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Exclusive: Ex-WVa health chief says cuts hurt…

West Virginia's governor forced out the state's public health leader in late June, and now Dr. Cathy Slemp says decades-old computer systems and cuts to staff over a period of years made a challenging job even harder during a once-in-a-century pandemic

NASA Spacecraft Captures Electric Blue Clouds

NASA’s Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere satellite captured an image of electric blue clouds stretching over a sizable chunk of the Northern Hemisphere.

Brazil To Temporarily Ban Fires In The Amazon…

The announcement comes after 29 firms sent a letter threatening to pull investments if Brazil doesn't do something to protect the rainforest.

Trump Slams 'Radical Left' Schools, Adds a Threat

President Trump continued his criticism of US schools Friday as liberally biased and added a threat to remove their tax-exempt status. "Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education," he tweeted . Trump said he has ordered the Treasury Department to review their tax-exempt status or...

West Hollywood enforces mask use as virus surges

The city of West Hollywood has initiated efforts to enforce a mask mandate - with Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies authorized to issue citations for those not wearing facial coverings in public. (July 10)

Tesla's Stock Surges 233%, First Stock With $20…

According to Markets Insider, Tesla is in the position to become the first company to have a $20 billion bet against it by short-sellers. This is based on data from the financial analytics firm, S3 partners. So far, Tesla's stock shot up by 233% this year. The value of Tesla shares that have sold short climbed to $19.95 billion Tesla could also soon see a short squeeze, shooting it's stock prices up higher. A short squeeze happens when short-sellers must close their positions because a stock's price has gotten too high. The electric car company has also kept its ranking as the largest equity short in the U.S. market.

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Tailgating tradition takes on new form as opera…

The famed Santa Fe Opera is offering a series of virtual performances after being forced to cancel the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic

Black Lives Matter Mural Painted in Front of…

Black Lives Matter Mural Painted in Front of Trump Tower The street mural was completed on Fifth Avenue outside of Trump Tower in New York City on Thursday. President Donald Trump previously referred to the mural as a “symbol of hate” while criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio for disrespecting police. De Blasio, who helped fill in the letter “L” of the mural, responded to Trump’s series of tweets. Bill de Blasio, via Twitter The mayor privately commissioned the mural last month along with several others throughout the city.

David Duke Former Head Of KKK, Endorses Trump On…

Gizmodo reports that the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, endorsed President Donald Trump on Twitter. On Thursday, Duke tweeted, "President Trump! You have one last chance to turn the tables, win this election and save America—and yourself!” In his tweet, the KKK leader encouraged Trump to replace VP, Mike Pence with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who Gizmodo says is "notoriously racist." Duke continued, "Nominate Tucker Carlson for Vice President. This would energize your campaign beyond belief." Duke also endorsed Trump in 2016. The then presidential candidate faulted a “bad earpierce” from CNN, when he didn’t initially reject the former KKK Grand Wizard’s endorsement. Several high-profile racists have been banned from Twitter recently, but Duke is not one of them.

France Goes Old-School on Notre Dame Design

Since a fire destroyed much of the roof of Paris' Notre Dame cathedral last April, architects have proposed new designs including a rooftop pool and a giant park. But if you're one for tradition, you'll be happy to know those options have been ruled out. French President Emmanuel Macron announced...

Damaging storms to charge across central US

After rumbling through the northern Plains, the storms will target several larger population areas on Saturday.

WHO Chief Says Lack of Unity Is a Bigger Threat…

WHO Chief Says Lack of Unity Is a Bigger Threat Than COVID-19 WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus gave a passionate speech at a COVID-19 briefing in Geneva on Thursday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Ghebreyesus added that divided countries and people give way to the spread of COVID-19. He also spoke about a lack of leadership just two days after President Trump began the formal process of withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump has repeatedly accused the WHO of withholding information and having an inappropriately close relationship with China. Ghebreyesus continues to implore countries and governments to work together to stop the spread of the virus. According to Johns Hopkins University, COVID-19 has killed over 550,000 people worldwide, and reported cases have passed the 12 million mark. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Reports: Amazon bars video app TikTok on workers' phones

Amazon has told employees to delete the popular video app TikTok from phones on which they use Amazon email, citing security risks from the China-owned app, according to reports and social-media posts by Amazon employees, and escalating the stakes for TikTok, which has been subject to national-security and geopolitical concerns

Shamon Brown Jr. on playing fan favorite ‘Pa…

Shamon Brown Jr. says originally, his beloved character Papa on “The Chi” was only supposed to be in a couple of episodes, but producers wrote him into more scenes. He also says the show’s storyline fills in the gaps as several key actors are no longer on the show. (July 10)

One Trait Helps Define John Roberts' Court

The Supreme Court's unusual term has come to an end, and Chief Justice John Roberts managed to anger President Trump on multiple occasions, including on DACA , gay rights , abortion , and the privacy of Trump's own financial records . So what's going on with Roberts, a 65-year-old lifelong conservative? Various analysts weigh...

