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The British navy says hijackers who boarded a vessel off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman have left the ship, without elaborating. The notice on Wednesday came after the British military’s United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations warned of a “potential hijack” under unclear circumstances underway the night before. The group reported that the “incident (is) complete.” It did not provide further details. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attempted ship hijack, or what ship was targeted. Shipping authority Lloyd’s List and maritime intelligence firm Dryad Global had both identified the seized vessel as Panama-flagged asphalt tanker Asphalt Princess. Read more

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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: Read more

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Missouri congresswoman Cori Bush lived in a Ford Explorer with her two young children after the family was evicted from their rental home. Two decades later, that experience led the freshman Democrat to camp outside the U.S. Capitol. She aimed to draw a spotlight to a pandemic-era eviction ban that expired after Congress and the Biden administration didn’t take action. Her approach resonated. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium that will last until October 3. Read more

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Sydney McLaughlin of the United States broke her world record Wednesday and won the Olympic 400-meter-hurdles gold. She finished in 51.46 seconds in yet another close victory over teammate and rival Dalilah Muhammad. McLaughlin came from behind after the last hurdle to top the defending Olympic champion. Muhammad’s time of  51.58 also beat McLaughlin’s old record, set just last month. Femke Bol of the Netherlands finished third. Read more

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There were 49 NBA players at the Tokyo Games when the Olympics started. Make it 50. The San Antonio Spurs agreed to terms with Australia center Jock Landale to a two-year contract on Wednesday — one day before Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, the coach of the U.S. men’s national team, faces Landale and the Australians in the Olympic semifinals. And Landale likely won't be the last to get an NBA chance from these Tokyo Olympics. Read more

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new moratorium on evictions that would last until Oct. 3. The Biden administration is trying to quell intensifying criticism that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during a pandemic. The new moratorium could help keep millions in their homes as the coronavirus’ delta variant has spread and states have been slow to release federal rental aid. It would temporarily halt evictions in counties with “substantial and high levels” of virus transmissions and would cover areas where 90% of the U.S. population lives. Read more

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The senators who spent months stitching together a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure package are now trying to sell it to the American people. A key vote is expected later this week that would push a long recognized national priority much closer to the finish line, after years of talk. The lawmakers are part of a group that they like to call the G-10, for gang of 10. They are appealing to the wishes of many voters for more bipartisanship in Congress — along with better airports, roads and internet service without being directly asked to pay for those improvements through higher income taxes or user fees. Read more

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Just over a year ago, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was widely beloved for his telegenic response to the coronavirus pandemic. But allegations of sexual assault and harassment sent the Democrat tumbling into a monthslong fall from grace, reaching a nadir Tuesday with the release of a report substantiating allegations from 11 women. The probe overseen by the state attorney general found Cuomo sexually harassed the women, many of whom formerly or currently worked for him. Cuomo still denies the allegations. He maintains he isn’t going anywhere, but his political future might soon be out of his hands. Read more

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President Joe Biden’s administration drew up a strategy to contain one coronavirus strain, then another showed up that’s much more contagious. Republican governors opposed to pandemic mandates were also counting on a backdrop of declining cases, but unvaccinated patients are crowding red-state hospitals. This week Biden finally met his goal of 70% of U.S. adults having received at least one COVID-19 shot. There was little to celebrate with new cases averaging more than 70,000 a day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is drawing criticism for its off-and-on masking recommendations. And GOP-led Florida and Texas accounted for about one-third of new cases nationally in the past week. Read more

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The British navy has warned of a “potential hijack” of a ship off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman, without elaborating. The incident Tuesday night comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the West over its tattered nuclear deal and as commercial shipping in the region has found itself in the crosshairs over it. Most recently, the U.S., the U.K. and Israel have blamed Iran for a drone attack on an oil tanker off Oman that killed two people. The British military initially warned ships that “an incident is currently underway” off of Fujairah. Hours later, they said the incident was a “potential hijack.” Read more

Four Republicans are heading into their first debate as they campaign for California's Sept. 14 recall election that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. The contest at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Orange County, California, will present the candidates with a choice: whether to pile up on Newsom or try to undercut each other in front of a statewide TV audience. The two best known candidates — Caitlyn Jenner and conservative talk radio host Larry Elder — aren't participating. Former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose says he'll argue his experience sets him apart from rivals John Cox, Kevin Kiley and Kevin Faulconer. Read more

