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PHOTOS: Tattoos at the Olympics

Taboo in much of Tokyo, tattoos are everywhere at the Olympics.

There’s the lion on British swimmer Adam Peaty’s shoulder. An inspirational message on the arm of Chinese 3-on-3 basketball player Yan Peng. A likeness of Christ the Redeemer on the calf of Spanish boxer Gabriel Escobar Mascunano. And the Olympic rings. So many Olympic rings. French swimmer Fantine Lesaffre has them on her left forearm, and American shooter Kayle Browning on her right wrist.


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US makes statement in men's basketball game against Iran

Javale Mc Gee #11 of Team United States drives to the basket against Arsalan Kazemi #41 of Team Iran during the first half of a Men's Preliminary Round Group A game on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 28, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. SOURCE: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images


The U.S. basketball team got back to winning — and winning easily.

Damian Lillard scored 21 points and the Americans rebounded from an opening loss with their first victory of these Olympics, romping past Iran 120-66 on Wednesday.


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The science didn't change, the virus did, Fauci says as CDC updates mask guidance

The change in CDC guidance recommending all Americans wear a mask indoors in areas with high COVID-19 transmission is a sign of the change the delta variant has carved into the pandemic landscape, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN.

"We're not changing the science," the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease said. "The virus changed, and the science evolved with the changing virus."


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Simone Biles pulls out of Olympic finals

Simone Biles, of the United States, waits for her turn to perform during the artistic gymnastics women's final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. SOURCE: AP Photo/Gregory Bull)



Reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is out of the team finals after apparently sustaining an injury during the vault.

The 24-year-old U.S. star, considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time, huddled with a trainer after landing her vault. She then exited the competition floor with the team doctor.


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Surfing makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games


It was surf's up Sunday for the sport's century-in-the-making Olympic debut as competitors were consumed emotionally by the momentous occasion and exuded the pure joy of finally making it.

For many spectators, this was the first glimpse of a beloved-though-niche competitive sport that is as wild as it is stunning.


Kanoa Igarashi is a 23-year-old Californian with dual Japanese citizenship who is surfing for Japan and has the advantage of growing up at the Olympic site, Tsurigasaki beach, about 90 miles east of Tokyo.

The young surfer summed it up this way:

"I feel like I'm representing my family, my sport, and my friends. I can't wait to just talk to them for the rest of the day and to just enjoy watching surfing in the Olympics," Igarashi said. "I can't believe I said those words. We are in the Olympics!"

The nerves were clearly there, too. An Australian competitor said he wanted to puke. An American said she had a melt down.

Yet they hid their panic beneath the surface and put on a good show despite modest waves in the morning. Surfers came out of the water beaming with pride, and so excited to finally be at the big event they'd longed to be a part of.

Day 1 had the feel of a high school prom: a highly-anticipated milestone and coming-of-age celebration that's friendly and low-stakes, but also cements their place in the world.


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Florida man's attempt to walk on water to New York City ends short of goal


A man in a cylindrical floating contraption washed ashore in Florida Saturday in an apparent attempt to walk on water to New York.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office reported that the man left St. Augustine in the vessel with the goal of reaching New York. The department posted photos of the vessel on Facebook.


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Tokyo Olympics Day 3: American swimmers keep up pace in push for medals

The Tokyo Olympics are in full swing and medals have started to roll in.

The U.S. men’s gymnastics team will compete in the finals, surfing will continue its Olympic debut and the Olympic pool saw more action with swimming events. Here’s what’s happening today.



Caeleb Dressel is off on his quest for six swimming gold medals at the Tokyo Games, leading off an American victory in the men’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay.

Dressel gave the U.S. a lead it never relinquished, swimming the first leg in a blistering 47.26 seconds.

Blake Pieroni and Bowe Becker kept the Americans out front before Zach Apple turned in an anchor leg of 46.69 to leave no doubt at the end.


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Florida leading the nation in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases

As of Friday morning, Florida was one of three states accounting for 40% of all new COVID-19 infections.

Despite the rapid rise in numbers, Gov. Ron DeSantis is vowing not to issue any COVID-19 mandates or lockdowns.


DeSantis said that despite the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, lockdowns or statewide mask mandates will not be happening in Florida.

He said he believes he's successfully handling the COVID-19 situation without them.

The state is averaging about 6,500 cases per day.


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US imposes new Cuba sanctions over human rights violations during protests


Video above: Federal government has not responded to Florida's request to help Cuba, Gov. DeSantis says

The Biden administration announced new sanctions Thursday against a Cuban official and a government entity that it says was involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown on protests on the island earlier this month.


The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control listed Alvaro Lopez Miera, a Cuban military and political leader, and the Brigada Especial Nacional del Ministerio del Interior, or Interior Ministry Special Brigade, as among those who will face the latest sanctions.

