during a parliamentary meeting Tuesday, according to The Guardian. "On behalf of the people of Kerman province, we will pay a $3 million reward in cash to whoever kills Trump," politician Ahmad Hamzeh told Iran's Islamic Consultative Assembly. The British newspaper cited Tehran's ISNA news bureau ...

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BEIRUT - Lebanon unveiled a new Cabinet lineup Tuesday, about three months after mass protests against entrenched corruption brought down the government and shook the economy. The incoming team of 20, led by former education minister Hassan Diab, will have to act fast to address the country's worst financial and economic crisis in decades. Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets ...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday appointed Ryan Petty, father of one of the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, to a seat on Florida's State Board of Education. Petty has become a prominent school safety advocate in the 23 months since his daughter, Alaina, was killed in the Feb. 14, 2018, massacre at the high school in Parkland. He is a ...

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The north has blizzards, the Midwest has tornadoes. And South Florida has the danger of being hit on the head by a frozen iguana. The National Weather Service tweeted a warning Tuesday that unusually cold weather could cause green iguanas to drop to the ground all over South Florida's neighborhoods. Temperatures falling into the 40s along the coast and the 30s inland ...

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On January 17, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear three new cases during its October 2019-2020 term: Ford Motor Company v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court (consolidated with Ford Motor Company v. Bandemer), Chiafalo v. Washington (consolidated with Colorado Department of State v. Baca), and Little Sisters of the Poor Saints Peter and Paul Home v. Pennsylvania (consolidated with Trump v. Pennsylvania).

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LOS ANGELES - Apple Inc. is discussing making original podcasts related to programs on its Apple TV+ video streaming service, another sign of the technology giant's growing ambitions in entertainment, according to people familiar with the plans. Apple sent out a request for pitches last summer, asking podcast producers to pitch ideas for audio programs with some connection to its shows, one of ...