Gaofen-5 satellite being launched off the back of a Long March 4C rocket on May 9 in China's Shanxi Province.

A Chinese Long March-4C rocket failed during launch on Thursday morning from north China's Shanxi Province, according to China's state run media organization Xinhua.

Why it matters: The rocket was carrying the remote-sensing Yaogan-33 satellite, which is thought to be one in a series of government spy satellites.

Details: "The first and second stages of the rocket worked normally, while the third stage had abnormal operation," Xinhua wrote. "Based on monitoring data, the third stage of the rocket and satellite debris have fallen on the ground. The investigation has started."

The big picture: This failure marks the second this year for China, after a rocket built by the Chinese company OneSpace failed during it first launch. Aside from these failures, China's space plans have been struck with other delays this year.

  • The nation hoped to launch the first flight of its large Long March 5 rocket after a 2017 failure in July, but it's looking less likely that the country will make that date a reality, according to Space News.
  • That slip will also push back the launch of the country's Chang’e-5 lunar sample return mission, which is expected to occur sometime this year.

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President Trump spoke out against a "merciless campaign" to wipe out American history during a Fourth of July celebration at Mount Rushmore.

Why it matters: Trump's "dark and divisive" speech comes as states continue to hit new coronavirus records and a national reckoning against racial inequities pushes forward, The New York Times writes. Trump's public approval is faltering heading toward the November elections, and he made an appeal to his base at Friday's spectacle, per The Washington Post.

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Drive-in movie theaters, the symbol of a bygone era before cellphones and constant distraction, are suddenly reemerging as a popular form of entertainment during the coronavirus crisis.

Why it matters: Indoor movie theaters are closed, but people still crave entertainment and a chance to get out of their houses. Watching a movie from the safety of a car is the next best thing.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 a.m. ET: 11,093,182 — Total deaths: 525,491 — Total recoveries — 5,890,052Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7:30 a.m. ET: 2,795,163 — Total deaths: 129,437 — Total recoveries: 790,404 — Total tested: 34,213,497Map.
  3. States: ICU beds in Arizona's hot spot reach near capacity.
  4. Public health: The states where face coverings are mandatory Fauci says it has been a "very disturbing week" for the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S.
  5. Economy: The economy may recover just quickly enough to kill political interest in more stimulus.