The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday January 30)

January 30, 2020

A look at some of today’s top headlines.

Coronavirus update: Latest world news and live coverage – CNN

By Helen Regan and Steve George, CNN Updated 12:30 a.m. ET, January 29, 2020 The latest numbers: At least 132 people are dead and almost 6,000 cases have been confirmed in mainland China, as the Wuhan coronavirus spreads across Asia and the rest of the world.

The helicopter that crashed killing nine people, including Kobe Bryant, dropped more than 2,000 feet a minute, NTSB says

The helicopter that crashed over the weekend in California killing nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant, dropped more than 2,000 feet a minute and was in one piece until impact into a hillside, a National Transportation Safety Board member said Tuesday.

British Airways suspends all flights to China as coronavirus spreads

British Airways has suspended flights between the United Kingdom and China in light of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

First on CNN: 50 US service members diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iranian missile strike

Fifty US military personnel have now been diagnosed with concussions and traumatic brain injuries following the Iranian missile attack on US forces in Iraq earlier this month, according to a statement Tuesday from the Pentagon.

Trump unveils Middle East plan that caters to Israel and was swiftly rejected by Palestinians

President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed a Middle East plan that he claimed was a “realistic two-state solution” but caters to nearly every major Israeli demand and was immediately rejected by Palestinians.

A man bought a Rolex for $345 in 1974. Its current value knocked him off his feet

A man brought a Rolex watch he purchased in 1974 for $345.97 to an antiques show to find out its current value. His reaction: priceless.

Magnitude 7.7 earthquake strikes off the coast of Jamaica and is felt as far away as Miami

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Tuesday about 80 miles from Jamaica, shaking people in the Caribbean and as far away as Miami.

Trump Defense Urges Senators To Feel Bad For Trump

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump ‘s impeachment defense team wrapped up its opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial by pleading with senators to try to understand the president’s feelings. “Put yourself in the shoes of the president,” attorney Jay Sekulow said. “The president of the United States, before he was the president, was under an investigation.”

Washington Post Reporter Suspended For Kobe Bryant Tweets Speaks Out

The Washington Post reporter who was suspended after tweeting a story about the 2003 rape allegation against basketball star Kobe Bryant on the day he died called on the newspaper’s executive editor to speak directly about the decision to punish her and explain how the paper planned to protect employees’ safety going forward.

Billionaire sorry for ‘Africa loves Trump’ remark

South African mining tycoon Patrice Motsepe has apologised for telling US President Donald Trump that Africans love him. The billionaire made the statement following a backlash, with critics saying he had no right to assume the role of Africa’s spokesman. “I have a duty to listen to these differing views and would like to apologise,” Mr Motsepe said.

‘My husband can’t afford me’

“I don’t view the Bride Price as me being paid for… Geoffrey can’t afford me,” says Angela, a British-born Ghanaian describing a family tradition common across Sub-Saharan Africa. “Instead I like the idea that my fiancé and his side are thinking about me as a treasure coming into their family.”

Ed Woodward: Man Utd executive vice-chairman’s home comes under attack

The Cheshire home of Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been attacked by a group chanting that he was “going to die”. A video posted on social media showed an individual throwing a red flare over a large gate, while others sang songs aimed at the 48-year-old.

Starbucks closes 2,000 China outlets due to virus

Starbucks has closed half of its outlets in China to protect its staff and support government efforts to contain the coronavirus. The coffee shop chain warned that the rapidly expanding infection is likely to affect its financial performance. Starbucks has almost 4,300 outlets in China, making it the company’s largest market outside the US.

Google reportedly launching another messaging app, but this time might be different

Talk. Hangouts. Duo. Allo. Google can’t seem to stop making communications apps, and it feels like it’s getting worse at it – I remember a time when everyone was on Hangouts, but Allo barely made a dent in the market before it was dismantled in March 2019.

Kumail Nanjiani got a 10-year subscription to PornHub for his shirtless pics

Nobody was ready when actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani revealed he was incredibly jacked in December, thanks to his role in the upcoming Marvel tentpole, Eternals . Millions were suddenly struck with a mighty thirst – including, apparently, PornHub.

Google Translate will soon be able to transcribe audio

Google’s translation tech is about to get even more powerful. The company will soon add a new feature to its Translate app that makes the service even more like an actual human translator: transcriptions.

I took out a loan with cryptocurrency and didn’t sign a thing

Last week, I took out a loan without meeting anyone, signing anything, or even interacting with a human being. I also invested in a variety of assets that earn interest of up to 5.9 percent a year. I did it all on my own, from my computer.

Mike Bloomberg met a dog and decided to shake its mouth

Listen, there’s technically no wrong way to pet a dog but the way presidential candidate and ultra-billionaire Mike Bloomberg pet a dog on Monday was downright bonkers. Bloomberg passed through Burlington, Vermont this week, where he was fortunate enough to meet a dog that seemed quite Good.

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