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10 things you need to know today: March 1, 2016

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Clinton and Trump head into Super Tuesday with big leads

The presidential frontrunners, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, head into the March 1 Super Tuesday primaries with big leads over their rivals. Clinton leads Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont 55 percent to 38 percent in a CNN/ORC poll released Monday. Trump had the support of 49 percent of Republican and GOP-leaning voters nationally, widening his already huge lead over his nearest rival, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, to 30 percentage points. Establishment Republicans fear that if Trump dominates the states voting Tuesday, as expected, his march to the nomination will be unstoppable. [CNN, Bloomberg]


Navy SEAL receives Medal of Honor for rescue mission

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday to Navy SEAL Edward Byers for his role in the rescue of an American doctor who was being held as a hostage in Afghanistan. Byers, 36, used his own body to shield the doctor, Dilip Joseph, during a firefight. Byers was the 11th living service member to receive the military's highest honor for valor for actions in Afghanistan. [Reuters]


Hecklers disrupt Trump rally in Virginia

Hecklers, some belonging to the Black Lives Matter movement, disrupted a Donald Trump rally in Virginia on Monday. Trump said, "Are you from Mexico?" and supporters chanted, "All lives matter," as dozens of black protesters were being escorted out. A Time magazine photographer who stepped out of the press pen to photograph the protesters was choked and pushed to the ground by a Secret Service agent. The fracas came a day after Trump was swamped with criticism for failing to clearly repudiate white supremacists' support. [Time, Reuters]


Last set of Hillary Clinton's emails released

The State Department on Monday released the last batch of Hillary Clinton's 30,000 emails from a private server she used while serving as President Obama's secretary of state. The final set of about 1,700 emails included 23 retroactively deemed "Secret," bringing the total under that classification to 65. There were no new messages withheld as "Top Secret," the most sensitive classification, although spy agencies had pushed for the designation on a message regarding North Korean ballistic missile testing. Clinton and her aides have disputed the "Top Secret" designations, noting the messages were not deemed classified when they were sent. [Politico, The New York Times]


Teen charged with shooting two students at Ohio school

Police arrested a 14-year-old male student for allegedly shooting two other teen students in the cafeteria of a Butler County, Ohio, school on Monday. The suspect was identified as James Austin Hancock. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder, as well as assault, inducing panic, and making terroristic threats. The victims were in stable condition and their wounds were not life-threatening. Two other students were injured by shrapnel. [Cincinnati Enquirer]


Judge says Apple can't be forced to unlock iPhone in drug case

A federal judge in New York on Monday rejected a request by the federal government to force Apple to unlock an iPhone in a drug case. The ruling involves a phone seized by DEA agents in a drug trafficking investigation, and is unrelated to Apple's fight against the FBI's effort to make Apple help hack into an iPhone used by one of the killers in the San Bernardino massacre. [Engadget]


Justice Thomas speaks during oral arguments

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke from the bench on Monday, asking a question for the first time in 10 years. The case involves a federal law depriving people convicted of domestic violence of the right to own guns. Thomas asked Justice Department lawyer Ilana Eisenstein if there are any other instances where law-breakers can have a constitutional right suspended, setting off a discussion that lasted several minutes. [Chicago Tribune]


Migrants protest effort to dismantle part of Calais camp

Migrants clashed with French riot police on Monday at a makeshift refugee village known as the Jungle, as bulldozers moved in to raze some of the shanties in the camp. Some of the shacks were set on fire, and about 150 refugees threw stones at police and vehicles. About 3,700 people live in the camp, and as many as 1,000 stand to be evicted as the French government tries to move them. Many are hoping to travel from Calais to the U.K. [RFI]


Actor George Kennedy dies at 91

Actor George Kennedy, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Cool Hand Luke in 1968, died Sunday from a heart condition, an Idaho coroner confirmed Monday. He was 91. Kennedy's health had reportedly been failing since his wife's death a year ago and he had been in hospice care for a month. The burly actor also was known for his roles in The Dirty Dozen, the Airport movies, The Naked Gun, and the CBS drama Dallas. [The Wrap]


Oscars draw third lowest ratings ever

The 2016 Academy Awards telecast, hosted by comedian Chris Rock, drew 34.3 million viewers, the third lowest ratings since Nielsen started tracking viewership in the mid-1970s. The preliminary ratings figures, reported Monday, were down 6 percent from the 2015 ceremony, and the lowest in eight years. Industry analysts said several factors were at play, including a lack of box-office hits among best-picture nominees and the possibility that some viewers tuned out due to the lack of non-white acting nominees. [Los Angeles Times, The New York Times]