The Interior Ministry Special Brigade was already sanctioned in January by the Trump administration, which targeted the entire ministry and Interior Minister Lazaro Alberto Alvarez Casas under the Global Magnitsky Act.

“We’ve made clear over the last week that addressing this moment was a priority for the administration and for President Biden,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.


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Legendary Florida State Football Coach Bobby Bowden diagnosed with terminal medical condition


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Hall of Fame college football coach Bobby Bowden announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition.


“I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come,” Bowden said in a statement released to news outlets, including The Associated Press. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.”

The 91-year-old Bowden was hospitalized last October after he tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test came a few days after returning to his Tallahassee home from a lengthy hospital stay for an infection in his leg. He did not disclose his condition in his statement.

During his 34 years coaching Florida State, Bowden amassed a 315-98-4 record and built the Seminoles into a national power, winning 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and national titles in 1993 and 1999. He won 357 games during his 40 years in college coaching and was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.


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Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, Lorne Michaels among this year's Kennedy Center honorees


The Kennedy Center Honors will return in December with a class that includes Motown Records creator Berry Gordy, "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels and actress-singer Bette Midler. Organizers expect to operate at full capacity, after last year’s ceremony was delayed for months and later conducted under COVID-19 restrictions.

This 44th class of honorees for lifetime achievement in the creative arts is heavy on musical performers. The honorees also include opera singer Justino Diaz and folk music legend Joni Mitchell.


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'Best day ever!': Jeff Bezos blasts into space on own rocket

VAN HORN, Texas —

Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft.

The Amazon founder was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.


"Best day ever!" Bezos said when the capsule touched down on the desert floor at the end of the 10-minute flight. Named after America’s first astronaut, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket soared from remote West Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a date chosen by Bezos for its historical significance. He held fast to it, even as Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson pushed up his own flight from New Mexico in the race for space tourist dollars and beat him to space by nine days.


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'Space Jam' dunks on 'Black Widow' to take box office No. 1

“Black Widow” ceded its No. 1 spot to an unlikely foe in its second week in theaters: The Tune Squad.

LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and the rest of the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Space Jam: A New Legacy” defied expectations and won the box office this weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” grossed $31.7 million in North America, while “Black Widow” took in $26.3 million.


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New York Yankees postpone game after 6 players test positive for COVID-19

The Yankees' post-All-Star break opener against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night was postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among vaccinated New York pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta.


"It’s a fluid situation that could spread. It has spread to some degree," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "We have three positives and we have three pending that we’ve had rapid tests on. ... We’ll wait now for the lab tests to come back, which I’m assuming is going to be positive, as well. So that would increase our number to six, but we're not at six yet. We're at three confirmed."


Loaisiga went on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday, when the Yankees were in Houston, and he did not travel home with the team Sunday. Cortes and Peralta went on the COVID-19 IL on Thursday.


Cashman said all three were fully vaccinated, as are most of the players on the team. Among the three, two received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the other was either Pfizer or Moderna, according to Cashman.


"Those players are doing well thus far," he said. "And that would speak again to the belief that those vaccinations are working and ultimately they’re to protect us from severe illness and/or death."


The three players awaiting lab results are in quarantine. Cashman would not say whether they include the Yankees' All-Stars who were in Denver: Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman.


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As COVID-19 cases continue to climb, Los Angeles reinstates mask mandate

Los Angeles County will again require masks be worn indoors in the nation's largest county, even by those vaccinated against the coronavirus, while the University of California system also said Thursday that students, faculty and staff must be inoculated against the disease to return to campuses.

The announcements come amid a sharp increase in virus cases, many of them the highly transmissible delta variant that has proliferated since California fully reopened its economy on June 15 and did away with capacity limits and social distancing. The vast majority of new cases are among unvaccinated people.


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'Catastrophe': Video shows devastating flooding that has killed at least 120 in Europe

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The German village of Insol in Rhineland-Palatinate is largely flooded after massive rainfall on July 15.


At least 110 people have died in devastating floods across parts of western Germany and Belgium, officials said Friday, as search and rescue operations continued for hundreds more still unaccounted for or in danger.

Authorities in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said 60 people had died there, including 12 residents of an assisted living facility for people with disabilities in the town of Sinzig who were surprised by a sudden rush of water from the nearby river Ahr. In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state officials put the death toll at 43 but warned that the figure could increase.


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Snakes alive! Georgia couple finds 18 snakes in bedroom

Snakes in bedroom SOURCE: Trish Wilcher/Facebook

The couple found a mother snake with 17 recently hatched babies under their bed.



A Georgia couple found 18 snakes under their bed.

Instead of killing the creatures, the husband carefully plucked them off the ground, dropped them in a bag and relocated them to a nearby creek.


Augusta resident Trish Wilcher tells WJBF-TV that as she and her husband, Max, were about to go to bed Sunday, she saw what she thought was some fuzz on the floor.

She said it moved when she reached down.


