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You're Out! No Fans — Or Spitting — As Baseball Returns To South Korea

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| The Korean Baseball Organization will begin its new season on May 5, initially without fans. The KBO hopes this week's start of preseason games leads to a smooth opening of the regular season.

1st Known U.S. COVID-19 Death Was Weeks Earlier Than Previously Thought


The first U.S. COVID-19 death took place on Feb. 6, an autopsy shows. The person died at home in Santa Clara County, Calif., at a time when testing in the U.S. was tightly limited.

Even With COVID-19 Cases, Suing Cruise Lines Is 'Extraordinarily Difficult'


Cruise ships have stopped carrying passengers after a wave of coronavirus cases. Dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the cruise lines. But whether they'll be successful is another question.

Death Toll Increases To 22 From Weekend Shooting Rampage In Nova Scotia, Police Say


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police originally reported at least 16 dead after Saturday's attacks, in which the assailant shot victims at multiple locations and then set fire to the crime scenes.

Why You May Get An Email About COVID-19 From The Census Bureau


The Census Bureau is trying to measure how the pandemic is affecting jobs, spending, housing, education and health in the U.S., so it's asking close to 14 million people to fill out an online survey.

Missouri Sues China, Communist Party Over The Coronavirus Pandemic


Missouri's attorney general alleges that China "engaged in misrepresentations, concealment, and retaliation to conceal the gravity and seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak from the rest of the world."

In Greece, 148 Asylum Seekers Test Positive For COVID-19 At Shelter


At least 150 people in a shelter have tested positive for COVID-19, says the International Organization for Migration. Most are from Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

New Report Notes Rise In Coronavirus-Linked Anti-Semitic Hate Speech


The report, released Monday by researchers at Tel Aviv University, notes an 18% increase in anti-Semitic violence in 2019 and recent accusations blaming Jews for causing and spreading the coronavirus.

Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals Are Canceled Due To Coronavirus


Organizers say they considered several ways to hold the national finals in a "virtual" environment, before deciding it wasn't feasible.