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The Tokyo Olympics Has Relaxed Its Rules On Athlete Protests — To A Point

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 17:11

Gestures of protest have already begun. But exactly what's allowed under the International Olympic committee's new rules on expression is somewhat murky.

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Samoan Court Clears The Way For The Nation's 1st Female Prime Minster

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 16:32

An appeals court ruling has ended a constitutional crisis and confirmed Fiame Naomi Mata'afa as the first woman to lead Samoa. After a tight election in April, two people claimed to be prime minister.

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Beneath Istanbul, Archaeologists Explore An Ancient City's Byzantine Basements

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 16:11

Below the surface of the sprawling, modern metropolis is a different world. Archaeologists are gaining insights into the city's ancient past by examining the basements of ordinary buildings.

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Six Poultry Workers Died From A Nitrogen Leak. OSHA Has Issued $1 Million In Fines

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 15:50

Six workers died when a freezer malfunctioned at the Foundation Food Group's poultry plant in Gainesville, Ga., in January. OSHA cited the company and three others for failing to ensure worker safety.

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Can't-Miss Moments From The Olympics Opening Ceremony

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 14:54

From pictogram people to a moving rendition of "Imagine," the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony balanced fun with the seriousness of the moment.

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Chevy Bolts Are Recalled For A 2nd Time Over Batteries That Can Set The Cars On Fire

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 13:47

Two Bolts that had been fixed under a previous recall caught fire. Until repairs are done, General Motors says owners should park the electric cars outdoors and not charge them overnight.

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Protests Erupt Outside Haitian President's Hometown Funeral

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 12:45

The body of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was returned to his hometown for a private funeral amid heavy security. Protesters clashed with police outside the ceremony.

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Farmers Have A Big Problem On Their Hands: They Can't Find A Way To Ship Their Stuff

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 12:37

Cargo ships are unloading containers in the U.S. and immediately shipping them out, empty, to Asia. That's frustrating American farmers and exporters who are struggling to get products overseas.

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On Abortion, Mississippi Swings For The Fences, Asks The Supreme Court To Reverse Roe

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 12:35

Abortion rights defenders promptly seized on the state's brief, noting that until now Mississippi had portrayed its appeal as far more limited.

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Repeatedly Confronted By A Bear, A Man Is Rescued After He Writes 'SOS' On A Shack

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 12:05

A man in Alaska, who said he had been mauled by a bear and that the animal had returned to his camp and harassed him every night for a week, was rescued by the Coast Guard.

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When Schools Shut Down In Alaska, These Students Went Moose Hunting

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 10:49

In the remote Yukon Delta region of Alaska, many families practice subsistence hunting to get food on the table. Three students reconnected with that tradition during the pandemic.

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Cleveland's MLB Team Changes Its Name To Guardians After Years Of Backlash

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 10:38

Cleveland's Major League Baseball team has changed its name to the Guardians, ridding itself of a previous name that many found highly offensive.

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Texas Begins Jailing Border Crossers On Trespassing Charges

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 10:06

At least 10 people have been arrested. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says the move is among actions needed to slow the number of border crossings.

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Photos: Highlights Of The Tokyo Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 09:39

Athletes marched in front of thousands of empty seats, as only a sparse crowd was admitted due to COVID-19 restrictions. This year's ceremony is titled "United by Emotion."

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The Downs And Ups Of Africa's Current COVID Surge

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 09:29

The World Health Organization has reported a downturn after 8 weeks of increasing cases. But the good news comes with a large dose of caution.

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The Sexualization Of Women In Sports Extends Even To What They Wear

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 09:00

One women's team is in a dispute over having to wear bikini bottoms for their uniforms. An athlete was told her briefs were too short. A lot needs to change to even the playing field, experts say.

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U.S. Moves To Drop Visa Fraud Charge Against A Chinese Researcher

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 08:48

U.S. prosecutors sought to drop their case against a Chinese researcher accused of concealing her ties to the Chinese military on a visa application so she could work in the U.S.

New Zealand Suspends Travel Bubble With Australia As Sydney COVID-19 Cluster Grows

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 08:09

New Zealand recently imposed quarantine restrictions on travelers from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia states, where lockdowns have been introduced to contain delta variant clusters.

Let The Games Begin: The Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 07:00

The organizers are trying to celebrate the world's top athletes coming together to compete and send a message of hope at a time of isolation. It will be difficult to strike the right tone.

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An Energy Company Behind A Major Bribery Scandal In Ohio Will Pay A $230 Million Fine

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 06:20

FirstEnergy Corp. agreed to pay the $230 million fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement. Acting U.S. Attorney Vipal Patel calls it the "largest criminal penalty ever collected" by his office

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