British Airways cancels all flights to mainland China as Wuhan coronavirus spreads - Business Insider
- British Airways, the United Kingdom's flagship airline, has canceled all direct flights to and from mainland China as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread.
- The company apologized for the inconvenience to its customers in a statement.
- According to Reuters, no direct flights to and from China are available on the airline's website for January and February.
- The outbreak originated in Wuhan, China, and has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000.
- As of Tuesday, the virus has spread to at least 16 other countries.
- This is a developing story.
Apple stock has increased 4x since Trump dumped his shares - Business Insider
- One telling sign of Apple's impressive growth over the past few years is a tweet from Donald Trump, back in the days before his presidency.
- Exactly six years ago, Trump took a bearish view of Apple's stock, and said he'd sold his shares in the company.
- Assuming that Tuesday's post-earnings bump in Apple shares holds through the open of the markets on Wednesday, Apple stock price will have increased by 356% since the day of Trump's 2014 tweet, when Apple shares closed at $70.77 (adjusted for dividends and splits).
- "I'll bet if I didn't harass Apple for the last 2 years about the large screen iPhone, they wouldn't have done it—but it bends & breaks!" he tweeted.
- Just this October, President Trump tweeted a complaint against the iPhone's Swipe feature just this October.
- "To Tim: The Button on the IPhone was FAR better than the Swipe!" the tweet said.
Helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn't have terrain warning system - Business Insider
- The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that crashed while transporting NBA icon Kobe Bryant and eight others did not have a warning system that could have alerted the pilot of the hills below him, according to investigators.
- Investigators have found the remains of all nine victims by Tuesday, the Los Angeles coroner's office said.
- Homendy said that the helicopter didn't have a terrain awareness warning system (TAWS), which provides terrain information to the pilot and prevents unintentional impacts with the ground.
- The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter was rolled out before the FAA required TAWS on new aircraft, the Journal said.
- Homendy added that the helicopter was 20 to 30 feet from clearing a hill before the crash.
- The last radar contact with the helicopter was at about 9:45 a.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the department was protecting the area surrounding the crash to prevent trespassing.
China Wuhan coronavirus updates: 2019-nCoV deaths, spread, symptoms - Business Insider
- The death toll of a coronavirus outbreak sweeping China has 132, with nearly 6,000 people infected, The New York Times reported Wednesday local time.
- Another doctor told the South China Morning Post that medical workers did not have enough protective gear — and that some were catching the virus as a result.
- Mimi Lau, a reporter at the South China Morning Post, said patients in Wuhan hospitals had likened getting a kit to winning the lottery.
- Gao Fu, the director-general of China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said on January 22 that the virus was adapting and changing — making it harder to fight.
- The French government reportedly plans to evacuate French nationals via bus from Wuhan to Changsha, a city in a neighboring province, according to the South China Morning Post.
McConnell says he doesn't have votes to block impeachment witnesses - Business Insider
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told his caucus on Tuesday that it hasn't secured the votes necessary to block Democrats from calling witnesses to testify in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, The Wall Street Journal reported.
- McConnell told his fellow Republicans during a meeting on Tuesday afternoon that he didn't have enough Republican votes to quash the Democrat-led effort, a vote for which is planned for Friday, The Journal and other outlets reported.
- Senate Democrats want at least four key witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, to testify.
- Bolton's allegations contradict Trump's repeated claim that he didn't leverage the military aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic opponents.
Nike Vaporfly shoes will not be banned, The Guardian reports - Business Insider
- But the World Athletics organization, which governs most international track and field events, will not be imposing a blanket ban on the Vaporfly shoes, The Guardian reported.
- According to reporter Sean Ingle's exclusive scoop, World Athletics is expected to rule that all shoes currently on the market will still be legal.
- Rather, according to The Guardian, World Athletics is expected to announce "a temporary suspension of any fresh shoe technology until after the Tokyo Olympics this summer." Going forward, World Athletics will likely insist that companies present any prototypes for approval prior to the shoes' use in competition, Ingle reported.
- The Guardian also reported that the organization will launch a deep dive into examining how much more advantageous Nike's Vaporfly shoes are compared to other shoes, at the elite level.
- World Athletics' current rules say running shoes can't confer any "unfair assistance or advantage" and have to be "reasonably available" to everyone.
Michael Bloomberg shakes man's hand and then dog's mouth while campaigning in Vermont - Business Insider
- Bloomberg on Monday greeted a dog by shaking its mouth, rather than going for the standard move of asking for a paw in order to shake its hand.
- The moment, which took place as the 2020 Democrat was campaigning in Vermont, was captured on video and went viral on Tuesday.
- Though the dog appeared to be fine after the encounter, the video of the moment created quite a stir online.
- In 2011, the New York Times reported that the former New York City mayor does not view his girlfriend's dogs as his own.
- The dogs were a Christmas gift to Bloomberg from his significant other, Diana L.
- It's unclear if Bloomberg would have a dog or any pets in the White House if elected.
- President Donald Trump is the first president in well over a century to not have a dog at some point while an occupant of the White House.
Wuhan teacher's videos show what life is like inside quarantined city - Business Insider
- An Irish teacher's video blogs from within quarantined Wuhan, China are giving outsiders a look at what like on lockdown is like.
- Ben Kavanaugh's first video about life under quarantine was posted by Channel 4 on January 26 and shows him venturing out into the deserted city to stock up on provisions at a grocery store.
- On the walk to the grocery store, Kavanaugh noted that Wuhan is a city larger than London, and yet almost no one was out on the street in the morning.
- In his second video for the news outlet, which was posted on January 28, Kavanaugh cooked a bleak meal of pasta and hot dogs and talked about how foreign nationals like himself have been in constant communication with each other and their respective governments.
- Later in the video, Kavanaugh said he, too, was considering leaving, since the British and Irish governments are looking into evacuating their citizens.
LIVE: Here come Apple's Q1 2020 earnings - Business Insider
- Apple's business made a roaring comeback in the final three months of 2019, as sales of its newest iPhones models and wearable gadgets like the AirPods resulted in a 9% increase in revenue that was billions above Wall Street's expectations.
- Apple's iPhone revenue was also up year-over-year for the first time since its smartphone business began to dip in the same quarter one year ago.
- The earnings results are further evidence that Apple's newest iPhones ended up selling better than expected, as analysts had largely estimated that this year's iPhone would be the model to bring Apple's smartphone business back to growth.
- It's worth noting, however, that Apple had a notably weak quarter in its fiscal first quarter of 2019, as iPhone sales had cratered by 15% in the same period one year ago.
What one witness heard before Kobe Bryant's fatal helicopter crash - Business Insider
- Sound engineer Scott Daehlin was standing outside a church in Calabasas, California when Kobe Bryant's helicopter crashed into the surrounding hills.
- Daehlin said he heard the helicopter hovering in the low cloud cover near the church 20 seconds before the aircraft veered toward the hillside.
- Then he heard the impact of fiberglass and plexiglass crushing against the ground.
- Dahelin said he pulled out his phone, called 911, and helped direct first-responders to the site of where he heard the crash.