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Morning headlines: Hurricane Isaias tracks toward East Coast; Ellen apologizes; NBA players, coaches take knee
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Morning headlines: Hurricane Isaias tracks toward East Coast; Ellen apologizes; NBA players, coaches take knee

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Today is Friday, July 31, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Newly formed Hurricane Isaias bears down on the Bahamas as it takes aim at the U.S. East Coast this weekend; Ellen DeGeneres apologizes to her show's staff amid a workplace inquiry; and the NBA's players and coaches took a knee in support of social justice as league play resumed Thursday night.

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


Top stories

Puerto Rico Tropical Weather

In this image made from video, cars drive through high water on a road in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, Thursday, July 30, 2020. 

Bahamas braces as newly formed Hurricane Isaias bears down

New Hurricane Isaias kept on a path early Friday expected to take it to the U.S. East Coast by the weekend as it approached the Bahamas, parts of which are still recovering from the devastation of last year's Hurricane Dorian.

Isaias had maximum sustained winds of 80 mph Friday morning and was centered about 15 miles south-southwest of Great Inagua Island in the Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. It was moving northwest at 17 mph.

It was forecast pass over the southeastern Bahamas early Friday. Read the full story here:

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TV Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres attends the premiere of Netflix's "Green Eggs and Ham," on Nov. 3, 2019, in Los Angeles.

DeGeneres apologizes to show's staff amid workplace inquiry

Ellen DeGeneres apologized to the staff of her daytime TV talk show amid an internal company investigation of complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace.

“On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ would be a place of happiness — no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect,” DeGeneres wrote. Something changed, she said, “and for that, I am sorry.” Read the full story here:

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Clippers Lakers Basketball

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James, third from left, and Anthony Davis, second from right, wear Black Lives Matter shirts as they kneel with teammates during the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Players, coaches kneel before NBA's re-opening night

Black players were next to white players. Coaches from one team were next to their compatriots from the opposing side. Many locked arms with the man next to them, some shut their eyes tightly, a few including LeBron James briefly raising a fist into the air or pointing skyward.

The NBA had a strong, powerful re-opening night message.

When it comes to demanding change, the league stands united — and Thursday, the four teams that played on the first night of the league's restart showed that by not standing. Read the full story here:

In other news today ...

  • Former President Barack Obama used Rep. John Lewis’ funeral on Thursday to issue a stark warning that the voting rights and equal opportunity the late civil rights icon championed are threatened heading into the 2020 election.
  • President Donald Trump, lagging in the polls and grappling with deepening economic and public health crises, on Thursday floated the startling idea of delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election. His campaign to sow doubt about the election's outcome drew immediate pushback from Democrats and Republicans alike.
  • St. Louis County’s prosecutor announced Thursday that he will not charge the former police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, a dramatic decision that could reopen old wounds.
  • The entire Washington-based federal appeals court is stepping into the legal dispute over former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn as it weighs whether a judge can be forced to dismiss a case that the Justice Department no longer wants to pursue.
  • Oregon police took over protecting a federal courthouse in Portland that’s been a target of violent protests as local authorities try to tamp down demonstrations that have wracked the city every night for more than two months.
  • Newly unsealed court documents provide a fresh glimpse into a fierce civil court fight between Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, and one of the women who accused the couple of sexual abuse.
  • A recent surge of violence in Darfur, the war-scarred region of western Sudan, has deprived more than 14,000 children of medical care, a leading aid group reported on Thursday.
  • A carjacking suspect being led into a Chicago police station on Thursday shot three officers, who returned fire and shot him, authorities said.
  • Herman Cain, former Republican presidential candidate and former CEO of a major pizza chain who went on to become an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, died Thursday of complications from the coronavirus. He was 74.
  • Anthony Davis scored 34 points, LeBron James had the go-ahead basket with 12.8 seconds left and the Lakers moved closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs by topping the Los Angeles Clippers.

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

Late last night, Isaias strengthened to a hurricane and is set to impact Bahamas today. CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam has the forecast and when it will impact the US. Watch here:

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Members of the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans play during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 

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