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Sen. Kamala Harris Tapped As Joe Biden’s VP

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WILMINGTON, DE — Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Tuesday to be his running mate, a historically unprecedented choice that promotes a Black woman and former rival to the Democratic Party’s presidential ticket.

Biden announced he chose Harris, a 55-year-old freshman senator from California and the state’s former Attorney General, in a text message to supporters shortly after 4pm on Tuesday.

“Joe Biden here. Big news: I’ve chosen Kamala Harris as my running mate,” the text said. “Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump.”

In a Facebook post, Biden extolled Harris as “smart, tough, and ready to lead” and applauded her work in the Senate to “hold the Trump administration accountable for its corruption, stand up to a Justice Department that’s run amok, and be a powerful voice against their extreme nominations.”

“She’s been a leader on criminal justice and marriage equality. And

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  • August 11, 2020
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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Kids style deals

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The 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale arrives just in time for back to school shopping. You can preview the sale online now, and start shopping if you have a Nordstrom credit card or are a Nordy Club reward member. Opening on Aug. 19 to the public, Nordstrom offers discounted prices on kids clothing and shoes they can wear whether they’re returning to the classroom or attending online school. Brands like Steve Madden, The North Face and Adidas offer new fall fashion pieces, bestselling items and basics like t-shirts and jeans.

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale also includes a selection of baby clothes, shoes and accessories, in addition

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  • August 11, 2020
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New Zealand Reports 4 New Cases of COVID-19 After Over 100 Days of No Community Spread

DAVID ROWLAND/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

After over three months without any new coronavirus cases, New Zealand is reporting four new cases from an unknown source.

The Ministry of Health confirmed the news on Tuesday, revealing that all four cases are members of the same household in South Auckland. According to the press release, the first case identified in the cluster has been symptomatic for five days with no overseas travel history.

Government officials say all close contacts of the four cases will remain in self-isolation for 14 days, regardless of their test results. All casual contacts are also required to remain in self-isolation until they receive the results of their test.

RELATED: New Zealand Reports 100 Days Without Coronavirus Cases as the U.S. Surpasses 5 Million Cases

“This case is a wake-up call against any complacency that may have set in. We cannot afford to let this

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  • August 11, 2020
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The CDC Is Warning People Not to Wear This Common Mask

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Photo credit: galitskaya – Getty Images

From Men’s Health

There’s controversy about mandated face masks and the best types of coverings, but there’s no debating that masks can reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A person infected with COVID-19 spreads virus via tiny droplets when they cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can then travel into another person’s mouth or nose and make them sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, wearing a face covering can stop respiratory droplets from spreading, according to the CDC. That’s why the organization recently updated their guidelines to caution people against wearing masks with vents or valves. These masks release exhaled air through the openings, which can then travel and infect others with COVID-19, according to the CDC.

What type of mask should you use?

The effectiveness of your mask depends on a variety of factors, including fit and

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  • August 11, 2020
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Travel, Retail Stocks Had Nice Start To Week, Highlighted By Foot Locker, Royal Caribbean

Over just six months, the S&P 500 Index (SPX) has gone from record highs to three-year lows back to the doorstep of new record highs this morning. 

As this relentless rally rolls on, it’s important to keep in mind that a number is just a number. Still, it’s hard to ignore the symbolism if the SPX moves above that old February intraday level of 3393. Six months may seem like a long time, but it took nearly a decade for stocks to revisit their 2007 highs after the financial crisis. Things seem to be going in fast motion as the SPX is up seven sessions in a row. 

This morning, people are bidding up stocks ahead of the bell in hopes that a Russian vaccine approval could be the first step toward ending the crisis. It’s positive news, but might get viewed with the old “fish eye.” We’ll believe it

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  • August 11, 2020
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Every Film, TV Show, and Event Affected by the Outbreak

Editor’s Note: The list is constantly updated. Dates refer to when announcements were made.

