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New York City park welcomes goats for weed-eating

24 goats will spend their summer chowing down on invasive plants in Manhattan's Riverside Park
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Scientists say coronavirus can be spread farther than 6 feet in tiny airborne particles
More than 200 scientists are asking the World Health Organization to update its guidance on how the coronavirus spreads in the air. They say fine particles may travel farther than six feet and fear current advice may not promote multiple layers of protection. Dr. Jon LaPook reports.
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Novavax gets $1.6 billion from government to develop coronavirus vaccine
The feds have committed $1.6 billion to help biotech firm Novavax develop its coronavirus vaccine and produce 100 million doses, potentially starting later this year. The award announced Tuesday is the largest so far from Operation Warp Speed, the Trump administration’s effort to deliver a vaccine by January. “Adding Novavax’s candidate to Operation Warp Speed’s...
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China is investing billions in chipmaking to close the gap with its global rivals
China's largest semiconductor maker could raise as much as $7.5 billion this year by listing its stock in Shanghai — a move that could deliver the Chinese mainland its largest share sale in a decade, and reduce the country's reliance on foreign chips.
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Pentagon draft policy would ban Confederate flag displays
Pentagon leaders are considering a draft policy that would ban the display of Confederate flags at military installations, according to reports. According to the draft, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, a ban would preserve “the morale of our personnel, good order and discipline within the military ranks and unit cohesion.”...
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Four people shot, one dead, in Prince George’s County
The incident unfolded in the Temple Hills area.
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Trump doesn’t even have NASCAR on his side
The auto-racing circuit has dumped the Confederacy. Trump has not.
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Eye Opener: Coronavirus cases continue to soar in U.S.
The U.S. is "still knee-deep in the first wave of" the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. Also, a White woman who called police on a Black man in New York's Central Park was charged with filing a false report. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Prison officials want to ensure Ghislaine Maxwell doesn’t meet same fate as Jeffrey Epstein
Epstein was arrested for sex-trafficking by the same US Attorneys Office last year — but committed suicide in his lower Manhattan jail cell before he could face trial.
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Aerial ballet: How airplanes fill up with fuel mid-air
Filling up a gas tanker using a hose and a basket 30,000 feet in the air, while traveling at 300 miles per hour, is as challenging as it sounds -- but it's a standard operation for air forces around the world
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The situation in Florida is getting worse
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How aircraft refuel in the air
Aerial refueling is a challenging but critical operation for modern air forces around the world, but has actually been around since the early days of aviation.
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Severe thunderstorms target Northern Plains as critical fire danger lingers out West
A strong storm system moving through the Pacific Northwest will bring the risk for severe thunderstorms throughout the day on Tuesday across the Northern Plains. 
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Chicago pastor reacts to weekend violence, death of 7-year-old: 'We have to take back our cities'
Following a horrific weekend of gun violence in the city of Chicago, Pastor Donovan Price is calling for his neighbors to pray together and act to take back their city. 
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Disturbing video shows moment two men are fatally shot in the Bronx
Disturbing footage released by the NYPD shows the moment two men were murdered and another wounded during a wild, close range shootout in a Bronx apartment building. The surveillance video — recorded Sunday evening inside the building on East 171st Street near College Avenue in Claremont and tweeted by Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison —...
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Five people shot in Virginia
The incident happened at an apartment in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County.
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Novavax CEO: Phase 3 trials could begin in fourth quarter
The US government announced a $1.6 billion contract with a Maryland biotech firm, Novavax, as part of its coronavirus vaccine program. It is the government's largest vaccine contract to date.
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A Lower Covid-19 Death Rate Is Nothing to Celebrate
Fatalities still stand to rise, and many survivors will suffer lasting health problems.
