Feb 9, 2019

9 states have adopted "red flag" gun laws since Parkland shooting

The first day of school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in August 2018. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Nine states have adopted "red flag" gun laws, which allow the temporary seizure of weapons owned by individuals deemed threatening by family members or police, since last year's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., reports the AP.

The big picture: Nikolas Cruz, the accused Parkland shooter, had a long history of mental illness but still had access to weapons, prompting the push. Florida passed its own "red flag" law shortly after the shooting, and the total number of states with similar statutes stands at 14 with more expected in the months to come. An AP analysis found that at least 1,700 gun seizure orders were issued nationwide in 2018 — and stated the actual number was likely much higher as their data was both incomplete and did not include California.

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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 2,359 people and infected more than 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.