A look at the top photos from around the globe.
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The bipartisan infrastructure bill deal is near completion and negotiators hope to reach an agreement on transit spending this week, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Sunday. "We're about 90% of the way there," Portman told ABC "This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos. "We have one issue outstanding and we're not getting much response from the Democrats on it -- it's about mass transit," Portman added.
The shootings are only a snapshot of the skyrocketing gun violence that has swept the nation in recent months. Between Saturday, July 17, and Friday, July 23, the Gun Violence Archive tracked at least 915 shooting incidents -- or, a shooting every 12 minutes -- that left at least 430 people dead and 1,007 wounded. Last year marked the deadliest year for shooting-related incidents in the U.S. in at least two decades, according to Gun Violence Archive data with more than 43,000 gun deaths.
U.S. swimmer Chase Kalisz won the gold medal in the men's 400m individual medley, his first gold as well as the first medal overall for Team USA at the 2020 Games. ROC, the athletes competing for Russia, finished the competition nearly a full point ahead of Team USA. Simone Biles finished first in the all-around, followed by teammate Sunisa Lee.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is confident in the bipartisan select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, despite House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulling his recommendations. EXCLUSIVE: On whether rejecting two GOP lawmakers from the Jan. 6 commission could raise concerns over credibility, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos: "We will find the truth, that truth will have the confidence of the American people."
Up until last year, the Olympic games had never been postponed for any other reason than a world war. The Summer Olympics in Tokyo are now set to begin in less than two weeks, nearly 500 days after the International Olympics Committee announced the postponement of the Games on March 24, 2020. After a year of extraordinary planning, the Tokyo Olympics will be different than any other Olympics Games before it: As the worldwide vaccination effort against COVID-19 continues, all spectators will be banned from attending the Games, the athletes will be isolated from one another, and all coaches, trainers and participants will be tested rigorously for COVID-19.
Experts in cosmetic medicine say they have begun to notice an uptick in Botox treatments among younger generations. "I would say that my average age of patients shifted down considerably this year, and it's now early 20s," Skinly Aesthetics founder Dr. Dmitriy Schwarzburg said. Amy Shecter, the CEO of Ever/Body said, "The Zoom effect is real, and it has definitely been a catalyst for increased interest in cosmetic dermatology treatments."
Earth's atmosphere and magnetic field protect us from harmful space radiation, but passengers bound for Mars will lose that protection. For example, radiations from energetic particles ejected from the sun behave very differently than cosmic rays from outside our galaxy. Enough to be of concern, according to Athanasios Petridis, a physicist from Drake University in Des Moines.
As President Joe Biden completed 100 days in office, the country was optimistic about the coming year, but now, just after hitting the six-month mark, Americans' optimism about the direction of the country has plummeted nearly 20 points, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds. Optimism is now under water by 10 points. The decline in optimism has occurred across the board among Democrats, Republicans and independents.
The southern portion of the Great Salt Lake in Utah has dropped to its lowest level ever, the U.S Geological Survey said Saturday. Lake levels have been declining for some time, but the record-breaking drought hitting the West has accelerated its fall in recent months. The latest U.S Drought Monitor report released on Thursday shows nearly 100% of the state is experiencing extreme drought conditions -- level 3 out of 4.
Rodney Alcala, a convicted serial killer who was on California's death row, has died, authorities said Saturday. Alcala, 77, died of natural causes at 1:43 a.m. Saturday at a hospital in the community near Corcoran State Prison, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement. After representing himself in Orange County court, he was sentenced to death in 2010 for the 1979 murder of 12-year-old Robin Samsoe and the murders of four other women -- 18-year-old Jill Barcomb and 27-year-old Georgia Wixted, both in 1977; 32-year-old Charlotte Lamb in 1978; and 21-year-old Jill Parenteau in 1979.
One person is dead and six others injured, including one critically, after two boats collided on a Georgia lake early Saturday, officials said. The incident occurred before 3:40 a.m. on Lake Tobesofkee in Macon, Mark McKinnon, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' law enforcement division, said in a statement to ABC News. All seven victims were aboard a pontoon boat when it collided with a "cigarette boat" occupied by two people, McKinnon said.
First lady Jill Biden spent her final day in Japan cheering on Team USA at three Olympic events as the Games got underway in Tokyo on Saturday. With fans unable to attend, Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron were part of a sparse crowd watching the women's 3-on-3 basketball game between the United States and France. The first lady was patriotically dressed for the occasion, sporting an American flag top and an official Ralph Lauren Team USA Navy blazer as she cheered on the U.S. competitors to a 17-10 victory.
A Washington state sheriff's deputy was shot and killed in the line of duty Friday night as police launch a search for suspects. Clark County Sheriff Sgt. Brent Waddell said in an initial press conference the deputy was hospitalized after being "seriously injured," but by 11:30 p.m. the department announced the officer died. Two persons of interest have been detained and a search is ongoing for a third person of interest, Vancouver Police, which is handling the investigation said Saturday, according to The Columbian.
Hours after health officials in St. Louis announced they would reinstate a mask mandate amid rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, the state's attorney general said he planned to challenge it. On Friday, officials for the city and county of St. Louis said residents ages 5 and up will be required to wear masks in indoor public places and on public transportation starting Monday, regardless of vaccination status. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said on Twitter late Friday night that he planned to file a lawsuit Monday to halt the mask mandate.
Maryland Gov. Hogan announced earlier this month, the launch of the $1 million VaxU scholarship program. The effort is to incentivize those eligible, kids between 12-17 to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the governor said. Winners will receive a $50,000 scholarship for any public, in-state institution of higher education.
Qian Yang, 21, received the first gold model of the 2020 Games in the 10 meter air rifle event, where competitors have 75 minutes to shoot 60 rounds at a target. U.S. Olympic & Paralympic medical director Dr. Jonathan Finnoff said at a press conference on July 23, that an estimated 83% of the U.S. athletes competing at the games are vaccinated.
Novak Djokovic could be on his way to making men's tennis history with this year's Olympic Games. Every year, tennis players have the opportunity to achieve a Grand Slam by winning all four majors: the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.
Several high-profile Black academics have been denied tenure at esteemed higher-learning institutions, sparking a new debate about racism and privilege in academia. This comes as data has shown that as student demographics changed to have more people of color, while the racial makeup of professors and instructors remains the same at these institutions: predominately white. After decades of teaching at schools including Yale and Princeton, activist and scholar Dr. Cornel West's name made headlines this year in a very public conflict with Harvard Divinity School.
The first gold medal of the 2020 Olympics was officially won Saturday in Japan. China's Qian Yang earned gold in the women's 10-meter air rifle to take home the long-awaited first medal. Nina Christen took the bronze for Switzerland.
It was one of the most lopsided losses in Olympic basketball history: Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Team USA thrashed the Nigerian men’s basketball team by 83 points in London in 2012, with a final score of 156-73. “I remember that game,” said 21-year-old Precious Achiuwa, who was born in Nigeria and immigrated to the United States in eighth grade. Fast forward nine years, and Achiuwa, now a forward for the Miami Heat and Nigeria’s national team, helped pull off a surprising upset against Team USA, 90-87, in an Olympic exhibition game two weeks ago -- playing highlight-reel defense against American superstar Kevin Durant.