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Morning headlines: Actress Kelly Preston, John Travolta's wife, dies; Washington to retire 'Redskins' today; and more
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Morning headlines: Actress Kelly Preston, John Travolta's wife, dies; Washington to retire 'Redskins' today; and more

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Today is Monday, July 13, 2020. Let's get caught up.

These non-virus headlines are in the news this morning: Kelly Preston, who played dramatic and comic foils in major films and was the wife of John Travolta for 28 years, died Sunday at age 57; sources say that the Washington Redskins will retire their controversial team name today; and the federal government will conduct its first execution in 17 years this afternoon.

Read on for these stories, other top headlines, celebrity birthdays and more.


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In this May 15, 2018, file photo, actress Kelly Preston poses for photographers during a photo call for the film 'Gotti' at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)

Kelly Preston, actor and wife of John Travolta, dies at 57

Kelly Preston, who played dramatic and comic foil to actors ranging from Tom Cruise in “Jerry Maguire” to Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Twins,” died Sunday, husband John Travolta said. She was 57.

Travolta said in an Instagram post that his wife of 28 years died after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Travolta said. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.” Read the full story here:

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In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, the Washington Redskins logo is seen on FedEx Field prior to an NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Redskins in Landover, Md.

Reports: Washington to shed 'Redskins' name Monday

Washington’s NFL team will get rid of the name ‘Redskins’ on Monday, according to multiple reports.

It’s unclear when a new name will be revealed for one of the league’s oldest franchises.

USA Today, ESPN, The Washington Post, Washington Times and Sports Business Journal reported Sunday night that owner Dan Snyder is set to “retire” the name. Yahoo, on Saturday, reported a name change was imminent. Read the full story here:

In other news today ...

  • The federal government is planning to carry out the first federal execution in nearly two decades on Monday, over the objection of the family of the victims and after a volley of legal proceedings over the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Johnny Depp is expected to wrap up his evidence Monday at his libel trial against a tabloid newspaper that accused him of abusing ex-wife Amber Heard.
  • The Republican National Committee and President Donald Trump’s campaign say they have now hired 1,500 field staffers, aiming to convert their financial advantage over Democrats into votes in November.
  • Poland’s conservative President Andrzej Duda, who ran a campaign with homophobic and anti-Semitic overtones, narrowly won a second five-year term in a bitterly fought weekend election, defeating the liberal Warsaw mayor, according to a near-complete count of votes.
  • A member of a team searching a Southern California lake for a missing TV star said Sunday that he's confident his crew is getting a clearer idea of where in the lake to find her, a magazine reported.
  • Maine Democrats will decide Tuesday between Sara Gideon, Maine's House speaker and a candidate who's amassed $23 million in contributions, and two candidates who've had to claw and scrap to get attention in a world consumed by a pandemic. The winner will take on Sen. Susan Collins in the fall.
  • Zindzi Mandela, the daughter of South African anti-apartheid leaders Nelson Mandela and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died aged 59.
  • Cole Custer became the first rookie regular to win in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap scramble Sunday at Kentucky Speedway.

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