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The major stock indexes are heading toward their fourth straight day of declines with the Dow down around 500 points. All three of the main indicators are down about one and a half percent a day after losing more than three percent. All the gains from this year have been wiped out.       U.S. health officials say a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. appears inevitable. After closed briefings with lawmakers, CDC official Nancy Messonnier [[ MESS-ehn-yay ]] told reporters "It's not a question of if this will happen, but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses." The Trump administration is asking Congress for two-point-five-billion-dollars in emergency funding to combat the crisis.       Harvey Weinstein is still not in jail after being found guilty of rape. The disgraced movie mogul remains in the hospital, reportedly after suffering from heart palpitations, chest pains and high blood pressure following yesterday's verdict. He could be sent to Rikers at any time.       A new poll indicates that Texas is a do-or-die state for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg in the March 3rd Super Tuesday primary. The survey by the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs says it looks like the billionaire businessman may only capture one of the state's 228 delegates. Rice University political scientist Mark Jones says this result would be "Waterloo" for Bloomberg.        The Irish pharmaceutical company Mallinckrodt [[ MAL-in-crah ]] reportedly is finalizing a one-point-six billion dollar settlement proposal that would give its U.S. generic drug business bankruptcy protection. The move, reported Monday by The Wall Street Journal, would address the company's liabilities arising from the opioid crisis. Mallinckrodt is one of several drugmakers scheduled to go on trial next month over opioid marketing and distribution allegations by the New York Attorney General's Office.       Some may say it's righteous justice, others may call it a sign of things to come. Either way, Jose Altuve [[ AL-too-vay ]] of the Houston Astros can now say he's been hit by a pitch this season. The ball hit Altuve's foot yesterday during his first Spring Training game as his team was taking on the Detroit Tigers.