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    1. Trump Administration Announced that Evictions are Temporarily Banned

      Trump Administration Announced that Evictions are Temporarily Banned

      TOPLINE

       The Trump Administration announced Tuesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will use its authority to temporarily ban residential evictions for certain renters through the end of the year. 

      KEY FACTS

      The moratorium will apply to those individuals who expect to earn $99,000 or less in 2020 (or couples filing jointly who expect to earn $198,000 or less)—those who received a stimulus check this year, or would have been eligible based on their 2020 income, are also eligible.

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    2. McDonalds Ex-Franchise Owners are Suing for $1B After Discrimination Claims

      McDonalds Ex-Franchise Owners are Suing for $1B After Discrimination Claims

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       McDonald’s is being sued for up to $1 billion by dozens of Black former franchise owners who claim that the fast food giant systematically placed them in “substandard locations” that hinder profitability and growth, saddling them with high insurance costs and leaving their restaurants performing below the national norm, according to the plaintiffs.

      KEY FACTS

      The lawsuit comes weeks after the world’s biggest fast food chain was among dozens of corporations to release a statement in support of Black Lives Matter and condemn racism following George Floyd’s death and nationwide anti-racism protests.

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    3. Twitter Removes CDC and COVID-19 Claims that Trump Retweeted

      Twitter Removes CDC and COVID-19 Claims that Trump Retweeted

      When you see “only 6%” trending on Twitter, the next obvious question is “only 6% of what?” Only 6% of dogs wear shoes? Only 6% of cats are plotting to stage a coup d’état in your house? Only 6% of what Tinder profiles say is true?

      Nope. Various Tweets were pulling the 6% number from the following passage on the “Provisional Death Counts for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:

      “Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned.”

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    4. Hudson Group Mergers With the World's Biggest Airport Retailer

      Hudson Group Mergers With the World's Biggest Airport Retailer

      Switzerland-based Dufry is set to take Hudson HUD +0.3% Group into private ownership by increasing its stake in the North American travel retailer from 57.4% to 100%. It is offering $7.70 for the each share it does not already own.

      The move—technically a merger—values the remaining stake at $311 million and will take the airport convenience store and branded retailer, best known for the Hudson News brand, off the New York Stock Exchange.

      Dufry Group (CH:DUFN) says its offer price represents a premium of about 50% to Hudson’s closing share price on Tuesday of $5.13. Yesterday the shares shot up to just under $7.50, still giving shareholders a premium in the ...

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    5. $38B Merger Between Teladoc and Livongo

      $38B Merger Between Teladoc and Livongo

      An unprecedented event in digital health history has taken place: the merger of two of the largest publicly traded virtual care companies, Teladoc (NYSE: TDOC) and Livongo (NDAQ: LVGO), creating the market’s first full-stack virtual health company. Virtual health is a combination of virtual visits, remote patient monitoring, chatbots, algorithms, and analytics. Teladoc, the multi-billion dollar market leader in telemedicine, has agreed to purchase Livongo, the multi-billion dollar market leader in remote patient monitoring for $18.5 billion, creating the $38 billion entity. While many executives, investors, and analysts have shown excitement towards this new entity, the announcement has sent a ripple effect across regulators, health technology leaders, and early-stage investors.

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    6. Judge Rules to Release Ghislaine Maxwell's Court Records to Public

      Judge Rules to Release Ghislaine Maxwell's Court Records to Public

      A judge overseeing a years-old defamation case against former Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell ruled to unseal a large batch of court records Thursday, nearly a year after a huge cache of documents about Epstein and Maxwell were made public, reigniting mainstream interest.

      U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska ruled via telephone conference to unseal a large range of documents, including depositions from Maxwell, alleged victim Virginia Giuffre, along with two John Does, as the case made its way through the Southern District of New York three years ago.

      Maxwell’s lawyers objected, with one saying they had “grave concerns about our client's ability to seek and receive an impartial and fair trial and jury due to the ...

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    7. Fauci Doesn't Foresee the World Ever Eradicating Coronavirus

      Fauci Doesn't Foresee the World Ever Eradicating Coronavirus

      Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday he believes the world will “get control of” Covid-19, but “I don’t really see us eradicating it,” expressing a view in line with public health experts—but directly contradicting President Donald Trump’s claims made as recently as Tuesday that the virus will “disappear.”

