An analysis by Scientific American shows a spike in stroke rates among U.S. millennials is occurring in the West and Midwest and in urban areas.

Why it matters: Mitchell Elkind, a stroke expert at Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, told Scientific American that severe strokes in millennials are "a big problem because disability in people in their peak earning years can severely impact their families and future lives."

Geographic trends: Strokes in the western region of the U.S. increased by 70% from 2003 to 2012, while the Midwest saw a 34% climb in the same years. The highest rates are still in the South where 10 cases are responsible for every 10,000 people aged 18- to 34-years old who are hospitalized.

What's happening: President of the American Academy of Neurology, Ralph Sacco, suggested contributing factors could be drug use, obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes.

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Supreme Court expands religious freedoms in schools, employment

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The Supreme Court ended its term with a series of rulings on religion's role in schools, the workplace and access to health care.

Why it matters: The decisions elevated protections for people and employers of faith, while curtailing those of religion teachers, the nonreligious taxpayer and women who rely on their workplaces' health care plans for contraception.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 2 p.m. ET: 3,213,902 — Total deaths: 134,420 — Total recoveries: 983,185 — Total tested: 38,919,421Map.
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  6. World: India reimposes lockdowns as coronavirus cases soar.
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Scoop: Don Jr. plans convention-week Biden book

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Donald Trump Jr., in quarantine since girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle tested positive for the coronavirus, says he's used the time to finish a book that he'll self-publish the week of the Republican convention, at the end of August.

What he's saying: Don Jr., whose controversial blasts connect with President Trump's base, told me in a phone interview that "Liberal Privilege" will be his effort to paint a picture of Joe Biden and his record that the press ignores.