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Denise Richards’ best moments from ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’

Denise Richards joined “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” in 2019 for Season 9 and was an instant fan favorite.

The “Wild Things” actress, 48, brought a laid-back Cali girl vibe to the cast but don’t let that fool you.

She was feisty when she needed to be and didn’t back down from a challenge. Richards also divulged about her former marriage to Charlie Sheen and loved to sip on tequila whenever the occasion called for a drink.

DENISE RICHARDS WORRIES ‘DYSFUNCTION’ WITH CHARLIE SHEEN IMPACTED DAUGHTERS

Here are the six best moments from the “RHOBH.”

1. Fashion choices 

She wore a regular tank top and shorts to drinks on the terrace in the Bahamas.

“I packed the wrong s–t. I learned that quickly,” Denise joked. The wives jetted away to the Bahamas for some sun and relaxation but little did Richards know that girls’ trips really mean glam trips.

Fellow castmates Dorit Kemsley and Erika Girardi are known for traveling with their hair and makeup teams and Girardi even plans her outfits beforehand and takes pictures to make organization easier.

DENISE RICHARDS DESCRIBES HER DAD’S REACTION WHEN HE FOUND OUT HE WAS SEATED NEXT TO PROSTITUTE AT THANKSGIVING

Richards showed up in a white tank top and shorts while some of the other women were wearing caftans and designer duds.

2. Comments on ex-husband Charlie Sheen

Richards revealed that Charlie Sheen once invited a hooker to Thanksgiving after their divorce.

“He’s like, ‘Well, she’s in the driveway. Is it OK that she’s in the driveway?’” she said on the show.

CHARLIE SHEEN, DENISE RICHARDS’ DAUGHTERS SEEN ALL GROWN UP IN HOLIDAY CARD

“I’ll set a f— plate,” she laughed. “Even a hooker deserves to have Thanksgiving dinner!”

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Denise Richards split from husband Charlie Sheen in 2006. (AP)

The couple was married from 2002 to 2006 and have two daughters together. Richards later adopted a third daughter on her own.

3. Money talk 

Richards said she didn’t ask for half of Sheen’s money when they got divorced.

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“I ain’t a greedy f–king whore… he should have given me half of that goddamn money because I would have put it away for him,” she said during a confessional interview.

In August, she claimed that Sheen actually owes her $450,000 in unpaid child support, according to court documents obtained by People and US Weekly.

“(Sheen) has squandered over $24 million from the sale in his interest in ‘Two and a Half Men’ to pay his personal debts and to support his extravagant lifestyle at the expense of support payments for his children,” the documents stated.

CHARLIE SHEEN APPROVED EX DENISE RICHARDS’ MOVE TO ‘RHOBH’ BEFORE SHE SIGNED ON, ACTRESS SAYS

4. A second chance at love 

The former Bond girl constantly bragged about the penis size of her new husband, Aaron Phypers.

“Um, I thought he was very cute and I wanted to f–k him. I just wanted to have sex with him. He has a very big penis,” she revealed to the wives’ surprise.

5. Intimate details 

Richards admitted she got Phypers a “happy ending” massage because he never had one before and the other wives were stunned at her confession.

“Aaron had never had a happy ending and we were on the hunt,” she told the other women on a camping trip. “I wanted him to have one.”

6. Her Malibu wedding 

Richards planned their oceanside Malibu wedding in two weeks. She and Phypers got married in September 2018 in an intimate outdoor ceremony with only 40 people in attendance.

“Most people plan a wedding six months, a year, two years out, and here we are a few days before our wedding,” she told Bravo.

She wore a dress designed by Mark Zunino in under 24 hours. “24 hours to make a wedding dress? NO PROBLEM!! Congratulations to Denise Richards and Aaron Phypers! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day!” he captioned a photo from the big day.

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Phypers was previously married to “Desperate Housewives” actress Nicollette Sheridan, but they separated in June 2016.

