We can now see boiling plasma that covers the sun. Two satellites could crash in orbit over Pittsburgh. And anyone else enjoying space headlines as a distraction from hard news?
It's Ashley with the latest dispatches from Earth.
But first, a healthy reminder: The coronavirus and Corona beer are zero percent related. So keep throwing them back, friends. Apparently the beer has received a few extra hits on Google lately, along with the term “corona beer virus” and “beer virus.”
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What everyone’s talking about
- Kobe Bryant's death: Vanessa Bryant changed her Instagram profile photo to a heartbreaking image of Kobe hugging their daughter Gianna.
- John Bolton's book: White House officials threatened to block the publication of Bolton's book unless the former national security adviser deletes "top secret" items they said could undermine national security.
- Harvey Weinstein trial: Accusers told the jury explicit sexual assault details, saying the movie mogul offered roles in exchange for sex.
A flight full of Americans fleeing the coronavirus has landed
A flight carrying 201 Americans fleeing the deadly coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan landed in California on Wednesday as the death toll in China jumped to 133. The passengers received multiple health screenings before landing and will be "monitored for symptoms post-arrival" for three days. Health officials are racing to halt the spread of the mysterious virus, so it does not proliferate in the USA. With no vaccine to prevent the illness, officials rely on identifying and isolating people sickened with the virus to prevent its spread. The strategy has worked. Only five U.S. travelers have been confirmed with the virus. Still, the CDC and other experts warn more cases are likely to emerge as the virus accelerates in China and gains a foothold in a growing number of countries.
- Coronavirus outbreak: Delta cuts flights to China, joining United, American Airlines and several other foreign carriers.
Trump makes new trade pact with Mexico and Canada official
President Donald Trump celebrated a rare bipartisan achievement Wednesday when he signed a revamped trade deal with Mexico and Canada into law. Surrounded by leaders wearing hard hats, Trump deemed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, as “a colossal victory” for American farmers, manufacturers and other workers. The agreement guarantees U.S. farmers greater access to Canada’s agriculture market and puts new e-commerce rules in place. It dictates that a higher percentage of autos be made from parts manufactured in North America. Some lawmakers’ invites to the celebration seem to have been misplaced: No Democrats were invited to the ceremony, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office said.
- “Mighty Ducks” star Shaun Weiss was arrested and charged with burglary under the influence of meth.
- How much is dog sperm worth? About $400,000, a court ruled after an esteemed Labrador's DNA was destroyed.
- WWE twins, Nikki and Brie Bella, are pregnant at the same time – with a due date a week and a half apart.
- Amazon's Ring security shares your personal data with Facebook and Google, a report says.
- MoviePass may owe money to 12,000 subscribers as it files for bankruptcy liquidation.
- Old Bay hot sauce is hot. And by hot, I mean it sold out the day it launched.
He bought a Rolex for $345. There may not be a 'better one in the world'
A man from North Dakota bought a Rolex back in the ’70s, paying about $354 for the watch. Finding out how much it's worth today floored him. No, it really floored him – he straight up toppled to the floor. On the auction show "Antiques Roadshow,” the watch – a 1971 Rolex Oyster Cosmograph – was dubbed the "season's biggest find." The big reveal: "Your watch, at auction today, (is worth) $500,000-$700,000,” appraiser Peter Planes said.
Heads up: Satellites could crash in orbit above Pittsburgh
Among the thousands of satellites orbiting Earth, every now and then, the orbit of one can cross the path of another – and it may happen Wednesday. Two satellites may collide in space above Pittsburgh tonight, space debris tracking company LeoLabs warns. The company predicted that a decommissioned space telescope and an experimental U.S. payload would pass within about 30 yards or less of each other 559 miles over the city. Though it's unlikely that these objects will indeed collide, the company said the probability of a collision is about 1 in 100.
Look at this photograph – of the sun
A new telescope captured some of the most detailed, close-up images of the sun ever taken, the National Science Foundation announced Wednesday. The images show a pattern of turbulent "boiling" plasma that covers the entire sun. The cell-like structures are each about the size of Texas.
A break from the news
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- Brad Pitt has already won awards season: All his best moments, from Tinder to "Titanic."
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