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The No. 1 way to prevent coronavirus isn't wearing a face mask
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:05:41 -0500
Coronavirus masks are expensive, they only last a few hours – and they may not even help.
New coronavirus case may be 1st sign of "community spread" in U.S.
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:05:23 -0500
President appeals for calm and puts Pence in charge of America's response as the WHO chief worries about mushrooming outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran.
Trump downplays coronavirus threat in U.S. while talking up administration's response
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:03:13 -0500
In a press briefing Wednesday night, President Trump downplayed the threat of coronavirus in the U.S. amid growing fears. However, health officials said Americans should prepare for more cases. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid joins CBSN with the latest on the Trump administration's response.
Debunking common myths about climate change
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:03:13 -0500
Every day we are bombarded with reminders of climate change and how it is impacting the ecosystem, from record flooding to extreme heat. But there is also a lot of false information circulating. CBS News meteorologist and climate specialist Jeff Berardelli joins CBSN to talk about some of the most common myths about climate change and the science that debunks them.
Coronavirus case with potential unknown origin in California
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:03:13 -0500
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a patient in California is the first U.S. case that apparently did not involve travel or close contact with a traveler. CBS News' Elise Preston joins CBSN AM with the latest on what President Trump and federal health officials have to say about the coronavirus outbreak.
How the White House is responding to coronavirus concerns
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:03:12 -0500
The CDC confirms the first possible U.S. case of coronavirus that may not be linked to global travel or close contact with another known infected person. The news came shortly after President Trump insisted that the risk to Americans is "low" and that his administration is prepared. CBS News senior national security analyst Fan Townsend joined CBSN AM to discuss how the White House's response compares to past administrations.
How food can both help and hurt global health
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:03:12 -0500
A new book is arguing that food is at the center of a global epidemic of chronic disease. Almost three quarters of worldwide deaths are caused by heart disease, obesity or diabetes and estimates show it will cost the U.S. $95 trillion in preventing and treating diseases like those by 2050. Dr. Mark Hyman argues that food is the biggest driver, but could also be the most powerful tool to fight the problem. He joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his book, "Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet – One Bite at a Time."
"Shark Tank" judge Barbara Corcoran falls for $400,000 e-mail scam
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 17:03:11 -0500
"Shark Tank" judge Barbara Corcoran found herself the victim of a financial scam when her bookkeeper approved a payment of nearly $400,000 for what she thought was a real estate renovation. The invoice appeared to be sent from her assistant, and Corcoran said she was not suspicious because she has encountered similar bills.
As coronavirus spreads, U.S.-Korean military exercises are suspended and Japanese schools close
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:57:42 -0500
As coronavirus continues to spread across Asia and elsewhere, public schools in Japan will be closed for more than a month and this summer's Tokyo Olympics are called into question. The U.S. and South Korea are also suspending military exercises indefinitely. CBS News Asia correspondent Ramy Inocencio joins CBSN with the latest from Tokyo.
"Contagion" star Gwyneth Paltrow posts photo in face mask
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:56:40 -0500
"Paltrow's just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane," the actress said.
Lawyers claim new evidence clears Lori Loughlin in college scandal
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:52:56 -0500
The same goes for her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, the attorneys assert about the newly disclosed information
Face mask prices surge as coronavirus fears grow
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:49:00 -0500
Amazon is cracking down on mask sellers after prices for some products soared into the triple digits.
96-year-old WWII vet plays "Star Spangled Banner" on harmonica at West Point
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:48:28 -0500
96-year-old Pete DuPre takes his trusty harmonica everywhere – and he just played it at West Point. The WWII veteran was invited to play the "Star Spangled Banner" before the Army-Navy basketball game, something he was honored to do.
Dow plunges another 1,000 points on coronavirus fears
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:41:00 -0500
The blue-chip stock index and S&P 500 both slide into "correction" territory as investors sweat over pandemic risks.
Who's in charge of the White House's coronavirus response?
