China is reporting a major spike in coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump has refused to rule out a pardon for his longtime friend Roger Stone, and Snoop Dogg apologized to Gayle King for threatening comments about her Kobe Bryant sexual assault question.
Another 242 deaths and 14,840 new cases were reported in China's Hubei province after officials started using new technology to diagnose the virus.
The new information brought the total number of cases in mainland China to 59,805 — a significant jump from previous reporting that's sure to raise concerns about the true scale of the epidemic.
China is now taking "wartime control measures" in the city of Shiyan, in Hubei province, where the epidemic is believed to have originated. The measures include the closure of all buildings for at least 14 days.
As China struggles to get the outbreak under control, top officials are paying the price. China's Communist party fired the leader of Hubei province and announced that he will be replaced by the current mayor of Shanghai.
President Donald Trump declined Wednesday to say whether he was considering a pardon for his longtime confidant Roger Stone, leaving the possibility open just a day after the Justice Department announced that it would reduce Stone's recommended sentence.
"I don't want to say yet," Trump told reporters when asked during an event in the Oval Office whether he was considering pardoning Stone.
"People were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people," Trump continued. "I want to thank the Justice Department for seeing this horrible thing."
A jury found the Republican operative guilty of all seven counts brought against him, including witness tampering and making false statements, in a trial that ended in November.
Mike Bloomberg is starting to dominate the national political debate like no one in the past five years other than Trump.
He rocketed into third place in several national polls this week, even though he hasn't participated in the first contests or any of the party's debates.
The former New York mayor's stealth campaign is making his rival candidates nervous because a growing number of Democratic insiders and voters think he may be their best shot at beating Trump, NBC's Jonathan Allen writes in a news analysis.
But, the billionaire candidate is facing blowback over recently unearthed comments he made defending the controversial "stop-and-frisk" policy he oversaw as mayor.