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Jackie Mason, Who Went From Rabbi To Stand-up Comedy Star, Dies At 93
Mason, known for his quick-witted observational humor, used stories from his orthodox Jewish background, a thick Yiddish accent and wild gestures to keep his audiences entertained for decades.
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Flooding Continues To Devastate Zhengzhou City In Central China
Heavy floods have inundated large parts of central China, where thousands remain stranded without power or food.
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Olympic And Paralympic Moms Face Big Obstacles To Compete. They're Demanding Change
Scores of mothers competing in the Olympics and Paralympics are speaking out about the challenges they face as working mothers in sports. Some are using their platform to make a change.
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Sunday On The Beach With Sierra Leonean Soccer Players
"Our beach is a God-given thing," exclaims one Sierra Leonean. "We have to make use of it!" That means walking, working out ... and lots of soccer in the sand.
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U.S. Women's Gymnasts Have A Surprisingly Rough 1st Day Of Olympic Competition
A few stumbles from U.S. gymnasts – including from star Simone Biles – allowed Russia's team to take the lead. The U.S. is the heavy favorite. Russia came out one point ahead with the total team score
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U.S. Golfer Bryson DeChambeau To Miss Olympics After Positive COVID Test
Bryson DeChambeau tested positive before leaving the United States for Tokyo. He'll be replaced on the four-person team by Patrick Reed.
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A Young Tunisian Shocks The Swimming Field To Win Olympic Gold
18-year-old Ahmed Hafnaoui seemed stunned by the result. "I just can't accept that - it is too incredible," he said after his victory in the 400 meter freestyle event.
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The World's Top Female Tennis Player Is Eliminated In Her First Singles Olympic Match
It was a stunning upset. Underdog Sara Sorribes Tormo, from Spain, beat Australia's Ash Barty in straight sets. Barty won Wimbledon just two weeks ago.
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Montana Wildfire Fight Draws Help From Other States As Much Of The West Burns
Firefighter crews from Utah and California are headed to Montana to help fight massive fires in Montana, even as bigger blazes rage back home.
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The First Tokyo Olympics Medals For The U.S. Go To 2 Men's Swimmers
27-year-old Chase Kalisz was nearly a full body length ahead of his closest competitor at the end of the race. U.S. swimmer Jay Litherland took silver.
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Vietnam Locks Down Hanoi For 15 Days As COVID-19 Cases Rise
The order bans the gathering of more than two people in public. Only government offices, hospitals and essential businesses are allowed to stay open. Ho Chi Minh City has also extended its lockdown.
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Thousands Of People Protest Coronavirus Lockdowns In Australia
The streets of Sydney and other cities filled with protesters opposed to lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases. Participants carried signs calling for "freedom" and "the truth."
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'Rebel' Skateboarding Is Ready For Its Olympic Debut in Tokyo
Skateboarding is one of four new sports added to the Olympics this year. For skateboarders who have long loved their rebel status, performing in the mainstream Olympics is just a bit different.
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Why Companies Can't Stop Top Execs From Blasting Off To Space or Flying Fighter Jets
Corporate boards often try, but fail, to rein in CEOs and other top execs like Jeff Bezos from risky hobbies like traveling to the edge of space.
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A Dutch Rower Competed At The Olympics, Then Tested Positive For Coronavirus
Dutch rower Finn Florijn had already raced and was scheduled to compete again on Saturday when his positive test came back. "Now it's over in an instant," he said.
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Permanent Residents Who Left The U.S. During The Pandemic Worry They Can't Come Home
Many green card holders are still stuck outside of the country, worried about returning to their lives in the U.S. because of broad disruptions to the immigration system during the pandemic.
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Viva Las Vegas! The City's $2 Billion Wedding Industry Is Back
In June, about 340 couples a day were getting hitched in Sin City, a rate higher than even before the pandemic.
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Teen Girl Leaders In A Pandemic: Fight For What's Right, Then Groove To BTS
Four attendees of the Girl Up Leadership Summit share how they balance their passion for social justice issues with self-care: tuning out the news, going for a walk and binging Harry Potter.
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Teens Asked, We Answered: The Truth About COVID-19 Vaccines
Nope they won't put a microchip in you. And the side effects usually aren't that bad. And if you want to get your HPV shot at the same time, that totally works. Read on for these and more answers.
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Opinion: Pandemic Memories Will Stay With Our Children
NPR's Scott Simon remarks on the continuing pandemic and how today's children might remember this time decades from now.
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Novak Djokovic Could Close In On A Historic 'Golden Slam' At The Olympics
The Serbian tennis star is aiming for a "golden slam" – meaning winning all four major tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in a single year. No male tennis player has ever done it.
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A 12-Year-Old Syrian Makes Her Olympic Debut
The youngest Olympian at the Tokyo games was knocked out during the women's table tennis singles preliminary round. But Syrian player Zaza said she will train, get better and try again.
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The First Gold Medal Of The Tokyo Olympics Goes To China
A 21-year-old woman from China came out on top in the 10 meter air rifle competition. Qian Yang narrowly beat out a competitor from Russia and beamed as she held up her gold medal.
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Prosecutors Say They Have Evidence Of More Abuse And Bribery In The R. Kelly Case
Federal prosecutors in New York filed a request on Friday that they be allowed to enter more evidence of uncharged crimes allegedly committed by the R&B singer in his trial next month.
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New Capitol Police Chief Defends The Agency In The Wake Of The Jan. 6 Riot
The new chief, Tom Manger, said the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection should not define the department and that necessary changes to its procedures have been made in the months since.
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The Search for Victims Comes To An End At the Florida Condo Collapse Site
Officials had vowed to continue the search for people among roughly 11 tons of rubble that remained until all missing persons had been recovered. Now firefighters have finished their search.
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The Tokyo Olympics Has Relaxed Its Rules On Athlete Protests — To A Point
Gestures of protest have already begun. But exactly what's allowed under the International Olympic committee's new rules on expression is somewhat murky.
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Samoan Court Clears The Way For The Nation's 1st Female Prime Minster
An appeals court ruling has ended a constitutional crisis and confirmed Fiame Naomi Mata'afa as the first woman to lead Samoa. After a tight election in April, two people claimed to be prime minister.
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Beneath Istanbul, Archaeologists Explore An Ancient City's Byzantine Basements
Below the surface of the sprawling, modern metropolis is a different world. Archaeologists are gaining insights into the city's ancient past by examining the basements of ordinary buildings.
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Can't-Miss Moments From The Olympics Opening Ceremony
From pictogram people to a moving rendition of "Imagine," the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony balanced fun with the seriousness of the moment.
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