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Trump to hold a town-hall-style meeting Thursday on NBC
Trump to hold a town-hall-style meeting Thursday on NBC
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NBC News confirmed that they would broadcast President Donald Trump's town-hall-style meeting from Miami on Thursday. The event will be moderated by Today show host Savannah Guthrie and the president will answers questions of Florida voters.

NBC did not explicitly say whether they had received a negative Covid-19 test result from Trump.

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Trump holds first rally sine being diagnosed with Covid-19, alleges he's immune to virus
Trump holds first rally sine being diagnosed with Covid-19, alleges he's immune to virus
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President Donald Trump held his first rally since being diagnosed with Covid-19 and addressed a mostly maskless crowd in Florida. His doctor announced Sunday that Trump was no longer at risk of transmitting Covid-19.

"They say I'm immune. I feel so powerful. I'll walk into that audience. I'll walk in there, I'll kiss everyone in that audience. I'll kiss the guys and the beautiful women – everybody," so Trump to his cheering audience.

Business • Economy
Disney to lay off 28,000 employees as Covid-19 affects its theme park business
Disney to lay off 28,000 employees as Covid-19 affects its theme park business
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In a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, Disney announced it would lay off 28,000 employees across its parks, experiences and consumer products segment. Around 67% of the laid-off workers were part-time employees.

The company blamed prolonged closures and capacity limits at open parks for the layoffs. While Disney's theme parks in Florida, Paris, Shanghai, Japan and Hong Kong have been able to reopen with limited capacity, both California theme parks have remained shuttered.

Science • Space
NASA and SpaceX schedule the first Crew Dragon operational flight for October 31
NASA and SpaceX schedule the first Crew Dragon operational flight for October 31
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NASA and SpaceX are targeting 6:40(UTC), October 31, for the launch of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station.

Astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will be carried to the station on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Trump again declines to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election
Trump again declines to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election
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President Donald Trump has again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he lost the election when asked by reporters.

"We want to make sure that the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be," the President told reporters before heading to a campaign rally in Florida.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany assured that Trump would "accept the results of a free and fair election" and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell stated that the "winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th."

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Michael Bloomberg to spend at least $100 million in Florida to help elect Joe Biden
Michael Bloomberg
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The former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg committed to spend at least $100 million in Florida to help elect Joe Biden.

Florida is one of the the swing state, and it is also the most expensive of the expected battlegrounds in which to campaign. Current polls there show a race that between Trump and Biden effectively tied.

Bloomberg adviser Kevin Sheekey stated "Mike Bloomberg is committed to helping defeat Trump, and that is going to happen in the battleground states."

Science • Space
SpaceX successfully launches Earth-observation satellite for Argentina
SpaceX successfully launches Earth-observation satellite for Argentina
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SpaceX launched three satellites Sunday, including the SAOCOM-1B for the Argentine Space Agency. The mission was the first polar launch from Cape Canaveral since 1969.

The company reused a Falcon 9 booster that previously flew on two separate commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station, and one mission to deploy Starlink's internet satellites.

SpaceX originally planned two launches to be performed on Sunday, but the weather earlier in the day forced the first launch to be rescheduled.

Health
Florida surpasses 600,000 Covid-19 cases
Nurses working alongside Airmen with the 125th Air Expeditionary Squadron begin antibody testing at the Orange County Convention Center Community Based Testing Site.
Nurses working alongside Airmen with the 125th Air Expeditionary Squadron begin antibody testing at the Orange County Convention Center Community Based Testing Site. Credit: The National Guard/Pfc. Orion Oettel/107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment / Public domain

On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health has reported a total of over 600,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases across the state. 51 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the state's death toll to 10,325.

Regional News • Americas • United States
US surpasses 5 million total Covid-19 cases, experts
COVID-19 yard signs along Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. They are in Amharic, English, and Spanish.
COVID-19 yard signs along Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. They are in Amharic, English, and Spanish. Credit: Farragutful / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The United States has surpassed 5 million Covid-19 cases early Sunday while experts warn that the estimated number of true cases might be many times higher.

"That's a huge number of cases and a very large number of hospitalizations and deaths -- and more to come. Because over much of this country, this virus is spreading unimpeded because so many folks are not getting with the program to contain it," so Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University.

40% of cases are attributed to only 5 states: Florida, Texas, New York, Georgia and California – the latter has reported the most cases in the country.

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Florida surpasses half a million Covid-19 cases, reports over 7,700 deaths
Ron DeSantis
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As of Wednesday, Florida has reported over 500,000 Covid-19 cases since March, and the state's death toll has surpassed 7,700. Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday that the state would try to speed up testing by implementing "symptomatic testing lanes" at testing sites aimed specifically at people with Covid-19 symptoms who should get their results in 2-3 days.

