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1. Rallies for Cuba continue with calls for invasion, internet access:
The calls to liberate Cuba continued with four straight nights of demonstrations in the streets of South Florida.
After a group planned to take a boat to Cuba with supplies and guns, the Coast Guard said they're is monitoring any activity aimed at increasing “unsafe and illegal” crossings between Florida and Cuba in response to rare street protests on the island.
Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Ron DeSantis have asked President Joe Biden to improve internet access in Cuba.
2. Child tax credit payments go out today:
The Treasury Department will be sending out millions of checks beginning today in the first wave of the new, expanded child tax credit.
Around 39 million families, representing about 65 million kids, will be receiving payments, according to the IRS.
The enhanced tax credit was created in March as part of the American Rescue Plan. For 2021, the maximum credit is $3,600 for children below 6 years of age and $3,000 for those between 6 and 17.
3. Norwegian v Florida: DeSantis cruise rules go back to court
Norwegian Cruise Line is challenging a new Florida law that prevents cruise companies from requiring passengers to show proof of vaccination against the novel coronavirus.
The company filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a Miami federal court that contends that the “vaccine passport” law jeopardizes the safe operation of cruise vessels by increasing the risk of contracting the virus and falling ill with COVID-19.
Norwegian intends to restart cruises from Florida ports on Aug. 15 with vaccinations required for all passengers. The company wants a judge to lift the ban by Aug. 6.
4. 911 recordings show panic, disbelief when Surfside condo fell
At least 97 people died in the Surfside collapse, and a handful of others are still missing.
911 call recordings show disbelief, panic and confusion as people tried to comprehend the disaster.
“I woke up because I was hearing some noise. I couldn’t understand what was happening. I looked outside and I saw the patio area sinking down. The pool area started sinking down,” one caller said. “There are many parts of the building that went down. The building just went into a sinkhole. There will be many, many people dead.”
5. 17-year-old girl from West Palm Beach missing since June
The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 17-year-old girl who has been missing for weeks.
Deputies say Seoeun Lee was last seen on June 26 in West Palm Beach
Lee is described as having black hair and brown eyes, but no specifics were given for weight or height.
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