DEM PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HEADING TO NC BEFORE SUPER TUESDAY: Sanders will take part in a 7 p.m. interfaith Ash Wednesday service and forum at Greenleaf Christian Church. Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will make her first campaign stop in North Carolina on Thursday to hold a town hall-style meeting in Cary that will be televised on Fox News. Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg bookends rallies he held across the state on the first day of early voting with a stop in Charlotte on Feb. 29, the last day of early voting in North Carolina. Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., returns to the state for a get-out-the-vote rally in Raleigh on March 1, two days before the Super Tuesday primary. Not to be outdone, President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Charlotte on March 2, the eve of the primary.
JAMESTOWN MAN KILLED BY DEPUTY AFTER THREATENING UTILITY CREW: The utility workers were working on a water main when they knocked on the man's door Sunday afternoon and he pulled a gun on them, Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers told news outlets. The utility workers then called authorities for assistance, sheriff's office spokeswoman Lori Poag said. When a deputy arrived at the Jamestown home, he knocked on the door and identified himself as law enforcement. That's when the man “advanced at the deputy ... with his handgun pointed at the deputy," Rogers said. The deputy fired two shots, wounding the suspect, Poag said. Emergency crews responded and attempted to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. He wasn't immediately identified. The State Bureau of Investigation was handling the case.
U.S. SUPREME COURT WILL HEAR ATLANTIC COAST PIPELINE ARGUMENTS CONCERNING APPALACHIAN TRAIL TODAY: On Monday, the high court will hear arguments on a critical permit needed by developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Backed by the Trump administration, project developers Dominion Energy and Duke Energy will ask the high court to overturn a lower court that threw out a permit for the pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of the Appalachian Trail, the historic footpath that stretches from Georgia to Maine. The question before the Supreme Court is whether the Forest Service has the authority to grant rights-of-way through lands crossed by the Appalachian Trail within national forests. Lawyers for Dominion and U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco argue in legal briefs that the U.S. Forest Service has jurisdiction over land in the George Washington National Forest, where a 0.1-mile segment of the pipeline would cross about 700 feet (215 meters) beneath the Appalachian Trail.
EXTRADITION HEARING FOR JULIAN ASSANGE BEGINS IN THE UK TODAY: The U.S. government and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will face off Monday in a high-security London courthouse, a decade after WikiLeaks infuriated American officials by publishing a trove of classified military documents. A judge at Woolwich Crown Court will begin hearing arguments from lawyers for U.S. authorities, who want to try Assange on espionage charges that carry a maximum sentence of 175 years in prison. The extradition hearing follows years of subterfuge, diplomatic dispute and legal drama that have led the 48-year-old Australian from fame as an international secret-spiller through self-imposed exile inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to incarceration in a maximum-security British prison. Assange has been indicted in the U.S. on 18 charges over the publication of classified documents. Prosecutors say he conspired with U.S. army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to hack into a Pentagon computer and release hundreds of thousands of secret diplomatic cables and military files on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
CORONAVIRUS IS MAKING INROADS IN EUROPE WITH ITALIAN OUTBREAK: As Italy took steps to contain the first major coronavirus outbreak in Europe — and a fifth person there died from the virus — a growing nervousness pervaded the continent, with officials in nearby countries pledging to keep the outbreak from spreading further. On Monday, the total number of cases in Italy rose to 219, according to Angelo Borrelli, the head of the Civil Protection Agency and the coordinator of the country’s coronavirus emergency response. More than 100 of those cases are in the northern region of Lombardy. Italian officials on Monday confirmed a fifth death attributed to the coronavirus, an 88-year-old man from Caselle Landi, about 70 kilometers south of Milan. At least 26 coronavirus patients are in intensive care, officials said. The spike in Italy has already prompted an aggressive response. The country locked down more than 50,000 people in 10 towns in Lombardy, where a sizable cluster of coronavirus infections has emerged, and approved emergency measures that apply throughout the country. The virus presents Europe with perhaps its greatest challenge since the 2015 migration crisis, which radically altered the politics of the European Union and exposed its institutional weaknesses. A spread of the virus would test the fundamental principle of open borders within much of Europe — so central to the identity of the bloc — as well as the vaunted but strained European public health systems. A European commissioner said the European Union was in constant contact with the authorities in Italy, but the surge of cases has heightened vigilance in neighboring countries. The authorities in Lyon, France, stopped a bus from Milan on Monday and confined the passengers inside after suspicions of a case on board, the newspaper Le Parisien reported.