July 27, 2021

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'The Olympics is overwhelming': Michael Phelps says he can relate to Simone Biles
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TOKYO — Michael Phelps is uniquely qualified when it comes to being a face of the Olympics and the effect that can have psychologically on an athlete.The four-time Olympian battled anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts throughout his Olympic swimming career. He eventually overcame his mental health struggle by seeking out professional help.The 28-time Olympic medalist has since been a huge advocate for mental health. In 2010, he launched the Michael Phelps Foundation, which teaches kids to be healthy and active. He’s also on the board of Medibio, a company focused on the diagnosis of mental health disorder.When Phelps found out four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles withdrew from Tuesday’s gymnastics team competition in Tokyo, citing mental health, it touched the former swimmer’s heart.
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California expands Medi-Cal to adults 50+ regardless of immigration status
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(BCN) – Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program Tuesday, making all low-income adults age 50 and up eligible for the program regardless of immigration status.The bill expands Medi-Cal coverage to roughly 235,000 state residents, according to state officials, and also expands behavioral health services for people age 25 and under as well as homeless residents who have mental health issues.Newsom framed the bill as a step toward the state achieving universal health care.“We have not finished that job, but we’re making a big investment here today in that progress,” Newsom said.The full text of the bill can be found on this website.
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Trump and DeSantis clash with Biden as the mask wars roar back to life
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(CNN)A new political war over masks is already deepening the national divides that slowed vaccinations and thwarted what once seemed an imminent victory over the coronavirus pandemic.As soon as the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rolled back indoor unmasking guidance on Tuesday for a majority of US counties amid surging new coronavirus cases, the ideological conflagration over face coverings roared back to life.Ex-President Donald Trump, in his latest attempt to damage his successor over a pandemic he himself basically ignored at the end of his own term while pushing his election lies, issued a statement saying, "Don't surrender to COVID. Don't go back!" If Trump's faithful followers accept his advice on ignoring mask guidance again, more of them will likely get sick and die.
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Analysis: The explosive Brexit spat that no one is talking about could slam the UK economy
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London (CNN Business)Boris Johnson has spent decades agitating against the European Union and the last five years battling to free the United Kingdom from the shackles of regulation from Brussels. Now he's in the awkward position of finding himself at the mercy of EU leaders for permission to rejoin an international treaty, or risk devastating Britain's multi-billion-dollar legal services industry.The agreement in question is called the Lugano Convention, and essentially it establishes the jurisdiction of national courts, guaranteeing the legal recognition and enforcement of a wide range of civil and commercial judgments in cross-border disputes. London is widely regarded as the global capital for international dispute resolution, thanks to England's world-class legal system and courts. It is a broad and highly lucrative industry, dealing with everything from family disputes to international business operations. And a long-term failure to rejoin the Lugano Convention could represent a grave threat to the UK's world-beating legal services sector, as well as creating difficulties for large companies and ordinary people alike.
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2 dead after leak at Texas chemical plant
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Chemical company LyondellBasell said a leak of acetic acid, which when diluted is used to make vinegar, caused the fatal injuries at its La Porte complex near Houston.
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At least 2 dead, 4 injured after chemical leak causes 'mass casualty incident' at Texas facility, officials say
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At least two people are dead and four are injured after a chemical leak at a plant at a Houston suburb Tuesday night, company officials said.The incident involved a "very small" acetic acid leak within the LyondellBasell facility in the La Porte Complex east of Houston, said Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen in a news conference.The incident began at about 7:35 p.m. when "LyondellBasell La Porte requested support from La Porte EMS regarding a mass casualty incident at their facility," La Porte's public information officer Lee Woodward told CNN.Acetic acid "is a chemical acid used in food-grade vinegar," Christensen said. "The issue that occurs is severe burns, harmful if swallowed, toxic if inhaled and harmful to the skin."
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Prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck convicted in deaths of two men he gave drugs
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(CNN)Democratic donor Ed Buck on Tuesday was convicted by a federal jury of nine felonies, including giving methamphetamine to two men who died at his West Hollywood apartment after being injected with the drug.Buck was found guilty of two counts of distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death, four counts of distribution of methamphetamine, one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises, and two counts of enticement to travel in interstate commerce for prostitution.Gemmel Moore, 26, died of an overdose in July 2017 and Timothy Dean, 55, died in January 2019."It was a tremendous honor to be able to vindicate the rights of the victims in the case," Assistant US Attorney Chelsea Norell said.
