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Wuhan coronavirus death toll rises to 17 with 547 infected says China, sparking fears of wider spread

The death toll from the Wuhan coronavirus has risen to 17, as dozens more cases were reported across China and as far afield as the western United States sparking fears of a possible pandemic. Top officials at the World Health Organization will convene for an emergency meeting in Geneva Wednesday, to decide whether the quickly developing outbreak constitutes a “public health emergency of international concern,” and what recommendations should be made regarding it, including potential cross-border screening, greater surveillance and rolling out treatment programs. Chinese health authorities said Wednesday that at least 547 cases had been confirmed in the mainland, with eight new deaths linked to the virus in Hubei, the central Chinese province of which Wuhan is the capital. Cases were also confirmed in the Chinese territory of Macao and the self-governing island of Taiwan. Beyond China, officials in Washington state confirmed the first case on US soil Tuesday. Cases have also been reported in South Korea, Thailand and Japan, and suspected cases detected in Australia. Worldwide a total of 555 cases have been confirmed since the outbreak was detected in mid-December. China on Tuesday announced it was adopting Class A prevention and control measures,…

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani drop ‘Nobody But You’ music video

It feels like Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani just gave us a glimpse into their home life. “The Voice” coaches and real-life couple have dropped the music video for their duet “Nobody But You.” The song is on Shelton’s latest album, “Fully Loaded: God’s Country,” which was released in December. The music video shows the pair enjoying coupledom, from eating french fries at a diner to hanging out with the other woman in Shelton’s life — his dog Betty. There is even what looks like private home videos of the pair. “Directed by Sophie Muller, the award-winning talent behind Shelton’s “God’s Country” video, “Nobody But You” shows the couple from two different worlds coming together to create one blended and loving life,” a statement on Shelton’s official site reads. The video was filmed in Oklahoma and Los Angeles, two of the places the couple reside. The statement quotes Rolling Stone’s description of the video as “[mirroring] the song’s message of devotion and wanting to share every moment with the person they love.” Shelton, 43 and Stefani, 50, confirmed their relationship in 2015. Both had teased the video’s…

Antonio Brown and his trainer have been accused of battering someone at his home, police say

Police say they’re investigating someone’s complaint that former NFL star Antonio Brown and his trainer “battered” him at Brown’s South Florida home on Tuesday — a complaint that has led to the trainer’s arrest. No charges were immediately filed against Brown, who police say they’ve unsuccessfully tried to contact. Police have not identified the alleged victim or described the relationship between the three people. The investigation started with a 911 call that someone made about a disturbance at Brown’s home Tuesday afternoon in the Florida city of Hollywood, about a 25-mile drive north of downtown Miami. An alleged victim told responding officers that Brown and Brown’s trainer, Glen Holt, assaulted him, police said. Police believe Brown was at the home when the assault is alleged to have happened, but officers haven’t been able to contact the former star wide receiver. “Officers attempted to made contact with Mr. Brown, but were unsuccessful,” Hollywood police said in a news release. Holt, 35, of Miami Lakes, was arrested on a felony charge of burglary with battery, police Officer Christian Lata told reporters Tuesday evening. Asked whether Brown was…

George Conway calls for more thorough investigation in impeachment trial

Conservative attorney George Conway called Wednesday for a more thorough investigation in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, telling CNN, “this is a trial where they should want to hear the evidence.” Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Conway argued that if “everyone’s so sure that the evidence will exonerate” Trump, then the Republican-led Senate should hear from witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Republicans have so far resisted such efforts, including the subpoenaing of documents, to which Conway said, “There’s no justification not to.” Senators are obligated to hear all of the evidence, “not some of it or none of it,” Conway said. “And if there’s evidence that’s not in the record already, they should be going out and allowing the subpoena to be issued in the name of the chief justice of the United States for that evidence. That’s what a trial is. That’s what this is supposed to be for.” A Washington lawyer who was considered for multiple Justice Department posts early in Trump’s tenure, Conway has emerged as…

Republicans consider ‘contingencies’ if witnesses are sought in impeachment trial

