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Passengers wearing protective face masks enter the departure hall of a high speed train station in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday, halting transportation and warning against public gatherings, to try to stop the spread of a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China shuts down more cities in bid to contain deadly virus

Jan. 23, 2020 9:57 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities Thursday moved to lock down three cities that are home to more than 18 million people in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other parts of the world during the busy Lunar New Year travel period. Police, SWAT...

A militia member uses a digital thermometer to take a driver's temperature at a checkpoint at a highway toll gate in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday in an unprecedented effort to try to contain a deadly new viral illness that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries amid the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Chinatopix via AP)

The Latest: Vietnam sees 1st coronavirus cases from Wuhan

Jan. 23, 2020 9:54 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China (all times local): __ 2:45 p.m. Vietnam’s Health Ministry says a Chinese father and son, who were hospitalized on Wednesday with fevers, have tested positive with the new coronavirus. It said this marks the first such cases in...

U. Maryland ends Chinese-government approved program

Jan. 23, 2020 9:53 AM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The University of Maryland has announced that federal legislation passed last year has caused the institution to end a Chinese government-approved program that, if continued, could have jeopardized the school's access to important government funding. The university will be...

Study: Michigan in bottom 5 for equitable school funding

Jan. 23, 2020 9:46 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is among 16 states where the lowest-poverty school districts receive less state and local funding than the highest-poverty districts do — a 5-percentage point disparity that ranks fifth-worst nationally, a study said Thursday. The report from Education Trust-Midwest, a...

Nebraska revokes permits for troubled biogas plant

Jan. 23, 2020 9:45 AM EST

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — State regulators have revoked air and stormwater permits originally granted to a northeast Nebraska biogas plant that's been plagued with problems and odor complaints. An official who presided over the state Environment and Energy Department case said Big Ox Energy had...

FILE - In this Sept. 2017 file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. The Trump administration is coming out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting a practice known as “birth tourism.

US imposes visa rules for pregnant women on 'birth tourism'

Jan. 23, 2020 9:44 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday published new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism," in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have a coveted U.S. passport. Applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular...

Bill laying out terms of UK's departure from the European Union on Jan. 31 becomes law after receiving royal assent

Jan. 23, 2020 9:43 AM EST
LONDON (AP) — Bill laying out terms of UK's departure from the European Union on Jan. 31 becomes law after receiving royal assent.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The Latest: Merkel says climate may become survival matter

Jan. 23, 2020 9:43 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 3:40 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that climate protection may become a matter of survival for Europe and the entire planet. “The question of being able to reach the goals of the...

In this March 5, 2015 photo, Isabel dos Santos, reputedly Africa's richest woman, attends the opening of an art exhibition featuring works from the collection of her husband and art collector Sindika Dokolo in Porto, Portugal. On Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, Angola's foreign minister Manuel Augusto said that there is no political motivation behind the government's demand for more than $1 billion from dos Santos, her husband and a Portuguese business partner. Isabel dos Santos is a daughter of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the oil- and diamond-rich nation for 38 years until 2017. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte)

Portugal police: Banker in Angola scandal hangs himself

Jan. 23, 2020 9:38 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese banker named in a major Angolan money-laundering and corruption scandal has died in an apparent suicide at his home, police said Thursday. Nuno Ribeiro da Cunha, named as a suspect by Angolan authorities in an investigation targeting the billionaire daughter of...

CAPTION CORRECTION:CORRECTS MOTHER'S NAME: Yaffa Issachar, left, mother of Naama, who is imprisoned in Russia on drug possession charges, meets Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, accompanied by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah in Jerusalem on January 23,2020 . Putin, will be a guest of honor Thursday at a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum marking the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the Nazi Auschwitz death camp. (Heidi Levine, Pool via AP)

The Latest: Charles: Holocaust lessons 'searingly' relevant

Jan. 23, 2020 9:33 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest on the gathering in Jerusalem of dozens of world leaders for the World Holocaust Forum, which coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp (all times local): 4:35 p.m. Britain’s Prince Charles says the “lessons of the Holocaust...