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South Carolina man sentenced to life in the murder of 21-year-old college student
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(CNN)A man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after a jury convicted him of murder in the 2019 killing of a South Carolina college student.Nathaniel Rowland, 27, was also found guilty of kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in the killing of Samantha Josephson, a University of South Carolina student. The 21-year-old USC student had mistakenly gotten into a car Rowland was driving in Columbia, South Carolina, thinking it was an Uber ride she had requested on March 29, 2019, authorities said. Her body was found with multiple sharp force injuries 14 hours later in a field about 90 miles away. Rowland was arrested the following day after police spotted him in a car that matched the description seen in surveillance video.
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Wisconsin judge to decide on charging police officer
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A Wisconsin judge is set to announce whether he will invoke a rarely used process to charge a police officer in the 2016 slaying of a Black man who was sitting in a parked car
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Detroit-area water leader quitting weeks after floods
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The head of a regional water agency in southeastern Michigan says she's resigning, weeks after thousands of homes were spoiled by sewage backups during a tremendous storm
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Activists Demand Inquiry Into Police Shooting Of Zapotec Teen With BB Gun
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Indigenous activist groups have demanded that the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) investigate the July 16 shooting death of Gerardo Chávez Martínez, a 19-year-old Zapotec. The Zapotecs are one of Mexico's indigenous groups.Martinez reportedly had a BB gun on him and may not have understood the police's Spanish commands when officers in Salinas City, California shot and killed him.On July 16 at 8:01 p.m. local time, Salinas City police received a call from a neighbor who said that Martínez had pointed a gun at him. The neighbor said the gun might be a BB gun, but added that it could also be a small-caliber pistol, the police department said in a statement.Martínez didn't speak English nor did he have full command of Spanish, according to a statement released by the activist group Indigenous Communities in Leadership (Cielo). As such, he may not have understood police commands to exit his house or put down the gun.
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Analysis: Mental health is front and center in news stories from Tokyo to Washington
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New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.The common thread between all of Tuesday's top stories was mental health. It was front and center in Simone Biles' shocking decision to withdraw from her team's Olympic competition. It was highlighted by the police officers who testified about lingering wounds from the January 6 attack. And it was invoked by CDC director Rochelle Walensky as she reignited the so-called "mask wars.""This weighs heavily on me," Walensky said as she rolled out revised recommendations for masking. "I know that at 18 months through this pandemic, not only are people tired, they're frustrated," she said. "We have mental health challenges in this country." We sure do...
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Katie Ledecky wins gold medal in 1,500 freestyle at Tokyo Olympics, US teammate Erica Sullivan takes silver
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TOKYO — America’s Katie Ledecky has done it again. The most versatile swimmer at these Olympic Games won a gold medal in the first-ever women's 1,500-meter freestyle, a little more than an hour after finishing fifth in the 200.Ledecky finished the 1,500 in 15:37.34, followed by U.S. teammate Erica Sullivan, 4.07 seconds back. Germany's Sarah Kohler took bronze.“I think people maybe feel bad for me that I’m not winning everything but I want people to be more concerned about other things going on in the world where people are truly suffering," Ledecky said after her 1,500 race. "I’m just proud to bring home a gold medal to Team USA.”Ledecky was clearly thrilled for Sullivan, 20, to reach the podium. Sullivan, competing in her first Olympics, has looked up to Ledecky. 
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American great Katie Ledecky crushed the first-ever women's 1500m freestyle final to win her first gold medal of Tokyo 2020. She was the favorite to win.
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The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are underway after the Games were delayed for almost a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Follow here for the latest news on the Summer Olympics.American great Katie Ledecky crushed the first-ever women's 1500m freestyle final to win her first gold medal of Tokyo 2020.
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You can get Solo Stove bundles for a major discount right now
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Britney Spears aims to remove dad Jamie from 'nightmare' conservatorship as mom Lynne speaks out
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Britney Spears has officially filed a petition to remove her father Jamie Spears as conservator of her estate – with a proposed replacement. According to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday and obtained by USA TODAY, Spears, through her legal team led by attorney Mathew Rosengart, asks to replace her father as conservator with Jason Rubin, a certified public accountant based in Woodland Hills, California.Given the court's recognition that Britney Spears "has sufficient capacity to choose her own legal counsel, she likewise has sufficient capacity to make this nomination," reads the petition, citing the pop star's July 14 hiring of Rosengart in place of her previous court-appointed attorney.
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