California becomes first state to ban discrimination against natural hair

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed into law Wednesday a bill that bans discrimination over natural hair — making the state the first in the country to outlaw the practice.

Details: Newsom said the Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair (CROWN) Act "protects the right of Black Californians to choose to wear their hair in its natural form, without pressure to conform to Eurocentric norms." The Guardian notes discrimination in schools and at work against people of color for their hairstyles has gained more visibility in recent years, including an Alabama woman who sued after a firm in 2018 that told her to get a haircut for a job.

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U.S. evacuates personnel as coronavirus death toll climbs

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56 people have died from an outbreak of a coronavirus strain that originated in Wuhan, China, according to the Chinese National Health Commission.

The latest: The U.S. Embassy in Beijing announced plans to evacuate its Wuhan consulate personnel and some private citizens on a limited-capacity charter flight from the city to San Francisco on Tuesday, per AP, which reports that those "at greater risk from coronavirus" would be prioritized over others.

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Biden maintains nationwide polling lead as Warren support falls

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The latest ABC News/Washington Post national poll produced by Langer Research Associates has Joe Biden maintaining his lead with Bernie Sanders claiming second.

Why it matters: Nine days before the Iowa caucuses, Elizabeth Warren’s support among polled Democrats has declined from 21% to 11% since an ABC News/WashPost poll in October.

Andrew Yang qualifies for February debates

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The next Democratic debate scheduled for Feb. 7 will fall after the Iowa caucuses, four days before the New Hampshire primary, ABC News reports.

The latest: Andrew Yang on Jan. 26 became the seventh Democrat to qualify for the February debate after polling above 5% in UNH/CNN's New Hampshire survey, his fourth qualifying poll.

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