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Intuit Is Expected to Buy Credit Karma in $7 Billion Deal

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Intuit, the home of TurboTax and Mint, is nearing a deal to buy Credit Karma, a start-up that grew to fame by offering consumers free access to their credit scores, for about $7 billion in cash and stock, two people briefed on the matter said on Sunday.

The deal, which could be announced as soon as Monday, points to the value of the financial data of ordinary Americans. Credit Karma grew to be worth billions of dollars by selling credit card offers to its customers after building their credit profiles.

Intuit has long helped businesses and consumers manage their financial data, but it has often been slow in adapting to a new era in which that data is profitably used to attract advertisers.

Credit Karma has been at the leading edge of a large group of start-ups in the financial technology sector over the last decade. It says its customers include a third of all Americans who have a credit profile.

The company, which has over 1,100 employees and is based in San Francisco, had been expected to pursue an initial public offering. But after the rocky I.P.O. of Uber and the failure of WeWork’s planned offering, some companies have instead pursued the surer path of a sale rather than face potentially skeptical investors.

Last month, another successful fintech start-up, Plaid, sold itself to Visa for $5.3 billion rather than stage an I.P.O. Plaid’s business is also focused on consumer data, serving as the middlemen between the big financial firms that have that data and the start-ups that need it.

The deal negotiations were earlier reported by The Wall Street Journal.

Credit Karma was started in 2007 by Kenneth Lin, the current chief executive, and two co-founders, after Mr. Lin had trouble acquiring his own credit score. Until about a decade ago, consumers generally had to buy a credit score directly from the three major credit bureaus. Otherwise, the most likely opportunity for individuals to get a sense of their creditworthiness came just as they were applying for a loan — when it was too late to do anything to improve their lot.

Signing up for the site became a rite of passage for Americans looking to get their credit score in shape to apply for a mortgage. In addition to providing credit scores from TransUnion and Equifax, Credit Karma offers advice on how the scores could be improved by doing things like lowering credit card balances.

The company made its money by offering its customers new credit cards and online loans, based on their credit scores. When customers accepted the offers, Credit Karma would receive payments of a few hundred dollars, though it closely guarded the details of these deals.

Over time, though, Credit Karma’s success invited imitators, and today most digital financial firms offer their customers free credit scores.

Credit Karma has branched out by offering other services that give it access to even more financial data. Its biggest recent product introduction was a free tax return offering that put it into direct competition with Intuit’s TurboTax.

(The Wirecutter, which The New York Times owns, also aims to earn money via affiliate relationships with lenders.)

Intuit’s business has long been based on charging businesses and customers for its software offerings, like QuickBooks and TurboTax. But the company, which is valued at more than $77 billion, has been trying to shift to the new world in which software is free and paid for by deals for consumer data.

TurboTax now offers a free version of its tax-filing service. And Mint allows customers to create free budgets, with the service paid for by credit card ads, much as Credit Karma does.

There is a potentially significant business opportunity for Intuit if it completes a deal. For example, Intuit could try to match all the tax data its TurboTax customers provide with the credit-scoring data that Credit Karma holds.

That could let Intuit serve up better customer prospects to credit card issuers — and eventually let Intuit charge lenders more for access to its hoard of data.

Sheel Mohnot, a venture capitalist who focuses on fintech start-ups, suggested that the combined company could become a sort of Facebook for financial services.

“They would have all of this rich information, and they would basically be an ad network,” he said. “You’re almost forced to advertise with them.”

Ron Lieber contributed reporting.

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Jessica Simpson praises Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera – says they were ‘pushed’ into competition

Jessica Simpson has kind words for her fellow pop princesses.

Simpson, 39, opened up to Entertainment Tonight recently, discussing her experience growing up in the entertainment industry alongside the likes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

“I think everybody’s careers have their own unique stories, and I love that Britney owns herself, Christina owns herself, and they don’t let the world control them,” said Simpson. “They just are themselves, and that’s who I am as well.”

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The singer then addressed the challenges she, Spears and Aguilera had to face while trying to make a name for themselves.

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Jessica Simpson in 2020. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)

“We grew up in a very competitive environment when it came to our record labels and being pushed to do things that were unnecessary for success,” she said.