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Embracing Supreme Court Expansion Carries No Political Cost, Study Says

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Expanding the Supreme Court, an increasingly popular reform among some progressive activists, is not politically costly for Democrats, according to an academic survey commissioned by a group that supports the idea.

The study documented reactions to the idea among 2,400 Democrats, Republicans and independents from the political swing states of Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. It was conducted by political scientist Aaron Belkin from San Francisco State University and James Druckman of Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research. Druckman, a public opinion expert, designed the study, while the funding came from Take Back the Court, a progressive judicial reform group that Belkin runs.

The survey asked participants to react to two different Democrat-Republican matchups. The first was a “status quo” group pitting a standard Democratic candidate who wants to expand health care access, repeal President Donald Trump’s tax cuts, regulate guns and fight climate change against a Republican candidate who holds inverse positions but also wants to reshape the judiciary. 

In a second matchup, survey participants evaluated a “court expansion” matchup between a hypothetical Republican candidate and a hypothetical Democratic candidate. In that scenario, the Democrat would propose expanding the court to make it “more representative of America, bring greater balance to the court, and prevent the domination of the Supreme Court by a single political party,” according to the study. The Republican candidate would call the idea “a threat to the independence of the judiciary and the rights of all Americans by radical liberals trying to change the rules so a few cities in New York and California can impose their will on the rest of us.”

Among the dozens of correlations reported in the study, none indicated any statistically significant relationship between candidate endorsement of court expansion and consequences for the 2020 election. The only statistically significant finding is that when a Democratic candidate endorses court expansion, GOP voters come to feel 0.5% warmer toward the Republican Party.

Aside from that, candidate endorsement has no statistically significant impact on actual behavior, including the likelihood of voting or the likelihood of voting for a Democratic or Republican candidate. In other words, when Democratic candidates endorse court expansion, there is no impact on election results.

“There is no statistically significant effect, in other words, of exposure to a court expansion message on likelihood of voting, vote choice, or willingness to accept a lower personal financial reward so as to withhold economic support from the opposing party,” Belkin and Druckman concluded in the study.

For an ordinary political cause, not being an active drag on a candidate is not exactly a selling point. 

But Take Back the Court knows that it is in the early stages of mainstreaming an idea that was relegated to the political fringes as recently as three years ago. Conducting academically sound research showing that Supreme Court expansion is not the kind of radioactive cause that some Democrats are warning against is a victory itself.

“Judicial reform will be necessary to take our democracy back, and our data show that there is no reason for leaders to shy away from saying what needs to be said,” Belkin said in a statement to HuffPost. “This is the time to address the threats we face explicitly and head on, and not bury our heads in the sand.”

Take Back the Court is part of a budding contingent of liberal groups, including Demand Justice, that want Democratic voters to value control of the judiciary as much as Republican voters. Many conservatives who are otherwise averse to Trump publicly called on their co-ideologues to back him for the sake of gaining control of the Supreme Court and reshaping the federal judiciary. And indeed, as a result of his presidency, conservatives enjoy a decisive majority on the court and Trump has moved faster than many of his modern predecessors to fill vacancies on the federal bench.

Take Back the Court maintains that Republicans’ decadeslong schemes to conquer the courts, which put reproductive rights and a host of other progressive priorities at risk of extinction, must be met with analogous creativity and assertiveness. Since Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was willing to hold up then-President Barack Obama’s nominee for a Supreme Court seat, the thinking is that the time for niceties has passed. Expanding the court would allow liberals to shape the Supreme Court’s direction without having to wait until conservative appointees die on the bench decades from now.

Still, Belkin’s focus on public opinion ― both moving it and leveraging it to sway lawmakers ― stems from his work as an LGBTQ rights pioneer. As a founder of the Palm Center in San Francisco, Belkin designed a public education campaign aimed at eroding support for the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring gay and queer military service members from serving openly. He recounted the story of that successful repeal fight in the e-book, “How We Won: Progressive Lessons From the Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

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Coronavirus Updates: Infected Americans Evacuated from Cruise Ship and Flown to U.S.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Americans evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship arrived early Monday at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.Credit…Edward A. Ornelas/Getty Images

Fourteen Americans who tested positive for the coronavirus were evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan on Monday and flown to the United States, where they will be placed in isolation and receive medical attention.