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Flooded Metro stops, high water on roads, downed trees and power outages after overnight storms
Metro's Cleveland Park stop flooded, five people were rescued in Maryland and more than 18,000 are without power in the region
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House Democrats include removal of Confederate statues in funding bill
The bill, which provides over $4 billion to fund the legislative branch, is almost certain not to pass in its current form due to how Congress has run its appropriations process in recent years. But it could serve as a template for continuing resolutions that keep the government running, and the statue-removal provision could make its way into that legislation. 
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Former Kasabian frontman pleads guilty to assault
Former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty at Leicester Magistrates’ Court to assaulting his former fiancée
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What you need to know about coronavirus on Tuesday, July 7
The number of new coronavirus cases recorded daily in the United States has doubled in the span of a week and a half.
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Luxury train hotel permanently stuck on a bridge
Though luxury hotel openings have slowed to a trickle this year, there are still a few exciting new properties opening their doors to guests in 2020. Among these is the stunning Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge, now under development in South Africa.
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Virus forces some English pubs forced to close, just days after reopening
Several English pubs have had to close their doors again after customers tested positive for coronavirus, dealing an early blow to the country's efforts to reopen its establishments.
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Just days after reopening, coronavirus forces several English pubs to close again
Several English pubs have had to close their doors again after customers tested positive for coronavirus, dealing an early blow to the country's efforts to reopen its establishments.
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Coronavirus updates: California Capitol closes after outbreak; Florida orders 'brick and mortar' schools to open; 130,000 US deaths
California State Capitol shuts down after a COVID-19 outbreak; FEMA reportedly denied requests for testing help in Phoenix. Latest coronavirus news.        
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Soccer star opts against playing given concerns over wife's 'risky pregnancy'
It's been dubbed the "MLS is Back Tournament," but amid a global pandemic the resumption of club soccer in the US will take place without one team and one of Major League Soccer's star players.
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"MLS is Back Tournament" rolls on despite coronavirus concerns
MLS returns to action with a tournament but some fear the rising coronavirus cases in Florida could have an impact.
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"MLS is Back Tournament" rolls on despite coronavirus concerns
It's been dubbed the "MLS is Back Tournament," but amid a global pandemic the resumption of club soccer in the US will take place without one team and one of Major League Soccer's star players.
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Saints' Demario Davis welcomes NFL's reported plan to play Black national anthem
New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis expressed his support for the NFL’s reported plans of playing the Black national anthem before all Week 1 games during the 2020 season.
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Kanye West's presidential hype gets support from Super Bowl champion
Kanye West’s claim that he plans on running for president in 2020 received support from at least one NFL player over the weekend.
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Atlanta mayor tests positive for coronavirus
Bottoms, 50, said she has not experienced any symptoms of the virus.
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Celeb trainers launching socially distant fitness program in the Hamptons
Participants will stand six feet apart.
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Masks are effective only if you wear them properly. Here's the right (and wrong) way
Masks are effective only if they cover your mouth, nose and chin. And however tempting it may be to remove your mask for a moment, doing that could expose your fingers and face to the very virus you're trying to avoid.
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Cal Thomas: Mr. Trump, in 2020 political lightning could strike again if you do this
Whether you believe polls or not, Trump seems behind in several categories that matter
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Former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan pleads guilty to assaulting ex-fiancee
The former frontman of British rock band Kasabian has pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-fiancee -- a day after it was announced he was quitting the band over "personal issues."
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Former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan pleads guilty to assaulting ex-fiancee
The former frontman of British rock band Kasabian has pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-fiancee -- a day after it was announced he was quitting the band over "personal issues."
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Can companies require masks? Ask HR
A worker wants to know if a company can require face mask during a pandemic. Another wants to work from home because of a medical condition. Ask HR       
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NBA increasing mental health resources for players during season restart
Several players have expressed concerns about being isolated in the NBA's campus bubble environment for up to 2-3 months.        
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What you need to do before bringing home a new pet
Experts offer a checklist of items and strategies to make the homecoming painless for both human and animal.
