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Israel Is Eager To Annex West Bank Lands, But U.S. Says To Wait For Israeli Election

The Trump Mideast plan would recognize Israeli sovereignty of settlements and lands Palestinians want for a future state, but the administration urged Israel to hold off until after Israel's election.

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The Democratic Debate, a New Plan for Student Debt, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:07
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What's A 'Super-Spreading Event'? And Has It Happened With COVID-19?

At least 11 cases of the viral disease are linked to a British man's ski trip to the Alps after attending a conference in Singapore.

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Pop Smoke, Rising New York Rapper, Dead At 20

The young rapper, who had just released his second mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, was reportedly killed in the early morning on Wednesday.

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How to Watch Tonight's Nevada Democratic Primary Debate  

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 16:03
Six candidates take the stage in Las Vegas tonight, including Mike Bloomberg with his DNC debate debut.
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Coronavirus Update: Diamond Princess Passengers Leave Ship As Expert Slams Quarantine

A total of 621 people from the cruise ship have now been confirmed to have COVID-19 — or about 20% of the 3,011 people who had been tested for the coronavirus disease as of Wednesday.

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Hunt For New Coronavirus Treatments Includes Gene-Silencing And Monoclonal Antibodies

The new coronavirus has spurred biotech labs in universities and companies to try to find new approaches to stopping the virus — from blocking its key enzymes to interfering with its genetics.

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The Broadband Industry Is Suing Maine Over a Web Privacy Law

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 15:00
Groups claim the state law, scheduled to take effect in July, violates First Amendment protections and the Supremacy Clause of the constitution.
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How Nevada Democrats Hope To Avoid Iowa's Tech Errors

Reporters were given a preview of a mock caucus with the actual worksheet, posters that will be in use, and the iPad calculator that will help with the caucus math.

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Barr Has Considered Resigning Over Trump's Remarks

A spokeswoman says the attorney general has "no plans to resign," but the news adds to questions about the politicization of the Justice Department in this administration.

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Physicists Take Their Closest Look Yet at an Antimatter Atom

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 11:00
Scientists at CERN found a way to trap hydrogen’s mirror twin, antihydrogen, long enough to study it in greater detail than ever before.
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The Wide-Ranging Ways In Which The Coronavirus Is Hurting Global Business

Some factories are beginning to reopen, but labor shortages continue. In a recent poll of U.S. companies by Shanghai's American Chamber of Commerce, 78% said they lack staff to resume full production.

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Newlywed Police Officers Cut Date Night Short To Stop Armed Robber At Restaurant

"We just looked at each other: 'Is this what's going on? Let's go,' " Elizabethtown (Ky.) Detective Chase McKeown said, describing how he and his wife acted to stop a man with a gun.

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Jupiter's Equator

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 09:57
Thick white clouds are present in this JunoCam image of Jupiter's equatorial zone.
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5 Finalists Still Have A Chance At Aspen Words Literary Prize

The annual award, doled out in partnership with NPR, honors fiction that doesn't shy from grappling with thorny social issues. Just one of the five books remaining will win $35,000 come April.

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What If ‘Planetary Alignment’ Really Could Make Brooms Balance?

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 09:00
Celestial bodies aren't the reason broomsticks can stand up on end. If they were, it would unleash gravitational chaos.
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'Beat Saber' Is a VR Workout for People Who Don't Like Exercise

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 08:00
The game turns music and sword-fighting into a hardcore fitness activity.
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Algorithms Were Supposed to Fix the Bail System. They Haven't

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 08:00
A nonprofit group encouraged states to use mathematical formulas to try to eliminate racial inequities. Now, it says the tools have no place in criminal justice.
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How the Pink Princess and the Pink Congo Scam Flourished Online

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:00
The pink princess philodendron is the ultimate Instagram plant, with three-digit price tags to match. The following it cultivated was also ripe for deception.
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Do Fans of Cartoon Porn Stars Hate (Real) Women?

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 07:00
The fanbase of Projekt Melody—an anime camgirl and the next step in digital sexuality—may overlap with the more misogynistic corners of the internet.
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