Firm Helping Run U.S. Coronavirus Database Refuses Senators’ Questions

The number of coronavirus infections in the Netherlands has doubled every two weeks since early July, causing experts to warn that the country could experience a full-blown second wave by mid-September. The surge in cases has prompted Finland and the three Baltic countries — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — to tell their citizens not to travel to the Netherlands because …

Stay Entertained At Home with Bach, Beowulf and a Bee Aficionado

Here is a sampling of the week’s events and how to tune in (all times are Eastern). Note that events are subject to change after publication. Monday Start your week off by exploring the paintings of Philip Guston with Hauser and Wirth’s exhibition “What Endures.” The featured works were selected by Mr. Guston’s daughter, Musa Mayer, who also is the …

Japan Cabinet Ministers Visit Yasukuni Shrine

TOKYO — Four Japanese cabinet ministers, including a rising political star seen as a potential prime minister, marked the 75th anniversary of World War II’s end on Saturday by visiting Yasukuni Shrine, a memorial with strong links to Japan’s imperial past. The shrine in Tokyo, which honors Japan’s war dead — including Class A war criminals from the World War …

Tackling a Century-Old Mystery: Did My Grandmother Vote?

In 1920, Democrats had accused Brown of circulating a letter that advised how the 19th Amendment had given “all women the right of the ballot regardless of color” and then urged “all the colored women of North Carolina to register and vote on November 2nd, 1920.” It was a call to action: “The time for Negroes has come.” White Democrats …

Eusebio Leal Spengler, Who Restored Old Havana, Dies at 77

Eusebio Leal Spengler, who led an effort to preserve Old Havana, transforming that historic district from a forgotten slum into an architectural jewel and tourist destination, died on July 31 in Havana. He was 77. His death was reported by Granma, the official newspaper of the Cuban Communist Party. In recent years he had been treated for pancreatic cancer. In …

Home Renovation for the Pandemic

“People want to be ready. We weren’t ready in March and now we’ve had the summer and we’re able to reflect,” said Alessandra Wood, the vice president of style for Modsy, an online interior design service. “I don’t know if it’s a fear or an expectation that in the fall we’re still going to be living this life.” Elizabeth Stuart, …

Worst Movie Plots That Shouldn’t Exist

In Avengers: Endgame, Steve Rogers should NOT have gone back in time to be with Peggy Carter! We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which movie plots they wish could be deleted from the films entirely. Here are the best results. 🚨 Spoilers ahead, people! 🚨 1. In Avengers: Endgame, when Steve Rogers went back in time to be …

Problematic Romantic Teen Drama Moments

Teen dramas are allll about the romance. You know the drill. Slow music with lyrics about love…the characters lean in… But sometimes…the romantic moments fall short. Even worse, sometimes they might SEEM romantic, but are actually super messed up. Below are some of the worst teen drama moments that you might’ve once seen as romantic but are actually really problematic. …

Coronavirus upends conventions, changes TV coverage

The Democratic and Republican conventions will lack for crowds but not television coverage By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer August 14, 2020, 11:58 PM 3 min read LOS ANGELES — The Democratic and Republican conventions will lack for crowds but not television coverage. The standard political gatherings that were to unfold for the Democratic Party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and for …

Chicken wings from Brazil test positive for coronavirus

CLOSE When people ask how to protect themselves against the spread of COVID-19, one of the first suggestions from doctors is washing your hands. Here are the do’s and don’ts. USA TODAY A sample of frozen chicken wings transported from Brazil to China tested positive for COVID-19, Chinese officials announced Thursday. But there is no evidence that shows the coronavirus can be …