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Starbucks is requiring customers to wear face masks inside its coffee shops starting July, 15, the company confirmed Thursday.

A customer walks out of the first Starbucks store in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Seattle-based coffee chain is prioritizing the health and safety of its employees and customers, a spokesperson said, as more retailers grapple with how to stay in business and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Starbucks coffee shops will have signs that state customers are required to wear a facial covering in stores and customers can utilize the chain’s mobile app, order drive-thru or curbside pickup in addition to placing orders for delivery in areas where a local government face-covering mandate is not in place, the spokesperson said.


“We continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our partners (employees) and customers and play a constructive role in supporting health and government officials as they work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” a Starbucks spokesperson told FOX Business in an email.


The number of incidents surrounding its face-covering policy in recent weeks have increased. An employee working at the chain's Midland, Texas, the store was assaulted for explaining the company's face covering policy, officials said.


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How to watch Hulu's new romantic comedy 'Palm Springs' when it premieres on July 10

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  • "Palm Springs" will be available to stream exclusively on Hulu starting July 10.
  • The romantic comedy stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as two strangers who get trapped in a time loop.
  • A Hulu subscription costs $5.99 per month with ads, or $11.99 per month without ads.
  • You can also bundle Hulu with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month.


"Palm Springs," Hulu's latest original film, is set to start streaming on Friday, July 10. The movie originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2020. Production company Neon and Hulu then purchased the distribution rights for the film.

Andy Samberg stars as Nyles in the film, alongside Cristin Milioti who plays Sarah. The two characters meet at a wedding in Palm Springs, and soon find themselves trapped in a time loop. No matter what they do, every morning they wake up in Palm Springs living the same day over and over again. 

The movie has received critical acclaim, and currently holds a 98% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a score of 82 out of 100 on Metacritic. Jason Guerrasio, senior entertainment reporter at Insider, gave the film an A- grade in his full review.

Below, we've detailed everything you need to know about watching "Palm Springs" on Hulu.

How to watch "Palm Springs" on Hulu

To watch "Palm Springs" you'll need a subscription to Hulu. The movie will start streaming exclusively through the service on July 10.

The cheapest way to subscribe to Hulu is via its ad-supported plan for $5.99 per month. This option gives you access to all of the platform's on-demand programs, including "Palm Springs." If you're sick of commercials, an ad-free Hulu plan is available for $11.99 per month. 

Meanwhile, cord-cutters looking for live TV streaming to go along with Hulu's on-demand library, can opt for Hulu + Live TV. This plan adds access to over 65 channels for a starting price of $54.99 a month.   

Finally, If you want even more on-demand streaming content, the ad-supported version of Hulu is also available as part of a discounted bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for a total of $12.99 per month. That's about $5 less per month than you'd pay if you signed up for each service separately.

Once you subscribe to Hulu, you can watch "Palm Springs" through the Hulu app or website. Hulu is supported on most connected devices, including iOS and Android smartphones, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, smart TVs, and streaming players from Apple, Roku, Amazon, and Chromecast. You'll need an internet connection to stream "Palm Springs," and subscribers with a Hulu ad-free plan should also be able to download the movie to a mobile device for offline viewing.

What other exclusive movies and shows can I watch on Hulu?

Hulu features a sizable library of original films and series. Other exclusive movies recently released on Hulu include the thriller "Delivered", the comedy "Big Time Adolescence," and the horror film "Little Monsters."

Popular Hulu original series include "The Handmaid's Tale," "Little Fires Everywhere," "The Great," "Castle Rock," "Ramy", "Future Man," and more. In addition to exclusive titles developed just for Hulu, the streaming service also includes access to many current and classic network shows and Hollywood films. 

For more streaming recommendations, be sure to check out our guide to the best streaming services.


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Meghan Markle tries to prevent ‘friends’ from being named in suit

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LONDON — The Duchess of Sussex asked a British court Thursday to prevent a newspaper from publishing the names of five friends who defended her while speaking to an American magazine under the shield of anonymity.

