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Tribune News Service

International Budget for Saturday, February 8, 2020

Updated at 0505 UTC (12:05 a.m. U.S. EST Saturday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.

^TOP STORIES<

^White House ousts national security aide who testified in House impeachment inquiry<

WHITEHOUSE-VINDMAN:LA — The White House on Friday pushed out a top national security official whose House impeachment testimony bolstered Democrats' case and infuriated President Donald Trump, his lawyer confirmed Friday.

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman's attorney David Pressman in a statement Friday said the decorated Army officer "was escorted out of the White House where he has dutifully served his country and his President." Vindman was the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council.

400 by Erin B. Logan in Washington. MOVED

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^Trump takes revenge in purge of witnesses after his acquittal<

WHITEHOUSE-DISMISSALS:LA — Two days after he was acquitted by the Senate for abuse of power and obstruction, President Donald Trump exacted vengeance Friday against two administration officials who gave damaging testimony during the House impeachment inquiry, firing his ambassador to the European Union and ousting the top Ukraine expert at the National Security Council.

The reprisals transformed the president's rage over his impeachment into bitter personal payback, bringing the massive firepower of his office against a well-heeled political appointee and a highly decorated Army officer who had complied with congressional subpoenas and gave sworn testimony.

1150 by Chris Megerian and Erin B. Logan in Washington. MOVED

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^Rivals take aim at Sanders, Buttigieg at feisty Democratic debate<

DEMOCRATS-DEBATE:LA. — Rival candidates sharpened their attacks on Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg on the debate stage Friday night, but the two candidates leading the pack came ready for battle as New Hampshire prepares to vote in what has become a chaotic and fluid presidential primary.

Buttigieg, the 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Ind., whose rapid ascent has rattled the Democratic presidential field, cast doubt on the viability of his more seasoned top-tier rivals before they could get their first jabs in.

He painted former Vice President Joe Biden, who is vying to reignite a sputtering campaign, as an old school politician not equipped to take on the "fundamentally new problem" of Donald Trump. Buttigieg characterized Sanders, the Vermont senator, as an unyielding ideologue whose politics can't unite the country.

The veteran politicians, along with fellow septuagenarian Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, took aim at Buttigieg's inexperience, his rocky relations with black voters in his community, and his deep support from Wall Street donors.

1350 (with trims) by Evan Halper, Melanie Mason and Arit John in Manchester, N.H. MOVED

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^Kobe Bryant helicopter didn't suffer engine failure; cause of crash still unknown, NTSB says<

CALIF-HELICOPTER-CRASH-1ST-LEDE:LA — The helicopter that crashed last month in Calabasas, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, showed no signs of engine failure, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.

The news comes as federal investigators continue to investigate the cause of the crash. The finding that the chopper didn't lose power before the crash is one key conclusion, but many questions remain unanswered.

550 by Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^Citing coronavirus, Royal Caribbean bars cruise passengers with Chinese passports<

CORONAVIRUS-CRUISESHIPS-1ST-LEDE:LA — Adopting one of the most restrictive responses to the coronavirus outbreak, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines announced Friday it would bar any traveler with a passport from China, Hong Kong or Macao from its ships throughout the month of February.

The announcement comes as cruise lines hustle to respond to an outbreak that has quarantined passengers on at least one ship and forced other cruise companies to implement a series of new health regulations for their passengers.

600 by Hugo Mart n and Mary Forgione. MOVED

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^Federal judge deals major blow to ICE practice of asking local police to detain people<

ICE-DETAINERS:LA — A federal judge in Los Angeles this week issued his final judgment in a long-running immigration case, upending the way Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses local police to detain people it suspects of being in the country illegally.

The judgment filed Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte formalized an earlier ruling he made in September, which included a permanent injunction barring ICE from using error-prone databases when issuing so-called detainers, which are requests made to police agencies to keep people who have been arrested in custody for up two days beyond the time they would otherwise be held.

