The Top Stories on the Internet Today (Thursday February 20)

February 20, 2020

Here are some headlines from select sources across the world.

Coronavirus news and live updates: Death toll rises to 2,000 – CNN

More than 2,000 people have now died from the novel coronavirus, the vast majority of them in mainland China. China’s Health Commission announced 136 new deaths since Monday, bringing the countrywide toll to 2,004. Over 75,000 people have been infected globally.

Xi Jinping says battle against coronavirus making “visible progress” as death toll passes 2,000

The death toll from Covid-19 has surpassed 2,000 but Chinese authorities say they are making “visible progress” in fighting the outbreak. Meanwhile, passengers begin to leave the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

Chinese study finds Covid-19 virus to be more contagious than SARS or MERS

A comprehensive study of more than 72,000 confirmed and suspected cases of the novel coronavirus by Chinese scientists has revealed new information about the deadly infection which has brought much of the country to a halt.

Trump’s pardon spree deepens crisis gripping American justice

President Donald Trump just appointed himself America’s judge and jury, casting even deeper doubts on whether the nation’s impartial justice system can withstand his expanding political assault.

Trump commutes Blagojevich’s sentence, pardons others

President Donald Trump wielded his powers of clemency Tuesday for convicted white-collar criminals and the former Illinois governor accused of attempting to sell a US senate seat.

Erling Braut Haaland stuns PSG on Champions League debut for Dortmund

Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised anymore, given the frequency with which he does it.

Skeleton found in cave could reveal Neanderthal death rites

Around 70,000 years ago, a Neanderthal was laid to rest in Shanidar Cave. Excavations in recent years have slowly revealed its entire upper body, including a lower back, the clenched bones of a right hand and the left hand almost acting as a pillow beneath the skull.

After his fiery crash, NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is awake and speaking with family

NASCAR driver Ryan Newman is “awake and speaking with family and doctors” following a fiery crash near the finish line of Daytona 500 on Monday evening.

Mike Bloomberg’s Staggering Wealth Didn’t Just Build A Political Network. It Also Bought Silence.

The plan was shocking even in Mike Bloomberg’s New York: At the height of the Great Recession, with the number of homeless people approaching record highs, the city had quietly begun charging rent from working families living in its rundown shelters.

Bloomberg The Candidate Will Sell Bloomberg The Company If Elected, Campaign Says

Mike Bloomberg will sell his massive media and data company, Bloomberg LP, if he’s elected president, his campaign said on Tuesday. Tim O’Brien, one of the former New York mayor’s advisers, said on CNN that Bloomberg would offload the company that made him a multibillionaire, contrasting the plan with the actions of President Donald Trump, who has continued to benefit from his own swath of business holdings throughout his administration.

Rush Limbaugh: Trump Told Me Not To Apologize For Pete Buttigieg Remarks

Rush Limbaugh’s disparaging remarks about Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg kissing his husband struck many as homophobic. And now Limbaugh says Donald Trump doesn’t want him to apologize for them. Limbaugh claimed during his show on Monday that the president called while the talk show host was about to undergo a medical procedure, according to audio captured by Media Matters.

We Finally Know Why Justin Bieber Was Towed During That ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Justin Bieber’s latest ” Carpool Karaoke” with James Corden aired on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The Late Late Show.” And viewers finally got to find out what that towing controversy was really all about. Footage filmed by a bystander last month showed Corden and Bieber recording the segment inside an SUV that was being towed on a trailer.

No visas for low-skilled workers, government says

Low-skilled workers would not get visas under post-Brexit immigration plans unveiled by the government. It is urging employers to “move away” from relying on “cheap labour” from Europe and invest in retaining staff and developing automation technology. The Home Office said EU and non-EU citizens coming to the UK would be treated equally after UK-EU free movement ends on 31 December.

Debris found in Boeing 737 Max jetliner fuel tanks

Boeing’s crisis-hit 737 Max jetliner faces a new potential safety issue as debris has been found in the fuel tanks of several of the planes. The head of Boeing’s 737 programme has told employees that the discovery was “absolutely unacceptable”. A Boeing spokesman said the company did not see the issue further delaying the jet’s return to service.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp warns Atletico Madrid of intimidating Anfield

Jurgen Klopp warned Atletico Madrid that Anfield will be as intimidating as the Wanda Metropolitano when Liverpool look to overturn a 1-0 loss from the Champions League last-16 first leg. Saul Niguez’s fourth-minute strike was enough to give the Spanish side the advantage over the defending champions.

The tech product that made Bloomberg rich is a perfect metaphor for his candidacy

As billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attempts to buy ( and meme) his way into the hearts of voters in the democratic primaries, there’s renewed scrutiny on who this dude is, what he’s done, and where he came from.

‘The Matrix’ deepfaked with ‘Office Space’ makes for some very bleak fanfiction

Deepfakes are a technological feat in themselves. Now we can finally see what would have happened if Neo took the blue pill. Thanks to advancements in AI, deepfakes are becoming easier to create. YouTuber Ctrl Shift Face and Chris Ume collaborated on deepfaking The Matrix and Office Space, imagining what would happen if Neo chose to stay ignorant.

HQ Trivia will ‘live on’ after all, CEO says

The quizzes will live on – maybe. Four days after announcing that HQ Trivia would be shutting down for good, the company’s CEO now says the trivia app will “live on,” provided the company is able to finalize an acquisition with another unnamed buyer.

Lizzo covers Harry Styles’ ‘Adore You’ and it’s one hell of a banger

Lizzo and Harry Styles are a musical match made in heaven. By this point, you’ll have likely witnessed Harry’s epic cover of Lizzo’s “Juice” on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. You might have also spotted the dynamic duo take to the stage TOGETHER to perform the same song during Lizzo’s Miami Beach concert.

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