August 5: At least 100 dead in Beirut, stimulus deal update, Clorox wipe shortage

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Firefighters spray water at a fire after an explosion was heard in Beirut, Lebanon August 4, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Good morning! It’s Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Here’s a look at your news across the nation:

1️⃣🚨 Lebanese rescue workers dug through rubble on Wednesday looking for survivors after a massive warehouse explosion sent a devastating blast wave across Beirut. At least 100 people were killed and nearly 4,000 injured. Why it matters: Lebanon President Michel Aoun said more than 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate, used in fertilizers and bombs, had been stored for six years at the port without safety measures.

2️⃣ 💵 A Tuesday afternoon negotiating session brought concessions from both sides on the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation. Leaders laid out a timeline for a possible vote next week. Why it matters: White House officials and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill both said they were closer to a deal.

3️⃣🚔 A Minneapolis commission is expected to take up a proposed amendment Wednesday, which would dismantle the city’s police department. This comes in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the plan would replace it with a new public safety department. Why it matters: The new department would prioritize public health, with a director who has “non-law enforcement experience in community safety services.” It would still allow for armed police officers, but they would answer to the new director.

4️⃣ 🚨 Military officials say they have located a seafaring tank that sank off the Southern California coast last week and found human remains. The Navy plans to place equipment near the amphibious assault vehicle that is under 385 feet of water and begin recovering the remains. Why it matters: Crews have been looking for the bodies of seven Marines and one Navy sailor, since they went missing last Thursday.


📱 [Trending] across the nation

🦠 Grocery shelves won’t be fully stocked with Clorox’s disinfecting wipes until next year, CEO Benno Dorer said, as the world’s biggest cleaning products maker struggles with overwhelming pandemic-led demand for its top product.

The company is currently understocked across much of its portfolio, which includes Glad trash bags and Burt’s Bees lip balm. Supply for most products, like liquid bleach, will improve dramatically over the next four to six months – but not wipes, Dorer said on Monday.

“Disinfecting wipes, which are the hottest commodity in the business right now, will probably take longer because it’s a very complex supply chain to make them.”

Benno Dorer, CEO

📅 What to watch for today

🔴 Samsung unveils its latest smartphones and mobile devices today. Samsung plans to announce its new version of the flagship model Galaxy Note and a foldable phon. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.


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