The White House has been involved in discussions with GOP allies over the last several days to make sure they’re ready in the event Democrats get enough votes to allow witnesses, such as former national security adviser John Bolton, to testify in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, a senior administration official and a person familiar with the matter tell CNN. The sources say part of those discussions involve the implications, such as executive privilege concerns, if former and current White House officials such as Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney are forced to publicly testify. Testimony from those officials could add key revelations to the inquiry because of their first-hand knowledge of the administration’s dealings with Ukraine. “There are a series of contingencies. We’re prepared,” the senior administration official said. The sources would not disclose what the contingencies are. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats have pushed for the Senate to hear from four witnesses, including Bolton and Mulvaney, and to subpoena documents that the White House blocked from the House’s impeachment inquiry. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says…

Senate impeachment trial: Republicans vote to table Schumer amendment seeking documents

Senate Republicans defeated an amendment from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday to subpoena the White House for Ukraine documents on the opening day of the bitterly fought impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. The amendment was killed by Republicans on a party-line vote, 53-47. Schumer is proposing additional amendments — including to subpoena the State Department — which are also likely to be defeated by Republicans as the Senate debates a resolution to set the rules of the trial. The debate over the trial rules played out after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed the resolution detailing the procedures shortly before the trial gaveled in Tuesday amid concerns from some key Senate Republicans and an uproar from Democrats. The new resolution will give the House impeachment managers and the President’s team three days each to make their 24 hours of trial arguments, instead of two as McConnell had initially proposed. There were also changes to the section of the resolution that would not have admitted the House’s evidence without a vote — now, evidence will be admitted automatically unless there is a motion from the President’s team to throw out evidence. But…

Indio Parents Plead Not Guilty in Beating, Shaking Death of 3-Month-Old Boy

An Indio couple pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and other charges stemming from what authorities called the beating and shaking death of their 3-month-old son, Marco. Leonardo Daniel Alvarado Fernandez, 33, and Zue Urias, 26, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of murder after police responded to a report that two parents had brought their dead child into John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio with traumatic injuries. In addition to murder, Fernandez was also charged with torture, two counts of wilful cruelty to a child and assault on a child under 8 years old resulting in death. The murder charge against him includes a special circumstance allegation of inflicting torture, making him eligible for the death penalty if the district attorney opts to pursue it. Urias was charged with murder and assault on a child under 8 years old resulting in death. The murder charge against her does not include a special circumstance allegation. With the help of an interpreter, Fernandez and Urias both pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday. In a court declaration in support of increased bail, Indio police Detective Kelly…

18-year-old Apple Valley man, Barstow boy arrested after shooting death

An Apple Valley man and a 14-year-old boy from Barstow have been arrested in connection with the suspected gang-related shooting death of a San Bernardino man last year, authorities said Tuesday.Denzel Paulk, 18, and the unidentified teenager were arrested Jan. 15 after detectives identified them as responsible for the shooting, which occurred Dec. 29, 2019, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.Deputies responding to a person shot just […]

MLB stars Derek Jeter and Larry Walker elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was one of two players elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Jeter played 20 seasons for the Yankees, winning five World Series titles with the team. Jeter was one vote away from being the second player ever to get a unanimous vote. The first was his teammate Mariano Rivera last year. Jeter had a storied career with the Yankees. Drafted sixth overall in 1992, Jeter made his debut in May 1995. He was a 14-time American League All-Star and was sixth all-time with 3,645 career hits, according to Major League Baseball’s website. Jeter retired in 2014 and in 2017 became the 22nd Yankee to have his number retired, according to the MLB. Larry Walker was the other player elected to the Hall on Tuesday in his 10th and final year on the ballot. The power-hitting outfielder played 17 seasons with the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals. Walker was a five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove winner. Two controversial players on the ballot Tuesday included Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, who both faced accusations of…

