Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following today:
1. Clinton Surges Ahead of Sanders After Strong Super Tuesday
Coming off key Super Tuesday wins and a victory in the Louisiana primary, Hillary Clinton is up 4 points and Bernie Sanders dropped 3 points nationally in the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll. Clinton now enjoys a 17-point lead over Sanders headed into Michigan and Mississippi on Tuesday night. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Paul Ryan Phones Trump, Cruz to Discuss Agenda
Less than a week after House Speaker Paul Ryan slammed Republican front-runner Donald Trump for failing to disavow David Duke and the KKK, the former vice presidential nominee has spoken over the phone with the controversial candidate about developing a Republican agenda. Ryan, R-Wis., has also spoken to GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Maria Sharapova Fails Drug Test
The tennis star told a news conference Monday that she knows she will "face consequences" after testing positive for a little-known drug called Meldonium at the Australian Open in January. Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances this year, and Sharapova said Monday she had missed the notification. Read more in SPORTS.
4. Jury Awards Erin Andrews $55 Million Over Nude Videos
Sportscaster Erin Andrews won a $55 million judgment Monday against a stalker and the owner of a Nashville, Tennessee, hotel who recorded secret nude videos of her. She was seeking $75 million. The jury deliberated for less than eight hours, splitting the blame — and the damages — roughly equally between the stalker and the two companies. Read more in NEWS.
5. Bloomberg Won't Run for Fear of Gifting Trump Victory
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday he will not enter the 2016 presidential race for fear his candidacy could tilt the election to Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. The billionaire three-term mayor made clear, however, that he would not stay silent in the coming months — and sharply criticized Trump. Read more in POLITICS.
6. Families Mark Two-Year Hunt for Missing MH370
Grieving families on Tuesday marked the second anniversary of the disappearance of MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew. Meanwhile, the country's civil aviation authority said that a final accident report would be completed "in the event wreckage … is located or the search … is terminated, whichever is the earlier." Read more in NEWS.
7. Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana Brace for Possible Tornadoes
More than 15 million Americans were facing the threat of a severe thunderstorm capable of producing tornadoes, large hail and high winds which took aim at several states Tuesday. By 3:30 a.m. ET, a severe thunderstorm watch was in effect for a 350-mile-long chunk of Texas — threatening "very large hail," wind gusts of 70 mph, and "a tornado or two," the National Weather Service said. Read more in WEATHER.
Nightly Spotlight: Peyton Manning Says Goodbye to Football
The legendary NFL quarterback spoke candidly about his 18 seasons in the NFL during a personal and emotional goodbye to the game.