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U.S. drinking water widely contaminated with 'forever chemicals': report

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:06pm
The contamination of U.S. drinking water with man-made "forever chemicals" is far worse than previously estimated with some of the highest levels found in Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans, said a report on Wednesday by an environmental watchdog group.

Airlines scour the world for scarce 737 MAX simulators

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:52pm
Airlines are scrambling to book time in 737 MAX training facilities as far afield as Fiji, Iceland and Panama, operators said, after Boeing Co recommended pilots be trained in one of the few simulators replicating the latest model.

Taiwan calls on China to share 'correct' virus information

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:30pm
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on China on Wednesday to share "correct" information about a new coronavirus and for the World Health Organisation (WHO) not to exclude Taiwan from collaboration on the outbreak for political reasons.

China virus death toll rises to nine as pandemic fears mount

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:30pm
The death toll from a new flu-like coronavirus in China rose to nine on Wednesday with 440 confirmed cases, Chinese health officials said as authorities stepped up efforts to control the outbreak by discouraging public gatherings in Hubei province.

Macau confirms first case of pneumonia caused by Wuhan coronavirus

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:30pm
The Chinese-ruled gambling hub of Macau confirmed on Wednesday its first case of pneumonia linked to an outbreak of a newly identified coronavirus strain in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, China's state news agency Xinhua said.

U.S. census head count launched in rural Alaska after weather delay

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:27pm
The U.S. Census Bureau launched on Tuesday its latest once-in-a-decade head count of Americans in one of the most remote corners of the country, a tiny Alaska Native village on the Bering Sea coast.

Cathay says cabin crew can wear masks on mainland China flights due to virus

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:26pm
Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd will allow cabin crew to wear a surgical mask while operating mainland China flights due to concerns over a new coronavirus, and passengers to Wuhan to change or cancel flights without charge through Feb. 15.

Senate rejects Democrats on documents, witness in Trump impeachment trial

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:12pm
The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate blocked Democratic attempts on Tuesday to obtain evidence and call a witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, an early sign the proceeding could advance on lines favorable to Trump.

Senate's McConnell eases marathon late-night impeachment schedule

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:12pm
The septuagenarian members of the U.S. Senate could get a little more sleep during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell backed off a plan for 48 hours of arguments over four days, a schedule that had raised the specter of sessions lasting well past midnight.

U.S. chief justice juggles dual roles during Trump impeachment trial

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 9:54pm
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts pulled double duty on Tuesday as he juggled dual responsibilities at the Supreme Court and President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

'Please do not touch me': U.S. Senate on security alert for Trump impeachment trial

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 9:51pm
With the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump under way, U.S. senators have polished their talking points about upholding the Constitution. They also have another phrase at the ready: "Please do not touch me."

Boeing warns of new 737 MAX delay, now sees mid-year return to service

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 9:49pm
Boeing Co said on Tuesday it does not expect to win approval for the return of the 737 MAX to service until mid-year due to further potential developments in the certification process and regulatory scrutiny on its flight control system.

Trump administration won't turn over auto import probe report, defying Congress

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 9:46pm
The Trump administration is snubbing Congress by refusing to turn over a report detailing an investigation into national security risks potentially posed by imported vehicles and auto parts, citing pending international negotiations and executive branch deliberations.

China says new virus adapting and mutating

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 9:45pm
A new virus that has killed nine people is adapting and mutating, underscoring the challenges for health authorities in controlling the outbreak, a Chinese health official said on Wednesday.

Australia's Olympic team says preparing for Wuhan amid virus fears

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 9:45pm
The Australian women's soccer team are still preparing for a trip to Wuhan for Olympic qualifiers early next month despite concerns about an outbreak of the new coronavirus in the Chinese city, head coach Ante Milicic has said.

China stocks tumble on virus outbreak, but regional markets steady

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 9:14pm
Asian stock markets bounced on Wednesday as China's response to a virus outbreak tempered fears of a global pandemic, although Shanghai shares slipped amid worries about a hit to domestic demand and tourism.

Tesla crosses $100 billion stock market valuation in extended trading

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 9:04pm
Tesla Inc became the first $100 billion publicly listed U.S. carmaker in extended trading on Tuesday, in a sign of Wall Street's confidence in an all-electric future.

Factbox: Major severe coronavirus outbreaks in the past 20 years

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 9:02pm
A new coronavirus has emerged from Wuhan, China, with more than 300 cases and at least six deaths linked to the respiratory illness believed to have emerged from animals, but with the ability to transmit person-to-person. The virus has spread beyond China's borders, raising concerns of a global pandemic.

Two protesters killed as Iraqi police struggle to stem unrest

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:14am
Two protesters died in Iraq on Tuesday as police fought running street battles with anti-government demonstrators, firing tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse stone-throwing youths demanding reform of what they see as a corrupt political system.

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 11:12am
Apple Inc dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company's iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.