Mar 2, 2019

Former Canadian minister denies Trudeau committed a crime, despite interference claims

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Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada's former attorney general and Justice Minister, testified on Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pressured her to drop corruption charges against SNC-Lavalin, an engineering company that employs many people in Trudeau's hometown.

What to watch: When asked if she thought Trudeau or others involved had committed a crime, Wilson-Raybould said she did not. Trudeau has not denied asking her to reach a settlement agreement with SNC-Lavalin, per Politico, but he disputes her characterization of the event. Andrew Scheer, the Canadian Conservative leader who hopes to usurp Trudeau in the October 23 election, has sent a letter to authorities requesting an investigation into the alleged incident.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 614,884 — Total deaths: 28,687 — Total recoveries: 135,671.
  2. U.S.: Leads the world in cases. Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 104,837 — Total deaths: 1,711 — Total recoveries: 894.
  3. Federal government latest: President Trump signed the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill to provide businesses and U.S. workers economic relief.
  4. State updates: Alaska is latest state to issue stay-at-home order — New York is trying to nearly triple its hospital capacity in less than a month.
  5. World updates: Italy reported 969 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the country's deadliest day.
  6. Business latest: President Trump authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to direct General Motors to build ventilators for those affected by COVID-19. White House trade adviser Peter Navarro has been appointed to enforce the act.
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The one-minute coronavirus story

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News about the coronavirus is so big and coming so fast that it's hard to remember what happened just last week, let alone last month.

Here's the quickest possible review of the story so far — how it happened and how the U.S. lost control.

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Alaska becomes latest state to issue coronavirus stay-at-home order

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Alaska issued a mandate Friday evening for all people in the state to "remain at their place of residence and practice social distancing" except for those engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions, effective Saturday at 5 p.m.

The big picture: This is the latest state to announce policies to enforce social distancing. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide were asked to stay home Monday.

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