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By The Associated Press | Updated - Feb. 17, 2020 at 9:40 p.m. | Posted - Feb. 16, 2020 at 10:40 p.m.



UNDATED (AP) — Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials. The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000 cases, saying more than 80% have been mild and new ones seem to be falling since early this month. A total of 72,436 cases have been reported in mainland China as of Tuesday. A recent spike was due to a broader definition in the hardest-hit region based on doctors' diagnoses before laboratory tests were completed.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N humanitarian coordinator for Libya says the impact of the country’s nine-year war on civilians “is incalculable." Yacoub El Hillo pointed to the conflict's intensity escalating “exponentially” since a rebel commander launched an offensive last April as well as rising casualties and almost 900,000 people now needing assistance. El Hillo said a 55-point road map for ending the war in Libya which was agreed to by 12 key leaders at a conference in Berlin on Jan. 19 has seen “serious violations” in the last 10 days, with new strikes in and around the capital Tripoli.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is preaching Democratic unity in taking on President Donald Trump, a challenge she's framing as an existential crisis for America. Warren said at a town hall on Monday afternoon in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson that America is at its best when it takes on a problem. She said the 2020 election “is the moment in history that we have been called to,” likening it to the challenges America overcame from its founding revolution, the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II.

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune to help fight climate change. Bezos, the world’s richest person, said in an Instagram post Monday that he'll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits. Bezos says he will call his new initiative the Bezos Earth Fund. An Amazon spokesman confirmed that Bezos will be using his own money for the fund. Bezos, who founded Amazon 25 years ago, has a stake in the company that is worth more than $100 billion. Amazon, the company Bezos runs, has an enormous carbon footprint. Amazon officials said last year the company would work to have 100% of its energy use come from solar panels and other renewable energy by 2030.

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) — The daughter of a Mississippi man on trial in the shooting deaths of eight people has testified that he beat her frequently during her childhood. The Daily Leader newspaper reported that 12-year-old My'Khyiah Godbolt took the stand at a courthouse in Magnolia on Monday to testify against her father, Willie Cory Godbolt. The 37-year-old Godbolt is charged with capital murder, accused of fatally shooting eight people, including the deputy who arrived at his in-laws' home over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend of May 2017. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. The jury trial resumes Tuesday at a courthouse in Magnolia.

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