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VIDEO: Tanker truck erupts into huge fireball on Michigan highway

TROY, Mich. —

Sections of Interstate 75 outside Detroit were closed after a fuel tanker caught fire Monday after being involved in an accident, authorities said.


The Michigan Department of Transportation closed both the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate after the tanker struck a concrete median and burst into flames. Authorities said they didn’t know when the lanes would be reopened.

"MDOT has advised that I-75 will remain closed overnight," the Troy Police Department tweeted. "Inspection and repair expected to take time."

The 46-year-old unidentified driver of the tanker escaped from the truck's cab and was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital. Police say no other injuries were reported.


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WWE 'Mr. Wonderful' Paul Orndorff dies at 71

Paul Orndorff is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. (Photo by Chris Farina/Corbis via Getty Images)  SOURCE: Chris Farina


WWE Hall of Famer Paul Orndorff, known to many as "Mr. Wonderful," has died at the age of 71.

Before Orndorff participated in WWE, he was a running back at the University of Tampa. He joined Mid-Southern Wrestling after a short amount of time in the World Football League.


Orndorff joined WWE in 1983 and made his debut Jan. 23, 1984. Years later, he would go up against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the main event of WrestleMania I. After his time in the WWE, he became a trainer for WCW's Power Plant.


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'Black Widow' soars to pandemic box office record

Even with an option to watch "Black Widow" at home, audiences went to the movie theater in pandemic record numbers this weekend to catch the first Marvel movie released in two years.


The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday the superhero pic generated an estimated $80 million in ticket sales in North America. Combined with $78 million from international theaters and at least $60 million in Disney+ Premier Access rentals, "Black Widow" grossed over $215 million in its first weekend. The studio said it's the largest opening weekend since "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" debuted in 2019, pre-pandemic.

It's a massive win for coronavirus-era moviegoing. In North America, the previous pandemic recordholder was Universal's "F9," which debuted at $70 million a few weeks ago. But unlike "Black Widow," which is playing on 4,100 screens, the ninth "Fast & Furious" movie was exclusively in theaters.


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Italy wins Euro 2020, beats England in penalty shootout


Italian soccer’s redemption story is complete. England’s painful half-century wait for a major title goes on.


And it just had to be because of a penalty shootout.

Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating England 3-2 on penalties on Sunday. The match finished 1-1 after extra time at Wembley Stadium, which was filled mostly with English fans hoping to celebrate the team's first international trophy since the 1966 World Cup.

“It's coming to Rome. It's coming to Rome,” Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci shouted into a TV camera amid the celebrations, mocking the famous lyric “it's coming home” from the England team's anthem.


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Recovery efforts continue in Surfside as death toll climbs to 94


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Four bodies have been recovered, bringing the death toll to 94, with 80 victims identified. Officials said 222 people are accounted for and 22 people are unaccounted for.


Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Cava said the recovery is getting harder at this point.

"The process of making identifications has become more difficult as time goes on and the recovery at this point is yielding human remains," Cava said.

Officials said that while they do not have a timeline for the collapse site, they are hoping things can be done in the next two to three weeks.


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Rocker Marilyn Manson surrenders on New Hampshire assault warrant


Rocker Marilyn Manson surrendered to police in Los Angeles last week in connection with a 2019 arrest warrant out of New Hampshire where he allegedly assaulted a videographer at a concert, authorities said.

Manson, whose legal name is Brian Hugh Warner, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault stemming from an alleged incident on Aug. 19, 2019 at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford.


Gilford police Chief Anthony J. Bean Burpee said Thursday that Manson had turned himself into law enforcement in Los Angeles the week before. Manson was booked and released without bail pending a court appearance in New Hampshire.

Manson's attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday.

The victim, a videographer, was in the venue's stage pit area at the time of the alleged assault, Gilford police previously said. The misdemeanor charges can each result in a jail sentence of less than a year and a $2,000 fine if convicted.


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Lightning strikes twice: Tampa Bay wins Stanley Cup for second consecutive season

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate their series win over the Montreal Canadiens to clinch the Stanley Cup in Game 5 of the NHL hockey finals, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. 

SOURCE: Gerry Broome / AP Photo


TAMPA, Fla. —

It only took scoring once for the Tampa Bay Lightning to strike twice and repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Backstopped by their playoff MVP goaltender and the only two Tampa Bay players on the ice without their name on the Cup, the Lightning won it all for the second time in 10 months by beating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.


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Robert Downey Sr., actor, director and father of Robert Downey Jr., dies at 85

Actor Robert Downey Jr. and father Robert Downey Sr. arrive at TIME's 100 Most Influential People Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 08, 2008 in New York City. 

SOURCE: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images


Robert Downey Jr. is paying tribute to his father, Robert Downey Sr., who died Tuesday. He was 85.

"RIP Bob D. Sr. 1936-2021...Last night, dad passed peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson's ..he was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout..According to my stepmoms calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years," Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram. "Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you."


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