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Mali leader promises court changes in bid to…

Mali's president is promising to reorganize the country's constitutional court, part of a bid to quell growing protests against his government

The upside-down pool inside an ocean

While exploring hydrothermal vent and cold seep environments as part of a Schmidt Ocean Institute expedition, Dr. Mandy Joye and her interdisciplinary research team were witness to amazing geological, chemical and biological discoveries. Among them was an upside-down pool.

House Defense Bill Has $1M To Rebrand Bases Named…

The bill would allocate $1 million to rename U.S. military bases named after Confederate leaders, as well as certain roads and streets.

Ivy League Drops the Hammer on All Sports

The Ivy League has scrapped all its sports until at least January—a move that throws Division I college football into question with preseason games only weeks away, CBS Sports reports. Ivy League presidents said Wednesday that due to "the continued spread of the virus," they couldn't create an intercollegiate...

California Gov: 50,000 hospital beds now available

California now has hospital capacity to treat 50,000 COVID-19 patients, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday. Newsom made the announcement as the state recorded one of its largest one-day totals of new positive cases. (July 8)

Janelle Monae Wants To Play Storm, 'Black Panther…

Janelle Monae already brings the thunder to every performance, so why not a little lightning? The actor and musician revealed that she’s actively campaigning to play Storm, aka Ororo Munroe, one of the most powerful members of the X-Men, should the weather-controlling goddess return to the big screen once more. If Monae has her way, she’ll make her superhero debut in the long-awaited “Black Panther” sequel, as she’s already approached the film’s director Ryan Coogler about the character stopping by Wakanda.

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Agent: RB Raheem Mostert requests trade from 49ers

San Francisco 49ers postseason breakout star Raheem Mostert has requested a trade from the team after being unable to renegotiate his contract

5 Ways to Manage Conflicts Caused by Social…

5 Ways to Manage Conflicts Caused by Social Distancing As the United States continues to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a variety of opinions have formed over what is and isn’t safe. Different stances have caused issues between families, friends and even communities. Here are five ways to help manage conflicts that may arise over how to handle social distancing and safety precautions. 1. If you’re not seeing eye-to-eye with someone over their choices, take a moment and empathize with them. Even if your perspectives don’t align, it’s important to take their feelings into consideration and remain level-headed. 2. Communicate clearly. If you make your expectations for an outing known from the beginning, it will help you avoid conflict later on. 3. Although it may be easy to justify going to a group gathering because you’re already making trips for essentials, remember to stick to your values. 4. With tensions running high, it’s easy to take canceled plans and snide comments more personally than you usually would. Take a deep breathe and remember that different people are comfortable with different things; it’s not about you. 5. If you find yourself being pressured to participate in social activities, try to think outside the box and find a safer alternative.

Experts Say 'Patchwork Of Policies' Are Creating…

Experts who run the US COVID Atlas say many current COVID-19 hotspots across the country are in areas along state borders. They say that's because different governments have taken different approaches to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. This includes regions in Arkansas and Tennessee, as well as Louisiana and Mississippi, which are effectively separated by the Mississippi River. According to UPI, the researchers say parts of southern Arizona and California have also been similarly impacted. With a patchwork of policies across the country, it's not surprising to see hot spots along state borders. Marynia Kolak The US COVID Atlas

Here's the Story Behind Mary Trump's Book

In line for a copy of Mary Trump's tell-all memoir ? You'll want to see a New York Times article about the family squabbles and drag-out financial rows that inspired President Trump's niece to write it. Seems the president's father, Fred Trump Sr., hated Mary's mother and blamed her for...

Paramedics busy with heat exhaustion 911 calls

AccuWeather's Bill Wadell follows along with paramedics in Fort Worth, Texas, responding to heat exhaustion calls as temperatures climb into the triple digits.

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.

Singapore governing party set to extend power in…

Singaporeans vote Friday in Southeast Asia’s first election since the coronavirus pandemic began, with the health crisis and a grim economy expected to bolster Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s party and extend its unbroken rule

Trump: Lopez Obradoro rapport 'against all odds'

U.S. and Mexican businessmen and women joined President Donald Trump and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico for a working dinner at the White House Wednesday. Trump said his relationship with López Obrador was "against all odds." (July 8)

Trump Threatens School Funding Over Reopening

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be issuing revised guidelines on reopening schools—hours after President Trump slammed the CDC's current guidance, which includes mask-wearing and social distancing, as "very tough & expensive." "While they want them open, they are asking...

