• Celebrity
    Associated Press

    Report: Los Angeles deputies shared Kobe Bryant crash photos

    Authorities are investigating whether deputies shared graphic photos of the helicopter crash scene where Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others were killed, according to a newspaper report. The Los Angeles Times reported that a public safety source with knowledge of the events had seen one of the photos on the phone of another official in a setting that was not related to the investigation of the crash. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Maria Lucero told The Associated Press on Friday that “the matter is being looked into.”

  • World
    Bloomberg

    Army of 100,000 Chinese Ducks Ready to Fight Locust Swarms

    (Bloomberg) -- Chinese duck platoons are waiting to be deployed to neighboring Pakistan to fight a swarm of crop-eating pests that threaten regional food security.At least 100,000 ducks are expected to be sent to Pakistan as early as the second half of this year to combat a desert locust outbreak, according to Lu Lizhi, a senior researcher with the Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences. The ducks are “biological weapons” and can be more effective than pesticide, said Lu, who’s in charge of the project that’s been organized by his academy in tandem with a university in Pakistan.“One duck is able to eat more than 200 locusts a day,” Lu said in a telephone interview on Thursday, citing results of experiments to test the ducks’ searching and predation capabilities.A trial will start in China’s western region of Xinjiang later this year before the ducks are sent to Pakistan, Lu said.Swarms of desert locusts have been spreading through countries from eastern Africa to South Asia, destroying crops and pastures at a voracious pace. The pest plague, together with unseasonal rain and a scourge of low quality seeds, has hit major crops in Pakistan’s largest producing regions, weighing on its already fragile economy. And it has also migrated into India.It will be crucial for China, which shares a land border with Pakistan and India, to prevent an invasion. However, China does have some shield in the form of the Himalaya mountains that stand as a barrier between the Indian subcontinent and the Plateau of Tibet.A group of Chinese agricultural experts visited Pakistan this week to help control the locust outbreaks as the plague moves eastwards, according to a report posted on the website of China’s consulate-general in Karachi. A member of the Chinese government’s locust control working group told Xinhua News agency that he was doubtful ducks would be able to solve such a large-scale outbreak, stressing that the duck army wasn’t an official state initiative. In other unusual tactics, Pakistan’s government urged its citizens to eat locusts too. People should take advantage of the situation and barbecue locusts or make a curry, according to a local newspaper report.To gauge how serious a locust attack can be, look to Africa. The cost of fighting desert locusts in the continent’s east has doubled to $128 million, with more countries being affected each day, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization said. The situation remains extremely alarming in the Horn of Africa, while there has been a significant movement of swarms over the Arabian Peninsula that reached both sides of the Persian Gulf, the FAO said in its latest locust watch report.(Updates with Chinese government doubts in seventh paragraph)\--With assistance from Faseeh Mangi.To contact the reporter on this story: Alfred Cang in Singapore at acang@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Alexander Kwiatkowski at akwiatkowsk2@bloomberg.net, Anna Kitanaka, Ainslie ChandlerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • World
    The New York Times

    They Were Infected With the Coronavirus. They Never Showed Signs.

