Royal Dutch Shell and Toyota are teaming up to build seven hydrogen fueling stations in California, a move that will help move the state toward its goal of having 100 such outposts by 2020, Bloomberg reports. The move illustrates California's ability to influence the business decisions of multinational companies as well as the global energy and automobile industry's willingness to imagine a life after the internal combustion engine. Shell CFO Simon Henry said in November that global demand for oil could peak in as little as five years.

Driving while texting is costing us all: The Wall Street Journal reports that auto insurance profits have fallen and insurance premiums have risen as a result of smartphone-related distracted driving. Despite automobiles having become safer themselves through upgraded technology, auto insurance rates have risen more than 16% since 2011.

Rating the retail sector: Big name retailers like Walmart, Macy's and Home Depot all report earnings on Tuesday. Walmart has managed to boost same-store sales for nine quarters in a row, but investors will be watching to see if it can maintain its profitability amid heavy investment in labor and store operations. On the other hand, Home Depot stock recently reached all-time highs as the home-improvement retailer has leveraged an improving real estate market to higher profits.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 18,387,725 — Total deaths: 696,586 — Total recoveries — 10,976,180Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. ET: 4,758,028 — Total deaths: 156,426 — Total recoveries: 1,513,446 — Total tests: 57,543,852Map.
  3. States: New York City health commissioner resigns in protest of De Blasio's coronavirus response — Local governments go to war over schools.
  4. Public health: 59% of Americans support nationwide 2-week stay-at-home order in NPR poll.
  5. Politics: Trump's national security adviser returns to work after coronavirus recovery Republicans push to expand small business loan program.
  6. Sports: Indy 500 to be held without fansRafael Nadal opts out of U.S. Open.
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At least 50 killed, 3,000 injured after massive explosion rocks Beirut

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: Lebanon's health minister said in televised remarks that more than 50 people have been killed and over 3,000 injured. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years, per NBC.

"Mulan" will head to Disney+, home to more than 60 million subscribers

An outdoor ad for Disney's "Mulan" in Hollywood, California. Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images

Disney announced Tuesday that its most highly-anticipated blockbuster of the year, the live-action remake of "Mulan," is heading to Disney+ on Sept. 4 for consumers to purchase for a premium access fee of $29.99. The movie's theatrical debut had previously been delayed four times.

Why it matters: It's a huge blow to movie exhibitors across the country that were relying on the Disney hit to come exclusively to theaters for at least a few months before being made available to consumers at home via streaming.