750 by Joel Rubin and Brittny Mejia in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^WORLD NEWS<

^Japan turns away Carnival Corp.'s Westerdam cruise ship for fear of coronavirus<

^CORONAVIRUS-WESTERDAM:MI—<The Japanese government will not allow a cruise ship operated by Miami-based Carnival Corporation to visit the country as scheduled for fear of coronavirus contamination.

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^China pledges to investigate death of whistleblower doctor<

CORONAVIRUS-CHINA-DOCTOR:DPA — China has pledged to "thoroughly investigate" the death of a doctor who is being hailed as a hero for sounding the alarm about a new coronavirus outbreak despite initially being reprimanded by the authorities.

The National Supervisory Commission, China's top anti-corruption body, said Friday it would send investigators to the central metropolis of Wuhan — the epicenter of the viral outbreak — to look into the circumstances surrounding doctor Li Wenliang's death.

750 by Simina Mistreanu in Beijing. MOVED

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^In Mexico, officials promise no repeat of swine flu delays of 2009<

CORONAVIRUS-MEXICO:LA — In 2009, when swine flu broke out in Mexico, critics accused the government of responding too slowly and allowing the virus to spread farther and faster than it otherwise would have.

Now, as a new strain of coronavirus spreads from China across the globe, Mexican authorities have vowed that they won't be caught unprepared.

Even though Mexico has yet to confirm a single case, officials have been testing people who may have been exposed and are setting up a toll-free number for queries.

"At least until today there has been no coronavirus — that's a good thing," President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters this week. "And we are ready. We are not going to do what was done once before."

650 by Patrick J. McDonnell in Mexico City. MOVED

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^Women Hong Kong protesters upend gender roles in democracy fight<

HONGKONG-PROTESTS-WOMEN:BLO — During Hong Kong's Occupy protests in 2014, Aria listened to Lady Gaga, put on makeup and wore cute outfits, embracing the ubiquitous "Goddess of Democracy" moniker at a time when online polls asked whether the city's few female leaders were wife or girlfriend material.

Over months of recent pro-democracy demonstrations, however, the 25-year-old Hong Konger marched to the front lines cloaked in black with her hair tucked into a helmet while wielding a wrench and a Swiss Army knife. She regularly joined a team of 30 people for physical training drills, and listens to aggressive Cantonese rapcore music.

During the financial hub's last major protests, in 2014, Aria said women like her came out in force but were relegated to cheerleader-like support roles, such as giving out water and food. The movement failed to achieve its major goal — universal suffrage — teaching her that pro-democracy activists must take drastic action to be heard, and that women need a larger role.

1300 (with trims) by Shelly Banjo and Josie Wong in Hong Kong. MOVED

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^Philippines' Duterte moves to terminate defense pact with US<

USPHILIPPINES-DEFENSE:DPA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to order that a notice of termination of the country's visiting forces agreement with the United States be sent to Washington, his spokesman said Friday.

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte was also scheduled to talk with U.S. President Donald Trump "any time," but the agenda was not clear.

"I will instruct the executive secretary to tell the foreign secretary to send the notice of termination to the U.S. government," Panelo quoted Duterte as saying.

It was not clear when the notice would be sent.

250 by dpa correspondents in Manila, Philippines. MOVED

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^UNITED STATES<

^Takeaways from the Democratic presidential debate in New Hampshire<

DEMOCRATS-DEBATE-TAKEAWAYS:LA. — After the muddle in Iowa came the mash-up in Manchester.

Seven candidates who met the fund-raising and polling criteria set by the Democratic National Committee took the stage Friday night at Saint Anselm College for the presidential campaign's eighth round of debates.

With the effect of Iowa's caucuses diminished by the botched release of results, New Hampshire has gained even more import in the party's nominating fight.

The result was a lively, often combative three hours just four days before the Granite State host the nation's first primary on Tuesday.