The passengers were among more than 300 Americans aboard a cruise ship that has been quarantined in Yokohama for more than 10 days. U.S. officials initially said that they would not allow infected people to board the evacuation flights, but they appeared to reverse that decision early Monday.

“During the evacuation process, after passengers had disembarked the ship and initiated transport to the airport, U.S. officials received notice that 14 passengers, who had been tested 2-3 days earlier, had tested positive for COVID-19,” the State Department and Department of Health and Human Services said in a joint statement, referring to the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The two planes chartered to bring the Americans back landed early Monday, one at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., and the other at an Air Force base in San Antonio.

The infected passengers — who officials said were asymptomatic and “fit to fly” — were moved into a specialized containment area on the evacuation aircraft, where they were to be isolated and monitored.

All the cruise ship passengers, including those who initially tested negative for the virus, will be placed in a 14-day quarantine.

Those who develop symptoms or test positive will be sent to “an appropriate location for continued isolation and care,” the statement added.

With the arrival of the 14 infected passengers from Japan, confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States nearly doubled, to 29.

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The virus has infected more than 71,400 people in China and 25 other countries.

China signaled on Monday that it would postpone the annual session of its Communist Party-dominated legislature because of the coronavirus epidemic, a symbolic blow to a government that typically runs with regimented discipline.

The annual full meeting of the legislature, called the National People’s Congress, is a major event in China’s political cycle. President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and other leaders were expected to lay out their agenda for the year, issue the annual budget and pass major legislation.

Each March, with clockwork regularity, nearly 3,000 delegates gather in the grandiose Great Hall of the People, next to Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

But delay is now virtually certain, judging from an announcement from the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, which oversees the legislature. The announcement said that the committee will consider delaying the congress.

The National People’s Congress is dominated by Communist Party politicians, and it would be extremely unlikely that the proposal would be up for formal approval unless Mr. Xi had agreed it was necessary.

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      According to preliminary research, it seems moderately infectious, similar to SARS, and is possibly transmitted through the air. Scientists have estimated that each infected person could spread it to somewhere between 1.5 and 3.5 people without effective containment measures.
    • How worried should I be?
      While the virus is a serious public health concern, the risk to most people outside China remains very low, and seasonal flu is a more immediate threat.
    • Who is working to contain the virus?
      World Health Organization officials have praised China’s aggressive response to the virus by closing transportation, schools and markets. This week, a team of experts from the W.H.O. arrived in Beijing to offer assistance.
    • What if I’m traveling?
      The United States and Australia are temporarily denying entry to noncitizens who recently traveled to China and several airlines have canceled flights.
    • How do I keep myself and others safe?
      Washing your hands frequently is the most important thing you can do, along with staying at home when you’re sick.

A postponement would be the first time in recent memory that the annual legislative session has been delayed. Even in 2003, when China was battling severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, the congress went ahead as usual.

The terse wording of the announcement gave no clue when the congress would convene.

Delaying the congress is unlikely to seriously derail Chinese policymaking, which is controlled by a small circle of party leaders.

The coronavirus epidemic has prompted China to reconsider its trade and consumption of wildlife, which has been identified as a probable source of the outbreak.

The practice is driven as much by the desire to flaunt wealth as by a mix of superstition and belief about health benefits from wildlife. Officials drafted legislation to introduce controls and plan to present it at the next preparatory session for the annual National People’s Congress. The details of the proposal are not yet clear, but the goal is to end “the pernicious habit of eating wildlife,” according to a statement released on Monday by the Standing Committee of the congress.

Although the exact origin of the coronavirus is still under investigation, health officials and scientists say it spread outward from a wholesale market in Wuhan where vendors legally sold live animals from crowded stalls in close quarters with meats and vegetables.

