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After winning her second gold medal, swimmer Kaylee McKeown invited Emily Seebohm to share the top step of the podium. "It was quite emotional. She had some tears in her eyes, so did I," McKeown says.

Daily infections are nearly quadruple the numbers reported just a week ago. Japan's prime minister, who has denied the Olympics are to blame, has extended a state of emergency to the end of August.

Serbia's Djokovic loses to Spain's Pablo Carreño Busta, ending his chances of winning a bronze in Tokyo. "I gave it all, whatever I had left in the tank, which was not so much," Djokovic says.

The recently expanded law says that freelance journalists, YouTube bloggers and practically anyone else who receives money from abroad and voices a political opinion can be considered a foreign agent.

Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica has won the fastest women's track race at the Tokyo Games in Olympic record time. She was the defending gold medalist in this event. Jamaica swept the final.

New Jersey will honor nine of its most illustrious citizens by slapping their names on rest stops along the Garden State Parkway. Scott Simon muses over what becomes a legend most.

The state has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the U.S. And this weekend, 80,000 doses will expire because of lack of demand. The campaign is on to get people to sign up.

50 years ago, on August 1, 1971, the Concert for Bangladesh, led by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, raised funds — and awareness — for Bengali refugees. What's the legacy of this landmark event?

Some of the athletes who tested positive for the coronavirus were first-time Olympians. They all must wait in a "quarantine hotel" for up to 10 days and watch their teammates compete without them.

Tourists are visiting national parks and surrounding public lands in record numbers this summer, which is causing some overwhelmed national park gateway towns to rethink their promotion strategies.

The defending gold medalist crashed during a semifinal heat on Friday. He suffered a brain hemorrhage and a broken rib, and spent the night in intensive care.

A photo of a real-life sponge and starfish hanging out together delighted the internet. "The reality is a little crueler than perhaps a cartoon would suggest," says the researcher who posted it.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat, has been hesitant to issue any statewide mandates without a ruling from the state Supreme Court on her powers. Counties aren't jumping at the opportunity either.

The three-man team hasn't been shy about their feelings regarding Alen Hadzic, who's been accused of sexual misconduct dating back to 2013.



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