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The Pandemic Experts Are Not Okay
Saskia Popescu’s phone buzzes throughout the night, waking her up. It had already buzzed 99 times before I interviewed her at 9:15 a.m. ET last Monday. It buzzed three times during the first 15 minutes of our call. Whenever a COVID-19 case is confirmed at her hospital system, Popescu gets an email, and her phone buzzes. She cannot silence it. An epidemiologist at the University of Arizona, Popescu works to prepare hospitals for outbreaks of emerging diseases. Her phone is now a miserable metronome, ticking out the rhythm of the pandemic ever more rapidly as Arizona’s cases climb. “It has almost become white noise,” she told me.For many Americans, the coronavirus pandemic has become white noise—old news that has faded into the background of their lives. But the crisis is far from over. Arizona is one of the pandemic’s new hot spots, with 24,000 confirmed cases over the past week and rising hospitalizations and deaths. Popescu saw the surge coming, “but to actually see it play out is heartbreaking,” she said. “It didn’t have to be this way.”Popescu is one of many public-health experts who have been preparing for and battling the pandemic since the start of the year. They’re not treating sick people, as doctors or nurses might be, but are instead advising policy makers, monitoring the pandemic’s movements, modeling its likely trajectory, and ensuring that hospitals are ready.[Read: America’s patchwork pandemic is fraying even further]By now they are used to sharing their knowledge with journalists, but they’re less accustomed to talking about themselves. Many of them told me that they feel duty-bound and grateful to be helping their country at a time when so many others are ill or unemployed. But they’re also very tired, and dispirited by America’s continued inability to control a virus that many other nations have brought to heel. As the pandemic once again intensifies, so too does their frustration and fatigue.America isn’t just facing a shortfall of testing kits, masks, or health-care workers. It is also looking at a drought of expertise, as the very people whose skills are sorely needed to handle the pandemic are on the verge of burning out.To work in preparedness, Nicolette Louissaint told me, is to constantly stare at society’s vulnerabilities and imagine the worst possible future. The nonprofit she runs, Healthcare Ready, works to steel communities for outbreaks and disasters by ensuring that they have access to medical supplies. She started revving up her operations in January. By March, when businesses and schools started closing and governors began issuing stay-at-home orders, “we were already running on fumes,” she said. Throughout March and April, she got two hours of sleep a night. Now she’s getting four. And yet “I always feel like I’m never doing enough,” she said. “Like one of my colleagues said, I could sleep for two weeks and still feel this tired. It’s embedded in us at this point.”But the physical exhaustion is dwarfed by the emotional toll of seeing the imagined worst-case scenarios become reality. “One of the big misconceptions is that we enjoy being right,” Louissaint said. “We’d be very happy to be wrong, because it would mean lives are being saved.”The field of public health demands a particular way of thinking. Unlike medicine, which is about saving individual patients, public health is about protecting the well-being of entire communities. Its problems, from malnutrition to addiction to epidemics, are broader in scope. Its successes come incrementally, slowly, and through the sustained efforts of large groups of people. As Natalie Dean, a biostatistician at the University of Florida, told me, “The pandemic is a huge problem, but I’m not afraid of huge problems.”[Read: Why the coronavirus is so confusing]The more successful public health is, however, the more people take it for granted. Funding has dwindled since the 2008 recession. Many jobs have disappeared. Now that the entire country needs public-health advice, there aren’t enough people qualified to offer it. The number of epidemiologists who specialize in pandemic-level infectious threats is small enough that “I think I know them all,” says Caitlin Rivers, who studies outbreaks at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.The people doing this work have had to recalibrate their lives. From March to May, Colin Carlson, a research professor at Georgetown University who specializes in infectious diseases, spent most of his time traversing the short gap between his bed and his desk. He worked relentlessly and knocked back coffee, even though it exacerbates his severe anxiety: The cost was worth it, he felt, when the United States still seemed to have a chance of controlling COVID-19.The U.S. frittered away that chance. Through social distancing, the American public bought the country valuable time at substantial personal cost. The Trump administration should have used that time to roll out a coordinated plan to ramp up America’s ability to test and trace infected people. It didn’t. Instead, to the immense frustration of public-health advisers, leaders rushed to reopen while most states were still woefully unprepared.