The epidemic has inflamed public sentiment that the consumption of animals like reptiles, civet cats and hedgehogs is fundamentally unsafe.

The trafficking of endangered or threatened wildlife is prohibited in China, but Wang Ruihe, an official with the National People’s Congress, said last week that enforcement was lax.

The new coronavirus, like the one that caused the SARS outbreak in 2002 and 2003, has been traced to bats and is believed to have jumped from them to another mammal and then to humans. In the case of SARS, the virus first leapt from bats to civets.

One study has suggested that pangolins, an endangered species whose meat and scales are prized in China, might have been the carrier of the new virus.

Nearly 1,000 passengers and crew members aboard the Westerdam cruise ship in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, were being tested for the coronavirus on Monday after a passenger who had already disembarked tested positive for the virus, officials said.

The cruise ship operator, Holland America Line, had planned to send all passengers home after a difficult voyage during which the ship was turned away by ports in five countries for fear that someone aboard might have the coronavirus.

With the discovery of the infected passenger — an ailing American woman who was screened at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — the exodus of passengers has come to a halt.

Mang Sineth, the deputy governor of Preah Sihanouk Province, said the authorities and medical teams have been collecting samples from everyone left aboard the Westerdam to test for the virus. He said he could not estimate how long the testing would take or when the results would be available.

Holland America insisted during the cruise that all 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members were free of the disease. But when 145 passengers from the ship arrived at the airport in Kuala Lumpur and were screened and tested, one passenger was confirmed to have the virus. The passenger, 83, is now hospitalized along with her husband, 85, who is showing symptoms of the disease but has twice tested negative.

Hundreds of other passengers have made it to Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital but are now sequestered in hotels, where they are being tested.

Christina Kerby, a former passenger who is now with hundreds of others at a Phnom Penh hotel, said they have been told to stay in their rooms as much as possible, but they have not been barred from going outside or leaving the country.

The number of new coronavirus cases dropped to a three-week low, according to official data released on Monday. Experts said the dip was largely because of the lockdown measures the Chinese government has imposed on several cities to keep the spread of the virus at bay.

On Monday, the government of China reported 2,048 new infections — one-fifth the number of cases from a week ago — and 105 new deaths over the previous 24 hours. The number of new coronavirus cases reported in China had started to level off around Feb. 6, suggesting that the outbreak might be slowing. But last Thursday, officials added more than 14,840 new cases to the tally of the infected in Hubei Province, the center of the outbreak, after they changed the criteria for diagnosing patients.

The trend suggests that the epidemic that once seemed hopelessly out of control a few weeks ago could be contained — at least, for now.

“The measures taken have been extraordinary and we are seeing the effects,” said Raina MacIntyre, the head of biosecurity research at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.

China has sealed off several cities, threatened quarantine violators with stiff punishments and rounded up sick people in mass quarantine centers in Wuhan.

But public health experts caution that the worst is not over.

Some experts view the figures reported by China with some skepticism. The government has a history of covering up data that makes it look bad and has an incentive to underreport the figures.

Public health experts say the coronavirus is also extremely contagious, more so than the virus that caused the SARS outbreak of 2002-2003, and may be more difficult to curtail.

Organizers of the Tokyo Marathon, citing the confirmation of a coronavirus case in Tokyo, are limiting the race this year to elite runners, including wheelchair elites, the event announced on its website Monday.

A statement posted on the site said that all registered runners could defer their entry to the 2021 event, but that runners who defer would have to pay again and would not receive refunds for this year’s race. About 38,000 participants had signed up for the race scheduled for March 1. Of that number, 245 are elite runners and 30 are elite wheelchair athletes, Reuters reported.

The Hong Kong Marathon, scheduled for Feb. 9, was canceled as coronavirus cases in the semiautonomous Chinese city increased. Hong Kong now has 57 confirmed coronavirus cases.

Japan’s Imperial Household Agency also canceled birthday celebrations for the emperor, an event within the Imperial Palace that normally draws large crowds in Tokyo. Emperor Naruhito turns 60 on Feb. 23. This would be his first birthday since he became emperor.

