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A Group Of Michigan Lawmakers Used Coronavirus Relief Funds For $65,000 In Bonuses

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 18:10

After public criticism and a determination from the county's top prosecutor that the payments to elected officials were illegal, the commissioners vowed to return their hazard payments.

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Coronavirus FAQ: I'm Vaccinated. I Thought I Could Give Up Masks! But ... Should I?

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 17:53

Yes, that was the plan. Then along came the Delta variant. And now people who are vaccinated are wondering: Are there circumstances in which a mask would be advisable?

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The Last Victim Has Been Identified In The Florida Condo Collapse, A Relative Says

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 17:23

Confirmation that Estelle Hedaya's remains were found has ended what her relatives described as a torturous four-week wait.

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Media Boat Blocks Triathlon Racers, Forcing An Unusual Restart In Tokyo

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 16:50

A camera aboard a media boat captured the moment as the start neared — and unfortunately, it kept capturing the moment after the start signal blared, blocking roughly half of the racers.

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Britney Spears' Lawyer Files Request For New Conservator Of Her Money

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 16:42

Attorney Mathew Rosengart, who began representing the pop singer a week and a half ago, wants someone new to look after Spears' estate. For the past 13 years, it's been controlled by her father.

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Tuesday Could Be A Dramatic – And Pivotal – Day For America's Gold Medal Hopes

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 16:08

Simone Biles leads the U.S. team into a showdown with Russia, while the undefeated softball team tries to beat Japan for the second straight time.

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A Lawsuit Against Jan. 6 Rally Speakers Forces DOJ To Consider Who's Legally Immune

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 16:03

The Justice Department is considering whether the federal officials who spoke at a Trump rally ahead of the insurrection were acting within the scope of their jobs that day.

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Surfing Makes Waves At The Olympics For The First Time

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 16:00

Surfing often gives off an endless summer, meditative, chill vibe. But at the Olympics, athletes have to focus on skills, tricks and points, and, of course, looking for the perfect wave.

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Iranian Railway, Thai National Park Among New UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 15:58

What do a railway in Iran, a mountainous national park in Thailand and a spa town in the Czech Republic have in common? They're all part of a newly announced group of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Kindergarten Enrollment Fell Last Year. Now Schools Wonder How Many Kids Are Coming

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 15:31

It's too soon to say if schools will see a surge, but they do know that kindergartners are entering their first year of school with a wide range of experience.

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How Jad Abumrad, 'Radiolab' Creator And Co-Host, Got Hooked On Storytelling

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 14:28

Abumrad set out to compose film scores, but instead turned his focus to journalism. He has a new podcast miniseries called The Vanishing of Harry Pace.

The Philippines Wins Its First-Ever Olympic Gold, After Nearly 100 Years Of Trying

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 12:13

Standing atop the podium where no Filipino had stood before, a tearful Hidilyn Diaz, who serves in the Philippine Air Force, snapped off a salute.

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NYC Will Require Vaccines Or Weekly Tests For Hundreds Of Thousands Of City Workers

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 11:22

Mayor Bill de Blasio cited the risk of the Delta variant in announcing the new mandate, which will apply to roughly 340,000 city workers. Those who refuse will be put on leave without pay.

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After A Rough Day For Team USA, Simone Biles Says The Pressure Is Getting To Her

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 11:01

Simone Biles, arguably the greatest gymnast in history, says she feels like the "the weight of the world" is on her shoulders.

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How Some Districts Are Trying To Get Anxious Families Back Into School Buildings

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 09:22

Parents across the country are weighing whether to send their children to in-person school this fall. Some districts are getting creative in an effort to win them back.

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France Passes Law That Makes A Coronavirus Health Pass Required For Dining And Travel

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 08:51

The law requires a special pass to enter restaurants, trains, planes and other public venues. To get the pass, people must have proof they are vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from the virus.

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As U.S. Withdraws, Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan Reach A Record High

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 08:17

The U.N. warns that without a major de-escalation in violence, Afghanistan is on course to have the highest ever number of documented civilian casualties in a single year since record-keeping began.

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The Flowers For Olympic Medalists Carry Deep Meaning In Japan

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 06:57

The elements of the bouquet carry a deeper story, and they are years in the making. They're meant to symbolize the country rising from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

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LeVar Burton Is A Favorite For 'Jeopardy!' Host, But You Don't Have To Take Our Word For It

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 06:00

Credited by a generation of book nerds for shaping their identities on Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton guest hosts Jeopardy! this week after a campaign hyped by his large and enthusiastic fandom.

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How A U.S. Olympic Pair Keeps Going After One Tests Positive For Coronavirus In Tokyo

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 06:00

When a U.S. beach volleyball player tested positive for coronavirus, his teammate needed to find another partner before their first Olympic match. It was devastating but they're continuing to fight.

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