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Montana Wildfire Fight Draws Help From Other States As Much Of The West Burns

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 23:15

Firefighter crews from Utah and California are headed to Montana to help fight massive fires, even as blazes rage back home.

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The First Tokyo Olympics Medals For The U.S. Go To 2 Men's Swimmers

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 21:42

27-year-old Chase Kalisz was nearly a full body length ahead of his closest competitor at the end of the race. U.S. swimmer Jay Litherland took silver.

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth Wants To Remove Stigma Around Miscarriages

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 17:08

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with the Illinois Democrat about the Support Through Loss Act, which would require employers to offer three days of paid leave to workers who've experienced pregnancy loss.

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Vietnam Locks Down Hanoi For 15 Days As COVID-19 Cases Rise

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 12:00

The order bans the gathering of more than two people in public. Only government offices, hospitals and essential businesses are allowed to stay open. Ho Chi Minh City has also extended its lockdown.

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Thousands Of People Protest Coronavirus Lockdowns In Australia

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 11:48

The streets of Sydney and other cities filled with protesters opposed to lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases. Participants carried signs calling for "freedom" and "the truth."

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U.S. Women's Soccer Team Beats New Zealand In A Much-Needed Olympics Comeback

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 10:54

Team USA scored big, rebounding after a disappointing loss to Sweden. The 6-1 win keeps alive the Americans' goal of becoming the first women's team to take Olympic gold after winning the World Cup.

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'Rebel' Skateboarding Is Ready For Its Olympic Debut in Tokyo

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 09:53

Skateboarding is one of four new sports added to the Olympics this year. For skateboarders who have long loved their rebel status, performing in the mainstream Olympics is just a bit different.

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Why Companies Can't Stop Top Execs From Blasting Off To Space or Flying Fighter Jets

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 09:51

Corporate boards often try, but fail, to rein in CEOs and other top execs like Jeff Bezos from risky hobbies like traveling to the edge of space.

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A Dutch Rower Competed At The Olympics, Then Tested Positive For Coronavirus

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 09:29

Dutch rower Finn Florijn had already raced and was scheduled to compete again on Saturday when his positive test came back. "Now it's over in an instant," he said.

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Permanent Residents Who Left The U.S. During The Pandemic Worry They Can't Come Home

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 07:01

Many green card holders are still stuck outside of the country, worried about returning to their lives in the U.S. because of broad disruptions to the immigration system during the pandemic.

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Viva Las Vegas! The City's $2 Billion Wedding Industry Is Back

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 07:00

In June, about 340 couples a day were getting hitched in Sin City, a rate higher than even before the pandemic.

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Teen Girl Leaders In A Pandemic: Fight For What's Right, Then Groove To BTS

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 07:00

Four attendees of the Girl Up Leadership Summit share how they balance their passion for social justice issues with self-care: tuning out the news, going for a walk and binging Harry Potter.

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Teens Asked, We Answered: The Truth About COVID-19 Vaccines

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 07:00

Nope they won't put a microchip in you. And the side effects usually aren't that bad. And if you want to get your HPV shot at the same time, that totally works. Read on for these and more answers.

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Opinion: Pandemic Memories Will Stay With Our Children

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 06:39

NPR's Scott Simon remarks on the continuing pandemic and how today's children might remember this time decades from now.

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Novak Djokovic Could Close In On A Historic 'Golden Slam' At The Olympics

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 03:51

The Serbian tennis star is aiming for a "golden slam" – meaning winning all four major tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in a single year. No male tennis player has ever done it.

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A 12-Year-Old Syrian Makes Her Olympic Debut

Sat, 07/24/2021 - 02:40

The youngest Olympian at the Tokyo games was knocked out during the women's table tennis singles preliminary round. But Syrian player Zaza said she will train, get better and try again.

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The First Gold Medal Of The Tokyo Olympics Goes To China

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 23:44

A 21-year-old woman from China came out on top in the 10 meter air rifle competition. Qian Yang narrowly beat out a competitor from Russia and beamed as she held up her gold medal.

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Prosecutors Say They Have Evidence Of More Abuse And Bribery In The R. Kelly Case

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 20:58

Federal prosecutors in New York filed a request on Friday that they be allowed to enter more evidence of uncharged crimes allegedly committed by the R&B singer in his trial next month.

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New Capitol Police Chief Defends The Agency In The Wake Of The Jan. 6 Riot

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 18:11

The new chief, Tom Manger, said the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection should not define the department and that necessary changes to its procedures have been made in the months since.

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The Search for Victims Comes To An End At the Florida Condo Collapse Site

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 17:20

Officials had vowed to continue the search for people among roughly 11 tons of rubble that remained until all missing persons had been recovered. Now firefighters have finished their search.

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