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Netherland's Simone van de Kraats reacts to an official's call during a preliminary round women's water polo match against Spain at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 17:06

As you cheer on sports you didn't think you cared about during the 2020 Summer Olympics, we're here to answer all those random questions that keep popping up in your brain.

The seal of the Department of Defense.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 17:01

Reversing a decision made in May that allowed fully vaccinated people to ditch the mask, the Department of Defense will follow the CDC's most recent mask guidance.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya competes in the women's 5000m final in Pretoria, South Africa on April 15, 2021. Her attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in an event exempt from the new testosterone rules fell short.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 15:53

Rules on testosterone levels for women athletes have kept star runner Caster Semenya out of the Tokyo Olympics. At the heart of this heated debate: who should be considered a woman in sport?

Employees walk across Blizzard Way during a walkout at Activision Blizzard offices in Irvine, Calif., on Wednesday.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 15:16

A group of employees urged the video game company to work with them on four demands, including an end to mandatory arbitration clauses in employee contracts and the release of salary and other data.

German cyclist Nikias Arndt said he was "appalled" an official from his country's cycling federation shouted a racial slur during the men's time trial at the Tokyo Games.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 14:45

A German cyclist says he was "appalled" by the words from the sporting director of Germany's cycling federation.

Luis Grijalva, a student at Northern Arizona University, has qualified to compete at the Tokyo Olympics and represent his home country of Guatemala. But as a DACA recipient he couldn't leave the United States without special permission.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 14:42

Luis Grijalva qualified to run track for his home country of Guatemala. But, being a DACA recipient, the Arizona college student needed a special permit to leave the United States in order to return.

Joey Jordison, the founding drummer of the band Slipknot, has died at age 46. Jordison's family says he died peacefully in his sleep Monday, July 26, 2021.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 14:11

Jordison drummed for the influential metal band in its most popular period and helped write many of its best-known songs.

The moves by the Justice Department are part of the Biden administration's push to demonstrate it is on guard amid new voting restrictions that Republican-led states have proposed and enacted.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 13:54

The moves are part of the Biden administration's push to demonstrate it is on guard amid new voting restrictions proposed and enacted by Republican-led states.

The Unites States tug-of-war team in action during the 1908 London Olympics at White City Stadium.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 13:47

This year it's skateboarding. In 2024, breakdancing will be an Olympic sport. Wondering how those decisions are made? Here's what it takes for a new sport to make the Games.

Wed, 07/28/2021 - 13:31

The CDC wants vaccinated people to wear masks indoors if the coronavirus is spreading widely where they live. Find out the level of virus transmission in your county.

From left, screenshots from Olympians Laviai Nielsen, Ilona Maher and Raven Saunders' recent TikTok posts from the Tokyo Olympics.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 12:16

TikTok is owning the 2020 Olympics as athletes share highlights and behind the scenes updates from Tokyo with each other and followers at home.

The lead GOP negotiators on the bipartisan infrastructure legislation — Sens. Lisa Murkowski (from left), Bill Cassidy, Rob Portman, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney — speak to reporters Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 12:09

After weeks of talks that often appeared on the verge of collapse, a group of 20 Senate Republicans and Democrats reached agreement on a bill funding roads, bridges, transit projects and broadband.

Britain's Tom Dean celebrates winning gold in the men's 200-meter freestyle swimming event at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 12:02

Great Britain's Tom Dean was diagnosed with COVID for a second time just a few months ahead of the Olympic trials. Now he has two gold medals in Tokyo.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at New York's Yankee Stadium, Monday, July 26, 2021.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 11:52

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that state employees have until Labor Day to get vaccinated. New York, like other states, has seen a rising number of coronavirus cases linked to the Delta variant.

<em>Arthur</em> first aired on PBS KIDS in 1996.
Wed, 07/28/2021 - 11:01

The beloved PBS Kids show will wrap in early 2022 after its 25th and final season.

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