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2 passengers of coronavirus-infected ship die in Japan

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Two passengers of a quarantined cruise ship in Japan have died after contracting a deadly coronavirus that has infected more than 600 people on the vessel, Japanese government officials said. The 87-year-old man and 84-year-old ...

NFL owners approve terms of new collective bargaining agreement proposal

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- NFL owners approved the negotiated terms of a new collective bargaining agreement proposal between the league and the NFL Players Association, the NFL said in a statement Thursday. All 32 NFL owners met Thursday in New York City for ...

Harvey Weinstein trial: Jurors start 3rd day with defense witness testimony

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Jurors on Thursday ended their third day of deliberations in the sexual assault trial of former Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein. The jury did not reach a conclusion in the case but began Thursday morning by reviewing the ...

Detroit Lions to cut veteran DT Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Detroit Lions are releasing former All-Pro defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison after two seasons. League sources told ESPN and NFL Media that the 31-year-old interior lineman wants to continue playing in the league. Along ...

Bethenny Frankel to star in business competition series

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Real Housewives of New York City icon Bethenny Frankel is set to host The Big Shot with Bethenny, a business competition show for HBO Max. WarnerMedia said it ordered eight episodes of the half-hour, unscripted series for the ...

Jude Law to star in Taika Waititi’s Showtime horror-comedy

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning Jojo Rabbit writer Taika Waititi is collaborating with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald star Jude Law on a half-hour series for Showtime called The Auteur. Waititi will direct the episodes he writes and ...

True Facts: the Mating Dance of The Peacock Spider

It appears that Ze Frank read the article Fourteen Fun Facts About Love and Sex in the Animal Kingdom, which we linked here just a couple of days ago. He then ran to get some peacock spider footage from J├╝rgen Otto (previously at Neatorama) and ...

Browns’ Jarvis Landry expected to be ready for 2020 season after hip surgery

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Jarvis Landry underwent surgery earlier this month to fix a nagging hip injury. Landry revealed the procedure on his Instagram account Thursday. Dr. Chris Larson performed the surgery Feb. 4 in ...

North Carolina prepares for wintry blast as 437-day snow drought ends

Rain began turning into snow Thursday afternoon in Raleigh, N.C., officially bringing an end the snow drought in the central portion of the state. By Thursday evening, the snow had spread across more of the region, including Greenville, S.C., and ...

Boxing: Nevada State Athletic Commission bans Wilder-Fury faceoff after weigh-in

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- After a heated press conference between the two boxers, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has barred heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder and lineal champion Tyson Fury from taking part in a traditional faceoff during ...

Laura Neal named lead writer for ‘Killing Eve’ Season 4

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Sex Education and Secret Diary of a Call Girl scribe Laura Neal has signed on as lead writer and executive producer for Season 4 of the BBC America thriller Killing Eve. Season 3 of the series -- which stars Jodie Comer and Sandra ...

Poll: 77% of Americans confident government can handle coronavirus outbreak

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A majority of Americans are at least somewhat confident in the U.S. government to adequately handle an outbreak of the coronavirus, a Gallup poll released Thursday indicates. The survey found that 31 percent of Americans are "very ...

Trump Rips ‘Parasite’ Over Oscars Wins, Studio Fires Back

Play video content Breaking News C-SPAN Donald Trump is mocking the historic Oscars wins for "Parasite" ... and the movie studio is clapping back in epic fashion, calling the President illiterate!!! The President just launched a sneak ...

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar resigns as Dail struggles to elect new leader

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar resigned as leader Thursday after the country's parliament failed to select a new premier. Varadkar told Irish President Michael Higgins he'd stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new leader is ...

NBC renews ‘Blacklist’ for Season 8

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- NBC has renewed its James Spader-Megan Boone drama The Blacklist for an eighth season. The show is about U.S. government agents finding and apprehending the world's most dangerous criminals. Season 7 is set to resume March 20 ...

March for Our Lives co-founders endorse Bernie Sanders for president

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Several co-founders of the anti-gun violence organization March For Our Lives endorsed Bernie Sanders for president Thursday. Co-founders Delaney Tarr, Daud Mumin, Robert Schentrup, Nurah Abdulhaqq, Chris Grady, Thandiwe Abdullah, ...

Navy installs ODIN laser weapon system to counter aerial drones

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy announced Thursday that it has installed a laser weapon system that allows ships to counter aerial drones. According to the Navy, the first Optical Dazzling Interdictor, Navy (ODIN) was installed on the Arleigh ...

800 paratroopers return to Ft. Bragg after January deployment to Middle East

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- About 800 soldiers who rapidly deployed into the Middle East in January returned to Fort Bragg, N.C., Thursday, according to Army officials. The 82nd Airborne Division brigade were the first group of about 3,000 paratroopers who ...

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Thursday. Irving missed 26 straight games earlier this season because of the right shoulder ailment. The ...

Experts: China seeking to normalize military presence beyond borders

WASHINGTON -- China's Belt and Road Initiative, its military base in Africa, and increased humanitarian aid help normalize China's military presence outside its borders as part of an escalating power projection, an expert in the Asia Pacific region ...

Barbie introduces Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Jean King and Florence Nightingale dolls

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Toymaker Mattel introduced three new dolls in its Inspiring Women line of Barbie dolls on Thursday, featuring likenesses of accomplished women throughout history. The new set features dolls based on Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Jean King ...

Travel restrictions have varied efficacy at containing disease outbreaks

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- As many as 30 countries have instituted some form of travel restriction in response to the new coronavirus, COVID-19, World Health Organization officials said Thursday, in spite of limited scientific evidence indicating that they ...

New York Yankees shut down Luis Severino with right forearm soreness

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees shut down All-Star pitcher Luis Severino due to discomfort in his right forearm, manager Aaron Boone announced Thursday. Boone revealed that Severino has a loose body in his pitching elbow. He said that it's too ...

Corey Feldman Detained At Airport For Carrying Taser

Exclusive TMZ.com Corey Feldman allegedly tried to bring a Taser on an airplane in New York ... and he almost got arrested. Sources close to "The Goonies" star tell TMZ ... Corey was detained Thursday at LaGuardia Airport, after going through ...

Small plane crash kills three near Abilene, Texas

Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A small plane crash in rural West Texas left three people dead Thursday, local law enforcement said. The Beechcraft BE20 Super King Air disappeared from the air traffic control radar before 6 a.m. as the aircraft was en route to ...