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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Monday, August 2, 2021

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US hits 70% vaccination rate -- a month late, amid a surge
The U.S. on Monday finally reached President Joe Biden’s goal of getting at least one COVID-19 shot into 70% of American adults -- a month late and amid a fierce surge by the delta variant that is swamping hospitals and leading to new mask rules and mandatory vaccinations around the country.










































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Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Sunday, August 1, 2021

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Florida breaks record with more than 21,000 new COVID cases
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic, according to federal health data released Saturday, as its theme park resorts again started asking visitors to wear masks indoors.











































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Spirit Airlines, American Airlines cancel more than 800 flights

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5 Florida officers charged over violent arrests of Black men

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Prosecutors say five Florida police officers are being charged with battery connected to the violent arrests of two Black men last week
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Mao pins worn by Chinese athletes may test Olympic rules

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Images of Communist China’s founding leader made an unscheduled Olympic visit.
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Wuhan: Chinese city to test entire population after virus resurfaces

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The city of 11 million people is known to be the site where the coronavirus first emerged in 2019.
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Tennessee Isn't Giving People Money to Get a COVID Shot, But It Does Pay to Vaccinate Cows

  • News source: Travis Loller
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Tennessee has sent nearly half a million dollars to farmers who have vaccinated their cattle against respiratory diseases and other maladies over the past two years.

But Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who grew up on his family's ranch and refers to himself as a cattle farmer in his Twitter profile, has been far less enthusiastic about incentivizing herd immunity among humans.

Even though Tennessee has among the lowest vaccination rates in the country, Lee has refused to follow the lead of other states that have offered enticements for people to get the...
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Landlords, Tenants Fill Courts as Federal Eviction Moratorium Ends

  • News source: Michael Casey and Philip Marcelo
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Gabe Imondi, a 74-year-old landlord from Rhode Island, had come to court hoping to get his apartment back. He was tired of waiting for federal rental assistance and wondered aloud “what they’re doing with that money?”

Hours later, Luis Vertentes, in a different case, was told by a judge he had three weeks to clear out of his one-bedroom apartment in nearby East Providence. The 43-year-old landscaper said he was four months behind on rent after being hospitalized for a time.

“I’m going to be homeless, all because of this pandemic,” Vertentes said...
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Dem strategist’s tweet about Lindsey Graham’s COVID diagnosis panned

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Kate Coyne-McCoy, the chief strategist of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, faced swift criticism late Monday over a tweet about Sen. Lindsey Graham’s COVID-19 diagnosis.

The Republican from South Carolina—who had been fully vaccinated—announced earlier in the day that he came down with flu-like symptoms on Sunday. He said he was diagnosed with the virus on Monday by the House physician. His symptoms are mild and he said he will be quarantining for 10 days.

Coyne-McCoy took to Twitter and posted, "It’s wrong to hope he dies from Covid right...
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Investigators grilled Cuomo for 11 hours in sexual harassment investigation

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New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoUniversity of Michigan says all students, faculty, staff must be vaccinated by fall term Cuomo signs legislation making baseball the official sport of New York CNN's Cuomo tells restaurant owner: 'You sound like an idiot' for denying service to vaccinated customers MORE (D) reportedly sat down for an 11-hour interview as part of state Attorney General Letitia James's investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against him from several female aides.

As The New York Times reported on Monday, the interview...
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U.S. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Won't Play In Women's Olympic Bronze Medal Match

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TOKYO — U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher will not play in Thursday's Olympic bronze medal women's soccer match. Naeher exited Monday's semifinal game against Canada with an injury.

In the 22nd minute, Naeher leapt for a ball, bumped into U.S. defender Julie Ertz and landed awkwardly. U.S. Soccer says Naeher "suffered a hyperextension of her right knee and a bone contusion."

She remained on the ground while the team's medical staff attended to her. Naeher played a few more minutes but visibly winced and raised her hand to be substituted out when she...
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U.S. Nabs Olympic Silver In The Fastest Men's 400 Meter Hurdles Race Ever

  • News source: Merrit Kennedy
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TOKYO — We'll be talking about this race for years to come.

Two of the three fastest competitors ever in the event were on the starting line of the men's 400 meter hurdles final at the Tokyo Olympics — and both beat the previous world record time by a wide margin.

Norway's Karsten Warholm took gold, breaking his own world record with a time of 45.94. He smashed it by almost three-quarters of a second.

Behind him was Rai Benjamin of the U.S., with a blazing fast 46.17.
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IOC launches investigation into Belarus sprinter case

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Olympian Krystina Timanovskaya says she was almost forced on a plane home after criticising coaches.
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Tokyo Olympics: Karsten Warholm sets stunning 400m hurdles world record

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Norwegian Karsten Warholm runs a stunning men's 400m hurdles race to obliterate his previous world record and take gold at Tokyo 2020.
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Ohio House Races: What to Watch For

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Ohio voters are set to offer small, early hints about the direction of the Democratic and Republican Parties leading up to the 2022 midterms, as voters in two congressional districts head to the polls on Tuesday to decide primary races for a pair of House special elections.

One race, in a deep-blue district in the Cleveland area, is pitting a progressive Democrat against an establishment-backed candidate. The other, in a solidly red district near Columbus, includes a broad field of Republican contenders, including one endorsed by former President...
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11 Hours of Questioning for Cuomo in Harassment Inquiry

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Investigators conducting an inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo questioned him for eleven hours when he met with them last month, The New York Times reported Monday.

The Times spoke to five people who had been briefed on the meeting, and who recounted some details on the condition of anonymity.

The Times reported that at points, the videotaped interview was tense, with Cuomo challenging one of the investigators on his fairness and independence. When the investigators were done, they left through an exit...
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Waves of sharks swim into Florida canal to flee toxic red tide

  • News source: Chrisstian Spencer | Aug. 2, 2021
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Coastal sharks by the hundreds have fled to Florida due to the toxic red tide outbreak that endangers marine animals and their ecosystems.

Bonnethead, blacktip, nurse and lemon sharks are seeking refuge in the Buttonwood Harbor on Longboat Key, The Guardian reported.

Red tide is when Karenia brevis, a specific algae, overwhelms the water and pollutes the surrounding area with harmful toxins, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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