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Pedestrians wear protective masks as they walk through a shopping district in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
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January 16, 2020 - 8:21 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Thursday a man treated for pneumonia after returning from China has tested positive for the new coronavirus identified as a possible cause of an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The man developed a fever and cough on Jan. 3 while in Wuhan, returned to...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a question and answer session at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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January 16, 2020 - 5:33 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said Thursday that the ''one country, two systems'' framework under which the city enjoys freedoms unknown in China could continue after a 2047 deadline if loyalty to Beijing is upheld. Lam’s comments at the Legislative Council appeared to be an appeal...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2018 file photo, a banner to welcome immigrants is viewed through a fisheye lens over the main entrance to the Denver City and County Building inDenver. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has subpoenaed Denver law enforcement for information on four foreign nationals wanted for deportation and could expand the unusual practice to other cities, an escalation of the conflict between federal officials and so-called sanctuary cities. And if the city officials don't respond, ICE, the Homeland Security agency responsible for arresting and deporting people in the U.S. illegally, could take the subpoena to a federal judge who can order compliance, and find them in contempt. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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January 15, 2020 - 7:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has subpoenaed Denver law enforcement for information on four foreign nationals wanted for deportation and may consider expanding the unusual practice to other locations if necessary. It's an escalation of the conflict between federal...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Linda Evarts, an attorney for the International Refugee Assistant Project, speaks to the media outside the federal courthouse in Greenbelt, Md. A federal judge agreed Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, to block the Trump administration from enforcing an executive order allowing state and local government officials to reject refugees from resettling in their jurisdictions. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction requested by three national refugee resettlement agencies that sued to challenge the executive order. (AP Photo/Michael Kunzelman, File)
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January 15, 2020 - 7:04 pm
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday halted President Donald Trump's executive order that gave state and local officials the ability to shut the door on refugees, and ignited a fierce debate in communities about how welcoming the United States should be. U.S. District Judge Peter...
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Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, center, speaks at a rally outside the Mel Carnahan Courthouse in St. Louis on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, with several other African-American female prosecutors in support of Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner in her efforts to reform the criminal justice system and her suit against the St. Louis police union among others. Gardner has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing the city, the local police union and others of a coordinated and racist conspiracy aimed at forcing her out of office. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
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January 15, 2020 - 9:34 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One day after St. Louis’ top prosecutor filed a federal lawsuit alleging a concerted and racist conspiracy to push her out of office, other black female prosecutors from across the U.S. defended Kim Gardner, saying they’ve faced the same resistance in their own communities. Six...
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, health surveillance officer use temperature scanner to monitor passengers arriving at the Hong Kong International airport in Hong Kong. The possibility that a new virus in central China could spread between humans cannot be ruled out, though the risk of transmission at the moment appears to be low, Chinese officials said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
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January 15, 2020 - 5:55 am
BEIJING (AP) — The possibility that a new virus in central China could spread between humans cannot be ruled out, though the risk of transmission at the moment appears to be low, Chinese officials said Wednesday. Forty-one people in the city of Wuhan have received a preliminary diagnosis of a novel...
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In this Jan. 14, 2020, photo, residents walk at their volcanic ash covered village in Laurel, Batangas province, southern Philippines, as Taal volcano continues to spew ash. So far no one has been reported killed in the eruption, but the disaster is spotlighting the longstanding dilemma of how the government can move settlements away from danger zones threatened by volcanoes, landslides, floods and typhoons in one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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January 15, 2020 - 2:50 am
TALISAY, Philippines (AP) — It's the second-most active volcano in the Philippines, a designated permanent danger zone long declared off-limits to human settlements. Yet to more than 5,000 people the Taal volcano is home. A lush island dotted with dozens of craters in the middle of a shimmering...
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In this image made from video provided by Laura_presicce, a fire is seen in Tarragona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. A massive explosion took place at an industrial zone for chemicals in northeastern Spain on Tuesday, and the regional emergency services agency warned people nearby not to go outside. A tweet by emergency services for the Catalonia region called the blast in the port city of Tarragona a “chemical accident” and said no information on possible deaths or injuries was available. (Laura_presicce via AP)
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January 14, 2020 - 3:13 pm
MADRID (AP) — A massive explosion at a petrochemical plant in northeastern Spain killed one person and gravely injured at least six others Tuesday, regional authorities said. A local government spokesman for the port city of Tarragona, where the plant is located, said a preliminary investigation...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2019, file photo, a campaign poster for Seattle City Council incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant is posted outside her campaign headquarters in Seattle. The Seattle City Council on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, unanimously passed a measure to reel in political spending by "foreign-influenced" companies, following city council elections last year that drew unprecedented spending _ including a record $1.5 million from Amazon. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)
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January 14, 2020 - 10:54 am
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously passed a measure to rein in political spending by “foreign-influenced” companies, following city council elections last year that drew unprecedented spending — including a record $1.5 million from Amazon. The measure puts the city in the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2016 file photo, Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart at a press conference at City Hall in Waterloo, Iowa. Hart, the mayor of Iowa's most racially diverse city, is endorsing Pete Buttigieg for president. (Matthew Putney /The Courier via AP)
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January 14, 2020 - 7:44 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Quentin Hart, the black mayor of Iowa's most racially diverse city, is backing Pete Buttigieg for president, giving the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor a rare boost from a minority leader as he struggles to attract voters of color. Hart told The Associated Press he was...
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