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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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A German Cycling Official Apologizes After Shouting A Racial Slur During A Race

TV cameras picked up a German cycling official yelling a racial slur during the men's time trial Wednesday at the Tokyo Olympics, prompting an apology from the official and a reaction from at least two of the cyclists involved.

Patrick Moster, sporting director of the German cycling federation, apologized shortly after he was recorded using a racial slur while cheering on German cyclist Nikias Arndt.


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His DACA Status Almost Dashed His Olympic Hopes. He Just Got The All-Clear

Luis Grijalva was running against the clock — but this time it wasn't on a track.

The Northern Arizona University track star qualified in June to run at the Tokyo Olympics representing his home country of Guatemala. But leaving the United States to compete abroad wasn't an option.

Grijalva is a DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, recipient. He was born in Guatemala but came to the U.S. at the age of one.


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Joey Jordison, A Founding Member Of The Band Slipknot, Has Died At Age 46

DES MOINES, Iowa — Joey Jordison, a founding member of Slipknot, who drummed for the influential metal band in its most popular period and helped write many of its best-known songs, has died Monday at age 46, his family said.

"We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep," his family said in a statement. "Joey's death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow."

No cause or place of death was provided.


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The Justice Department Puts States On Notice About Election Audits And Voting Changes

The Justice Department is putting states on notice about their obligations under federal law as GOP-led efforts to conduct reviews of the 2020 election intensify.

Federal authorities on Wednesday issued a pair of new guidance documents to states and voters to remind them of their responsibilities — and their rights.


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Here's How The Olympics Decide What Sports To Include — And Which To Leave Out

Pigeon shooting. Tug-of-war. Motorboating. These were all once included in the Olympic Games, but today, they're relics of the past. If you've ever wondered who gets to decide what's included in the Olympic Games, you're probably not the only one, but buckle up, because it's a little complicated.


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Do You Need To Wear A Mask Indoors Where You Live? Check This Map

With the delta variant taking off around the U.S., the federal government Tuesday updated its masking guidelines for fully vaccinated people.


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Bipartisan Senate Negotiators Say They Reach A Deal On Infrastructure After Hiccups

Updated July 28, 2021 at 3:47 PM ET

Bipartisan Senate negotiators said they have reached a deal on an infrastructure package, and a procedural vote on the measure is expected to take place Wednesday evening.

GOP Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio told reporters the group reached agreement on the major issues and were still working on legislative text. "We are prepared to move forward," Portman said after the Republicans working on the deal met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.


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An Olympic Swimmer Who Battled COVID-19 Twice Is Now A Gold Medalist

Talk about overcoming long odds. In the past year, British swimmer Tom Dean has battled COVID-19 not once, but twice. And now, he's won two Olympic gold medals in Tokyo.

"This is the single greatest achievement of my life," the 21-year-old said in a news conference after his victory in the in the men's 200-meter freestyle Tuesday. "It's amazing. It's a dream come true having a gold around my neck."


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New York Will Require State Workers To Be Vaccinated Or Undergo Weekly Testing

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York will require all state employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by Labor Day or undergo weekly tests for COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

"It's smart, it's fair and it's in everyone's interest," Cuomo said in a Zoom call with the nonprofit Association for a Better New York.

In mandating either the shots, or frequent testing for government workers, Cuomo is following on the heels of California and New York City, which announced similar policies for employees earlier this week.


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