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Border authorities use pandemic powers to expel…

A Honduran family's quest for asylum in United States shows how difficult it has become to seek asylum during the coronavirus pandemic

Hubble Spots Sculpted Galaxy

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope spotted a sculpted galaxy that’s located about 60 million light-years from Earth.

California Suing Trump Administration Over New…

ICE announced Monday international students cannot stay in the country if their schools move to online-only classes.

Cops Might've Missed the Illicit Party—if Not f…

Australian police say they broke up a birthday party that attendants will remember "for a long time" since it resulted in some $18,000 in fines. Victoria Police found 16 partygoers hiding out at a home in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong early Friday in defiance of coronavirus restrictions. Police...

Michael Epps says ‘The Chi’ shows Chicago in a…

Teen actor Michael Epps, who plays Jake on Showtime’s “The Chi,” says he’s happy to work on a hit show about his hometown. He also discusses the on-screen chemistry between him, Alex Hibbert and Shamon Brown Jr. (July 10)

Walmart Will Offer Low Cost Health Insurance

Walmart has over 5,000 locations in the U.S. and 265 million customers globally. And according to Business Insider, they may be ready to give health insurance providers some competition. Walmart is launching a low-cost health insurance offering, available to customers. It's called Walmart Insurance Services LLC. The discount store says that the Walmart Health Center prices will be up to 50% lower than traditional care. Walmart's $4 generic drug program already offers members some generic prescriptions for discounted prices. This year, the retailer has grown in their healthcare related offerings. This includes opening the second Walmart Health center in Georgia, that offers services like primary care, dental care and mental health counseling.

Amazon's homeless shelter faces Seattle crisis…

A homeless shelter built on Amazon’s perfectly manicured urban Seattle campus is a major civic contribution that pushes the company to face the crisis and criticism in the hometown it has rapidly transformed

6 Tips for a Safe Road Trip Amid COVID-19

6 Tips for a Safe Road Trip Amid COVID-19 With summer in full swing, many Americans are itching to travel after months of staying inside during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although it’s still best to put your travel plans on hold if possible, here are six ways to stay safe on a road trip. 1. Pack a safety kit with enough masks, disinfecting wipes, disposable gloves and hand sanitizer for everyone. 2. Do extensive research on your destination in order to determine the current state of reopening and any regulations that may be in place. 3. If you have to stop and use a public bathroom, make sure to wear your mask, touch as few surfaces as possible and wash your hands appropriately. 4. Pack your own snacks in order to avoid having to stop and interact with other people. 5. Drive with your windows down in order to get airflow throughout your car and decrease any chance of virus particles lingering in the air. 6. Although it’s tempting to invite friends, only travel with people in your household that you’re already regularly exposed to.

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What Critics Think About the New Tom Hanks Film

Tom Hanks sure was busy with Greyhound , the WWII drama about a rookie captain in charge of a convoy of Allied supply ships who battles hordes of Nazi U-boats in his first crossing of the North Atlantic. Hanks stars as Capt. Ernest Krause, but he also produced and wrote the...

Fay brings tropical downpours to East Coast

The sixth-named storm is not expected to become a hurricane, but it will still make its presence felt from the mid-Atlantic to New England.

Trump Calls CDC School Reopening Guidelines…

Trump Calls CDC School Reopening Guidelines 'Expensive' and 'Very Tough' President Donald Trump tweeted his sentiments about the guidelines presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday. Donald Trump, via CNN The CDC guidelines include staggered schedules, the use of masks, social distancing, barriers, hand-washing and staying home when necessary. On Tuesday, Trump threatened that he "may cut off funding" to schools that don't reopen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. surpassed three million cases of the virus on Wednesday. Hours after Trump's tweet, Vice President Mike Pence stated that the CDC would be reissuing school guidelines next week. Education administrators have called on the federal government to provide funding to assist in making new safety guidelines a possibility.