And despite being pitted against each other as the next it-girl, Simpson said she’s pleased with how everyone’s careers have turned out.

“Everybody has found their own way, in such a beautiful, inspiring way,” she noted. “I just love it that everybody has remained authentically who they are. There’s so much room at the top! I mean, think about how many people are in heaven! Come on.”

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Simpson added: “There’s a lot of room at the top and I am happy to share any top slot with anybody. But the fact that I’m even considered at the top is a very funny thing, because I’m a dreamer, so I have more things to do.”

Spears, 38, and Aguilera, 39, have both added residencies in Las Vegas to their resumes, but Simpson doesn’t see that in her future any time soon.

“That is not on the bucket list,” admitted Simpson. “I feel like I’d have to write a lot more songs to do a Vegas residency!”

One thing she may be interested in, however, is taking her talents to the Great White Way.

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“Of course, I’m like a power ballad singer,” said Simpson of whether she has any interest in Broadway. “I like to move people and give them chills and take them through the emotion of the story.”

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Biden claims Russian bots were attacking him on Facebook

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Joe Biden claimed in an interview televised Sunday that Russians had spent a “lot of money” on bots to go on Facebook and claim that “Biden is a bad guy” — before later acknowledging that the information came not from the intelligence community, but secondhand from his own staff.

The former vice president’s assertion came amid heightened concerns over potential Russian interference in the White House race, following recent reports that intelligence officials told Sen. Bernie Sanders how Russia may have wanted to help his campaign. The information has sparked confusion, especially after CNN urged caution on previous reports claiming the Russians aimed to help President Trump’s reelection campaign.

“I’m the person most likely to beat Trump,” Biden told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” anchor Margaret Brennan.”The Russians don’t want me to be the nominee. They spent a lot of money on bots on Facebook and they’ve been taken down, saying Biden is a bad guy. They don’t want Biden running. They’re not — no one’s helping me to try to get the nomination. They have good reason.”

Pressed on the matter, Biden replied, “I have not spoken to the intelligence community, but I think the intelligence community should inform the rest of us who are running what they told Senator Sanders. .. I was told that there are a lot of bots on Facebook, and they’ve been all taken down. … Fake accounts, yes, and they’re taken down, but I — I don’t know who — I didn’t get a call from Facebook, but I was told by my — my staff that’s what happened.”

“I didn’t get a call from Facebook, but I was told by my — my staff that’s what happened.”

— Joe Biden, on alleged Russian bot attacks

Biden went on to suggest, seemingly as conjecture, that “the people that occupied my [campaign] office … maybe they were Russians. I don’t know, but they — they said they were Bernie supporters.”

Separately in the interview, Biden defended the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s 2016 election interference, even though the bipartisan report from the Senate Intelligence Committee faulted Obama’s actions earlier this year.

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“Not at all,” Biden told Brennan when asked whether he agreed with the report’s conclusions. “Look, we went out and went to the committee, went to the Republican leadership and said, ‘Look, this is what we have.’ I didn’t, but the intelligence community did. ‘This is what we have. Why don’t you join us in condemning what’s happening?’ And, the Republican leader of Senate said, ‘No, I want no part of it- joining in what is happening.’ And, everything that came up subsequently to that reinforced what we were saying was going on.”

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The bipartisan Senate report found that the Obama White House “was not well postured” to handle the matter, and “atypically” restricted discussions on the interference to a small cadre of aides.

“The committee found that the decisions to limit and delay the information flow regarding the 2016 Russian active measures campaign, while understandable, inadvertently constrained the administration’s ability to respond,” the report read.

Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., told NPR: “I think the Obama administration, with the benefit of hindsight, should have acted more aggressively.”

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Asked whether there were lessons for the Trump administration in the report, Biden responded curtly, “Look, this administration is incapable of learning elections.”

Meanwhile, Biden also said he “feels good” about his 2020 election chances, even though he has fallen well behind Sanders in the race for the presidential nomination.

“I don’t know,” Biden said, when asked if he could stop Sanders. “It’s not about who I stop. It’s why I’m running, why I’m telling the people that I should be the next president and why I’m the best guy to beat Trump.”

