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First person in U.S. tests positive for coronavirus with no known link to foreign travel

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Italy’s economy was scary enough. Then came coronavirus.

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Trump keeps his coronavirus news conference focused on one high-risk patient: Himself

The president repeatedly sought to pat himself and his administration on the back, even as the scope and severity of the outbreak is still coming into focus.

Joe Biden meets his make-or-break moment in South Carolina

The former vice president hopes a strong win in the state will propel him into the Super Tuesday primaries, for which he has little money or organization.
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Voters in South Carolina will go to the polls on Saturday, Feb. 29. Fifty-four delegates are up for grabs.

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Walmart’s ‘Great Workplace’ program means job cuts

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