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NASA space telescope spots a double star system with an alter ego

Yahoo News - 7 hours 15 min ago

NASA space telescope spots a double star system with an alter egoIt's like a cosmic story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


Bloomberg pays $2,500 a month to grassroots campaigners

Yahoo News - 7 hours 41 min ago

Bloomberg pays $2,500 a month to grassroots campaignersDemocratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg's efforts to take social media by storm by paying people to post about him may not be working out, according to the L.A. Times.


‘I have never seen him eat a vegetable’: With steak off the menu, officials scramble to feed fussy eater Trump in India

Yahoo News - 7 hours 43 min ago

 With steak off the menu, officials scramble to feed fussy eater Trump in IndiaDonald Trump has embarked on his first presidential visit to India, the world’s largest democracy – and home to the world’s largest population of vegetarians. Since Mr Trump is a noted beef-eater, in particular a lover of steak and burgers, gastronomically speaking, the visit will prove one of his most challenging.It’s not all bad news for Mr Trump. India’s reputation for overwhelming vegetarianism is overstated, and it’s thought that more families eat beef at home than generally admit it.


WHO warns coronavirus may be 'around for months'

Yahoo News - 7 hours 47 min ago

WHO warns coronavirus may be 'around for months'The World Health Organization warned Monday that the new coronavirus might be around for months but said the measures China implemented have prevented the infections of hundreds of thousands of people. Bruce Aylward, leader of a joint WHO-China mission of experts, said the world can learn from the nation's approach to restraining the virus. "We have outbreaks in multiple countries right now, increasing at exponential growth rates," he said.


The Dow is on pace for its biggest 1-day drop in 3 years

Yahoo News - 7 hours 51 min ago

The Dow is on pace for its biggest 1-day drop in 3 yearsCoronavirus fears have led to a stock plunge.The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded 979 points, or 3.4 percent, lower at Monday's opening, putting it on pace for its biggest one-day point drop in three years, per CNBC. The record currently belongs to a 1,175-point decline in February 2018. At the moment, the drop is the third-highest in that timeframe, and the Dow has erased its gains for the year, per Bloomberg.> S&P 500 registers its biggest drop since August, Dow Jones erased its gains for the year. BQMarketNow> > Read more: https://t.co/VSYdnuxalD pic.twitter.com/7B4Ysxdp6S> > -- BloombergQuint (@BloombergQuint) February 24, 2020The other major indexes, the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite, fell 3.2 percent and 4 percent, respectively, and several major industries, especially those that rely heavily on Chinese consumers, have also taken hits as a result of the virus' global spread, which now has countries like Italy, Iran, and South Korea undertaking significant measures to contain it. > More stats on the coronavirus's impact on global business:> > -$29 billion loss in airline revenue > -China auto sales down 92% > -387 Procter & Gamble suppliers in China interrupted > -Adidas sales in China down 85%https://t.co/P86EPreRrg> > -- Jeff Giesea (@jeffgiesea) February 22, 2020More stories from theweek.com The real third way in 2020 Democratic rivals try to dent Sanders' frontrunner status Trump's host on his India visit is a fervent vegetarian. The White House is apparently nervous about the menus.


Thailand prepares tough measures to control spread of virus

Yahoo News - 8 hours 1 min ago

Thailand prepares tough measures to control spread of virusThai authorities say they are taking steps to wield emergency legal powers to control the spread of the new virus and limit its economic and social impact. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said Monday the National Committee on Communicable Disease has endorsed adding COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, to a list of 13 other dangerous communicable diseases. In emergencies, it would authorize governors, with consent from the committee, to temporarily shut down markets, entertainment facilities, business places, factories, community areas and educational institutions and order a halt to activities judged dangerous.


The flu shot is 46% effective for this year's 2020 flu season

Yahoo News - 8 hours 9 min ago

The flu shot is 46% effective for this year's 2020 flu seasonThe flu vaccine is usually 40% to 60% effective. This year it's 46% effective, according to the CDC. It's your best defense against the flu.


Elizabeth Warren's stellar debate in Las Vegas came too late to give her a big win in the Nevada caucuses

Yahoo News - 8 hours 14 min ago

Elizabeth Warren's stellar debate in Las Vegas came too late to give her a big win in the Nevada caucusesWarren came in fourth place in Nevada, but her campaign argues that gains from her pivotal debate might still materialize.


Tom Steyer has paid more than $40,000 to rent a property owned by Jim Clyburn's daughter

Yahoo News - 8 hours 19 min ago

Tom Steyer has paid more than $40,000 to rent a property owned by Jim Clyburn's daughterBillionaire Tom Steyer is facing some criticism over his spending in South Carolina, a state where his Democratic presidential campaign is making some legitimate headway.Some people have even accused him of trying to buy votes from the state's African-American voters, which Steyer and many others have adamantly denied, The New York Times reports. One thing that's been particularly scrutinized is the Steyer campaign's rental agreement with a company owned by Jennifer Clyburn Reed, the daughter of Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the highest-ranking African American in Congress whose endorsement is considered key in South Carolina. Since October, the Steyer campaign has paid more than $40,000 to the company to rent one of its properties as its state headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina. A California-based bank founded by Steyer, meanwhile, has loaned $1 million to a Columbia-based bank that has one of Clyburn's sons-in-laws on its board.The campaign has brushed off the accusations of trying to procure political favor from the Clyburn family, arguing Steyer is simply committed to hiring local organizers and investing in local businesses to get his grassroots operations running. "The question isn't why Tom is doing this," Steyer spokesman Benjamin Gerdes said in a statement. "The real question is why isn't every other candidate doing it?"The politically-active Reed called the accusations of vote-buying "disturbing" and seemed a bit annoyed that people think she merely serves as a surrogate for her father. "I'm an adult," she told the Times. "There is no connection. My father has his business and I have mine. We do not vote the same way."Besides, it's probably all a moot point — both Reed and Clyburn seem likely to back former Vice President Joe Biden. Read more at The New York Times.More stories from theweek.com The real third way in 2020 Democratic rivals try to dent Sanders' frontrunner status Trump's host on his India visit is a fervent vegetarian. The White House is apparently nervous about the menus.


