New Seattle NHL team to subsidize public transit for fans

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s expansion NHL franchise is trying to make it easier for fans to get to its games in the traffic-clogged city.

NHL Seattle announced Tuesday that it will fully subsidize public transit costs for fans with season tickets or single-game tickets.

Additionally, the team is entering into a partnership with the Seattle Center Monorail to upgrade the current system connecting downtown Seattle with the Seattle Center, where the team’s arena is under construction. The team will invest $7 million for upgrades at the downtown station for the monorail system, which was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair.

The public transit subsidy makes Seattle the third franchise in the U.S. to offer that benefit to fans, according to the team. Rob Johnson, the team’s vice president for transportation, said the franchise expects 25% of fans to use public transit to attend games in the inaugural 2021-22 season.

“We respect the history of the Monorail and want to remind people of its original intent. I couldn’t be prouder to align with a company that shares our values and ambitions.” team CEO and President Tod Leiweke said. “By offering embedded public transit we are making the right decision for our fans and for the city.”

Image courtesy Seattle Center Monorail

Skier dies on Mt. Hood; recovery efforts underway

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — A rescue mission up Mount Hood has turned to a recovery mission after a climber reported finding a fallen person at 9,400 feet (2,865 meters).

The person who climbs with Portland Mountain Rescue called 911 at 12:12 p.m. Tuesday, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.

The fallen person was wearing ski boots and was found at an area known as Illumination Saddle. Volunteers with Portland Mountain Rescue were staying with the person, according to the sheriff’s office.

Shortly after 3 p.m. the sheriff’s office said the person had died and that an Oregon Army National Guard helicopter was called off after weighing the risks of the mission. Crews were waiting for a snowcat to take a team up the mountain.

No information about the person’s identity has been released.

Photo courtesy Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office

Oregon climate battle: GOP walkout reveals sharp divisions

By ANDREW SELSKY

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rebellion by GOP politicians in liberal Oregon intensified Tuesday when Republican members of the House joined their Senate counterparts in a walkout, freezing legislation on climate change, wildfire mitigation, homeless assistance and a landmark compromise between the timber industry and environmentalists.

The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlighted how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. For their part, Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous.

A bill on climate change triggered a walkout by Republicans in 2019, causing Senate President Peter Courtney to ask Gov. Kate Brown to order state police to find them and return them to the Capitol. A modified version of the 2019 bill was reached after Democrats negotiated with some Republicans, but wasn’t enough to avoid the current walkout.

“Here it goes again,” Courtney said in an interview. But this time, he isn’t asking for state police intervention and believes Republican lawmakers may have already fled the state, out of reach of the state troopers.

“Our state police, and there are very few, cover crime, they cover forensic labs, they cover traffic, they cover drugs,” he said. “I don’t want them running around the state of Oregon, trying to find a bunch of elected officials who won’t come to work.”

Protesters of the bill — most of them from rural areas and working in trucking and logging industries — recently held a demonstration at the Capitol with trucks blowing horns. Those in favor of the bill rallied on a different day, saying there is a climate emergency and that Oregon must do its share by cutting greenhouse gas emissions and promoting a transition to green energy.

Those on both sides have jammed into the Capitol for public hearings. Opponents say the plan to charge polluters for carbon credits would raise fuel costs for consumers.

On Tuesday, the Capitol was much quieter. The absence of the GOP senators and representatives prevented a quorum in either chamber. The climate bill is stalled in the Senate and other legislation has piled up during the 35-day legislative session.

Bend GOP Rep. Cheri Helt released a statement on Tuesday’s actions.

“I believe in moderate, bipartisan policy making, as do the people I serve in Bend. The current cap and trade plan (SB 1530) isn’t balanced: going too far in raising the cost of living for working families while doing little for our environment. I am a no vote and support letting the people of Oregon decide. Sadly, partisan polarization has pushed the Capitol to this moment once again. As a moderate who wants to vote for common ground climate legislation, I will remain in the Capitol in hopes we can dig deeper, try harder and reach further to find a policy that works for all Oregonians.”

A lone truck driver drove by on the street outside, leaning on his horn, as Courtney tried to think of a way out of the impasse.

