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Italy changes virus count methods at UN agency's…

 Italy is changing how it reports coronavirus cases and who will get tested in ways that could lower the country's caseload even as an outbreak centered in northern Italy spreads in Europe

This Baby Otter Can't Stop Kissing Man

We live in stressful times, but there is a baby otter that is so adorable, it can make you forget your troubles for a while.

Milwaukee Police Continue To Investigate Shooting…

Police believe the gunman died self-inflicted gunshot wound on the scene. He's been identified as an "active brewery employee."

Calif. Coronavirus Case Is a Worrying US First

The 60th case of COVID-19 detected in the US is different from the other 59 in a way that worries public health officials. The CDC says the patient, diagnosed at UC Davis Medical Center in California, had not traveled to a country hit by the outbreak or been exposed to...

Kimono: From Kyoto to the catwalk

A new exhibition at London's V&A Musueum celebrates the heritage and craftsmanship of vintage Japanese Kimono and traces its influence into haute couture, movies and music. (Feb. 27)

How Your Allergy Medicine Can Mess With Your Skin

Allure Magazine reports your trusty allergy medicine just might be affecting your skin. Specifically, dry skin can be caused by antihistamines. Histamine performs many important functions. But it can also lead to allergic symptoms like sneezing, itching, and runny nose. Antihistamines block certain receptors that cause those annoying symptoms, but they also block sebum production. Sebum is the protective oil found on the skin and scalp, making skin moist and hair shiny. On the other hand, people with oily hair and oily skin may see a benefit from taking antihistamines.

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US economy grew at 2.1% rate in Q4 but virus…

US economy grows at 2.1% in Q4 but spreading coronavirus could jeopardize future growth

Jif Peanut Butter Attempts to Settle Jif/GIF…

Jif Peanut Butter Attempts to Settle Jif/GIF Debate The peanut butter brand will be releasing a GIF jar to "settle the great debate" over the correct way to pronounce GIF. The limited edition jar can be found on Amazon for $10. How to pronounce GIF has been a popular debate almost since the creation of the looping image format. Some pronounce it with a "soft G," as in Jif peanut butter, while others contend it's pronounced with a "hard G." GIF creator Steve Wilhite declared in 2013 that GIF is pronounced with a "soft G." Regardless, internet debate continues. National Peanut Butter Lover's Day is on March 1.

Buttigieg Deletes Controversial Anti-Sanders Tweet

Pete Buttigieg's tweeting has gotten him into trouble. “We can’t afford a scenario where it comes down to Donald Trump with his nostalgia for the social order of the 1950's and Bernie Sanders with his nostalgia for the revolutionary politics of the 1960's. #DemDebate,” The tweet attempted to belittle Sanders and the “revolutionary politics” of the U.S. during the 1960s. Buttigieg deleted the tweet soon after posting it. It’s not immediately clear why the tweet was deleted. Gizmodo said the tweet echoed the same sentiment Buttigieg hammered in Tuesday's debate.

Molson Coors Shooter Was Still Wearing His Uniform

Police in Milwaukee have not disclosed the identity of the gunman behind Wednesday's shooting rampage at the Molson Coors campus —but the company has described the 51-year-old as an "active brewery employee." The man was still in his uniform when he stormed the facility and killed five fellow employees before...

English river breaches flood barriers

People in the town of Ironbridge, England, were evacuated on Feb. 26 as the River Severn breached flood barriers.

Congress Makes Lynching a Federal Crime

Congress Makes Lynching a Federal Crime Passed unanimously by the Senate last year, the House approved the bill by a vote of 410 to four. Since a similar bill was first introduced 120 years ago, nearly 200 efforts to designate lynching as a federal crime have failed. Illinois Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush introduced the bill, named after Emmett Till. Till was 14-years-old when he was kidnapped, tortured and violently murdered in Mississippi for flirting with a white woman. The bill was approved by the House 65 years after Till's murder sparked outrage across the U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, via NBC News It is thought that the U.S. has been host to more than 4,000 lynchings, the majority of which were black men and women.

