NewsWatch: Why the Fed cut: The coronavirus is taking aim at consumer spending, the heart of the American economy

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MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE

With the coronavirus now spreading in communities around the country, it’s becoming more likely that the epidemic will slam consumer spending. See full story.

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Alternative strategies to protect against losses — or to make money amid the mayhem. See full story.

‘This is the inside of a tornado right now.’ Journalist films Nashville tornado hitting a local news station

At least 19 people were killed and 40 structures collapsed after tornadoes struck central Tennessee overnight See full story.

These airlines are waiving flight change fees because of the coronavirus outbreak

Some airlines waiving fees for all flights, while others are focusing on flights to regions heavily impacted by the outbreak. See full story.

Federal prosecutors investigate California marijuana companies in wide-ranging probe

Federal prosecutors have launched a probe of cannabis companies in California, seeking a batch of records held by a startup that functions as a Yelp for marijuana dispensaries, according to a grand-jury subpoena reviewed by MarketWatch. See full story.

MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE

In recent weeks, mortgage rates have dropped to three-year lows in response to global concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak. See full story.

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