Fauci: Coronavirus may be mutating to spread quicker – New York Daily News

The virus is already spreading quite fast across southern and western parts of the U.S.

“There is a little dispute about it, but I think the data is showing that there is a single mutation that actually makes the virus be able to replicate better,” Fauci said. “It just seems that the virus replicates better and may be more transmissible.”

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted that COVID-19 is already spreading quite fast in the U.S. and that the country is obviously “not going in the right direction.”

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Hugh Downs death: Former Today host and broadcaster dies aged 99 | The Independent

Famed broadcaster Hugh Downs has died at the age of 99. Downs died on Wednesday of natural causes at this home in Scottsdale, Arizona, his great-niece told The Associated Press. With tenures on

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Kimberly Guilfoyle — Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and top Trump campaign official — tests positive for coronavirus – CNNPolitics

Kimberly Guilfoyle — the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top fundraiser for the Trump campaign — has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a top official for the committee she leads.

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As states wait for coronavirus stimulus, Senate goes on recess – Vox

It’s now been more than six weeks since the House passed the HEROES Act, its latest take on additional stimulus as workers, businesses, and states continue to grapple with the economic fallout of the coronavirus. The Senate, however, wants to wait two more before considering a bill of its own.

Both chambers of Congress have officially left for a two-week July Fourth recess and Senate Republicans have said floor consideration of stimulus legislation won’t happen until they’re back. “A month from now we should be in the final stages of getting that bill together,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) told reporters earlier this week. (The House is focused on committee work in the interim.)

Democrats have argued that this delay could have serious consequences, as states stare down budget cuts and households across the country deal with layoffs and upcoming rent and mortgage payments. Republicans, meanwhile, have noted that some of the previous stimulus funding is still being distributed and emphasize that they’re waiting to see how the economy performs as some states reopen.

Source: As states wait for coronavirus stimulus, Senate goes on recess – Vox

2 Kansas City police officers shot in separate incidents – CNN

(CNN)Two police officers in Kansas City, Missouri, were shot in separate incidents on Thursday that left one of them in critical condition.

The officers had been responding to calls for help, according to Kansas City Police Chief Richard Smith.
In one incident, police were called to a disturbance near a McDonald’s. A witness told CNN affiliate KMBC that a man left the fast-food restaurant with a gun.

The other shooting incident took place on a bus. A Kansas City Area Transportation Authority bus driver saw a man allegedly rob someone at a bus stop and then get on the bus. She notified the police and began driving slowly until an officer arrived and got on the bus, according to CNN affiliate KSHB.The suspect then shot the officer and bus driver before getting off the bus, it was reported.

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Powerful men are scared about what Ghislaine Maxwell will say

Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged child sex trafficker and abuser in league with Epstein, was finally arrested Thursday morning.

Her guilt, in the court of public opinion, isn’t in question.

The only question is: Will the federal government keep Maxwell alive to stand trial?

There’s good reason conspiracy theories still swirl around Epstein’s suicide, nearly one year ago, in a downtown federal prison — a prison, by the way, that safely housed Bernie Madoff, the 1993 World Trade Center bomber, El Chapo and a terrorist who told the New York Times it was tougher than Guantanamo Bay — and he would know, because he’d been held in both.

It stands to reason that the federal government should be able to contain a socialite.

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How to see the full-moon lunar eclipse this 4th of July weekend

This holiday weekend, the sky has a special treat in store — in addition to the fireworks.

July’s full “Buck” moon will rise on Independence Day evening — and it will be accompanied by a penumbral eclipse. The 4th of July lunar event will unfortunately be quite subtle, however, as penumbral eclipses are one of the least spectacular and hardest to notice eclipse types.

Penumbral eclipses occur when the moon crosses through the edge of Earth’s shadow — the penumbra — causing a slight dimming to a small portion of the moon, writes the Farmer’s Almanac.

For those who bore witness to last month’s full moon, the same type of penumbral eclipse occurred. This lunar eclipse, unfortunately, will be even more subtle, as an even smaller portion of the moon will be dimmed by the penumbra.

The phenomenon will additionally only be visible from certain parts of the world. Most North Americans, excluding those in Alaska and Canada’s northernmost regions, will technically be able to see the eclipse from 11:04 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on July 4 to 1:56 a.m. on July 5. However, those looking on with untrained naked eyes may not be able to perceive the dimmed difference.

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Ten arrested in Seattle as police clear out CHOP protest zone | Daily Mail Online

Seattle police on Thursday gradually reclaimed the streets from the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest as video shows cops dive-tackling a group of demonstrators at a downtown intersection.

  • Cops on bicycles swiftly arrested demonstrators squatting in the street 
  • One officer tackled a protester to the ground and pressed knee into his back 
  • At least 25 people were arrested, according to the Seattle Police Department 
  • SPD claims that protesters from the area hurled bottles, rocks, and fireworks 

Source: Ten arrested in Seattle as police clear out CHOP protest zone | Daily Mail Online