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Facebook ad boycott organizers met with Zuckerberg. It didn't go well

Brian Fung, CNN Business  |  Posted Jul 8th - 11:20am

Civil rights and activist groups blasted Facebook's leadership on Tuesday after meeting with CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives to discuss the demands of a large advertiser boycott that now includes hundreds of brands.

'Desperation science' slows the hunt for coronavirus drugs

Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:07pm

nearly six months in — when the first evidence came that a drug could improve survival. Researchers in the United Kingdom managed to enroll one of every six hospitalized COVID-19 patients into a large study that found a cheap steroid called dexamethasone helps and that a widely used malaria drug does not. The study changed practice overnight, even though results had not been published or reviewed by other scientists.

Texas set to resume executions after delay during pandemic

Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 9:49pm

A Texas death row inmate condemned for fatally shooting an 82-year-old man nearly three decades ago was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday, as the nation’s busiest death penalty state prepared to resume executions following a five-month delay during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vivint Solar acquired by one of its biggest competitors in $3.2 billion deal

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted Jul 7th - 3:33pm

In a deal announced late Monday, Vivint Solar is being acquired by Sunrun Inc. in an all-stock deal valued to be around $3.2 billion.

NASA adds more safety fixes for Boeing's crew capsule

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 3:20pm

NASA has added more safety fixes for Boeing’s space capsule before it can fly astronauts following a pair of close calls during last year’s test flight.

In France, study shows virus hit African immigrants hardest

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 1:00pm

Death rates among immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa doubled in France and tripled in the Paris region at the height of France's coronavirus outbreak, according to a study from the French government's statistics agency released Tuesday.

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:57am

Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth.

US nuclear lab investigates breach at plutonium facility

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:04am

Officials at one of the nation’s premier nuclear labs are investigating the potential exposure of employees to plutonium.

Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:31am

Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone.

Russian space official, ex-journalist, charged with treason

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 5:53am

A former journalist who worked as an adviser to the director of Russia's state space corporation was arrested and jailed Tuesday on charges of passing military secrets to Czech intelligence, accusations that many of his colleagues dismissed as absurd.

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:46am

More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic.

Waste-watching: Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends

Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 5:07am

One county in Utah beat back a spike of pandemic virus infections in the spring, and another saw its rate jump. Both trends showed up in their sewage.

Utahns warned to watch for toxic algal blooms

Jed Boal, KSL TV  |  Posted Jul 5th - 7:47pm

Algal blooms have slimed the water on Utah Lake and dozens of other bodies of water across Utah in each of the last five years.

The Plastic Free July challenge is here to help you rid your life of single-use plastic waste

Joe Bagliere, CNN  |  Posted Jul 5th - 4:08pm

Unlike dance battles and dangerous dares, here's a "challenge" just about anyone can get behind.

Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 8:07am

one killing Black people in alarming numbers, the other shining a harsh light on systemic racism. In a matter of months and nearly 8 minutes, it became clear that institutions designed to ensure the two most important things in life — health and safety — had converged to turn against one segment of the population in stark, horrific ways.

Muti conducts Syria musicians in memorial concert amid ruins

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 8:03am

Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing Sunday in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy, but the coronavirus pandemic blocked others from arriving directly from Syria.

Indians keep their distance in mass tree planting campaign

Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 2:51am

More than 2 million people gathered Sunday at river banks, farmlands and government buildings in northern India while trying to practice social distancing to plant 250 million trees as part of a government plan to tackle climate change.

Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead

Derek Van Dam, CNN  |  Posted Jul 4th - 7:11pm

If your family's Fourth of July fireworks plans are up in smoke because of the pandemic, watch the sky for a lunar eclipse instead.

Excavations to resume for 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre graves

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 5:04pm

Tulsa will resume test excavations of potential unmarked graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre after the effort was halted in March because of the coronavirus outbreak, city officials announced.