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Morning headlines: Obama to eulogize John Lewis today; Mars rover set for launch; RBG undergoes procedure

Morning headlines: Obama to eulogize John Lewis today; Mars rover set for launch; RBG undergoes procedure

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Today is Thursday, July 30, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Former President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy for John Lewis at the civil rights icon's funeral today in Atlanta; the year's final Mars rover mission is set for launch this morning; and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a medical procedure Wednesday.

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

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John Lewis Remembered

The casket of Rep. John Lewis is carried into the capital as Lewis will lie in repose, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Atlanta.

Obama to deliver eulogy for civil rights icon John Lewis in Atlanta

Former President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy for civil rights icon John Lewis on Thursday when the late congressman is honored at a memorial service before his body is laid to rest in Atlanta, according to sources familiar with the former presidents' plans.

Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also will attend and will participate in the funeral.

There will be a "celebration of life" at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary at 11 a.m. ET, according to an announcement from Lewis' family. Read the full story here:



A replica of the Mars rover Perseverance is displayed outside the press site before a news conference at the Kennedy Space Center Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

2020's final Mars mission poised for blastoff from Florida

The summer’s third and final mission to Mars — featuring NASA's most elaborate life-hunting rover — is on the verge of liftoff.

The rover Perseverance will follow China’s rover-orbiter combo and a United Arab Emirates orbiter, both launched last week. It will take the spacecraft seven months to reach Mars after traveling 300 million miles.

Once on the surface, Perseverance will scrounge for evidence of past microscopic life in an ancient lakebed, and gather the most promising rock samples for future pickup. Read the full story here:


Supreme Court

In this Oct. 21, 2019, file photo U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg listens to speakers during the inaugural Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif. 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes medical procedure at hospital

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has undergone a nonsurgical medical procedure in New York City and expects to be released from a hospital there by the end of the week, the Supreme Court said Wednesday night.

The court said in a statement that the 87-year-old Ginsburg underwent a minimally invasive procedure to “revise a bile duct stent” at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The stent had originally been placed last August, when Ginsburg was treated for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas. Read the full story here:

In other news today ...

  • Congressional lawmakers finally got a chance to grill the CEOs of Big Tech over their dominance and allegations of monopolistic practices that stifle competition. But it's unclear how much they advanced their goal of bringing some of the world's largest companies to heel.
  • The Trump administration and Oregon leaders declared victory after it was announced that U.S. agents guarding a federal courthouse during violent demonstrations in Portland will pull back.
  • President Donald Trump took sweeping digs at “crazy left radical Democrats” on a trip Wednesday to the fracking fields of West Texas, launching unsubstantiated claims that a Democratic administration would destroy everything from the country's suburbs to the U.S. energy industry.
  • The U.S. Postal Service is considering closing post offices across the country, sparking concerns ahead of an anticipated surge of mail-in ballots in the 2020 elections, U.S. Sen Joe Manchin and a union leader said Wednesday.
  • A second former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd will seek to have the charges against him dismissed.
  • Tropical weather barreling toward Florida could delay this weekend’s planned return of the first SpaceX crew. On Wednesday, SpaceX and NASA cleared the Dragon crew capsule to depart the International Space Station and head home after a two-month flight.
  • A freight train derailed Wednesday as it traveled on a bridge that spans a man-made lake in a Phoenix suburb, setting the bridge ablaze and partially collapsing the structure, officials said.
  • Malik B, a rapper and founding member of The Roots, has died. He was 47.
  • John McNamara, who managed the Boston Red Sox to within one strike of a World Series victory in 1986 before an unprecedented collapse on the field extended the team's championship drought into the new millennium, has died. He was 88.

Click on the links below for full versions of these stories and scroll further for trending stories, a look at today in history and celebrity birthdays.

Today's national forecast

Tropical storm Isaias has formed just south of Puerto Rico making it the earliest 9th named storm for the Atlantic Hurricane season on record. CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam has the latest forecast. Watch here:

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APTOPIX John Lewis Remembered

A mourner pauses by the casket of Rep. John Lewis lying in repose at the state capital, Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Atlanta. Lewis, who carried the struggle against racial discrimination from Southern battlegrounds of the 1960s to the halls of Congress, died Friday, July 17, 2020. 

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