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Historic Protest: Organizers say nearly two million people showed up for a massive protest in the streets of Hong Kong over the weekend, and some people are now boycotting work and classes today. It's about a controversial extradition bill that, if passed, would mean people accused of certain crimes could be sent to mainland China for trial.  Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has apologized and put the bill on hold, but protestors want the bill completely scrapped.
Read more: AP, The Hill, Reuters, CBS News, CNBC

South America Blackout: Tens of millions of people in Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay were left in the dark by a massive power outage. Officials say it was an unprecedented power grid failure but don't know the exact cause.
Read more: The Guardian, AP, CNN

Trump's Polling Team: President Trump is formally kicking off his re-election campaign tomorrow in Orlando, but before he does, he’s cutting ties with some of the pollsters in his campaign. Some polling data reportedly shows Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in some key states. Trump says the info isn’t true and that he’s “winning everywhere.” 
Read more: NYT, NBC News, Washington Post

Retailers Letter to Stop Tariffs: Hundreds of companies and trade groups are asking President Trump to end the trade dispute with China, including Walmart, Target, Macy’s and Gap. They’re worried the increased tariffs will lead to extra costs, price increases and job losses. The Trump administration hasn’t responded directly to this letter but has offered financial aid to farmers and had said it’s part of a plan to make trade with China fair in the long-run. Trump hopes to meet with China’s president at the G20 summit later this month.
Read more: NPR, Reuters, CNN, Business Insider

Target Outage: Target registers shut down nationwide over the weekend, prompting customers to take to social media using #targetdown to post videos and pictures of the long lines. Target blames the outage on an internal technology issue and say it was not a data breach. 
Read more: TechCrunch, CNBC, USA Today
Construction AI Tool: A new artificial intelligence system is meant to make construction sites safer by detecting potential accidents before they happen. The system uses an  algorithm to compare past construction site photos and accident reports against pictures of current construction sites.
Read more: MIT Technology Review, Forbes
Sports Roundup: A major NBA trade is under way, as superstar player Anthony Davis heads to the Los Angeles Lakers. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to trade him for three other players and three first-round draft picks. In golf, we have a winner for the U. S. Open: Gary Woodland won the first major victory of his pro career on Sunday. In soccer, the U.S. women’s national team is moving on to the next round after beating Chile in their second World Cup game. Carli Lloyd is the first player to score in six World Cup games in a row. The U.S. will play again this Thursday against Sweden. Speaking of record-breaking, a rare 1920s Babe Ruth Yankees jersey was just sold for $5.6 million. It’s the most expensive sports memorabilia item ever.
Read more (NBA Trade): ESPN, LA Times
Read more (U.S. Open): USA Today, CBS Sports
Read more (World Cup): CBS Sports, ESPN
Read more (Babe Ruth Jersey): ABC News, ESPN
O.J. Simpson Twitter: O.J. Simpson joined Twitter over the weekend, just days after the 25th anniversary of the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson (Simpson went to trial and was acquitted of her murder back in 1994). In videos posted on Twitter, the 71-year-old said he had “a little getting even to do” and intended on setting the record straight.
Read more: People, Entertainment Tonight
Weekend Box Office: Men in Black: International won the box office in North America over the weekend, although it didn’t do as well as predicted. The fourth installment in the MIB franchise brought in $28 million, the worst opening weekend ever for the franchise.
Read more (Weekend Box Office): Variety, Business Insider

MTV Movie & TV Awards: The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards are airing tonight. Shazam! star Zachary Levi is hosting.
Read more (MTV Movie & TV Awards): E! News