The Daily Populous

Friday July 3rd, 2020 morning edition

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TEXAS (KTRK) -- In a groundbreaking move on Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide mask order.This means every Texan is required to wear a mask or facial covering when out in public.

According to the governor, the order applies to all counties in the state with more than 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases.The requirement must be followed anywhere where a person cannot socially distance.

If, for example, a person is exercising by themselves or riding a bike, a mask is not required.

Children under the age of 10 are exempt from the order.

"COVID-19 is not going away," said the governor in an announcement published on his social media accounts.

"According to Abbott, first-time violators will be issued a warning.

The only thing we know works is a stay-at-home order, and anything short of that is a gamble on our own people. »

US prosecutors invite Prince Andrew to 'talk to us' after arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell

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US prosecutors have said they would "welcome" Prince Andrew's testimony after the FBI arrested his close friend Ghislaine Maxwell on charges of sex trafficking for the dead financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Audrey Strauss, acting US attorney for the Southern District of New York, said she "would welcome Prince Andrew coming in to talk with us.

Ms Maxwell appeared via video link at a court hearing in New Hampshire on Thursday afternoon, where she read the charges against her. »

With Epstein Suicide Looming, Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Assurances of Ghislaine Maxwell's Safety While in Custody

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I hope the SDNY and all relevant parties have conducted an extensive review of the failures of Epstein’s custody to ensure Maxwell’s safety as this case bears out.

In an indictment, Ms. Maxwell was accused of helping Mr. Epstein “recruit, groom and ultimately abuse” multiple girls, including one as young as 14.

Our journalists are working harder than ever to bring you journalism that is essential to the survival of our democracy. »

Fastest-growing black hole in the universe eats the equivalent of one sun per day

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Astronomers have come across a monstrously large black hole with a gargantuan appetite.

Each passing day, the insatiable void known as J2157 consumes gas and dust equivalent in mass to the sun, making it the fastest-growing black hole in the universe.

“Is this galaxy one of the behemoths of the early Universe, or did the black hole just swallow up an extraordinary amount of its surroundings? »