Taboo in much of Tokyo, tattoos are everywhere at the Olympics.
There’s the lion on British swimmer Adam Peaty’s shoulder. An inspirational message on the arm of Chinese 3-on-3 basketball player Yan Peng. A likeness of Christ the Redeemer on the calf of Spanish boxer Gabriel Escobar Mascunano. And the Olympic rings. So many Olympic rings. French swimmer Fantine Lesaffre has them on her left forearm, and American shooter Kayle Browning on her right wrist.
Javale Mc Gee #11 of Team United States drives to the basket against Arsalan Kazemi #41 of Team Iran during the first half of a Men's Preliminary Round Group A game on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 28, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. SOURCE: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
The U.S. basketball team got back to winning — and winning easily.
Damian Lillard scored 21 points and the Americans rebounded from an opening loss with their first victory of these Olympics, romping past Iran 120-66 on Wednesday.
The change in CDC guidance recommending all Americans wear a mask indoors in areas with high COVID-19 transmission is a sign of the change the delta variant has carved into the pandemic landscape, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN.
"We're not changing the science," the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease said. "The virus changed, and the science evolved with the changing virus."
Simone Biles, of the United States, waits for her turn to perform during the artistic gymnastics women's final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. SOURCE: AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is out of the team finals after apparently sustaining an injury during the vault.
The 24-year-old U.S. star, considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time, huddled with a trainer after landing her vault. She then exited the competition floor with the team doctor.
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Robert Parris Moses, a civil rights activist who was shot at and endured beatings and jail while leading Black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s and later helped improve minority education in math, has died. He was 86.
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The Biden administration announced new sanctions Thursday against a Cuban official and a government entity that it says was involved in human rights abuses during a government crackdown on protests on the island earlier this month.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control listed Alvaro Lopez Miera, a Cuban military and political leader, and the Brigada Especial Nacional del Ministerio del Interior, or Interior Ministry Special Brigade, as among those who will face the latest sanctions.
The Interior Ministry Special Brigade was already sanctioned in January by the Trump administration, which targeted the entire ministry and Interior Minister Lazaro Alberto Alvarez Casas under the Global Magnitsky Act.
“We’ve made clear over the last week that addressing this moment was a priority for the administration and for President Biden,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Hall of Fame college football coach Bobby Bowden announced Wednesday he has been diagnosed with a terminal medical condition.
“I’ve always tried to serve God’s purpose for my life, on and off the field, and I am prepared for what is to come,” Bowden said in a statement released to news outlets, including The Associated Press. “My wife Ann and our family have been life’s greatest blessing. I am at peace.”
The 91-year-old Bowden was hospitalized last October after he tested positive for COVID-19. The positive test came a few days after returning to his Tallahassee home from a lengthy hospital stay for an infection in his leg. He did not disclose his condition in his statement.
During his 34 years coaching Florida State, Bowden amassed a 315-98-4 record and built the Seminoles into a national power, winning 12 Atlantic Coast Conference championships and national titles in 1993 and 1999. He won 357 games during his 40 years in college coaching and was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
Former West Palm Beach Mayor Joel Daves has died at the age of 93.
He served as mayor for four terms from March of 1999 to March of 2003.
Current Mayor Keith James released a statement Tuesday, saying:
“My wife Lorna and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Mayor Joel Daves and send sincere condolences to his wife Darden, his family, and all in the City of West Palm Beach who are bereaved. I last saw Joel and his family a few weeks ago, and we shared a few laughs. I am so glad I had that opportunity to see his smile one last time. Former Mayor Daves was a beloved friend to many, a dedicated public servant, and a longtime pillar of our community. At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all whose lives he touched through his commitment to our city.”
Flags were lowered to half-staff at West Palm Beach City Hall Wednesday in Daves' honor until after his service.
The Kennedy Center Honors will return in December with a class that includes Motown Records creator Berry Gordy, "Saturday Night Live" mastermind Lorne Michaels and actress-singer Bette Midler. Organizers expect to operate at full capacity, after last year’s ceremony was delayed for months and later conducted under COVID-19 restrictions.
This 44th class of honorees for lifetime achievement in the creative arts is heavy on musical performers. The honorees also include opera singer Justino Diaz and folk music legend Joni Mitchell.
Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft.
The Amazon founder was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.
"Best day ever!" Bezos said when the capsule touched down on the desert floor at the end of the 10-minute flight. Named after America’s first astronaut, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket soared from remote West Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a date chosen by Bezos for its historical significance. He held fast to it, even as Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson pushed up his own flight from New Mexico in the race for space tourist dollars and beat him to space by nine days.
“Black Widow” ceded its No. 1 spot to an unlikely foe in its second week in theaters: The Tune Squad.
LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and the rest of the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Space Jam: A New Legacy” defied expectations and won the box office this weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” grossed $31.7 million in North America, while “Black Widow” took in $26.3 million.
The Yankees' post-All-Star break opener against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night was postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among vaccinated New York pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta.
"It’s a fluid situation that could spread. It has spread to some degree," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "We have three positives and we have three pending that we’ve had rapid tests on. ... We’ll wait now for the lab tests to come back, which I’m assuming is going to be positive, as well. So that would increase our number to six, but we're not at six yet. We're at three confirmed."
Loaisiga went on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday, when the Yankees were in Houston, and he did not travel home with the team Sunday. Cortes and Peralta went on the COVID-19 IL on Thursday.
Cashman said all three were fully vaccinated, as are most of the players on the team. Among the three, two received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the other was either Pfizer or Moderna, according to Cashman.
"Those players are doing well thus far," he said. "And that would speak again to the belief that those vaccinations are working and ultimately they’re to protect us from severe illness and/or death."
The three players awaiting lab results are in quarantine. Cashman would not say whether they include the Yankees' All-Stars who were in Denver: Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman.
Los Angeles County will again require masks be worn indoors in the nation's largest county, even by those vaccinated against the coronavirus, while the University of California system also said Thursday that students, faculty and staff must be inoculated against the disease to return to campuses.
The announcements come amid a sharp increase in virus cases, many of them the highly transmissible delta variant that has proliferated since California fully reopened its economy on June 15 and did away with capacity limits and social distancing. The vast majority of new cases are among unvaccinated people.
The German village of Insol in Rhineland-Palatinate is largely flooded after massive rainfall on July 15.
At least 110 people have died in devastating floods across parts of western Germany and Belgium, officials said Friday, as search and rescue operations continued for hundreds more still unaccounted for or in danger.
Authorities in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said 60 people had died there, including 12 residents of an assisted living facility for people with disabilities in the town of Sinzig who were surprised by a sudden rush of water from the nearby river Ahr. In neighboring North Rhine-Westphalia state officials put the death toll at 43 but warned that the figure could increase.
Sections of Interstate 75 outside Detroit were closed after a fuel tanker caught fire Monday after being involved in an accident, authorities said.
The Michigan Department of Transportation closed both the northbound and southbound lanes of the interstate after the tanker struck a concrete median and burst into flames. Authorities said they didn’t know when the lanes would be reopened.
"MDOT has advised that I-75 will remain closed overnight," the Troy Police Department tweeted. "Inspection and repair expected to take time."
The 46-year-old unidentified driver of the tanker escaped from the truck's cab and was treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital. Police say no other injuries were reported.
Paul Orndorff is inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. (Photo by Chris Farina/Corbis via Getty Images)
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WWE Hall of Famer Paul Orndorff, known to many as "Mr. Wonderful," has died at the age of 71.
Before Orndorff participated in WWE, he was a running back at the University of Tampa. He joined Mid-Southern Wrestling after a short amount of time in the World Football League.
Orndorff joined WWE in 1983 and made his debut Jan. 23, 1984. Years later, he would go up against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the main event of WrestleMania I. After his time in the WWE, he became a trainer for WCW's Power Plant.
Even with an option to watch "Black Widow" at home, audiences went to the movie theater in pandemic record numbers this weekend to catch the first Marvel movie released in two years.
The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday the superhero pic generated an estimated $80 million in ticket sales in North America. Combined with $78 million from international theaters and at least $60 million in Disney+ Premier Access rentals, "Black Widow" grossed over $215 million in its first weekend. The studio said it's the largest opening weekend since "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" debuted in 2019, pre-pandemic.
It's a massive win for coronavirus-era moviegoing. In North America, the previous pandemic recordholder was Universal's "F9," which debuted at $70 million a few weeks ago. But unlike "Black Widow," which is playing on 4,100 screens, the ninth "Fast & Furious" movie was exclusively in theaters.
Italian soccer’s redemption story is complete. England’s painful half-century wait for a major title goes on.
And it just had to be because of a penalty shootout.
Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating England 3-2 on penalties on Sunday. The match finished 1-1 after extra time at Wembley Stadium, which was filled mostly with English fans hoping to celebrate the team's first international trophy since the 1966 World Cup.
“It's coming to Rome. It's coming to Rome,” Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci shouted into a TV camera amid the celebrations, mocking the famous lyric “it's coming home” from the England team's anthem.
The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate their series win over the Montreal Canadiens to clinch the Stanley Cup in Game 5 of the NHL hockey finals, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla.
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TAMPA, Fla. —
It only took scoring once for the Tampa Bay Lightning to strike twice and repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Backstopped by their playoff MVP goaltender and the only two Tampa Bay players on the ice without their name on the Cup, the Lightning won it all for the second time in 10 months by beating the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. and father Robert Downey Sr. arrive at TIME's 100 Most Influential People Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall on May 08, 2008 in New York City.
