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Super Tuesday: Results from the biggest night of the 2020 primaries roll in

  • As of Tuesday night, Joe Biden has won the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Minnesota, Texas, Virginia, and (likely) Maine. These results have catapulted Biden to a frontrunner position in the race for Democratic nominee 
  • Bernie Sanders came away with Colorado, Utah, California, and Vermont. The total delegate collection has yet to be distributed, but it is clear the the race has narrowed to a two-person race, with Mike Bloomberg reassessing his campaign post-results


Netanyahu wins Israeli Election 

  • On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won the Israeli election, but may or may not be able to form a government
  • Arab voter turnout surged in opposition of Netanyahu, stopping his right-wing Likud party from gaining a majority in the Israeli parliament. In Israel’s coalition government, 61 seats are needed to secure the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament)
  • Netanyahu will be the first prime minister to appear in court, as he faces charges of fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes later this month 

Additional information: Monday’s election was Israel’s third attempt at electing a new prime minister in the last year. This election has been Netanyahu’s largest margin of victory after tapping into new electorates


Price of surgical masks spikes in response to coronavirus concern 

  • As fear surrounding the coronavirus rises, it is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to purchase surgical masks online. Additionally, brick-and-mortar stores are running out or driving up prices to deal with increased demand
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) currently only recommends individuals who are coughing or sneezing or are around people with a suspected coronavirus infection to wear masks


Microsoft and NFL expand partnership

  • On Tuesday, Microsoft and NFL announced an expansion of their previous partnership (established in 2013) into a multiyear deal worth $400 million over five years 
  • Microsoft Surface tablets will continue to be used for planning and reviewing by coaches and players on the sidelines, and referees will also be using the tablets for decisions. Additionally, the deal will envelop Microsoft’s collaboration platform to increase communication efforts 

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Tornadoes hit Tennessee

  • At least 24 people are dead after tornadoes tore through Tennessee Tuesday morning, but the death toll is expected to rise, as many individuals remain unaccounted for 
  • The area around Nashville was hit the hardest, leaving buildings destroyed and thousands of people without power
Watch: See the damage done here


Bushfires cease in Australia’s NSW 

  • New South Wales, the state hit the hardest by the wildfires that have been raging for the last 240 days, finally has no uncontrolled fires for the first time this year 
  • The summer bushfires burned thousands of homes, killed over 30 people, and destroyed wildlife and habitats
  • Heavy rainfall two weeks ago has helped to extinguish fires, but now flooding has left thousands without power
Watch: Australia’s Rural Fire Service bombarded by thank-you notes for their service


  • Entertainment 📺. Disney+ European launch event canceled over coronavirus concerns
  • Environment 🐝. New study finds brain development of baby bees is damaged by pesticides
  • Health 💉. United States coronavirus death toll reaches 9, all in Washington state  
  • Science ⚗️. Giant armadillo shell found in Argentina 
  • Interesting 🔎. Watch the wonders of octopus camouflage

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