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Inside Daily Brief (Aug 24th, 2019)

1. 🌍 World leaders gathered in France on Saturday, the first day of the three-day G7 summit, to discuss looming global issues including climate change and ongoing trade wars. Leaders from Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the U.S. descended on Biarritz and have scheduled talks for later in the day. In the nearby town of Hendaye, thousands of anti-G7 protesters rallied in support of more action against climate change and economic inequality. European Council President Donald Tusk described the summit as a "difficult test of unity and solidarity of the free world and its leaders," saying it "may be the last moment to restore our political community." U.S. President Trump had a different outlook, telling reporters in France that "everybody's getting along. I think we will accomplish a lot this weekend." - CNBC

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2. 🔥 Brazil's military on Saturday launched a large-scale effort to extinguish sweeping fires in the Amazon. Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo said federal forces are heading to six Brazilian states - Roraima, Rondonia, Tocantins, Para, Acre, and Mato Grosso - to help contain the fires. He said the “unprecedented” operations will involve 44,000 troops and military aircraft capable of dumping thousands of gallons of water each onto the blaze, which has led to international concerns and anti-government protests. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has faced criticism over his handling of the crisis, authorized the armed forces Friday. - NY TIMES

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3. 🗽 President Trump said he has a right to order U.S. companies to leave China and manufacture in the country under a 1977 law. In a tweet Friday, Trump demanded the companies “immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA.” The demand was in response to China imposing new retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion worth of American goods. Trump later told reporters that he has the right to issue the directive through the 1977 International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which gives him a "broad authority to regulate a variety of economic transactions following a declaration of national emergency." - CNN

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4. 🚀 NASA is investigating its first allegations of a potential crime in space, according to The New York Times. The spouse of NASA astronaut Anne McClain filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission accusing McClain of identity theft. The spouse, former Air Force intelligence officer Summer Worden, claims that McClain improperly accessed Worden's bank account and private financial records while on a mission aboard the ISS; McClain told investigators she did access the account but "strenuously denies that she did anything improper" and "is totally cooperating," McClain's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, told the newspaper. - NYTIMES

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5. 📝 More than 20,000 AT&T employees in the southeastern U.S. went on strike late Friday to protest alleged unfair labor practices while they work to secure a new contract. Members of the Communication Workers of America accused AT&T of not sending negotiators "who have the power to make decisions," which would allow the contract talks to move forward, the union’s vice president said. A spokesperson for the company said they were blindsided by the strike and "baffled as to why union leadership would call one," saying that the company has offered terms that would help employees "be even better off." The contract expired Aug. 3. - ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

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6. 📺 Actress Hilary Duff is set to reprise her role as Lizzie McGuire for a series due out on Disney's upcoming streaming service. Original series’ creator Terri Minsky will helm the new show, which sees the character - previously in her early teens - as a 30-year-old navigating life in New York City. It will have a similar format, including an animated version of a young Lizzie with commentary about what the older character is really thinking. The streaming service, Disney+, is scheduled to premiere Nov. 12. - CBS NEWS

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7. 🌍 The U.S. State Department is planning to open a consulate in Greenland next year after President Trump floated the idea of purchasing the island. In a recent letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, department officials said the move would enhance American presence in the Arctic, where the U.S. has a “strategic interest in enhancing political, economic, and commercial relationships." A permanent presence would allow the U.S. to “protect essential equities in Greenland while developing deeper relationships with Greenlandic officials and society," it said. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has called Trump's idea of purchasing the island, an autonomous territory of Denmark, "absurd." - THE GUARDIAN

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8. 📱 Google shut down more than 200 YouTube channels after China said it used the platform to intentionally "sow discord" among Hong Kong protestors. Protestors for the past weeks have been demonstrating against Chinese rule, and over a million show up on the streets to do this past week. In a post, Google reveals it shut down the channels after it found they'd all "behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong." - TECH CRUNCH

A version of this story first appeared in Inside Google.

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9. 💉 A teenager infected with measles visited sites in southern California earlier this month, potentially infecting other people, according to health officials. Officials in Orange County said that people who visited the Desert Palms Hotel in Anaheim between Aug. 11 and Aug. 15, or Disneyland or California Adventure on Aug. 12, may have been exposed. Measles, a highly contagious disease, causes fever, rash, coughing, and red, watery eyes. The U.S. is currently facing the worst measles outbreak in decades, with more than 1,200 diagnosed this year compared to 372 people in 2018. - LA TIMES

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10. 🏞️ It will be free to visit any U.S. National Park on Sunday. The National Park Service is honoring its 103rd birthday by waiving all entrance fees at places like California's Yosemite, Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. (There are 418 sites in total.) The other free days are Sept. 28, for National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. - USA TODAY

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in Orange County. Beth is a former reporter for The Arizona Republic who has written for USA Today, Get Out magazine and other publications. Follow her tweets about breaking news and other topics in southern California here.

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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