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Family re-imagines Bob Marley classic for…

Bob Marley’s Grammy-winning children and chart-topping grandson have re-imagined one of his biggest hits to assist children affected by the coronavirus pandemic

Wombat Elsie was found in dead mother's pouch

A baby wombat named Elsie has made incredible strides since she was discovered in her dead mother’s pouch about three months ago.

As President Trump Pushes To Reopen Schools…

The CDC is readying new guidance for reopening schools as the president calls current tips on distancing and cleaning "tough & very expensive."

6-Week Lockdown Begins in City With 860 Active…

Around 5 million Australians are now back under a strict lockdown after a resurgence in coronavirus cases in the country's second-largest city. As of midnight Wednesday, Melbourne residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential business, reports Reuters . The restrictions will be in place for at least...

Fauci "cautiously optimistic" over virus vaccine

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government's leading infectious disease expert, says he is cautiously optimistic a vaccine "with some degree" of effectiveness will be successfully developed by the beginning of 2021. (8 July)

As COVID-19 Case Numbers Spiral, Hospitals At…

Not only are new cases of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 climbing dramatically, so are the numbers of its victims being hospitalized. According to Business Insider, COVID-19 hospitalizations started going up toward the end of June, after two straight months of decline. The mayors of Houston and Austin, Texas, said over the weekend that hospitals will be overwhelmed within two weeks if the virus isn't gotten under control. More than three million cases of coronavirus have been reported in the US so far. More than 131,000 people have died. We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this. Dr. Anthony Fauci Director, National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases

Bolsonaro becomes 'poster boy' for unproven virus…

After months of touting an unproven anti-malaria drug as a treatment for the new coronavirus, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is turning himself into a test case live before millions of people as he swallows hydroxychloroquine pills on social media and encourages others to do the same

Kanye West Says He No Longer Supports Trump

Kanye West Says He No Longer Supports Trump The rapper opened up in a wide-ranging interview with 'Forbes.' Kanye West, via 'Forbes' West, who recently declared he is running for president in 2020, adds that his candidacy is not a stunt. He explained that his White House organizational model is based on the fictitious country of Wakanda from the movie 'Black Panther.' West also revealed that he had the coronavirus in February. Kanye West, via 'Forbes' West also said he is not interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccine when one is made available. Kanye West, via 'Forbes' Kanye West, via 'Forbes'

How Telling People To Cheer Up Can Be A Form Of…

Some people are committed to looking on the bright side of every situation, no matter how grim. But according to HuffPost, that same healthy mindset can sometimes go too far, devolving into something called 'toxic positivity.' It’s the belief that if we ignore difficult emotions and the parts of our life that aren’t working as well, we’ll be much happier.” Heather Monroe, LCSW Director of Program Development, Newport Institute. Unblinking optimism and shutting the door on negative feelings doesn’t make them go away; if anything, it exacerbates them. Toxic positivity can encourage a person to remain silent about their struggles. However, isolation actually fuels these emotional issues. What's the solution? Accept that it's okay to recognize that multiple complex emotions can exist in you all at once. You can be devastated at the loss of life from COVID-19, or the brutal reality of systemic racism, and still enjoy spending more time at home. Once you've identified your feelings, take action to take care of yourself in a healthy, loving way.

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SF Lawmaker: CAREN Act 'Is the CAREN We Need'

A San Francisco lawmaker wants to deploy "CAREN" against people making racially motivated calls to 911. Supervisor Shamann Walton introduced the ordinance Wednesday, calling it the "CAREN Act," for Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies. The San Francisco Chronicle describes the name as an "apparent nod to the popularized slang name...

Fishing during summer months

Accuweather's Dexter Henry explores what it is like fishing during summer months.

9% of Meatpacking Workers Have Been Diagnosed…

9% of Meatpacking Workers Have Been Diagnosed With COVID-19, CDC Reports The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says workers from facilities in 14 states have been affected. The health agency adds that as of May 31, COVID-19 has been linked to 86 employee deaths. 28 state health departments provided information for the CDC's analysis. Meatpacking plants have faced pressure to stay open and provide food amid the pandemic. Workers must be in close contact for long periods of time. The process makes social distancing guidelines almost impossible to follow. Throughout nearly two dozen states, over 16,200 workers have contracted the coronavirus. The CDC also reveals that safety precautions are being followed in most work areas, but are not being implemented in others. A survey says 86 out of 111 plants are enforcing face mask rules for employees. Only 41 are giving out COVID-19 tests, and 69 have installed barriers.