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Morning headlines: Jeff Sessions loses Senate race; Justice Ginsburg in hospital; a new host for 'Dancing With the Stars'

Morning headlines: Jeff Sessions loses Senate race; Justice Ginsburg in hospital; a new host for 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Today is Wednesday, July 15, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Winners were decided in three key Senate primaries in Alabama, Maine and Texas on Tuesday night; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being treated for an infection; and Tyra Banks will be the new host of "Dancing With the Stars."

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

Top stories

APTOPIX Election 2020 Alabama Senate

Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville gestures while greeting supporters after he defeated Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Montgomery, Ala. 

Tuberville defeats Sessions, wins Alabama Senate GOP primary

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lost the Republican nomination for his old Senate seat in Alabama to former college football coach Tommy Tuberville on Tuesday, likely ending a long political career with a bitter defeat egged on by President Donald Trump.

Tuberville, 65, beat Sessions in Tuesday’s Republican runoff as Sessions fell short in his attempted comeback for a seat he held for two decades before resigning to become Trump’s attorney general in 2017.

In other key Senate primaries:

  • Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon beat two other Democrats on Tuesday for the right to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins in a race that’s critical to the battle for control of the Senate.
  • Texas’ MJ Hegar won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in a primary runoff Tuesday that was postponed months over fears of the coronavirus. She will be an underdog against Republican Sen. John Cornyn, and Democrats nationally do not view the race as competitive as their chances of flipping Senate seats in Arizona, Colorado and Maine.


Supreme Court Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

Justice Ginsburg treated in hospital for possible infection

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was being treated for a possible infection and was expected to stay in the hospital for a few days following a medical procedure, the Supreme Court said in a statement Tuesday.

The court said that the 87-year-old Ginsburg went to a hospital in Washington on Monday evening after experiencing fever and chills. She then underwent a procedure at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August when she was treated for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas. Read the full story here:


Dancing With the Stars

In this Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, file photo, Tyra Banks attends the "America's Got Talent" Season 13 Week 2 live show at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Tyra Banks waltzing in as new 'Dancing With the Stars' host

Tyra Banks will be showing off her moves as solo host of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

The supermodel, actor and businesswoman who co-created “America’s Next Top Model” will replace longtime host Tom Bergeron and take on the role of executive producer, ABC said late Tuesday. Read the full story here:

In other news today ...

  • President Donald Trump transformed an event that was supposed to highlight his China policy into an impromptu campaign rally, delivering an expansive and often meandering broadside against Democratic rival Joe Biden on trade, policing and his son's business practices, among other topics.
  • Joe Biden released a $2 trillion plan on Tuesday to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from U.S. power plants by 2035.
  • Nearly two months of nightly protests that have devolved into violent clashes with police have prompted soul-searching in Portland, Oregon.
  • Video from the body cameras of two officers charged in George Floyd's death is being made available for public viewing by appointment on Wednesday, but a judge has so far declined to allow news organizations to publish the footage for wider distribution.
  • Young activists and localist candidates dominated Hong Kong’s unofficial pro-democracy primaries over the weekend, with hundreds of thousands of people voting despite warnings the election could violate the territory's new security law imposed by Beijing.
  • An autopsy confirmed Tuesday that “Glee'' star Naya Rivera died from accidental drowning, officials said, while her family released a statement honoring her ”everlasting legacy and magnetic spirit."
  • Nick Cannon's “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the TV host and producer, the media giant said.

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Fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower in Paris during Bastille Day celebrations late Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Bastille Day marks the July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille prison by angry Paris crowds that helped spark the French Revolution. 

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