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Fear over rise in animal-to-human diseases - BBC News

Image caption Bats were probably the source of the current coronavirus pandemic, epidemiologists says. Zoonotic diseases - which jump from animals to humans - are increasing and will continue to do so without action to protect wildlife and preserve the environment, UN experts have warned. They blame the rise in diseases such as Covid-19 on high demand for animal protein, unsustainable agricultural practices and climate change. Neglected ... Full story

Kayleigh McEnany scolds reporters for not asking about deadly weekend of violence across America

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany scolded reporters during Monday’s press briefing for failing to ask a single question about a violent weekend that saw an 8 -year-old girl die in Atlanta, as the nation saw a surge in gun violence. “I’d end with this, I was asked probably 12 questions about the Confederate flag, this president is focused on action and I’m a little dismayed that I didn’t receive one question on the deaths that we got ... Full story

Mary Trump's tell-all book to be published two weeks earlier on July 14

A highly anticipated book by Mary L. Trump, the niece of President Trump, will be published two weeks earlier than planned after a court last week allowed Simon & Schuster to continue distributing copies. The book will be published on July 14 due to intense interest in it, the publisher announced Monday. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. While the publisher last week was released from a temporary restraining order, Mary Trump is still ... Full story

McEnany defends Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet Post

Trump tweeted Monday morning of NASCAR’s most prominent black driver, “Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!”. McEnany, peppered with questions, referred to the FBI’s ruling on the situation a couple weeks ... Full story

Grille at Flower Hill in Gaithersburg closes after saying employees won't wear masks

A Gaithersburg restaurant has closed after saying on Facebook that its employees would not wear face masks to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus while serving patrons. The Grille at Flower Hill, a smokehouse in Montgomery County, said in a post over the weekend that it had been visited by health authorities following a complaint that its employees were not wearing face masks — a violation of both state and local health regulations. ... Full story

Amy Cooper charged with false report after calling police on black bird watcher

The white woman who falsely claimed she was threatened by a black birdwatcher who asked her to leash her dog in Manhattan’s Central Park was charged Monday with filing a false report, the Manhattan district attorney said. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. Amy Cooper, 41, gained national notoriety in late May after she was captured in a now-infamous video threatening to call police on the man, stating, “I’m going to tell them there’s an ... Full story

Heat wave to swell over Lower 48 for much of July Washington Post

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center's outlook for temperature anomalies through July 19. (Pivotal Weather). An enormous swath of heat is about to swallow much of the Lower 48, bringing a long stretch of temperatures in the 90s, above the century mark in some areas. In the coming week, over 80 percent of the Lower 48 will see temperatures top 90 degrees, and 40 million people could see temperatures above 100. The worst of the ... Full story

Racial-profiling debate rages after British sprinter Bianca Williams is handcuffed by police

LONDON — A British sprinter has accused London Metropolitan Police of racial-profiling her family, after an encounter with officers was partly captured on video and went viral. Bianca Williams, 26, said she believes police targeted her and her family because they are black and were in a Mercedes. Support our journalism. Subscribe today. The Team GB runner, who won a gold medal for Britain in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and her partner, Ricardo ... Full story

Tesla shares surge 10% as strong deliveries drive profit optimism

FILE PHOTO: The Tesla logo is pictured on an electric car at Brussels Motor Show, Belgium, January 9, 2020. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir. (Reuters) - Shares of Tesla ( TSLA.O ) surged 10% to a record high on Monday, extending their rally to nearly 40% in five sessions after analysts raised their price targets on the electric car maker following its strong quarterly deliveries. JMP Securities increased its price target to $1,500 from $1,050 after ... Full story

Hong Kong details new powers under controversial China law

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong released additional details of China’s new national security law for the former British colony on Monday, saying security forces had overriding authority to enter and search properties for evidence and stop people from leaving the city. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Hong Kong National Security Adviser Luo Huining (first row 2nd left); Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung (first row ... Full story