YOKOHAMA, Japan — Quarantined for two weeks on a cruise ship ravaged by coronavirus, the Britons on board have only one option: keep calm and carry on. David Abel and his wife Sally are still smiling, for now. Their friends Alan and Wendy Steele are going "stir crazy" trapped in their cabin — although they say they are not worried about catching the deadly illness. Still, this was not how the Steeles planned to spend their honeymoon.
The hotly debated Trump administration's partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes takes effect at a minute after midnight Thursday. Which vaping products will be affected? Which will still be available? And what happens next in the administration's efforts to reduce teen vaping? Here are some answers:
ISTANBUL —At least 38 people were killed in two avalanches in eastern Turkey late Tuesday and early Wednesday, including rescue workers who were trapped by the second avalanche while looking for survivors from the first, Turkey's disaster and emergency management agency said. Five people were killed in the first avalanche, which blanketed a highway in Bahcesaray, a mountainous district in eastern Van province at about 5 p.m. Tuesday, trapping vehicles including a minibus, local media reported.
Hong Kong became the second place outside mainland China to report a fatality from the coronavirus outbreak after China reported 425 deaths, bringing the overall toll to 427. Chinese officials reported a total of 20,438 confirmed cases of infection - an increase of 3,235 from Monday, the biggest daily jump since the National Health Commission began releasing statistics. Almost 3,000 of the infected are in critical condition.
WASHINGTON - Rush Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday, when President Donald Trump recognized him at the State of the Union and first lady Melania Trump draped the award around the neck of the conservative talk-show host. Hours earlier, Trump had told television anchors that he had wanted Limbaugh, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer, to attend the speech, according to people familiar with the meeting who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The Washington Post was not invited and did not attend the luncheon.
Retailer Macy's is closing 125 stores - about a fifth of its total - and laying off about 2,000 workers as it struggles to shore up sales after a disappointing holiday season. The department store chain is also shutting down its headquarters in Cincinnati and will move operations to its main headquarters in New York, the company announced in a statement on Tuesday. The company also plans to close offices in San Francisco and Lorain, Ohio, as well a customer service center in Tempe, Arizona, resulting in a 10% reduction of corporate and support staffs.
JERUSALEM - Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are blaming U.S. presidential adviser Jared Kushner for a delay in plans to immediately annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank as envisioned in President Donald Trump's peace plan. Netanyahu appeared to acquiesce to U.S. pressure Tuesday, saying he would hold off on annexation action until a new government is formed after Israeli elections next month. Kushner and other U.S.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg emerged Tuesday as the early leader in the Iowa caucuses, running ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and other top Democrats, according to partial results released Tuesday after almost a day of delay and confusion.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Democratic Party plans to release results from the caucuses late Tuesday afternoon, officials said. In a call with campaign aides, state party leaders said they would aim to release "50% of all results" starting at 4 p.m.
WASHINGTON - Arguments for and against President Donald Trump's ouster ended Monday in the Senate impeachment trial, with the House managers calling the president a danger to democracy because of his actions toward Ukraine and Trump's legal team arguing that impeachment, not Trump's conduct, is the real threat.