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New York’s COVID Positivity Rate is Lowest in the Nation

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that New York’s positivity rate for COVID is now tied for the lowest in the entire U.S.

The seven-day rate of positivity revealed on Sunday in New York was 0.35%, a new low for the state as it has now seen over two months of declining positivity rates. No other state has recorded a rate that low.

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Novavax COVID vaccine proves 90% effective

There likely will be a fourth COVID vaccine on the market after the Novavax vaccine proved to be 90.3% effective in preventing COVID. The U.S. company conducted Phase 3 trials in Mexico and in the U.S. to prove its effectiveness.

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Police officer sued for flipping a pregnant woman’s car in an attempt to pull her over

On July 9, 2020, pregnant Janice Harper’s car was flipped by police officer Rodney Dunn, who was attempting to pull her over for speeding during a failed PIT (Precision Immobilization Technique) maneuver.

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HBO Releases Trailer for Gossip Girl Reboot

HBO has finally released a trailer for the Gossip Girl reboot, which is set to premiere on July 8th this …

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The U.S. Government Purchased Millions of Vaccines to Send to Other Countries

The Biden Administration is planning to purchase 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to send to countries that are lacking vaccines. Most of these doses would be supplied to Covax, an effort that would call for 200 million vaccines to be distributed this year and the other 300 million vaccines to be distributed at the beginning of next year.

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Chris Harrison Exits The Bachelor Franchise after Hosting for 19 Years

Chris Harrison has officially stepped down from his 19-year post as host of Bachelor Nation.

In February, an interview between Harrison and former “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay went viral after Harrison defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a contestant on Matt James’ season.

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Brooklyn teen indicted for broad daylight shooting of 5-year-old girl playing on sidewalk

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said Tuesday that an 18-year-old Brooklyn male has been charged with attempted murder and attempted assault for allegedly shooting a 5-year-old female in the head on a sidewalk in East New York as she was playing with her brothers.

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Ellie Kemper Releases Statement After Images of Her Winning a Racist Beauty Pageant Resurface

Last week, images surfaced of Ellie Kemper, an actress known for her work on The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, winning “Queen of Love and Beauty” at a Veiled Prophet Ball. The organization was started by a Confederate officer in the late 1800s and only allowed white members until 1994.

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Widespread Internet Outage Causes Hundreds of Websites to Stop Working

Early Tuesday morning, hundreds of websites and apps worldwide suddenly stopped working, resulting in a major outage that lasted just under an hour. Affected sites included CNN, Amazon, Target, and the UK Government Website.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcome their baby

On Sunday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry welcomed their daughter, Lilibet Diana. The baby was born in California, weighing 7lbs and 11oz at 11:40am. Family members at Buckingham Palace shared their excitement over social media, announcing:

“The Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been informed and are delighted with the news.”

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Jeff Bezos Going on Flight to Space

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Monday that he will be flying to space next month aboard the New Shepard, a rocket ship made by his company, Blue Origin.

In February, Bezos announced that he would be stepping down as CEO of Amazon. He is reportedly set to make this flight to space on July 20, 15 days after his resignation is made official.

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Biden pushes plan for 70% of Americans to be vaccinated by July 4th

One month ago, President Joseph R. Biden set a goal of having 70% of American adults vaccinated by July 4. With one month until then, 63% of adults have received at least one COVID vaccine.

At this pace, with 371,000 adults being vaccinated daily, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there would be a total of 68% of adults vaccinated by July 4 – shy of the 70% goal. A CNN article prospects that in order for this goal to be met, 564,000 adults each day would have to be vaccinated.

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