Coronavirus. Kobe Bryant. Trump’s impeachment trial. It’s all anyone can talk about at the moment. We’ll get to it, but I promise to give you some other news you should know today, too.
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But first, a reminder that the world is good: An amazing video shows a dozen strangers lifting an SUV off a woman pinned underneath.
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Let’s get right to the point
Is it us, or has the news lately been a little redundant? In an effort to keep The Short List fresh and interesting, here’s a brief recap of the latest developments on the big stories we’ve been following:
- Coronavirus: The U.S. is evacuating Americans from Wuhan as the death toll from the outbreak now exceeds 100 in China.
- Kobe Bryant: Flight path data and audio from the tragic crash show that the helicopter was flying in “very scary conditions.”
- Impeachment trial: President Donald Trump’s defense team warned that it was unconstitutional to pursue impeachment under vague charges such as abuse of power or obstruction of Congress because that would leave all future presidents vulnerable to removal for policy disputes with Congress.
- Harvey Weinstein trial: A witness backed her roommate’s claim that Weinstein sexually assaulted her. “It sounded like rape.”
Police and medical personnel take the temperature of airplane passengers Tuesday upon arrival at the airport in Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province, China. (Photo: EPA-EFE)
Powerful 7.7 earthquake strikes the Caribbean
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake has been reported in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and Cuba, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It’s not immediately clear if there is any damage or injuries. However, the earthquake caused very strong to severe shaking in portions of far western Jamaica, capable of moderate to heavy damage, the USGS said. The quake was felt as far away as South Florida, according to posts on social media, and buildings were being evacuated in Miami due to the quake. Here’s the latest on this developing story.
What everyone’s talking about
- Americans are getting really creeped out by devices eavesdropping on them and tracking them.
- Working for a living: What countries have shorter, or longer, work weeks than the U.S.?
- Chipotle was hit with a $1.37 million fine for more than 13,000 child labor violations at its Massachusetts restaurants.
Miami’s unfriendly history with NFL players
Why are so many NFL players arrested in Miami? Besides the Super Bowl, metro Miami has been the site of at least 60 NFL player arrests and citations since 2000 – far more than any other city – according to a database of incidents compiled by USA TODAY. Fifty-six of the 60 incidents involved African American players. None were white. Such lopsided numbers raise an issue that former players say is a major reason Miami leads the league in arrests: a long-standing pattern of racial profiling in South Florida. But they say there’s another important factor in the city’s high arrest count.
Counterfeit dollar, dollar bill y’all
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials report seizing almost $1 million in counterfeit cash – all of it in singles. The dollar bills (💵) were discovered in Minnesota back in December in a rail shipment originating from China, according to a statement from CBP. An investigation found 45 cartons filled with singles, which were confirmed to be fake by the Secret Service. Apparently single-dollar bills, according to the Federal Reserve, have stayed the same since 1963 because the “note is infrequently counterfeited.” 🤔
The dollar bills were discovered in December at the International Falls Port of Entry in Minnesota in a rail shipment originating from China. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
- Police identified the mystery hero who saved a baby from the mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart.
- “I think you did a good job on her.” Trump praised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
for blasting an NPR host.
- A man handcuffed behind his back and sitting in the front seat of a police car was shot to death in Maryland.
Trump unveils his ‘Deal of the Century’ for Middle East peace
Trump unveiled details of his long-stalled plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians on Tuesday, intended to defuse decades of hostilities. In a surprise move, the initiative called for an independent Palestine sitting alongside Israel – a “two-state” solution – with East Jerusalem serving as its capital. Trump described the plan as a “historic breakthrough” and said that he had written to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, saying that territory set aside for the Palestinian state would remain open for a “transition” period of four years. The plan more than doubles the territory currently under Palestinian control.
A break from the news
- The five best Amazon deals you can get Tuesday.
- Five tips that will make tax season less stressful, according to pros.
- Speaking of taxes, here’s how long it should take to get your tax refund this year.
This is a compilation of stories from across the USA TODAY Network.
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