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Beyoncé pregnancy rumors swirl

Fans have been sharing footage from Beyoncé's "On the Run II" tour with her husband Jay-Z to try to figure out if a fourth child is on the way.

Posted: Jul 19, 2018 12:36 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2018 12:50 PM

Who's up for a treasure hunt? An old Russian warship purportedly filled with gold has been found in the waters between South Korea and Japan. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

1. US and Russia

President Donald Trump now says he holds Russian President Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Russia interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Trump told CBS he considers Putin culpable because he is Russia's leader. The President has been cleaning up his remarks on Russia and the election ever since Monday's summit in Helsinki, Finland, where he sided with Putin and publicly accepted the Russian leader's denials over the assessments of US intelligence agencies.

The New York Times reported that Trump knew about Russian interference two weeks before his inauguration in 2017. In a briefing he was "shown highly classified intelligence" that indicated Putin ordered up the cyberattacks. James Clapper, then the director of national intelligence, confirmed some of the details of the briefing during a "CNN Tonight" interview.

Meanwhile, the White House is reportedly considering Putin's proposal to interrogate Americans in exchange for his government's assistance in the Russia investigation. In Helsinki, Trump called it an "interesting idea." But the State Department calls the whole thing "absolutely absurd."

2. Israel

Israel's parliament passed a controversial bill that critics call a "nail in the coffin" for democracy in the country. The "nation-state" law OK'd by the Knesset establishes Israel as the historic home of the Jewish people with a "united" Jerusalem as its capital. But the law fails to mention either equality or minority rights -- both of which were integral parts of Israel's Declaration of Independence in 1948. It also downgrades the status of Arabic from an official language to a language with "special status." Despite the criticism, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the bill's passage and called it a "defining moment" in the country's history.

3. Affirmative consent

Spain could become the latest country to criminalize sex without affirmative consent. That means it would make "yes means yes" the legal standard in sexual encounters. Carmen Calvo, Spain's deputy prime minister, said she'd introduce a bill that would require affirmative consent in which both parties agree to sexual conduct, either through clear, verbal communication or nonverbal cues or gestures. Spain said it would review its sex crimes laws after widespread outrage when five men accused of gang raping a teen in a 2016 attack were instead convicted of the lesser crime of sexual abuse. They appealed their cases and were released on bail.

Sweden and Germany have similar laws, which some observers consider more effective than "no means no," which often places the burden on victims and prosecutors to prove unwanted contact. But critics call it an overreach that's hard to enforce. Some US states, such as New York and California, require public colleges and universities to include affirmative consent in conduct policies.

4. California

Not so fast, California voters. Looks like you won't get the chance to vote on splitting the Golden State up into three separate parts in November after all. The California Supreme Court ordered that the controversial initiative be removed from this fall's ballot because "significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition's validity." The initiative, called Proposition 9, would've asked voters whether California should separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California.

5. Air pollution

Enjoy going to a national park and deeply breathing in all that fresh air? You might want to rethink that next time. The air in US national parks is almost as polluted as the air in 20 major US cities, a new study from the journal Science Advances says. From 1990 to 2014, the study found national parks had ozone levels similar to that of the 20 largest major cities in America. For example, Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California had on average the same number of unhealthy ozone days as New York City. The polluted air often drifts into the parks from nearby urban and industrial areas, so one of the study's authors said conditions in the parks could be improved by cutting back on emissions of pollutants.

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UK poisoning case

British police say they have ID'd two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy and his daughter.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"I don't think that they're intentionally getting it wrong."

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, explaining why Holocaust deniers and other conspiracy theorists are still allowed to keep content on Facebook. His comments drew immediate condemnation, and he later tried to clarify his remarks.

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California dreamin'

The dream of cruising scenic Highway 1 at Big Sur is possible again, now that the iconic roadway has reopened there after last year's landslide.

Friendly flyers

The passengers overheard the teacher talk about how her students needed school supplies. So, one by one, they did something about it.

What the ...?

Heavy winds lifted a beach umbrella out of the sand and launched it right through a woman's ankle. Thankfully she's going to be OK.

Model citizen

A Minnesota Twins closer left a game early, but don't worry, he wasn't injured. He left to become a US citizen.

