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August 7, 2020

The President is telling people exactly what they want to hear about a coronavirus vaccine. The truth is a different story.
President Donald Trump is desperately hoping to turn a Covid-19 vaccine, for which the entire world is longing, into his October Surprise. ... click to read more

Coronavirus infections among younger populations are skyrocketing, WHO says
The Covid-19 pandemic is moving into younger populations, health experts said Thursday, with cases skyrocketing among children, teens and young adults. ... click to read more

Japan has had more than 900 new Covid-19 cases for 10 days in a row
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Stimulus talks on the brink of collapse
A three-hour meeting Thursday evening between senior administration officials and Democratic leaders yielded little progress as both sides seemed resigned to the likelihood that Congress won't reach a major stimulus deal amid an economic crisis. ... click to read more

This rally is expecting 250,000 people. Masks aren't required
Sturgis, South Dakota, Mayor Mark Carstensen talks with CNN's John Berman about the city's upcoming motorcycle rally that expects more than a quarter of a million people to show up, during the coronavirus pandemic. ... click to read more

Opinion: The mystery of Dr. Birx
As the Covid-19 debacle continues to worsen, Dr. Deborah Birx, who entered the scene in March as Corona Task Force Chair Vice President Mike Pence's "right arm," has emerged as a new person to blame. ... click to read more

Watch the entire CNN coronavirus town hall
CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta host a global town hall answering your questions about what the future holds for the fight against Covid-19. Watch the full event below. ... click to read more

Baldwin to Trump: The numbers are strong? Look at this
CNN's Brooke Baldwin and Gloria Borger react to President Donald Trump's speech at Whirpool headquarters in Ohio, where he boasted about what his administration has done for the economy. ... click to read more

Passports for purchase: How the elite get through a pandemic
For most people, the coronavirus pandemic has meant fewer travel options. Not so for super-rich families who are increasingly using their money to cross borders that would otherwise be closed to them. ... click to read more

Trump to ban TikTok and WeChat in 45 days unless sold by Chinese parent companies
President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that would ban the social media app TikTok from operating in the US in 45 days if it is not sold by its Chinese parent company ByteDance. ... click to read more

Trump advisers warned adversaries over fears of war
Amid escalating tensions with both North Korea and Iran, President Donald Trump's advisers hesitated to give him military options fearing the President might accidentally take the US to war and deliberately informed their counterparts in both countries that they did not know what the President woul... click to read more

A 7-year-old boy in Georgia died of Covid-19, the youngest victim in the state
A 7-year-old African American boy has died of Covid-19 in Georgia, the youngest victim of the virus in the state, according to data compiled by the state health department. ... click to read more

Hear Trump's response when asked what mistakes he's made
President Donald Trump said an interview with Geraldo Rivera that he has made no mistakes with the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. CNN's Erin Burnett discusses. ... click to read more

Biden campaign responds to Trump's baseless 'hurt God' attack
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign on Thursday countered President Donald Trump's baseless attack that Biden, who is a practicing Roman Catholic, would somehow "hurt God," saying in response that "Biden's faith is at the core of who he is." ... click to read more

Chris Cuomo: Trump's judgment 'may be impaired'
CNN's Chris Cuomo discusses President Donald Trump's recent comment that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wants to "hurt God." ... click to read more

How Arizona is turning things around on Covid-19
In late June, Arizona was confronting a dramatic rise in Covid-19 cases, forcing officials to reimpose a slew of coronavirus restrictions about two months after the state started reopening its economy. ... click to read more

Analysis: I asked for hate mail from teachers and this is what I got
When I wrote Wednesday about the crisis of kids not being in school and linked to a story written by a nurse and arguing teachers are essential workers and that kids should be in the classroom, I invited them to email me their hate mail. ... click to read more

Georgia student suspended after posting a photo of a crowded school hallway
A viral photo showing students in a Georgia high school crowded in hallways and with few visible masks resulted in the sophomore who posted it being suspended, she said. ... click to read more

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is now worth $100 billion
Mark Zuckerberg has joined the world's most exclusive club of the ultra rich. ... click to read more

Caroline Flack died by suicide amid fears of prosecution, coroner rules
British TV presenter Caroline Flack died by suicide after hearing she was definitely going to be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend and feared press intrusion, a coroner has ruled, according to PA Media news agency. ... click to read more

Journalist shows the inside of her destroyed Beirut home
UK Bureau Chief of Al Arabiya, Rima Maktabi, gives CNN a look inside her Beirut home that was destroyed by a massive explosion that rocked the capital of Lebanon, leaving dozens dead and thousands injured. ... click to read more

Good Samaritan dies while trying to save children from drowning in river
A 29-year-old man is dead after jumping into a California river to rescue three children who were swept away in the water. ... click to read more