1250 by Mark Z. Barabak and Janet Hook in Manchester, N.H. MOVED

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^Another flight carrying Americans fleeing coronavirus lands in Southern California<

CORONAVIRUS-EVACUEES-1ST-LEDE:LA — Another flight carrying Americans fleeing the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, arrived Friday at a Southern California military base.

The plane is one of two chartered to the United States by the Defense Department.

The two flights departed China with about 300 passengers on board, the Pentagon said.

800 by Alex Wigglesworth in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^Puerto Rico aid package passes House over GOP objections<

CONGRESS-PUERTORICO:CON — Democrats muscled an emergency aid package for Puerto Rico heavy with tax breaks through the House on Friday, brushing aside Republican critiques that there's enough money already in the pipeline and that several provisions have little to do with disaster relief.

The White House has threatened to veto the $21 billion package, and with little Republican support its future in the GOP-controlled Senate appears dim. "Until we answer some questions, the administration's not going to sign it," said House Rules Committee ranking member Tom Cole, R-Okla., adding he doubts the Senate is going to take it up.

1000 (with trims) by Doug Sword in Washington. MOVED

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^USAID pushes back against Maduro's claims of a Guaid slush fund<

USVENEZUELA-USAID:WA — The U.S. Agency for International Development is pushing back against claims by Venezuelan leader Nicol s Maduro that millions of U.S. aid dollars have gone to personally enrich his chief political rival, Juan Guaid , and his associates.

Guaid , recognized by the United States and 59 other nations as Venezuela's legitimate leader, has been in Washington this week for a series of high-level meetings with President Donald Trump, top U.S. administration officials and bipartisan congressional leadership.

800 by Michael Wilner in Washington. MOVED

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^Republicans boast massive online fundraising haul during Trump's impeachment<

GOP-FUNDRAISING:WA — The Republican National Committee said it brought in a total of $117 million off online fundraising efforts opposing the impeachment of President Donald Trump from late September through Wednesday, gaining 1 million new donors in the process.

The tally only refers to money the RNC, the Trump campaign and a joint fundraising committee said they collectively raised from small-dollar donors through its "Stop the Madness" campaign, which was promoted with TV and digital ads.

400 by Francesca Chambers in Washington. MOVED

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^Kansas abortion amendment fails despite House Republicans holding vote open for 5 hours<

KANSAS-ABORTION:KC — A proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution suffered a major setback Friday, falling four votes shy of placement on the statewide August ballot.

House Republicans held open the vote for more than five hours in an effort to reach the required two-thirds majority, but drew only 80 votes with 84 needed. The amendment cleared the Senate last week.

400 by Jonathan Shorman in Topeka. MOVED

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^Expert testifies about 'false memories' in Harvey Weinstein's trial <

WEINSTEIN:LA — Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus testified for the defense in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial Friday, laying out how memory can become distorted over time.

Loftus, a distinguished professor at the University of California, Irvine, has appeared as an expert witness in more than 300 trials and has testified in a number of high-profile sexual misconduct and murder cases, including those of O.J. Simpson, Ted Bundy and the officers accused in the Rodney King beating. She also consulted in the trials of Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby.

She has routinely testified that memories can be transformed and contaminated — and, in some cases, altogether false.

750 by Laura Newberry. MOVED

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^Former bond manager Douglas Hodge gets 9-month sentence in college admissions scandal<

^CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD:LA—<Douglas Hodge, once the leader of an international bond manager and now an admitted felon, was ordered Friday to spend nine months in federal prison for paying bribes totaling $850,000 to get four of his children into the University of Southern California and Georgetown as fake athletic recruits.

Hodge, 62, received the longest prison term of any of the 14 parents who have so far been sentenced for fraud and money laundering crimes they admittedly committed with William "Rick" Singer, a Newport Beach, Calif., college admissions consultant who has acknowledged defrauding some of the country's most selective universities for years with rigged exams, fake athletic credentials and bribes.