“I don’t have one right now,” said the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history. “I’m brokenhearted because I think the legislative branch of government is greatest of all branches … and I respect it so much that when things don’t go right, I’m thinking you don’t have enough magic dust, you don’t have enough rabbits in hats, you’ve got to figure this out.”

Oregon House Majority Leader Barbara Smith Warner said Democrats have worked in good faith with Republicans to find compromise on carbon legislation.

“The reality is, in today’s Republican party run by Donald Trump, nothing will ever be enough for them,” Smith Warner said. “Republicans need to come back to work and do the job Oregonians elected them do.”

The absent Republican lawmakers issued statements Wednesday accusing Democrats of running roughshod over them and insisting the climate issue be brought before voters.

“The House Republicans have been marginalized,” said Rep. Raquel Moore-Green, a Republican from Salem. “Republican legislators have pleaded repeatedly with our Democrat colleagues to refer cap and trade legislation to the voters.”

Having voters decide the fate of environmental legislation is no slam dunk for Democrats. In neighboring Washington state, also a Democratic stronghold, voters in 2018 rejected a tax on carbon emissions in what was then the costliest initiative fight in state history.

In Oregon, the current cap-and-trade bill calls for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to at least 45% below 1990 emissions levels by 2035 and to at least 80% below by 2050. The bill would force big greenhouse gas emitters to obtain credits for each metric ton of carbon dioxide they emit. Opponents say fossil fuel companies will wind up offloading increased costs to customers.

Democrats, in negotiations with Republicans, modified the 2019 bill by splitting the state into three geographic zones that would be phased in separately for rules that would likely increase gas and diesel prices, with Portland being affected first, then other large urban areas, and finally rural regions. That approach was designed to address concerns that last year’s failed measure would have disproportionately affected rural communities.

”We frankly have a bill now that’s probably a minimum viable product in terms of the environmental community because of the compromises,” Nik Blosser, the governor’s chief of staff, said in an interview.

Other concessions were made.

“To have engaged Republicans in that process and to have them basically just walk out again and shut down the government is just really disappointing,” Blosser said.

___

AP writer Chris Grygiel contributed from Seattle.

 

Ionescu first to 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, 1,000 rebounds

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu’s strength inspired her Oregon coaches and teammates all day, from the way she courageously spoke at the memorial service for Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles earlier in the day, then flew back to the Bay Area and took the court shortly after vomiting in the locker room, all before leading the Ducks with yet another brilliant performance on both ends.

And doing something never done before in college basketball, by a man or a woman.

Ionescu became the first player in NCAA history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds and notched her record 26th career triple-double, too, leading No. 3 Oregon past fourth-ranked Stanford 74-66 on Monday night.

Ionescu wasn’t made available to the media for a second straight game, speaking to ESPN on Monday.

“That one was for him. To do it on 2-24-20 was huge,” she told the network. “We talked about it in the preseason. I can’t put it into words. He’s looking down and proud of me and happy for this moment with my team.”

Ionescu hit the milestone on a defensive rebound with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter and finished with 21 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds in her first triple-double against a top-10 opponent and eighth overall this season to help Oregon (26-2, 15-1 Pac-12) clinch at least a share of its third straight Pac-12 regular-season title.

“Incredible. I thought she was so poised and so heartfelt today,” said coach Kelly Graves, whose wife Mary accompanied Ionescu. “At her age and relative limited experience and things like that, I just thought she nailed it. It was amazing, and she wrote that, and that was from her. She’s pretty special in more ways that just what you’re seeing on the court.”

Ionescu also had a triple-double Friday night at California while playing near her East Bay hometown of Walnut Creek, then delivered her eighth career road triple-double for the Ducks on an emotional day just hours after attending the service for Bryant and daughter, Gianna, in Southern California.

“I don’t know many people that could have done what she did today,” Graves said. “… I knew this was the way it was going to end tonight for her. I’m glad that it ended in a victory but I knew that she was going to get that. It’s so fitting that she did it tonight.”

Hall of Fame Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer wasn’t surprised by Ionescu’s toughness despite her difficult day.