'I'm sick of this crap': SE Cupp blasts Trump's first term
In this week's edition of 'Unfiltered from Home,' host SE Cupp discusses presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's pick for vice president, which has yet to be announced. ... click to read more

Canadian citizen is second in two days to be sentenced to death in China on drug charges
A Canadian citizen in China has been sentenced to death for transporting and manufacturing illegal substances, a Chinese court announced Friday. ... click to read more

Fires are raging in the Amazon, despite a Brazil government ban. The destruction could be worse than last summer
The Brazilian government banned fires in the Amazon in mid-July -- yet there were far more fires last month than the year before, further degrading one of the world's most precious natural resources. ... click to read more

A South Korean lawmaker came under fire for her outfit. She wore a dress
A barrage of online abuse directed at a South Korean lawmaker over her choice of attire has sparked a debate in the East Asian nation, where women have long complained about sexism and a patriarchal culture. ... click to read more

Student featured in Netflix documentary on sexual assault dies by suicide
Daisy Coleman, whose allegation of sexual assault and ensuing harassment was chronicled in the Netflix documentary "Audrie and Daisy," died by suicide on Tuesday, her mother confirmed on Facebook. She was 23. ... click to read more

Bryson DeChambeau snaps driver during PGA Championship opening round
Is Bryson DeChambeau now simply too strong and powerful for his own good? And beware Tiger Woods at the season's first major. ... click to read more

Woman attacks another after she is asked to put on mask
A woman has been charged with aggravated assault for allegedly attacking another woman after she asked her to properly wear a face mask at a New Jersey Staples store, police said. ... click to read more

'More than a Club?' How FC Barcelona 'lost its soul'
In recent times, mention Barcelona and the word "crisis" probably isn't too far behind. ... click to read more

Tourist breaks toes off 200-year-old Italian statue
Surveillance footage from a museum in Italy shows a tourist sitting on a 200-year old statue and breaking three of its toes off. ... click to read more

Italy prepares to return to school ... with saws
Italy, the first Covid-19 epicenter outside of China, has used an aggressive testing regime and face coverings to beat back a second wave of the pandemic so far. But as the nation's children prepare to return to the classroom, many schools are taking matters into their own hands -- by chopping up t... click to read more

Michael Phelps says this helped him cope with the pandemic
Michael Phelps, the 23-time Olympic gold medalist, tells CNN's Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta that keeping a routine and exercising every day has made all the difference in how he copes with the coronavirus pandemic. ... click to read more

Hasbro removing doll over complaints of an inappropriately placed button
Hasbro says it is pulling a Trolls doll from store shelves after a petition with over 150,000 signatures accused the toymaker of promoting child abuse by placing a button on the doll's "private area under her skirt." ... click to read more

Couple standing less than 600 meters from blast site survives Beirut explosion
The glass and debris from Tuesday's explosion in Beirut injured Imad Khalil and Lina Alameh, but both say they are lucky to be alive. ... click to read more

How judges responded to warnings about ammonium nitrate stored at the Beirut port
Newly released documents suggest multiple government agencies in Lebanon were informed about ammonium nitrate being housed at a warehouse in Beirut port, including the Ministry of Justice. ... click to read more

Doctored videos are already faking the cause of Beirut's explosion
Doctored videos of Tuesday's devastating explosion in Beirut are already circulating on every major social media platform. ... click to read more

Opinion: Don't blame fate for Beirut's cruel tragedy
Sometimes, it seems as if fate is trying to prove its unlimited capacity for cruelty. When the skies over Beirut exploded on Tuesday, sending shockwaves felt all the way to Cyprus, 150 miles away in the Mediterranean, and devastating much of a city that was once known as the Paris of the Middle Eas... click to read more

Cameron Diaz reveals why she quit acting
Former Hollywood star Cameron Diaz has revealed her reasons for retiring from the movie business, saying she found "peace" when she quit acting. ... click to read more

Alyssa Milano thought she was dying and tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies
Alyssa Milano says she has tested positive for coronavirus antibodies after having tested negative for Covid-19. ... click to read more

Zoe Saldana apologizes for playing Nina Simone in panned 2016 biopic
Actress Zoe Saldana has apologized for playing Nina Simone in a 2016 biopic, four years after she was heavily criticized for darkening her skin and wearing a prosthetic nose for the role. ... click to read more

How Miss Universe's historic win helped shift the status quo for beauty standards
Zozibini Tunzi, a Black woman with afro hair, grew up reading fashion and beauty magazines that did not contain images of women who looked like her. So when she was crowned Miss South Africa one year ago, Tunzi felt on top of the world. ... click to read more

Three journalists of color resign from Bon Appétit's Test Kitchen videos
Three Bon Appétit journalists of color said Thursday they will no longer participate in the Condé Nast-owned food brand's popular video series. ... click to read more

