Canada predicts historic deficit due to pandemic…

The Canadian government is predicting a historic CDN$343 billion (US$254 billion) deficit for 2020-21 resulting from its economic and stimulus plans to battle COVID-19

Mysterious Mounds Spotted On Mars

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted mysterious mounds that look like inside-out craters.

Activists Unveil Criminal Justice Reform Proposal

Activists with the Movement for Black Lives proposed legislation that would divest federal resources from incarceration and policing.

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...

Miami-Dade restaurants limited to outside seating

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Monday that restaurants will be limited to outside seating along with takeout and delivery to suppress recent spikes in the county's coronavirus cases. (July 8)

Who Is Mukesh Ambani?

Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani is worth $68.4 billion. Business Insider says he's the richest person in India and all of Asia. What do we know about him? Ambani is the chairman and largest shareholder of oil-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries. He is almost four times richer than the second-richest person in India. He and his family live in a 27-story skyscraper in Mumbai that cost an estimated $1 billion to build. Ambani gets approximately $31,202 richer every minute. His income in 2018 was 7.2 million times the average annual salary in India.

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Despite risks, Trump invests big in attacks on…

President Donald Trump has accused his Democratic rival Joe Biden of having connections to the “radical left” and has pilloried his relationship with China, his record on criminal justice, his plans for the pandemic and even his son’s business dealings

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'

SCOTUS Guts Obamacare Contraception Mandate

The Supreme Court sided with employers who refuse to provide no-cost birth control to women as part of their health insurance. Business Insider said this is a historic victory for the Trump Administration. The 7-2 decision is a crushing blow to President Obama's Affordable Care Act, which included the "contraceptive mandate." The Trump Administration has worked to roll back the requirement since 2017.

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...

Comet NEOWISE visits our July night sky

July brings the rare opportunity to see a comet with the naked eye. Here's how to find Comet NEOWISE and its long tail in the sky.

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.

Supreme Court expected to rule on Trump tax…

The Supreme Court is expected to rule Thursday on whether Congress and the Manhattan district attorney can see President Donald Trump’s taxes and other financial records that the president has fought hard to keep private

Richmond removes another confederate statue

The Confederate Soldiers and Sailors statue was removed Wednesday. It's the sixth Confederate monument to be removed in Richmond amid national protests against police brutality and symbols many see as racist icons. (July 8)

He Berated Shoppers for Mask Remark. Now…

A Florida man seen screaming at a Costco customer who asked that he wear a mask in line with company policy has lost his job. Ted Todd Insurance identified the man seen in a video viewed more than 11 million times as Daniel Maples, who's described in a biography as...

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US consumers reduced their borrowing by $18.3…

U.S. consumers reduced their borrowing for a third straight month May as the millions of jobs lost because of the coronavirus pandemic made households less eager to take on new debt

Snails May Have Helped Solve Giant Statue Mystery

Giant land snails may have helped solve the mystery of when the Cerne Abbas Giant, a 180-foot-tall, nude male figure carved into a hillside in Dorset, England, was created.

FBI Director Calls China The 'Greatest Threat' To…

Christopher Wray accused Chinese officials of targeting U.S. citizens who criticize China's political and human rights issues.

World Champion Snowboarder Drowns

Australia is mourning one of its greatest-ever winter athletes. Alex "Chumpy" Pullin drowned Wednesday while spearfishing on an artificial reef off Queensland's Gold Coast, the BBC reports. The 32-year-old, a two-time world snowboarding champion, was Australia's flag-bearer at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. He was spotted unconscious underwater by a...

Top US officials follow Trump on schools reopening

With school districts across the country struggling on how to safely reopen as the coronavirus continues to surge in some states, top federal health and education officials are following President Trump in saying students must return to the classroom for in-person learning. (July 8)

West Says He's Okay Taking Votes From Biden

Rapper and business mogul Kanye West has provided more details about his surprise bid for the presidency. In an interview with Forbes West said that he was OK taking Black voters from Democratic candidate Joe Biden. "To say that the Black vote is Democratic is a form of racism and white supremacy," West told Forbes. He said that though he no longer supports President Donald Trump, he would not run against him as a Republican. Instead, Business Insider said he said he is creating his own political party: The Birthday Party.

Kanye West breaks with Trump, claims 2020 run is…

Kanye West says he is no longer a Trump supporter

Commonly Used Words and Phrases That Have Racist…

Commonly Used Words and Phrases That Have Racist Connotations You may not know it, but these everyday words and phrases are linked to racism. Master bedroom/bathroom According to real estate blog Trelora, the term "master bedroom" first appeared in a 1926 Sears catalog featuring a Dutch colonial home. According to CNN, the Houston Association of Realtors announced it would replace "master" with "primary" on its listings. Elizabeth Pryor, Smith College professor Master/slave computer components These terms are used to describe a process or device that controls another. Twitter recently announced it will no longer use "master," "slave" and "blacklist" in its code. JPMorgan Chase intends to follow suit. Cakewalk Nowadays, the word is intended to mean "an easy victory," but it originated as a dance performed by enslaved Black people before the Civil War. Owners would hold contests encouraging them to compete for a cake. Uppity Krystal Smalls, U of I Urbana-Champaign

West Reveals Elon Musk Is Advising Him On His…

On July 4th, Kanye West announced he wants to run for president. In an interview with Forbes published Wednesday, West said he is being advised by Tesla CEO and tech billionaire Elon Musk. According to Business Insider, West's remarks seem to be backed up by recent remarks. On Twitter, Musk commented on West's July 4 announcement: "You have my full support!" The two also appeared together in a photo published by West on July 1.

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US Hits Another Grim Coronavirus Milestone

The number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in the US no longer begins with a 2. Per Johns Hopkins' tracking, the country on Wednesday passed the 3 million mark. As of this writing the university's dashboard shows 3,009,611 US cases and 131,594 deaths. The Guardian reports the US...

Probability of tropical development increasing

Bernie Rayno explains why a tropical depression or storm could form off the Atlantic coast in the near future.

Trump Admin Gives Formal Notice of US Withdrawal…

Trump Admin Gives Formal Notice of US Withdrawal From WHO The administration sent a letter to the United Nations on Tuesday giving its notice of withdrawal. The letter cites grievances with the World Health Organization's (W.H.O.) handling of the coronavirus pandemic. In order to actually withdraw from the W.H.O., the U.S. is bound to give a year's notice and to pay all debts to the agency. Lawmakers have argued that Trump cannot legally withdraw from the W.H.O. without Congressional approval. The U.S. is the only nation in the world to have threatened withdrawal from the agency. Trump initially praised both the agency and China for its response to the pandemic. Under the Trump Administration, the U.S. leads the world in cases of coronavirus infections and in deaths caused by COVID-19.