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Coronavirus Knocks U.S. Pole Vaulter Sam Kendricks Out Of Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks is out of the Tokyo Summer Olympics after testing positive for the coronavirus. Kendricks, a world champion, was considered a medal contender.

According to a statement from U.S. Olympic officials, Sam Kendricks is ineligible to compete in the Tokyo Games following his positive test. He's been transferred to a hotel and put in isolation. Kendricks' dad, who's also his coach, said on social media his son feels fine and has no symptoms.


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Gun Maker Offers Sandy Hook Families $33 Million. Here's What They May Be Considering

After a years-long legal battle with the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, victims' families are deliberating over a $33 million settlement offer from Remington Arms.


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U.S. Swimmer Caeleb Dressel Wins His First-Ever Individual Olympic Gold Medal

TOKYO — In a thrilling finish, U.S. swimmer Caeleb Dressel narrowly beat out Australia's Kyle Chalmers to claim his first-ever individual Olympic gold medal.

The 24-year-old sprinter set an Olympic record in the blazing fast two-lap race, with a time of 47.02 seconds. At the end, he smiled and raised both hands in the air, taking in the applause of his teammates at the Tokyo Aquatics Center.


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A Texas Native Competes For Japan At The Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO — They call him downtown Ira Brown.

His three pointers got him the nickname. For years he's played professional basketball in Japan. But he never dreamed he'd get to the Olympic stage.

"Not in a million years," he said, shaking his head and laughing.


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U.S. Swimmer Bobby Finke Makes Epic Comeback To Win The Men's 800m Freestyle

Updated July 28, 2021 at 11:05 PM ET

TOKYO — U.S. swimmer Bobby Finke had his work cut out for him heading into the last lap of the men's 800 meter freestyle final.

He was in fifth place for most of the 16 lap race.

Then, he surged from behind in the final 50 meter stretch.

"I noticed 10 meters out I was catching up a little bit of ground and that was the only motivation I needed to try and pass and get my hand to the wall first," he said after the race.


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The Robinhood IPO Is Here. But There Are Doubts About Its Future

Depending on whom you ask, the stock trading app Robinhood has either democratized Wall Street trading or launched a generation of unsavvy investors who have become addicted to the promise of quick cash.

The tension looms as Robinhood is set to make its debut on the Nasdaq on Thursday under the symbol HOOD, raising the profile of a company that has become a household name during the pandemic – while also attracting intense regulatory scrutiny.


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We Answered Extremely Random Questions People Had About The Olympics

See, the thing about the Summer Olympics is that it comes every four years. And that's a long enough span of time for us to forget the things we thought we knew. ("Tell me again, how they figure out the order of countries in the parade of nations.")


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The Pentagon Will Require Masks To Be Worn Indoors Even By Those Who Are Vaccinated

Updated July 28, 2021 at 6:01 PM ET

The U.S. Department of Defense has issued directions that require anyone inside its facilities to wear a mask, even if they're vaccinated.


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Olympic Runner Caster Semenya Wants To Compete, Not Defend Her Womanhood

As track and field competition gets underway at the Tokyo Olympics, you won't see one of the sport's brightest stars: two-time Olympic gold medalist Caster Semenya of South Africa, the world's fastest woman in the 800 meters.


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Activision Blizzard Workers Are Walking Out After The Studio's Sexual Harassment Suit

Employees at the video game studio Activision Blizzard walked off the job Wednesday following an explosive lawsuit that detailed rampant sexual harassment and gender discrimination inside the California company.


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