July

Russia reports highest daily cases since July

MOSCOW — Russian health officials have reported 6,595 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily surge since July.

In Moscow, more than 1,000 new cases were recorded Thursday for the first time since June.

The number of daily new cases started to grow in late August in Russia, which has the fourth largest caseload in the world at 1.12 million infections. There have been nearly 20,000 confirmed deaths.

Officials have repeatedly dismissed speculation of a second lockdown, saying the increase was expected and Russia’s health care infrastructure was prepared for it.

Russia was the first country in the world to approve a vaccine against the virus last month. The move elicited criticism from experts worldwide because the shots were tested on a few dozen people. More studies are needed to establish the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK

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Over 1 million California acres have burned since July as monster fires rage in Bay Area

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A firefighter along Solar Hills Drive during the Hennessy fire on Wednesday in Vacaville, Calif. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

With more than 1 million acres already burned in California since July, emergency officials braced for yet another day of dangerous fire weather on Sunday as a series of deadly blazes around the Bay Area have destroyed hundreds of homes and sent tens of thousands fleeing.

The second- and third-largest fires in California history are expected to grow in the next few days as a new thunderstorm system moves over the state, producing dry lightning and gusty winds.

The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings across large swaths of Northern and Central California that were set to go into effect before sunrise Sunday.

The new weather system will include frequent lightning strikes and gusty erratic winds, forecasters said. It’s unwelcome

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More than 1 million acres have burned in California since July as monster fires rage around Bay Area

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A firefighter along Solar Hills Drive during the Hennessy fire on Wednesday in Vacaville, Calif. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

With more than 1 million acres already burned in California since July, emergency officials braced for yet another day of dangerous fire weather on Sunday as a series of deadly blazes around the Bay Area have destroyed hundreds of homes and sent tens of thousands fleeing.

The second and third largest fires in California history are expected to grow in the next few days as a new thunderstorm system will move over the state, producing dry lightning and gusty winds.

The National Weather Service issued red-flag warnings across large swaths of Northern and Central California that are set to go into effect before sunrise Sunday.

The storm system will develop frequent lightning strikes and gusty erratic outflow winds, forecasters said.

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97,000 kids tested positive the last two weeks of July; US remains the world’s most infected country

As the U.S. reached another bleak milestone on Sunday, a glimmer of hope from New York: The Empire State reported its lowest positivity rate since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

New York, for weeks the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, reported the rate — the average number of positive results for every 100 tests — hit a record low 0.78% on Saturday. That figure once reached nearly 47% in early April, although testing was much more limited at the time. The rate had been around 1% since early June.

Meanwhile, the U.S. hit 5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, just 17 days after reaching 4 million cases — but experts agree the number of cases is actually much greater – potentially 10 times higher than what’s been reported, according to federal data.

The U.S. remains the most infected country, with about 25% of the worldwide cases.

Here are some

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Lebanon president says he knew of chemicals at port in July

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese President Michel Aoun knew about the huge stockpile of explosive material stored at Beirut’s port nearly three weeks before it blew up, he said Friday, adding he had ordered action be taken about it at the time, although the top leader also said he had no authority over the facility.

“Do you know how many problems have been accumulating?” Aoun replied when a reporter pressed whether he should have followed up on his order.

Aoun’s comments were the most senior confirmation that Lebanon’s top leaders and security officials were aware of the 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that had been stored at the port for years.

