5 things to know for March 3: 2020 Dems, coronavirus, Obamacare, Israel, Apple

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As the field for the Democratic presidential nomination narrowed, frontrunners Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden laid out their different visions for America.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 7:40 AM
Updated: Mar 3, 2020 7:40 AM

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1. Election 2020

It's Super Tuesday, the day that 14 states and one US territory go to the polls for the largest single day of contests in the election season so far. Voters will be looking at an even thinner ballot after Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race yesterday, following sixth-place finishes in Nevada and South Carolina. Within hours of shuttering her campaign, the Minnesota senator turned around and endorsed Joe Biden. Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas did the same, handing Biden a trio of strong endorsements that could give him a big boost heading into today's contests. However, some see the sudden surge of support around Biden as an attempt by Democrats to mount a challenge against Bernie Sanders, whose support and momentum have made him a front-runner in the race.

2. Coronavirus 

There are at least 100 cases of the coronavirus in the US now, including an outbreak at a nursing home in Seattle. The facility has 108 residents and another 180 staff members. At least 50 of them have shown signs of possible infection, and so far, four people with ties to the nursing home have died. The outbreak is an urgent reminder that America's elder care facilities are at a particular risk for coronavirus infections because of the dual threat of age and close living conditions. More than 90,000 people have been infected globally, prompting the World Health Organization to say the virus has brought the world into "uncharted territory."

3. Affordable Care Act 

The Supreme Court announced it will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as Obamacare, after lower court rulings found the law's individual mandate unconstitutional. The high court's ruling could uphold or alter the law, or eradicate it altogether, greatly changing the already controversial conversation around health care in the US. The proceedings will be a major political lightning rod, and mercifully, the issue won't be taken up until next term, presumably after the presidential election. This all comes as a bit of a surprise, since the Supreme Court previously indicated it was content to let the issue play out in lower courts before stepping in. However, that could take years, so this is the more expeditious option.

4. Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is poised to win yesterday's general election, but that doesn't mean the country's political deadlock is over. If vote projections stand, Netanyahu's Likud Party will still need to find partners to form a coalition government. And it appears from some projections that even the party's closest allies won't be able to fill enough of those seats, which means Netanyahu will need to recruit stranger bedfellows to secure a ruling majority. Almost all of the votes should be in by tomorrow, and this weekend, all party leaders who have achieved representation in parliament will consult with Israel's President over who should get first shot at building a coalition.

5. Apple

If you ever suspected your older model iPhone got markedly slower as newer models rolled out, the latest news from a lawsuit against the tech company will surely give you some vindication. Apple will pay up to half a billion dollars to settle a class action lawsuit alleging it used software updates to slow down older phones. The proposed settlement agreement requires Apple to pay the owners of certain iPhone models $25 per affected device. The two-year-long lawsuit has inspired global backlash, with some suggesting Apple intentionally diminished their devices' performance to force users to upgrade. Apple says it was just trying to address issues with older lithium-ion batteries. iPhone users in the US can file settlement claims if they owned an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus or SE device bought before December 21, 2017.

THIS JUST IN ...

2 people have died in an overnight tornado in Tennessee

Metro Nashville Police have just announced two reported fatalities. The victims are from East Nashville, police said. About 20 people are in the hospital and 40 structures collapsed, officials said.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

James Lipton, 'Inside the Actors Studio' host, has died at 93 

Farewell to one of the fanciest entertainment interviewers ever.

New York City's endangered pay phones will soon go extinct 

But where will thriller movie villains go to call and torment their victims?

A woman almost got trampled when she tried to pet a moose 

You know what they say: You mess with the moose, you get the hooves. 

Half of the world's beaches could disappear by the end of the century 

It's a sobering fact, but probably not one to bring up at your family beach trip this year.

'Judge Judy' is coming to an end after 25 years

Daytime television programming will never be the same.

TODAY'S NUMBER

$4.3 billion

That's how much a free trade deal with the United States could add to the UK economy over the next 15 years. It sounds like a lot, but the figure wouldn't replace the economic benefits of being in the European Union.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"Lord of the Poultry"

That's the rough translation of Pete Buttigieg's last name, which derives from the complex and colorful Maltese language. People on the European island nation of Malta actually followed Buttigieg's campaign closely, feeling a kinship with his unusual name and heritage.

TODAY'S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Don't play the music, become the music 

This one's long, but it's so worth it. A DJ hooks his prosthetic arm up to a synthesizer, which means he essentially plays music ... with his mind. If you're in a hurry, the real fun starts at 5:48. (Click here to view.)

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 14372

Reported Deaths: 693
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds95924
Lauderdale71358
Madison69422
Scott63010
Neshoba58937
Jones56622
Forrest52338
DeSoto5036
Leake40012
Rankin3856
Holmes38524
Jackson30313
Copiah2904
Attala28415
Newton2564
Monroe25225
Leflore25130
Lincoln25024
Harrison2477
Lamar2315
Yazoo2274
Pearl River20631
Pike20311
Adams19015
Lowndes1899
Noxubee1736
Washington1667
Warren1597
Bolivar15411
Wayne1540
Oktibbeha15411
Jasper1524
Smith14511
Covington1431
Clarke13818
Kemper13611
Chickasaw13012
Lafayette1274
Lee1245
Carroll11511
Coahoma1144
Marion1149
Clay1084
Winston1051
Lawrence1021
Simpson950
Hancock8711
Wilkinson859
Yalobusha855
Grenada853
Itawamba847
Montgomery811
Union805
Sunflower783
Jefferson Davis772
Marshall773
Tate741
Tippah7111
Claiborne692
Panola643
Calhoun634
Webster611
Humphreys587
Amite561
Tunica533
Walthall520
Perry503
Prentiss423
Jefferson400
Choctaw342
Stone300
Pontotoc293
Tishomingo280
Franklin282
Tallahatchie261
Quitman250
George211
Benton150
Alcorn141
Greene91
Sharkey70
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 16530

Reported Deaths: 591
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2124112
Jefferson1712100
Montgomery154134
Tuscaloosa67813
Marshall6689
Lee53332
Franklin5147
Shelby48419
Tallapoosa41864
Butler39213
Chambers34924
Madison3184
Elmore3137
Walker2991
Baldwin2819
Etowah24411
Dallas2443
DeKalb2413
Morgan2311
Coffee2241
Lowndes22210
Sumter2136
Autauga2053
Houston1884
Bullock1833
Pike1790
Colbert1612
Russell1590
Marengo1556
Lauderdale1532
Calhoun1523
Hale1517
Choctaw1488
Wilcox1347
Barbour1321
Clarke1292
Randolph1257
Marion11911
St. Clair1161
Pickens1014
Talladega1003
Dale990
Chilton971
Cullman960
Greene924
Limestone870
Winston820
Covington771
Jackson752
Crenshaw722
Bibb711
Henry712
Macon712
Washington666
Blount581
Escambia493
Lawrence460
Geneva400
Conecuh351
Coosa351
Monroe352
Perry350
Cherokee342
Clay272
Lamar210
Fayette130
Cleburne131
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