THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • France has announced a new "Eco Tax" for all flights leaving the country. The money raised will go to transportation within their borders.
  • Serena Williams was fined $10,000 by the All England Club for damaging a court with her racquet during practice before the Wimbledon tournament started.
  • Nicki Minaj is pulling out of a concert in Saudi Arabia because she says she wants to show support for women's rights, gay rights and freedom of expression.
  • If you're looking to join a protest, there are lots of options out there. Some are boycotting Starbucks after one of their coffee shops asked 6 police officers to leave their store "because they didn't feel safe with them in there." And there's another move to boycott Home Depot, after it was revealed their founder is a big President Trump fan and donated millions of dollars to his 2016 campaign.
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell announced Monday that he's the first 2020 Democratic presidential contender to drop out.
  • Parks Associates recently released new research focused on consumer privacy concerns. The firm's consumer research finds safety and security are the leading value propositions for the smart home and 79% of U.S. broadband households are concerned about data security or privacy issues.
  • Netflix announced it's going to pro-actively remove smoking scenes from their original shows in the future, especially in shows aimed at younger audiences like "Stranger Things."
  • BMW is taking on VW and Tesla with $36,400 electric Mini Cooper.
  • Workers at an Amazon warehouse in suburban Minneapolis say that they'll stage a brief strike next Monday -- yes, on Prime Day!
  • Kohl's stores are accepting Amazon returns!
  • Right now, if you spend $10 at Whole Foods, you get $10 to spend on Amazon on Prime Day, next Monday.
  • Barbra Streisand is freely talking about those rumors that she once had an affair with Prince Charles. In 2006, the biography "Barbra - The Way She Is" alleged that Charles tried to romance Streisand in November, 1994 when he was separated from the late Princess Diana and dating Camilla Parker-Bowles.
  • Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, renowned patriot and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president, has died after a five-month battle with leukemia. He was 89.
  • "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" actor Eddie Jones has also died at age 84.

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