The Feb. 29 South Carolina primary would afford Biden the chance to stage a comeback, given his strong — but apparently declining — support among black voters there.

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Biden has finished a disappointing fourth in the Iowa caucuses and fifth in the New Hampshire primary, but buoyed by support from black voters, claimed a second-place finish in Saturday’s Nevada Caucuses.

Less than two-thirds of precincts had reported results, however. According to the incomplete figures as of early Sunday afternoon, Sanders’ 46 percent of the vote towered over Biden’s 19.6 percent, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s 15.3 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 10.1 percent.

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Thousands mourn victims of Germany shooting massacre with massive march

Around 10,000 demonstrators in Germany on Sunday marched through the town of Hanau to mourn nine victims who were fatally shot by a suspected right-wing extremist last week.

Addressing the crowds, Hanau Mayor Claus Kaminsky called the past week among the “blackest and darkest” the town had ever experienced during peacetime, the Germany News agency dpa reported.

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Thousands of people take part in a funeral march in Hanau, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.  (Nicolas Armer/dpa via AP)

But he qualified that those who want to pull apart society won’t succeed, “because we are more and we will prevent that.”

The armed suspect, a 43-year-old German man, fatally shot nine people in the Frankfurt suburb on Wednesday before apparently killing his mother and himself.

Five of the victims were reportedly Turkish citizens. The attacker left rambling texts and videos in which he espoused racist views, called for genocide and claimed to have been under surveillance since birth.

Turkey’s ambassador to Germany, Ali Kemal Aydin, warned that Turkish immigrants in Germany are experiencing more and more hate crimes in the country.

“This cannot and this must not continue,” Aydin said at the protest.

The racist killings were Germany’s third deadly far-right attack in recent months. The rampage followed October’s anti-Semitic attack on a synagogue in Halle and the slaying in June of a regional politician who supported Chancellor Angela Merkel’s welcoming policy toward migrants.

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The killings come at a time when the Alternative for Germany has become the country’s first extreme-right political party to establish itself as a significant force in decades. All of the victims had immigrant roots, and many are accusing the party of producing a climate where extremism and racism can flourish.

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There have been daily candlelight vigils for the victims since the shooting and another big protest against racism on Saturday that also drew thousands. A memorial for the victims is planned for later this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ryan Newman confirms Daytona 500 crash gave him head injury

NASCAR star Ryan Newman, in a statement released Sunday, acknowledged that he suffered a head injury from crashing on the final lap of the Daytona 500, but looks forward to getting behind the wheel again.

Newman was hospitalized Monday night in what Roush Fenway Racing officials called serious but not life-threatening condition.

He walked out of the Daytona Beach hospital roughly 42 hours after the crash, appearing unscathed.

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Ryan Newman (6) went airborne after crashing into Corey LaJoie (32) during the Daytona 500. (AP)

Roush gave its first detailed account of the ordeal. The crash sent him hard into a wall before he was hit in the driver-side door by another car and became trapped in his upside-down Ford on fire as rescue workers tried to free him.

During a news conference before Sunday’s race, Roush team president Steve Newmark read a statement from Newman, who revealed he had sustained a head injury but no internal injuries.

“I was fortunate to avoid any internal organ damage or broken bones. I did sustain a head injury for which I’m currently being treated,” Newman wrote. “The doctors have been pleased with my progression over the last few days.”

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Ross Chastain is set to drive the No. 6 Ford on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with Newman’s streak of 659 consecutive starts dating to the 2002 season opener coming to an end.

“I have spoken with Jack Roush and he has assured me that the No. 6 car will be waiting and ready for my return,” Newman concluded in his statement. “I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel and battling for another race win in the Roush Fenway Ford.”

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Newmark said it was Newman’s intent to race for the 2020 Cup championship this season, and the driver planned to ask NASCAR for an exemption to qualify for the playoffs once he’s cleared to return. He also said Newman wanted to discuss his ordeal and injuries personally upon his return to the track.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Italy Battles to Contain Europe’s First Major Outbreak of Coronavirus

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ROME — Government officials scrambled on Sunday to contain the first major outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe, locking down at least 10 towns near Milan, closing schools and canceling the iconic Venice carnival, as nearly 150 cases were announced in recent days.

