Meanwhile, crews in Switzerland are still shoveling snow out of a hotel in the Alps a day after an avalanche injured three people there.
Florida‘s state clemency board posthumously pardoned the so-called Groveland Four today. The four young black men were falsely accused of raping a white teenage girl in Lake County back in 1949. A mob of white residents killed one of the men. The three others were convicted on scant evidence, including one who was later shot dead by the sheriff while awaiting a retrial.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recovery from lung cancer surgery is — quote — “on track.” A spokeswoman for the court said that Ginsburg has no remaining traces of cancer, and no further treatment is needed. She also announced that the 85-year-old will miss next week’s court arguments while she continues to recuperate at home.
Early reports indicate that the current flu season may be milder than last year’s. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates six to seven million Americans have fallen ill with the flu since October, and nearly 85,000 of those have been hospitalized. Last year’s flu season was much worse than usual, with nearly 80,000 deaths.
On Wall Street, stocks fell for the first time in six days, amid concerns about the lingering federal government shutdown. The Dow Jones industrial average lost six points to close just under 23996. The Nasdaq fell 14, and the S&P 500 slipped a fraction of a point.
And a rare bronze penny minted during World War II has sold for $204,000. It was auctioned last night in Florida. The Lincoln penny is part of a small batch mistakenly produced in 1943, when bronze was to be saved for the war effort. Only 10 to 15 are said to exist.
Still to come on the “NewsHour”: feeling the effects of the ongoing shutdown; a ride-along with Arizona Border Patrol agents; fears of a new strain of drug-resistant malaria in Cambodia; Mark Shields and David Brooks analyze where we go from here; plus, much more.