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NPR’s team in Tokyo put together our favorite moments of the Games, where participants showed their athleticism, sportsmanship, and what motivated them to compete.
The swimmers are now leaving Japan and the spotlight moves to the track and field events at Olympic Stadium. We’ll walk you through the biggest things to watch for until the closing ceremony.
“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement.
U.S. star Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast of all time, pulled out of the competition after the first apparatus — the vault. It’s a devastating development for the U.S. women’s team.
Against great odds, the world’s top athletes are about to take the spotlight. Here are some key things to keep an eye out for during the first half of the Summer Olympic Games.
Palestinian officials say nearly 200 people have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in recent days, including many children. The death toll on the Israeli side stands at eight, including one child.
Video from reporters at the scene posted on Twitter appeared to show a car that had crashed into a barrier. Police say a suspect is in custody.
“The main reason for the declaration is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries,” said World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
An attorney for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted that after discussions, the “parties have decided to resolve their pending grievances.” The terms are not public.
The girls’ leadership development organization is accusing the Boy Scouts of trademark infringement, after it started admitting girls as well as boys.
U.S. authorities have identified at least six suspicious packages that were mailed to leading Democratic figures and CNN since Monday. Some of them appear to be similar.
As it stands now, Hill tells NPR, the hearing cannot provide senators “with enough information to reach a reasonable conclusion.” She testified in 1991 that Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her.
The shooting happened at a Madden NFL competition held at a gaming bar in downtown Jacksonville. Before fatally shooting himself, the male suspect killed at least two others.
Dozens of women and minorities who said they were harassed while working as engineers at Uber filed a class-action lawsuit. Hundreds of people also sued for discrimination claims.
Organizers say the demonstrations, which are expected to include hunger strikes and a refusal to work, are in response to a riot at a South Carolina prison in which seven inmates died.
When cows burp, they emit the potent greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. But by adding seaweed to the cows’ diets, researchers are noticing a dramatic reduction in methane production.
The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office had ruled “fentanyl toxicity” as the musician’s cause of death in its public June 2016 autopsy report. They also ruled the musician’s death to be an accident.
Early Wednesday morning, there’s a lunar event that hasn’t been seen since 1866. And scientists say data gathered during the event could help them figure out where to land a rover on the moon.