The new cases are mostly in the Lombardy region, which includes Milan, and is one of Italy’s most densely populated areas. The spike — from fewer than five known cases before Thursday — has quickly made the country the biggest test of whether the virus can be successfully contained in an open European society.

The coronavirus crisis began in China in late December, and since then, more than 2,000 people have died worldwide, with most of the cases and fatalities in China. The country’s authoritarian government has taken extraordinary quarantine measures and imposed stiff restrictions on travel, but has still struggled to contain the virus.

In Asia, outside China, the hardest hit country has been South Korea, where there have been 602 confirmed infections and six deaths. On Sunday, President Moon Jae-in put the country on the highest possible alert, empowering the government to lock down cities and take other sweeping measures to contain the outbreak.

“The coming few days will be a critical time for us,” he said at an emergency meeting of government officials.

The same challenge now looms for Italy, Europe’s fourth largest economy, where the government, a wobbly, and often bickering, coalition between the Democratic Party and the Five Star Movement, has been in disarray for months.

Five Star has often muddied the waters on important health issues, like vaccinations, by embracing conspiracy theories and playing on voter distrust of government. Whether the government can coalesce and snap in place preventive measures to stem the further spread of the virus will be one of the biggest crises it has faced.

The government response has been aggressive so far, led by the health minister, Roberto Speranza.

Regional and municipal authorities throughout Italy enacted a series of restrictive ordinances after the government issued emergency measures late Saturday night. All public events in the Lombardy region have been canceled, whether “cultural, leisure, religious or sporting,” according to an ordinance issued by Attilio Fontana, president of the Lombardy region, drafted with the health ministry. Museums have been ordered to shut their doors.

Many other venues in Lombardy, aside from those providing essential services, have been closed, including most bars, night clubs and movie theaters, as well as churches. In some other regions, similar closings took place.

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“We invite people to stay at home, to try and contain this phenomenon that we still don’t know, except that it isn’t aggressive but moves quickly,” Giulio Gallera, the official responsible for health for the Lombardy region, said during a televised news conference Sunday.

In Lombardy, 10 towns were locked down after a cluster of cases emerged in the town of Codogno, about 60 kilometers southeast of Milan. At least 50,000 people are affected by the lockdown. Residents were supposed to leave or arrive only with special permission.

On Sunday, police and armed forces personnel were deployed to monitor the entrances to the towns.

“Maximum precaution has been taken to protect citizens,” Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy wrote on Twitter Sunday.

Two military structures in Lombardy were being prepared to become isolation camps, while other military sites and hotels have been identified throughout the country. A military base in Rome has been housing evacuees from Wuhan, China, where the virus began, and the Italian passengers of the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that has been under quarantine in Yokohama, Japan.

The outbreak in Codogno began after a 38-year old man known as “patient one” was admitted and diagnosed with the virus to the city’s hospital on Thursday. But the man had developed symptoms perhaps five days before that, potentially allowing the virus to spread.

Even more disconcerting is that health officials still don’t know how he contracted the virus because he had not been to China. But many cases in Lombardy, officials say, may be traceable to that one case.

At least five members of the hospital medical staff in Codogno and several patients have been infected. Other persons who tested positive include the man’s pregnant wife, a close friend, and others who spent time with them. The towns surrounding the ones where the man works and lives have been included in the shutdown.

Similar lockdown procedures will be applied if new clusters emerge anywhere in Italy, officials said. According to the government decree, local officials are obliged to “take all appropriate containment measures” in the case that someone has tested positive for the virus and the source of the contagion is unknown.

Quarantine measures will also be applied to anyone who has close contact with someone who has the virus.

Mr. Gallera, the health official for Lombardy, said hospitals were increasing intensive care facilities, and hotels and other structures were being identified as possible venues to isolate people with the virus.

“We are acting preemptively” to avoid managing a bigger emergency, he said.

“We are trying to contain a phenomenon, but it’s not a pandemic,” said Mr. Gallera.

The presidents of other northern Italian regions suspended all educational activities — from preschool through universities — for varying periods of time. In Milan, mayor Giuseppe Sala announced that schools would be closed for a week.