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Robert Downey Jr. is paying tribute to his father, Robert Downey Sr., who died Tuesday. He was 85.
"RIP Bob D. Sr. 1936-2021...Last night, dad passed peacefully in his sleep after years of enduring the ravages of Parkinson's ..he was a true maverick filmmaker, and remained remarkably optimistic throughout..According to my stepmoms calculations, they were happily married for just over 2000 years," Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram. "Rosemary Rogers-Downey, you are a saint, and our thoughts and prayers are with you."
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, a former banana producer and political neophyte who ruled Haiti for more than four years as the country grew increasingly unstable under his watch, was killed on Wednesday. He was 53. Moïse was assassinated at his private home following "a highly coordinated attack by a highly trained and heavily armed group," interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said. His wife, Martine Moïse, was injured in the attack and remains hospitalized.
The initial partial building collapse happened at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24.
Champlain Towers is made up of three buildings that are each 12 stories tall and contain 342 units. It is located in the small, beachside town of Surfside, about 6 miles north of Miami Beach. The side of the south building that collapsed is on the ocean side.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said there were more than 100 units in the building and a third of the building "pancaked." On the day of the collapse, 35 victims were pulled from the structure and two were pulled from the rubble, including a teenager. FEMA personnel, the Red Cross, people with the State of Emergency Response Team, and teams from Israel and Mexico are on-site helping with rescue efforts. The remaining standing portion of Champlain Towers South was demolished Sunday night before Tropical Storm Elsa reached Florida.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Melanie C. Adams visits the makeshift memorial setup near the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, Fla., Thursday, July 1, 2021. Search is paused because of structural concerns officials say. The apartment building partially collapsed on Thursday, June 24. (David Santiago /Miami Herald via AP)
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SURFSIDE, Fla. —
Officials and organizations have released resources to help people who are trying to find loved ones, grieving loved ones, help first responders or help those who have gone through the deadly Surfside building collapse.
Resources To Find People
A Family Assistance Center is open at the Grand Beach Hotel on Collins Avenue.
People can also call 305-614-1819 or click here to file a missing person report.
Anyone who lived at the towers is encouraged to fill out this form to help ensure all of the tenants are accounted for.
FEMA can be called at 800-621-3362 or met with in person at the Family Assistance Center.
Resources For Emotional Support
A bilingual grief hotline has been set up in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health for anyone in need of emotional support at 833-848-1762.
The Disaster Distress Helpline is at 800-985-5990.
The Crisis Text Line can be reached by texting "HELLO" to 741741.
Filmmaker Richard Donner, who helped create the modern superhero blockbuster with 1978's "Superman" and mastered the buddy comedy with the "Lethal Weapon" franchise, has died. He was 91. Lauren Shuler Donner, his wife and producing partner, told the Hollywood trade Deadline that Donner died Monday.
Donner gained fame with his first feature, 1976's "The Omen." A then-unheard-of offer followed: $1 million to direct 1978's "Superman." Donner channeled his love of the character into making the film, repeatedly facing off with producers over the need for special effects that would convince the audience that a superhero could really fly. In the title role, Donner cast Christopher Reeve, who was associated with "Superman" for the rest of his life. By the 21st century, the genre was dominating the box office in the U.S. and thriving overseas. The heads of Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment—producers of most of today's superhero fare— both worked for Donner when they were starting out in Hollywood.
Champlain Towers South was demolished Sunday night.
During a press conference Sunday evening, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced that demolition of the Champlain Towers South would take place Sunday night between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Search and rescue efforts were temporarily paused to prepare for this demolition.
The partial building collapse happened at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, June 24th, 2021.
Champlain Towers is made up of three buildings that are each 12 stories tall and contain 342 units. It is located in the small, beachside town of Surfside, about six miles north of Miami Beach. The side of the south building that collapsed is on the ocean side.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said there were more than 100 units in the building and a third of the building "pancaked." On the day of the collapse, 35 victims were pulled from the structure and two were pulled from the rubble, including a teenager.
Residents of a Miami-area high-rise loaded clothes and valuables into suitcases, laundry baskets and wagons and wheeled them to waiting cars after they were forced to evacuate the building when it was found to be unsafe in a review prompted by the deadly collapse of a building just a few miles away.
An audit prompted by the collapse of Champlain Towers South in nearby Surfside found that the 156-unit Crestview Towers in North Miami Beach, about 5 miles (8 kilometers) away, had been deemed structurally and electrically unsafe in January, the city said in a news release. Friday afternoon law enforcement authorities cordoned off the area and went door-to-door in the apartment building, telling residents they had to leave the 49-year-old structure.