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Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 248 to 198,804 - RKI

FILE PHOTO: People, some wearing face masks, are seen at a public transport bus stop, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Berlin, Germany, July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch. BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 248 to 198,804, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. The reported COVID-19 death toll rose by three to 9,063, the ... Full story

COVID-19 tests are supposed to be free, but these people got bills for thousands of dollars

While Congress passed a law to ensure no one would avoid getting tested for the coronavirus because of the cost, experts say loopholes and mix-ups have left some people with big bills to pay. People returning to their jobs also could wind up having to pay for COVID-19 tests, they warned. Miki Kikuta made a trip to Japan in late January, as she does once a year. But this time, she said, she came back seriously ill. "I just got off the plane. I ... Full story

Washington Ballet director Julie Kent says she is recovering from covid-19

Former ballerina Julie Kent , one of American Ballet Theatre’s most esteemed stars and the artistic director of the Washington Ballet, recently contracted covid-19. Kent announced her diagnosis in an Instagram post Saturday, which is also her 51st birthday. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. “A couple weeks ago, I tested positive for covid-19,” wrote Kent, who retired from American Ballet Theatre in 2015 after a 29-year career. She joined ... Full story

Fox News: Tucker Carlson writer Blake Neff resigns over racist messages

Image caption Fox said Tucker Carlson would address the topic in his show on Monday. A top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has resigned after posting racist and sexist comments online. Blake Neff, who joined Tucker Carlson Tonight in 2017, resigned on Friday after a CNN investigation . It found that Mr Neff regularly used highly offensive language on an online forum called AutoAdmit under the name CharlesXII. Fox News described the ... Full story

For presidents, playing white backlash politics like Donald Trump is a choice

In two furious speeches over the Fourth of July weekend, President Trump answered the question he had previously fumbled about his reason for seeking reelection. Six months after his first briefing about the coronavirus pandemic, six weeks after the killing of George Floyd, the president has found his platform: white backlash. In his words, he is running to defend “our values” against “anarchists,” “agitators” and “looters.”. Support our ... Full story

Huawei to request UK to delay 5G network removal

FILE PHOTO: A smartphone with the Huawei and 5G network logo is seen on a PC motherboard in this illustration picture taken January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration. (Reuters) - China’s Huawei Technologies has requested a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to work out a deal to delay its potential removal from the country’s 5G phone network, the Sunday Times newspaper reported on Sunday. The Chinese telecoms equipment maker ... Full story

Ubisoft sexual harassment probe claims three more executives

The second most powerful executive at French gaming company Ubisoft is among more senior staff to have left the firm as it pursues an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations. Last month the company, one of the world’s largest video game publishers with a portfolio including Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, launched a probe after allegations of sexual misconduct were shared online. Serge Hascoet, chief creative officer and the ... Full story

Thirsty Texts from All Your Ex-Clothes

How to Write a New Yorker Cartoon Caption: Danny DeVito Edition. The actor, producer, and director, Danny DeVito tries his hand at our Cartoon Caption Contest. Full story

Even during pandemic beekeeping remains an essential service

WASHINGTON -- “Excuse me, can I ask what you’re doing here?” a resident in a southeast Washington neighborhood asks as Sean Kennedy and Erin Gleeson get out of their truck and scour the streets. The sign on their back windshield, “Bees Onboard,” gives them away. Kennedy, 58, and Gleeson, 36, are beekeepers. They and their colleagues have been deemed essential workers by the District of Columbia government in the middle of a pandemic. On this ... Full story

15 Gift Ideas for Anyone Who Works From Home

Louryn Strampe saves money on everything she buys. Prior to joining WIRED's Gear team, she covered price drops, consumer news, and retail holidays for Mobile Nations and Rakuten. Currently based in northern Illinois, Louryn is passionate about coffee in the morning, good food in the evening, and shopping all the... Read more Full story