Three masked robbers appeared at dawn on Monday outside a Hong Kong supermarket. There, they held a deliveryman at knife point and made off with over a $100 worth of one of the most sought after commodities in this city of seven million: toilet paper.

Toilet paper has been sold out across the city for weeks after a run on the product was prompted by rumors that manufacturers in mainland China would cease production or that the border would be sealed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Retailers have dispelled the rumor, saying there is no genuine shortage. But bulk packs of toilet paper are snatched off supermarket shelves almost as soon as they are restocked, and city blocks are crowded with residents lined up at shops just to buy the product.

So short is the supply that lovers exchanged individual rolls on Valentine’s Day as a sort of pragmatic joke. Online, users have offered to barter surgical masks, which actually are in short supply, for a few rolls of toilet paper. And one hoarder was shamed on social media when neighbors spotted an apartment whose windows were crowded by a wall of toilet paper rolls.

The toilet paper stolen in Monday’s heist was later discovered stashed at a hotel, local news outlets reported, but the perpetrators remain at large. The police said two people had been arrested in connection with the heist, but they were looking for others.

Last week, the police arrested a man charged with stealing eight boxes of heavy-duty face masks, known as N-95 masks, from a parked car after smashing its windows.

Travel restrictions and quarantines imposed in response to the coronavirus epidemic in China have produced a severe shortage of workers that has blocked many factories from returning to full production, an American business group said on Monday.

A questionnaire late last week by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai that attracted responses from 109 manufacturers in or near the city in east-central China found that nearly four-fifths of them did not have enough staff to run their production lines at full capacity.

“We’ve got more and more factories getting open, but across the board, everybody is still struggling to find workers,” said Ker Gibbs, the president of the chamber. He cited 14-day quarantines that many cities impose on new arrivals or returnees.

Almost two-fifths of the companies said they had trouble finding enough face masks to meet local requirements that factories provide them to their workers.

Two-thirds of the companies that chose to respond to the questionnaire had already opened operations by the end of last week, while another fifth of the companies were planning to reopen this week.

The questionnaire was sent to 612 members of the chamber, for a response rate of 18 percent.

Senator Tom Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, has repeated an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that has spread from small-town China to the right-wing news media in the United States: The new coronavirus originated in a high-security biochemical lab in Wuhan.

In a television interview on Fox News on Sunday, Mr. Cotton suggested that a dearth of information about the origins of the virus raised more questions than answers.

“We don’t know where it originated, and we have to get to the bottom of that,” Mr. Cotton said on the program Sunday Morning Futures. He then raised the possibility that the virus originated in a “biosafety level-4 super laboratory.” Such laboratories are used for research into potentially deadly infectious diseases.

“Now, we don’t have evidence that this disease originated there but because of China’s duplicity and dishonesty from the beginning we need to at least ask the question to see what the evidence says, and China right now is not giving evidence on that question at all,” he added.

The Chinese authorities say the outbreak began in a market in Wuhan where wild animals were sold. The city is also home to a biochemical laboratory.

After receiving criticism for lending credence to what has been largely considered a fringe theory, the senator took to Twitter to say he did not necessarily think the virus was an “engineered bioweapon.”

That idea, he said, was just one of several hypotheses that included the possibility that the outbreak was a “deliberate release.”

He also said it was possible that the virus spread naturally, “but almost certainly not from the Wuhan food market.”

Research and reporting was contributed by Russell Goldman, Austin Ramzy, Steven Lee Myers, Claire Fu, Tiffany May, Richard C. Paddock, Sui-Lee Wee, Alexandra Stevenson, Roni Caryn Rabin, Ben Dooley and Keith Bradsher.

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LeBron James On Kobe Bryant’s ‘Presence’ At All-Star Game: ‘He Was Definitely Here’

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LeBron James said “you could definitely feel” the presence of the late Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant at the NBA’s 2020 All-Star Game on Sunday.

