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Ellen Mallen, who lives in a mobile home court, carefully leaves her home after a suspected tornado spawned by Isaias struck Marmora, N.J., Tuesday, Aug 4, 2020. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. LEBANESE CONFRONT DEVASTATION Beirut’s streets were littered with debris and damaged vehicles, building facades blown out and scores missing as the death toll from a massive explosion at the port rises to at least 100.

2. ‘WE ARE NO LESS AMERICAN’ The U.S. failure to contain the pandemic has been laid bare in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas as Hidalgo County reported more than 600 deaths in July alone.

3. ISAIAS WHIPS UP EASTERN US At least six people were killed as the tropical storm spawned tornadoes, toppled trees, caused flooding and cut power to millions along the U.S. East Coast.

4. ONETIME HOMELESS WOMAN WINS IN MISSOURI Cori Bush, who led protests after the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay in the state’s Democratic primary.

5. RAFA WON’T DEFEND US OPEN TITLE Rafael Nadal will skip the major because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles.

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