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February 13, 2020
A doctor takes a swab from a woman to test for the COVID-19 virus at a fever clinic in Yinan county in eastern China’s Shandong province on Wednesday.

Fall in new cases raises hope in virus outbreak in China


BEIJING (AP) – The number of new cases of the coronavirus in China dropped for a second straight day.

Health officials said Wednesday in a possible glimmer of hope amid the outbreak that has infected more than 45,000 people worldwide and killed more than 1,100.

Dr Mike Ryan, the head of emergencies for the World Health Organization, said it is “way too early to try to predict the beginning of the end” of the crisis in China.

China has locked down an unprecedented 60 million people in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, which has hit hardest in the city of Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province.



Pornhub stars walk runway at Namilia’s fashion show


NEW YORK (AP) – Fashion label Namilia hosted a unique fashion show on Sunday.

The brand deconstructed Asian stereotypes in the porn industry, empowering the demure, submissive woman with bold dominatrix looks worn exclusively by Asian models at Sunday’s show, including several Pornhub actors.

Namilia’s message is clear. Women like sex as much as men but are often shamed for it. Porn is typically seen as a man’s thing, “but women are also interested in porn and sex, but we were just excluded in the past,” said one of the designers, Emilia Pfohl. The brand reached out to porn stars to help them reframe that narrative.



Woman gets probation for striking black man


GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (AP) – A white woman who used racial slurs as she attacked a black car salesman at a western Michigan dealership has avoided jail, despite a tearful appeal from the victim for her to be given behind bars.

Judge Paul Sullivan on Tuesday sentenced Shelly Hueckel of Nashville, Michigan, to two years of probation. Hueckel was convicted in December of misdemeanour assault but cleared of ethnic intimidation, a felony.

Before the Kent County judge handed down Hueckel’s punishment, Terrence Smith tearfully asked that the maximum sentence be imposed.

The misdemeanour conviction is punishable by up to 93 days in jail.

Hueckel allegedly struck Smith repeatedly, knocking off his glasses while shouting racial slurs. Hueckel apologised in court. If she violates the terms of her probation she could serve up to 45 days in jail.



Girls sue to block participation of transgender athletes


HARTFORD, Connecticut. (AP) – The families of three female high school runners filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from participating in girls sports.

Selina Soule, a senior at Glastonbury High School, Chelsea Mitchell, a senior at Canton High School and Alanna Smith, a sophomore at Danbury High School are represented by the conservative non-profit organisation Alliance Defending Freedom. They argue that allowing athletes with male anatomy to compete has deprived them of track titles and scholarship opportunities.

The lawsuit was filed against the Connecticut Association of Schools-Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and the boards of education in Bloomfield, Cromwell, Glastonbury, Canton and Danbury.



White supremacist propaganda spreading


NEW YORK (AP) – Incidents of white supremacist propaganda distributed across the nation jumped by more than 120 per cent between 2018 and last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

This made 2019 the second straight year that the circulation of propaganda material has more than doubled.

The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism reported 2,713 cases of circulated propaganda by white supremacist groups, including flyers, posters and banners, compared with 1,214 cases in 2018.

The printed propaganda distributed by white supremacist organizations includes material that directly spreads messages of discrimination against Jews, LGBTQ people and other minority communities.

The sharp rise in cases of the propaganda distribution last year follows a jump of more than 180 per cent between 2017, the first year that the Anti-Defamation League tracked material distribution, and 2018.

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