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The former Meghan Markle made the request in a witness statement for her lawsuit against the Daily Mail and its parent company over excerpts from a “private and confidential″ letter she wrote to her father that the newspaper published last year.

Her statement, filed in Britain’s High Court, claims the newspaper has threatened to publish the names of the five women who spoke to People Magazine anonymously but are named in confidential court documents as part of her lawsuit.


“For the Mail on Sunday to expose them in the public domain for no reason other than clickbait and commercial gain is vicious and poses a threat to their emotional and mental well-being,” Meghan said in the statement. “The Mail on Sunday is playing a media game with real lives.”

Papers drawn up by lawyers for the newspaper argue that the publication of the letter to the duchess’s father, Thomas Markle, was in response to a “one-sided” article in People Magazine in February 2019 featuring an interview with the “close friends.” The article referenced the letter, meaning it was in the public domain, the lawyers said.


The newspaper said it has “no intention,” of publishing the names this weekend. But it said the court should decide on the confidentiality to which Meghan’s friends are entitled.

“Their evidence is at the heart of the case, and we see no reason why their identities should be kept secret,″ a newspaper statement said. “That is why we told the duchess’s lawyers last week that the question of their confidentiality should be properly considered by the Court.″

The duchess said in her statement Thursday that the five friends made the choice on their own to speak to People. She accused the newspaper of trying to create a distraction.

“These five women are not on trial, and nor am I,” the statement said. “The publisher of the Mail on Sunday is the one on trial. It is this publisher that acted unlawfully and is attempting to evade accountability; to create a circus and distract from the point of this case – that the Mail on Sunday unlawfully published my private letter. “Each of these women is a private citizen, young mother, and each has a basic right to privacy.″


Meghan’s civil lawsuit accuses the newspaper and its published, Associated Newspapers, of copyright infringement, misuse of private information and violating the U.K.’s data protection law with the publication of the letter.

The newspaper also argues there is “huge and legitimate public interest in the royal family and the activities, conduct and standards of behavior of its members.″

It argues this extends not merely to their public conduct, but “to their personal and family relationships because those are integral to the proper functioning of the monarchy.”


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Al Jazeera rejects Malaysian officials' claims over documentary

Network calls on Malaysian authorities ‘to respect media freedom and desist from treating its journalists as criminals’.

Al Jazeera Media Network has strongly rejected allegations made by Malaysian authorities over an investigative documentary aired last week about the arrest of undocumented migrants during the coronavirus pandemic.

In a short film called Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown broadcast on July 3, Al Jazeera’s 101 East documentary strand investigated the plight of thousands of undocumented migrant workers arrested during raids in areas under tight lockdowns.

Malaysian officials and national television criticised the report, claiming it was inaccurate, misleading and unfair. Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob called on Al Jazeera to apologise to Malaysians, adding that allegations of racism and discrimination against undocumented migrants were untrue.

Malaysian police announced an investigation of Al Jazeera staff over potential sedition, defamation and violation of the country’s Communications and Multimedia Act.

In a statement, the Qatar-based broadcaster on Thursday said it stands by “the professionalism, quality and impartiality of its journalism”, and warned of “serious concerns about developments that have occurred in Malaysia since the broadcast of the documentary”.

While the documentary had focused on the plight of foreign migrant workers, it also highlighted Malaysia’s success in containing the virus and the humanitarian efforts of Malaysian organisations to provide direct assistance to migrants in need, the broadcaster said.

The filmmakers sought senior government officials’ comments, but repeated requests for interviews were not accepted, according to the statement. Still, Al Jazeera “produced a balanced film by including comments made by the Defense Minister at two press conferences”, it said.

It added that the weekly programme which focuses on the Asia Pacific region, “has a reputation for producing in-depth journalism of the highest quality. Many of its programmes have been internationally recognised with prestigious awards from across the globe.”

Threats against staff

Al Jazeera also said it has “grave concerns” about its staff in Malaysia who have faced abuse online, including death threats and disclosure of their personal details over social media.