The Coronavirus outbreak is disrupting entertainment events in Hollywood and around the world, from the theatrical releases of major studio tentpoles to the launch of film festivals and TV conferences. IndieWire will continue to update this page with the latest breaking news regarding production delays, festival cancellations, release date changes, and more entertainment disruptions caused by the coronavirus. The most recent updates will be posted at the top of the running list below.

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ReedPop, the producer of New York Comic Con, announced today that its physical event will not take place, which was slated to occur at the Javits Center. Instead, the event will be broadcast on YouTube as part of a partnership with the site from October 8-11.

The New York Comic Con’s YouTube channel will live stream

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  • August 11, 2020
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HHS secretary Azar blames China for virus spread

TAIPEI, Taiwan — U.S. Health and Human Service Secretary Alex Azar has redoubled accusations that China failed to adequately warn of the coronavirus after it was first detected in Wuhan.

Azar says China’s ruling Communist Party “had the chance to warn the world and work with the world on battling the virus. But they chose not to, and the costs of that choice mount higher every day.”

The Trump administration has repeatedly accused China of withholding information from the U.N. World Health Organization and the international community as the virus began to take hold.

China denies the charge, saying it communicated information as soon as it had it, although records appear to show new cases weren’t being tabulated during a key meeting of the provincial legislature.

Since then, the U.S. has announced it will withdraw from the WHO.

Azar says Beijing had been lobbying against an investigation into the origins

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  • August 11, 2020
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Meghan Markle ran a secret, anonymous blog for two years

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Photo credit: Clive Mason – Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

Before she married Prince Harry, Suits actress Meghan Markle was famous not only for her role in, well… Suits, but also for the lifestyle blog she ran, called The Tig. Described initially as a “passion project”, the blog later evolved for Meghan into “an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity” where she shared an insight into her biggest loves – food, fashion and travel.

That blog was suspended when Meghan and Harry’s engagement was announced (being a member of the royal family means you can’t share quite so much of your life anymore) but it seems that wasn’t the only blog Meghan Markle was the voice behind. According to a new biography written about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Finding Freedom, Meghan actually ran an anonymous blog secretly for two years between 2010 and 2012.

The blog, titled

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  • August 11, 2020
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Historian Dan Snow’s History Hit Acquired by All3Media’s Little Dot Studios

In today’s Global Bulletin, Little Dot buys Dan Snow’s History Hit; ITV and France Televisions order a 9/11 doc; Open City Doc Fest reveals its game plan; and Discovery Denmark commissions Snowman.

ACQUISITION

All3Media-owned Little Dot Studios is acquiring broadcaster and historian Dan Snow’s platform History Hit. The acquisition is will create an integrated history network, linking Little Dot Studios’ existing factual AVOD channels like Timeline and Absolute History with History Hit’s SVOD channel, podcasts and online communities as well as events and book publishing.

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Snow will exclusively work with History Hit and All3Media’s Little Dot Studios to create new online and broadcast content. Little Dot acquired sports production studio Wing earlier this year.

Andy Taylor, co-founder and CEO of Little Dot Studios, said: “Together with History Hit, we will have the largest history audience on digital platforms globally and acquiring this brilliant platform will give us

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  • August 11, 2020
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Antarctic joy flights criticised for fuelling climate crisis with ‘zero gain’

Ross Ice Shelf: Getty Images
Ross Ice Shelf: Getty Images

“It’s our mission to leave this pristine landscape the way we found it.”

A noble intention for every travel firm. But do they really mean it? As you may have read, the Boeing 787 jets that Qantas acquired for the London-Perth nonstop link, covering over 9,000 miles, are now reduced to operating day-trips to the weird and wonderful deep south.

No, not the intriguing island of Tasmania – even further, to Antarctica.

An Australian company that specialises in polar sightseeing trips, Antarctica Flights, has chartered Qantas jets to propel around 200 people towards the south pole, and then back to Australia, in around 13 hours.

The context for this venture: sightseeing flights from Australia to Antarctica have been operating for decades. Right now they are about the most exciting option for Australian travellers who find their borders are sealed.

“Every Antarctica Flight is carbon neutral,”

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  • August 11, 2020