5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, looks upwards while listening to President Barack Obama speak in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Nearly eight years after he was last on the ballot, Obama is emerging as a central figure in the 2020 presidential election. Democrats are eagerly embracing Obama as a political wingman for Joe Biden, who spent two terms by his side as vice president. Obama remains the partys most popular figure, particularly with black voters and younger Democrats. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news:

1. OBAMA EMERGES AS CENTRAL FIGURE IN 2020 RACE Democrats are embracing him as a political wingman for Joe Biden, while President Trump gets to train the spotlight on one of his favorite political foils.

2. STRONG TYPHOON SLAMS INTO PHILIPPINES The storm, packing maximum sustained winds of more than 90 miles per hour, forces the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

3. MEN ACCUSED IN GEORGIA SHOOTINGS HIRE ATTORNEYS - A lawyer hired by one of two white men accused of pursuing and killing a black man cautions against a “rush to judgment.”

4. INFIGHTING DELAYS SWEARING-IN OF NEW ISRAELI GOVERNMENT- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz said they would hold a swearing-in ceremony on Sunday.

5. BRUSH FIRES SHUT DOWN PART OF I-75 IN FLORIDA — Four brush fires merged in southwest Florida, causing smoky conditions.