Apr 2, 2018

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty will not seek re-election

Congresswoman Elizabeth Etsy (D-Conn.) on Capitol Hill. Photo: Jim Watson / AFP via Getty Images

Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) announced Monday that she is not seeking re-election after facing continued criticism for her handling of harassment allegations against her former chief of staff Tony Baker, reports the Hartford Courant.

Fellow Democratic lawmakers had called on Esty to resign following reports that Baker had remained on her staff for three months after she learned he had threatened to kill a former female colleague he had dated. The victim said she told Esty that Baker "had punched, harassed and berated her in 2014 when they both worked in Esty’s Capitol Hill office," according to the Washington Post.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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Stocks fall 4% as sell-off worsens

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Stocks fell more than 4% on Thursday, extending the market’s worst week since the financial crisis in 2008 following a spike in coronavirus cases around the world.

The big picture: All three indices are in correction, down over 10% from recent record-highs, amid a global market rout. It's the S&P 500's quickest decline into correction territory in the index's history, per Deutsche Bank.

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Coronavirus updates: California monitors 8,400 potential cases

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.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,800 people and infected over 82,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. 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.

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