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'Like a hammer hitting us in the head': Homes ablaze in California as Western wildfires rage
The Dixie Fire in California was one of at least 88 major wildfires raging across 13 states. The fire has destroyed more than 20 homes and buildings.      
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Smile! IOC allowing medalists to briefly shed masks; infected radio host regrets dissing vaccine: Live COVID-19 updates
Olympic medalists can briefly remove their masks on the podium, the International Olympic Committee announced Sunday. Latest COVID news.      
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US gets their medals, gymnasts falter during qualifying, Ledecky on deck for Sunday
After failing to win medals on day 1, the U.S. bounced back Saturday. Looking to Sunday, don't miss swimming, skateboarding and men's gymnastics.      
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The CDC says masks for the vaccinated are optional. As COVID cases climb, some feel differently.
While the CDC has not called for the vaccinated to mask up to protect against COVID-19 as virus variants surge, many health experts say they are.      
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Nursing moms face difficult decision when coming to Tokyo Olympics to compete
Olympians who are nursing moms have expressed frustration with Tokyo organizers over rules they say make it too restrictive to care of their kids.      
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Team USA's Jagger Eaton wins bronze in first Olympic skateboarding event
The U.S. had been expected to win an Olympic medal in the men's street event in skateboarding — but few expected that American to be Jagger Eaton.      
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Bryson DeChambeau tests positive for COVID-19, will be replaced in Olympics by Patrick Reed
Bryson DeChambeau is out of the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19 prior to traveling to Tokyo, USA Golf announced.      
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Team USA wins its first medals of the Tokyo Olympics: Swimmer Chase Kalisz takes gold in 400 IM
After Team USA was shut out of medals at the Tokyo Olympics on Day 1, swimmer Chase Kalisz broke through for a gold medal in the men's 400 IM.      
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Tokyo Olympics live updates: Team USA earns first medal on Day 2 of Summer Games
The first swimming gold of the Tokyo Olympics has gone to American Chase Kalisz, who won the men's 400-meter individual medley.      
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Princess Cruises, Holland America Line resume US sailings this weekend
Two Carnival Corp. subsidiaries, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises, are restarting service in the U.S.      
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You can save up to 60% at Everlane's mega summer sale—shop our top picks
You can snag up to 60% off top-rated tops, loungewear, slacks and more at the Everlane summer sale.      
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How to stream the Tokyo Olympics live on Hulu, Peacock, and other platforms
The Tokyo Olympics, which kicked off with an opening ceremony Friday, are set to run through Aug. 8. Here's how to live stream the coverage.      
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GM sues Ford, claiming hands-free technology name is a trademark infringement
GM says Ford Motor Co.'s moniker for its hands-free driving is too similar to GM's existing brands and has sued Ford for trademark infringement.      
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COVID-19 surge could go on for months, projection says; most unvaccinated Americans don't plan on getting shots: Live COVID-19 updates
A poll shows most unvaccinated Americans don't plan to get a shot. Meanwhile, the U.S. plans to buy 200M more Pfizer doses. Latest COVID-19 updates.      
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Florida tops the nation in new COVID cases. As they spike in its rural Big Bend, many still fear the vaccine more.
As new COVID cases in Florida surge, residents in its rural Big Bend, where vaccination rates are extremely low, are quickly falling ill.      
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Tokyo Olympics brace for Tropical Storm Nepartak, preemptively shift rowing schedule
Tropical Storm Nepartak, which formed Friday night over the western Pacific Ocean, may arrive at the shores of mainland Japan by Tuesday.      
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Better, faster, stronger: How Olympic records keep improving
Since 1896, athletes have repeatedly smashed previous records in their sports at the Olympics. How?      
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Swimmer Emma Weyant cruises in 400-meter individual medley to top lane spot in Tokyo Olympics final
Emma Weyant showed little mercy on the rest of the competition in the women's 400-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics.      
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Best Olympic swimming photos from men's and women's 2021 events
Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Caeleb Dressel and others will represent the US in the pool in Tokyo.      
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'A little shocked:' Team USA goes without medal on opening day for first time since 1972
Nothing about the Tokyo Olympics is going to go according to plan, and that includes the Americans getting shut out on the first day of competition.      
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The days of vaccine lotteries are waning. Here come the mandates.
A growing chorus of voices say people who are resisting getting vaccinated should face pressure — and consequences.      
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Tokyo Olympics action, Western wildfires, Trump rally: 5 things to know this weekend
The first medals are being awarded at the Tokyo Olympics, a second 'megafire' burns in California and more news to start your weekend.      
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Cheer coaches, athletes continue to work in sport despite sexual misconduct allegations
A year after USA TODAY revealed pervasive failures in cheerleading's child protection policies, little has changed.      
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Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott inspires HIPAA memes on social media after COVID vaccine reply
Social media users quickly corrected Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott after he cited a privacy law that only applies to medical settings.      
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