850 by Matthew Ormseth. MOVED

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^NTSB releases photo of Kobe Bryant helicopter flying into cloud before crash<

CALIF-HELICOPTER-CRASH-IMAGES:LA — As part of its preliminary investigation into the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash, the National Transportation Safety Board on Friday released an image of the chopper flying under cloudy conditions shortly before it hit a hill in Calabasas.

The report also included photos showing the poor visibility in the Calabasas area at the time of the crash. Weather is one of the potential causes of the crash being examined, though no final determination has been made.

400 by Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^NY sues over Homeland Security's decision to ban state residents from Global Entry, other programs<

NY-GLOBALENTRY:NY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that the state will sue the Trump administration following the Department of Homeland Security's decision to ban New Yorkers from the Trusted Traveler Program.

The lawsuit, which will be brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James, will argue that DHS violated New York's sovereign immunity, failed to provide residents with equal protection and is acting in an "arbitrary and capricious manner" that denies the rights and privileges of all New Yorkers.

400 by Denis Slattery in New York. MOVED

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^'We're one American family,' Trump says at NC opportunity summit<

TRUMP-NC:CH — President Donald Trump, speaking Friday at Central Piedmont Community College, claimed credit for an economic "renaissance" that he said has especially boosted African Americans and lower-income workers.

"The forgotten men and women of America are no longer forgotten because we are finally putting America first," Trump told an audience at CPCC's Halton Theater.

850 by Bruce Henderson, Danielle Chemtob and Jim Morrill in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED

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^Frigid wind hinders recovery team after Southwest Alaska plane crash that killed 5<

ALASKA-PLANECRASH-1ST-LEDE:AC — Frigid wind chills Friday on the Southwest Alaska tundra blocked attempts to reach the wreckage of a Yute Commuter Service plane crash that killed five people Thursday, troopers said.

The plane's pilot and four passengers died in the crash 12 miles south of Tuntutuliak, troopers said Thursday night. The plane had left Bethel and was headed to Kipnuk, about 100 miles southwest of Bethel.

450 by Morgan Krakow in Anchorage, Alaska. MOVED

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^Lev Parnas has plenty of dirt that goes 'well beyond' Trump impeachment, lawyer says<

PARNAS:NY — Lev Parnas says he has plenty more dirt to reveal — and it's not all moot now that President Donald Trump has been acquitted by the Senate on impeachment charges.

The estranged onetime associate of Rudy Giuliani boasts he's a "prolific collector of photos and videos" and says he hasn't destroyed any of the images from their efforts to smear former Vice President Joe Biden.

350 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED

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^Roger Kahn, author of baseball classic 'The Boys of Summer,' dead at 92<

^BBO-KAHN-OBIT:NY—<Author Roger Kahn, whose best-selling "The Boys of Summer" was an emotional ode to Brooklyn and its beloved baseball team, the Dodgers, has died. He was 92.

The cause of death was not immediately announced.

Ranked as one of the best sports books of all time, the 1972 classic was described by Sports Illustrated as "a novelistic tale of conflict and change, a tribute, a civic history, a piece of nostalgia."

Kahn, a native of Brooklyn and a Dodgers fan since birth, was thoroughly invested in the team's long legacy of futility.

400 by Leonard Greene. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED

^Scientists to test drug meant to stop or slow Alzheimer's before symptoms appear<

MED-ALZHEIMERS-DRUG:SD — Scientists in San Diego are preparing to screen thousands of people globally to find candidates who are well-suited to take an experimental drug that is designed to slow, and possibly stop, the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

The study will be led by the University of Southern California's Alzheimer's Therapeutic Research Institute — or ATRI — in Sorrento Mesa. Researchers are looking for people who do not have symptoms of Alzheimer's but do have elevated levels of beta-amyloid.

350 by Gary Robbins in San Diego. MOVED

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^A spacecraft launching Sunday will take the first-ever images of the Sun's poles<

SCI-SOLAR-ORBITER:OS — On Sunday night, a $1.5 billion spacecraft is scheduled take off from the Space Coast on a years-long journey that, if successful, will take the first-ever images of the Sun's poles.

