1. WHERE CRUISE SHIP HIT WITH VIRUS IS SET TO DOCK Officials in California are preparing to receive thousands of people from a cruise ship that has been idling off the coast of San Francisco with at least 21 people aboard infected with the coronavirus.
2. ITALY’S DRAMATIC ATTEMPT TO SLOW VIRUS SPREAD Italy has locked down much of the country’s north and put one fourth of its population in quarantine in an attempt to curb the quick spread of the novel coronavirus.
3. WHAT CAUSED GLOBAL MARKETS TO SINK World markets plunged after global oil prices nosedived on fears the global economy weakened by a virus outbreak might be awash in too much crude.
4. WHO JUUL LABS TRIED TO COURT TO AVOID POTENTIAL INVESTIGATION The nation’s largest electronic-cigarette company donated tens of thousands of dollars to the campaigns of state attorneys general to head off legal challenges.
5. WHAT CHINA IS DOING TO RIGHT IMAGE IN VIRUS ‘WAR’ The ruling Communist Party has turned to its propaganda playbook and portrays President Xi Jinping as firmly in charge, leading an army of health workers in a “people’s war” against the disease.
6. NORTH KOREA FIRES THREE SHORT-RANGE PROJECTILES Leader Kim Jong Un had entered the new year with a vow to bolster his nuclear deterrent and not to be bound by a weapons test moratorium amid a deadlock in a U.S.-led diplomacy.
7. WHO IS SAYING TRUMP NEEDS TO SUPPORT THE OUTBREAK House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer say the president say priorities should include paid sick leave for workers impacted by the quarantine orders and enhanced unemployment insurance for workers.
8. WHERE DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING TO AS PRIMARY TESTING GROUND The largest of six states with Democratic primaries on Tuesday, Michigan could redefine what has become a showdown between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.
9. AS SPRING BREAK NEARS WHO’S KEEPING AN EYE ON VIRUS Florida tourism officials say cases of the new coronavirus are having little visible impact on theme parks, the state’s biggest industry, so far.
10. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARKED BY PROTESTS Many protests were peaceful celebrations but others were marred by tensions as women protested against gender violence, inequality and exploitation.