Disney Word describes the Jungle Cruise ride as a "journey you won't soon forget"—and that was especially true on Thursday, when one of the boats sank. Passengers, who stood on the seats as water slowly rose inside the boat, were safely rescued within about 20 minutes and the Orlando...
Here's the latest for Friday February 28th: More markets drop amid coronavirus concerns; Steps of US patient retraced; Democrats campaign for South Carolina primary; Houston residents told to boil water after water main burst.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Switzerland has risen to six. This is after authorities confirmed the first ones in the canton of Aargau. A woman around the age of the 30 is being treated in Zurich after testing positive. In Aargau, a 26-year-old man was being treated in isolated care, reports Reuters. Both had traveled to northern Italy around one week before, they said. One person in Geneva and a couple in the southeastern Alpine canton of Grisons had tested positive for the virus. This is following a first case confirmed near the border to Italy on Tuesday.
Parents' fears are growing for the thousands of African students who are thought to be stranded in China's locked-down city of Wuhan amid the virus outbreak
Jordan Peele's 'Candyman' Remake Debuts First Trailer Peele produced and co-wrote the long-awaited sequel with Win Rosenfeld and the film's director, Nia DaCosta. The remake tells the tale of an artist on the prowl for an elusive hook-handed killer in Chicago's Cabrini-Green neighborhood. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris and Vanessa Williams star in the film. Based on Clive Barker's short story, the original 'Candyman,' starring Tony Todd, debuted in 1992. Todd is slated to appear in the film, although he wasn't featured in the trailer. 'Candyman' hits theaters on June 12.
President Donald Trump was asked about Harvey Weinstein’s conviction on two felony sex crimes. He and his wife Melania Trump were photographed with Weinstein in 2009 at an afterparty. According to Business Insider, Trump said he was “never a fan” of the Hollywood mogul. He said: “He said he was going to work hard to defeat me in the election. How did that work out by the way?” Trump admitted he didn’t know the trial’s “actual results” because he was not following the case.
A dog in Hong Kong has been placed in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19—but authorities aren't sure whether it has really been infected. Authorities say the pet dog of a 60-year-old coronavirus patient tested "weak positive" for coronavirus, Reuters reports. They say it is possible that the nasal...
Japan Closes All Schools Due to Coronavirus Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the nationwide school closure on Thursday. In his statement, Abe said the closures were an effort to place "priority on children’s health and safety.” Schools will likely be closed through the end of March. The closures come amid criticism that Abe's government has not been aggressive enough in fighting the spread of coronavirus. It also shocked local leaders and working parents, leaving some to wonder if the motivations were political. Japan is the scheduled host of the 2020 summer olympics, set to take place in Tokyo. Should the virus continue to spread in the country, there have been fears the games would have to be canceled. Tobias Harris, Analyst, via 'The New York Times'
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called out her Australian counterpart at an extraordinarily abrasive joint news conference for his country's rigid policy of deporting foreign criminals to homelands they left as children
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump met with African American supporters and hosted an African American History Month reception on Thursday at the White House. (Feb. 28)
Sheryl Sandberg defended herself and her leadership in her first interview since a new book about Facebook was published, while offering a new reason for not fact-checking political ads. Asked about claims in "Facebook: The Inside Story," by Steven Levy, that she's a controlling boss who yells at employees, Sandberg...
A mass of cold air sent a north wind over the Great Lakes region, causing large waves to form in the lakes and prompting lakeshore flood warnings and wind advisories. Lake Ontario could have 20-foot waves, CNN reports, and similar swells have been spotted in southern Lake Michigan. The waves...
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, in South Carolina, said he doesn't believe that Joe Biden can beat President Trump. Biden criticized a frequent Sanders theme, saying "this nation isn't looking for a revolution." (Feb. 28)
The White House is downplaying the effects the novel coronavirus could have on US growth. But according to Markets Insider, it's a different story behind closed doors. Shuttered operations and supply chain disruptions are expected to chip away at gross domestic product this year. Republican officials have started to worry a faltering economy could undermine President Donald Trump's strongest case for re-election. A Trump administration official, granted anonymity, spoke candidly about the president. The official acknowledged there was an awareness of potential political implications among members of the COVID-19 task force. It's obvious that a stock market crash ... might affect the election. Senior Trump Administration Official
Greninja Named 'Pokémon of the Year' In honor of Pokémon day, The Pokémon Company and Google partnered up to discover the most popular character. After a 10 day poll and millions of votes, the ninja Pokémon was revealed to be the fan favorite. Lucario, Mimikyu, Charizard and Umbreon rounded out the top five. Voters were able to choose from Pokémon from every generation. The Pokémon Company also revealed a new mythical monster for 'Pokémon Sword and Shield' named Zarude.
Facebook has canceled its annual F8 conference over coronavrius concerns. In a statement, the company said: "In light of the growing concerns around COVID-19, we've made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of F8 this year, in order to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on. We plan to replace the in-person F8 event with locally hosted events, videos and live-streamed content." This story is developing...
A new poll shows that Joe Biden, who needs a victory in South Carolina's Democratic primary Saturday, has nothing to worry about. He leads Bernie Sanders, 36% to 26%, in a Monmouth University poll and Tom Steyer, 35% to 17%, in a Clemson University Palmetto Poll. Steyer was third at...
Lori Loughlin's Lawyer Claims New Evidence Exonerates the Actress Sean M. Berkowitz, the lawyer for Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, filed a motion after discovering evidence that allegedly proves his client's innocence. According to ABC News, notes from the iPhone of Rick Singer, the ring leader in the University of Southern California (USC) college admission scandal, prove that the donations made by the couple were donations and not bribes. Singer, who plead guilty to racketeering and fraud, reportedly told his lawyer that the FBI wanted him to "to tell a fib." Rick Singer, via ABC News Berkowitz asked to postpone the setting of a trial date until evidence disputes can be resolved. Sean M. Berkowitz, via ABC News Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, honest services mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. They are accused of paying Singer $500,000 in bribes so their daughters could be recruited to USC's crew team, despite never having participated in the sport.
Japan's schools prepared to close for almost a month and entertainers, topped by K-pop superstars BTS, canceled events as a virus epidemic extended its spread through Asia into Europe and now into sub-Saharan Africa
As weight loss surgery becomes more common in the U.S., so is the need for second operation because it's not working. The rising number of patients returning for another shows the persistent difficulty in treating obesity over the long term. (Feb. 28)