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'Arthur,' The Longest-Running Kids Animated Series In History, Is Ending

There will soon be a day without the reminder that every day, when you're walking down the street, everybody that you meet has an original point of view.

But hey (hey!), Arthur had a good, long run.

The much beloved animated kids show is coming to an end in early 2022, after its 25th and final season.


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Biden Pushes Cybersecurity Upgrades For Critical Infrastructure After Recent Hacks

President Biden just signed a national security directive aimed at boosting defenses against ransomware attacks and the hacking of critical infrastructure like energy, food, water and power systems.

The directive sets performance standards for technology and systems used by private companies in those sectors — though it can't force those companies to comply.


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Chinese Billionaire Sun Dawu Is Sentenced To 18 Years For 'Provoking Trouble'

BEIJING — Sun Dawu, one of China's best-known rural entrepreneurs, was handed an 18-year prison sentence on Tuesday, amid broader efforts by authorities in China to rein in powerful businessmen and limit the influence of private enterprise.


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Tokyo Hits New High For Daily COVID-19 Cases. This Time, No Olympians Are Among Them

With the Olympics underway, Tokyo has set a new, unfortunate record: for coronavirus cases.

Tokyo had 3,177 new positive cases on Tuesday, according to the city's government. The city has become Japan's biggest COVID-19 hot spot and is host to most of the Olympic events.


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Olympians Are Dominating TikTok. Here's How To Follow Along

For all the socializing that can't happen this year at the Olympic village because of COVID-19 restrictions, Olympic TikTok is giving everyone (those in Tokyo and those stuck at home) a socially distanced way to connect.


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As Megan Rapinoe Promotes CBD Use, Sha'Carri Richardson Sits Out The Olympics

U.S. soccer superstar and Olympian Megan Rapinoe has been slinging her own CBD products and promoting their benefits for athletes at the Olympics, and people on Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms are not having it.


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A Court In Ecuador Has Stripped Julian Assange Of His Citizenship

QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuador has revoked the citizenship of Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks who is currently in a British prison.

Ecuador's justice system formally notified the Australian of the nullity of his naturalization in a letter that came in response to a claim filed by the South American country's Foreign Ministry.


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Read What Simone Biles Said After Her Withdrawal From The Olympic Final

Simone Biles' decision to pull out of the women's team final has prompted comments and analysis around the world, including much praise for Biles' choosing to prioritize her mental health.


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Simone Biles Highlights The Unique Stresses Athletes Feel At The Tokyo Olympics

Star gymnast Simone Biles cited her mental health concerns for withdrawing from the individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics. "It's been a long Olympic process, it's been a long year," she told reporters after she stopped competing in the team event. "And I think we're just a little bit too stressed out."

Biles' teammates applauded her decision to take care of her mental well-being. But she's not the only athlete who talked about the pressures of performing at the Games.


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U.S. 3x3 Women's Basketball Takes Gold In The Sport's Olympic Debut

TOKYO — The U.S. women's 3-on-3 team beat out the team from Russia to win the first-ever gold medal in the dizzyingly fast sport at the Olympics.

They took an early lead against the Russians and maintained it the entire game, with a final score of 18-15.

Stefanie Dolson, who is 6'5 and plays for the Chicago Sky, led the team in scoring with seven points.


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