5 things to know for February 18: White House, coronavirus, Boy Scouts, India, cancer

CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 12:14 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2020 12:14 PM

Fans are sending well-wishes to NASCAR driver Ryan Newman, who suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in a fiery crash at the Daytona 500.

Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

(You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. White House

Former national security adviser John Bolton is still at odds with the White House over his forthcoming book, which nearly derailed President Trump's impeachment trial with its revelations about the Ukraine controversy. While speaking at Duke University, Bolton said he hopes the book isn't suppressed by the White House. "I say things in the manuscript about what he (Trump) said to me," Bolton added. "I hope they become public someday." The administration, however, says it's concerned about the publication of classified information that it says is protected by executive privilege. The book is due out next month. Meanwhile, President Trump heads to the West Coast this week for a series of political and official events that also provide a public distraction from the upcoming Democratic caucuses in Nevada.

2. Coronavirus 

Countries are still rushing to evacuate their citizens from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japanese waters, but the challenge of getting passengers off the stricken ship without risking further contamination looms large over the operation. Meanwhile, in another attempt to keep the rapidly spreading virus at bay, the Trump administration has denied at least 140 travelers entry to the United States at airports and land ports. Those restrictions were put into place at the start of this month and include the temporary denial of entry to foreign nationals who've recently visited China. In Wuhan, where this strain of coronavirus originated, the virus has claimed the life of the director of the Wuchang hospital. China says it will designate medical workers who died while working to combat the virus as "martyrs."

3. Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy amid hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, thousands of alleged abuse victims and dwindling membership numbers. As a result of the filing, all civil litigation against the organization is suspended, leaving those who are suing the group in limbo. Attorneys for the alleged victims expressed regret that the filing would prevent their clients from holding the BSA accountable in court. Rumors of bankruptcy have been swirling since December 2018. Since then, the BSA has taken steps to try to address the large number of accusations leveled by former scouts. However, recent extensions to some states' statutes of limitations on sex crimes meant the organization was facing a barrage of new lawsuits.

4. India

India's Supreme Court made a landmark ruling for equal rights in the armed forces, ordering the government to grant permanent commission and command positions to women officers on par with men. That means all women will now be eligible for the same promotions, ranks, benefits and pensions as their male counterparts. Female officers in the Indian Army have long campaigned for this change because it will allow them to achieve higher ranks with better salaries and leadership potential. The government had told the court that female officers were not physically and physiologically suited to hold such positions. The court rejected that line of reasoning, saying it was based on gender stereotypes.

5. Cancer

The world could see a 60% increase in the number of cancer cases over the next few decades, according to the World Health Organization. And the WHO predicts the increase in deaths and the burden of cancer treatments will be higher in poorer countries. One reason for the inequality is the number of people exposed to cancer risk factors. For example, low-income countries tend to have higher rates of cancers related to infection, such as cervical cancer from HPV, than high-income countries. Poorer countries also tend to have higher rates of smoking and other lifestyle choices that put people at risk. However, the WHO says millions of lives could be saved if governments make even minimal investments in cancer resources.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Pier 1 has filed for bankruptcy

Light a bergamot-scented candle in the retailer's honor.

Eminem's 'Rap God' passed 1 billion YouTube views

What's old is new (and highly viewed) again.

A Dallas building is still standing (kinda) after a failed implosion

Locals are calling it the "Leaning Tower of Dallas" -- really!

Someone saved a 6-year-old girl from a mountain lion attack by punching the animal in the face

There are normal heroes, and then there are "punch a giant cat and save a child" heroes.

Justin Bieber shaved his mustache, much to the delight of his wife

Unfortunately, groomed husbands of the world, you're now on notice.

THIS JUST IN ...

Dems debate and orate

Michael Bloomberg has qualified for tomorrow's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. It will be the first time the former New York mayor will be on stage with his fellow 2020 candidates. CNN also is hosting five town halls in Nevada, starting tonight.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"Given recent national events, it is all the more important to learn from the mistakes of the past and to ensure that such an assault on freedom will never again happen to any community in the United States."

The text of a California resolution that would formally apologize for the state's role in interning Japanese Americans during World War II. The California State Assembly is expected to pass the resolution this week.

TODAY'S NUMBER

$10 billion

That's how much Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is pledging to support scientists, activists and organizations working to mitigate the impact of climate change.

TODAY'S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Stay sharp!

