• Weinstein conviction: a watershed for acquaintance rape cases
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    Weinstein conviction: a watershed for acquaintance rape cases

    Prosecutors have long been hesitant to take on cases of acquaintance rape, as they were convinced that jurors would have a hard time believing the victims -- and drawing fine distinctions about consent. "We are in rapidly changing times," said Deborah Tuerkheimer, a professor of law at Northwestern

  • Tindering for votes: political activists turn to dating apps
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    Tindering for votes: political activists turn to dating apps

    Days ahead of the Iowa Caucuses vote, Rhiannon Payne was on the Bumble dating app -- not to find a partner but to press her case for her candidate, Elizabeth Warren. "I was tired and bored and looking at Bumble, and I saw all these potential voters, all these guys I was swiping through," she

  • Which countries are affected by coronavirus in Europe?
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    Which countries are affected by coronavirus in Europe?

    With governments scrambling to contain a slew of new coronavirus cases popping up across Europe, here is an overview of the countries affected, where people have died and the precautions being taken.

  • Trump says US coronavirus spread 'not inevitable,' mulls new travel bans
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    Trump says US coronavirus spread 'not inevitable,' mulls new travel bans

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday said it was not inevitable that the novel coronavirus would continue to spread in the United States, as he said he is considering travel restrictions on Italy and South Korea and appointed his vice president to lead the response. The Centers for Disease Control and

  • Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread
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    Scramble to contain coronavirus as infections spread

    Coronavirus cases spread in Europe and beyond on Wednesday, as the US announced it was considering new travel restrictions and Latin America confirmed its first patient from an epidemic that has killed thousands worldwide. New cases have emerged across Europe, many linked to the continent's coronavirus

  • Virus hits Super Rugby as Japan match in doubt
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    Virus hits Super Rugby as Japan match in doubt

    Super Rugby officials scrambled to deal with the coronavirus outbreak on Thursday, saying they were working to relocate a match in Japan and announcing sanitisation stations and temperature checks for all teams. The southern hemisphere competition, featuring teams from Australia, Argentina, Japan, New

  • Clive Cussler, author and shipwreck-finder, dies aged 88
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    Clive Cussler, author and shipwreck-finder, dies aged 88

    Bestselling US author and keen underwater adventurer Clive Cussler has died aged 88, his family said Wednesday. Cussler was the prolific writer of more than 80 books, mainly fast-paced action thrillers such as "Sahara" and "Raise the Titanic!", which collectively sold tens of millions

  • Five killed at brewery in another US mass shooting
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    Five killed at brewery in another US mass shooting

    A gunman killed five employees of one of America's best-known breweries on Wednesday before turning the weapon on himself in the latest burst of mass gun violence in the US. More than 1,000 employees were at the Molson Coors brewing complex in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when the early-afternoon tragedy

  • China reports 29 more virus deaths, lowest since January
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    China reports 29 more virus deaths, lowest since January

    China reported 29 more deaths on Thursday from the new coronavirus epidemic, the lowest daily figure in almost a month, and the number of fresh infections rose slightly. The death toll now stands at 2,744 in mainland China, according to the National Health Commission.

  • Norway authorises demolition of building with Picasso murals
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    Norway authorises demolition of building with Picasso murals

    Norway gave the go-ahead on Wednesday for the demolition of a bomb-damaged building adorned with drawings by Spanish master painter Pablo Picasso. The government, which ruled out a further postponement to the 2014 decision to demolish the building, has said it would relocate the two Picasso murals.

