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    The Conners kills off classic Roseanne character in latest episode

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    Associated Press

    US lawmaker defends meeting with Iran FM in Munich

    Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday defended a weekend meeting he held with Iran's foreign minister in Europe, after his actions were questioned in conservative media andas President Donald Trump suggested they may have violated U.S. law. The Connecticut Democrat said his Saturday meeting with Mohammed Javad Zarif was important because it is “dangerous not to talk to one's enemies.” Murphy said he wanted to see Zarif because there has been no U.S. diplomatic channel with Iran since Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal two years ago. “I have no delusions about Iran — they are our adversary, responsible for the killing of thousands of Americans and unacceptable levels of support for terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East,” he wote in a Medium post.

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    Bloomberg

    China Bought Time With Quarantine; Russian Borders: Virus Update

    (Bloomberg) -- China’s strict quarantine likely bought the rest of the world several weeks to prepare for the virus, according to the World Health Organization. Hubei, the Chinese province at epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, said it plans to use recent purchases of medicines to look for unidentified patients.Russia said it would bar Chinese citizens from entering the country starting Feb. 20. China’s commerce ministry said it would take steps to blunt the impact of the virus.Earlier, China reported the lowest number of new cases since announcing a change in its method of detection last week. So far, 73,424 people have been infected and 1,873 have died around the world, the vast majority of them in Hubei.Key DevelopmentsChina death toll 1,868; mainland cases rise to 72,436Hubei reports 1,807 new cases; 93 more deathsApple’s cut revives questions about China over-relianceClick VRUS on the terminal for news and data on the novel coronavirus and here for maps and charts. For analysis of the impact from Bloomberg Economics, click here.China Measures Seem to Have Delayed Spread, WHO Says (2:50 p.m. NY)China’s aggressive quarantine tactics delayed the spread of the coronavirus from the outbreak’s center, said a top official at the World Health Organization. Officials in China's Hubei province locked down travel to and from the province, and later sharply restricted people’s ability to leave their homes.“Those measures on movement restriction have delayed the dissemination of the outbreak by two or three days within China, and two or three weeks outside China,” said Sylvie Briand, the WHO’s director of global infectious hazard preparedness. Briand said that estimate was based on modeling of the disease’s spread, and it will take time to know for certain.Russia Bans Chinese Citizens From Entry (1:05 p.m. NY)Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order temporarily banning Chinese citizens from entering Russia for tourism, personal reasons or work starting Thursday, Interfax reported, citing Deputy PM Tatyana Golikova’s office. The ban doesn’t apply to passengers continuing to a destination outside Russia.China Aims to Stabilize Trade, Promote Consumption (10:25 a.m. NY)China’s Commerce Ministry will take steps to help stabilize the nation’s foreign trade and prod consumption in a bid to reduce the impact of coronavirus outbreak on commercial activities, the ministry said in statement.Sanofi to Work on Coronavirus Vaccine (10 a.m. NY)French pharmaceutical company Sanofi jumped into the race to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus, betting that earlier work in pursuit of a SARS vaccine could accelerate its effort.Read the full story here.Hubei Will Search for People Who Bought Fever Drugs (7:24 a.m. NY)China’s Hubei province said it will use recent purchases of fever and cough medicines to sweep for unidentified coronavirus patients, a new step that leverages the government’s surveillance powers to try and stop the virus.The province has enacted a lockdown of tens of millions of people, opened new hospitals and isolation centers, mandated self-reported temperature checks, and conducted house-to-house searches for people showing symptoms. The measures have coincided with a drop in newly reported cases in Hubei, where the outbreak began and most infections and deaths have occurred.The government will investigate anyone who bought fever or cough