Tokyo Games struggling with COVID-19 — what it means for Utah’s Olympic dream

Gael Monfils, of France, practices at the Ariake Tennis Center ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympics on Thursday, July 22, 2021, in Tokyo. | Seth Wenig, Associated Press When Japan was awarded the 2020 Summer Games, the event was expected to showcase the island nation’s recovery from the deadly earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster a decade ago. Then COVID-19 shut down the world, and the Olympics were delayed a year. That was supposed to be enough time to put the pandemic in the past, and celebrate a global comeback from the deadly virus, much as the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City brought the world together for the first… Read More

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D.A. says officer justified in shooting handcuffed man, but it could have been avoided

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill speaks emotionally as he briefs journalists at the District Attorney’s Office building in Salt Lake City on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Gill ruled Thursday that West Valley City Police Sgt. Tyler Longman was legally justified when he shot and killed Michael Chad Breinholt, who was handcuffed and in custody at the police station in 2019. Breinholt had grabbed another officer’s gun but was unable to remove it from the holster before he was shot. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled Thursday that a West Valley police officer was legally justified when he shot and killed a… Read More

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About 100 CIA officers, family members afflicted by ‘Havana Syndrome’ -CIA chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About 100 CIA officers and family members are among some 200 U.S. officials and kin sickened by “Havana syndrome,” CIA Director William Burns said on Thursday, referring to the mysterious set of ailments that include migraines and dizziness.    Burns, tapped by U.S. President Joe Biden as the first career diplomat to serve as CIA chief, said in a National Public Radio interview that he has bolstered his agency’s efforts to determine the cause of the syndrome and what is responsible.    He confirmed that among other steps, he tapped a senior officer who once led the hunt for Osama bin Laden to head a task force investigating the… Read More

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FBI ignored tips on Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Democrats charge

By Jan Wolfe and Mark Hosenball    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Seven Democratic senators on Thursday said that newly released materials show the FBI failed to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to the court in 2018.    The senators, including Sheldon Whitehouse and Chris Coons, said a letter they received from the FBI last month shows the agency gathered over 4,500 tips relating to Kavanaugh without any apparent further action by investigators.    According to that June 30 letter, written by FBI Assistant Director Jill Tyson, the most “relevant” of the 4,500 tips were referred to lawyers in President Donald Trump’s White House whose… Read More

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Letters: Solar changes | Change policing | Golf course cuts | Vaccine holdouts

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. New solar rules willmake rates more fair Martinez resident Dorothy Buffington is concerned the California Public Utilities Commission is considering changes to the current net metering regulations (NEM 2.0) that may affect homeowners considering solar (“New CPUC rules may price people out of solar,” Page A12, July 11). But these changes are long overdue. The current net metering rules allow solar households to avoid paying their full share of the fixed costs to generate, transmit and distribute energy and these costs are shifted to non-solar homes. The CPUC forecasts that additional rate increases will be… Read More

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Amelia Hamlin Dons Lingerie, Gushes Over Scott Disick: He’s My Whole Heart!

There comes an age when pampering your girlfriend on her 20th birthday stops being sweet and starts being creepy. It’s hard to say precisely what that age is, but according to many, it’s somewhere before you turn 38. Despite that eye-catching age gap, Scott Disick and Amelia Hamlin are going strong. Amelia is showing the world just how hot she is … and how head over heels she is for her much-older boyfriend. This week, Amelia Gray Hamlin took to her Instagram Stories to gush about Scott Disick. She shared a candid photo of her looking cute and Scott looking like a douche from August of 2000. Seriously, all that… Read More

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The Future of Fintech: AI & Blockchain

Sweeping global regulations, the growing penetration of digital devices, and a slew of investor interest are catapulting the fintech industry to new highs. Of the many emerging technologies poised to transform financial services, two of the most promising and mature are artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain. 74% of banking executives believe AI will transform their industry completely, and 46% of global financial services employees expect blockchain to improve transparency and data management. In The Future of Fintech: AI & Blockchain slide deck, Insider Intelligence explores the opportunities and hurdles of adopting the two technologies within financial services. This exclusive slide deck can be yours for FREE today. Read the original… Read More

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How To Channel Golf & Tennis Style This Summer (Actual Play, Optional)

We’ve got summer sports on the brain — namely, tennis and golf. Wimbledon wrapped earlier this month. The PGA Tour is underway. And, both sports will be in competition at the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo. But even if you’re not spectating, we bet the golf and tennis looks have still been on your mind this summer. That’s because we’re seeing the ultra-sporty style trend in a big way this summer. Both golf and tennis have traditionally been synonymous with prep culture. While that vibe is still prevalent, the styles are far more effortless, casual, and wearable than before. It’s the latest iteration of the athleisurewear trend, and it has just… Read More

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8 weeks between shots is the ‘sweet spot’ for giving Pfizer’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, UK researchers say

A paramedic flushes a syringe before preparing a shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Leon Neal/Getty Images Giving two doses of Pfizer’s shot eight weeks apart could best protect against the Delta variant. A study found that the eight-week delay boosted immune responses higher than waiting 21 days. It’s a trade-off between needing two doses and optimizing the immune response, the researchers said. See more stories on Insider’s business page. Giving the second dose of Pfizer’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine eight weeks after the first is the “sweet spot” to protect against the fast-spreading Delta variant, a UK research group has said. A study posted Friday, led by Oxford University, found that… Read More

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