At least two trade fairs in Milan, cornerstones of the Lombard city’s economy, were postponed to a later date, though most of the women’s fashion shows, continued on schedule. Giorgio Armani held his show behind closed doors, to an empty room, live streaming the event instead.

Carnival is one of Venice’s major annual events and the canceling of events caught off guard many tourists who had thronged to the city before Tuesday’s final Mardi Gras celebration.

Two elderly people who tested positive to the coronavirus were in intensive care at Venice’s municipal hospital.

“The couple did not have contacts with the Chinese community,” Luca Zaia, president of the Veneto region, said, according to Italian media reports.

Also Sunday, the patriarch of Venice, the Reverend Francesco Moraglia, suspended all religious ceremonies, including Ash Wednesday celebrations that mark the beginning of Lent.

So far, three people have died from the virus including a 78-year-old man from Veneto who died Friday and an elderly woman who died in Crema on Sunday.

The third, a 77-year-old woman died in her home in the town of Casalpusterlengo, Lombardy, and tested positive for the virus posthumously. But Mr. Gallera told reporters Saturday that her health was compromised and that she may have died from other causes.

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Buttigieg Campaign Alleges Numerous ‘Errors’ In Nevada Caucuses Vote-Counting

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Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign sent a letter to the Nevada Democratic Party on Saturday alleging numerous “errors” and “inconsistencies” in the vote-counting process behind the state’s 2020 Democratic caucuses earlier that day.

In the letter to NVDP Chairman William McCurdy II, Buttigieg’s national ballot access and delegates director, Michael Gaffney, called on party officials to release early and in-person vote totals by precinct, correct alignment “errors” identified by the campaign and explain so-called anomalies in the data.

“Given how close the race is between second and third place, we ask that you take these steps before releasing any final data,” Gaffney wrote.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) soared to victory on Saturday, winning the state’s Democratic caucuses by a hefty margin. As of Sunday afternoon, with roughly 60% of precincts reporting, former Vice President Joe Biden was in second with 19.6% of the votes and Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was not far behind him with 15.3%.

Nevada saw a massive turnout of early voters in the days leading up to the formal caucuses. Buttigieg’s campaign said in its letter that early voting was “a success” in helping more people participate in the process. But, Gaffney alleged, the process of integrating the early votes into the results of the in-person caucuses was “plagued with errors and inconsistencies.”

In some locations, early voting data was not delivered or was not properly incorporated to determine a candidate’s viability, according to Buttigieg’s campaign.

Unlike primaries, in which voters cast a single ballot and the winner is determined by who receives the most votes, caucuses are used to award county convention delegates to viable candidates. The number of county convention delegates determines how many national pledged delegates each candidate will receive.

During the first alignment of a caucus, participants gather in groups based on the candidate they support. Candidates often need at least 15% of caucusgoers in each precinct to be considered viable. Caucusgoers who choose a viable candidate in the first alignment may not change their preference. Those in nonviable groups (either a candidate or uncommitted) can choose to switch groups during the second alignment or bow out.

Buttigieg’s campaign called on the Nevada Democrats to release electronic or hard copies of worksheets used to calculate the results during the caucuses. The campaign also requested that the party address “general issues pertaining to the realignment process.”

“We know that you have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to ensure that the Caucuses would be a success,” Gaffney wrote. “We only ask that you take the time in the next 24-48 hours to deliver on that goal by offering the level of transparency and accuracy that you have promised throughout this process.”

A spokesman for the NVDP told HuffPost in a statement that the party “never indicated” it would release a separate breakdown of the early vote and in-person attendees by precinct and that it would not change its reporting process.

“We laid out our early vote and Caucus Day processes step by step and we communicated these processes to all campaigns,” according to the statement. “We are continuing to verify and to report results.”

“As laid out in our recount guidance, there is a formal method for requesting a challenge of results,” the statement continued.

Buttigieg’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it plans to formally challenge the results.

In a statement to HuffPost, Buttigieg deputy campaign manager Hari Sevugan said data shows a “razor thin margin” for second place in Nevada.

“Due to irregularities and a number of unresolved questions we have raised with the Nevada Democratic Party, it’s unclear what the final results will be,” he said.