medicines since Jan. 20, whether they were purchased from brick-and-mortar stores or online. It will also track down anyone who sought treatment for a fever since then. Anyone selling treatments for a cough or fever will have to check and register and report the patient’s identity, the provincial government said.China’s authorities have broad powers of surveillance, enabled by an almost totally mobile-based payment systems that are integrated into most aspects of everyday life. While they’ve helped control movement in the province and the city of Wuhan, creating a regional quarantine, citizens there have complained of harsh treatment and short supplies as the lockdown drags on.More Companies Warn on Virus Impact (7:24 a.m. NY)Walmart Inc.’s CFO said the virus could lower first-quarter earnings per share by a few cents. The retailer said it had closed “less than a handful” of stores in the country. Separately, Medtronic said it expected the outbreak to impact fourth-quarter results, but that this was hard to quantify.Earlier, Apple slumped after saying it wouldn’t be able to hit sales targets. The news drove down U.S. stock futures, as well as shares in European chipmakers and Asian suppliers.Xi Tells U.K.’s Johnson China Can Meet 2020 Goals (6:47 a.m. NY)China is confident in achieving economic development targets set for this year, President Xi Jinping told U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a phone call, according to China Central Television. China’s efforts to fight coronavirus are yielding significant results, Xi said.IHG CEO Calls Coronavirus ‘Short-Term Blip’ (6:28 a.m. NY)InterContinental Hotels Group shares reversed a decline after Chief Executive Officer Keith Barr said the outbreak was a “short-term blip” in the Chinese market.IHG opened six hotels in China in January and signed 11 hotels in February, Barr said on an earnings call. “Business is still moving ahead” and the “long-term fundamentals in China remain absolutely strong,” he said.Passengers Should Have Been Released Earlier: Netanyahu (6:10 a.m. NY)Passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship should have been dispersed as quickly as possible, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. There were 15 Israeli citizens on board -- three have been infected and the remainder are scheduled to be flown back to Israel on Thursday.Japan said on Tuesday another 88 people aboard the quarantined ship had been infected, bringing the total number of cases to 542 people. Earlier, Britain became the latest country to look at evacuating its nationals from the Diamond Princess, following Australia and South Korea.Japan expects to remove all passengers from the cruise ship by Friday.Fredriksen’s Bulk-Shipping Firm Warns on Profits (6:09 a.m. NY)Golden Ocean Group Ltd., one of the world’s biggest dry-bulk shipping companies, said the coronavirus outbreak will hurt profits and slashed its dividend to a third to protect its balance sheet. The warning illustrates the toll from the virus on the world’s second-biggest economy and the global ripple effects, including on demand for transport of goods in and out of China.German Investor Confidence Plunges (6:08 p.m. HK)Investor sentiment in Europe’s largest economy dropped on concerns the outbreak will disrupt trade. ZEW’s index of expectations for the next six months fell below even the most pessimistic estimate in a Bloomberg survey. The poll suggests confidence is fading that Germany can stem a manufacturing recession that has lasted more than a year.“Economic development is rather fragile at the moment,” ZEW President Achim Wambach said in a statement. The outlook for export-intensive sectors has deteriorated “particularly sharply” as a result of the epidemic that originated in China, he said.Earlier on Tuesday, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in called for “extraordinary” steps to minimize the virus’s impact and said it was an emergency for the country’s economy.Virus May Curb China Oil and Gas Use But Not Emissions (5:33 p.m. HK)A government stimulus package being planned to combat the economic impact of the viral outbreak will probably focus on increasing investment in infrastructure, which will likely boost usage of coal, BloombergNEF said in a report. The dirtiest fossil fuel continues to be the main source of power in China despite efforts in the past decade to clean up the sector by favoring new renewable generation.Brent futures fell 1.8% to trade below $57 a barrel in London.Apple Slumps on Sales Warning (5:12 p.m. HK)Apple shares fell 4.2% in pre-market trading after the technology giant said it doesn’t expect to meet