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Remember books? Amazon is planning to open as many as 400 bookstores, The Wall Street Journal reports—a big change for the digital behemoth. WSJ points out that the company’s competitors in book sales, Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million, have 640 and 255 locations, respectively, in the U.S. Last November, Amazon opened its first bookstore in its home base of Seattle, which Megan wrote about here.

The spread of Zika: Health officials reported that the mosquito-borne virus was transmitted in the U.S. for the first time through sexual contact. Until now, the over 30 cases of the virus reported in the continental U.S. were among travelers who returned to the country from Latin American nations, which have seen a spike in Zika cases in recent months. Some of them have advised women to avoid getting pregnant for several months or even years. I wrote more about the latest U.S. case here.

A presidential visit: President Obama heads to the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque tomorrow, marking his first trip to a mosque in the U.S. as president. Obama will meet with Muslim community members, according to the White House.

Our news from this afternoon is here.

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