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US Wins World Cup.
The US women's national soccer team claimed their 4th World Cup title yesterday, beating the Netherlands 2-0 in host country France's Parc Olympique Lyonnais. After a scoreless first half, US star Megan Rapinoe froze the Dutch goaltender on a penalty kick in the 61st minute, followed by a goal from Rose Lavelle in which she turned her defender around just 8 minutes later (see the highlights here). Rapinoe won the Cup's Golden Boot award, awarded to the tournament's top goal scorer, finishing with 6 goals and 3 assists - she actually tied teammate Alex Morgan, but won the award's tiebreaker, having played fewer minutes. It was the team's first back-to-back championship, and the US women's team has now won half of the eight World Cups since the competition began in 1991. Watch Nike's moving tribute to the women's team released shortly after the win here.
Southern California was hit by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake on Friday, one day after experiencing a 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Thursday. No fatalities or significant damage were reported, but the seismic activity was so frequent that scientists lost track of the aftershocks, which surpassed 3,000 over the weekend. While Thursday's quake was centered in a relatively remote part of the Mojave Desert, Friday's was centered about 200 miles to the West, closer to Los Angeles and just north of the town of Ridgecrest (see real-time map). Friday's jolt was the strongest to hit the region since 1999 when a quake struck the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base east of Los Angeles. As we mentioned after Thursday's activity, the region sits on top of the San Andreas Fault, which forms a 750-mile boundary between Pacific and North American tectonic plates and makes the West Coast extremely susceptible to seismic activity.
Iranian officials said they would begin producing uranium at enrichment levels beyond the 3.67% limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal, breaching the agreement for the second time in a week. The news comes just after the country exceeded the 600-pound limit on low-enriched uranium. Most commercial nuclear reactors rely on uranium with 3-5% of uranium-235 - an unstable form of the material that drives nuclear activity - and Iran is likely to focus on producing uranium at 5-20% enrichment. While nuclear weapons typically require close to 90% enrichment, 20% enrichment is considered a symbolic threshold (while also used for research reactors) beyond which the production of nuclear weapons becomes much easier. Experts say the move would shorten Iran's breakout time - the time required to produce working nuclear weapons - to under a year.
Separately, the US-UK relationship took a hit after leaked cables revealed the top British diplomat to the US criticizing the Trump administration.
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Science & Technology.
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Business & Markets.
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Politics & World Affairs.
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Historybook: Vasco da Gama is first European to reach India by sea (1497); Businessman and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller born (1839); RIP Gone with the Wind actress Vivien Leigh (1967); Atlantis is launched on final mission of US Space Shuttle program (2011); RIP former First Lady and social activist Betty Ford (2011).
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