– Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, not to the “highest bidder,” saying relying on market forces would prolong the deadly pandemic. “If we just let drugs and vaccines go to the highest bidder, instead of to the people and the places where they are most needed, we’ll have a longer, more unjust, deadlier pandemic,” Gates, a…"Bill Gates calls for COVID-19 meds to go to people who need them, not ‘highest bidder’"
– Tropical storm Fay is expected to weaken further as it moves inward and become a post-tropical low pressure system on Saturday and dissipate on Sunday, the U.S National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm made landfall on Friday near Atlantic city, New Jersey, with heavy rainfall and gusty winds, according to an earlier bulletin issued by the NHC. Fay was located about 15 miles (24 km) northwest of New York City, with maximum sustained…"Tropical storm Fay to weaken, expected to dissipate on Sunday, NHC says"
– California will release up to 8,000 inmates early from state prisons to slow the spread of COVID-19 inside facilities, state authorities said on Friday. Several California prisons have suffered large coronavirus outbreaks and the state corrections department said inmates could be eligible for release by the end of August. The release marks the biggest move yet by California to “decompress” prison populations and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission by creating more space for…"California to release 8,000 prisoners to slow pandemic"
(This story removes reference to “cooling tower of the hotel’s air-conditioning system” in eighth paragraph) By Suzanne Barlyn – Commercial insurers are scrutinizing building managers’ efforts to avoid outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease as they re-open movie theaters, gyms, schools and offices that had been closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic, industry sources told . Legionnaires’ disease is a severe, sometimes-lethal form of pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacteria that builds up in pipes. Environmental insurers,…"U.S. insurers eye Legionnaires’ disease safeguards as buildings re-open from pandemic shutdowns"
– The United States reported at least 62,500 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, a record daily increase for a third day in a row, according to a tally. Seven states reported record increases in cases on Friday: Alaska, Georgia, Louisiana, Montana, Ohio, Utah and Wisconsin. Walt Disney Co stuck to its plans to reopen its flagship theme park in Orlando on Saturday even as Florida recorded its second-highest increase in cases ever with more than…"U.S. coronavirus cases rise by record for third day in a row, up over 62,500"
– U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday he will sign an executive order on immigration in the next few weeks with a road to citizenship for migrants who are in the United States illegally but arrived in the country as children. In an interview with Spanish-language TV network Telemundo, Trump said one aspect of the measure will be Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program under which such migrants have been allowed to…"Trump says he will sign immigration order with road to citizenship for ‘Dreamers’"
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is considering commuting Roger Stone’s sentence just days before his longtime friend and adviser is due to report to prison, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Stone, 67, is scheduled to report by Tuesday to a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia to begin serving a sentence of three years and four months for lying under oath to U.S. lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.…"Trump mulls commuting longtime adviser Roger Stone’s sentence, source says"
– The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported 3,106,931 cases of new coronavirus, an increase of 59,260 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 799 to 132,855. The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus, as of 4 pm ET on July 9 compared with its previous report a day earlier.…"U.S. CDC reports 3,106,931 coronavirus cases"
– Coronavirus deaths among Americans ages 65 and younger are more common among nonwhites than among whites, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in a publication released on Friday. Overall, 34.9% of Hispanic patients who died were younger than 65, while 29.5% of nonwhites who died were under 65, compared to only 13.2% of white, non-Hispanic decedents. Researchers analysed 10,647 COVID-19 deaths between Feb. 12 and April 24 from 16 public…"Among those under age 65, COVID-19 takes greater toll on nonwhite Americans: CDC"
WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney General William Barr designated Seth DuCharme as the new acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York on Friday. DuCharme, the current Principle Associate Deputy Attorney General, will swap roles with the current U.S. Attorney, Richard Donoghue, who is moving to Washington to take over his job as the Principle Associate Deputy Attorney General, the Justice Department said."U.S. Attorney General Barr taps new Brooklyn-based acting U.S. Attorney"