January 24, 2020

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  • Quick Contagion

    China Closes More Cities as Virus Keeps Killing

    At least nine other cities in China’s 58.5-million-strong Hubei province now face travel restrictions as the death toll in the central region’s coronavirus outbreak reached 26 Friday. Temples have been closed ahead of weeklong Lunar New Year celebrations, which begin today, when hundreds of millions typically travel for one of the year’s biggest holidays. Wuhan,

  • Fighting Time

    Democrats Press Forward in Trump Trial

    “Right matters.” By quoting impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, Rep. Adam Schiff pressed his party’s case in the Senate yesterday, saying President Donald Trump pressured Ukraine to probe a “completely bogus” theory for his own gain. Democrats also sought to preempt White House lawyers by defending ex-Vice President Joe Biden, a central figure in a

  • Fresh Face

    Meet North Korea's New Foreign Minister

    The Hermit Kingdom has tapped a hard-line former army officer as its new top diplomat, state media reported. Experts say the fact that Ri Son Gwon has virtually no U.S. experience probably means Pyongyang is planning to take a tougher tack with Washington as denuclearization talks between the two sides remain stalled. Ri previously oversaw

  • Stiff Penalty

    Ex-Wells Fargo Boss Banned From Banking

    Former CEO John Stumpf will pay $17.5 million — and be locked out of the banking business forever — for overseeing a corporate culture that led workers to create millions of fake accounts to meet sales targets. In 2013, one employee complained that they felt less stress serving in the Gulf War than working at Wells

  • In Short

    Also Important…

    Tennis star Serena Williams was handed a stunning defeat at the Australian Open Friday by 27th-seeded Wang Qiang. Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra testified in a New York court yesterday about how disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein raped her nearly 30 years ago. And President Trump said he’ll release his Mideast peace plan ahead of Israeli

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