Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. CHINA VIRUS TOTALS SPIKE China reports 254 new daily deaths and an increase in new daily virus cases of 15,152 after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of Hubei as to how cases are categorized.
2. CANDIDATES SET SIGHTS ON SUPER TUESDAY Nevada votes next, then South Carolina, but Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination are already looking ahead to the biggest prize on the primary calendar.
3. ‘I WAS SHOCKED THE FIRST TIME I SAW THE BABY’ Environmental reports obtained by the AP detail accounts of “alarming” birth defects, miscarriages and other health problems among residents living in South Sudan’s oil regions.
4. PRO-TRUMP EFFORT RAISES TENS OF MILLIONS IN A MONTH AP learns that groups backing the president raised more than $60 million in January and have more than $200 million on hand for November’s election, shattering fundraising records.
5. POMPEO, ESPER FACE PIVOTAL TRIP With tensions between the U.S. and Europe running high over numerous issues, the secretary of state and defense secretary are heading to Germany for an annual security forum.
6. WHO REACHED A DEAL WITH USS COLE FAMILIES Sudan says it’s reached a settlement with relatives of the victims of the attack on USS Cole in Yemen which killed 17 sailors, part of an effort by Khartoum to have the country taken off the U.S. terrorism list.
7. BUFFETT’S DRUG WAR Howard Buffett, the eldest son of the billionaire investor, is spending $200 million to help Colombia kick its cocaine curse.
8. MEDIA SEEK OPEN HEARING ON SAINTS, CHURCH EMAILS News outlets in New Orleans want access to a hearing on the confidentiality of emails between Roman Catholic officials and the city’s NFL franchise concerning clergy sex-abuse scandals.
9. SNOOP DOGG SAYS HE’S SORRY After days of blistering criticism, the rapper apologizes to CBS’ Gayle King for attacking her over her interview with former basketball star Lisa Leslie about the late Kobe Bryant.
10. ROENICK OUT AT NBC SPORTS The NHL analyst won’t return to the network after he was suspended for making sexually suggestive comments about his co-workers during a podcast.