Headlines edition

Wednesday headlines: Different kinds of friends.

Arkansas, California, Florida, Montana, Oregon and Texas report record spikes in coronavirus fatalities on Tuesday, and cases in Texas pass the 400,000 mark. / Reuters

The head of the Republican party attacks the government’s top infectious disease official, alleging a scheme to spread COVID-19. / The Wall Street Journal

The same leader also ended a press briefing Tuesday after being asked why he promotes coronavirus conspiracy theorists. / Mediaite

Related: “You know what I find? It’s not the tweets, it’s the retweets that get you in trouble.” / The Hill

After having an infection rate higher than New York City, the Navajo Nation mandates masks and flattens the curve. / Vox

With 17 members of the Miami Marlins now positive for COVID-19, outbreaks continue to disrupt the Major League Baseball season. / ESPN

Searching Amazon for coronavirus supplements turns up products with dubious medical claims. / NPR

Using solar panels to power irrigation systems, opium growers in Afghanistan have increased their efficiency—and supply. / BBC News

A complaint filed with the FEC alleges the Trump campaign has laundered more than $170 million through a web of firms and vendors. / VICE

In Portland, a dozen protesters facing federal charges are barred from going to “public gatherings” as a condition of release from jail. / ProPublica

Journalists and legal observers covering Oregon’s protests show videos of federal agents targeting them. / BuzzFeed News

For a lower income worker, the $600 unemployment stimulus is the difference between receiving 140% or 51% of their weekly income. / The New York Times

See also: People reveal their most expensive cash purchases. / The Hustle

The AP won't capitalize the word white, "as is done by white supremacists [as it] risks subtly conveying legitimacy to such beliefs." / The Associated Press

Vocalist Denise Johnson, who "gold-plated" her fellow Mancunian artists' songs, dies at 56. / The Morning News

Fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, who created some of David Bowie's most iconic Ziggy Stardust-era costumes, dies at 76. / GQ

Calming scenes in animated gifs by Maori Sakai. / The Morning News

Mapping a '90s music canon based on song recognition across age groups. / The Pudding

A biologist and an art historian are looking at old paintings to better understand how fruits and vegetables have evolved. / VICE

Some dentists and orthodontists are questioning long-held beliefs that orthodontic treatment is necessary for health. / Slate

Photorealistic portraits of Roman Emperors created using a neural net, Photoshop, and historical references. / Medium

The Friends intro is recreated using only stock video footage. / The Morning News

Related: Learning to paint the Bob Ross way with a Bob Ross-certified instructor. / The Atlantic

Police in Taiwan found the owner of a lost Nintendo Switch by sending virtual postcards through the game Animal Crossing. / South China Morning Post

Found in a massive leak of early Nintendo source files: scrapped character and game ideas (including a Zelda with blood). / Polygon