Nov 5, 2017

Ex-Catalan leader turns himself in to Belgian police

Puigdemont at a press conference in Belgium Tuesday. Photo: Olivier Matthys / AP

Carles Puigdemont, who fled Catalonia after Madrid declared direct rule over the region, has turned himself in to police in Belgium along with four former officials, per the BBC. Puigdemont was Catalonia's president during last month's independence referendum, which the Spanish government declared illegal.

A Spanish judge issued an EU arrest warrant for him on charges of rebellion, sedition, misuse of public funds, disobedience and breach of trust. A spokesman for Belgian prosecutors office said a judge will now "have 24 hours, until 09:17 on Monday, to decide whether to place them in detention, release them under conditions or grant bail."

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First U.S. service member dies from coronavirus

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The Pentagon on Monday announced the death of a member of the New Jersey National Guard who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: It's the first U.S. service member — active, reserve or Guard — to die from the virus, according to the Pentagon. The guardsman passed away on Saturday after being hospitalized for the novel coronavirus on March 21.

Texas oil regulators poised to debate historic production controls

Workers extracting oil from oil wells in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas. Photo: Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images

Texas oil regulators are likely to hold a hearing in April on whether to take the historic step to curb the state’s oil production amid a global market collapse fueled by the coronavirus.

Driving the news: Ryan Sitton, one of three commissioners of the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees state oil production, told Axios that a hearing will likely be held soon in response to a renewed request earlier Monday from two oil companies to limit production as one way to stem the steep slide in global oil prices.

America under lockdown

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If you thought March felt like the longest month in American history, just wait for April and May, when people will be forced to witness spring from the indoors.

The big picture: 28 states are in or entering lockdown, with Maryland and Virginia joining those ranks today. So is D.C., as its mayor made official this afternoon. Those states include roughly 3/4 of the American people, the N.Y. Times notes.

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