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5 things to know Friday:

Tropical Storm Elsa slams East Coast

Tropical Storm Elsa has powered its way up the East Coast, an unrelenting weather system that has claimed one life in Florida, injured at least 10 people in Georgia and flooded parts of New York City. Elsa was passing over the eastern mid-Atlantic states on Thursday night and was expected to move near or over the northeastern United States on Friday. No significant change in strength is expected through Friday, and Elsa is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday night, the National Hurricane Center said. Tropical storm warnings were in effect along the coast from North Carolina to Massachusetts. There was a chance Long Island in New York would see sustained tropical storm-force winds late Thursday night and into Friday morning, the National Weather Service in New York warned. 

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Haitians face uncertainty after president’s assassination

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph proclaimed a “state of siege” in Haiti, after President Jovenel Moïse was shot to death and his wife wounded during a raid at his home on Wednesday. Joseph made the declaration, which is similar to martial law, as he assumed control of the government despite questions to his claim to power. Authorities said they’ve taken two Haitian Americans into custody in connection with the assassination. Police sources in the country said 28 mercenaries were involved, according to former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. Léon Charles, head of Haiti’s National Police, said 15 of the detainees were from Colombia and that eight suspects were still on the run. Haiti had grown increasingly unstable under Moïse, who had been ruling by decree for more than a year and faced violent protests as critics accused him of trying to amass more power while the opposition demanded he step down.

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are displayed to the media at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021.

‘Permission to Dance’: BTS releases new single co-written with Ed Sheeran

BTS fans no longer need to wait for “Permission to Dance,” the South Korean boy band’s latest single released Friday. This is their third song written entirely in English, following 2020’s “Dynamite” and “Butter,” which dropped earlier this year. Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac, Jenna Andrews and Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid co-wrote the song. The band will also be dropping a CD which includes four tracks: “Butter,” “Permission to Dance,” “Butter (Instrumental) and “Permission to Dance (Instrumental).” 

Dodgers star remains on leave amid assault investigation

Major League Baseball extended Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave for one more week effective Friday as an investigation continues into a woman’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her. The league initially placed the 30-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher on leave for seven days on July 2. The accuser, a San Diego woman, said Bauer punched multiple parts of her body and choked her with her hair to the point that she lost consciousness during the alleged attack. Bauer, through his co-agent Jon Fetterolf, has claimed that the two sexual encounters between him and the woman were consensual.

Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ premieres in theaters, on Disney+ Premier Access

“Black Widow” premieres Friday morning on Disney+ Premier Access and in theaters. It’s the first Marvel film released since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. USA TODAY critic Brian Truitt describes the solo superhero effort as “both timely and also way too late,” finally doing justice to Johansson’s secret Avenger.”Black Widow” will be available on Premier Access for about three months until it becomes available for all Disney Plus subscribers on Oct. 6.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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