How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx
How I Built This: Sara Blakely, CEO of Spanx

Huge Spike In Coronavirus Cases; Kushner’s Immigration Plan; Mouse Fight Wins Photo Award

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First Up

A man wearing a face mask has his temperature checked before entering a community hospital in Shanghai on Thursday. China's official death toll and infection numbers from the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus spiked dramatically on Thursday after authorities changed their counting methods.
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Here's what we're following today.

The Chinese province of Hubei changed the method it uses to count who’s getting sick from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, causing a dramatic spike in reported cases at the epicenter of the disease.
 
The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection made a surprising admission this week about the agency's Seattle field office, saying it was “overzealous” when officers pulled aside hundreds of Iranian Americans and held them for hours. 

Some Democrats say the success of Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar in New Hampshire signals a growing energy among moderates. Others worry centrists will divide Democrats’ focus. The head of the head of the Iowa Democratic party announced his resignation Wednesday, as the organization is still picking up the pieces from last week's caucus debacle. 

A Utah bill that would reduce polygamy from a felony to an infraction — on par with a traffic ticket — was unanimously endorsed by a state Senate committee earlier this week, despite opposition from critics who argue the law could potentially protect abusers.

Jared Kushner, President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, is trying to push a new immigration plan, but he faces daunting odds. There is a gulf between what business interests want and what immigration restrictionist groups are willing to accept.

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Today's Listens

Zoe, a 14 year-old European cat, poses in the animal shelter of a SPA.
OLIVIER MORIN/AFP via Getty Images

It's the latest installment of our series, "Animal Slander," where we take a common phrase about animals and see what truth there is to it. The case before the Short Wave court today: Does your cat really hate you? (Listening time, 12:08 or read the story)

Secrecy was the strategy for Iowa Democrats when it came to plans to use a new app as part of the caucus process. Critics now say that decision created an environment ripe for manipulation. (Listening time, 4:04 or read the story)

If you research diabetic alert dogs, you'll find a lot of hope for their role in managing Type 1 diabetes. And you'll find a fair amount of hype. Several companies that sell alert dogs have faced lawsuits or complaints recently from consumers who say their dog failed to help them or didn’t warn them in time. (Listening time, 8:11 or read the story)

The Picture Show

The transfers are a solemn ritual executed with precision by military professionals with all too much experience receiving the remains of the fallen.
Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Dover, Delaware is where America's fallen service members are brought to be prepared for transport to their final destination. The transfers are a solemn ritual executed with precision by military professionals with all too much experience receiving the remains of the fallen. 

Before You Go

"Station Squabble," a photograph by Sam Rowley, on Wednesday won the LUMIX People's Choice Award for wildlife photography.
Sam Rowley/Wildlife Photographer of the Year
 
  • A photo of mice brawling on a dirty London Underground platform won a coveted wildlife photography prize. Need a few more funny animal photos to get you through your day? Here’s a look back at the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists. 
  • The U.S. Department of Education is opening an investigation of Yale and Harvard universities for apparently failing to disclose hundreds of millions of dollars in gifts and contracts from foreign donors.
  • Ancient humans in what’s now West Africa apparently procreated with another group of humans that scientists didn’t know existed.

L. Carol Ritchie contributed to this report.

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