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Zika cases in Florida: Health officials have confirmed that three pregnant women in the state tested positive for Zika, the mosquito-borne virus suspected of causing brain damage in newborn babies in parts of Latin America, The Miami Herald reports. The women contracted the virus while traveling outside of the state. The new cases bring Florida’s total Zika cases to 32.

Killing two birds with, er, a lot of pens: President Obama signed two pieces of bipartisan legislation: One extends some U.S. privacy protections to citizens of allied countries, and the other bans taxes on Internet access. The first is aimed at assuring European allies that their American counterparts are not tracking their phone calls or viewing their Snapchats in the post-Edward Snowden era. As is tradition, Obama used several pens to sign the bills into law.

Hello: It’s me. Just kidding, it’s Adele, who won album of the year and other top accolades at this year’s Brit Awards. “Not bad for a girl from Tottenham that don’t like flying,” she said.

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