      Fauci said in a virtual interview hosted by the TB Alliance that while it may not be possible for Covid-19 to go away entirely, as SARS did, it will be possible to “bring it down to such a low level that we will not be in the position that we're in right now for an extended period of time.”

      Fauci pointed to “a combination of good ...

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    8. Volvo Postpones Merger with Geely Auto Amid Pandemic

      Volvo Postpones Merger with Geely Auto Amid Pandemic

      The Coronavirus pandemic has torpedoed yet another effort to list Swedish auto maker Volvo as a publicly traded company.

      Due to be merged this year with Geely Auto, then listed on Shanghai’s new technology index, the Coronavirus’s global pandemic has crushed new car sales around the world, forcing a temporary halt to the merger.

      Geely Auto has been trying to join Shanghai’s new technology index, and its merger with Volvo has been shelved temporarily to lubricate the regulatory approval process.

      It’s not the first disappointment Volvo has had trying to become a publicly listed company, after it axed its own plans to independently list two years ago.

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    9. 85 Infants in Texas County Test Positive for COVID-19

      85 Infants in Texas County Test Positive for COVID-19

      The Covid-19 coronavirus is not a great way to welcome someone to the world.

      Nonetheless, as the following CBS DFW news segment shows, 85 infants in Nueces County have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus so far:

      Welcome to 2020, infants, a year in which adults, you know the big versions of you, have not done a great job of controlling the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the U.S. The virus has been surging of recent in Texas, home of Nueces County which includes the city of Corpus Christi.

      It’s not clear how most of these infants are now doing health-wise. According to Alexandria Rodriguez and Ashlee Burns reporting for the Corpus Christi Caller Times, a six-week-old ...

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    10. iPhone User Files Lawsuit Against LinkedIn

      iPhone User Files Lawsuit Against LinkedIn

      An iPhone user in New York has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against LinkedIn in the United States District Court, Northern District of California.

      The July 10 filing seeks to "remedy a particularly brazen, indefensible privacy violation," claiming LinkedIn had programmed iPhone and iPad applications to abuse the clipboard to "read and divert LinkedIn users' most sensitive data" without consent or knowledge.

      The complaint, filed by Adam Bauer, alleges that the LinkedIn app had been "spying on its users" but also the other Apple devices owned by those users. This relates to the Universal Clipboard feature of iOS and macOS devices, which allows the sharing of clipboard data between them.

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    11. Lady A, Formerly Lady Antebellum, Sues Singer Using Same Name

      Lady A, Formerly Lady Antebellum, Sues Singer Using Same Name

      Country group Lady A, which changed its name from Lady Antebellum last month in an effort to distance themselves from associations with slavery and the Civil War, filed a trademark lawsuit on Wednesday against blues singer Anita White, who also goes by the name Lady A.

      The band Lady A originally intended to work out a solution with White that would allow both to perform under the name Lady A—but in a statement, the band says they “reluctantly” decided to sue after White asked for $10 million and negotiations broke down, according to Billboard.

      According to the lawsuit, the band has held the trademark for “Lady A” since 2011, though White had been performing under the moniker for years ...

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    12. Ferrari Lost Trademark Rights to Most Expensive Car

      Ferrari Lost Trademark Rights to Most Expensive Car

      Italian supercar maker Ferrari has lost the trademark rights to the world’s most expensive car and arguably the most iconic car in its storied history, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.

      Though the Ferrari 250 GTO only cost US$18,000 in the United States when they were new, one of them set a new record for the world’s most expensive car in 2018 when it sold privately for US$70 million.

      Ferrari lost its trademark to the shape of the 250 GTO by falling foul of the European Union Intellectual Protection Office’s (EUIPO) “Use It Or Lose It” rules.

      The rule, which Ferrari itself has used in litigation against other companies and even charities, was aimed Ferrari ...

