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A man wearing a face mask rides a nearly empty subway train in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. The new virus accelerated its spread in China, and the U.S. Consulate in the epicenter of the outbreak, the central city of Wuhan, announced Sunday it will evacuate its personnel and some private citizens aboard a charter flight. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Virus death toll in China rises as US prepares evacuation

Jan. 26, 2020 8:33 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A new viral illness being watched with a wary eye around the globe accelerated its spread in China with 80 deaths so far, while the U.S. Consulate in the city at the epicenter announced it will evacuate its personnel and some other Americans aboard a charter flight. China's health minister...

FILE - In this March 28, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves as he walks off the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in LA sports, basketball world

Jan. 26, 2020 8:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with both his sublime skills and his unquenchable competitive fire. He also earned Los Angeles’ eternal adoration during his two decades as the fierce soul of the city’s beloved Lakers. Less than four years...

Toronto Raptors players huddle together following a moment of silence for Kobe Bryant before an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Raptors, Spurs share 24-second Bryant tributes; Toronto wins

Jan. 26, 2020 7:58 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs did not want to be on the court after learning Kobe Bryant had died, but they tried to honor him as best they could. The teams collaborated on a touching tribute to Bryant at the beginning of their game Sunday, with each team dribbling out the...

Canadian patient with China virus showed symptoms on plane

Jan. 26, 2020 11:44 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian officials said Sunday that they are tracking down airline passengers and others who were in close contact with the first person in the country detected with an emerging virus that originated in China. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's chief public health officer, said the man, who is in his...

A man wears a masks following the outbreak of a new virus as people arrive from the International terminal at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. A Toronto hospital said Saturday it has a confirmed case of the deadly virus from China, Canada's first. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said it is

Canada hospital says it has confirmed case of deadly virus

Jan. 25, 2020 11:47 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — A Toronto hospital said Saturday it has a confirmed case of the deadly virus from China, Canada's first. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said it is “caring for a patient who has a confirmed case of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China.” Officials said the...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2015, file photo, Justice Minister Peter MacKay heads from a news conference in Halifax, Canada. Former Canadian Cabinet Minister MacKay criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, as he officially announced he is running to be leader of Canada's Conservative Party. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Peter MacKay begins bid to lead Canada's Conservative party

Jan. 25, 2020 8:41 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Former Canadian Cabinet minister Peter MacKay criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday as he officially announced he is running to be leader of Canada's Conservative Party. MacKay served as foreign minister and defense minister in ex-Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative...

Shoppers wearing face masks pay for their groceries at a supermarket in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. The virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, already on lockdown, banned most vehicle use downtown and Hong Kong said it would close schools for two weeks as authorities scrambled Saturday to stop the spread of an illness that is known to have infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41, according to officials.  (Chinatopix via AP)

Xi calls situation grave as China scrambles to contain virus

Jan. 25, 2020 6:47 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's leader on Saturday called the accelerating spread of a new virus a grave situation, as cities from the outbreak's epicenter in central China to Hong Kong scrambled to contain an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41. President Xi Jinping's remarks, reported...

Ottawa Senators' Brady Tkachuk, left, and his brother Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk watch the Skills Competition, part of the NHL All-Star weekend, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tkachuk brothers share first All-Star Game in their hometown

Jan. 25, 2020 2:44 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brady Tkachuk didn’t mind cutting his vacation to the Bahamas short. Tkachuk, a 20-year-old forward for the Ottawa Senators, was planning on a couple of days of fun in the sun before going to St. Louis to watch his older brother, Matthew, represent the Calgary Flames at NHL All-Star...

Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) drives past New York Knicks' Reggie Bullock during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Lowry, Siakam lead Raptors past Knicks for 6th straight win

Jan. 24, 2020 11:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On “Star Wars” night at Madison Square Garden, the Toronto Raptors showed why they remain a galaxy far, far away from the New York Knicks. With All-Star players and big-game experience, the NBA champions have too many assets the Knicks simply lack. “We’re just a...

The Minnesota Twins new third baseman Josh Donaldson, flanked by team executive Derek Falvey, left, and manager Rocco Baldelli, is introduced during a baseball news conference Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Target Field in Minneapolis. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)

Donaldson's option price could escalate by $4 million

Jan. 24, 2020 5:43 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Donaldson's 2024 option with the Minnesota Twins can escalate an additional $4 million based on awards he earns during the first four seasons of the deal. Donaldson and the Twins finalized a $92 million, four-year contract on Wednesday. He gets a $3 million signing bonus payable...