At an event rife with tributes to Bryant, who died last month in a helicopter crash, James talked to reporters after his team of All-Stars ― aptly named Team LeBron ― beat the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led team to win $400,000 for charity.

“You could definitely feel Bean’s presence just from the start,” said James in a post-game interview. “From every moment from the fans chanting his name, till you seen the numbers. Every time you saw Giannis’ team run on the floor, you saw the 2-4. So he was definitely here.”

James went on to reminisce about Bryant, sharing that the 2008 Olympics was one of his favorite times in their friendship.

When a reporter asked about James’ reaction to the tributes from around the globe for Bryant, James said “anything else would be uncivilized.” 

“He’s one of the greatest basketball players, one of the most impactful players, and the inspiration that he has, it’s showing. How many people not only in the basketball world, but also outside the basketball world, that was touched by a person such as himself?” said James.

“Obviously, we all saw what he was able to do on the floor as a competitor, as a champion, someone who strived for excellence every single day. But we also saw the father he was as well to his beautiful daughters and to his wife. The things that he was doing, winning an Oscar, just doing so many things that people would aspire to do and gaining inspiration from him because of his drive … I think it’s been amazing, and I’m happy to be a part of it this weekend.”

Earlier in the night, Jennifer Hudson sang a moving rendition of “For All We Know” in front of images of Bryant on the basketball court and with his children. Magic Johnson also led an eight-second moment of silence in honor of Bryant’s No. 8.

“We will never see another basketball player quite like Kobe. He was passionate about being a great father, husband, filmmaker,” Johnson said.

Bryant was killed Jan. 26, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people, when their chartered helicopter crashed in foggy weather near Los Angeles. He left behind his wife and three other daughters.

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State senator pushes back on Bloomberg’s Virginia gun control push: We don’t ‘want his money’

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In the wake of protests against billionaire 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s gun control push in Virginia, Republican State Sen. Amanda Chase highlighted on Monday that the former New York City mayor spent a lot more money in the state’s elections than the NRA.

“He spent $2.5 million in Virginia elections. Compare that to the NRA that only spent $300,000. Bloomberg is interested in restricting law-abiding citizens’ ability to protect themselves, disarming law-abiding citizens,” Chase told “Fox & Friends.”

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“I have Republicans, Democrats, and independents reaching out to my office to say ‘What in the world is going on?’”

The protesters took aim at a Bloomberg campaign event Saturday in Virginia, pushing back on the billionaire’s efforts to pass gun reform measures by electing Democrats to the state’s legislature. Bloomberg has spent over $10 million since 2013 to make that possible.

Hecklers were escorted out of the event as they chanted “Guns save lives.” Other hecklers called him a “racist” and a “fascist.”

“He can take his money and he can keep it in New York,” Chase said. “Virginia doesn’t want his money. He’s already tried to ‘New York’ Virginia and we’re done. We don’t like it all and that’s going to happen across the country.

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“We’ve got to put an end to it,” Chase said.

The Nevada caucuses will mark the first appearance of Bloomberg’s name on a primary ballot, following his decision to skip the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses and Feb. 10 New Hampshire primary — two contests that Sanders won, placing him at the head of the Democratic field.

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Coronavirus panic led to Hong Kong toilet paper theft at knifepoint: police

Two masked thieves in Hong Kong were arrested Monday after holding a delivery man at knifepoint and stealing hundreds of rolls of toilet paper, as panic over a lack of supplies grows in the world financial hub currently fending off the widespread outbreak of the coronavirus on the Chinese mainland.

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A group of three men wearing masks approached a delivery man around 6 a.m. local time outside the Wellcome Supermarket in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district. One man wielded a knife. They then stole more than 600 rolls of toilet paper worth about $130 from the delivery truck, police said.

Two of the men were later arrested, police said. Hong Kong authorities said they also recovered the stolen toilet paper. Police are still searching for a third man involved. The robbery took place in an area of Hong Kong known for its history of “triad” crime gangs, BBC News reported.

