☀ July 31: Marine dead & 8 missing after training ‘mishap,’ Isaias upgraded to a hurricane, Fauci to testify about Coronavirus

[Your Morning]

Good morning! It’s Friday, July 31, 2020. Here’s a look at your news across the nation:

1️⃣🚨 BREAKING NEWS: One Marine is dead, two are injured and eight service members remain missing after a training “mishap” off the coast of southern California last night. Search and rescue efforts are underway right now. We’ll be monitoring the latest developments on this story throughout the day. News Nation affiliate KSWB-TV is on the ground covering this story.

2️⃣🧼 Dr. Anthony Fauci and other public health experts are expected to testify this morning in front of a special U.S. House Coronavirus committee. In released prepared remarks, Fauci is expected to double down on the use of wearing masks. Why it matters: Right now, schools across the country are deciding how and if students can return to in-classroom learning this fall.

3️⃣🌀 Isaias is now a hurricane and is expected to approach the east coast over the weekend. Hurricane Isaias was upgraded to a category 1 storm by the National Hurricane Center. Why it matters: A tropical storm watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from Ocean Reef to Sebastian Inlet including Lake Okeechobee. 

Courtesy: NOAA

4️⃣⚖ Newly unsealed court documents provide a fresh glimpse into a civil court case between Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, and one of the women who accused the couple of sexual abuse. Among the newly released documents were emails Maxwell and Epstein exchanged in January 2015. Why it matters: The alleged victim said Maxwell recruited her in 2000 to be a sexual servant to Epstein. She said the couple subsequently pressured her into having sex with numerous rich or notable men, including Britain’s Prince Andrew, U.S. politicians, wealthy entrepreneurs, a famous scientist and fashion designer. Maxwell and the men accused have denied those allegations for years.

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📺 Ellen DeGeneres sent an emotional message to the staff of her television talk show saying she was taking steps to improve the culture on set following accusations of a hostile work environment.

The email followed an internal investigation by Warner Bros. Television, which produces “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” of complaints ranging from bullying to racism among production staff.

Warner Bros. Television said in a statement that although “not all of the allegations were corroborated, we are disappointed that the primary findings of the investigation indicated some deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management.”

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect. Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case.”

Ellen DeGeneres wrote in an email to staff

📅 What to watch for today

🔴 Dr. Anthony Fauci and public health experts are expected to testify before Select Subcommittee on Coronavirus Crisis in a hybrid in-person/remote hearing. This begins at 9 a.m. (ET).

🔴 The International Space Station crew will hold a news conference from space today at 10:45 a.m. (ET).

🔴 President Donald Trump will visit Florida ahead of forecasted tropical weather this weekend. He will participate in a storm response & COVID-19 roundtable at 4:30 p.m. (ET) and will also attend a campaign fundraiser.

💻📲 We’ll bring you 🔴 LIVE news updates throughout the day on the News Nation Now app and NewsNationNow.com.

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