Feb 9, 2019

Denver teachers are on the brink of their first strike in 25 years

Denver Public School district teachers rally in downtown Denver. Photo: Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

After 15 months of unresolved talks, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and Denver Public Schools, Colorado's largest school district, will meet at the negotiating table on Saturday in a last-ditch effort to avoid a Monday teachers' strike, the Denver Post reports.

The big picture: The two sides are currently $8 million apart in a dispute over teacher compensation as teachers argue that the district's policy of offering bonuses to lure educators to underperforming schools harms their salaries generally. The strike would be the first in Denver in 25 years and comes amid a national wave of educator activism over the past year that most recently grabbed headlines with a strike in Los Angeles.

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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 2,251 people and infected almost 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.