“Al Jazeera is deeply concerned that its staff are now subject to a police investigation,” said the statement.

“Charging journalists for doing their jobs is not the action of a democracy that values free speech. Journalism is not a crime,” it added.

It said the network was “concerned for the safety of those interviewed in the documentary who have also been subjected to abusive online harassment and hate speech”.

Regional news websites reported on Tuesday that Malaysia’s immigration department issued a search notice for a Bangladeshi national interviewed in the documentary.

The developments come amid a crackdown by Malaysian authorities on reporters and activists.

Al Jazeera urged Malaysian authorities “to respect media freedom and desist from treating its journalists as criminals”.

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Pelosi confident U.S. Congress will produce strong coronavirus relief bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she is “very confident” Democrats and Republicans in Congress will agree on strong new coronavirus relief legislation after lawmakers return from their July break.

Speaking to reporters during a conference call with public union members, Pelosi said she has received overtures from individual Republicans about the need for further legislation and that the Trump administration is seeking to peg spending at $1 trillion as coronavirus cases surge in the United States.

“We feel very confident that we’ll have a strong bill,” Pelosi said. “$1 trillion doesn’t do it for us. But we can negotiate from there.”

The Democratic-led House passed a $3 trillion relief package in May that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to consider. Instead, McConnell is expected to move his own bill through the Republican-controlled Senate in late July.

Earlier on Thursday, Pelosi insisted that new legislation include trillions in pandemic aid for state and local governments, workers and their families and efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

“We need $1 trillion for state and local. We need another $1 trillion for unemployment insurance and direct payments. Something like that, but probably not as much, for the testing, tracing, treatment,” Pelosi told a news conference.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told an interviewer on Thursday that he supports more direct payments to Americans but said any extension of enhanced unemployment benefits would be capped at 100% or less of a worker’s pre-pandemic pay.

House and Senate lawmakers left Washington just before the July 4 holiday and are due to return on July 20.

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Football: Champions League final eight set to be played behind closed doors

PARIS (AFP) – The final eight of this season’s Champions League in Lisbon is set to go ahead behind closed doors after Uefa confirmed on Thursday (July 9) that all matches in European competitions would be played without spectators “until further notice” because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision also affects the four outstanding last 16, second-leg matches, as well as the remainder of this season’s Europa League and the women’s Champions League final eight, to be played in Spain in August.

“Several elements were taken into account by Uefa when making a decision, such as the protection of the health of all those involved in the matches as well as the public at large; a responsibility to provide the safest environment for matches in order to guarantee the progress of competitions; as well as ensuring sporting fairness within a very inconsistent landscape (with some countries allowing and some forbidding stadium attendances),” European football’s governing body said in a statement.

It added that “in light of the current situation, the Uefa Executive Committee felt it prudent to conclude that Uefa matches should take place behind closed doors until further notice.”

Uefa said the decision had been made “in agreement with the national associations and authorities of the final eight tournaments’ hosts Germany, Portugal and Spain”.

It also confirmed that “irrespective of any future decision, for reasons of sporting fairness”, all matches in the qualifying rounds of next season’s European competitions which are due to be held as a single-leg ties – so not including the play-offs for the Champions League – will be played behind closed doors.


Meanwhile, the remaining last-16 games, which were postponed in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will not be played on neutral grounds when they finally go ahead in August.

Uefa had indicated last month that the matches could be played in the northern Portuguese cities of Porto and Guimaraes depending on the health situation around the continent.

However, following a review, Uefa has decided to allow those sides who were supposed to be at home to play the matches in their own stadiums on Aug 7 and 8.

It means that Italian champions Juventus will host Lyon in Turin looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg played in France in late February.

Manchester City will defend a 2-1 lead when they entertain record 13-time champions Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium, while Barcelona will host Napoli at the Camp Nou with that tie poised following a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

The other outstanding tie will see German champions Bayern Munich entertain Chelsea at the Allianz Arena in pole position having won 3-0 in the first leg.

