COVID-19, Russia, Florida, Supreme Court, USC, NASA: Thursday’s news.

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The coronavirus pandemic continues unabated. Russia accused of trying to steal information about a top secret vaccine. And you must see the closest photos of the sun ever published today.

It’s Ashley. Let’s talk about news, okay?

But first, not another virus: A Michigan resident was infected with a rare mosquito-borne virus that spread through bites. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

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“Epicenter of the epicenter”

Florida’s record peak for COVID-19 has not slowed. For the second time in the past three days, Florida reported a daily record of deaths from COVID-19. The state also reported its second positive cases on Thursday, increasing Florida’s cumulative total to 315,775. The state – on its own – has more infections than the UK or Spain. The increase in the number of cases did not prevent visitors from partying in Miami Beach, which its mayor called “the epicenter of the epicenter”. Across the country, more than 66,000 new cases of coronavirus were confirmed and 941 deaths were reported on Thursday.

The governor of Georgia threw the mask out of the window: Some mayors of Georgia expressed outrage Thursday over Governor Brian Kemp’s decision to ban mandatory mask orders in the state, which means local governments will not be able to order people to wear masks on the premises public. (Do it anyway, folks!)

Can you get COVID-19 twice? Experts say the possibility is “certainly real” that people can be re-infected. Allegations of recurrent infections require further study, but if it is proven that cured patients can catch the virus a second time, it would affect their own immunity while complicating efforts to obtain the Holy Grail of medical research – effective vaccines.

What is good, Russia?

Russia is accused of attempting to steal information about the COVID-19 vaccine by hacking research facilities as companies rush to develop a viable vaccine against the virus that has killed more than 584,000 people worldwide. The United States, Britain and Canada alleged Thursday that the hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear, had attacked academic and research institutions on the drugs involved in the development of a vaccine against coronaviruses. It was unclear if any information had been stolen. Russian President Vladimir Putin, if you are reading this, we would like a comment. Note: US authorities have been launching similar hacking charges against China for months.

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  • The European Union extended its travel ban to Americans.
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Supreme Court temporarily prevents criminals from voting in Florida

The Supreme Court refused on Thursday to let Florida criminals who have served their sentences vote in a primary without having to pay fees, fines and refunds first, as required by the state. Voting groups are not satisfied with the decision, arguing that the Florida system is tantamount to a “voting tax” that violates a constitutional amendment granting hundreds of thousands of criminals the right to vote. The restriction will remain in effect until the matter is heard next month – while the registration deadline for voting in elementary school is Monday. Florida Crime Voting Dispute Might Be Crucial In Fall Elections: About 775,000 Criminals In State Have Served Prison, Of Which About 85,000 Have Voted .

You never saw the sun like that

The closest photos of the sun were released today. Spoiler: They look like a lot of 🔥. NASA and the European Space Agency have released the first data captured by the joint Solar Orbiter mission during its 65 million km journey to the sun, including sizzling images. See them for yourself.

Really fast

  • A former Honolulu police officer who forced a man to lick a urinal in a public bathroom was sentenced to four years in prison.
  • After Mary Trump won a legal battle to publish and promote it, his book breaks records.
  • Actress Galyn Gorg, who appeared in “Robocop 2” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, died at 55.
  • The recent extreme heat in the Siberian Arctic would have been “almost impossible” without human-made climate change.
  • Brad Parscale, Trump’s longtime collaborator was removed from his post as campaign manager as President Donald Trump shakes up his re-election staff.

Evicted USC President Received Millions of Dollars After Sexual Abuse Scandal

When the president of the University of Southern California resigned following a sexual abuse scandal involving a campus gynecologist in 2018, he left with compensation totaling nearly $ 7.7 million, revealed USA TODAY. This is more than three times his remuneration for the previous year. CL Max Nikias was ousted after criticizing the university for ignoring decades of complaints against George Tyndall, a USC gynecologist, accused of sexually assaulting female students.

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