Art

Croatian singer faces criminal charges for 'mocking' national anthem

Croatian singer faces criminal charges for 'mocking' national anthem

Image caption Josipa Lisac is known in Croatia for her idiosyncratic performances and fashion. A singer who performed at the inauguration of Croatia's new president is facing criminal charges over her rendition of the national anthem. The complaint, filed by a Croatian lawyer, says Josipa Lisac's performance deliberately mocked the anthem. But her record label and musicians' union said the claim showed a "complete disregard for artistic ... Full story

Education

Captain James Lawrence School students learn about Black History Month through 'living wax displays'

Captain James Lawrence School students learn about Black History Month through 'living wax displays'

BURLINGTON, New Jersey (WPVI) -- History came to life in Burlington County, New Jersey as students honor of Black History Month. If you never thought Jimi Hendrix, Tiger Woods, and John Coltrane would be in the same room, think again because they all spent the day at Captain James Lawrence School in Burlington, New Jersey. "Each student has been assigned an individual they are representing today, you'll push a button, and they'll give you some ... Full story

Economics

5 ways to lower your tax bill

5 ways to lower your tax bill

Feb. 19, 2020, 8:26 PM UTC. Even though it’s still early to file your taxes, the sooner you crunch the numbers on your return, the better off you could be. The IRS issued more than 111.8 million refunds for the 2018 tax year, with taxpayers receiving an average payment of $2,869. This year could bring an even bigger windfall, for those who play their cards right by the April 15 filing deadline. Here are a few tax tips that could save you ... Full story

Entertainment

Crash Landing on You: The defector who brought North-South Korean romance to life

Crash Landing on You: The defector who brought North-South Korean romance to life

Image caption The drama centres around the unlikely love between a South Korean heiress and a North Korean officer. An implausible love story in which a (literally) high-flying South Korean heiress accidentally paraglides into North Korea, lands on a soldier and falls in love with him has become the latest Korean drama smash hit. Crash Landing on You is in many ways a typical K-drama romance, but has been widely praised for its well-researched ... Full story

Health

U.S. prepares for coronavirus pandemic, school and business closures: health officials

U.S. prepares for coronavirus pandemic, school and business closures: health officials

(Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Friday said they are preparing for the possibility of the spread of the new coronavirus through U.S. communities that would force closures of schools and businesses. FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a mask in Chinatown following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 30, 2020. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo. The United States has yet to see community spread of the virus that ... Full story

Law

London Central Mosque stabbing: Man charged  News

London Central Mosque stabbing: Man charged News

Image caption Police were called to London Central Mosque near Regent's Park in central London. A man has been charged with a stabbing which happened inside London's Central Mosque during afternoon prayers. Daniel Horton, 29, is accused of attacking Raafat Maglad, who is in his 70s, at the venue on Thursday. Mr Maglad sustained stab wounds to his neck. Mr Horton, who is accused of grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article, is due ... Full story

Living

Deaf Argentine victims of clergy sexual abuse protest at Vatican

Deaf Argentine victims of clergy sexual abuse protest at Vatican

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests at a school for the deaf in Argentina staged a protest at the Vatican on Friday to bring attention to an upcoming trial of more alleged abusers. FILE PHOTO: Victims of abuse by Roman Catholic priests at a school for the deaf in Argentina, their advocates and lawyers, stage a protest at the Vatican, February 21, 2020. REUTERS/Philip Pullella/File Photo. Last November a court in ... Full story

Politics

Coronavirus has spread to several Iranian cities: health ministry official

Coronavirus has spread to several Iranian cities: health ministry official

An Iraqi medical staff member checks a passenger's temperature, amid the new coronavirus outbreak, upon his arrival to Shalamcha Border Crossing between Iraq and Iran, February 20, 2020. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani. DUBAI (Reuters) - The coronavirus has spread to several Iranian cities, a health ministry official said on Friday, according to the official IRNA news agency. Iran confirmed 13 new coronavirus cases on Friday, two of whom have died. ... Full story

Sport

Pete Alonso Asks Teammates Whether They’d All Rather Sign Up For Volleyball This Year

Pete Alonso Asks Teammates Whether They’d All Rather Sign Up For Volleyball This Year

NEW YORK—Citing the group’s general lack of enthusiasm about the idea of playing another season of baseball, New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso reportedly asked his teammates Friday whether they’d all rather sign up for volleyball this year. “We’ve been doing the baseball thing for a while now, but everyone gets so bored by the end, and besides, we’re not even that good at it, so I think we should switch it up and play volleyball instead,” ... Full story

Technology

Companies in pharmaceutical supply chain develop system to track counterfeit drugs

Companies in pharmaceutical supply chain develop system to track counterfeit drugs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some of the industry’s largest pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer Inc ( PFE.N ) and Eli Lilly and Co ( LLY.N ), have developed a blockchain-based system to track prescription drugs across the supply chain to better halt the flow of counterfeit medicines, company officials said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: The Pfizer logo is seen at their world headquarters in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 1, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew ... Full story