Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. BIDEN LOOKS TO BLUNT SANDERS’ RISE ON SUPER TUESDAY Backed by former Democratic rivals, Joe Biden rides a wave of momentum against front-runner Bernie Sanders into the biggest day on the primary calendar.
2. SUPER TUESDAY MARKS FIRST MAJOR SECURITY TEST Election officials say they are prepared to deal with everything from equipment problems to false information about the coronavirus to foreign interference.
3. VIRUS ALARMS SOUND WORLDWIDE Iranians hoard medical supplies, Italians urge doctors out of retirement and South Koreans prepare to pump billions into relief efforts as the coronavirus epidemic firms its hold around the globe.
4. ‘IT’S GOING TO BE A DISASTER’ Experts caution that nursing homes would be vulnerable to the coronavirus after the deaths of four residents in suburban Seattle.
5. MARKET WATCHERS LOOK FOR SIGNS Traders are awaiting talks between central bankers and other financial leaders of the Group of Seven industrial nations on how to tackle the slowdown brought on by the viral outbreak.
6. STAKES HIGH AFTER AFGHAN PEACE DEAL The big question for many is whether the religiously repressive Taliban have changed their ideology, especially as it pertains to women.
7. NASHVILLE RAKED BY TORNADO About 40 buildings collapsed around Nashville, killing at least 7 people.
8. NETANYAHU AHEAD, BUT SHORT OF MAJORITY Israel’s embattled prime minister faces an uncertain path to staying in office, even as preliminary results show his Likud party pulling ahead in the country’s third election in less than a year.
9. CHRIS MATTHEWS STUNS WITH ON-AIR RETIREMENT The longtime MSNBC host abruptly exits his “Hardball” show, apologizing for making inappropriate comments about women on the heels of criticism from supporters of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
10. HOW THE NBA IS ADVISING PLAYERS ON VIRUS The league tells players to avoid high-fiving fans and strangers and avoid taking any item for autographs.