Trump Administration Threatens California Over Abortion

The Trump administration threatened on Friday to withhold federal money from California if the state does not drop its requirement that private insurers cover abortions. In an announcement on the morning of the March for Life, the high-profile annual demonstration against anti-abortion rights, the Department of Health and Human Services said it would give California…

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Chicago Woman Is Second Patient in U.S. With Wuhan Coronavirus

A second patient in the United States has been found to be infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Friday. The patient is a woman in her 60s who had traveled to Wuhan, China — the epicenter of the outbreak — and returned to Chicago on Jan. 13.…

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The Wuhan Coronavirus: Symptoms, Spread, and What Scientists Know

An international outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus has killed at least 26 people and sickened at least 800, according to Chinese health authorities. The outbreak began in Wuhan, China, at a market selling live poultry, seafood and wild animals. Now the virus has turned up in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore,…

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Panic and Criticism Spread on Chinese Social Media Over Coronavirus

HONG KONG — While China’s state-run media has urged calm and praised the official response to the coronavirus outbreak, a different story is playing out across the country’s tightly controlled social media networks. In the digital world, China’s citizens are expressing panic and frustration. They are overcoming a lack of reporting in the official media…

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On a Nude Beach With My Parents, Baring Almost All

Our Maui travel plans hadn’t included a nude beach. The bohemian escapade happened by accident, when, after a stroll down Big Beach and nary a shell for my mother to collect, she asked which beach I liked best. I decided to be honest. “Little Beach. Quaint and clothing optional.” It was the spring of 1998,…

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Coronavirus Is Spreading, but W.H.O. Says It’s Not a Global Emergency

The World Health Organization on Thursday decided not to declare the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak a global emergency, despite the spread of the dangerous respiratory infection from China to at least five other countries. Although the disease has reached beyond China, the number of cases in other countries is still relatively small, and the disease does…

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China’s Battle With a Deadly Coronavirus, in Photos

The spread of a deadly respiratory virus has prompted the authorities to limit travel in cities in central China, including Wuhan, where the disease was first found last month. It has since spread to at least four other countries. The outbreak comes just before the start of the Lunar New Year holiday on Friday, as…

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Texas Student May Have Wuhan Coronavirus, as Dozens in U.S. Are Monitored

SEATTLE — A Texas A&M University student was being isolated at home on Thursday as health officials said they were examining whether he could be the second known case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States. The man had traveled from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak of the respiratory illness began, and health care providers…

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Insys Founder Gets 5½ Years in Prison in Opioid Kickback Scheme

A federal judge sentenced John Kapoor, the founder of the opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics, to five and a half years in prison Thursday for his role in a racketeering scheme that bribed doctors to prescribe a highly addictive opioid and misled insurers. The case had been closely watched because it represented a rare criminal inquiry…

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