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Need To Know.
Trump to Announce SCOTUS Pick.
President Trump will announce his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy tonight. According to reports Trump has not settled on the pick but has narrowed his choice down to four contenders, all current federal appeals court judges: Brett Kavanaugh, a Bush-era appointee and DC insider who clerked for Kennedy; Raymond Kethledge a low-profile Midwesterner also appointed by Bush; Amy Coney Barrett, a respected-but-inexperienced conservative appointed by Trump in 2017; Thomas Hardiman, the first in his family to finish college and who was on the short list to fill Antonin Scalia's seat last year. Coney Barrett in particular could be a wildcard - she has excited social conservatives as a potential nominee but brings along questions about the impact of her faith on judicial decisions. The announcement will be televised live tonight from the White House (9pm ET).

Kanye West is currently running at 1,000-to-1 odds to be the nominee. 

California Wildfires.

One person died and one firefighter was injured in multiple wildfires that raged across California over the weekend. It was the state's first wildfire fatality since just after the new year, when the Thomas Fire - the state's largest in modern history - burned through 282,000 acres. Despite nearly 1,000 firefighters battling the spread, fires more than doubled over the weekend and caused hundreds to evacuate throughout Northern California. Though the fires were mostly concentrated in the North, seasonal wildfires also sparked up in the southern part of the state - a large and fleeting fire in Santa Barbara County burned around 20 structures and forced thousands to evacuate on Friday. By the end of the weekend the largest of the blazes, the County Fire near Sacramento, had been about 65% contained after burning close to 90,000 acres, though hot and dry conditions are expected through the week. 

The fires come as the southern part of the state is experiencing a record heat wave, with downtown Los Angeles reaching 108 degrees over the weekend. 

First 2018 Hurricanes Arrive in the US.
Two separate storm systems are approaching Puerto Rico and North Carolina, the first hurricane-level storms to hit the United States this year. Tropical Storm Beryl - which was the first hurricane of the 2018 season before being downgraded yesterday - is expected to bring 40 mph winds and up to five inches of rain to Puerto Rico by this afternoon. Off the North Carolina coast, Tropical Storm Chris is picking up steam and is expected to be upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane today. Current models project that Chris will not make direct landfall (see trajectory), but travel up the East Coast throughout the week. The storms mark a gentle entrance into this year's hurricane season following a particularly devastating 2017, which was the fifth-most active season since 1851 and the most expensive on record, with damages exceeding $200B. 

In unrelated weather news, nearly 100 were killed and 50 people are missing after torrential rains caused flash flooding and landslides in Japan.  
 
In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

MLB All-Star Game (July 17) rosters announced (More) | Everything to know about this year's roster and game (More)
World Cup semifinals set with France taking on Belgium on Tuesday, England facing Croatia on Wednesday (More
Drake's Scorpion album tops Billboard 200, sets all-time record with 745M audio streams in first week (More)
 

Science & Technology.

NASA puts iconic Kepler Space Telescope into hibernation mode as the spacecraft runs low on fuel after a decade in flight (More) | Kepler's mission was to search out Earth-like planets across the Milky Way (More)
New vaccine regimen for the most common type of HIV advances to efficacy testing in humans, only the 5th vaccine in 35 years to make it to human trials for HIV-1 (More)
Scientists inadvertently find potent anti-inflammatory, made naturally by the bacterium that causes the disease tularemia (More)
 

Business & Markets.

US economy adds more than expected 213k new jobs in June, unemployment rate rises to 4.0% as more Americans enter the workforce (More)
Smart speaker maker Sonos files for IPO to be valued at projected $2.5-3B; has $1B+ revenue, and speakers in 7M homes (More)
Twitter purges fake accounts, 70M accounts have been suspended since May (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Administration to suspend some of Obamacare's adjustment payments, which reimburses insurance companies that enroll sicker or riskier patients, after federal judge rules the formula to calculate them was flawed (More)
Officials begin rescue of youth soccer team trapped in flooded cave in Thailand, 4 rescued with 8 remaining (More)
British woman dies after exposure to residual nerve agent left over from attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal; Russia has been accused of coordinating Skripal attack on British soil in March (More)
Etcetera.
US News ranks America 8th in 2018 ranking of best countries.

Three popular YouTube daredevils die in tragic waterfall accident.


Justin Bieber announces engagement to model Hailey Baldwin

Research shows that natural vibrations in cars make drivers sleepy.

Ten streets that helped change the course of US history.

Nine people were injured in this year's Running of the Bulls.

Jaw-dropping winners from the 2018 underwater photography competition

San Francisco's average home prices rose over $200k in the past six months


Check out the 20 newest sites added to UNESCO's World Heritage list

Clickbait: USPS owes $3.5M after accidentally putting the wrong Statue of Liberty on a stamp

Historybook: President Zachary Taylor dies of cholera while in office (1850); 14th Amendment ratified in US, granting full citizenship to former slaves (1868); First Wimbledon tournament begins (1877); HBD Tom Hanks (1956); HBD Courtney Love (1964).

 
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