Aug 29, 2018

Andrew Gillum wins Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D-FL) at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum won the Democratic nomination for Florida governor Tuesday night, setting the stage for a fierce November face-off with Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis in one of the country’s largest swing states.

Why it matters: Gillum, 39, is the first African American to win a major party nomination for Florida governor. He joins other candidates of color who have made history, including Stacey Abrams in Georgia, who became the first black woman in the country to win a major party’s gubernatorial primary. Democrats have also nominated gubernatorial candidates of color in Maryland, Idaho and Texas.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

Clients use an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo: Ronen Tivony/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.