Dressel snags 5th gold, Schauffele wins men's golf
Swimming events wrapped up Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics, but not before Caeleb Dressel could add a couple more gold medals to his fast-growing collection. The Team USA star took first in the 50-meter freestyle before powering the men's 4x100 medley relay team to gold and a new world record. He leaves the Games with an impressive five gold medals.
Xander Schauffele won gold for Team USA in men's golf, following a stellar performance across the 4-day competition. Schauffele, who finished at 18 strokes under par, held off a record-breaking effort from Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini, who shot the lowest single-round score in Olympic history on Sunday to win the silver medal.
The U.S. has won more total medals than any other country with 59, but its 20 gold medals trails only China (24).
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Simone Biles withdraws again
The chances of seeing Simone Biles compete again at the Tokyo Olympics are dwindling. USA Gymnastics announced Biles' withdrawal from the floor exercise final Sunday after she had already pulled out of the all-around, as well as Sunday's event finals for vault and uneven bars. The last event final, for balance beam, is Tuesday, but a decision on her availability for it has yet to be made. Biles, who came to Tokyo projected to win a record five gold medals, pulled out of the team competition Tuesday after one event, saying mental health concerns were manifesting themselves in “the twisties,” a loss of air awareness.
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July COVID cases shatter June number; Fauci dismisses idea of lockdowns
The U.S. likely won't see the lockdowns that plagued the nation last year despite surging infections, but "things are going to get worse," Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Sunday. Fauci, making the rounds on morning news shows, noted that half of Americans have been vaccinated. That, he said, should be enough people to avoid drastic measures. But not enough to crush the outbreak. The U.S. reported more than 1.3 million new infections in July, more than triple the number from June. Fauci acknowledged that some breakthrough infections are occurring among the vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% effective, he noted. But he stressed that vaccinated people who do become infected are less likely to become seriously ill than unvaccinated people who become infected.
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Sen. Susan Collins criticizes Jan. 6 panel as 'partisan,' Rep. Adam Kinzinger says former President Trump may not need to testify.
Biden wants more transparency for police disciplinary records. Experts say it’s harder than it sounds.
American gymnast Suni Lee adds bronze medal on uneven bars to all-around title.
American swimmer Bobby Finke wins gold in 1,500 meters for stunning distance double.
Kevin Durant sparks Team USA to important win against Czech Republic.
NHL to investigate allegations San Jose Sharks star bet on his own game.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn tried to board plane with gun; could face fine, status loss.
Bacon may disappear in California as pig rules take effect.
Lollapalooza cuts DaBaby from lineup after controversy over his homophobic remarks.
Eviction moratorium expires, putting millions at risk of eviction
A federal freeze on most evictions expired Saturday after the House of Representatives on Friday did not pass a bill that would have extended the moratorium. The freeze, which was enacted last year due to the pandemic, was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes. Many of them lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic and had fallen months behind on their rent. Landlords successfully challenged the order in court, arguing they also had bills to pay. They pointed out that tenants could access nearly $47 billion in federal money set aside to help pay rents and related expenses. Roughly 3.6 million people in the U.S. as of July 5 said they face eviction in the next two months, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey.
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AOC blames Democrats for letting eviction moratorium expire, says Biden wasn't 'forthright.'
Vote on $1 trillion infrastructure bill coming soon, Schumer says
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, speaking at a rare Sunday session, said the vote on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package could be held “in a matter of days,” but senators still need to finish writing the vast legislation. Senators and staff have been laboring behind the scenes for days to write what is certain to be a massive piece of legislation and a key part of President Joe Biden’s agenda. It calls for $550 billion in new spending over five years above projected federal levels, what could be one the more substantial expenditures on the nation’s roads, bridges, waterworks, broadband and the electric grid in years. Schumer warned Saturday that he was prepared to keep lawmakers in Washington for as long as it took to complete the vote on the bipartisan infrastructure plan. Schumer, Sen. Susan Collins, R.-Maine, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. all said the bill could be completed this week.
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Wildfire-weary West faces thunderstorms, potential flash floods
Western states already under siege from numerous wildfires may face a new threat this week as thunderstorms head their way, raising the possibility of flash flooding. The National Weather Service said the storms are expected to hit the interior western states, particularly the area from the Great Basin to the Rockies, and may help douse some fires but won’t provide relief to drought-stricken California. Spots left barren of vegetation by the rash of wildfires throughout the West are especially prone to flash flooding when pelted by heavy rainfall. Parts of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Washington and Montana are under a flood watch. Firefighters in Oregon reported good progress in the battle against the Bootleg Fire, the nation’s largest one, as containment increased from 56% on Saturday to 74% on Sunday.
Wildfire-weary West now faces thunderstorms, potential flash floods.
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