The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Friday February 7)

February 7, 2020

Here are today’s top headlines.

Coronavirus news and live updates: Death toll soars past 560 – CNN

By Jessie Yeung, Adam Renton and Steve George, CNN Updated 1:11 a.m. ET, February 6, 2020 The virus: The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 560 people and infected over 28,000 — the vast majority in China. Outside mainland China, it has spread to over 25 countries and territories, infected more than 250 and killed two people.

Trump’s impeachment trial is over but the politics are not

A hundred senators have cast judgment on President Donald Trump, but the saga of his impeachment will only be put to rest when the ultimate jury — 150 million American voters — delivers a final verdict in November.

Mitt Romney finally drew a line in the sand against Donald Trump

The easy thing for Mitt Romney to do would have been to side with the rest of his Republican colleagues and vote to acquit President Donald Trump on the two articles of impeachment against him.

China halves tariffs on $75 billion worth of US goods, as coronavirus outbreak escalates

China announced on Thursday that it will halve tariffs on $75 billion worth of US imports, as the world’s two largest economies continue to step back from a years-long trade war that has hurt both countries and dented global growth.

Kirk Douglas, acclaimed actor, dead at 103

Kirk Douglas, one of the great Hollywood leading men whose off-screen life was nearly as colorful as his on-screen exploits in movies like “Spartacus” and “Champion,” has died, according to his son, actor Michael Douglas. He was 103.

Pelosi tells Democrats: Trump ‘shredded the truth, so I shredded his speech’ after State of the Union

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats in a closed-door caucus meeting on Wednesday morning that she “shredded” the President’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night because Trump “shredded the truth” in his address, according to one person in the room.

Lesotho’s first lady is charged with murdering husband’s ex-wife

The first lady of Lesotho, Maesaiah Thabane has been charged with murdering her husband’s ex-wife in a crime that has gripped the tiny mountainous kingdom.

Penguins’ speech patterns are similar to humans, a new study finds

A team of researchers based in Italy have found “compelling evidence” that African penguins use the same speech patterns as we do — the first time this has been found in an animal other than a primate.

Chechen blogger ‘violently’ murdered in French hotel room

French police are investigating the murder of a Chechen blogger, who was a vocal critic of President Ramzan Kadyrov, in a hotel room in Lille.

PETA ends ‘I’d Rather Go Naked’ anti-fur campaign after three decades

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Contributors Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN The phrase “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” has been credited to celebrities — in various states of undress — from Pamela Anderson to Eva Mendes, Pink and Dennis Rodman.

Trump acquitted by Senate in impeachment trial

Impeachment of Donald Trump President Donald Trump has been cleared in his impeachment trial, ending a congressional bid to oust him from office that bitterly divided the US. The Senate, run by the president’s fellow Republicans, voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and by 53-47 on obstruction of Congress.

Wuhan newborn becomes youngest coronavirus case

A Chinese newborn has been diagnosed with the new coronavirus just 30 hours after birth, the youngest case recorded so far, state media said. The baby was born on 2 February in a local hospital in Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus. The baby’s mother tested positive before she gave birth.

Lionel Messi: Eric Abidal to keep Barcelona sporting director role despite criticism

Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal is to keep his job at the club despite being criticised by star forward Lionel Messi. Six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi spoke out against Abidal after he had said players were not working hard under former coach Ernesto Valverde. Valverde was sacked in January and replaced by Quique Setien.

Odion Ighalo: Manchester United striker took pay cut to make loan deal happen

Odion Ighalo says he was so desperate to join Manchester United he took a pay cut to make the deal happen and did not sleep the night it was agreed. The 30-year-old Nigeria forward has joined United on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.

One of Kenya’s last big ‘tusker’ elephants dies

One of the last remaining great “tusker” elephants in Kenya has died aged 50. Tim died in Amboseli National Park on Tuesday, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). He died of natural causes. The animal’s body will be sent to a taxidermist in Nairobi so that it can go on display, KWS said in a statement.

A Broken System Acquitted Donald Trump

President Donald Trump was acquitted of impeachment charges on Wednesday. After Republican senators voted not to hear from a single witness ― the first time that’s happened in the impeachment trial of a U.S. president, of which there have now been three – it was clear to everyone that acquittal was guaranteed.

Susan Collins Regrets Saying She Believed Trump Has Learned Lesson

Hindsight is 20/20 for Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). Collins said Tuesday that she would vote to acquit President Donald Trump and that he had learned a lesson from the Ukraine scandal and his impeachment. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Trump Jr. Repeatedly Calls For Mitt Romney To Be ‘Expelled’ From GOP

Donald Trump Jr. is calling for Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) to be expelled from the Republican Party after the senator said he would vote to convict Trump Jr.’s father, President Donald Trump, in the Senate impeachment trial over abuse of power.

What critics are saying about ‘Birds of Prey’

Suicide Squad’s breakout star Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is liberated from Jared Leto’s big, bad Joker, and returns to the big screen in her own superhero adventure, Birds of Prey, in theaterson Feb. 7, 2020.

A car chase kicked off the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade

The Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade got off to a start nobody expected on Wednesday – it kicked-off with a high-speed chase along the route. Folks in Kansas City had already begun to line-up along the route Wednesday morning – the actual parade wasn’t scheduled to begin until 12:30 p.m.

Politician has brilliant response for trolls who harassed her over off-the-shoulder outfit in parliament

When Tracy Brabin MP stood at the despatch box in the House of Commons to raise a point of order, she probably didn’t expect to be called a “slag”. The senior politician was policed for her clothing when she was simply doing her job. Sigh.

One of John Krasinski’s ‘perfect’ cold opens in ‘The Office’ was accidental

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 13 of the Office Ladies podcast. Over the course of The Office ‘s nine seasons, the show gave us some of the greatest cold opens in television history.

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