Senate FISA Abuse Investigation to Focus on Mystery Source Who Contradicted Steele Dossier

Yahoo News - 9 hours 4 min ago

Senate FISA Abuse Investigation to Focus on Mystery Source Who Contradicted Steele DossierSenator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) on Sunday told Fox News the Senate's investigation into FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will focus on interviews the agency conducted with a Russian source who contradicted much of the information in the Steele dossier."The first thing I want to do is call the people who heard from Russian sub-source that this dossier is a bunch of bar talk and hearsay," Graham said on Fox's Sunday Morning Futures. "I want to find out when did [former FBI director James] Comey and [former FBI deputy director Andrew] McCabe understand it was not reliable and start from there."The source, known in the Justice Department Inspector General's report as "Primary Sub-Source," was former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele's only direct contact in Russia for the allegations contained in the dossier. However, the IG report states that the primary sub-source told the FBI and Justice Department that Steele's allegations were false or misleading, including the assertion of Page's involvement in what the dossier terms a "well-developed conspiracy of cooperation" between the Trump campaign and Russian government."The Primary Sub-source made statements during his/her January 2017 FBI interview that were inconsistent with multiple sections of the Steele reports, including some that were relied upon in the FISA applications," the IG report states.Following the publication of the IG report, prominent Republicans called for an overhaul of the FISA system to prevent future abuses. On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported the Trump administration is considering doing just that before FISA legislation is set to expire in March.


Coronavirus updates: 5 dead and 200 infected in Italy as Europe braces for COVID-19

Yahoo News - 9 hours 37 min ago

 5 dead and 200 infected in Italy as Europe braces for COVID-19As new hotspots arise in South Korea, Italy and Iran, here is the latest for Monday, Feb. 24.


It looks like people with no real interest in Bloomberg are signing up to be grassroots campaigners because he pays $2,500 a month

Yahoo News - 10 hours 21 min ago

It looks like people with no real interest in Bloomberg are signing up to be grassroots campaigners because he pays $2,500 a monthMike Bloomberg's social media army, who can command payments of $2,500 a month, have variable levels of commitment.


Palestinians fire rockets at Israel; Netanyahu threatens war

Yahoo News - 10 hours 57 min ago

Palestinians fire rockets at Israel; Netanyahu threatens warGaza militants resumed their intense bombardment of southern Israel on Monday, with some rockets slipping through Israel's Iron Dome defense system and one landing in the yard of a kindergarten. There was no word of casualties, but the second day of violence threatened to unleash a new round of hostilities just a week before Israel heads to elections. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Gaza's Hamas rulers with a “war” if the new round of rocket fire continued, ramping up his rhetoric amid the final stretch of his campaign.


Climate change could be a 'catastrophic' national security threat, report warns

Yahoo News - 11 hours 7 min ago

Climate change could be a 'catastrophic' national security threat, report warns"Even at scenarios of low warming, each region of the world will face severe risks to national and global security in the next three decades."


Coronavirus Cases Outside China Are Accelerating Rapidly. Here’s What to Know

Yahoo News - 11 hours 18 min ago

Coronavirus Cases Outside China Are Accelerating Rapidly. Here’s What to KnowCountries including South Korea, Italy and Iran are seeing a significant uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases


Islamic Jihad launches new round of rockets towards Israel

Yahoo News - 11 hours 33 min ago

Islamic Jihad launches new round of rockets towards IsraelIslamic Jihad fired a further volley of rockets and mortars from Gaza towards Israel Monday, following a flare-up between the group and the Jewish state that triggered school, road and train closures in southern Israel. Israel's army said in a statement that 20 "projectiles" had been fired from the Palestinian enclave on Monday, 18 of them intercepted by its air defence systems. On Sunday, in response to Israel's killing of a militant along the border, Islamic Jihad launched more than 20 rockets from Gaza into Israel.


US accuses Russia of spreading conspiracies about the Wuhan coronavirus, including that it's a CIA biological weapon

Yahoo News - 11 hours 35 min ago

US accuses Russia of spreading conspiracies about the Wuhan coronavirus, including that it's a CIA biological weaponRussia has been spreading coronavirus conspiracies, US officials say.


China said it would relax its lockdown of Wuhan's 11 million residents, only to immediately reintroduce it

Yahoo News - 11 hours 43 min ago

China said it would relax its lockdown of Wuhan's 11 million residents, only to immediately reintroduce itWuhan announced that some people could leave the locked-down city, only to reverse the announcement hours later as the coronavirus spreads.


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