[Read: The U.S. is repeating its deadliest pandemic mistake]When Arizona Governor Doug Ducey began reviving businesses in early May, the intensive-care unit of Popescu’s hospital was still full of COVID-19 patients. “Within our public-health bubble, we were getting nervous, but then you walked outside and it was like Pleasantville,” she said. “People thought we had conquered it, and now it feels like we’re drowning.”The COVID-19 unit has had to expand across an entire hospital wing and onto another floor. Beds have filled with younger patients. Long lines are snaking around the urgent-care building, and people are passing out in the 110-degree heat. At some hospitals, labs are so inundated that it takes several days to get test results back. “We thought we could have scaled down instead of scaling up,” Popescu said. “But because of poor political decisions that every public-health person I know disagreed with, everything that could go wrong did go wrong.”“I feel like I’ve been making the same recommendations since January,” says Krutika Kuppalli of Stanford University. The last time she felt this tired was in 2014, after spending three months in West Africa helping with the region’s historic Ebola outbreak. Everyone who experienced that crisis, she told me, was deeply shaken; she herself suffered from post-traumatic stress upon returning home.The same experts who warned of the coronavirus’s resurgence are now staring, with the same prophetic worry, at a health-care system that is straining just as hurricane season begins. And they’re demoralized about repeatedly shouting evidence-based advice into a political void. “It feels like writing ‘Bad things are about to happen’ on a napkin and then setting the napkin on fire,” Carlson says.A pandemic would have always been a draining ordeal. But it is especially so because the U.S., instead of mounting a unified front, is disjointed, cavalier, and fatalistic. Every week brings fresh farce, from Donald Trump suggesting that the country should do less testing to massive indoor gatherings of unmasked people.“One by one, people are seeing something so absurd that it takes them out of commission,” Carlson says.Public health is not a calling for people who crave the limelight, and researchers like Rivers, the Johns Hopkins professor, have found their sudden prominence jarring. Almost all of the 2,000 Twitter followers she had in January were other scientists. Most of the 130,000 followers she now has are not. The slow, verbose world of academic communication has given way to the blistering, constrained world of tweets and news segments.The pandemic is also bringing out academia’s darker sides—competition, hostility, sexism, and a lust for renown. Armchair experts from unrelated fields have successfully positioned themselves as trusted sources. Male scientists are publishing more than their female colleagues, who are disproportionately shouldering the burden of child care during lockdowns. Many researchers have suddenly pivoted to COVID-19, producing sloppy work with harmful results. That further dispirits more cautious researchers, who, on top of dealing with the virus and reticent politicians, are also forced to confront their own colleagues. “If I cannot reasonably convince people I’ve been friends with for years that their work is causing tangible harm, what possible future do I see on this career path?” Carlson asks.[Read: A dire warning from COVID-19 test providers]Other scientists and health officials are facing the wrath of a nation on edge. Unsettled by months of stay-at-home orders, confused by rampant misinformation, distraught over the country’s blunders, and embroiled in yet more culture wars over masks and lockdowns, Americans are lashing out. Public-health experts—and women in particular—have become targets. Several have resigned because of threats and harassment. Others face streams of invective in their inboxes and on their Twitter feeds. “I can say something and get horrendously attacked, but a man who doesn’t even work in this field can go on national TV and be revered for saying the exact same thing,” Popescu said.Some critics have caricatured public-health experts as finger-wagging alarmists ensconced in an ivory tower, far away from the everyday people who are suffering the restrictive consequences of their advice. But this dichotomy is false. The experts I spoke with are also scared. They’re also feeling trapped at home. They also miss their loved ones. Louissaint, who lives in Baltimore, hasn’t seen her New York–based parents this year.