The winners of those four ties will join the already-qualified quartet of Atalanta, RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in the last eight.

The latter stages will be played out in a unique final eight straight knockout format in Lisbon in August, starting on Aug 12 with the first quarter-final and concluding with the final at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on Aug 23. All quarter-final and semi-final ties will be one-off matches.

The Portuguese capital was announced as the venue in June but has since registered worrying numbers of coronavirus cases, with lockdown restrictions reimposed last week on 19 neighbourhoods across the northern periphery of Lisbon.

The restrictions concern some 700,000 people and will remain in place for at least a fortnight.

The Europa League will also be completed with an identical format, a final eight in Germany, with the final in Cologne on Aug 21.

However, none of the last-16 ties have been completed, with only six of the eight first legs having been played.

The other two ties – Inter Milan versus Getafe and Sevilla versus Roma – will be played as one-off ties in Germany.

The women’s Champions League will be completed with a final eight in San Sebastian and Bilbao in Spain’s Basque Country between Aug 21 and 30.

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U.S. Supreme Court to weigh shareholder suit over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

WASHINGTON, July 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear an appeal by President Donald Trump’s administration seeking to avoid a lawsuit by shareholders of mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac relating to the government rescue of the companies following the 2008 housing crisis.

The justices will review a 2019 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that shareholders in the two companies could pursue a challenge to the 2012 agreement between the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the Treasury Department. The deal eliminated dividend payouts to various shareholders and required the companies to pay the U.S. Treasury an amount equal to their quarterly net worth each quarter.

The court also took up a related appeal brought by the shareholders that challenges the constitutional structure of the agency. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurleyl Editing by Will Dunham)

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Dow, S&P 500 fall on fears over surging virus cases

(Reuters) – The S&P 500 and Dow dropped on Thursday as investors worried about another round of business shutdowns to contain a surge in coronavirus cases and they began to shift their focus to earnings.

The United States saw more than 60,000 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, setting a single-day global record while Florida and Texas reported a record one-day increase in deaths.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) tumbled 8.2% after it reported a quarterly loss compared with a profit a year earlier, hurt by non-cash impairment charges of $2 billion as COVID-19 disrupted business at its Boots UK division.

Investors also are beginning to turn their focus to second-quarter earnings. S&P 500 companies are expected to post the biggest quarterly decline in earnings since the financial crisis, based on IBES data from Refinitiv.

“I expect a lot of confusing numbers and guidance. COVID is certainly not behind us in any way shape or form, so maybe the V gets elongated some,” said Peter Tuz, president of Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Nasdaq was higher and hit another record high, however, helped by gains in (AMZN.O), Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Apple Inc (AAPL.O).

The Dow Jones Industrial Average .DJI fell 289.33 points, or 1.11%, to 25,777.95, the S&P 500 .SPX lost 11.05 points, or 0.35%, to 3,158.89 and the Nasdaq Composite .IXIC added 68.25 points, or 0.65%, to 10,560.75.

U.S. stocks had opened higher after data showed the number of Americans filing for jobless benefits dropped to a near four-month low last week, but a record 32.9 million people were collecting unemployment checks in the third week of June.

A batch of upbeat economic data including the record pace of job additions in June has underscored that the stimulus-fueled domestic economy was on the path to recovery.

The benchmark S&P 500 has risen more than 40% from its March closing lows and is now about 7.8% below its February record high. The Nasdaq notched a record close in the prior session.

In a bullish signal for near-term momentum, the benchmark S&P 500’s chart formed a “golden cross” pattern, in which its 50-day moving average vaulted above the 200-day moving average.

Cisco Systems Inc (CSCO.O) rose as Morgan Stanley upgraded its rating on the network gear maker’s stock to “overweight”.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 2.63-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 2.09-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted 32 new 52-week highs and 1 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 114 new highs and 29 new lows.

