Updated Jun 2, 2018

Big money pours in ahead of San Francisco vaping vote

Man vapes CBD oil at Virgil Grant's dispensary in Los Angeles. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The tobacco company R.J. Reynolds has launched a $12 million campaign in an attempt to encourage voters to strike down San Francisco's ban on selling flavored vaping products, hookah tobacco and menthol cigarettes in a Tuesday vote, Politico reports.

Why it matters: Younger generations of kids, including high school and middle schoolers, are becoming hooked on the popular tobacco products that come in flashy packaging and fruity flavors. R.J. Reynolds calls the ban "government overreach," but anti-tobacco advocates say the campaign to stop the ban is a "warning shot to other local governments eyeing similar restrictions," Politico adds.

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House passes bill to make lynching a federal hate crime

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The House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to pass legislation to designate lynching as a federal hate crime.

Why it matters: Congress has tried and failed for over 100 years to pass measures to make lynching a federal crime.

This year's census may be the toughest count yet

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Community leaders are concerned that historically hard-to-count residents will be even harder to count in this year's census, thanks to technological hurdles and increased distrust in government.

Why it matters: The census — which will count more than 330 million people this year — determines how $1.5 trillion in federal funding gets allocated across state and local governments. Inaccurate counts mean that communities don't get their fair share of those dollars.

Live updates: Coronavirus spreads to Latin America

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Brazil confirmed the first novel coronavirus case in Latin America Wednesday — a 61-year-old that tested positive after returning from a visit to northern Italy, the epicenter of Europe's outbreak.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected over 81,000 others. By Wednesday morning, South Korea had the most cases outside China, with 1,261 infections. Europe's biggest outbreak is in Italy, where 374 cases have been confirmed.

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