“I feel like I’m living in at least three realities at the same time,” Louissaint told me. She’s responding directly to the pandemic, trying to ensure that patients and hospitals get the supplies they need. She’s running an organization, trying to make sure that her employees keep their jobs. She’s a Black woman, living through a pandemic that has disproportionately killed Black people and the historic protests that have followed the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. During the ensuing reckonings about race, “I’ve been pulled into so many conversations about equity that people weren’t having months ago,” Louissant said.“Someone said to me, ‘I hope you’re getting tons of support,’” she added. “But there’s no feasible thing that anyone could do to make this better, no matter how much they love you. The mental toll isn’t something you can easily share.”These laments feel familiar to people who lived through the AIDS crisis in the ’80s, says Gregg Gonsalves, a Yale epidemiologist who has been working on HIV for 30 years and who has the virus himself. “I have friends who survived the virus but didn’t survive the toll it took on their lives,” Gonsalves told me. “I’m incredulous that I’m seeing this twice in my lifetime. The idea that I’m going to have to fend off another virus … like, really, can I have just one?”But Gonsalves added that HIV veterans have a deep well of emotional reserves to draw from, and a sense of shared purpose to mobilize. His advice to the younger generation is twofold. First, don’t ignore your feelings: “Your anxiety, fear, and anger are all real,” he said. Then, find your people. “They may not be your colleagues,” he said, and they might not be scientists. But they’ll share the same values, and be united in recognizing that “public health is not a career, but a mission and a calling.”Despite the toll of the work and the pressure from all sides, the public-health experts I talked with are determined to continue. “I’m glad I have a way in which I can be useful,” Rivers said. “I feel like it’s my duty to do what I can."
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How will NBA coaches handle season restart with no fans and practice limitations?
As the NBA enters its resumed season beginning July 30, life will be a little different for coaches - with no fans, fewer assistants and other duties.        
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The evolution of celeb culture
Editor-in-chief of Avenue magazine, Ben Widdicombe, chats about celebrity gossip reporting's heyday, which he chronicles in his new book, “Gatecrasher”.
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Sub shop workers fired for making noose out of bread dough
A video posted to social media shows one employee draping the bread dough noose over the neck of another and yanking it.
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Teen stands for first time after ‘hood-surfing’ spinal injury
“Dude, I’m tall!” Watch the inspiring moment when a teenager who damaged his spinal cord in a car-surfing accident stood for the first time in nine months. “It was awesome and the look on his face was absolutely priceless,” JJ’s mom, Beth Hodge, said after filming the milestone in Raleigh, North Carolina.   Subscribe to...
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A high-risk Florida teen who died from covid-19 attended a huge church party, then was given hydroxychloroquine by her parents, report says
The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner found that Carsyn Leigh Davis, who battled cancer and a rare autoimmune disorder, went to a church event with roughly 100 other children where she did not wear a mask and social distancing was not enforced. Davis, 17, died of complications from covid-19 on June 23.
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'Devastating': Katharine McPhee, Zach Braff react to Broadway star Nick Cordero's coronavirus death
Hollywood and Broadway are paying tribute to Tony-nominated actor Nick Cordero, who died Sunday at 41 after a three-month battle with COVID-19.       
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Ghislaine Maxwell has copies of Jeffrey Epstein sex tapes, ex-friend says
Accused Jeffrey Epstein procuress Ghislaine Maxwell will use her secret stockpile of the late pedophile’s sex tapes as an insurance policy to save herself from federal charges, her friend said in a new report. The former socialite, who was arrested in New Hampshire last week, was moved Monday to a Brooklyn lockup to await trial...
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Fact-checking Trump's claims that US coronavirus death rate is the lowest worldwide
As hospitals deal with a resurgent coronavirus outbreak, White House officials and the President himself continue to tout the country's alleged success at addressing the virus.
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