Elections in Uganda: Voters turned out today for presidential and parliamentary elections. Officials have begun counting votes and the results are expected to be announced Saturday, but the process is already alleged to be fraudulent. The government imposed a 24-hour social-media blackout as people headed to the ballots. More on the shutdown from Nshira here.
Deadly traffic trend: The National Safety Council reports that 2015 saw the largest year-over-year percentage increase in motor-vehicle deaths in the past 50 years. The organization estimates that 38,300 people were killed on U.S. roads, making last year the deadliest driving year since 2008. Oregon, Georgia, and Florida saw the biggest increases in traffic deaths.
On the campaign trail: Worth watching if birther conspiracies, blistering personal attacks, and Pope feuds have gotten to be too much for you:
Campaigns can be vitriolic, petty, discouraging. But there are moments like this. https://t.co/XnVMhOL8hi— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) February 18, 2016
One panda’s journey: On a lighter note, watch as Da Mao, one of the giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo, tumbles through some fresh snow.
News from this afternoon here.