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Tim Cook was the speaker at Duke's commencement on Sunday. Photo: Duke University/YouTube

Although a Washington Post story suggested Apple was eyeing Northern Virginia for a new campus, another report (from WRAL) says a move to North Carolina is already "a done deal."

What's next?: The only remaining hurdle for closing on the Research Triangle Park location, according to the report, was for state legislators to pass some tax breaks as an incentive for Apple.

Why North Carolina: It's already home to a bunch of high tech companies, including IBM and Lenovo, has an educated — and diverse — workforce and is close to a number of top universities. Tim Cook is also a Duke alum and gave the school's commencement address on Sunday.

But what about Virginia?: A careful read of the Post piece notes that Northern Virginia officials were pitching Apple on the merits and possible locations. That almost certainly happened in many locales. But unlike Amazon's much-hyped hunt for a second headquarters, Apple didn't have a public bidding contest. Even the cities under consideration by Apple didn't necessarily know they were.

What's at stake: Apple said in January it was looking to build a new corporate campus in a city outside of California or Texas. (Apple already has around 6,000 people in Austin.)

Unlike with the Amazon deal, Apple isn't planning a second headquarters — just another large center of operations. It will be interesting to see what functions Apple puts there. Initially the company mentioned technical support as one area, but clearly there's a lot of other possibilities.

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Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

Photo: Edmund D. Fountain for The Washington Post via Getty

National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

A medical worker takes a COVID-19 throat swab sample at the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport. Photo by Maja Hitij via Getty

Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

Africa CDC director Dr. John Nkengasong. Photo: Mohammed Abdu Abdulbaqi/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.