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Qian Yang of China celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 10-meter air rifle at the Asaka Shooting Range in the 2020 Summer Olympics on Saturday.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 22:44

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.

R. Kelly, appearing at a hearing in his federal trial in Illinois in Sept. 2019. Kelly currently faces 22 federal charges in two separate indictments: one in New York and one in Illinois.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 19:58

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.

Tom Manger, a veteran police chief of departments in the Washington, D.C., region, is seen Friday as he takes over the United States Capitol Police.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 17:14

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.

In a famous moment from the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith (center) and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold medal and Carlos the bronze for the 200-meter run.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 16:49

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

A makeshift memorial pays tribute to the victims of the Champlain Towers South building collapse in Surfside, Fla.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 16:20

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.

A court ruling has ended a months-long political crisis, allowing Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (here in 2013) to become the first woman to lead Samoa.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 15:32

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.

Archaeologist Ferudun Ozgumus stands in what is believed to be a Byzantine-era substructure in Istanbul.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 15:27

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.

Tanks of liquid nitrogen are seen at the Foundation Food Group poultry processing plant in Gainesville, Ga. Six workers died after a freezer malfunctioned in January 2021.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 14:50

They 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.

Uruguay flag bearers Deborah Rodriguez and Bruno Cetraro Berriolo lead their team out during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 13:55

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

The survivor of a bear attack was rescued from a remote mining camp near Nome, Alaska, by a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crew earlier this month.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 11:52

A man in Alaska, who said that 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.

A farmer holds soybeans from her Nebraska farm in 2019. Today, farmers are struggling to find containers that can ship their products to Asia.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 11:37

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.

The U.S. Supreme Court will review next term whether all state laws that ban abortions before fetal viability are unconstitutional.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 11:35

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

Ethan Lincoln, 17, fishes for king salmon and red salmon with his cousin Avery Tulik in the Kangirlvar Bay, Alaska.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 09:49

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

Cleveland relief pitcher Nick Sandlin (right) and catcher Austin Hedges celebrate a 10-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on June 8. On Friday, the Cleveland team announced its new name, the Guardians.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 09:48

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

Fireworks go off around the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021.
Fri, 07/23/2021 - 08:39

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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