It's data that scientists have been yearning to obtain for years, and it may answer crucial questions about the nature of our Sun and, chiefly, the charged solar particles it spews and their impact across the solar system. The mission will send the European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter on a seven-year journey and help heliophysicists gain a better understanding of the dark spots believed to be on the Sun's poles. The mission will work in conjunction with NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which also launched from the Space Coast in August 2018

350 by Chabeli Carrazana in Orlando, Fla. MOVED

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^ENTERTAINMENT<

^Oscars 2020 preview: Five things to watch, from Joaquin Phoenix to Billie Eilish<

^MOVIE-OSCARS-PREVIEW:LA—<This year's Oscars will have no host and, if you believe the pundits, no suspense.

Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern accepted trophies five weeks ago at the Golden Globes and at the SAG Awards two weeks later and at the British Film and Television Academy Awards last weekend. And as practice makes perfect, they're really honing their craft!

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^Feras Fayyad almost couldn't visit the US because he's Syrian. Now he's going to the Oscars<

^MOVIE-OSCARS-THECAVE:LA—<"Did you know this is the 'Pretty Woman' hotel?" a publicist asked Dr. Amani Ballour.

The Syrian pediatrician shook her head quietly and told the handler she had never seen the romantic comedy. She took a seat at a table and glanced around the Beverly Wilshire, its large windows overlooking Rodeo Drive. Her face was blank.

Just two years ago, Ballour was celebrating her 30th birthday in the subterranean hospital she oversaw on the outskirts of Damascus. Deemed "the Cave," the clinic was established to treat civilians harmed during the Syrian war, which began in 2011 with demonstrations calling for President Bashar Assad's ouster.

1650 (with trims) by Amy Kaufman. MOVED

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^How the Oscars' best-picture nominees used architecture to tell stories of inequity<

^MOVIE-OSCARS-ARCHITECTURE:LA—<It is the kind of house that would kindle hot pangs of desire in even the most imperturbable editor at Dwell magazine: Clean, horizontal lines. Walls made of Beton brut concrete. Floors and ceilings from fine-grain hardwood. There is a pristine island kitchen with an induction cooktop and temperature-controlled wine storage. Plus, near the entrance, a graceful internal courtyard harbors a cluster of bamboo trees — illuminated, of course. (Uplighting vegetation is the design tic of the bourgeoisie.)

If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were to grant an Oscar for architecture as a character in a movie, the minimalist manse inhabited by the well-to-do Park family in Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite" would certainly be the lead contender.

1600 by Carolina A. Miranda. MOVED

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^Is Oscar nominee Antonio Banderas a 'person of color'? It's complicated<

^MOVIE-OSCARS-BANDERAS:LA—<If Antonio Banderas wins the Academy Award on Sunday for his leading performance in the Pedro Almodovar film "Pain and Glory," would it count as a win for people of color?

The question might have sounded puzzling even a year ago, but with ever-explosive debates on identity and authorship in popular culture (see the publishing industry scandal over "American Dirt"), the question of Banderas' proper demographic designation became relevant with the arrival of the 2020 Academy Awards.

1750 by Daniel Hernandez. MOVED

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^How Netflix's 'I Lost My Body' turns animation on its head, with the story of a severed hand<

^MOVIE-OSCARS-ILOSTMYBODY:LA—<An intrepid severed hand braves the streets of Paris in Jeremy Clapin's Oscar-nominated "I Lost My Body," an audaciously exceptional and critically adored animated feature. Separated in an accident from Naoufel (Hakim Faris), a downhearted young Moroccan immigrant, the sentient extremity carries with it tactile memories of childhood and traverses daunting obstacles to reach its destination. It's certain that its return is critical to the survival of its owner.

Naoufel, who once aspired to being an astronaut or a pianist, has settled into the thankless monotony of a pizza delivery job and isolating loneliness. Already broken internally before getting physically injured, he must make peace with his incompleteness. Meanwhile, the yearning hand races back to him.

