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Stocks shake off a wobbly start and finish slightly higher

Jul. 26, 2021 17:01 PM EDT

Wall Street capped a wobbly day for stocks with modest gains Monday, nudging the major indexes further into record territory. The S&P 500 shrugged off an early slide and gained 0.2%. Consumer-oriented companies, banks and energy and communications stocks helped lift...

Pandemic Olympics endured heat, and now a typhoon's en route

Jul. 26, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — First, the sun. Now: the wind and the rain. The Tokyo Olympics, delayed by the pandemic and opened under oppressive heat, are due for another hit of nature’s power: a typhoon arriving Tuesday morning that is forecast to disrupt at least some parts of the...

Surf's up: Favorites lose as pending storm stirs waves

Jul. 26, 2021 16:33 PM EDT

ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — As a brewing storm stirred up the waves Monday during day two of surfing’s historic Olympic debut, there was a collapse of the favorites with some of the sport’s biggest stars failing to make their mark. The second day of competition at...

NBC mum on Chinese complaints about map during ceremony

Jul. 26, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC has chosen not to engage in debate following complaints from China over the weekend about how the network depicted the country's map when its athletes marched during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. Relations between the network and China...

Tokyo Olympics: A success? A failure? And how to judge?

Jul. 26, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Will it be a success? A failure? Or none of the above? It will take something much more nuanced than those basic notions to assess the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics when they wrap up in two weeks. The response will be twisted by dozens of parties with...

Maryland gov honors swimmer who withdrew from Paralympics

Jul. 26, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's governor honored deaf and blind swimmer Becca Meyers on Monday for courage in championing the disabled, after the three-time gold medalist withdrew from the Paralympics in Tokyo when told her mother couldn't travel to the games as her personal care...

Pakistani army: Afghan soldiers flee attack, cross border

Jul. 26, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of Afghan soldiers slipped across the border into northwestern Pakistan, the Pakistani army said Monday. The Afghan troops were fleeing after their border post was overrun, apparently by the Taliban. The statement said 46 members of the Afghan...

Olympic broadcasters curb sexual images of female athletes

Jul. 26, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — At an Olympics aiming to set the highest level of television standards, the head of broadcasting at the Tokyo Games is trying to banish overly sexualized images of female athletes. “Sport appeal, not sex appeal” is one mantra Olympic officials push in...

Pakistani official: Scottish climber dies in avalanche on K2

Jul. 26, 2021 13:05 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A renowned Scottish climber died in an avalanche while attempting to scale K2 in northern Pakistan, the world’s second-highest mountain peak, a Pakistani mountaineering official and a British charity said Monday. Rescuers meanwhile located the bodies...

Biles tries to lead Team USA to third consecutive gold medal

Jul. 26, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The greatest gymnast of all time must rally Team USA for the Americans to win their third consecutive gold medal. Simone Biles and her squad trail the team representing the Russian Olympic Committee heading into Tuesday's women's gymnastics team final. ...