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People queue up to buy face masks in Hong Kong, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

According to local officials, there have been 58 confirmed cases of the novel strain of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, in Hong Kong. Authorities have tried to quiet fears over a lack of supplies in the city and have urged residents not to buy supplies like toilet paper in bulk. One person died in Hong Kong last week after becoming ill with the virus – the first death in the city.

Social media images showed Hong Kong residents hoarding supplies in their small apartments, the New York Post reported. The supermarket where the robbery occurred denounced the “senseless” toilet paper heist, assuring residents that recent, temporary shortages were caused by people overbuying.

“We want to emphasize that we have sufficient toilet roll supply to meet demand,” Wellcome Supermarket said in a statement. “The temporary shortage was caused by the sudden and unusual surge in demand.”

At least five people have died outside of mainland China from the virus. In total, more than 70,500 people in China have been infected with COVID-19 and 1,770 have died on the mainland, Chinese officials said.

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On Monday, China’s National Health Commission announced 105 new deaths over the past 24 hours. Most of those deaths were in the Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, but three new deaths were recorded in neighboring Henan Province and two in Guangdong, the province next to Hong Kong.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry spotted in rare public outing while returning to Canada

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted looking very happy and content while returning to Canada after making appearances in the United States.

The couple was spotted arriving in Canada on Friday in a very rare public outing after staying under the radar since revealing their “Megxit” plans. On Jan. 8, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced that they were taking “a step back” as senior members of the royal family, relinquishing their “royal highness” titles, living financially independent of the crown and dividing their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

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In a photo obtained by People, the duo is all smiles, with Harry dressed in a casual sweater, blue jeans and a brown baseball cap. Meghan, meanwhile, sported a striped button-down shirt, a black cardigan and black jeans. The outlet, which did not say where the photo was taken, notes that the royal couple was likely returning to Canada, where they’ve been staying in British Columbia since announcing their “Megxit” plans, after a pair of public engagements in the U.S.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted returning to Canada after some appearances in the U.S. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in attendance at an “exclusive” JPMorgan event held at the 1Hotel in Miami’s South Beach, where Prince Harry delivered a speech, Fox News confirmed.

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The duo reportedly also visited the campus of Stanford University in California, where they met with professors about their charitable endeavors.

When the Duke and Duchess of Sussex initially announced their plans to step back from their senior royal duties, they were met with a lot of criticism. However, a source recently told Us Weekly that, now that the dust has settled, neither of them are looking back.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were spotted in Canada in a rare public outing. (Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)

“Harry’s much happier in Canada and feels a lot more relaxed,” an insider told the magazine. “So far he doesn’t regret the move.”

According to the source, 35-year-old Harry’s vow to “protect” Meghan, 38, and their son, Archie, 9 months, was his “No. 1 priority.”

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“That’s exactly what he’s done,” added the source.

Fox News’ Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.

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Helen Raleigh: Coronavirus outbreak will have an immense long-term impact

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Leading infectious disease experts in China predict that the coronavirus may peak this month. I pray that scientists and medical professionals will find a cure for this deadly virus soon. The coronavirus outbreak will have a lasting impact on China and the rest of the world long after the virus is contained.

The first impact is the deepening and widening of the “decoupling” effect. President Trump’s trade war with China kick-started a “decoupling” of the two largest economies in the world. U.S. manufacturing companies have begun to move their factories and supply chains out of China during the trade war in order to avoid higher U.S. tariffs on imported goods from China. Now with so many Chinese factories and businesses on an extended break due to the spread of the coronavirus and a number of countries including the U.S. imposing travel restrictions to and from China, more industries and more countries are rethinking whether they also need to decouple from China.

For example, China is one of the major auto parts suppliers in the world. Automaker Hyundai had to shut its assembly plants in South Korea recently because it couldn’t get the auto parts it needed from China, as suppliers in China remain closed. Other automakers are working on a plan B to secure auto parts they need to keep their own operations going. Businesses worldwide, from auto companies to hockey stick makers, have learned the downside of relying on one country to supply so many things they need. Not only is the decoupling of the U.S. and China’s economies irreversible, but also the decoupling will likely expand to include other nations as well. Be ready to see more global supply chains shift out of China.