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:37:40 -0500
Three people are tasked with leading the administration's response, and their exact roles are unclear.
Coronavirus quarantines could be "new normal" in U.S., medical expert says
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:33:48 -0500
"We're going to see a significant increase in the number of cases" of coronavirus in the United States, says CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus. He joined CBSN's Vladimir Duthiers with more on the impact of the outbreak.
Vice President Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:33:01 -0500
President Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the U.S. response to the coronavirus. This comes as health officials warn Americans to prepare for the virus to spread in the U.S. CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid joined CBSN AM with the latest.
The right way to wash your hands
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:31:03 -0500
People around the world are clamoring to buy face masks amidst fears that the coronavirus will continue spreading, but washing your hands is actually the best way to prevent the spread of disease.
Separating fact vs. fiction during global coronavirus outbreak
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:27:58 -0500
As the coronavirus spreads worldwide, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding the outbreak. Dr. Max Gomez offers his insights to CBSN New York.
Trump campaign looks to gain support from African American voters
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:13:47 -0500
The Trump campaign announced plans to open more than a dozen "community centers" in battleground states in an effort to attract African American voters. Politico White House reporter Gabby Orr joins CBSN to discuss the campaign's newest efforts.
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Limbaugh and Trump fuel coronavirus conspiracy theories
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 15:28:31 -0500
Limbaugh and Trump fuel coronavirus conspiracy theoriesConservative radio host Rush Limbaugh is telling his listeners that the coronavirus is a plot to bring down President Trump and attacked the CDC official who warned on Tuesday that the virus will spread in the U.S.
Man gets life for kidnapping stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 years
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 03:36:00 -0500
Man gets life for kidnapping stepdaughter, holding her captive for 19 yearsHenri Michelle Piette kidnapped his victim in 1997 when she was 12 and subjected her to nearly 20 years of physical and sexual abuse before she escaped.
Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumption
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:42:16 -0500
Mexico president ties shootout dead to drug consumptionPresident Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested Wednesday without offering evidence that most of those who die in Mexico's cartel- and gang-fueled firefights are high on drugs or intoxicated, prompting criticism and questions about whether the claim was accurate. Speaking to journalists in his morning news conference, López Obrador said rising drug consumption rates must be reversed if the country is to guarantee peace and security after years of rising, record-setting homicide statistics. “Just so you have the number, 60% of those who lose their life each day, 60% of those killed in clashes, it is shown that they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but primarily drugs,” the president continued.
Iran Can’t Hide Its Coronavirus Explosion, But It’s Trying Hard—and Putting the World in Danger
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 05:26:29 -0500
Iran Can’t Hide Its Coronavirus Explosion, But It’s Trying Hard—and Putting the World in DangerIran’s deputy health minister was drenched in sweat at the press conference on Monday where he vehemently denied Tehran was covering up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak. He kept wiping his brow with his handkerchief and was in visible distress as he said quarantines were a “Stone Age” way to address the problem, and Iran doesn’t need them. Then, sure enough, that night he tested positive for the virus himself and put himself in quarantine. The irony of Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi’s case would be funny almost, were Iran’s conspicuous bungling of the coronavirus threat not a menace to the whole region and, indeed, to the world. As The Daily Beast’s partner publication, IranWire, revealed in an exclusive report Thursday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has tried to address the epidemic by telling doctors to shut up about it, much as Chinese authorities in Wuhan did, disastrously, when the disease was just starting to spread last December.The “official figures” from Iran give the game away. At last count, 16 people have died from COVID-19, but only 95 cases had been confirmed. As Wired UK points out, that would be a death rate of about 17 percent, when the data available from China, where there are huge numbers to work with, suggests the death rate is closer to 2 percent. The statistics don’t add up. Canadian researchers cited by Wired suggest the Iran outbreak probably involves more than 18,000 people, and counting.