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Life goes on inside the Quarantined city of Wuhan, China, where the deadly Wuhan coronavirus was first reported.

The city was closed down by Chinese authorities on Wednesday to stop the spread of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus. Public transportation was shut down and people were warned not to travel to or from Wuhan.

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Still, panic has not yet set in among the populace in Wuhan or the countries surrounding China. Hundreds of travelers wore face masks at Hong Kong's Kowloon rail station.

Wuhan citizens waited patiently to buy groceries, while children wearing face masks splay on swings at a public playground in Wuhan.

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Hairdressers wore black masks as they cut the hair of their customers in Beijing, China.

The mysterious SARS-like pneumonia virus has killed 17 people and sickened over 10,000. The virus reportedly leaped from fish and animals to humans.

The contagion is easily spread through close contact with infected persons and through the air by coughing or sneezing.

The virus replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system, causing swelling in lung tissue, making it difficult for the patient to breathe. The cause of death is usually organ failure.

The World Health Organization (WHO) met last night but they failed to declare a global emergency.

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Chinese authorities have placed Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, under strict quarantine to stop the spread of the deadly Wuhan coronavirus.

The Wuhan coronavirus is named after the city where the first fatal case was reported. The Wuhan virus is now categorized as an epidemic after the death toll quadrupled overnight.

The virus that causes a deadly type of pneumonia has spread around the world from ground zero in Wuhan city. The CDC confirmed America's first case of Wuhan coronavirus in Washington state.

America, Asia and Europe authorities have canceled planes and trains and screened travelers for the virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering declaring an international emergency.

Chinese authorities shut down public transportation in Wuhan and urged people not to travel to or from Wuhan. The emergency measures were set to take effect at 10 a.m. local time.

Officials said quarantining the city was necessary to "effectively cut off the transmission of the virus, resolutely curb the spread of the epidemic, and ensure the safety and health of the people."

Officials used television, radio and Twitter.com to spread the word that Wuhan and its population were under quarantine. The hashtag #WuhanLockdown was the top trending topic on Twitter.

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Sales of surgical masks have skyrocketed in Asian countries.

Citizens of Wuhan took to Twitter to express concern about what would happen to them if they are under quarantine and unable to leave the city.

"Who will think of the lives of those of us who are healthy in Wuhan? We are also afraid," wrote one Twitter user.

"Even before the city was closed, we protected ourselves and hid at home. Now we are lambs who will still be slaughtered, and we can only leave our fates to the heavens."

Others wondered how sick residents would get from their homes to hospitals without public transportation.

Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s from nasal swabs of people who had the common cold.

But the new coronavirus leaped from fish and animals to humans. The virus is easily spread via air, replicates rapidly in the lungs and overwhelms the respiratory system.

One critical patient was placed on a heart and lung machine to bypass their lungs until they recovered from the disease.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States.

The CDC announced that a man has been diagnosed with the deadly pneumonia virus in Washington state.

The first cases of the deadly coronavirus were reported in China.

CDC officials said the patient recently traveled to Wuhan, the Chinese city where the respiratory infections began.

At least six people have died and hundreds more are sickened by the mysterious virus. The virus is very contagious and spreads easily from human to human. Sales of disposable masks have skyrocketed.

Human coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s in cultures taken from nasal swabs of patients with the common cold.

The CDC and Chinese officials report that the new coronavirus leaped from fish and animals to humans. Only seven known coronaviruses infect humans, including the well-publicized SARS outbreaks.

The outbreak has spread to three other Asian countries -- Japan, South Korea and Thailand.

Major airlines are screening passengers for symptoms of the coronavirus before they board commercial jets.

Planes are delayed and travelers wait in long lines at New York's JFK Airport and airports in Los Angeles and San Francisco to be screened for the virus.

Stocks on Wall Street are trading near session lows on the news that the mystery virus is spreading to other countries.

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The fallout continues for NBA superstar LeBron James who sided with Communist China in the country's ongoing conflict with Hong Kong.

On Monday, LeBron commented about the tweet sent by Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey who said he supported Hong Kong.

LeBron chastised Morey, saying he was "not educated" enough to speak on the situation in Hong Kong.

The backlash was swift.

Protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets wearing LeBron face masks and waving 100 Chinese yuan bills.

Protesters accused LeBron of being a capitalist who chooses money over basic human rights. China has been accused of executing Muslims and anyone who speaks out against the regime.

Among LeBron's critics is Khalilah Ali, a Muslim who was married to the late boxing champ Muhammad Ali from 1967-1976.

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In an interview with TMZ, Ali expressed her disappointment in LeBron, saying LeBron is no Muhammad Ali.

Khalilah Ali said her late husband would have handled the NBA-China situation differently. She also believes that LeBron should support people "who are standing up for their rights."

Muhammad Ali was stripped of his heavyweight title and sentenced to prison rather than be inducted into the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam.

He famously said, "I ain't got no quarrel with them VietCong. No VietCong ever called me nigger."

Referring to Hong Kong protesters burning LeBron's jerseys in the streets, Khalilah Ali said of her ex-husband: "They would not take Muhammad Ali's shorts and burn them anywhere, it would never happen."
 

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You either love LeBron James or you hate him. The NBA superstar has a habit of infuriating fans with his opinions on everything from politics to tacos.

