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Fever alarms, paranoia as masked passengers fly from China

  • Jan 31, 2020

NEW YORK  —In Bangladesh’s biggest airport, workers held up digital thermometers to passengers’ heads. A beeping alarm sounded as a passenger walking through a thermal scanner registered a fever. On a plane ride from Shanghai to New York, nobody spoke for fear of spreading germs as fli

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Evacuated American says Chinese city was like a ghost town

  • Jan 31, 2020

RIVERSIDE, Calif.  — Jarred Evans, a professional football player in China, is used to wearing a helmet and shoulder pads. But in the wake of a deadly viral outbreak, he’s switched to a mask and medical gloves. “When you’re dealing with life and death, it’s a whole differen

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New virus infects 7,700 in China, dozens in other countries

  • Jan 30, 2020

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 7,700 people on the mainland and dozens in other countries. Some details on cases confirmed as of Thursday evening in Beijing: — China: 7,711 cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has eight cases and Macao has five. Nearly all

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Authorities find longest Southwest border smuggling tunnel

  • Jan 30, 2020

SAN DIEGO  — U.S. authorities on Wednesday announced the discovery of the longest smuggling tunnel ever found on the Southwest border, stretching more than three-quarters of a mile from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego area. The tunnel featured an extensive rail cart system,

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Americans pass health test after being evacuated from China

  • Jan 29, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — A plane evacuating 201 Americans from the Chinese city at the center of the virus outbreak continued Wednesday on to Southern California after everyone aboard passed a health screening test in Anchorage, where the aircraft had stopped to refuel. All the passengers had already

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Airlines suspend China flights, cut services on virus fears

  • Jan 29, 2020

BANGKOK  — British Airways said Wednesday it is halting all flights to China, joining several Asian carriers that are either suspending or significantly cutting back service there as fears spread about a new virus that has killed more than 130 people. Air India and South Korean budget carrier Seou

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Japanese evacuation flight brings back workers from Wuhan

  • Jan 29, 2020

TOKYO  — The first group of Japanese evacuees from a virus-hit Chinese city arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday, wearing masks but showing a sense of relief. Four of the 206 evacuees had cough and fever and were taken to a designated Tokyo hospital specializing in treating infectious diseases, Tokyo&rsq

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Mag 7.7 quake hits between Cuba and Jamaica, but no injuries

  • Jan 29, 2020

HAVANA  — A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond, but there were no reports of casualties or heavy damage. The quake was centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Monte

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Survey: Alaska’s Cook Inlet beluga whales continue decline

  • Jan 29, 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — The population of endangered beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet continues to decline, federal marine mammal authorities announced Tuesday. A biennial survey conducted by the fisheries arm of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the population o

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