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Opinion | Renaming John Wayne Airport shouldn’t be a hard call

In 2016, officials at California’s Bob Hope Airport came to a decision: The comedian’s name needed to go. Never mind the fact he was still well-loved by millions of fans around the world. People in the tourism community believed more travelers would use the airport if they realized it was close to the area’s main attractions. “Bob Hope isn’t doing it,” as one airport commissioner said. So goodbye Bob Hope, hello Hollywood Burbank Airport . ... Full story

All the Ways to Kill a Coronavirus (So Far)

The race is on to find a cure for Covid-19 . Researchers are testing new vaccines , resurrecting old drugs, and repurposing treatments originally developed for other diseases. Things are moving fast; by the time you read this, the situation may have changed (for the better, we hope). So how are scientists thinking they'll fend off this tiny viral adversary? Here are a few lines of attack. Lock It Out. Each particle of the new virus, SARS-CoV-2, ... Full story

Fires in Brazil's Amazon jump in June, stoking fears for dry season

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The number of fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest rose 20% in June to a 13-year-high for the month, government data showed on Wednesday, as researchers worry that it could signal a repeat of last year’s surge in forest fires. Health experts also fear the smoke that often blankets the region during the dry season, causing respiratory problems, could cause complications for COVID-19 patients. In June, Brazil’s government ... Full story

American Airlines warns it's overstaffed by about 8,000 flight attendants

(Reuters) - American Airlines Group Inc ( AAL.O ) warns it is overstaffed by about 8,000 flight attendants and might reduce its workforce through early retirements and voluntary leaves as the carrier looks to weather a hit to business from the COVID-19 pandemic. FILE PHOTO: A member of a ground crew walks past American Airlines planes parked at the gate during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Ronald Reagan National Airport in ... Full story

Goldman Sachs sees oil demand returning to pre-coronavirus levels by 2022

FILE PHOTO: A seagull flies in front of an oil platform in the Bouri Oilfield some 70 nautical miles north of the coast of Libya, October 5, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo. (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs said on Thursday a pick-up in commuting, a shift to private transportation and government efforts to improve economies with higher infrastructure spending should help global oil demand return to pre-coronavirus levels by 2022. Demand is ... Full story

U.S. House passes bill to sanction Chinese banks over Hong Kong

FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Capitol Building is seen before U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to deliver the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday that would penalize banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement a national security law that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called a ... Full story

Russia's coronavirus case tally passes 660,000

FILE PHOTO: People rest on an embankment as cruise vessels sail near the Kremlin during an annual parade marking the start of navigation on the Moskva River following the easing of lockdown measures, which were imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Moscow, Russia June 23, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia on Thursday reported 6,760 new cases of the novel coronavirus, pushing its ... Full story

Myanmar jade mine landslide kills dozens

Image caption Many people gather at mining sites to scavenge through rubble for jade. File image. At least 50 people have been killed in a landslide at a jade mining site in northern Myanmar, officials say. Some reports say that dozens more may be buried at the site in the Hpakant area of Kachin state. A wave of mud triggered by heavy rain engulfed those collecting stones, the fire service said. Myanmar is the world's biggest source of jade but ... Full story

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

(Reuters) - Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:. FILE PHOTO: The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. January 29, 2020. Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, ... Full story

The Neveda Town Where Storm Area 51 Sort Of Happened

Last June, a California college student named Matty Roberts created a Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” It called for people to converge on the secretive Air Force test facility in Nevada on September 20. “Let’s see them aliens,” Roberts wrote. The event quickly went viral; within days, hundreds of thousands of people had clicked the page’s “Going” button. Although intended as a joke, the event drew very real ... Full story