“She’s a player. I didn’t expect anything different than what we saw,” VanDerveer said.

She now has 2,467, 1,041 assists and 1,003 rebounds, helping Oregon secure Monday at least 15 conference wins for a third consecutive season. Ionescu shot 9 for 19, missing her three 3-point attempts. She had plenty of help from Satou Sabally, who scored 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting with four 3-pointers.

“When she came back, we were there for her. It wasn’t the easiest day but she always has our backs so it was our turn to have her back,” Sabally said. “We just lifted her up.”

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry sat on the baseline supporting Ionescu and women’s basketball for the second straight game she played in Northern California after he was in Berkeley with his two daughters Friday night. He watched Oregon run its winning streak to 14 in a row and nine straight on the road.

“You kind of try and hide some of those emotions. To speak was such an honor for me,” Ionescu said. “I tried to do everything I could to hold it together tonight and my team helped me do that.”

The Ducks used a big second half to beat the Cardinal 87-55 on Jan. 16 in Eugene, then held off a late flurry by Stanford (24-4, 13-3) this time on a night Lexie Hull scored 27 points with six 3-pointers.

The Cardinal had their four-game winning streak snapped with just a second defeat at Maples Pavilion this season.

Oregon jumped out to a 25-10 lead then led 32-22 at halftime after four turnovers late in the second quarter allowed Stanford to stay close.

“I think they’re the No. 1 team in the country. They have all the weapons,” VanDerveer said. “They’ve got great experience. Kelly does a fantastic job with them in terms of they know what they’re doing out there. They’re a very well coached team, they’re a very skilled team. I was disappointed that we honestly didn’t give them a better game.”

HONORING KOBE

Ionescu’s left sneaker featured “Mamba Mentality” written on it along with “Forever 24” as well as a “24” on the back.

Curry also attended the service for Bryant and daughter, Gianna.

“I can’t imagine how emotional it was for everyone in that arena. To be at her age with all that she’s got going on and her connection to Kobe and Gigi and to give a speech in front of 19,000 people all mourning was unbelievable,” Curry told ESPN. “She spoke so well. Now she’s out here representing them playing her heart out.

“That’s sustained greatness. She came back her senior year for a reason to get the national championship. She’s blazing a trail no one has stepped foot in.”

BIG PICTURE

Oregon: Oregon won its ninth game against a Top-25 opponent during the winning streak, sixth vs. a Top-10 teams and third when facing a top-five program. … The Ducks are outscoring opponents by 24.8 points during the winning streak. They haven’t lost since a road defeat at Arizona State in Tempe on Jan. 10. … The Ducks are 11-1 on the road.

Stanford: Nadia Fingall had 12 rebounds as the Cardinal held a 36-34 advantage on the boards. … Stanford dropped to 14-2 at home.

UP NEXT

Oregon: Hosts Washington State on Friday night.

Stanford: At Arizona on Friday night.

___

More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/Womenscollegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Stocks sink, bonds soar on fears virus will stunt economy

Stocks slumped again on Wall Street Tuesday, piling on losses a day after the market’s biggest drop in two years as fears spread that the growing virus outbreak will put the brakes on the global economy.

Nervous investors snapped up low-risk U.S. government bonds, sending the yield on the 10-year Treasury note to a record low.

Meanwhile more companies warned that the outbreak will hurt their finances, including Mastercard and United Airlines. Travel-related stocks took another drubbing, bringing the two-day loss for American Airlines to 16%.

New cases are being reported in Europe and the Middle East, far outside the epicenter of China. The latest cases have raised fears that the virus could spread further.

The worst-case scenario for investors hasn’t changed in the last few weeks — where the virus spreads around the world and cripples supply chains and the global economy — but the probability of it happening has risen, said Yung-Yu Ma, chief investment strategist at BMO Wealth Management.

“It’s the combination of South Korea, Japan, Italy and even Iran” reporting virus cases, Ma said. “That really woke up the market, that these four places in different places around the globe can go from low concern to high concern in a matter of days and that we could potentially wake up a week from now and it could be five to 10 additional places.”