Would you try knife therapy? This Taiwanese massage method is supposedly great for the body, but as far as relaxation goes ... we're not so sure. (Click here to view.)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 895229

Reported Deaths: 9462
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin1749772017
Ramsey722701040
Dakota66032572
Anoka62513568
Washington39357355
Stearns32821275
St. Louis28761399
Wright25354211
Scott25329181
Olmsted21750127
Sherburne18478126
Carver1629166
Clay11923103
Blue Earth1126366
Rice11234138
Crow Wing11003122
Chisago974676
Kandiyohi9660106
Otter Tail9611126
Benton8815124
Beltrami801794
Goodhue786596
Douglas7689100
Itasca752796
Mower721349
Winona702756
McLeod694483
Isanti681383
Steele669431
Morrison663479
Becker620873
Polk591684
Freeborn550846
Carlton529474
Nobles521654
Lyon518761
Mille Lacs516573
Nicollet510960
Pine500641
Cass491252
Todd483642
Brown465057
Le Sueur445933
Meeker422357
Martin378143
Wabasha366010
Waseca365132
Dodge351511
Hubbard349848
Roseau307931
Fillmore299115
Wadena298239
Redwood277845
Houston266817
Renville264151
Faribault253032
Pennington247529
Sibley246917
Kanabec241536
Cottonwood225032
Chippewa216342
Aitkin215850
Pope203210
Watonwan194920
Yellow Medicine185423
Rock174728
Swift169322
Koochiching168123
Stevens164511
Jackson159216
Clearwater155720
Marshall151122
Murray150911
Pipestone148329
Lake129824
Lac qui Parle120025
Wilkin119416
Mahnomen104714
Norman10389
Grant9719
Big Stone9365
Lincoln8705
Kittson71523
Red Lake70710
Traverse5996
Unassigned572124
Lake of the Woods5235
Cook3020

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 516453

Reported Deaths: 7289
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk80319799
Linn32142424
Scott26637292
Black Hawk21974378
Woodbury20490258
Johnson19778105
Dubuque18515241
Pottawattamie15890213
Dallas15320113
Story1380258
Warren8450104
Cerro Gordo7964123
Clinton7725114
Webster7326122
Des Moines7098105
Marshall669093
Muscatine6645117
Wapello6441144
Jasper619591
Sioux610177
Lee5908105
Marion557897
Buena Vista502149
Plymouth488388
Henry418655
Benton404859
Jones404862
Bremer395372
Washington391463
Boone389739
Carroll367755
Mahaska365365
Crawford353747
Dickinson314655
Jackson307747
Buchanan305741
Clay295536
Delaware294654
Kossuth289077
Fayette286353
Hardin284353
Tama279777
Page272533
Wright266149
Cedar265527
Hamilton259857
Winneshiek258143
Floyd255449
Clayton244459
Poweshiek237243
Madison234525
Harrison234379
Cass233466
Butler232744
Iowa229634
Jefferson223043
Mills220930
Winnebago215938
Hancock214639
Cherokee211347
Lyon206142
Appanoose205357
Allamakee203955
Calhoun196919
Shelby196442
Union191141
Humboldt185130
Grundy183637
Franklin183029
Mitchell182043
Chickasaw178922
Emmet178246
Louisa176953
Sac171026
Guthrie168137
Montgomery161745
Clarke160829
Keokuk150839
Palo Alto150532
Howard146824
Monroe142739
Ida130141
Greene127517
Davis124625
Lucas124426
Monona122939
Worth12139
Pocahontas120724
Adair114337
Osceola104818
Decatur101913
Taylor98514
Fremont95913
Van Buren93222
Wayne84525
Ringgold76729
Audubon74917
Adams5748
Unassigned480
Rochester
Clear
31° wxIcon
Hi: 40° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 21°
Mason City
Clear
31° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 27°
Feels Like: 20°
Albert Lea
Partly Cloudy
28° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 20°
Austin
Partly Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 21°
Charles City
Partly Cloudy
30° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 21°
Mild heading into the weekend
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Small Business Saturday

Image

L-O wins it all and PEM comes up short

Image

Snow tubing hill opens

Image

RFD high school program

Image

High School Firefighting program

Image

Overheated HVAC unit

Image

Full Forecast 10 PM 11/27/21

Image

Full Forecast 6PM 11/27/21

Image

Small Business Saturday Preview

Image

Here comes Santa Claus

Community Events