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The US women's gymnastics team won silver in the team all-around competition yesterday, coming up short against the team representing the Russian Olympic Committee. The second-place finish came after superstar Simone Biles withdrew from the event following her performance on the vault (see photos).
considered one of the best gymnasts in history, later cited the mental toll of the Games (watch here), saying she wasn't in the right headspace and that the team would benefit if she stepped back. Early this morning, Biles said she would also withdraw from Thursday's individual all-around.
The performance ends a decade of dominance by the women's team, who took gold in the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and racked up five World Championships since 2011.
See the full schedule of Olympic events here, and track medal count here.
where the phrase "Russian Olympic Committee" came from? Read this.
Guilty Plea in Atlanta
The man accused of killing eight people and injuring another amid an Atlanta-area shooting spree in March pleaded guilty yesterday to the first four murders. The plea allowed Robert Aaron Long, 22, to avoid the death penalty in the first of two cases, while sentenced to four consecutive life sentences plus 35 years without parole.
Long carried out the attacks at three separate Asian American-owned spas spread across northern Atlanta on the afternoon of March 16. The first was
located in Georgia's Cherokee County—yesterday's plea related to these crimes—while the second and third were located in Fulton County. Claiming to have been motivated by frustration over sex addiction, Long faces 19 counts in Fulton County, including four murder charges and domestic terrorism.
Many have called for adding hate crime enhancements to the sentencing—six of the eight killed were Asian American (see profiles).
North Korea and South Korea reestablished cross-border phone lines yesterday, ending more than a year of diplomatic silence between the two countries. The lines are used as the primary means of direct communication between government officials on either side of the demilitarized zone. North Korea had severed the hotline last June after alleging South Korean activists had attempted to airdrop leaflets critical of the
Kim Jong Un regime.
Viewed as a sign Kim may be warming to possible diplomatic engagements, some analysts say a severe economic and humanitarian crisis fueled by the pandemic may be the driving force behind the decision. Without engaging in negotiations, the North is unable to leverage changes to its nuclear program in exchange for aid or reduced sanctions.
Officials agreed to engage on the hotline twice a day.
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Business & Markets
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Politics & World Affairs
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Historybook: RIP composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1750); 14th Amendment, granting US citizenship
to formerly enslaved persons, is officially adopted (1868); Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis born (1929); Tangshan earthquake kills more than 240,000 in China (1976).
"One man can make a difference and every man should try."
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
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