The decline on Monday sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average more than 1,000 points lower and wiped out its gains for the year. The S&P 500 is now down6.5% from its record high set last Wednesday.

Technology stocks, which rely heavily on China for both sales and supply chains, once again led the decline. Apple dropped 1.4% and chipmaker Nvidia fell 4.2%.

Bond prices continued rising. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.32%,a record low, down from 1.37% late Monday.

The lower bond yields weighed on banks. JPMorgan Chase slid 2.7% and Bank of America fell 3.3%.

Energy companies fell as crude oil prices headed lower.

Real estate companies and utilities also declined, though they held up better than the rest of the market as investors pushed money into safe-play stocks.

KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 2% as of 1:47 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 583 points, or 2.1%, to 27,379. The Nasdaq fell 1.7%. The Russell 200 index of smaller company stocks fell 2.8%.

European markets also fell. The Euro Stoxx index lost 2.1%. Markets in Asia were mixed.

VIRUS UPDATE: The viral outbreak that originated in China has now infected more than 80,000 people globally, with more cases being reported in Europe and the Middle East. The majority of cases and deaths remain centered in China, but the rapid spread to other parts of the world has spooked markets and raised fears that it will hurt the global economy.

United Airlines fell 5.2% after withdrawing its financial forecasts for the year because of the impact on demand for air travel. Mastercard dropped 5.2% after saying the impact on cross-border travel and business could cut into its revenue, depending on the duration and severity of the virus outbreak.

NOT SO HOT STREAK: The S&P 500 is on track for its first four-day losing streak since early August. One measure of fear in the market, which shows how much traders are paying to protect themselves from future swings for the S&P 500, touched its highest level since the start of 2019, when stocks were tumbling on worries about a possible recession.

The chief risk is that the stock market was already “priced to perfection,” or something close to it, before the virus worries exploded, according to Brian Nick, chief investment officer at Nuveen.

After getting the benefit of three interest-rate cuts from the Federal Reserve last year and the consummation of a “Phase 1” U.S.-China trade deal, investors were willing to pay high prices for stocks on the expectation that profits would grow in the future. The S&P 500 was recently trading at its most expensive level, relative to its expected earnings per share, since the dot-com bubble was deflating in 2002, according to FactSet.

If profit growth doesn’t ramp up this year, that makes a highly priced stock market even more vulnerable. After a growing number of companies have cut or withdrawn their revenue and profit forecasts for the year, analysts have slashed their expectations for S&P 500 earnings growth to 7.9% for this year, down from expectations of 9.6% at the start of 2020, according to FactSet.

STOCK BOOSTER: Moderna surged 19.1% after the company sent its potential virus vaccine to government researchers for additional testing. The biotechnology company is one several drug developers racing to develop vaccine.

NAILED IT: Home Depot rose0.8% after the home-improvement retailer’s fourth-quarter financial results connected with Wall Street. The company handily beat profit expectations and a reported a surprisingly good jump for a key sales measure. It gave investors a strong profit forecast for 2020 and raised its dividend.

GOOD KARMA: Intuit rose 0.4% after the maker of TurboTax software said it will pay $7.1 billion for consumer finance company Credit Karma. The deal will give one of the most well-known makers of personal finance software a website operator that focuses on helping people monitor their credit and find loans or credit cards.

___

AP Business Damian J. Troise contributed.

Trump says coronavirus ‘very well under control’ in US

NEW DELHI (AP) — President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to minimize fears about coronavirus spreading rampantly throughout the U.S., saying the situation is “very well under control in our country.”

At the same time, the Trump administration on Monday asked Congress for an additional $2.5 billion to prepare in case of a widespread outbreak and to assist other nations.

“We have very few people with it,” the president said at a news conference in India near the close of a two-day visit.

Trump referenced a group of 14 Americans who tested positive for coronavirus and were among hundreds of U.S. citizens recently evacuated from a cruise ship off the Japanese coast and brought to U.S. facilities.

Trump said those individuals were placed into quarantine and “we think they’ll be in very good shape very, very soon.”

In earlier remarks Tuesday, Trump said he wants the additional $2.5 billion to shore up defenses “in case something should happen” and to help other countries.