The latest drama began last week when Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey took sides in the ongoing conflict between China and Hong Kong. In a now deleted tweet, Morey angered the Chinese by saying he stands with Hong Kong.

LeBron uncharacteristically remained silent despite the prodding by the news media to say something.

On Tuesday, the 34-year-old father of three broke his silence by saying Morey wasn't "educated" enough to speak on Hong Kong.

The backlash was swift. LeBron is the only active NBA player to have his jerseys burned on 2 continents.

Protesters in Hong Kong took to the streets wearing LeBron face masks and waving 100 Chinese yuan bills. Other protesters torched and walked all over LeBron's jerseys in a sign of disrespect.

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Critics say LeBron sided with the Chinese to protect his financial interests over there.

According to the Daily Caller, LeBron pressured NBA commissioner Adam Silver to punish Morey.

The news media went on the attack, accusing LeBron of choosing money over basic human rights.

LeBron James Looks Like a Fraud The National Review.

LeBron James' only concern is LeBron James - The NY Daily News.

LeBron James's Big Miss on China - The Wall Street Journal.

Most Disgraceful Moment of Career - USA Today.

LeBron Bows to Communists - DrudgeReport.

The superstar also faced major backlash on social media platforms Twitter.com and Instagram.com.
 

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NBA superstar James Harden apologized to China on Monday for a tweet his general manager sent out on Friday. Unfortunately, his apology wasn't good enough.

The National Basketball League scrambled to get back on China's good side after the Chinese government blocked live broadcasts of NBA games on Monday. China was offended after Houston Rocket's general manager Daryl Morey tweeted that he chose democracy over Communism.

In the now-deleted tweet, Morey also supported Hong Kong, where pro-democracy demonstrators continue to protest in the streets against the pro-Chinese sector and the Hong Kong Police Force.

The Rockets are in Tokyo, Japan to play 2 pre-season exhibition games against NBA champions Toronto Raptors.

China banned live broadcasts of NBA pre-season games hours after Harden apologized for Morey's tweet.

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Harden, pictured left with teammate Russell Westbrook, said, "We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love," Harden said.

He added: "We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization. We love you."

The Chinese government was further disappointed when NBA commissioner Adam Silver insisted he wouldn't gag owners or players from speaking their minds.

"The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues. We simply could not operate that way," Silver said in a statement on Tuesday.

Morey's tweet resulted in the NBA losing advertisers and lucrative sponsorships, including Tiffany's jewelry.

The normally very opinionated NBA superstar LeBron James has so far remained silent on the controversy.

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James Harden, pictured left with Russell Westbrook, personally apologized to China after the Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted that he supports democracy - not communism.

Morey sparked controversy by saying he supported Hong Kong in a since-deleted tweet that has resulted in the team losing sponsorships and TV deals, according to Yahoo News.

Morey's tweet, "Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong", was in support of the semi-autonomous country that is the scene of protests and widespread civil unrest.

James Harden, one of the NBA's biggest superstars, apologized to China on Monday.

The Rockets are currently in Tokyo, Japan for 2 preseason games against the NBA's defending champions Toronto Raptors.

Harden, with teammate Westbrook by his side, spoke to the Japanese press on Monday:

"We apologize. You know, we love China. We love playing there. For both of us individually, we go there once or twice a year. They show us the most important love," Harden said.

"We appreciate them as a fan base. We love everything there about them, and we appreciate the support that they give us individually and as [an] organization. We love you."

Some NBA fans supported Harden and the Rockets, but others were furious at the superstar's apparent anti-democracy stance.

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Wendell Brown is a free man after serving three years in a southwest China prison for a crime he didn't commit. Brown, 33, hugged his mother, Antoinette Brown, and other relatives at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Romulus, Mich.

Brown returned from China where he was imprisoned for defending himself in a bar fight. He was in China teaching English and American football to children when he was arrested in September 2016 and charged with intentional assault.

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A crowd of supporters greeted him with cheers upon his arrival. Brown told reporters he's been "waiting on this moment for years."

Brown's mother previously stated she would gladly give credit to President Trump if he appealed to the Chinese government to release her son.

It isn't clear if Trump intervened on Brown's behalf.

Brown played for Ball State University in Indiana.

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More proof that we are not alone. A giant new radio telescope in China has detected mysterious radio signals deep in outer space.

Chinese astronomers have detected repeated fast radio bursts (FRB) believed to be sent from a source about 3 billion light years from Earth.

The radio signal blips are called "fast" because they are very short bursts, only several milliseconds in duration. FRBs are the brightest bursts known in the universe.

But most importantly: there is no reasonable explanation for the signal's origin.

The signals were detected with the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built.

The new Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is located in southwest China's Guizhou Province.

The FAST telescope was completed in September 2016 and is due to start regular operations this month.

Scientists are carefully cross-checking and processing the FRB radio bursts, according to researchers at the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC).

Chinese scientists invited their counterparts in other countries to conduct more observations of the signals with their telescope facilities.

Astronomers from more than 10 countries and regions are making observation plans for China's FAST telescope in order to best apply the unprecedented power of the telescope, which goes beyond the capabilities of telescope arrays in the U.S.

Below is a scene from Jodie Foster's sci-fi movie Contact (1997), when giant telescope arrays in New Mexico first detected a mysterious radio signal from space.
 

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