The chemicals exploded Tuesday after apparently being set off by a fire, in a massive blast that killed nearly 150 people, wounded thousands and caused billions of dollars of damage across the city. Bodies were still being recovered

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Fintech Focus For July 29, 2020

Daily Perspective: Opportunities multiply as they are seized. – Art Of War

Fintech Movers: Startups like Atomic, Astra, and Canopy are already starting to build gateless, autonomous fintech products. When they arrive, the future of money will look very little like the past. – Forbes

  • TradeZero hits major milestones.
  • Enova will be acquiring OnDeck.
  • Goldman taps AI tech for Marcus.
  • ComplyAdvantage raises $50M.
  • Revolut launches price comparison.
  • Benzinga, Envestnet | Yodlee team.
  • JPM taps Marqeta for card program.
  • Tech partnerships vital to growth.
  • SESAMm accessible via Bloomberg.
  • Nubank buys firm behind Clojure.
  • Israel preps DLT securities lending.
  • Mastercard, Microsoft partner up.
  • Envestnet | MoneyGuide intro tool.
  • Mercado Libre eyes distribution hub.
  • Analysis: E-trading in fixed income.

Benzinga Global Fintech Awards Spotlight:

Every year Benzinga, a leading news and data platform, holds the Global Fintech Awards, a day of dealmaking, networking, and recognition in the financial technology space.

Ahead of the

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Here’s what to know in South Florida on July 18

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Give a Snickers to a healthcare worker

Snickers package on Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff
Snickers package on Thursday October 24, 2013 in Lexington, Ky. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff

1:50 p.m.: Snickers and Walmart have teamed to make essential workers lives a little sweeter — if only for the amount of time it takes to eat one of the peanut and caramel chocolate bars, Miami on the Cheap reported.

Snickers launched an initiative that lets you fill out an online Send a Snickers from home form so that you can put down the name and cellphone of an essential worker. They will then be sent a voucher to redeem for a free Snickers bar at any Walmart, no expiration date.

“Whether they’re nurses, delivery drivers or cashiers, the brave essential workers still

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Here’s what to know in South Florida on July 17

We’re keeping track of the latest news regarding the coronavirus in South Florida and around the state. Check back for updates throughout the day.

Florida adds more than 100 deaths for the fourth consecutive day

Motorist line up at Hard Rock Stadium for COVID-19 testing on Monday, July 13, 2020.
Motorist line up at Hard Rock Stadium for COVID-19 testing on Monday, July 13, 2020.

11:20 a.m.: Florida’s Department of Health on Friday confirmed 11,466 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 327,241. There were also 128 new Florida resident deaths announced, bringing the statewide resident death toll to 4,805.

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Some Floridians worry contact tracing calls are scams. State urges you to respond

10:30 a.m.: Elysee Bernstein received a call July 10 from someone claiming to work for the Florida Department of Health, telling her she had tested positive for COVID-19.

She was confused since she had already received a negative result online from the Lincoln Park testing center

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All the best 4th of July sales you can still shop right now

From apparel to Gravity blankets, the 4th of July is the perfect time to snag goodies at a discount.
From apparel to Gravity blankets, the 4th of July is the perfect time to snag goodies at a discount.

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The Fourth of July may have come and gone, but you can still score some huge savings on clothing, appliances, mattresses, electronics and more, thanks to plenty of extended and particularly patriotic sales from all your favorite retailers.

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With discounts on fridges and washing machines at Best Buy and deals on patio furniture, grills and décor at Home Depot and Wayfair, plenty of stores are still feeling the red, white and blue spirit. Ahead, find our roundup of all the best Fourth of July sales you can still shop this week to finally

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July 15 tax return deadline is right around the corner: What to know

July 15 is the new April 15 for those who still have not filed a tax return. The traditional April income tax deadline was extended this year  for 2019 tax returns, due to the upheaval created by COVID-19.

The one-time extension applied for Michigan returns too, as well as the City of Detroit returns. 

Think everybody who waited owes big money? Think again. Oddly enough, experts say millions of procrastinators are likely owed a federal income tax refund for 2019.

H&R Block estimates that more than half of its clients who still need to file would receive a refund after they file. And the tax giant is running TV ads this summer highlighting the prospects of a tax refund. 

As many as 11.3 million people still had not received federal income tax refunds for 2019 taxes — down 10.8% from a year ago, based on data through June 19 from

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