The allegations brought forward by Buttigieg’s campaign followed what had widely been hailed as a relatively seamless and successful caucuses process after the disastrous Iowa caucuses earlier this month. Results of the Iowa caucuses were significantly delayed due to technical difficulties caused by a third-party app, which incorrectly reported some data, as well as the state party’s failed backup strategy for mitigating these issues.

In response to the chaos, the NVDP announced it had canceled plans to use that app during its own caucuses. Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez demanded a recanvass of the Iowa results. Soon after, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price stepped down amid calls for his resignation.

Read the Buttigieg campaign’s full letter to the NVDP below.

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California man who drove away from scene of woman’s ‘suspicious’ death detained after slow-speed chase

California man has been detained after driving away from the scene where police were investigating a woman’s “suspicious” death and setting off a slow-speed chase, investigators said Saturday.

An elderly woman was found dead inside her home early Saturday, and officers “suspected foul play” after canvassing the neighborhood and speaking with witnesses, Santa Ana police said in a news release.

The manner and cause of death were not immediately known.

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The unnamed man drove by the home and refused to stop when officers tried to speak with him, police said. He led police on a “slow-speed pursuit” that ended in Irvine, about eight miles away.

Police said the man then barricaded himself inside the car, forcing officers to use a K-9 to apprehend the man. He sustained injuries during the capture and received treatment at a nearby trauma center, police said.

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Investigators were waiting on a search warrant to enter the home and collect potential evidence.

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California man who drove away from scene of woman’s ‘suspicious’ death detained after slow-speed chase

California man has been detained after driving away from the scene where police were investigating a woman’s “suspicious” death and setting off a slow-speed chase, investigators said Saturday.

An elderly woman was found dead inside her home early Saturday, and officers “suspected foul play” after canvassing the neighborhood and speaking with witnesses, Santa Ana police said in a news release.

The manner and cause of death were not immediately known.

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The potential suspect drove past the home and refused to stop when officers asked to speak with him. (Google Earth)

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The unnamed man drove by the home and refused to stop when officers tried to speak with him, police said. He led police on a “slow-speed pursuit” that ended in Irvine, about eight miles away.

Police said the man then barricaded himself inside the car, forcing officers to use a K-9 to apprehend the man. He sustained injuries during the capture and received treatment at a nearby trauma center, police said.

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Investigators were waiting on a search warrant to enter the home and collect potential evidence.

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Coronavirus Lockdowns Torment an Army of Poor Migrant Workers in China

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Clutching a gray plastic suitcase filled with most of his belongings — a blanket, a toothbrush, a pair of white sneakers and a comb — Wang Sheng goes from factory to factory in southern China begging for a job. The answer is always no.

Mr. Wang, 49, used to be able to find work in Shenzhen, a sprawling industrial megacity. But factories are turning him away because he is from Hubei Province, the center of China’s coronavirus epidemic, even though he hasn’t lived there in years.

“There’s nothing I can do,” said Mr. Wang, who has only a few dollars left in savings, lives off plain noodles and rents a small room for about $60 a month. “I’m just by myself, isolated and helpless.”

China’s roughly 300 million rural migrants have long lived on the margins of society, taking on grueling work for meager wages and limited access to public health care and education. But now they are among the hardest hit as China’s leader, Xi Jinping, calls for a “people’s war” to contain the virus and the authorities impose controls across broad swaths of the country.

As outsiders, rural migrants, no matter where they are from, are an easy target. Many factories are afraid to restart operations in case their workers are carrying the virus, raising concerns that the government’s controls could smother the economy. Local officials have barred many migrants from crossing city lines. Landlords have kicked them out of their apartments. Some are crammed into hotels or sleeping under bridges or on sidewalks.

“We have struggled so much already,” Liu Wen, 42, a factory worker in Zhengzhou, a city in central China, who was evicted from her apartment because she had returned from her husband’s hometown in the southern province of Guangdong and her landlord worried she might be carrying the virus. She now is living with her husband and two children in a hotel. “Now we’ve lost hope.”

On Sunday, Mr. Xi acknowledged that the situation in China remained “grim and complex,” but urged party officials to not only continue their efforts to contain the virus but also to focus on restarting production.