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China has suspended flights and trains, canceled professional basketball league games and announced mass coronavirus testing in Wuhan as widening outbreaks of the delta variant reached the city where the disease was first detected in late 2019. Three cases were confirmed in the city of 11 million people on Monday, its first non-imported cases in more than a year. China has largely curbed COVID-19 at home after the initial outbreak that devastated Wuhan. Since then, authorities have controlled the disease whenever it pops up with quick lockdowns and mass testing. The current outbreaks have spread much more widely than previous ones. This time, cases have been confirmed in more than 35 cities in 17 of China’s 33 provinces and regions.  Read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers fans waited a long time to let José Altuve and the Houston Astros know just how they felt about possibly being cheated out of a 2017 World Series championship. And they didn’t waste any time letting the Astros hear it with loud booing Tuesday night. The crowd in the upper deck and bleachers shouted “Cheaters!” at Houston players during warmups. When the Astros hit home runs in batting practice, fans threw the balls back into the outfield. The first trash can — albeit an inflatable one — came flying out of the right-field stands during the bottom of the first inning. This was the first chance Dodgers fans had to heckle the Astros in person at Chavez Ravine since their sign-stealing scandal was revealed late in 2019. Houston beat LA in the 2017 World Series. Read more

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Asian stocks are rising as traders mirrored overnight gains on Wall Street during another busy earnings week. The Kospi in South Korea advanced 0.9% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong added 1.5%. Benchmarks in Shanghai and Sydney rose while Tokyo fell. Regional traders are awaiting U.S. jobs data due Friday. They are also watching the coronavirus’ delta variant spreading in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and particularly in China. The recent outbreak in China is small relative to those in other countries but it's the worst China has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.  Read more

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new moratorium on evictions that would last until October 3. The Biden administration is trying to quell intensifying criticism that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during a pandemic. The new moratorium could help keep millions in their homes as the coronavirus’ delta variant has spread and states have been slow to release federal rental aid. It would temporarily halt evictions in counties with “substantial and high levels” of virus transmissions and would cover areas where 90% of the U.S. population lives. Read more

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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. Asian stocks were mostly higher Wednesday as traders mirrored overnight gains on Wall Street during another busy earnings week. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) Read more

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California’s largest wildfire exploded again after burning for nearly three weeks in remote mountains. Officials are warning that hot, dry weather would increase the risk of new fires in much of the state. Firefighters saved homes in the small community of Greenville near the Plumas National Forest as strong winds stoked the Dixie Fire, which grew to over 395 square miles across Plumas and Butte counties. Dry conditions and powerful winds made for dangerous fire conditions again Tuesday in Hawaii. Firefighters gained control over the 62-square-mile Nation Fire that forced thousands of people to evacuate over the weekend and destroyed at least two homes on the Big Island. Read more

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President Joe Biden is calling on resistant Republican governors to “get out of the way” of rules to contain the more transmissible and dangerous COVID-19 variant. In remarks Tuesday at the White House, he also backed city and private rules requiring people to be vaccinated to go about some daily activities. Meanwhile, the White House says the U.S. has donated and shipped more than 110 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to more than 60 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia. Still, the 110 million doses, given largely through a vaccine program known as COVAX, represent a fraction of what is needed globally.  Read more

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The Biden administration is encouraging Senate lawmakers to finally repeal an Iraq war authorization crafted when Saddam Hussein was still alive. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday and rejected Republican arguments that killing off the 2002 measure would signal the U.S. is retreating from the Middle East. The committee is due to vote on repealing two authorizations for use of force against Saddam dating back to the 1991 Gulf War. Sherman argues that Iraq is now a partner of the U.S. She says demonstrating that would be a setback to rival Iran. Read more

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Coming into the Olympics, Alice Dearing made a huge impact in the debate over ways to make swimming a more diverse sport. She had hoped to further her efforts with a strong performance at the Tokyo Olympics, but it wasn’t to be. The first Black female swimmer to make the British team struggled to a 19th-place finish in the 10-kilometer marathon swimming event at Tokyo Bay. Still, she hopes her presence at the games and her support to win approval of the Soul Cap will lead to more people of color getting involved in the mostly white sport. Read more

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Being a young Black woman in American life comes with its own built-in pressure to perform, and entails much more than meets the eye. But for people like Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles, both prominent young Black women athletes under the pressure of a global Olympic spotlight,  the glare on the world's stage is even hotter.  Both cited their mental health as reasons to step back from relentless competition and critique, a decision Black women across generations took notice of. It's part of an increasing discussion of mental health that is rising around race and sports, and in some cases is split by generational divides.  Read more