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Slovenian parliament endorses coronavirus contact tracking app

LJUBLJANA (Reuters) – Slovenia on Thursday approved the use of a coronavirus contact tracking app which will be obligatory to use for those who are infected or who are in quarantine.

The Slovenian parliament endorsed the use of the app by 50 votes to 23.

The centre-right government of Prime Minister Janez Jansa says the app is necessary to curb the spread of the infection as the number of new cases escalated in July. The country has so far reported 1,776 coronavirus cases and 111 deaths with 13 new cases confirmed on Wednesday.

“The installation and use of the mobile application will be voluntary and free, except in cases where a person tests positive or is ordered to stay in obligatory quarantine,” Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj told parliament on Thursday before the vote.

The app will be introduced in the coming weeks.

At present Slovenia enforces a 14-day quarantine on people who have been in countries with a large number of infections or who have been in contact with an infected person.

Opposition parties said the use of the application could breach personal data protection rights and give people a false feeling that they are safe.

The opposition Left party said it planned to ask a court to rule on whether the obligatory use of such an application is in line with the constitution.

Earlier on Thursday Slovenia reduced the number of people that can gather in a public space to 10 from 50 previously, with some exceptions.

Slovenia in May became the first European country to declare an end to its coronavirus epidemic but people still have to wear masks in public spaces and keep social distance.

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EU rejected: Scottish taxpayers to no longer foot cost of free uni tuition for EU students

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Richard Lochhead MSP, Scotland’s higher education minister said the SNP led administration would save £19million a year. It comes after SNP MSP Alex Neil said the country could no longer afford the subsidy for “rich EU kids” at the “expense of our own kids.”

Currently, EU law states the government’s free tuition fee policy for Scots requires EU students to be treated the same.

But after the Brexit transition period, the Scottish Government will no longer be obliged to cover the cost for students from EU nations.

However, students already in university, or starting this autumn, will continue to be exempt from fees for the duration of their course.

Speaking in Holyrood this afternoon, Mr Lochhead said the money saved will go towards encouraging more Scottish students into university.

Overseas students attending university in Scotland currently have to pay fees ranging from £9,000 to more than £31,000 per year.

Figures show that more than 21,500 EU students studied at Scottish universities in the 2018/19 academic year, with 15,300 students receiving government funding while the cost of providing funded places to EU students was around £97m.

Mr Lochhead said in Holyrood this afternoon: “It’s with a heavy heart that we have taken a difficult decision to end free education for new EU students from the academic year 2021-2022 onwards, as a direct consequence of Brexit.”

Mr Lochhead said the Government from the money it saves will also seek to create an “ambitious scholarship programme to ensure the ancient European nation of Scotland continues to attract significant numbers of European students to study here”.

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Although he argued the higher education sector is “performing wonderfully well”.

However, Jamie Greene MSP, Scottish Conservative education spokesman, warned universities face “deep, cutting financial problems” and an estimated “black hole of around half a billion pounds”.

Meanwhile, his Labour counterpart Iain Gray, added: “It was welcome to hear [Mr Lochhead] pledge to keep the funding previously devoted to fees for EU students in the sector.

“However, the failure to provide any new money to secure the future of colleges and universities was very disappointing.

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“While UCAS figures indicate that international student applications are up, it’s not good enough for the Scottish government to cross their fingers and hope that they appear despite all the uncertainties around COVID-19 and a second wave of cases.

“Without a contingency plan for our universities, it leaves yet more uncertainty for the sector.”

Professor Andrea Nolan, convener of Universities Scotland, said it is “reassuring” the money saved will remain in the sector.

Professor Nolan said it provided an opportunity “to fully-fund the undergraduate education of Scottish students and shift the public funding of degree places on to solid ground for the first time in years”.

However, she stressed that a move to international fee status for EU students from 2021 represents a big change to policy and funding at “a challenging time for higher education”.

Scottish Funding Council (SFC) data also showed Universities face a loss of around £72m due to COVID-19 in the 2020/21 academic year.

They are expected to suffer a collective operating deficit of between £384m and £651m.

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