    In Anyang, China, five members of a family came down with the coronavirus after hosting a guest from Wuhan in early January. But the visitor, a 20-year-old woman, never got sick herself.Some individuals who are infected with the coronavirus can spread it even though they have no symptoms, studies have shown.Asymptomatic carriers are a well-known phenomenon. But the coronavirus is a new pathogen, and these cases may complicate scientific efforts to detect cases and to curb transmission."I don't think there's any question that someone who is without symptoms and carrying the virus can transmit the virus to somebody else," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases."The question is, how prevalent is that phenomenon? Is that becoming an important driver of the outbreaks, or is it an unusual occurrence?"When asymptomatic carriers are important factors in an outbreak, he said, "you are going to put greater emphasis and burden on testing people."At the moment, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allows for testing only symptomatic people who traveled to China recently or those who have had contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus. (Officials have said the criteria may be reevaluated.)"We could be missing a great number of cases that don't fit into those criteria," said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota."I suspect there are a number of additional cases in this country that are transmitting this virus, just like we're seeing in other countries. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."People who are infected but asymptomatic can spread disease efficiently. They are hardy and mobile. They have no reason to avoid crowds or kissing. They don't know they are sick, and no one else does.These individuals are also hard to detect, suggesting that the current policies to try to contain the spread of the virus may not be adequate. Simply screening international travelers with symptoms of illness -- and explicitly precluding tests of patients without a known link to China -- may mean new cases are missed.In February, Germany flew 126 people home from the Wuhan area. Ten passengers were segregated from the others because they didn't feel well or thought they had been exposed to the coronavirus. But everyone was offered testing.The 10 isolated patients tested negative, but two people -- who felt fine -- surprised scientists by testing positive. They were hospitalized, monitored and tested repeatedly.While one developed a mild rash and slightly sore throat, neither became ill.There have been 59 confirmed coronavirus cases so far in the United States, but little testing has occurred for a country of this size. The CDC has run only 445 tests, not counting tests on people who were repatriated.Most of the confirmed cases are passengers repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The CDC reported Wednesday that two more passengers under quarantine have become ill.Federal health officials warned Tuesday that hospitals, schools and businesses needed to start preparing for outbreaks in the United States. Containment strategies may have to expand to include steps like closing schools, ordering people to work from home and restricting public gatherings.The secretary of health and human services, Alex M. Azar II, said he was alarmed by the infections occurring in some parts of the world that have no clear link to confirmed cases.Until now, the vast majority of infections and deaths have been in China, where the coronavirus originated in Wuhan before spreading to about 40 other nations.So far, at least 81,109 people have been infected, and at least 2,718 have died.But other countries may not have confirmed cases because they haven't tested very many people or don't have the resources to run tests.Some public health experts fear stealth transmissions may already be occurring in communities in the United States. But if sick individuals have no direct link to China, they will not be eligible for testing, so they will not be detected. That may help spread the disease."To our knowledge there is no sustained transmission in this country at this point unless it is under the radar," Fauci said.In Italy, health officials in some regions have taken a different approach.After 10 deaths attributed to the new coronavirus, health officials started aggressive and widespread testing in some regions. They turned up hundreds of other infections, including many in people who did not display any symptoms.Quarantines have been imposed on at least 10 towns, and the movement of tens of thousands of people has been limited. There have been no deaths attributed to the coronavirus in the United States.Earlier reports about asymptomatic transmission -- including a published report about a Chinese woman who visited Germany for a few days in January, infecting several colleagues there and not realizing she was ill until she returned home -- have been criticized.A follow-up report said the woman had vague symptoms, like fatigue, though not the kind of symptoms typically associated with the coronavirus.If it is true that asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic people can transmit the disease frequently and efficiently, testing may need to be broadened, experts said."This implies we may need many more tests that can be used out in the field, at the point of care," said Dr. Judith N. Wasserheit, co-director of the University of Washington MetaCenter for Pandemic Preparedness and Global Health Security. "We're still learning about the biology of this virus and how it causes disease."Dr. Sandra Ciesek, of the Institute of Medical Virology at University Hospital Frankfurt, who was one of the authors of a letter in The New England Journal of Medicine that described the German patients who did not become ill, said the problem was that "normally, you don't screen asymptomatic healthy people for the virus because it's too expensive.""This shows we might have more infected people already all over the world than we expect," she said.This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company

  • Business
    Zacks

    5 Stocks to Buy as Stock Market Enters Fastest Correction

    The S&P 500 index saw its quickest 10% decline from an all-time high. The rate at which the index declined over the past week surpassed the Black Monday plunge of October 1987.

  • Lifestyle
    GQ

    21 Men's Signet Rings That'll Make You Seem Twice as Interesting

     Your path to becoming a Jewelry Guy starts here.Originally Appeared on GQ