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The decoupling will contribute to the second long term impact — that China may be permanently stuck in the  “middle-income trap,” an economic phenomenon in which a rapidly growing economy stagnates at the middle-income level and fails to transition into a high-income economy. The World Bank defines the “middle-income” economy as one where per capita income is between $1,000 to $12,000 per year at constant prices. By this definition, China has been a “middle-income” economy for more than two decades.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who is fixated on returning China to world power status, desperately wants to avoid being stuck in the “middle-income” trap. However, China’s economic growth has slowed down from double digits growth to a single-digit growth since 2012, due to rising debt, an aging population and slowing the pace of further economic reform. President Trump’s trade war hurt China’s economy further last year. China reported an official economic growth rate of 6.1 percent in 2019, which was the slowest in the last three decades. China’s leaders had hoped that spending from Chinese consumers might keep the economy going. However, Chinese consumer spending was already impaired last year by the skyrocketing pork prices caused by the African swine fever. Experts said that China might be running out of time to “graduate” from the middle to the upper-income level.

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Therefore, the coronavirus hit the Chinese economy at the worst time possible. With this outbreak, domestic and international travel has gone down significantly; retail shops and restaurants are struggling to stay open with little foot traffic;  factories are either still shut down or only partially open and many businesses are still on extended break out of concern for infection which means millions of workers are unable to go back to work. Small to midsize businesses, which have been the growth engine of China’s economy, are struggling and at least a third of them are running low on cash. Several dozen cities, including Wuhan, a major industrial and commercial center, are still locked down, more than 60 million residents are trapped and there is no end in sight when they can resume their normal way of life, including going back to work. If this situation continues, a number of businesses may shut down and unemployment could rise because people have no work to return to.

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There is no doubt that the Chinese government will try to stimulate the economy with the same tools it used before such as cutting interest rates, mandating state-owned banks extend loans to small businesses and offering individual tax and rent relief. These tools may prevent the Chinese economy from going into a recession, but will not be sufficient to prevent China from getting stuck in the middle-income trap permanently, because experts warned that the only way for China to avoid the middle-income trap is to implement market-based structure reform, something Chinese leader Xi has been resisting since he came to power in 2012.

The third long term impact is mass migration out of China. For decades, the majority of Chinese people have accepted limited rights and freedom in exchange for the prosperity and stability of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) promised to provide. Unlike the Hong Kong protests and the internment of Uyghurs, the coronavirus affected everyone in China in one way or another. Chinese people took the hardest hit, with a death toll surpassing 800 and more than 66,000 infected cases. The fear of the virus and the draconian measures the Chinese government took, such as quarantining 60 million people, have disrupted people’s normal lives. Then Chinese people learned that all their misery could have been prevented had Chinese authorities listened to whistleblowers who warned about the virus in December 2019. One of the whistleblowers, Dr. Li Wenliang, passed away recently after being infected by the virus through a patient. Dr. Li’s death unleashed Chinese people’s pent up anger and frustration toward the Chinese government’s cover-ups, lies and incompetence. They began to reject the Communist Party leaders’ singular focus on maintaining control and stability at all costs.

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There are calls in China for more protection for freedom of speech. But the Chinese government has made sure those who dare to speak up pay a dear price. Two Chinese citizen journalists disappeared recently after posting footage of heartbreaking scenes from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus. It is unlikely we will see millions of Chinese take to the streets like Hong Kongers. But many people are so disappointed and angry with the government that they will leave China after the outbreak is over and seek a new safe haven for themselves and their families. Therefore, expect to see mass migration and capital flight out of China.

We will learn more in the coming days of the real impact of the coronavirus on China and the rest of the world. One thing we have already learned is that when China sneezes, the rest of the world gets more than just the cold.

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Bernie breaks out of the pack

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