May 9, 2018

Patrick Morrisey wins West Virginia Republican Senate primary

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State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has secured the spot as West Virginia's Republican Senate candidate, per the NYT. He will take on Democratic incumbent, Senator Joe Manchin in the fall.

The state of play: Morrisey took on Rep. Evan Jenkins and former coal mining executive Don Blankenship, who conceded the race and was highly scrutinized for a racially-charged campaign ad against Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. Trump, who won the state by 42 points, urged Republicans Monday to vote against Blankenship.

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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.