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^Oscar just 'discovered' South Korea, which has cranked out great movies for years<

^MOVIE-SKOREA:MS—<Judging from the South Korean movies that make it to these shores, almost everyone in that country is a murderer.

It probably says more about Americans' taste than it does about South Korean movies because Korea does make other genres, but we hardly ever see them. (Rom-com "My Sassy Girl" is a rare non-grisly film that made it to the United States.) Korea's first big splash in America was Park Chan-wook's violent trilogy, "Oldboy," "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Lady Vengeance," and many others have followed that blood-spattered suit. After Park opened up the U.S. for other offerings from his country — including the murder-filled, widely acclaimed, Oscar-nominated "Parasite" — a wave of great filmmakers arrived here.

Astonishingly, if we date the start of the wave to 2003's "Oldboy," it took 17 years of consistent South Korean excellence for the Oscars to finally take notice, with "Parasite" the first Korean nominee for the international film and best picture prizes.

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^Dear Oscar nominees: Here's how to wow 'em with your acceptance speech<

^MOVIE-OSCARS-SPEECHES-ADVICE:SE—<Dear Academy Award nominees,

You can do a lot in 45 seconds.

That is, as you very well know, the time limit you've all been given for your acceptance speeches, should you be lucky enough to be at the podium on Oscar night. It's approximately the amount of time it takes to sing "Take Me Out To the Ball Game" one and a half times — and, speaking on behalf of those watching at home and rapidly running out of snacks, it's enough time to say something memorable.

1050 by Moira Macdonald. MOVED

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^Ahead of the 92nd Oscars, a look back at 10 great acceptance speeches<

^MOVIE-OSCARS-SPEECHES:SE—<In case any of this year's nominees are in need of inspiration, here are 10 great Oscar acceptance speeches from years past.

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^How Justin Bieber's new song, 'Intentions,' helps women in Los Angeles<

^MUS-BIEBER:LA—<Everyday Angelenos are the stars of Justin Bieber's new music video.

A far cry from "Yummy" — Bieber's bubblegum-pop comeback single — the singer's latest effort, "Intentions," tackles real-life challenges faced by women living in Los Angeles. The song, featuring Migos rapper Quavo, launched Friday along with a fund started by the "Sorry" hit-maker in support of LA's Alexandria House.

400 by Christi Carras. MOVED

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^'I lost part of myself,' Ballake Sissoko says after alleging US Customs broke his instrument<

^MUS-SISSOKO:LA—<The kora of renowned Malian musician Ballake Sissoko was broken by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, the instrumentalist claims.

The West African musician was traveling to Paris from New York after a two-week U.S. tour with his group 3MA when the case containing his instrument was opened for inspection by the TSA, according to a statement published on Tuesday by Sissoko's friend and SOAS University of London music professor Lucy Duran.

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^Trudy Rubin: Coronavirus death of Chinese whistleblower doctor should sober Beijing — and us<

^RUBIN-COLUMN:PH—<The death of a young Chinese doctor who was silenced by authorities when he tried to warn about the outbreak of the coronavirus has lit up the country's social media with outrage.

By Friday, references to the death of whistleblower Li Wenliang from the virus had been viewed 270 million times on Weibo, one of the biggest social media platforms in China. The public is so angry that Chinese censors haven't yet shut the topic down.

This 34-year-old ophthalmologist from Wuhan, who left behind a young child and pregnant wife, has become the face of the epidemic, and of Beijing's blunders.

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^Editorial: Could United States have moved faster on coronavirus response?<

^CORONAVIRUS-EDITORIAL:MS—<As the world grapples to contain a troubling new strain of the coronavirus, an early criticism of the U.S. response has come from an influential critic: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration.

Gottlieb is alarmed that this country's capacity to test for the pathogen is lagging as the outbreak spreads from China to 27 other countries. It is imperative that Congress and the Trump administration act on his concerns to ensure the nation has the readiness and resources to contain this new public health threat.

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