Jul 3, 2018

Judge blocks evictions of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria

Dagmar Rivera in a hotel room in Tewksbury, MA, where she's been living since Hurricane Maria forced her from her home in Puerto Rico. Photo: Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to extend housing for nearly 1,000 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuee families living in hotels across the country, the AP reports.

The details: Housing for those displaced by Hurricane Maria last September was set to end on Sunday, but U.S. District Judge Timothy Hillman in Massachusetts has extended a restraining order, made by a separate judge, which ruled that ending the housing assistance program could inflict irreparable harm. The evacuees now have until at least midnight on July 23 before being evicted. According to the AP, about 1,700 families were living in hotels as of last Saturday, but that number has since dropped to 950.

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BIG3 to create a hybrid reality show about quarantine basketball

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Sports are on pause, and there's no timetable for their return. In the interim, leagues, teams and athletes are getting creative with ways to keep fans engaged.

The latest: A "quarantined reality show basketball tournament," courtesy of the BIG3, the upstart 3-on-3 basketball league founded by Ice Cube and his longtime business partner Jeff Kwatinetz.

Trump on coronavirus misinformation from China: "Every country does it"

President Trump brushed aside allegations that China — as well as Russia and Iran — are spreading misinformation about the origin of the coronavirus during a 64-minute call with "Fox & Friends" on Monday, telling the hosts that "every country does it."

Why it matters: Multiple verified Chinese government Twitter accounts have promoted different conspiracy theories, and Chinese foreign ministry deputy spokesperson Zhao Lijian suggested that the virus come from a U.S. military lab, Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports.

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Investment pros are selling while mom and pop buy the coronavirus dip

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As traders around the globe have frantically unloaded positions in recent weeks, so-called mom and pop retail investors have kept level heads and not sold out of stocks.

What they're saying: In fact, "the typical trader is buying equities on the dips," passive investment firm Vanguard notes in a research paper, adding that "older, wealthier traders are moving modestly to fixed income."