Morning headlines: 2 Trump-backed candidates lose elections; officer in Breonna Taylor shooting fired
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Morning headlines: 2 Trump-backed candidates lose elections; officer in Breonna Taylor shooting fired


Today is Tuesday, June 24. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning:

  • 2 Republicans opposed by Trump win in Kentucky, N. Carolina. Results for other high-profile races are delayed.
  • One of the police officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor was fired more than three months after the 26-year-old Black woman was killed in her home.
  • Baseball is back. MLB says 60-game season will start July 23 or 24.

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

Top stories

Election 2020-North Carolina Runoff

In this photo provided by Cawthorn campaign staffer Patrick Sebastian, Madison Cawthorn speaks to supporters, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Hendersonville, N.C. Cawthorn won Tuesday's Republican primary runoff for a western North Carolina congressional seat over President Donald Trump's endorsed candidate for the nomination. (Patrick Sebastian/Cawthorn Campaign via AP)

2 Republicans opposed by Trump win in Kentucky, N. Carolina

Voters rebuffed President Donald Trump and nominated two Republicans he opposed to House seats from North Carolina and Kentucky on Tuesday. Calls in higher-profile races in Kentucky and New York faced days of delay as swamped officials count mountains of mail-in ballots.

In western North Carolina, GOP voters picked 24-year-old investor Madison Cawthorn, who uses a wheelchair following an accident, over Trump-backed real estate agent Lynda Bennett. The runoff was for the seat vacated by GOP Rep. Mark Meadows, who resigned to become Trump's chief of staff and joined his new boss in backing Bennett.

Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie, a libertarian-minded maverick who often clashes with GOP leaders, was renominated for a sixth House term. Trump savaged Massie in March as a “disaster for America” who should be ejected from the party after he forced lawmakers to return to Washington during a pandemic to vote on a huge economic relief package.

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America Protests Kentucky

FILE - In this June 9, 2020, file photo, Kevin Peterson, center, founder and executive director of the New Democracy Coalition, displays a placard showing Breonna Taylor as he addresses a rally in Boston. Louisville's mayor says one of three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Taylor will be fired, Friday, June 19, 2020. Taylor was gunned down by officers who burst into her Louisville home using a no-knock warrant. She was shot eight times by officers conducting a narcotics investigation. No drugs were found at her home. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Police officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting fired

The Louisville Metro police department has fired one of the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, more than three months after the 26-year-old Black woman was killed in her home.

A termination letter sent to Officer Brett Hankison released by the city’s police department Tuesday said Hankinson violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly” shot 10 rounds of gunfire into Taylor’s apartment in March. The letter also said Hankison, who is white, violated the rule against using deadly force.

Taylor was shot eight times by officers who burst into her Louisville home using a no-knock warrant during a March 13 narcotics investigation. The warrant to search her home was in connection with a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside.

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A Return to Baseball

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Junior Fernandez flips the rosin bag during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Pitchers will use their own personal rosin bags this season. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Baseball is back. MLB says 60-game season will start July 23 or 24

Major League Baseball has announced the 2020 regular season will open approximately one month from now, on July 23 or 24.

"Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon," league commissioner Rob Manfred said in a news release. "We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon."

The players are expected to report to training camps by July 1.

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In other news today ...

  • The Arctic is feverish and on fire, and that’s got scientists worried about what it means for the rest of the world. The thermometer hit a likely record of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the Russian Arctic town of Verkhoyansk on Saturday.
  • A 7.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico's southern coastline on Tuesday, collapsing buildings and prompting evacuations, has left at least five people dead, officials said.
  • Freshman U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her Democratic primary Tuesday, but election night ended with uncertainty over the outcomes of several other New York congressional races featuring other young insurgents.
  • Adult film star Ron Jeremy was charged with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth, making him the third man to be charged, along with Harvey Weinstein and producer David Guillod, by a task force formed by District Attorney Jackie Lacey in 2017 to investigate sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.
  • NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace says he's "pissed" members of the public are now questioning his integrity after the FBI said a noose found in his garage stall this week was there before his team moved in.

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Today's national forecast

Today areas along the Gulf Coast into the deep South will see storms and heavy rain which could lead to flash flooding. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri has the details of what areas will be impacted the most.

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Russian warplanes fly over Red Square leaving trails of smoke in colors of national flag during the Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the Nazi defeat in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The Victory Day parade normally is held on May 9, the nation's most important secular holiday, but this year it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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