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  • Barry Watch: Tropical Storm Barry is churning toward the Louisiana coastline, where it is forecast to make landfall late tonight or early tomorrow as a strong tropical storm, if not a low-level hurricane. Mandatory evacuations have been issued for some communities on the coast and the mayor of New Orleans has told residents to shelter in place. The biggest risk from the storm is flooding: more than a foot of rain could fall in NOLA, which is already soaked. The town of Morgan City, La. is preparing for a direct hit. See track.

  • Census Backtrack: President Trump backed down from his plan to add a citizenship question on next year’s census, which he had told lawyers to figure out how to do after the move was blocked by the Supreme Court. The president said he will instead ask government agencies to compile citizenship data from other existing records. Attorney General William Barr acknowledged that there was no practical, legal way to get the question on the forms in time. CNN.

  • R. Kelly Arrested: R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on new federal charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice, the latest addition to the singer’s mountain of legal troubles. Kelly had been out on bail awaiting trial on state sexual abuse charges. Chicago Trib.

  • Starbucks Papers: Starbucks will stop selling national newspapers at its 8,000 stores nationwide. The coffee giant said it will take the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today off shelves in September, reportedly because too many customers were reading or taking the papers without paying. NY Post.

  • Coke Bust: Customs officials are trying to figure out why a J.P. Morgan Chase-owned container ship was carrying nearly 20 tons of cocaine, with a street value of $1.3 billion. Authorities seized the ship in the Philadelphia port this week. It is operated by a Swiss shipping company and was financed through a fund controlled by J.P. Morgan. Neither the bank nor the operator are said to be targets of the probe. Markets Insider.

  • Amazon Re-Training: Amazon will embark on one of the largest corporate employee re-training efforts in history. The e-commerce giant says it will spend $700 million over the next six years to offer free training in various trades to a third of its U.S. workforce — about 100,000 people. It’s an implicit admission that automation is putting many of those workers at risk of losing their jobs if they don’t learn new high-tech skills. Meanwhile, Amazon briefly topped a $1 trillion valuation ahead of its Prime Day sales event. Cheddar.

  • Wimbledon: If you’re a tennis fan, you could do worse than this weekend’s Wimbledon lineup. Novak Djokovic faces off against Roberto Bautista Agut this morning in the semis, followed immediately by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who will play each other for the 40th time in their rivalry. The winners of those two matches play in the final Sunday. Tomorrow, Serena Williams and Simona Halep will compete in the women’s final. Tennis World.

  • Wayne Walks Off: Lil Wayne abruptly walked off stage during his set at a Virginia concert, one of the first stops on his co-headlining tour with Blink-182. Wayne told fans the crowd “isn’t my swag” and said he may drop off the tour. Watch.

  • Open For Business: Chernobyl will become an official tourist attraction. Capitalizing on the success of the HBO miniseries that dramatized the 1986 nuclear meltdown, the president of Ukraine announced that the so-called “exclusion zone” — the area around the plant that is still untouched since people fled the radiation more than 30 years ago — will be opened up to tourists and film crews for the first time. CBS News.

  • Insta Idiots: Officials at a Russian power plant are begging people to stop coming to what has become known as the “Maldives of Novosibirsk,” a Siberian man-made lake with stunning bright blue water that is actually a chemical-waste dump. So many Instagram influencers and selfie-takers have flocked to the area that the power plant issued a plea on Facebook to stay away, warning that swimming in the water is unsafe. One Instagram user said his legs turned red and itched for days after he took a pic of himself relaxing in a unicorn float. See pics.

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