Photo: Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

The Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed Kobe Byrant, his daughter Gianna, the pilot and six other passengers was likely not the result of engine failure, according to a preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The state of play: Though the exact cause of the crash remains unknown, the NTSB notes low visibility was a significant factor in the cause of the crash. Investigators noted the worsening weather conditions multiple times in the 11-page update. The helicopter created a 2-foot deep, 25-by-15-foot crater. A full report about the exact cause of the crash could take more than a year, per the Washington Post.

Go deeper:

Go deeper

5 mins ago - Technology

Big Tech's Hong Kong bind

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Big Tech companies are scrambling to figure out what China's imposition of a new national security law in Hong Kong means for their businesses there.

The big picture: Tech companies, like other multinationals, had long seen bases in Hong Kong as a way to operate close to China without being subject to many of that country's most stringent laws. Now they likely must choose between accepting onerous data-sharing and censorship requirements, or leaving Hong Kong.

2020 could decide fate of Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Two new court actions — one by the Supreme Court and another by a federal judge — together highlight and raise the energy stakes of November's election.

Why it matters: The legal actions mean the results of the 2020 election could very well decide the fate of Keystone XL and Dakota Access, two projects at the heart of battles over fossil fuel infrastructure.

Updated 40 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 11,648,268 — Total deaths: 538,828 — Total recoveries — 6,328,930Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 a.m. ET: 2,938,750 — Total deaths: 130,310 — Total recoveries: 924,148 — Total tested: 36,032,329Map.
  3. Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: Our response is becoming more polarized.
  4. Business: Rising cases pause U.S. economic recovery — Hospitals, doctors are major recipients of PPP loans.