Science • Space
SpaceX Capsule splashdown successful, first water landing since 1975
SpaceX Capsule splashdown successful, first water landing since 1975
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Doug and Bob are back on planet Earth. The Crew Dragon capsule splashed down safely at 2:48 PM EDT in the Gulf of Mexico. Sunday's splashdown marked NASA's first water landing since 1975.

Science • Space
SpaceX Crew Dragon in preparation to return to Earth
Personnel from NASA, SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force practicing recovery operations for the SpaceX Crew Dragon.
Personnel from NASA, SpaceX and the U.S. Air Force practicing recovery operations for the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Credit: SpaceX / Public domain

Bob and Doug are coming home. SpaceX's Crew Dragon will undock from the ISS at 7:34 PM EDT on August 1. Splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama City is expected at around 2:42 PM EDT on August 2.

A final decision on whether to proceed with the mission will be made approximately six hours before undocking and will largely depend on weather conditions and Hurricane Isais, which is currently headed towards Florida.

Technology • Internet & Web
Trump states he plans on banning TikTok in the United States
Trump states he plans on banning TikTok in the United States
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During an Air Force One flight from Florida to Washington, President Donald Trump has stated that "as far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States". He added that he has the authority to issue such ban through an executive order, but has yet to follow through on his statement.

Sports • Baseball
MLB: Marlins home opener postponed after coronavirus outbreak
MLB: Marlins home opener postponed after coronavirus outbreak
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Fourteen individuals of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for coronavirus, hours before the team's first home game. The Marlins were scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles as part of a three game series on Monday, 27 July.

Marlins CEO Derek Jeter released a statement, claiming the "health of our players and staff has been and will continue to be our primary focus."

Per the CDC, the Marlins' home state of Florida has the second highest number of cases at 418,844 as of 28 July.

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Teachers union sues Florida's governor over order to reopen schools
Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida
Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Florida Credit: Condor5635 / Public domain

The Florida Education Association has filed a lawsuit against the Florida government over its order to reopen schools despite rising number of Covid-19 cases. The order, signed by Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran in early June, orders all schools – private and public – to reopen its doors for students starting August. The lawsuit was filed against Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education, Florida State Board of Education and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

"The lawsuit intends to stop the reckless and unsafe reopening of public school campuses as coronavirus infections surge statewide," so the FAE's release.

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Florida reports over 15,000 Covid-19 cases, sets new daily record
Drive-through testing in Orange County, Florida
Drive-through testing in Orange County, Florida Credit: Sgt. Spencer Rhodes/US Army / Public domain

The state of Florida reported over 15,000 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, setting a new daily record. It's the highest daily case count recorded in the United States, surpassing New York's previous high from April 4 of 12,274 cases.

Lifestyle • Travel
Disney World Florida reopens despite record Covid-19 numbers
Fireworks at Magic Kingdom, Disney World.
Fireworks at Magic Kingdom, Disney World. Credit: unsplash.com/Jaime Creixems

Disney World Florida is set to reopen its doors to visitors. The Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom parks will open on Saturday, EPCOT and Hollywood Studios will follow on July 15. Disney will implement strict safety measures, including reduced capacity and mandatory face masks. The reopening comes as Florida is reporting record numbers of new Covid-19 infections in the last days, reaching 10,000 daily cases on Tuesday.

Health
Florida's ICU capacity drops to 17 percent amid rising Covid-19 cases
A surgical nurse, prepares a patient for a procedure in the intensive care unit.
A surgical nurse, prepares a patient for a procedure in the intensive care unit. Credit: US Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sara Eshleman / Public domain

Hospitals in Florida are running out of intensive care unit beds as the state sees one of the worst surges of Covid-19 cases in the United States. A report by Florida's health authority shows that 30 hospitals are at 90 percent ICU capacity while almost 50 hospitals have no more available ICU beds.

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U.S. reports 55,000 new Covid-19 cases – daily global record
U.S. reports 55,000 new Covid-19 cases – daily global record
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On Thursday, there were 55,274 new Covid-19 reported in the United States, breaking both a single-day record and daily global record. Florida reported over 10,000 cases, also a single-day record, and Texas around 8,000 cases. Infections are rising in 37 U.S. states. Almost 129,000 people have died from a Covid-19 infection.

Science • Space
SpaceX to launch third Starlink mission in a month
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Starlink at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Starlink at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Credit: 2nd Lt. Alex Preisser/USAF (Public Domain)

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Starlink 9 mission this Thursday. The launch is planned for 20:39(UTC) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

This will be the third Starlink launch in June alone, bringing the size of the growing constellation to around 600 satellites and closer to the threshold of 800 required for some limited broadband service to begin.