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August 18, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, The Smithsonian National Zoo's Giant Panda Mei Ziang,  sleeps in the indoor habitat at the zoo in Washington. Zookeepers at Washington’s National Zoo are on baby watch after concluding that venerable giant panda matriarch Mei Ziang is pregnant and could give birth this week. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, The Smithsonian National Zoo's Giant Panda Mei Ziang,  sleeps in the indoor habitat at the zoo in Washington. Zookeepers at Washington’s National Zoo are on baby watch after concluding that venerable giant panda matriarch Mei Ziang is pregnant and could give birth this week. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, The Smithsonian National Zoo's Giant Panda Mei Ziang,  sleeps in the indoor habitat at the zoo in Washington. Zookeepers at Washington’s National Zoo are on baby watch after concluding that venerable giant panda matriarch Mei Ziang is pregnant and could give birth this week. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, The Smithsonian National Zoo's Giant Panda Mei Ziang, sleeps in the indoor habitat at the zoo in Washington. Zookeepers at Washington’s National Zoo are on baby watch after concluding that venerable giant panda matriarch Mei Ziang is pregnant and could give birth this week. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, The Smithsonian National Zoo's Giant Panda Mei Ziang, sleeps in the indoor habitat at the zoo in Washington. Zookeepers at Washington’s National Zoo are on baby watch after concluding that venerable giant panda matriarch Mei Ziang is pregnant and could give birth this week. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. DEMOCRATS CLOSER TO NOMINATION Potential first lady Jill Biden and Bill Clinton will be the main speakers during the second day of the all-virtual Democratic National Convention.

2. POSTAL SERVICE IN FOCUS The House of Representatives is preparing an emergency vote to halt mail delivery delays and embattled Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will testify next Monday before Congress.

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3. LAST-MINUTE RELIEF FOR LGBT RIGHTS A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a new regulation that would roll back health care protections for transgender people.

4. HIP-HOP PIONEER’S DEATH CLEARED UP Federal prosecutors say they have solved one of New York City’s most enduring mysteries, the 2002 slaying of Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay.

5. WAITING FOR PANDA BABY Giant panda matriarch Mei Xiang is pregnant and could give birth this week at Washington’s National Zoo, which has been shuttered for months amid the pandemic.