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    13. EPA Testing Proves Lysol Products Effective in Killing Coronavirus

      EPA Testing Proves Lysol Products Effective in Killing Coronavirus

      A good year for Reckitt Benckiser, the producer of Lysol, has gotten even better with the news that two versions of the cleaning product have been proven effective in killing the novel coronavirus in lab testing by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

      The EPA on July 1 released a list of 431 disinfectants that it believed would be effective against coronavirus that were tested against a harder-to-kill virus or another type of human coronavirus that is similar to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, but it had yet to test any specifically against the virus. 

      Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist were found to kill the virus on a hard, non-porous surface in two minutes, EPA ...

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    14. Georgia Governor Declares State of Emergency Following Violent Crime Outbreak

      Georgia Governor Declares State of Emergency Following Violent Crime Outbreak

      Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Monday, authorizing the deployment of  1,000 National Guard troops to Atlanta, in the wake of a violent weekend in which 31 people were shot in 11 incidents. 

      Kemp ordered the troops to safeguard government buildings, police headquarters, the governor’s mansion and the Georgia World Congress Center, according to WSB-TV Atlanta. 

      With the National Guard patrolling these locations, state troopers will be dispatched to the streets of Atlanta, according to the governor’s office via WSB-TV Atlanta.

      “This recent trend of lawlessness is outrageous & unacceptable,” tweeted Kemp on July 5, “Georgians, including those in uniform, need to be protected from crime & violence.”

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    15. NASA Renames Headquarters After Agency's First Black Female Engineer

      NASA Renames Headquarters After Agency's First Black Female Engineer

      In 1951, a young woman from Hampton, Virginia joined the racially-segregated computing pool at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics – the agency that later became NASA. 70 years later, amid growing unrest over racial inequality and at the end of a historic month for American crewed spaceflight, NASA renamed its headquarters building in her honor. As of June 24, the Washington, D.C. building which houses the space agency’s leadership is officially the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters.

      “NASA facilities across the country are named after people who dedicated their lives to push the frontiers of the aerospace industry,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement to the press. “Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of ...

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    16. Amazon to Acquire Self-Driving Company Zoox for $1.2B

      Amazon to Acquire Self-Driving Company Zoox for $1.2B

      Reports have emerged that Amazon.com AMZN will purchase self-driving startup Zoox for “more than $1.2B” with exact details of the deal not disclosed. Amazon says they plan to have Zoox realize its vision of passenger transport (robotaxi) service, which I will dub “AMAZOOX.” At the same time, it is hard to believe they don’t also have interest in robotic delivery and logistics, since that’s a huge part of their business.

      I have already done analysis twice on this deal — first when Zoox started shopping, and then when Amazon was revealed as the suitor. All the analysis in these articles remains similar. Today, two things become fact — the confirmation of the deal and Amazon’s declaration that ...

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    17. Hank Aaron Shares Powerful Message Amid Civil Rights Protests

      Hank Aaron Shares Powerful Message Amid Civil Rights Protests

      At 86, any time Hank Aaron makes a live appearance, it is a celebrated event. In the era of COVID-19, the 86-year-old Hall of Famer recently got behind the screen to join former Atlanta Braves All-Star Brian Jordan for an intimate talk on Facebook Live.

      Aaron was at the forefront of the civil rights movement as a baseball player. His career started in 1952 with the Negro Leagues’ Indianapolis Clowns, playing three months as an 18-year-old before the Milwaukee Braves signed him into their organization. He helped to integrate the minor leagues, as he, along with four other Jacksonville teammates, broke the Sally League’s color barrier in 1954.

      In the wake of the protests across the country, Aaron recalled ...

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    18. World Sets Single-Day Record for New Coronavirus Cases

      World Sets Single-Day Record for New Coronavirus Cases

      The world set a single-day record for new cases of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization said Sunday—more than six months into a pandemic the top official there warns is “accelerating”—reporting over 183,000 cases in a 24-hour period, and more than 4,700 deaths.

      Nearly half of the cases came from either the U.S. or Brazil, as cases are spiking in both countries, with Brazil recently surpassing 1 million cases. There were 54,771 new cases reported in Brazil, according to the WHO, followed by the U.S. with 36,617 and then India with 15,400.

      The WHO warned last week that the world was entering “a new and dangerous phase" as stay-at-home orders are ...

