5 things you need to know Tuesday

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Irma was forecast to bring damaging winds and flooding to the Southeast states Tuesday as it treks northward. After declaring Irma a tropical depression, the National Hurricane Center discontinued all storm surge and tropical weather watches and warnings related to Irma. The storm killed at least three people in Georgia and one in South Carolina on Monday, the Associated Press reported. In Florida, nearly 7 million people were left without power. Air travelers are expected to face significant disruptions again Tuesday after more than 10,000 flights were canceled due to the storm. A couple of travel-related bright spots: Miami’s airport is expected to reopen to limited flights, and cruise giants Royal Caribbean and Carnival plan to resume sailings out of Florida.

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Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and a raft of other celebrities will participate Tuesday in a multi-network telethon to assist those affected by the hurricanes. The one-hour Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief, will air at 8 p.m. (live ET/delayed PT) on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox and NBC. Other stars expected include George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland and more. Proceeds will benefit Houston-area organizations.

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The eyes of the tech world will be on Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday as Apple unveils new products — including a major redesign of its flagship iPhone — at the tech giant’s $5 billion saucer-shaped campus. If the rumors are true, the new iPhone will ditch the home button, add wireless charging and replace Touch ID with a system that unlocks the phone with your eye. But big questions remain — will it cost upwards of $1,000? If you can’t wait to buy the new iPhone, here’s how to get the most for your old one. Apple will stream the event on its website at 1 p.m. ET; USA TODAY will provide live updates. Here’s what USA TODAY’s Jennifer Jolly hopes to see at the event.

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Hillary Clinton says she is now convinced that associates of then presidential candidate Donald Trump helped Russia meddle in the 2016 presidential election. “There certainly was communication and there certainly was an understanding of some sort,” Clinton told USA TODAY Monday in one of her first interviews about her new book, What Happened, which hits stores Tuesday. “Because there’s no doubt in my mind that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win,” she added.  Read more of our exclusive interview with Clinton.

Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally at North Carolina State University on Nov. 8, 2016. (Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)

President Trump’s commissioned voter panel will hold its second meeting Tuesday without one of its members who dispute the committee’s validity.  Alan King, a Democratic lawmaker from Alabama who wasn’t sure why he was chosen to serve on the commission in the first place, won’t attend the meeting due to prior commitments.  Trump set up the commission to study allegations of voter fraud in last year’s election, claiming the election included as many as 3 to 5 million fraudulent voters, enough to erase Hillary Clinton’s advantage in the popular vote. Critics have slammed the commission, charging it aims to suppress voter turnout, particularly among minorities.  

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Democrats are calling President Donald Trump’s voter fraud commission a vehicle for voter suppression. Critics see the commission as part of a conservative campaign to strip minority voters and poor people from the voter rolls. (July 19)
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