US orders for durable goods slip 0.2% in January

US orders for durable goods slip 0.2% in January on weaker demand for cars, military aircraft

On This Day: 27 February 1972

Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her 40th birthday at a star-studded party in Budapest. (Feb. 27)

Lori Vallow Is Going Back to Idaho

The mother of two missing children in a convoluted case out of Idaho will return to that state to face charges. In what East Idaho News describes as a surprise move, an attorney for Lori Vallow told a judge in Hawaii Wednesday that she will not fight her extradition. The...

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AP-NORC poll: Election security, integrity worry…

Americans have widespread concerns about the security and integrity of elections

Observatory Captures A 'Celestial Hourglass'

An observatory has captured a "celestial hourglass."

The U.S. And China Are Racing To Roll Out 5G Tech

The race to implement 5G technology is shaping up to be the next big battleground between the U.S. and China.

Police: Molson Coors Worker Killed 6, Including…

A Molson Coors worker fatally shot five people and himself Wednesday at the company's sprawling Milwaukee campus, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. No names have been released, but police say the shooter was a 51-year-old male who used two handguns, one with a silencer (which is legal in Wisconsin if it's...

Refinery fire near Los Angeles under investigation

The cause of an explosion and fire at the largest oil refinery on the West Coast was under investigation. No one was injured. There were no immediate signs that any toxins affected the community around the Marathon Petroleum refinery in Carson. (Feb. 27)

CDC Chief Under Fire For Coronavirus Missteps

Robert Redfield was picked by President Donald Trump to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2018. Prior to that, Redfield was a well-known AIDS researcher and favorite of Christian conservatives. Redfield has helped implement sweeping plans to fight HIV and opioids in the US, while pushing to tackle Ebola abroad. But confronted by the increasingly global coronavirus outbreak, CDC and Redfield’s actions are now under intense scrutiny.

Top nominee Polanski to skip French Oscars after…

Filmmaker Roman Polanski is skipping the awards ceremony for France's equivalent of the Oscars even though his latest film is up for several top prizes

Steven Spielberg Will Not Direct ‘Indiana Jones 5’

Steven Spielberg Will Not Direct ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Spielberg is handing off the iconic franchise after 39 years. Sources say that ‘Ford v Ferrari’ director James Mangold is in talks to take over, though no deal has been closed. A source close to Spielberg says his departure was entirely his own decision, and he will remain a hands-on producer. Harrison Ford is still set to return as the titular character in the upcoming film. The film’s release has been pushed back twice, with the current date set for July 9, 2021.

Sharpova Retires

Maria Sharapova has announced her retirement from tennis. "Tennis—I'm saying goodbye," she wrote in an emotional column in Vanity Fair. "Tennis gave me a life. I'll miss it everyday." The Russian star won five Grand Slam titles during her 17 year professional career. Her last was Wimbledon in 2014. In 2016 she was banned for 15 months after testing positive for a banned substance. When she returned to the court in 2017, she picked up just one WTA title win. She retires ranked 373rd in the world.

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'Loud and Abrasive Call' Might Ruin College…

Lori Loughlin, wondering what to read tonight? Try TMZ . The tabloid news site reports that Rick Singer, ringleader in the college admissions scandal, says the FBI angrily told him to lie about a key aspect of the case. One accused parent, Elisabeth Kimmel, made a legal filing Wednesday that claims...

Taking Ash Wednesday traditions outside

With cold weather across much of the country, more churches are offering Ash Wednesday services to people in their cars.

San Francisco Announces Local Emergency Due to…

San Francisco Announces Local Emergency Due to Coronavirus There are currently no cases of the virus in California's fourth-biggest city, but the call comes after the CDC said Americans should expect infections to rise. SF Mayor London Breed, via statement The health agency made the declaration after coronavirus has been discovered in several countries. It originated in China and has since spread to Italy, Iran, South Korea and many other countries. According to Reuters, the United States has at least 14 confirmed cases of coronavirus. All but two of them are related to travel outside of the country.