revenue guidance for the March quarter, citing the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.The news also hit U.S. futures as well as technology stocks in Europe and Asia.Hong Kong Jobless Rate Was Rising Before Virus Hit (5:02 p.m. HK)The jobless rate rose in January for a fourth straight month, reaching its highest level since 2016 as Hong Kong’s businesses struggle from the political unrest and also from the disruption starting late in the month caused by the coronavirus outbreak.The city’s jobless rate rose to 3.4% for the November to January period, the same as the median forecast in a survey of economists. The string of increases was the longest since 2009, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. The data does not reflect the full impact of shutdowns from the coronavirus outbreak.HK to Extend Virus Monitoring, Lab Tests (4:54 p.m. HK)Hong Kong health authorities will extend novel coronavirus surveillance to include testing outpatients and those at emergency wards, Under Secretary for Food and Health Chui Tak-yi said at a briefing.China Outbreak May Peak in Some Areas in Feb.: Expert (4:41 p.m. HK)Zhong Nanshan, a respiratory disease expert advising the Chinese government, expects the coronavirus outbreak to peak by mid to late February in southern China, Xinhua reported. The forecast is based on mathematical models and governments’ control measures.IMF Cuts Nigerian Growth Forecast (4:15 p.m. HK)The International Monetary Fund cut its estimate for Nigerian economic growth, as oil prices slump amid the coronavirus outbreak. The forecast for Africa’s top crude producer was lowered to 2% from 2.5%, the lender said in a statement on Monday.SAT Tests Scrapped For Chinese Students (3:43 p.m. HK)The College Board, which organizes the standardized Scholastic Assessment Test, or SAT, for admission to colleges in the U.S., canceled the March 14 test for all registered students traveling from China to other locations for the exam.The test will be administered in Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore, but not in mainland China.Singapore Budgets Millions to Counter Virus (3:09 p.m. HK)Singaporean authorities are setting aside an additional S$800 million ($575 million) in the city-state’s budget to support efforts to fight and contain the virus, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat told Parliament.Earlier this month, Singapore Airlines and subsidiary SilkAir announced a temporary reduction in flight services across their global network, owing to weak demand as a result of the outbreak.Shanghai Schools to Remain Suspended (3 p.m. HK)Colleges and schools in China’s financial hub will remain suspended in March due to the outbreak and online teaching will be provided, the city’s government said. It said it would decide when to reopen campuses based on the development of the epidemic.Philippines to Allow Workers to Return to Hong Kong, Macau (3 p.m. HK)The Southeast Asian nation will allow its citizens employed in Hong Kong and Macau to return to their jobs, partially lifting a travel ban imposed weeks ago to prevent the virus’s spread.The government will exempt those working in the two cities from the ban “subject to certain formalities,” Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay tweeted. It comes after the government lifted a days-old travel ban on Taiwan on Feb. 14.New Doctor Fatality (2:03 p.m. HK)State-run CCTV reported the death of neurosurgery expert Liu Zhiming, director of Wuhan Wuchang Hospital, underscoring the risks of the virus for medical workers on its front lines. It comes after the death earlier this month of Li Wenliang, a city doctor who was sanctioned for attempting to bring the virus to light early on -- and whose death sparked a rare outpouring of public anger in the country.More than 1,700 medical workers have been infected by the coronavirus, according to China’s National Health Commission, most of them in Wuhan. At least six have died.\--With assistance from Shinhye Kang, Dominic Lau, Drew Armstrong, Isabel Reynolds, Anand Krishnamoorthy, Natalie Lung, Peter Elstrom, Sam Kim, Derek Wallbank and Crystal Chui.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Karen Leigh in Hong Kong at kleigh4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rachel Chang at wchang98@bloomberg.net, ;Adveith Nair at anair29@bloomberg.net, ;Drew Armstrong at darmstrong17@bloomberg.net, Karen Leigh, Mark SchoifetFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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    An expert booted off the Diamond Princess says Japan’s coronavirus control is “completely chaotic”