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    James won't face struggling Warriors due to groin injury

    LeBron James will skip Thursday's game against the last place Golden State Warriors because of a groin injury, the Los Angeles Lakers announced on Wednesday. James did not mention the injury on Tuesday night after scoring a season-high 40 points to lead the Lakers to a 118-109 win over New Orleans

  • US, South Korea postpone joint exercises over virus
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    US, South Korea postpone joint exercises over virus

    The US and South Korean militaries on Thursday postponed forthcoming joint exercises due to the coronavirus outbreak, they said, as the Asian country reported 334 new cases, taking its total to 1,595. The decision to delay the training was made after Seoul declared its highest "severe" alert

  • De Bruyne inspires late turnaround as City stun Real Madrid
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    De Bruyne inspires late turnaround as City stun Real Madrid

    Kevin De Bruyne orchestrated a dramatic Manchester City comeback on Wednesday as they stunned Real Madrid 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu to put one foot in the Champions League quarter-finals. Madrid looked on course to edge a cagey contest after Isco's smart finish early in the second half, but De

  • Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims over coronavirus
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    Saudi Arabia suspends entry for pilgrims over coronavirus

    Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to visit Mecca over coronavirus fears, the foreign ministry said. The government is "suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet's Mosque temporarily", the foreign ministry said in a statement

  • Ukraine destroys 37,000 bottles of adulterated vodka
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    Ukraine destroys 37,000 bottles of adulterated vodka

    Ukrainian authorities began the task of destroying 37,000 bottles of illicit adulterated vodka on Wednesday, a national "record" in a country where consumption of illegal alcohol regularly poisons and even kills. Minister of Justice Denys Malyuska launched the operation in the city of Vynnyky

  • Moscow police seize homemade 'Batmobile'
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    Moscow police seize homemade 'Batmobile'

    A homemade vehicle bearing a striking resemblance to the "Batmobile" featured in a recent Batman film has been seized in central Moscow, Russia's interior ministry announced. Traffic police brought the all-black, lowrider vehicle with giant wheels to a screeching halt as it cruised down

  • Indigenous protests escalate after Canada rail blockades cleared
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    Indigenous protests escalate after Canada rail blockades cleared

    Two days after police cleared an indigenous blockade of a key Canadian rail artery east of Toronto, protesters were back Wednesday lighting fires on tracks and throwing rocks at passing trains. "It is extremely concerning to see people endangering their lives and the lives of others by trying to

  • Tech giants free to censor content under US Constitution: ruling
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    Tech giants free to censor content under US Constitution: ruling

    Tech giants including Google are free to censor content as they wish, a US court ruled Wednesday, in a landmark freedom-of-speech case concerning private internet platforms. The decision by San Francisco's Ninth Circuit appeals court rejected a conservative news outlet's claims that YouTube

  • Facebook bans ads with false claims about new virus
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    Facebook bans ads with false claims about new virus

    Facebook said Wednesday that it is banning ads that make false claims about products tied to the new coronavirus. The social network said it is removing ads that feature a product and imply a limited supply, seeking create a “sense of urgency” in their mention of coronavirus. Ads that guarantee a cure

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    Washington Prime Group: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Washington Prime Group Inc. (WPG) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Columbus, Ohio, said it had funds from operations of $70.1 million, or 31 cents per share, in the period. Funds from operations

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    Hamilton Beach: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

    GLEN ALLEN, Va. (AP) _ Hamilton Beach Brands Holding Co. (HBB) on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $1.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Glen Allen, Virginia-based company said it had a loss of 9 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted to account for discontinued

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    Exterran: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

    HOUSTON (AP) _ Exterran Corp. (EXTN) on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $79.8 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Houston-based company said it had a loss of $2.44. This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com

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    CorEnergy: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust Inc. (CORR) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Kansas City, Missouri, said it had funds from operations of $13.3 million, or 94 cents per share, in the period.

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    Mack-Cali: 4Q Earnings Snapshot

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Mack-Cali Realty Corp. (CLI) on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The results topped Wall Street expectations. The Jersey City, New Jersey-based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $44.1 million, or 44 cents

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    Box: Fiscal 4Q Earnings Snapshot

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) _ Box Inc. (BOX) on Wednesday reported a loss of $30.4 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The Redwood City, California-based company said it had a loss of 20 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in May, Box expects its per-share earnings to range from 4 cents