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    Prices at the pump are on the rise – again. The average cost of gasoline in California hit $6 a gallon yesterday for the first time, and that price could spread nationwide by the end of the summer, analysts at JPMorgan said.

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    1. Primaries

    Voters in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho and Oregon cast their ballots yesterday to pick their party nominees for the 2022 midterms. High-profile Senate races in the swing states of Pennsylvania and North Carolina have captured national attention, with control of the 50-50 chamber on the line in November. There are also a number of US House races that could determine whether Democrats continue to hold their five-seat majority. In Pennsylvania, the Republican primary battle was neck-and-neck early this morning as Mehmet Oz, the celebrity doctor backed by former President Donald Trump, and Dave McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, continue to battle for the top spot. The winner of that race will face Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who cruised to victory in the Democratic primary despite being hospitalized after suffering a stroke days earlier.

    2. Coronavirus

    More than one million people have now died of Covid-19 in the US since the pandemic’s start, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – and experts believe the true toll of the disease is even higher. About three-quarters of all Covid-19 deaths have been among seniors, according to CDC data. Last week, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation marking a million deaths and ordered the American flag to fly half-staff, writing that the nation “must not grow numb to such sorrow.” Yesterday, the White House also announced US households are now able to order “an additional eight free at-home tests at COVIDTests.gov – bringing the total number of free tests available to each household since the start of the program to 16,” the administration said.

    3. Ukraine

    Progressive Democrats have announced they will not vote for the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill without passing the $3.5 trillion package that is aimed at enacting President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. That vote is scheduled for next week, and as it stands, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can afford to lose only a handful of votes to get anything passed. President Biden will increase his engagement with Congressional Democrats today, including a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, to try and get all the Democratic factions in line. Yesterday, the House also passed a bill to avoid a government shutdown and suspend the US debt limit. The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, so the country is still approaching a possible shutdown and financial precipice in the coming weeks. 

    4. Buffalo shooting

    The 18-year-old White man who allegedly carried out a racially motivated mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket on Saturday created a private chat room on the communications app Discord and invited people to view his chat logs approximately 30 minutes before he opened fire, a Discord spokesperson told CNN yesterday. The posts, which showed Payton Gendron had been planning the shooting for several months, ultimately became public when he invited people to join, the spokesperson said. New details are also emerging about the weapon believed to be used in the shooting – a legally obtained AR-15 style rifle. Law enforcement officials said there appear to have been no red flags that would have prevented the 18-year-old from obtaining the three guns said to be found in his possession – the one used in the attack and two guns in his car.

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    Why Trump and his kids must testify in New York investigation

    5. Immigration

    BREAKFAST BROWSE

    A new update will let you unlock your iPhone while wearing a mask

    I’m siri-ously excited about this one. The geniuses at Apple are also working on full incognito mode where you can keep your mask and sunglasses on.

    Victoria’s Secret campaign features first model with Down syndrome

    Puerto Rican model Sofia Jirau appeared alongside 17 other women in the company’s latest diversity campaign. Congrats to all the trailblazing models!

    More than 7% of American adults identify as LGBTQ

    Progress for the Pride movement. The stigma surrounding LGBTQ identities is on the decline and more US adults are self-identifying now than at any time in the past decade, according to a new poll.

    Giant strawberry sets Guinness World Record

    Let’s get ready to rumble! In the heavyweight division, weighing in at 10 ounces and an impressive 7 inches long is… the world’s heaviest strawberry!

    Austin Butler transforms into Elvis Presley in a new biopic

    Prepare to be “all shook up” by this rockin’ movie trailer

    HAPPENING LATER

    Former police officer Kim Potter is due back in court later today to be sentenced in the death of Daunte Wright. Prosecutors are seeking more than seven years in prison for Potter, who said she mistakenly drew her gun instead of her Taser when she fatally shot Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, during a traffic stop in April 2021. She was convicted in December of first- and second-degree manslaughter.

    QUIZ TIME

    Instead of our regular weekly news quiz, we have a special Presidents’ Day quiz ahead of Monday’s holiday! How well do you know your presidential trivia? Let’s find out!

    Question: Which state has produced the most US presidents?

    A. Illinois

    B. Texas

    C. New York

    D. Virginia

    Take CNN’s Presidents’ Day quiz to see if you’re correct!

    OLYMPICS UPDATE

    China’s freeski sensation Eileen Gu won her second gold medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics today, becoming the first freestyle skier to bag three medals at a single Games.

    Follow the latest news and highlights from the Winter Olympics here.

    TODAY’S NUMBER

    $700 million

    That’s how many crew members were forced to abandon a cargo ship loaded with luxury cars after it caught fire in the middle of the Atlantic this week. The ship, which is carrying Porsches and Volkswagens, was headed from Germany to Rhode Island. While the entire crew was safely rescued, the future of the cars remains highly uncertain. The ship’s owners have arranged for a tow as it continues to burn, and customers awaiting their new vehicles are being contacted by their dealerships.

    TODAY’S QUOTE

    “It is extremely risky to do what they did. The only way that these things happen is if the robbers have got really good inside information.”

    – Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, tweeting about the passage of a stopgap bill that averted a government shutdown ahead of today’s deadline when government funding was set to expire. Shaheen and other senators said they were pleased with the passage of the bill, but urged passage of a full-year spending bill as soon as possible. Government funding is now extended through March 11.

    TODAY’S WEATHER

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    High winds and cold temperatures for millions across Eastern US

    Check your local forecast here>>>

    AND FINALLY

    Footloose Friday

    Today is National Drink Wine Day! Consider pouring a glass of your favorite red or white later (if you’re of legal age.) In the meantime, enjoy this video about where wine corks come from. (Click here to view)