* * *SILENCING THE DOCTORS* * *Following is the full IranWire article written by Aida Ghajar:IranWire can exclusively report that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have threatened Iranian medical specialists with reprisals if any of them were to disclose information regarding the spread of coronavirus in Iran.A group of specialist doctors met with Deputy Health Minister Iraj Harirchi on Feb. 22, during which they reported on the latest findings regarding the spread of coronavirus in Tehran and other Iranian cities. But soon after the meeting, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) approached the doctors through the health ministry’s security office and warned the doctors not to leak any information from their discussions. The doctors were told that, if any details did leak, they would be held responsible and would suffer the consequences.Despite these threats, the information received by IranWire shows the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, especially in Tehran. The doctors who were present at the meeting offered Harirchi their assessment of the official news and figures and told him that the figures published by the government do not match the reality of the situation.As one of these doctors—whose name is withheld because of the threats from the Revolutionary Guards—told IranWire: “The statistics published by the government have nothing to do with reality of the situation and the number of infections is much higher than what the media reports. If things go on like this and if the Islamic Republic does not cooperate with the World Health Organization, we must expect a great disaster in the coming months and, only in Tehran, tens of thousands will be infected by coronavirus. This scientific estimate does not even include other epicenters like Qom. If we cannot come up with a framework to cooperate with the World Health Organization, our situation will become many times worse than in China.”This doctor pointed out that, right now, a number of clinics in Tehran have been quarantined and the government’s attempts to keep the reality of the situation a secret is a “crime” in the legal sense of the word.“Refusing to divulge real information to Iranians and to the international community is officially a crime because it endangers the lives of people not only in Iran but in other countries as well.”Donald Trump Takes Coronavirus So Seriously He Just Put Mike Pence in ChargeIn many countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Canada, Iraq, Turkey, and Lebanon, the first cases of coronavirus infections were brought in by Iranian citizens or by travelers who had visited Iran. This has led many countries to close their borders with Iran, in the air and on the ground.According to this doctor, the outbreak of coronavirus in Iran occurred just after the outbreak in China. “But the problem started when we did not recognize that this virus is the same as China’s coronavirus,” the doctor said. “We made a mistake when we identified it as a variant of influenza viruses.… But, after it became known that it had been a mistake, [officials] continued as before and did not disclose the facts.”* * *THE GOVERNMENT IS CLUELESS* * *The doctor said Iran’s government has no plans for containing the crisis. Officials have “no other choice except secrecy,” he added. “This will disgrace the Islamic Republic, if it becomes known that its government is clueless. But this can lead to a humanitarian disaster.”According to this doctor, after the meeting with the health minister was over, the Revolutionary Guards contacted each doctor who had been at the meeting. “They told us that we will be held responsible for even the smallest leak. But I could not keep silent anymore,” he said.On Monday, two days after the meeting and after the doctors were threatened, Gen. Hossein Salami, the top commander of the Revolutionary Guards, called Health Minister Saeed Namaki and announced that the Guards were ready to provide any and all assistance in fighting coronavirus and preventing its spread.On Feb. 25, in a televised speech, President Hassan Rouhani asked people to trust only statements by the health ministry for information about coronavirus.The Iranian Cyber Police have meanwhile reported that they have arrested a number of “rumor-mongers” about coronavirus since Feb. 21. Gen. Hossein Rahimi, commander of Tehran’s Cyber Police, announced the arrests.“Persons who want to create trouble for the people by spreading rumors and lying in cyberspace must know that the police surveils their behavior and will act against them decisively,” he said.Earlier on Feb. 21, Gholamreza Jalali, commander of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, accused foreign media of “creating panic” by publishing inaccurate or misleading figures about coronavirus infections. He emphasized that coronavirus must not be turned into a “political crisis.”Jalali is the same official who, after floods had inundated many parts of Iran in early 2019, made strange statements about extreme weather, accusing Israel of “cloud stealing.” He claimed that “joint committees of Turkey and Israel” had stolen moisture and snow from the clouds over Iran.With the Islamic Republic and the Revolutionary Guards turning the coronavirus outbreak into a security issue, by treating infection figures as state secrets, by arresting people for “rumor mongering” and, now by threatening doctors whose duty is to tell the truth about infectious diseases, it seems the experts may be proved right about the likelihood of a humanitarian disaster. If the Islamic Republic continues in this way, we must expect a much bigger disaster than what is happening in China—not only for Iranians but for the world.The Russian Models Instagramming From China's Coronavirus CapitalRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Biden says he's not worried about Trump refusing to leave if defeated in November
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 09:40:09 -0500
Biden says he's not worried about Trump refusing to leave if defeated in NovemberJoe Biden says he isn't worried about the prospect of President Trump refusing to leave his post if he’s defeated in November.
