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Morning headlines: 'Sharpiegate' report released; Tropical Storm Fay heads north; 'Glee' star search continues
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Morning headlines: 'Sharpiegate' report released; Tropical Storm Fay heads north; 'Glee' star search continues

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Today is Friday, July 10, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: A government watchdog found political pressure from the White House caused a weather office to be wrongly admonished during Hurricane Dorian; Tropical Storm Fay heads north near East Coast; and authorities continue their search for a former 'Glee' star believed to have drowned.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


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Trump Commerce Inspector General

In this Sept. 4, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump holds a chart as he talks with reporters after receiving a briefing on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. 

Government watchdog: Politics caused 'Sharpiegate' frantic rebuke

Political pressure from the White House and a series of “crazy in the middle of the night” texts, emails and phone calls caused top federal weather officials to wrongly admonish a weather office for a tweet that contradicted President Trump about Hurricane Dorian in 2019, an inspector general report found.

Commerce Department Inspector General Peggy Gustafson concluded in a report issued Thursday that the statement chastising the National Weather Service office in Birmingham, Alabama, could undercut public trust in weather warnings from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and for a short time even hindered public safety. Agency officials downplayed and disputed the findings. Read the full story here:

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Tropical Storm Fay threatens mid-Atlantic coast, New England

Tropical Storm Fay, the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, began to edge away from the North Carolina coast Thursday evening, its sights set on the mid-Atlantic coast and southern New England.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 11 p.m. advisory that Fay was moving toward the north at about 8 mph but was expected to have a faster forward speed over the next couple of days. The storm was located Thursday night about 85 miles north, northeast of Cape Hatteras and had top sustained winds of 45 mph. Read the latest here:

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People Naya Rivera

A patrol boat with a search and rescue dog heads out on Lake Piru Reservoir, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Ventura, Calif. Authorities said Thursday that they believe Rivera drowned in a Southern California lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. 

Authorities search for 'Glee' star believed to have drowned

Authorities planned Friday to renew the search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, who is believed to have drowned in a Southern California lake while boating with her 4-year-old son.

Rivera, 33, disappeared after renting the pontoon boat for three hours Wednesday afternoon and taking it out on Lake Piru in Ventura County, the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. Read the full story here:

In other news today ...

  • In two cases about access to President Trump’s financial records, the Supreme Court rejected broad arguments by Trump’s lawyers and the Justice Department that the president is absolutely immune from investigation while he holds office.
  • Democrat Joe Biden turned his campaign against President Donald Trump toward the economy Thursday, introducing a New Deal-like economic agenda while drawing a sharp contrast with a billionaire incumbent he said has abandoned working-class Americans amid cascading crises.
  • The death of a Black man found hanging from a tree in a Southern California city park last month was ruled a suicide Thursday following a police investigation prompted by outrage from the family.
  • China said Friday it will retaliate against U.S. officials and institutions following Washington’s imposition of sanctions on three local officials of the ruling Communist Party over human rights abuses.
  • Seoul's mayor was found dead on a wooded hill in northern Seoul early Friday, about seven hours after his daughter reported to police he had left her a “will-like” verbal message and then left their home.
  • Parts of Japan still searching for missing people and evacuating those stranded by deadly floods and mudslides were bracing for more pounding rains through the weekend.
  • The ousted U.S. attorney who was leading investigations into President Donald Trump's allies told the House Judiciary panel on Thursday that Attorney General William Barr “repeatedly urged” him to resign during a hastily arranged meeting.
  • Confederate Army symbols within the military, including prominent Army bases named for rebel generals, are divisive and can be offensive to Blacks in uniform, the nation's top officer said Thursday.
  • Johnny Depp described the breakdown of his marriage to Amber Heard on Friday in a London court, saying the last straw came when feces were found in the couple's bed after a party.
  • The legal fight over NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s endorsement potential now includes an allegation that his family received $400,000 from a marketing agency before his lone season for Duke.

Click on the links below for full versions of these stories and scroll further for trending stories, a look at today in history and celebrity birthdays.

Today's national forecast

This weekend will see hot and humid weather in place for much of the Southern US. CNN meteorologist Karen Maginnis has the forecast. Watch here:

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