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Inside a mass Covid-19 testing site in Beijing
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    Some alarming Covid-19 trends are emerging across several US states, and officials are desperately pleading with people to stay home, wear masks and keep their distance. California, Florida and Arizona are reporting thousands of new cases each day. And in Texas, health authorities have said new cases and hospitalizations are rising at their fastest rate yet. These are among 26 states – a number also on the rise – seeing new cases increase compared with the prior week. Despite warnings that Black Lives Matter protests across the country could lead to a jump in cases, new research suggests that’s not happening. Instead, the latest surges stem from the number of places in the country that reopened too soon and too quickly. It’s a stark contrast with other parts of the world. The situation in the US is so bad that European Union nations are discussing a recommendation to block American travelers.

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    EU considers blocking US travelers due to Covid-19 surge
    02:24 - Source: CNN

    MONDAY

    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 08: US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman announces charges against Jeffery Epstein on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
    Berman to CNN: I'm just here to do my job
    02:40 - Source: CNN

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    Turns out the noose found Sunday in driver Bubba Wallace’s garage at Talladega Superspeedway had been there as long ago as October. That’s according to the FBI, which said yesterday that Wallace was not the victim of a hate crime. NASCAR, mentioning the FBI report, described the item as a “garage door pull rope fashioned like a noose.” Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top circuit, said he’s upset some in the public are now questioning his integrity. “Whether tied in 2019 or whatever, it was a noose,” he said. “So, it wasn’t directed at me but somebody tied a noose. That’s what I’m saying.”

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    Bubba Wallace responds after FBI hate crime investigation
    02:52 - Source: CNN

    4. Jamal Khashoggi

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    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling China’s decision to charge two of his country’s citizens with espionage clearly political. Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were officially charged this week with spying and handling state secrets. The two men have been detained in China since 2018, in the weeks following the arrest in Vancouver of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the Chinese technology company Huawei, on charges filed in the US. Trudeau is now under pressure to do something about the case of the “two Michaels,” possibly including facilitating a prisoner swap. The Prime Minister said he isn’t considering a trade of the two men for the detained Huawei exec and has previously said intervening in the case would undermine the independence of the country’s justice system.

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    BREAKFAST BROWSE

    FedEx wants the Washington Redskins to change their name

    The MLB says a 60-game season will start on July 23 or July 24.

    Jimmy Kimmel is apologizing for performing in blackface

    The late-night host said he did a recurring impression of NBA player Karl Malone in the ’90s.

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    Comedy's history of using blackface (2019)
    03:14 - Source: CNN

    Novak Djokovic has tested positive for the coronavirus

    The tennis star had already been catching heat for organizing a tournament that apparently lacked proper safety protocols.

    A millennial and an 82-year-old bonded over bagels and lox, then the pandemic hit. Now they hang out on Zoom

    If this isn’t the cutest thing you’ve heard all week, we don’t know what is.

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    Young volunteers video chat with seniors isolated during Covid-19
    01:22 - Source: CNN

    TODAY’S NUMBER

    800,000

    TODAY’S QUOTE

    “I think I have enough scars from bringing up things about Russia that he probably didn’t want to hear.”

    Trude Lamb, a top runner at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, Texas. She is refusing to wear her school’s jersey unless the name is changed.

    TODAY’S WEATHER

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    Heavy rain along the Gulf Coast
    02:36 - Source: CNN

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    AND FINALLY

    Remember that smelly fruit that sent people to the hospital?

    Turns out it actually tastes pretty good, at least according to its fans. (Click here to view.)