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A report from New York's attorney general added some details to earlier stories that CNN's Chris Cuomo participated in strategy sessions for his older brother. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, as he faced allegations of sexual harassment. The report issued by Letitia James on Tuesday says Chris Cuomo apparently offered advice last February on statement to be issued by the three-term Democratic governor. CNN has not commented on the report, but has said in the past that its anchorman had acted inappropriately in offering political advice. Cuomo hosts a show at 9 p.m. Eastern in CNN's prime time lineup, but there was no mention of the report on Tuesday's show. Read more

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A Belarusian Olympic sprinter who had a public feud with officials from her team at the Tokyo Games says that they “made it clear” she would face punishment if she returned home to an autocratic government. Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is waiting to leave Japan to seek refuge in Europe. She said in an interview Tuesday that she hopes she can continue her career, but for now her safety is the priority. After she criticized the management of her team on social media, she accused officials of hustling her to the airport and trying to put her on a plane back to Belarus. In the dramatic standoff, several countries offered her help. Poland granted her a humanitarian visa Monday. Belarus' government has relentlessly stifled criticism. Read more

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China’s biggest gaming company, Tencent Holdings, will limit gaming time for minors and ban children younger than 12 from making in-game purchases after a state media article called games “spiritual opium." Tencent’s pledge to curb gaming for minors came hours after the company’s stock plunged following a critique published by the Economic Information Daily newspaper. Tencent also called for the industry to control gaming time for minors and to discuss banning gamers younger than 12. Chinese authorities have been implementing new regulations in other technology sectors, and the state media critique was seen as signaling the gaming industry could be next to face a clampdown. Read more

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The Pentagon says one of its police officers has died after being stabbed during a burst of violence at a transit center outside the building, and a suspect was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene. The Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. military, was temporarily placed on lockdown after a man attacked the officer on a bus platform shortly after 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Woodrow Kusse, the chief of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, said the ensuing violence included a volley of gunshots and resulted in “several casualties." The suspect was identified by multiple law enforcement officials as 27-year-old Austin William Lanz of Georgia. The circumstances and motive remain unclear. Read more

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Officials in the border city of El Paso dedicated a garden meant to bring healing two years after a gunman targeting Latinos opened fire at a Walmart, killing 23 people in an attack that stunned the U.S. and Mexico. Tuesday's dedication was closed to all but invited guests, including victims' families, as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic. The ceremony was livestreamed to the world, though. The Aug. 3, 2019, shooting happened on a busy weekend day. Authorities say the shooter drove more than 600 miles from the Dallas area to target Mexicans. He has pleaded not guilty. Read more

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Riders say a life-size sumo wrestler positioned next to an obstacle on the Olympic equestrian course may have distracted several horses in qualifying for the individual jumping final. A few pairings pulled up short of the barrier, accumulating enough penalty points to prevent entry into Wednesday’s finals. The statue is positioned to the left of a jump placed in the corner of the arena. Hunched over and seemingly ready to attack, the wrestler is facing away from approaching riders. That means that when they complete a sharp turn to take on the jump, the first thing horse and human see is the wedgie created by the wrestler’s mawashi. Read more

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Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw were part of the same draft class. Now they get to be on the same team. In his first comments since being acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Washington Nationals in a blockbuster trade last Friday, Scherzer said before Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros that he was eager to team up with Kershaw and join a talented rotation as the defending World Series champions look to overtake the San Francisco Giants in the NL West. Read more

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Max Scherzer makes his Los Angeles debut, starting at Dodger Stadium against the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. The World Series champions got the 37-year-old ace from Washington in a mega-trade last Friday. Scherzer was 8-4 with a 2.76 ERA for the Nationals and is fifth in the NL with 147 strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young Award winner said he would prefer to remain in the National League when he becomes a free agent after the World Series, but will wait to see how things play out. The Dodgers are chasing San Francisco in the NL West. Read more

The New York Attorney General’s Office released its report finding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women. The report Tuesday corroborated allegations from 11 women. Many are current or former state employees, including a trooper in the Protective Services Unit whose allegation was previously undisclosed. Cuomo denied many of the allegations. Those he didn’t deny, such as kissing women on their cheeks and calling them names like “sweetheart,” he claimed were innocent or overblown. The report detailed each of the 11 women's allegations. Read more