The Biggest Non-Coronavirus Stories You Missed Today: Obama Endorses Biden, Yankees Co-Owner Hank Steinbrenner Dies

Rachel Sandler

Former U.S. President Barack Obama Endorses Joe Biden For President

In this screengrab taken from, former U.S. President Barack Obama endorses Democratic … [+] presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden during a video released on April 14, 2020.

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The coronavirus pandemic is upending life around the world, straining the global economy and disrupting the way Americans work, learn and socialize, but it’s not the only story; here are five news events you may have missed Tuesday.

  • Barack Obama endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday, an expected but powerful announcement that signifies the party unifying around the nominee. 
  • New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner died Tuesday in his Florida home “from a longstanding health issue.” He was 63.
  • A panel of three federal judges on Tuesday rejected a petition by one of Jeffery Epstein’s victims to reverse a much-scrutinized deal that allowed Epstein to escape federal sex trafficking charges in 2007, the Miami Herald reported; it is likely to be appealed.
  • Maryland authorities on Tuesday officially confirmed that Robert F. Kennedy’s granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and her eight-year-old son Gideon drowned in a canoeing accident in the Chesapeake Bay earlier this month.
  • Unidentified men temporarily seized an oil tanker from Hong Kong in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday. No one immediately claimed responsibility, but suspicion fell on Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, the Associated Press reported.
  • J.K. Rowling has reportedly purchased and is renovating her childhood home, which is said to have inspired many of the elements of her Harry Potter series.

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Rachel Sandler

I’m a San Francisco-based reporter covering breaking news at Forbes. Previously, I’ve reported for USA Today, Business Insider, The San Francisco Business Times and San

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