Jan 4, 2018

Bankrupt nuclear power company Westinghouse gets a buyer

This photo taken in August 2013 shows the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors of the Vogtle power plant being constructed by contractor Westinghouse Electric. Photo: Kyodo News via Getty Images

Brookfield Business Partners, a listed unit of Canadian infrastructure investor Brookfield Asset Management, has agreed to buy bankrupt U.S. nuclear power company Westinghouse Electric for around $4.6 billion.

Why this isn't surprising: Westinghouse is the only U.S. company to receive U.S. building permits for new nuclear power plants since the Three Mile Island incident nearly 40 years ago – but billions of dollars in cost overruns led the company to file for chapter 11 protection in March. The mess essentially cost Westinghouse owner Toshiba more than it initially paid to purchase the business in 2006.

Connections: The deal is tied to utility giant Dominion Energy's $14.6 billion acquisition of South Carolina's SCANA Corp., announced Wednesday. SCANA has previously partnered with Westinghouse to build a pair of since-scrapped nuclear reactors.

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What the coronavirus means for Trump's presidency

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

A poor response to the coronavirus could be politically devastating for President Trump, and so far his administration has given the strong impression that it’s still scrambling as the risk of a pandemic mounts.

Why it matters: There’s only so much any president can do to stop a virus from spreading, and for now the coronavirus is still very much under control within the U.S. But if the disease get worse in the months ahead, and if the administration seems to be caught off guard, that spells trouble for public confidence in Trump.

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Coronavirus updates: New global case numbers surpass China's

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 is now affecting every continent but Antarctica and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. As Denmark and Estonia reported their first cases Thursday, Scott Morrison, prime minister of Australia — which has 23 confirmed infections — told a news conference, "The risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us."

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee Molson Coors on Wednesday, including the 51-year-old gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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