New Hampshire primary gets Democrats one step closer to nominee
Voters in New Hampshire will head to the polls Tuesday for the state’s first-in-the-nation primary as Democratic presidential candidates continue to vie for last-minute support. Riding momentum out of the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading in a recent polling with 28% of likely primary voters, a 7-point lead over former mayor Pete Buttigieg, his closest rival. Sen. Amy Klobuchar continues to enjoy a post-debate bounce, sailing into third place. Meanwhile, former Vice President Joe Biden said he remains “confident” in his campaign despite the fourth-place finish in Iowa he described last week as a “gut punch” and polls showing him in fourth or fifth place in New Hampshire. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who finished third in Iowa, has also fallen slightly in polling. Just after the stroke of midnight Tuesday, Dixville Notch’s five residents cast their ballots in the first 2020 Democratic presidential primary vote in the nation and ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out victorious after he received three write-in votes.
WHO organizes forum to address coronavirus as death toll rises
In response to coronavirus sweeping across China and surging around the globe, the World Health Organization has put together a two-day global forum beginning Tuesday. The forum will bring together 400 of the world’s leading experts to prioritize work on rapid diagnostics, a vaccine and effective treatments.The death toll passed 1,000 Monday amid warnings that the 42,763 known cases may be “the tip of the iceberg.” All but two of the deaths have occurred on the Chinese mainland, most in and around the city of Wuhan. The mortality rate of the virus also inched upwards Monday, going from 2.2 percent to 2.4 percent. Coronavirus is still significantly less deadlier in terms of mortality rate, as the SARS epidemic of 2002 resulted in a 9.6 percent fatality rate.
LGBTQ rights progress uneven across states, report finds
In 2010, no states outlawed conversion therapy for LGBTQ minors, forbid health insurers from excluding transgender-related coverage or offered gender-neutral options on licenses and birth certificates. Ten years later, roughly 20 states have these protections, says a new report from the Movement Advancement Project, which maintains a database on laws affecting LGBTQ people. The report finds that nearly half the country – 46% – lives in states earning “high” or “medium” grades for equality because of protections. But the other half – 45% – lives in states with “low” or “negative” rankings. Advocates hope rulings in three Supreme Court cases this year will cement a precedent for LGBTQ employment rights. They also are pressing for passage of the Equality Act, which would make non-discrimination a federal guarantee.
Samsung hopes tech world will ‘flip’ for its new phones
Electronics giant Samsung is expected to make a splash Tuesday when it introduces four new smartphones – the first major new tech products of 2020. The giant is expected to introduce three new editions of the Galaxy S smartphone that reportedly will feature the highest resolution and specs of any major smartphone camera to date. But the star of the show could be the smartphone reportedly named the Z Flip: a retro-looking, clamshell-shaped flip phone that is similar in design to the Samsung’s Galaxy Fold but half the size. The event opens at 11 a.m. in San Francisco and will be live-streamed on Samsung’s website. Follow @USATODAYTech for live coverage.
Best in show! Westminster dog show to award top prize
The 144th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the canine equivalent of the Super Bowl, delivers its furry finale Tuesday night in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Tuesday’s competition includes final judging of the Sporting, Working, Terrier groups followed by the Best in Show prize. Terriers have claimed the top spot 47 times, the most of any breed. Some of America’s favorite breeds, such as the Labrador Retriever, Dachshund and French Bulldog, have never taken the top prize. TV coverage of the evening competition begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1.