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5 things to know for June 7: Mexico tariffs, Biden, Saudi Arabia, robocalls, Dr. John

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Posted: Jun 7, 2019 7:50 AM
Updated: Jun 7, 2019 7:50 AM

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1. Mexico and tariffs

Time is running short for the US and Mexico to strike a deal to avoid tariffs on Mexican imports. Officials from both countries negotiated yesterday into the evening, but no deal has been reached yet. Talks resume today. President Trump threatened to impose a 5% tariff on Mexican imports starting Monday if Mexico doesn't do more to stem the tide of Central American migrants that end up on the southern US border. For that to happen, the President must sign an executive order today. American importers have warned the White House and Congress that tariffs could unleash a logistical nightmare.

2. Campaign 2020

Well, that was fast. Just a day after reaffirming his support for the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funds for being used for most abortions, Democratic front-runner Joe Biden changed his tune. "If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no longer support an amendment that makes that right dependent on someone's ZIP code," Biden said last night during a fundraiser in Atlanta. Biden flipped his script after getting pummeled by his 2020 rivals and groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Before he made the announcement, CNN political commentator S.E. Cupp had wondered what the point of Biden's candidacy would be if he caved on this issue.

3. Saudi Arabia

The person thought to be Saudi Arabia's youngest political prisoner is just 18 years old. He's on trial on terrorism charges, and if he's convicted, he faces the death penalty, imposed in the harshest way. Some of the crimes Murtaja Qureiris is accused of committing happened when he was 10, but that doesn't matter in his country. As a boy, Qureiris participated in Arab Spring protests, and he was arrested at 13. He previously confessed to the charges but now says he did so under duress and denies them. Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world and has frequently been criticized by rights groups for executing people who were minors at the time of the crimes.

4. Robocalls

Did the FCC just save us all from the scourge of robocalls? Maybe. Agency officials voted to give wireless carriers the OK to block unwanted robocalls automatically for customers. We don't have to tell you what a problem these calls are. They interrupt our dinners, and lots of them are used to try to scam us. Americans get about 5 billion robocalls a month, one industry estimate says. Now, it's up to the wireless carriers to decide if they want to do this as their default (why wouldn't they?), but there are concerns that some may charge customers to block the calls.

5. Dr. John

An important part of the melodic gumbo that is New Orleans' music scene is the magic of Dr. John. The six-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member died of a heart attack at the age of 77. Dr. John, whose real name was Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., was a New Orleans native, and his music was just as vibrant as his hometown. He started out as a songwriter and guitarist in the 1950s before playing with Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones. His biggest hit was "Right Place Wrong Time," which was a Top 10 tune in 1973. He won his last Grammy in 2012, for his blues album, "Locked Down."

THIS JUST IN ...

Terror plot foiled?

A man has been arrested after authorities said he was trying to buy grenades to be used in an attack on New York's Time Square. The suspect reportedly wanted to throw explosives at people.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Find another way

So, you're an actor and you want to get Tyler Perry's attention. Don't go out and spend money on billboards, like this woman did.

Maybe he should buy a lottery ticket

The small museum in Canada had been trying to open an old safe since the '70s. A tourist's lucky guess cracked the code on his first try.

To infinity and beyond

Want to swim in the world's first infinity pool with breathtaking 360-degree views and a staircase that rises out of the waters? Head to London.

Too close for comfort

An asteroid the size of a football field is speeding towards Earth, but it'll (probably) miss us by just this much.

TOTAL RECALL

Quiz time

Some people are refusing to do this because of climate change.

A. Eat beef

B. Have kids

C. Drive

D. Drink water

Play "Total Recall," CNN's weekly news quiz, to see if your answer is correct.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"With all my hair I got so much to lose, like my wig or my shoes."

Dolly Parton, explaining to The New York Times why she's never ridden any rides at her Dollywood theme park

TODAY'S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Road warriors

You never know what you'll run into when you're commuting. In Alaska, it could be a whole family of bears. (Click to view.)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 554536

Reported Deaths: 7083
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Hennepin1155051679
Ramsey47786853
Dakota42410422
Anoka38477415
Washington24913273
Stearns20994218
St. Louis16774297
Scott15946117
Wright14764127
Olmsted1273297
Sherburne1060080
Carver980145
Clay781289
Rice7632101
Blue Earth695840
Kandiyohi627380
Crow Wing615086
Chisago548250
Otter Tail542673
Benton530597
Mower450532
Goodhue442471
Douglas441870
Winona438149
Nobles400248
Morrison394659
McLeod394355
Isanti375159
Beltrami372257
Itasca370752
Polk365367
Steele361914
Becker353948
Lyon347848
Carlton329352
Freeborn326829
Pine311821
Nicollet306542
Brown294439
Mille Lacs281250
Le Sueur269722
Todd268730
Cass249626
Meeker235937
Waseca231221
Martin212529
Wabasha19953
Roseau197318
Renville172043
Hubbard171841
Dodge17123
Redwood166435
Houston162614
Cottonwood156821
Fillmore15169
Pennington150619
Chippewa145836
Wadena144021
Faribault143419
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Kanabec130621
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Pope10226
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Mahnomen5048
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Iowa Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 357796

Reported Deaths: 5821
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Polk55970604
Linn20297330
Scott19082234
Black Hawk15550306
Woodbury14897221
Johnson1404281
Dubuque13153202
Dallas1089196
Pottawattamie10747162
Story1031147
Warren555186
Clinton537390
Cerro Gordo521986
Webster508291
Sioux506073
Marshall477174
Muscatine459896
Des Moines441465
Wapello4253120
Buena Vista421740
Jasper407670
Plymouth397079
Lee368155
Marion354575
Jones293055
Henry286137
Bremer279260
Carroll279151
Crawford262040
Boone258533
Benton250355
Washington249550
Dickinson242043
Mahaska224850
Jackson217942
Kossuth212663
Clay211025
Tama206671
Delaware202839
Winneshiek194433
Page190321
Buchanan188831
Cedar183823
Fayette182941
Wright180435
Hardin179942
Hamilton178049
Harrison176373
Clayton167055
Butler162534
Mills158620
Cherokee157138
Floyd155342
Lyon154741
Madison153919
Poweshiek152733
Allamakee149051
Iowa145524
Hancock143534
Winnebago136031
Grundy135232
Cass134354
Calhoun133211
Jefferson130635
Emmet128840
Shelby128337
Sac127219
Louisa126849
Appanoose126747
Mitchell125241
Union124032
Chickasaw122615
Humboldt118326
Guthrie117929
Franklin112721
Palo Alto110922
Howard102822
Montgomery100637
Unassigned10030
Clarke98223
Keokuk94530
Monroe94128
Ida89633
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Monona81230
Davis79924
Greene76710
Osceola75516
Lucas74923
Worth7078
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Van Buren55518
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