“We must turn pressure into motivation, be good at turning crisis into opportunity, orderly restore production and living order,” he said.

But the strict lockdowns imposed across the country make it difficult for rural workers to return to cities; only about a third have done so, according to official statistics. Many workers are stuck in the countryside after traveling there last month to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday.

Mr. Xi, already under scrutiny for the Chinese government’s slow and erratic response to the coronavirus outbreak, now faces pressure to quell anger among low-income families and dispel broader fears of an economic downturn. The party has long staked its legitimacy on the idea that it can deliver prosperity and protect the working class.

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“The Chinese Communist Party leadership does not like to be criticized for neglecting or abandoning workers,” said Jane Duckett, the director of the Scottish Center for China Research at the University of Glasgow. “Their ideological underpinnings — Marxism-Leninism, socialism — lie in being a party of the ‘workers and peasants.’”

Ms. Duckett said the party was probably wary of discontent among workers. Mr. Xi has said that the government should watch employment closely and that companies should avoid large-scale layoffs.

The virus, which has killed at least 2,400 people and sickened nearly 77,000 in China alone, has brought parts of the Chinese economy, the world’s second largest, to a near standstill. While some factories have started up again in recent days, many are still closed or operating well below capacity, with parts in short supply and workers stranded hundreds of miles away.

Businesses across a variety of sectors — manufacturing, construction and transportation — have ordered their employees to stay home, usually without pay. That has created strains for many migrants, who earn barely enough to keep up with the rising cost of living in Chinese cities and often hold little in savings.

While wages are low, migrants can still earn more in the cities than they would in the countryside, where jobs are scarce. They are willing to go to cities for a shot at a better life, even if they must live in crowded workers’ dormitories or run-down apartments.

Yang Chengjun, 58, who lives in northeast China and sometimes works as a carpenter, says he and his son are living off the land now, relying on rice and vegetables they grow and struggling “just to stay alive.” Mr. Yang worries the family will run out of money within a month.

“The pressure on migrant workers was always great,” Mr. Yang said. “The epidemic adds insult to injury.”

Their struggles have been made worse by local officials who have helped fuel a perception that rural migrants pose a threat to public health and should be treated as potential carriers of the virus.

In some cities, migrants have been forced into quarantine in facilities run by the government, according to reports on social media. In others, like Wuxi in the east, workers from afar have been barred from entering and warned that they would be “seriously dealt with” if they resisted.

China’s strict population controls have worsened the plight of many migrant families.

The Mao-era household registration system, known as hukou, makes it difficult for people from the countryside to change their legal residence to cities. As a result, they are considered outsiders — even if they have lived in cities for decades — and have limited access to health care, schools, pensions and other social benefits.

As the coronavirus has spread, some workers who have come down with pneumonia and other symptoms say they have been unable to find affordable care in major cities.

While the government now provides free care to those found to have the coronavirus, many hospitals are overwhelmed and lack the resources to officially diagnose the virus. As a result, some migrant workers living in cities say they have been forced to pay thousands of dollars in medical expenses to treat sick relatives.

In Hubei, where the outbreak began in December, many workers worry that the economic pain will continue for months or longer. The province, which is home to more than 10 million migrant workers, remains shut off from the rest of China, and business has ground to a halt.

Huang Chuanyuan, a 46-year-old construction worker in Hubei, has stopped buying meat to save money. His employer, a Chinese construction company, told him that he had no choice but to wait at home.

“I don’t want to think about the future now,” said Mr. Huang, who has a wife and three children. “The more I think about it, the more stressed I get.”

As their struggles have mounted, some workers have pushed local officials to do more to help reopen businesses. But their pleas are often met with silence, as local governments work to contain the virus.

Mr. Wang, the migrant worker who has been going from factory to factory in Shenzhen, worries it may be months before he can find a job. He spends his days scouring online job ads and watching news about the virus.

Frustrated about his job prospects, Mr. Wang recently posted a poem on social media about the sense of isolation and distress he felt. He criticized the local government for not doing more to help workers.

“You suffer loneliness by yourself, but you are still discriminated against,” he wrote. “The Labor Department, now silent. And me: alone in Shenzhen.”

Albee Zhang contributed research.

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