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A holdup on regulations for drones from the Federal Aviation Administration is hampering the industry's ability to grow, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Regulators initially promised speedy decision making on rules for the drone industry, but the process has been slow and some experts believe regulations aren't likely to come until 2022.

The backdrop: Delays are a result of some law enforcement agencies' skepticism of proposed airborne identification systems as well as commercial rivalries.

  • The FAA believed regulations would be complete by late 2018, but senior FBI officials demanded tougher requirements to identify potential terrorists and hostiles in the spring, causing FAA regulators to rework their proposal.

The state of play: The FAA could propose standard regulations this month allowing small drones to fly over crowds and populated areas, per the WSJ, but there are still other regulations that will take years to iron out.

Go deeper: Drone sales exploded in 2017, surpassing the $1 billion mark for the first time.

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Florida reports another daily record for coronavirus deaths

Nurse practitioner Barbara Corral and a research assistant conduct a COVID-19 vaccination study on August 7 in Hollywood, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida's health department on Tuesday reported 276 new coronavirus deaths, surpassing the state's record from July 31.

The big picture: The state also recorded over 5,800 new cases — on the low side for a state that is one of the domestic epicenters for the virus.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 20,126,452 — Total deaths: 737,285 — Total recoveries: 12,380,410Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 a.m. ET: 5,098,452 — Total deaths: 163,533 — Total recoveries: 1,670,755 — Total tests: 62,513,174Map.
  3. States: State testing plans fall short of demand — National Governors Association's bipartisan leaders express concern over Trump's unemployment order.
  4. Axios-Ipsos poll: 1 in 2 has a personal connection to COVID-19.
  5. Business: Moderna reveals it may not hold patent rights for vaccine.
  6. World: New Zealand reports first local cases for 102 days — Why you should be skeptical of Russia's vaccine claims.

Exclusive: Facebook cracks down on political content disguised as local news

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Facebook is rolling out a new policy that will prevent U.S. news publishers with "direct, meaningful ties" to political groups from claiming the news exemption within its political ads authorization process, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: Since the 2016 election, reporters and researchers have uncovered over 1,200 instances in which political groups use websites disguised as local news outlets to push their point of view to Americans.