Oh baby

Here we go again. Beyoncé does something cryptic, and the Beyhive goes into overdrive with the pregnancy rumors. They really should give it a rest.

TODAY'S NUMBER

$12 million

The estimated cost of President Donald Trump's upcoming military parade, which is set for November 10 in Washington. Three US defense officials told CNN the parade is likely to cost nearly as much as the now-canceled military exercise with South Korea that Trump called "tremendously expensive."

141

The number of sexual abuse survivors who accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS. The women had been abused by Larry Nassar, the former team doctor for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

AND FINALLY

Not giving it up

Koby the German shepherd refuses to give a GoPro camera back to his owner because, hey, it's a GoPro. (Click to view.)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 276500

Reported Deaths: 3321
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin590031089
Ramsey24988472
Anoka19724213
Dakota19215176
Washington12538106
Stearns1226689
Scott753854
St. Louis740897
Wright663436
Olmsted610130
Sherburne512539
Clay445155
Carver409712
Blue Earth373511
Rice361431
Kandiyohi348215
Crow Wing316130
Nobles296028
Chisago28398
Otter Tail266615
Benton261940
Winona246128
Mower236722
Polk228621
Douglas219829
Morrison211621
Lyon193711
McLeod18879
Beltrami184615
Goodhue177626
Becker17559
Itasca168924
Steele16756
Todd165312
Isanti165015
Carlton153610
Nicollet146523
Freeborn13935
Mille Lacs132830
Le Sueur13219
Waseca129710
Cass12018
Pine11926
Brown117510
Meeker10797
Roseau9923
Martin98220
Hubbard97022
Wabasha9121
Dodge7850
Redwood78018
Watonwan7754
Chippewa7697
Sibley7094
Renville70818
Cottonwood7060
Wadena7006
Aitkin68923
Pipestone67018
Rock6439
Houston6152
Fillmore6050
Yellow Medicine56611
Pennington5356
Kanabec52911
Murray5283
Swift4976
Pope4820
Faribault4750
Stevens4442
Clearwater4356
Marshall4277
Jackson4091
Lake3584
Unassigned34356
Koochiching3325
Wilkin3275
Lac qui Parle3203
Lincoln3141
Norman3096
Big Stone2771
Mahnomen2494
Grant2346
Red Lake1903
Kittson1856
Traverse1330
Lake of the Woods871
Cook580

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 213603

Reported Deaths: 2193
CountyCasesDeaths
Polk31707324
Linn13442161
Scott1040375
Black Hawk10393127
Woodbury9932114
Johnson911635
Dubuque879290
Story647619
Dallas602856
Pottawattamie585166
Sioux351925
Webster335930
Marshall332942
Cerro Gordo326541
Clinton307737
Buena Vista291114
Muscatine270366
Des Moines270116
Plymouth259537
Warren258510
Wapello242871
Jones222212
Jasper206639
Marion194418
Carroll190920
Lee190315
Bremer182612
Henry17087
Crawford170615
Benton160315
Tama146340
Jackson13758
Delaware136221
Washington131313
Boone128811
Dickinson127510
Mahaska121327
Wright11625
Buchanan11009
Page10834
Hardin107510
Clay10624
Clayton10234
Harrison102328
Hamilton10157
Cedar101413
Calhoun10047
Mills9886
Fayette9768
Floyd96914
Lyon9668
Kossuth9464
Poweshiek93712
Butler9134
Winneshiek90310
Iowa88011
Winnebago87523
Louisa81316
Hancock8067
Grundy79710
Chickasaw7893
Sac7817
Cherokee7624
Cass75419
Appanoose7426
Shelby7265
Allamakee72411
Mitchell7184
Union7096
Guthrie70815
Emmet70623
Franklin68419
Humboldt6645
Madison6474
Jefferson6351
Palo Alto6064
Unassigned5950
Keokuk5397
Pocahontas5192
Howard5069
Greene4980
Osceola4941
Clarke4614
Davis4405
Ida43910
Montgomery43210
Taylor4312
Monroe42912
Adair4157
Monona3932
Fremont3463
Van Buren3364
Worth3360
Lucas3076
Decatur3000
Wayne2876
Audubon2831
Ringgold1892
Adams1551
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