The Democratic presidential candidates are set to clash in Nevada, President Donald Trump commutes the sentence of a notable former governor, and deaths from the new coronavirus outbreak surpass 2,000.
He'll be going up against Sen. Bernie Sanders, who's emerged as a front-runner, jumping into a double-digit national lead after his victory in New Hampshire, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
The president has commuted the prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoned former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik.
Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office in 2009 on corruption charges. Kerik, who was ex-New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani's hand-picked police commissioner, was sentenced in 2010 to four years in prison after pleading guilty to eight felony charges, including tax fraud.
Blagojevich was a contestant on Trump's reality TV show "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2010. He heaped "profound and everlasting gratitude" on the president after his release from prison Tuesday and called himself a "Trump-ocrat."
The president also pardoned former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., and Michael Milken, the former junk bond trader who pleaded guilty in 1990 to racketeering and securities fraud.
More than 75,000 people around the world have now been infected in the outbreak, the vast majority of them on the Chinese mainland.
Meanwhile, some passengers aboard the Diamond Princess, a cruise ship quarantined in Japan, began departing the vessel after being unable to leave for two weeks. At least 540 people on board have tested positive for the virus
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America has been measuring segregation all wrong, Trevon D. Logan, an economics professor at Ohio State University, writes in an opinion piece.
According to Logan's research, the U.S. has been separating by race more and more over time, creating "racially homogenous echo chambers that increase racial prejudices and racial inequalities and decrease racial understanding."
Chase and Nicole McKeown were enjoying their weekly date night at a fast food restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky, when they realized something wasn't quite right.
The married couple — who are both police officers at the Elizabethtown Police Department — sprang out of their seating booth after a man wearing a surgical mask and armed with a handgun tried to rob the place.