Warren thanks Cherokee Nation citizens for holding her 'accountable' for falsely identifying as Native American
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:51:00 -0500
Warren thanks Cherokee Nation citizens for holding her 'accountable' for falsely identifying as Native AmericanSen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) again apologized Wednesday for previously incorrectly claiming tribal heritage and releasing DNA results that claimed to reveal she had Native American ancestry. The most recent apology was in response to a letter from several members of the Cherokee Nation, as well as members of other tribes standing in solidarity, calling on her to go beyond acknowledging her mistakes and do her part to dispel beliefs spread by white people claiming Native heritage.The letter asked Warren to unequivocally state she and her ancestors are white, explain that "only tribal affiliation and kinship determine Native identity," and that "Native people are the sole authority on who is — and who is not — Native."In a response letter, Warren affirmed she understood all three of those points, and thanked the Cherokee Nation for holding her "accountable," while also highlighting actions she has taken as a lawmaker as well as provisions she has included in her presidential campaign plans with tribal interests in mind.Warren did push back in one instance, however. The signatories of the letter said Warren's actions were part of a "long and violent history" of "white members of fake 'tribes'" being rewarded federal contracts "set aside for minority business owners." Warren said she "appreciated my incorrect identification as Native was loaded given the history," but distanced herself from the aforementioned cases because she "never benefited financially or professionally" from her claims. Read the Cherokee Nation's letter here and Warren's response here.More stories from theweek.com CPAC speaker instructs crowd to boo Mitt Romney 'every time his name is mentioned' Harvard scientist predicts coronavirus will infect up to 70 percent of humanity Trump freaks out about all the wrong things
Pete Buttigieg called Mike Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk record 'racist' before admitting he had a 'lot of issues' with policing in South Bend
Tue, 25 Feb 2020 21:12:11 -0500
Pete Buttigieg called Mike Bloomberg's stop-and-frisk record 'racist' before admitting he had a 'lot of issues' with policing in South BendThe two candidates have faced scrutiny over their records on policing and racial bias as mayors of New York and South Bend, Indiana.
Strike Fast! Japan Develops a Mach-5 Aircraft Carrier-Killer Missile
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 05:33:00 -0500
Strike Fast! Japan Develops a Mach-5 Aircraft Carrier-Killer MissileThe Japanese military is considering developing a hypersonic anti-ship missile with a special warhead for penetrating the decks of Chinese aircraft carriers.
Nigeria's Islamists targeting Christians to provoke religious war, says minister
Thu, 27 Feb 2020 12:20:37 -0500
Nigeria's Islamists targeting Christians to provoke religious war, says ministerIslamist militant groups in Nigeria have begun targeting Christians in an attempt to provoke a religious war, the information minister said on Thursday. Islamist insurgents in Nigeria have killed around 35,000 people and displaced at least two million in the past decade, driven first by Boko Haram and more recently by its offshoot, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). "They have started targeting Christians and Christian villages for a specific reason, which is to trigger a religious war and throw the nation into chaos," he told reporters.
Trump turns to Pence to calm fears over coronavirus, but leaves many questions unanswered
Wed, 26 Feb 2020 20:50:59 -0500
Trump turns to Pence to calm fears over coronavirus, but leaves many questions unansweredPresident Trump announced that he was putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the U.S. response to coronavirus.
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