Coronavirus outbreak: Concerns mount after positive tests on cruise ship
The Princess Cruises’ Grand Princess cruise ship off the coast of California will dock this weekend in a “non-commercial port” to combat the spread of coronavirus, according to Vice President Mike Pence. Speaking at the White House Friday evening, Pence said 21 people aboard the ship tested positive for the virus. In a video obtained by USA TODAY, the Grand Princess captain can be heard saying the people infected on board “will continue to stay quarantined in their staterooms,” until they can be transferred to hospitals onshore. As it stands, the U.S. has confirmed 310 cases of COVID-19 while at least 14 people in the U.S. and more than 3,400 people globally have died from the virus. Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Hawaii reported their first cases of the coronavirus Friday, bring the total number of states with cases to 27.
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Biden and Sanders look ahead with more weekend campaigning
After a wild week in election politics that saw former Vice President Joe Biden take a surprising delegate lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary, the two candidates will this weekend head to states that vote next Tuesday. Biden will be at events in St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday and in Jackson, Mississippi on Sunday. Meanwhile, Sanders will hold events in four cities across Michigan Saturday and Sunday. Sanders, who is need of some big delegate wins, defeated Hillary Clinton in that state’s Democratic primary in 2016. Each candidate has said he would support the other as the Democratic presidential nominee, but they have already begun taken more pointed shots about each other’s positions.
Get ready to spring your clocks forward on Sunday
Love it or hate it, our annual ritual of early March — daylight saving time — is coming this weekend. At 2 a.m. Sunday, the few analog clocks still around must “spring forward” an hour, turning 1:59:59 a.m. into 3 a.m. We will all lose an hour of sleep on Sunday when going to DST, as the day is only 23 hours long. Starting Sunday, that one hour of daylight is basically shifted from morning to evening as daylight saving time begins.
#EachforEqual is the theme for International Women’s Day
Gender equality is good for the economy — and that is the message organizers of International Women’s Day 2020 hope to trumpet on Sunday. “Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue,” the International Women’s Day website says. The organizers hope this year’s theme, #EachforEqual, will inspire others to challenge biases, question stereotypes and celebrate the achievements of women around the world. There are events listed in 21 countries on the official website, including a festival in Berlin, a marathon in Indonesia and an economic empowerment event in Washington, D.C.
Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan cheer on military bands
Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex are expected to to appear Saturday at the Mountbatten Festival of Music at Royal Albert Hall in London. The royal couple have been making a farewell tour of sorts since returning to the United Kingdom, attending several events, including the annual Endeavour Fund Awards for wounded veterans. They also are scheduled to be at the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, which will include all the senior members of the royal family, on Monday. Harry and Meghan have been winding down their engagements in their final days as senior working royals, and their status change officially takes effect on April 1.