January 6, 2020

Mysterious pneumonia outbreak sickens dozens in China

pic_studio/iStock(WUHAN, China) -- Dozens of people in China have been sickened with pneumonia from an unknown source, according to the World Health Organization. WHO was first informed of cases of the disease in Wuhan, a city in central China, on Dec. 31. Symptoms include fever and difficulty breathing. Chest X-rays of some patients have showed invasive lesions on their lungs. Some of the afflicted worked at Huanan Seafood market, which has been closed to sanitize the market and investigate. Th..
January 6, 2020

‘Sushi king’ spends nearly $1.8M for 1st giant bluefin tuna of 2020

ShyMan/iStock(TOKYO) -- Give a man a fish and you'll feed him for a day, teach a man to bid on an even bigger fish and feed hundreds of hungry sushi customers. Kiyoshi Kimura, the self-proclaimed "sushi king," spent big money on a massive bluefin tuna at Tokyo's Toyosu fish market on Sunday, with a bid of 193 million Japanese yen, nearly $1.8 million, according to Kyodo News. The whopping silver-scaled bluefin fish, caught off the northern Aomori region of Japan, weighed in at 276 kg (..
January 6, 2020

How to help support the Australian wildfires relief effort

Toa55/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The wildfires in Australia have destroyed millions of acres of land, killed at least two dozen people so far and left thousands more people and animals in danger. The overwhelming images of the land under siege have led to support from people around the world. Social media has played a big role in corralling that help, with celebrities and influencers sharing how they are donating. Singer Pink announced on Instagram she is donating $500,000 to wildfire relief efforts. ..
January 6, 2020

US Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass steps down

KeithBinns/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- The American ambassador to Afghanistan is stepping down from his position on Monday, after serving in the war-weary country's capital since December 2017, according to an official at the U.S. Department of State. The official said that John Bass's departure was long-planned and part of the normal rotation cycle, with U.S. ambassadors typically serving in Kabul for only two years. The State Department has named Ross Wilson as chargé d’affaires ad interi..