The White House budget office said the funding would be used for vaccine development, treatment and protective equipment, but Democrats immediately slammed the request as insufficient.

The budget request came as coronavirus fears were credited with Monday’s 1,000-plus-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The rapid spread of the virus around the world and its threat to the global economy has rocked financial markets, but Trump said China is getting the epidemic under control.

“They’ve had a rough patch and … it looks like they’re getting it under control more and more,” Trump said. “They’re getting it more and more under control so I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away, but we lost almost 1,000 points yesterday on the (stock) market.”

The funding request released Monday evening came as key government accounts were running low. The Department of Health and Human Services had already tapped into an emergency infectious disease rapid response fund and was seeking to transfer more than $130 million from other HHS accounts to combat the virus but is pressing for more.

The Trump administration is requesting $1.25 billion in new funding and wants to transfer $535 million more from an Ebola preparedness account that’s been a top priority of Democrats. It anticipates shifting money from other HHS accounts and other agencies to complete the $2.5 billion response plan.

Democrats said Trump’s attempt to tap existing Ebola prevention funding was dead on arrival.

“All of the warning lights are flashing bright red. We are staring down a potential pandemic, and the administration has no plan,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who blasted a shortage of kits to test for the virus and Trump’s proposed budget cuts to health agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We have a crisis of coronavirus, and President Trump has no plan, no urgency, no understanding of the facts or how to coordinate a response.”

Trump said a “lot of talent” and a “lot of brainpower” was being tapped for the coronavirus response. He criticized Schumer for panning the budget request.

“These characters,” Trump said of Democrats. “They’re just not good for our country.”

Democrats in control the House wrote HHS Secretary Alex Azar earlier this month to request funds to help speed development of a coronavirus vaccine, expand laboratory capacity and beef up screening efforts at U.S. entry points. Azar was slated to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, and the U.S. response to the outbreak is sure to be a major topic.

The quickly spreading virus has slammed the economy of China, where the virus originated, and caseloads are rapidly increasing in countries such as South Korea, Iran and Italy. More than 80,000 people around the world have been infected with coronavirus, with more than 2,500 deaths, mostly in China.

As of Tuesday, the United States had 35 of the more than 80,000 known cases. Separately, one U.S. citizen died in China.

___

Taylor reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann and Darlene Superville in Washington contributed to this report.

Police: Man bought Girl Scout cookies with counterfeit bills

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Salem man was arrested after he purchased Girl Scout cookies more than once using counterfeit money, police said.

Camden Ducharme, 36, was taken into custody and charged with forgery and theft, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

Earlier this month, Tiffany Brown said a man visited the cookie booth she and her daughters were running outside a Walmart Supercenter in Salem.

Brown said the man seemed “fidgety.” He paid for a $5 box of Tagalongs with a $20 bill and received $15 in change, but Brown’s 13-year-old daughter, Ava, immediately noticed the bill seemed odd.

The bill was slightly smaller, had a bluish tint, and the texture of the paper wasn’t quite right. Brown says police confirmed it was fake.

Police said they responded to at least one other incident in which Ducharme used counterfeit bills to buy Girl Scout cookies.

Police identified Ducharme and arrested him at the store on Sunday.

He was being held in Marion County Correctional Facility, officials said. It wasn’t immediately known if he has a lawyer.

Worried Democrats rush to slow front-runner Sanders

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Worried Democrats on Monday intensified their assault against the party’s presidential front-runner, Bernie Sanders, as the Vermont senator marched toward South Carolina’s weekend primary eyeing a knockout blow.

At least three leading candidates, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg, reinforced their anti-Sanders rhetoric with paid attack ads for the first time. And a new political group was spending big to undermine Sanders’ standing with African American voters.

“Socialist Bernie Sanders is promising a lot of free stuff,” says a brochure sent to 200,000 black voters in South Carolina by The Big Tent Project, a new organization trying to derail Sanders’ candidacy. “Nominating Bernie means we reelect Trump. We can’t afford Bernie Sanders.”