Bighorn Cares Distributes Nearly $500,000 to 66 Coachella Valley Non-Profits

At a recent dinner and check presentation ceremony, BIGHORN Golf Club Charities distributed more than $486,000 to 66 deserving Coachella Valley non-profit agencies through its BIGHORN Cares grants. During the evening, BIGHORN donors were able meet representatives from the non-profit agencies. BIGHORN Cares funds specific projects by local non-profit organizations that demonstrate a real need and are making an impactful difference in the community. The types of organizations receiving grants service a broad range of people and programs and are creating brighter future for individuals, their families, and their communities. “BIGHORN Cares received more than 170 requests totaling $2.4 million for funding from local nonprofit organizations,” said Joe Kirby, BIGHORN Cares Chairman. “With so many outstanding grant requests, we selected 66 extremely deserving programs. It’s a privilege to be able to help so many non-profits and I’m proud of our residents and donors.” Since its inception in 2013, BIGHORN Cares has donated more than $2.8 million to support over 300 specific projects for local non-profits that demonstrate a need and make a real difference in the quality of life for people in the Coachella Valley. BIGHORN Cares board…

Greta Thunberg: ‘Nothing has been done’ to tackle the climate crisis

Greta Thunberg took the stage at the World Economic Forum Tuesday to admonish world leaders for doing “basically nothing” to reduce carbon emissions despite evidence of a looming climate catastrophe. Speaking just hours before President Donald Trump’s appearance at the annual gathering of the world’s political, business and financial elite, the teen activist said awareness of the climate crisis had shot up but in other respects, not much had changed. “Pretty much nothing has been done since the global emissions of CO2 has not reduced,” Thunberg said. “[I]f you see it from that aspect, what has concretely been done, if you see it from a bigger perspective, basically nothing … it will require much more than this, this is just the very beginning.” Asked what she wanted to see in the future, Thunberg said “that we start listening to the science and that we actually start treating this crisis as the crisis it is.” Thunberg said she’s spent a year trying to publicize the findings of a 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that shows countries can only release another 420 gigatons of carbon dioxide in order to…

Thousands of sailors welcomed home as carrier group arrives in San Diego

The USS Abraham Lincoln carrier group arrived in San Diego Monday, greeted by hundreds of loved ones anxious to see the sailors after 10 months at sea. The carrier group arrived at its new homeport, Naval Air Station North Island, around 10 a.m., concluding a 294-day deployment that marked the longest carrier deployment in the post-Cold War era. The group navigated over 64,000 nautical miles in its trip across the world, including the Strait of Gibraltar, the Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz and the Surigao Strait, officials said. The Lincoln’s operations supported “maritime stability and security” and provided “critical deterrence to aggression in some of the world’s most critical waterways,” the Navy said.

Kindergartener fights her second battle against cancer

A kindergartner who is going through some hard times just got the surprise she’s been waiting for. Makenna Linder is fighting cancer for the second time in less than two years. This time, her community came out to wish her well in a unique way that is perfectly her and perfectly pink. If there is one thing you learn about Makenna, it’s that in her rainbow the only color is pink! Makenna says, “The whole thing is pink! Pink, pink, pink—everything needs to be pink! Pink, pink, pink, all pink!” When asked why she simply says, “it’s light and pretty and it goes great with glitter.” Pink is a fitting choice for this vibrant 5-year-old, not just because it’s her favorite color, but because it is a bright color of encouragement that has been getting her through the dark days. Makenna says “I don’t know how to really explain it.” When asked why pink has helped her, she would rather not talk about the dark times. Makenna is five weeks into another fight with cancer, the same cancer she overcame when she was 3-years-old. This…

CDC confirms first US case of Wuhan coronavirus

The United States has its first confirmed case of a new virus that appeared in Wuhan, China, last month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday. The virus has already sickened hundreds and killed six people in Asia. The male patient is in isolation at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Washington. He is a resident of Snohomish County in Washington. The man traveled from Wuhan to Washington, but said he did not attend the animal markets where many of the patients were infected. Officials are compiling a list of people the patient may have had contact with since his return to the United States. The Wuhan virus can spread person to person, but not nearly as easily as viruses such as measles or influenza. The CDC is not identifying the patient. The CDC also announced on Tuesday that it will start screening passengers flying directly or indirectly from Wuhan to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. On January 17, the CDC began screening passengers arriving from Wuhan to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, followed by…

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