    Kentaro Iwata, an infectious diseases expert at Kobe University, was brought onto the Diamond Princess yesterday, a day before the Japanese government began allowing passengers to disembark from the quarantined cruise ship. “The cruise ship was completely inadequate in terms of the infection control,” Iwata said in a YouTube video he uploaded yesterday. “There was no distinction between the green zone, which is free of infection, and the red zone, which is potentially contaminated by the virus.” He had boarded the ship as a member of the disaster medical assistance team, after having been denied permission to enter in his own capacity as an infection control expert, he said.

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    Russia to ban entry of Chinese nationals to halt virus

    Russia will temporarily ban Chinese nationals from entering the country due to the virus outbreak centered in China that has infected more than 73,000 people worldwide, Russian authorities said Tuesday. The entry ban goes into effect Thursday at midnight Moscow time (2100 GMT) for an indefinite period, according to a decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. The government said it took the move due to the “worsening epidemiological situation” in China.

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    The Wrap

    Harvey Weinstein’s Criminal Trial Heads to the Jury – But Has the Prosecution Made Its Case?

    After over a month of dramatic and emotional testimonies from six women who have come forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, as well as revelations from lengthy cross-examinations and rebuttal witnesses, the jury on Tuesday began deliberating the mogul’s fate in a Manhattan courthouse.Though the seven-man, five-woman panel heard lengthy and impassioned closing arguments from the defense and prosecution last week, legal experts are divided on whether the jury has been convinced to convict or acquit the mogul of the five felony charges against him.“It’s really tough to predict what a jury is going to do, especially in a case like this that is going to turn entirely upon witness credibility,” Neama Rahmani, a former federal prosecutor who now runs West Coast Trial Lawyers, told TheWrap. “Even though the law says the testimony of one witness is enough to prove any fact, some jurors just have a very difficult time convicting someone beyond a reasonable doubt based on the testimony of one witness or one victim. They just can’t do it.”Also Read: Harvey Weinstein Accuser Called Him Her 'Spiritual Soulmate,' Former Roommate TestifiesA hung jury is still a very real possibility given that the panel must unanimously agree to convict or acquit Weinstein, according to lawyers who spoke with TheWrap. And if a mistrial from a hung jury does occur, that would be seen as a victory for Weinstein, they said, and send a larger, more symbolic message.“A mistrial will communicate on a national level that we still have far to go in understanding and properly handling sexual violence against women,” Michelle Simpson Tuegel, a former criminal defense attorney who now represents victims of sexual assault, said. “It will definitely cause women who are considering coming forwarding, and those who already have, to question whether it has been worth the cost and the pain.”Last week, the defense’s case seemed to get a boost after two witnesses raised doubts about the testimonies of two accusers: Jessica Mann and Lauren Young. Talita Maia, Mann’s former roommate, testified that Mann did not seem upset after two incidents where Mann said Weinstein had assaulted her and often spoke fondly of the mogul. Mann is one of two witnesses whose testimony forms the basis of the five felony charges against Weinstein.Claudia Salinas — a woman whom Young said had left her alone in a bathroom with Weinstein, where she said he groped her breast and masturbated in front of her — denied ever going up to the hotel suite or closing the door behind Young. Young was one of three “prior bad acts” witnesses who testified for the prosecution to help show a pattern of predatory behavior.Also Read: Witness Denies Leaving Accuser Alone With Harvey Weinstein in Hotel Bathroom“By all accounts, the defense feels like they got out of this with the wind at their back,” said Mark Geragos, a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles.Even if the prosecution earns a guilty verdict, the defense — since day one — has been mounting a case for an appeal that could potentially overturn any conviction. Such points of contention include the selection of one juror who is writing a book about predatory older men, as well as instances where they say the prosecution failed to hand over evidence.Still, the number of women who have testified — combined with how each of their stories demonstrated a similar pattern of behavior by Weinstein — will be “powerful” for the prosecution’s case, Rahmani said. “If they are able to get a guilty conviction, it’s just because of that strength in numbers,” he said.Also Read: 6 Harvey Weinstein Accusers Have Testified at His Trial - Here's What They SaidIt’s unclear how effectively Weinstein lead attorney Donna Rotunno and assistant district attorney Joan Illuzzi were in convincing the jury of their arguments — and how those jurors might use those same arguments inside the deliberation room.“[Summations are] your chance to talk directly to the people — the jury — to give voice to them, to give them arguments to use when they go into deliberation, to give to them what they need in order to convince the other jurors to go along with you,” Geragos said.The ex-mogul faces five felony charges for predatory sexual assault, first- and third-degree rape, and a forcible sexual act. He has pleaded not guilty and denied accusations of nonconsensual sex.Read original story Harvey Weinstein’s Criminal Trial Heads to the Jury – But Has the Prosecution Made Its Case? At TheWrap