While uncoordinated, the multi-pronged broadside just five days before South Carolina’s first-in-the-South primary represents the Democrats’ most aggressive attempt to knock Sanders down. It reflects growing concern within his party that the self-described democratic socialist is tightening his grip on the presidential nomination while they fear he’s too extreme to defeat President Donald Trump this fall.

It also underscores the precarious state of Joe Biden’s campaign. The former vice president has long been viewed as the unquestioned front-runner in South Carolina because of his support from black voters. But as the contest nears, Sanders is also making a strong play here. If he can eat into Biden’s base of support, that would raise fundamental questions about the future of Biden’s candidacy.

Sanders has shifted new staff into the state from Nevada in the last 24 hours, expanded his South Carolina advertising and added events to his schedule.

“There’s an air of desperation about it,” Sanders senior adviser Jeff Weaver said of the fresh attacks. “You’ve got candidates, you’ve got super PACs, all piling on to stop Bernie Sanders. They know he has the momentum in the race.”

Biden still predicted he would win “by plenty” in Saturday’s contest, the first with a sizable black population to weigh in.

Regardless of whether Sanders scores an upset in South Carolina, polls suggest he will perform well when more than a dozen states vote in the March 3 Super Tuesday contests. That’s when critics fear Sanders could build an insurmountable delegate lead.

Reflecting his growing focus on Sanders in recent days, Buttigieg released his first attack ad of the 2020 campaign. In the ad, which began running Monday as part of the former South Bend mayor’s multimillion-dollar South Carolina advertising campaign, Buttigieg highlights Sanders’ call for a government-financed health care system as a example of the Democratic front-runner’s “polarization.”

At the same time, Biden released an online ad accusing Sanders of trying to undermine President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign with a possible primary challenge. Sanders, of course, ultimately did not challenge Obama from the left.

“When it comes to building on President Obama’s legacy, Bernie Sanders just can’t be trusted,” the Biden ad says.

And Bloomberg released a new ad of his own assailing Sanders’ record on gun control, citing Sanders’ endorsement by the National Rifle Association when he first ran for Congress decades ago.

While he once had the NRA’s backing, Sanders proudly proclaims his “F” rating from the pro-gun organization now. And just last week, several gun control advocates who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting endorsed him.

Still, Bloomberg tweeted: “The NRA paved the road to Washington for Bernie Sanders. We deserve a president who is not beholden to the gun lobby.”

They’ve begun running attack ads again him, but Sanders may benefit most by the sheer number of candidates still in the race. There are still seven high-profile Democrats fighting among themselves — and splitting up the anti-Sanders vote — to emerge as the strongest alternative to him.

There was no sign Monday that any of the eight candidates still in the race was close to getting out.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who finished in a distant fifth or sixth place in Nevada over the weekend, actually announced plans to launch a $4.2 million ad buy across several Super Tuesday states that vote next week.

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer has yet to spend money on an anti-Sanders campaign, but he went after him by name Monday before more than 100 voters at a breakfast in Hilton Head.

Steyer warned, “We can’t nominate someone who is going to divide us.”

Asked by a voter how he would beat Sanders, Steyer declared himself just as progressive as the Vermont senator.

“In lots of things, I’m more progressive than Bernie Sanders,” said Steyer, who has spent millions from his personal fortune to combat climate change and encourage Trump’s impeachment.

There were new signs Monday that Sanders’ emergence as the possible face of the Democratic Party in 2020 would cause problems for vulnerable House and Senate candidates across the country.

Republicans working to win back the House majority jumped on comments Sanders made in a CBS News “60 Minutes” segment aired Sunday in which he praised the late Cuban ruler Fidel Castro for establishing what Sanders called a “massive literacy program” when he took power.

The House GOP campaign arm called on several House Democrats — including three facing reelection this fall in South Florida — to say if they’d support Sanders should he become the nominee. Members including Rep. Donna Shalala weren’t happy.

“I’m hoping that in the future, Senator Sanders will take time to speak to some of my constituents before he decides to sing the praises of a murderous tyrant like Fidel Castro,” the first-term Democrat tweeted.

