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Hundreds gathered in Sacramento to oppose legislation that would allow California state public health officials to decide which children can skip vaccines before going to school, taking the power to grant exemptions away from local doctors, the AP reports.

Details: Democratic state Sen. Richard Pan, the primary sponsor of the bill, said the legislation would help prevent future outbreaks, according to AP. Opponents of the bill argue that it takes away parental rights and isn't necessary for preventing outbreaks. There have been at least 20 confirmed cases of measles in California this year.

The big picture: Other states are working on passing legislation limiting which vaccination exemptions are acceptable. Washington passed legislation on Tuesday removing parents' abilities to claim personal or philosophical exemptions, but religious and medical reasons remain in place, according to the AP. Oregon is currently considering legislation that would only allow medical vaccination exemptions, per the Statesman Journal.

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Biden releases 2019 tax returns ahead of debate

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Joe Biden's campaign released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes last year.

Why it matters: The release, timed just hours before the first presidential debate, comes days after a bombshell New York Times report said that President Trump paid only $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017. Biden's team is hoping to make the tax contrast a sticking point during their showdown.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 33,443,701 — Total deaths: 1,003,337 — Total recoveries: 23,200,183Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 1 p.m. ET: 7,159,222 — Total deaths: 205,345 — Total recoveries: 2,794,608 — Total tests: 102,342,416Map.
  3. Health: Americans won't take Trump's word on the vaccine, Axios-Ipsos poll finds.
  4. States: NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June.
  5. Sports: Tennessee Titans close facility amid NFL's first coronavirus outbreak.
  6. World: U.K. beats previous record for new coronavirus cases.

NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June

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New York City's coronavirus positivity rate has ticked up to 3.25%, its highest since June, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The jump — from 1.93% on Monday — came on the first day that public elementary classrooms reopened in the city after months of closures, but guidelines state that all public schools will have to shut if the citywide seven-day positivity rate stays above 3%.