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Morning headlines: US 'looking at' banning TikTok; Trump vs. NASCAR; Red Sox dogged by claims of racism, sex abuse

Morning headlines: US 'looking at' banning TikTok; Trump vs. NASCAR; Red Sox dogged by claims of racism, sex abuse

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Today is Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. is considering banning TikTok over China concerns; President Trump and NASCAR engaged in a day-long feud; and the Boston Red Sox are responding to claims of sexual abuse and racism over the years.

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

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US 'looking at' banning TikTok, other Chinese social media apps, Pompeo says

The United States is "looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday.

Pompeo suggested the possible move during an interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, adding that "we're taking this very seriously." Pompeo was asked by Ingraham whether the United States should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, "especially TikTok."

"With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura," he said. "I don't want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it's something we're looking at."

The app has exploded in popularity in the United States and other western countries, becoming the first Chinese social media platform to gain significant traction with users outside of its home country. It was downloaded 315 million times in the first three months of this year, more quarterly downloads than any other app in history, according to analytics company Sensor Tower. Read the full story here:


NASCAR Indianapolis Auto Racing

NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (43) stands during the national anthem before a NASCAR auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, July 5, 2020. 

Trump sideswipes NASCAR, Wallace over flag and noose

NASCAR’s layered relationship with President Donald Trump took a sharp turn Monday when Trump took a sideswipe at the racing organization for banning the Confederate flag and wrongly accused the sport’s only full-time Black driver of perpetrating “a hoax” when a crew member found a noose in the team garage stall.

Trump suggested Bubba Wallace should apologize after the sport rallied around him after the noose was found in his assigned stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama. Federal authorities ruled last month the noose had been hanging since October and was not a hate crime. NASCAR and the FBI have exclusively referred to the rope — which was used to pull the garage door closed — as a noose. Read the full story here:


Red Sox Baseball

Boston Red Sox players walk to a bus to be transported to an off-site facility for better social distancing on the field out of concern about COVID-19, before baseball practice at Fenway Park, Sunday, July 5, 2020, in Boston. 

Red Sox dogged by claims of racism, sexual abuse

Last month, when former Major League All-star Torii Hunter said he’d been called the N-word “a hundred times” at Boston’s storied Fenway Park, the Red Sox were quick to back him up with a promise to fight racism.

“Torii Hunter’s experience is real,” the team said in a June 10 Twitter post, adding that there were at least seven incidents as recently as last year where fans used racial slurs. The team promised to do a better job dealing with racism: “As we identify how we can do better, please know we are listening.”

But those words rang hollow for more than a dozen Black men who have spent the last several years trying to get the Red Sox to listen to their claims that they were sexually abused by a former Red Sox clubhouse manager who died in 2005. Read the full story here:

In other news today ...

  • The U.S. Supreme Court handed another setback to the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Canada on Monday by keeping in place a lower court ruling that blocked a key environmental permit for the project.
  • Joe Biden has already clinched the Democratic presidential nomination but is looking for icing on the cake with a primary win in his home state.
  • Johnny Depp has a starring role in a real-life courtroom drama Tuesday in London, where he is suing a tabloid newspaper for libel over an article that branded him a “wife beater.”
  • Soldiers rescued residents on boats as floodwaters flowed down streets in southern Japanese towns hit by deadly rains that were expanding across the region Tuesday. At least 50 people have died and a dozen are missing.
  • The National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association on Monday announced a tentative deal on a return-to-play format and a memorandum of understanding on a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Major League Baseball released its pandemic-shortened schedule Monday, featuring a tantalizing season opener between the New York Yankees and World Series champion Washington Nationals.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs made sure they'll have Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes around as long as possible. Mahomes agreed to a 10-year extension worth up to $503 million, according to his agency, Steinberg Sports.
  • Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer who created the coyote-howl theme for the iconic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” died Monday at age 91.
  • Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died at 83.

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