Sanders was also in a dispute with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an establishment group that advocates for strong U.S.-Israel relations. Sanders said he would skip the group’s conference because he was concerned about the event giving airtime to “leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, called that characterization “offensive” and “irresponsible.”

Rep. Elaine Luria, a Jewish Democratic from the Super Tuesday state of Virginia, issued a statement condemning Sanders’ remarks, which she said “contribute to the divisive rhetoric often used when discussing the issue of Israel’s right to exist.”

Watching the tumult from afar during a trip to India, Trump predicted a long and messy primary season ahead for his rivals.

“It could go to the convention, it really could,” Trump said. “They are going to take it away from Crazy Bernie, they are not going to let him win.”

He added, “I actually think he would be tougher than most of the other candidates because he is like me, but I have a much bigger base.”

___

EDITORS: This story has been corrected to say that Sanders’ dispute is with American Israel Public Affairs Committee, not Anti-Defamation League. It has also been corrected to reflect that The Big Tent Project is not a PAC.

___

Peoples reported from New York and Barrow reported from Charleston, South Carolina. AP writers Alan Fram in Washington, Elana Schor in Charleston, Jill Colvin with Trump and Thomas Beaumont in Des Moines, Iowa, contributed.

Trail runner breaks leg, crawls for more than 10 hours to reach rescuers at Olympic National Park

(ABC NEWS) – A trail runner who broke his leg on a frigid Washington mountain facilitated his own rescue by crawling for more than 10 hours to reach help.

Joe Oldendorf, 26, was running on the Duckabush Trail at Olympic National Park Saturday morning when he slipped on an icy patch, he told ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO.

Olendorf knew right away something was wrong when he saw his foot flop to the side “like it was untethered,” he said. He then decided to crawl toward where he’d seen several people camping about three miles into the trail.

“I was just trying to keep my mind on moving,” he said. “I knew deep down that that was my only option, so I didn’t really stop to entertain anything else. I just tried to stay warm, keep going.

Olendorf tried dialing 911 three times before the call went through and then continued to crawl for another four hours before he saw the flashing lights from a rescue crew, he said, describing the sight as the “biggest relief” he’s ever felt.

He was located around 4 a.m. Sunday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The search and rescue crew covered Olendorf with blankets and hot packs to prevent hypothermia and got him to a spot where a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter could land so he could be airlifted to the hospital, according to KOMO.

“We like to train for high-altitude rescues because of the mountainous region we operate in,” Lt. Cmdr. Sam Hill, MH-65 pilot, said in a statement. “Because of that training, we were able to overcome numerous environmental challenges to rescue the hiker from a dangerous situation. We thank Jefferson County Search and Rescue for their help locating the hiker and assisting with the hoist.”

Once he arrived at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, surgeons placed a rod into his tibia and a plate and screws into his fibula. The skin on his knees were also raw from the hours of crawling.

Olendorf’s rescuers told KOMO his grit and determination likely prevented him from sustaining more serious injuries. He is thankful to be alive, he said.

He was released from the hospital Sunday afternoon in a splint, and it will take about 12 weeks for his leg to fully recover.

Virus outbreak chills markets, outlook for global economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The widening coronavirus outbreak threatens to seriously disrupt the global economy just as it was steadying itself against headwinds from the U.S.-China trade dispute.

Stocks fell sharply on Monday around the world on news of more infections in different countries. The U.S. Dow Jones was down more than 900 points during mid-day trading, while in Europe, the pan-European Stoxx 600 dipped 3.6 percent amid fears about the first major outbreak on the Continent, an eruption of cases in Italy. Cases were also reported in new countries in the Middle East.

Concerns are high in Europe, where the three largest economies are already scraping along at the edge of recession, with Germany particularly exposed. China, the epicenter of the crisis, is a major sales market for German automobiles and serves as a source of parts for Germany’s own factories.

The global economy was just stabilizing after wobbles caused by the trade war between the U.S. and China and fears of a disorderly British exit from the European Union. The coronavirus hit just as a U.S.-China preliminary deal and a Britain-EU agreement on a transition period had boosted hopes for a modest upswing, particularly in Europe.

