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Gates Foundation donates $150 million to push coronavirus vaccine doses below $3

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is trying to make sure an eventual coronavirus vaccine is affordable for everyone. The foundation has donated $150 million to the Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker, the Gavi vaccine alliance announced Friday . The money will help speed up the development and distribution of an eventual COVID-19 vaccine and make it available to 92 poo...

The Week contest: Armed baboons

This week's question: A band of baboons at a British drive-through safari is reportedly menacing customers with an assortment of stolen weapons, including screwdrivers, knives and — in one instance — a chainsaw. In seven words or fewer, please come up with an advertising slogan that the safari could use to promote this unusual monkey attraction. Click here to see the results of last week's cont...

Stimulus bill talks hit another dead end after 2 weeks of negotiations

Congressional Democrats and White House leaders didn't solve anything during a Friday meeting meant to hammer out the next CARES Act, closing out a second week of negotiations with next to nothing to show for them. The main problem, CNN's Phil Mattingly reports , is that Democrats don't have the votes to support any bill under $2 trillion and Republicans won't accept anything over it. Those sti...

The daily gossip: Cardi B claims YouTube forced her and Megan Thee Stallion to censor 'WAP,' Lady Gaga admits to wounding Arian

1. On Friday, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion dropped their new track, "WAP," along with an accompanying steamy music video. "WAP," it turns out, is an extremely explicit acronym , and the lyrics on the track are just as R-rated. "The song was so nasty that YouTube was like, 'Hold on, wait a minute, that song might be too goddamn nasty,'" Cardi B explained on Instagram, revealing the duo was fo...

Intelligence official says Russia and China are lining up on opposite sides of the U.S. election

A top intelligence official says Russia is using a "range of measures" to take down former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential election, while China prefers that President Trump doesn't win. William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, released a statement on Friday detailing the "intentions and activities" of U.S. adversaries in the pre...

Court rules House can enforce McGahn subpoena, but law professors say Trump's stalling already did its job

It's been more than a year since the Trump administration blocked House Democrats' attempt to secure testimony from former White House Counsel Don McGahn, a pivotal figure in the Mueller investigation. At the time, it appeared to be what former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara called a "stalling tactic," and a way for the Trump administration to "run out the clock" to a point where McGahn's testimon...

Trump's latest fundraising attempt is reportedly a Facebook scam against his own supporters

President Trump would love to have dinner with you, for the low, low price of a $10,000 fine . The Trump campaign blitzed supporters this week asking for donations in exchange for the chance to attend a "VIP dinner" with the president in Southampton, New York on Aug. 8, but Popular Information 's Judd Legum, who investigated the contest, says the fundraising attempt is a pretty blatant "scam." ...

The week's best photojournalism

A man removes broken glass scattered on the carpet of a mosque damaged in the blast in Beirut, Lebanon. | ( REUTERS/Aziz Taher ) A brush fire burns a car in Cherry Valley, California. | ( AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu ) A small plane after a crash in Proti, Greece. | ( Ilias Kotsireas/InTime News via AP ) An aerobatic squad flies over a new bridge in Genoa, Italy. | ( AP Photo/Luca Bruno ) People re...

The one where the Friends reunion gets delayed again

The rain continues to pour on the Friends reunion special. The planned reunion of the hit sitcom's original cast on HBO Max has yet again been delayed, according to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety . Filming of the unscripted special was scheduled to occur in March , but production had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hope in recent weeks, though, was that the special could f...

U.S. sanctions Hong Kong's leader and other officials over 'draconian' national security laws

The U.S. is once again escalating tensions with China over Beijing's crackdown on Hong Kong freedoms. The U.S. Treasury and State Departments levied sanctions against 11 Hong Kong and China officials on Friday, most notably Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam. The sanctions are in response to severe crackdowns on freedoms those officials have taken against Hong Kongers at the mainland's direct...

How to stay relevant if you're a delayed movie

Have you watched this week's new teasers for Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984 yet? Admittedly, it's a little hard to get excited about them. Tenet is now in its 13th month of promotion, after its first teaser debuted ahead of Hobbs & Shaw last August, and it's been more than two years since director Patty Jenkins showed a brief clip of the Wonder Woman sequel at Comic Con. Both Tenet and Wonder Woma...

Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has given all schools in the state the authorization to reopen. "By our infection rates, all school districts can open, everywhere in the state," Cuomo said on Friday. "Every region is below the threshold that we established, which is just great news." School districts in New York have to submit reopening plans to the Department of Health and the State Education D...

Biden campaign reportedly making 'ruthless cuts' to convention speaking list

This year's virtual, time-crunched Democratic National Convention isn't making space for many top Democrats to speak. The DNC has set aside just two hours every night from August 17–20 for the convention where former Vice President Joe Biden will accept the nomination. That has led the Biden campaign to make some "ruthless cuts" to some of the highest profile Democrats out there, though the con...

Florida health directors reportedly told not to say whether schools should reopen

County health directors in Florida have reportedly been told not to provide a recommendation about whether schools should reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. Florida state officials "instructed county directors to focus their advice to school boards on how best to reopen," but the health directors have been told "not to make a recommendation" about whether to actually reopen at all, The Pal...

Pfizer will manufacture Gilead's emergency coronavirus drug remdesivir to scale up its supply

Gilead Sciences' potential coronavirus treatment is getting a supply chain boost. Pfizer has entered a multi-year agreement with Gilead to manufacture its antiviral drug remdesivir, which has been FDA approved for emergency use to fight coronavirus, the pharmaceutical company announced Friday . The partnership is intended to ramp up production of the intravenous drug. While no drug has been app...
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