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    19. Alabama COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket Over Past Week

      Alabama COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket Over Past Week

      Coronavirus cases reported in Alabama are increasing at a rapid rate, setting records for new single-day cases each of the past four days; over 1,000 cases were reported on Sunday alone—the first time that’s happened since the pandemic started as the state is one of several that have experienced a massive increase in new cases over the past week.

      Alabama is in Phase 2 of its reopening, and has been one of the most aggressive in the nation when it comes to the reopening process, starting Phase 1 at the end of April. The state hasn’t shown any sign it will reverse track on its reopening efforts, and hasn’t exempted any part of the state ...

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    20. Apple Granted Patent to Create Synthetic Group Selfies

      Apple Granted Patent to Create Synthetic Group Selfies

      Apple’s next iPhone could be able to take virtual selfies, allowing groups to appear close together while actually being apart – ideal for an era when standing less than six feet apart is forbidden.

      The capability has been revealed in a newly published patent, number 10,672,167, so you know, and picked up by the ever-vigilant Patently Apple. It was one of 57 patents just granted to the company on the same day.

      But although it was only announced a few days ago, the patent dates from July 2018, so the company, though terribly clever, was not predicting Covid-19 all those months ago.

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    21. Brokerage Giant Charles Schwab to Acquire Ameritrade in $26 Billion Deal

      Brokerage Giant Charles Schwab to Acquire Ameritrade in $26 Billion Deal

      Brokerage giant Charles Schwab announced on Thursday that it had received antitrust approval from the U.S. Department of Justice for its acquisition of rival broker TD Ameritrade, a blockbuster $26 billion deal which further consolidates the industry.

      “We’re gratified by the DOJ’s decision and appreciate its diligent and thorough review. We are pleased to be clearing an important milestone in our planned acquisition of TD Ameritrade,” said Schwab CEO Walt Bettinger in a press release.

      The shareholders of both companies are scheduled to vote on the transaction later on Thursday, according to Schwab’s press release. The deal is expected to be finalized in the second half of 2020, with integration of the two companies likely to ...

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    22. Western Union Rumored to Acquire MoneyGram in Takeover Bid

      Western Union Rumored to Acquire MoneyGram in Takeover Bid

      Western Union is reportedly courting MoneyGram International in a takeover bid that would combine two of the largest money-transfer companies in the U.S.

      Bloomberg first reported the rumors, citing an anonymous source, who said Western Union has made an offer, but that the target company has not yet decided on its response. News of the potential acquisition sent shares of both companies higher. 

      Such an acquisition would remove Western Union's chief direct competitor in the U.S. money-transfer space at a time when it faces other threats to its business from digital payments companies such as Paypal. Bloomberg also reported that traditional money-transfer companies are facing increased regulation, as well as a persistent and growing desire among government ...

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    23. Dow Surges 500 Points As Investors Bet On A Coronavirus Vaccine Breakthrough

      Dow Surges 500 Points As Investors Bet On A Coronavirus Vaccine Breakthrough

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.2%, just over 500 points, at Tuesday’s open, while the S&P 500 was up 1.2% and the Nasdaq gained 0.2%.

      Shares of Maryland-based biotech company Novavax jumped 4.5% after the company said it had started the first human study of its experimental coronavirus vaccine.

      Merck shares rose nearly 1.5% after the pharmaceutical company announced that it is working in collaboration with scientific research organization IAVI to develop a vaccine.

      Last week, another biotech company, Moderna, reported positive results from its vaccine trial. In total, there are 10 vaccines currently in clinical trials and another 114 in preclinical evaluation, according to a tally from Fundstrat.

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    24. Trump Fires Back After Biden Ad Attacks Him For Golfing During Pandemic

      Trump Fires Back After Biden Ad Attacks Him For Golfing During Pandemic

      President Trump defended himself and lashed out at former Vice President Joe Biden, the likely Democratic nominee, after the Biden campaign released an ad criticizing Trump for golfing over the weekend, as the country approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths.

      President Trump was seen golfing at his private club in Virginia on Saturday and Sunday, marking his first visits to one of his golf properties since March.

      Saturday evening, Biden tweeted "Nearly 100,000 lives have been lost, and tens of millions are out of work. Meanwhile, the president spent his day golfing," and his campaign released an accompanying ad that juxtaposed video of Trump playing golf and the rising death toll numbers.

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