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Senators blast Trump administration for coronavirus responseTop officials in the Trump administration struggled on Tuesday morning to justify their response to the growing threat of the coronavirus, which has sickened at least 80,423 people around the world and killed at least 2,712. 

2/25/2020 3:15:50 PM

Mom of missing kids waives extradition; bail stays at $5MBail will remain at $5 million for a mother arrested in Hawaii over the disappearance of her two Idaho children, a judge ruled Wednesday. Lori Vallow wore an orange jumpsuit in court on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for a hearing on her request to reduce bail. After the judge denied the request, her defense attorney, Craig De Costa, said she is waiving an extradition hearing, which had been scheduled for March 2.

2/26/2020 6:48:54 PM

Rush Limbaugh is fueling a coronavirus conspiracy theory about Rod Rosenstein's sisterDr. Nancy Messonnier, the award-winning director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, has worked in the public health sector since 1995. But for some people, apparently, her accomplishments and experience pale in comparison to the fact she's the sister of former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.Messonnier reportedly angered President Trump on Tuesday when she said it's not a question of if, but when and how fiercely, the coronavirus will hit the United States. "She never should have said that," a senior administration official told CNBC. "It's bad."But some of Trump's supporters, like conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, have taken things a step further. Limbaugh, who has said the coronavirus is nothing more than the common cold and a scare tactic meant to hurt Trump by tanking the stock market, doubled down on his conspiracy theory Wednesday by tying Messonnier to her brother, who is, to put it gently, not viewed favorably by Trump and his allies, thanks to his role overseeing former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into 2016 Russian election interference.Limbaugh falsely suggested Messonnier was part of a "deep state" conspiracy to exploit the coronavirus to bring down Trump.> Rush Limbaugh and right-wing fringe sites are attacking Dr. Nancy Messonnier, a top CDC official handling the coronavirus response, because she is Rod Rosenstein's sister. They're spreading the lie that she's part of the deep state and trying to tank the markets to weaken Trump.> > -- Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) February 26, 2020Perhaps not shockingly, others have followed suit. > Right on schedule: The rightwing news sites (Gateway Pundit, Rush Limbaugh, etc.) have seized upon the fact that Dr. Nancy Messonnier--the CDC official who warned of potential severe disruptions--is Rod Rosenstein's sister. > > Buckle up. This is going to keep getting stupider. pic.twitter.com/PTyGz0FKlH> > -- Mark Strauss (@MarkDStrauss) February 26, 2020More stories from theweek.com Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity FDA: Jimmy John's linked to multiple E. coli and salmonella outbreaks Israel is the first country to warn its citizens not to travel abroad over coronavirus fears

2/26/2020 3:58:00 PM

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses 'D.C. Sniper' Malvo case after change in Va. lawThe U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday formally dismissed a case in which Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he took part in the deadly 2002 "D.C. Sniper" shooting spree in the Washington area, was challenging his life without parole sentence.

2/26/2020 2:48:04 PM

Iran to Sentence Citizens Who “Spreads Rumors” about Coronavirus to Flogging, Three Years in PrisonAn Iranian parliament spokesman on Wednesday announced that anyone found to be "spreading rumors" about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak will be sentenced to one-to-three years in prison and flogging, Iran state news agency IRNA reported."Spreading fake news over coronavirus outbreak will people panic. It also will pave the ground for the country’s shutdown," said Hassan Norouzi, spokesman for the parliament's legal and judicial committee, in comments translated by the Tehran Times.Norouzi said the prison sentence and flogging is based on "on the Islamic penal code," and 24 people have been arrested already on suspicion of "spreading rumors" about the illness.Iran has reported 139 cases of coronavirus infections throughout the country, with an epicenter in the city of Qom, a destination for Shi'ite Muslim religious pilgrims. Nineteen Iranians have died from the illness so far, and the country has the highest number of cases in the Middle East. While officials have recommended that citizens not visit Qom, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Wednesday that the government does not plan to quarantine entire cities, only infected individuals."Coronavirus must not be turned into a weapon for our enemies to halt work and production in our country," Rouhani said.On Tuesday Iranian deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi announced that he had contracted coronavirus. In a video taken at his home, Harirchi attempted to reassure viewers, saying "I will certainly defeat corona."Harirchi was filmed a day earlier on state television to announce that the country's outbreak was under control, visibly sweating and wiping his face with a handkerchief.

2/26/2020 2:37:26 PM

A Wrongfully Convicted Kansas Man Who Spent 23 Years in Prison Is Awarded $1.5 MillionLamonte McIntyre was convicted and sentenced to two terms of life in prison for the murder of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn back in 1994. The two victims had been shot in the middle of the day while they sat in their car

2/25/2020 12:02:01 PM

Italy sealed off entire towns and canceled major events after 400 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths made it the most infected country outside of AsiaCases of COVID-19 have soared in Italy, making it the most infected country outside Asia. Neighboring countries are worried.

2/26/2020 6:19:00 PM

Supreme Court rules Mexican parents can't sue Border Patrol agent who killed their sonThe ruling was a defeat for the parents of Sergio Hernandez Guereca, who was on the Mexico side when he was shot in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent who fired from the U.S. side.

2/25/2020 11:05:00 AM

Boom: The Army Just Invented a Newer, Deadlier Artillery RoundThat's going to ruin somebody's day.

2/25/2020 10:50:00 AM

California resident with no China links catches Coronavirus - showing disease has started spreading within USA patient in California has been diagnosed with the Coronavirus despite no known links to any outbreaks overseas.The case may be proof that the fatal illness has begun spreading within communities in the US, the CDC warned.

2/26/2020 8:42:00 PM

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