Now the world economy could see its first quarterly fall in seasonally adjusted output since the global financial crisisof more than a decade ago, says Ben May, director of global macro research at Oxford Economics.

Frequent business and tourism destinations for people from China are already being hit hard, confirming that this will be a key way that the pain will spread to other Asian economies, with Singapore and Hong Kong feeling the effects.

Comparisons to the 2003 SARS epidemic, another deadly outbreak that originated in China, aren’t reassuring because China’s share of the global economy is much bigger than it was back then, and supply chains moving raw materials, parts and products snake through the global economy more than ever.

Stock markets may have been slow to appreciate the risk posed by the coronavirus because they hoped central banks could step in with stimulus. Erik Nielsen, group chief economist at UniCredit, said that while monetary or fiscal stimulus can boost demand in an economy, the virus is interrupting supply — which may not be so easy to boost with policy tools.

“Think of it this way: China has closed a reported 70,000 movie theaters because of the virus. That’s a supply shock, and no amount of income (demand) stimulus will boost ticket sales,” he said.

He said it is now “a virtual given” that global domestic output will take “a major hit” in the first quarter of the year.

While the stock markets seem to be acting as if the virus will be a short-term story with an early rebound, he said, “there is no evidence to support such an outlook.”

Individual companies have already reported trouble, most notably Apple, which said it will miss its sales target. But it could take until April or May before hard data on production and sales gives a clear picture of the impact on a regional or global level, May said.

Anxiety has risen in Germany, where stocks fell 4 percent on Monday.

“Given the latest developments, one has inevitably to talk about downside risks for German exporters,” said Andreas Rees, chief German economist at UniCredit. “The coronavirus could become a major trigger in dampening both the global demand and supply side.”

Rees cited figures showing car sales in China fell 92 percent in the first two weeks of February, and pointed out that of the 21 million cars sold in China last year, about 1 in 5 was made either in Germany or through German investment in China. Most Chinese auto showrooms are closed.

Rees echoed May in saying there is “huge uncertainty” about the impact. That in itself can be a drag on investment and ambitious business planning.

Europeans had been hoping for a modest upturn this year after major economies staggered through a rough patch at the end of the year. Germany showed zero growth in the fourth quarter, while the No. 2 and No. 3 economies, France and Italy, shrank slightly. Two straight quarters of falling growth are one definition of a recession

The new head of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, has so far focused on a review of the bank’s monetary policy strategy amid hopes that a stimulus package enacted under her predecessor Mario Draghi would see the eurozone economy through and help strengthen growth and inflation. But markets are now pricing in a bigger chance for a rate cut by July. The ECB has already cut rates into unprecedented negative territory. Its key benchmark deposit rate is an minus 0.5 percent.

Kristalina Georgieva, the head of the International Monetary Fund, said that the fund’s baseline scenario is that China’s economy slows but returns to normal in the second quarter, meaning the impact is minor and short-lived.

“But we are looking at more dire scenarios, where the spread of the virus continues for longer and more globally, and the growth consequences are more protracted,” she said.

The Federal Reserve is keeping an eye on the coronavirus, but so far has made no policy changes. Testifying to Congress on Feb. 11, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said that it was too early to assess the scope of the impact the virus poses to the U.S. economy. He noted that at the moment the economy “is in a very good place ”with strong job creation and steady growth.

Powell indicated in his congressional testimony that he saw no need to change the Fed’s benchmark interest rate, which is in a range of 1.5% to 1.75% after three rate cuts in 2019.

Raphael Bostic, head of the Fed’s Atlanta regional bank, said Friday that he expected the coronavirus to “be a short-time hit; we’ll get the economy back to its usual level” after the adverse effects pass.

The U.S. economy continues to look resilient, growing at a solid 2.1% annual rate the last three months of 2019. American consumers are driving the record-breaking expansion, now in its 11th year.

Business investment has been weak, partly because President Donald Trump’s trade wars have generated uncertainty about where companies should locate factories and buy supplies. Investment could get weaker if the virus continues to disrupt the supply chains American businesses rely on.

—-

AP business writers Paul Wiseman and Martin Crutsinger contributed from Washington.