Video shows Beirut explosion interrupt bride's wedding day
A photographer in Beirut was filming a bride on her wedding day when an explosion suddenly ripped through the city. ... click to read more

George W. Bush to release 43 portraits of immigrants in new book
Former President George W. Bush will release a book of 43 portraits of immigrants in conjunction with an exhibition on the value of American immigration at the George W. Bush Presidential Center that will feature the paintings. ... click to read more

Manhattan apartment sales plunge while the suburbs boom
Pending sales for apartments in Manhattan plunged by more than half last month, while deals for homes in the New York suburbs surged. ... click to read more

LEGO is launching braille bricks for students across the US
LEGO is launching a line of braille bricks. ... click to read more

Instagram's algorithm blocked negative coverage of Trump, but not Biden
A bug in Instagram's algorithm systemically shielded Donald Trump from negative hashtags without doing the same for rival Joe Biden, the company confirmed. ... click to read more

Susan Rice is the VP Biden needs
Joe Biden has a high-class problem. He has a short list of highly qualified women, who would all serve as excellent running mates. ... click to read more

Sen. Durbin: The only way to protect voting
Last week, John Lewis took his final leave of the US Capitol. He is home, after a long and noble life of service. John deeply believed that the right to vote was "almost sacred." He risked his life in Selma, Alabama, Nashville, Tennessee, and so many other places to protect the right of every Ameri... click to read more

Kanye's 'campaign' will help Trump
We need to talk about Kanye. ... click to read more

Why grocery store workers deserve hazard pay
Our country is hurting. People are losing their jobs, parents are struggling to keep a roof over their kids' heads and Americans are getting sick and dying in record numbers. The pain and suffering is often too much to bear. As this crisis continues, we must remember all of the frontline workers wh... click to read more

Using one word in church could change everything
People keep asking of the ongoing wave of racial reckoning, "Is this moment different?" No wonder. Daily, public actions against racism across the nation haven't ceased -- even in small cities like mine in Iowa, one of the Whitest states in the nation. ... click to read more

What Pete Hamill brought to journalism
First, last and always, Pete Hamill, was a newspaperman from the old school -- happily at home in a newsroom roaring with profanity, poetry, punishing deadlines and quirky personalities. He dropped out of high school, worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a sheet metal worker, did a tour in the Navy ... click to read more

Axios interview reveals outrage of Trump's admin
President Donald Trump's interview with the Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, published this week, was an abject disaster -- not for Swan, who was admirably dogged and professional, but for the incoherent, appallingly ignorant President of the United States, and for all of us who live in the country he... click to read more

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5 stocks under $49 could be worth $2.2T
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Saudi Crown Prince accused of sending assassins to Canada to kill ex-Saudi official
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India now has more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases
India has recorded more than 2 million total coronavirus cases, only three weeks after announcing it had hit 1 million confirmed infections, as the country's healthcare systems buckle under the pressure of the escalating pandemic. ... click to read more

'It was a massacre.' Hear witnesses describe deadly Beirut blast
A massive explosion rocked Lebanon's capital city on August 4, leaving scores of people dead and thousands wounded. Locals recount the scary moments of the blast. ... click to read more

China seals off village after bubonic plague death in Inner Mongolia
Authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia have sealed off a village after a resident there died from bubonic plague, a centuries-old disease responsible for the most deadly pandemic in human history. ... click to read more

Virginia mayor urged to resign after allegedly saying Joe Biden picked 'Aunt Jemima' as his VP
Backlash in a small Virginia town was swift after a racist and sexist post showed up on the mayor's Facebook page. ... click to read more

25 named storms have never been forecast for a hurricane season, until now
The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season will be "extremely active," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday in its revised forecast. ... click to read more

Student forced to take off Black Lives Matter mask at graduation ceremony, family says
A Black student was forced to take off his Black Lives Matter face mask in order to graduate, his family says. ... click to read more

Rayshard Brooks' widow 'baffled' and joins DA's call to revoke ex-officer's bond for vacation trip to Florida
Rayshard Brooks' widow echoed a prosecutor's call Wednesday for a judge to revoke Garrett Rolfe's bond after the ex-Atlanta policeman who killed her husband went to Florida on vacation. ... click to read more

2.2 million homes and businesses along the East Coast have no power after Isaias
About 2.2 million homes and businesses have no electrical power after the powerful storm Isaias whipped through the mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Monday and Tuesday. ... click to read more

Kendall Jenner opens the doors to her bohemian LA home
Kendall Jenner may hail from one of America's most lavish celebrity families, but her Los Angeles home is more toned-down than you might expect. ... click to read more

Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' is a feast of fashion and symbolism
There are many quotable lines and lyrics in "Black Is King," Beyoncé's new visual album, which dropped today on Disney+. But two in particular seem especially apt to describe the stylistic feast the artist has created. The first comes three minutes in: "Let Black be synonymous with joy." ... click to read more

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