Each day, ABC News will give you a roundup of key Olympic moments from the day's events in Tokyo, happening 13 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time. After a 12-month delay, the unprecedented 2020 Summer Olympics is taking place without fans or spectators and under a state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Sydney McLaughlin wins gold, sets a new world record in 400m hurdles
Team USA's Sydney McLaughlin set a new world record of 51.46 seconds for the 400m hurdles and picked up the gold medal along the way. She was congratulated by teammate Dalilah Muhammad who won the silver in the event.
The previous world record for the men's 400m hurdles was also smashed yesterday by Norway's Karsten Warholm.
U.S. women’s basketball heads to semifinals, win streak extended to 53
The United States women’s basketball team has now won 53 straight games at the Olympics, a streak extending from the 1992 Olympic Games. Team USA defeated Australia 79-55 in an effort led by Breanna Stewart with 23 points.
USA baseball sets sights on gold after 3-1 win over Dominica
The U.S. baseball team beat the Dominican Republic 3-1 to stay in the hunt for gold. Triston Casas hit his third home run of the Olympic Games and Team USA will play the loser of Japan-South Korea next on Thursday.
COVID-19 cases at Tokyo Olympics rise to 327
There were 28 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, including four athletes, three of whom were staying at the Olympic Village at the time of the positive test. The total now stands at 327, according to data released by the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee.
The surrounding city of Tokyo reported 4,166 new cases on Tuesday, a seven-day average increase of 178.0%, according to data from the Tokyo metropolitan government.
Allyson Felix one step closer to making history
U.S. sprinter Allyson Felix finished second in her heat and advanced to the semifinals of the women's 400m, putting her one step closer to reaching a record 10 Olympic gold medals.
If Felix wins the 400m, she would have the record for most gold medals of any female track and field athlete with 10. If she also wins the 4x400m relay, she would surpass legend Carl Lewis with the most track and field gold medals ever. The Tokyo Games are the fifth Olympics for the 35-year-old track star.
The House on Friday passed a bill to uphold abortion rights for women, taking swift action in response to a new Texas law that bans nearly all abortions in the state. The final tally was 218-211 with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing the vote. The House bill has little chance of becoming law and is largely symbolic given Republican opposition in the Senate.
The report by mortgage giant Freddie Mac shows that 15.4% of appraisals in Latino neighborhoods and 12.5% in Black neighborhoods are valued less than the property's contract price. As Black or Latino populations grow, the total of undervalued appraisals also rose, the study said. Researchers accounted for many of the potential factors that could lead to a low home appraisal -- the home's structure, the neighborhood's features.
One person was killed and 14 others were hurt in a shooting at a Kroger grocery store in Collierville, Tennessee, near Memphis, authorities said. The suspected shooter is also dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. Authorities identified the suspected gunman Friday as UK Thang, 29, a third-party vendor for Kroger.
When Darius Rucker first announced that he was focusing on a career in country music, after years spent fronting the band, Hootie & the Blowfish, it wasn't an easy transition. "When I came to Nashville 14 years ago, I was going into the radio stations and being told that they didn't think it was going to work because I was African American," the artist recently shared in an interview with The Tennessean. Now, Rucker has numerous chart-topping country singles to his credit.
President Joe Biden on Friday harshly criticized the action of some Border Patrol agents, mounted on horseback, who confronted Haitian migrants crossing the border into Texas, calling their actions "horrible." "It's outrageous, I promise you, those people will pay," Biden said. Biden's blunt statements came as the situation and the agents' conduct are still under investigation and the agents have been placed on administrative leave.
The full cast of the long-awaited "Super Mario Bros." movie has been revealed! "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt will be voicing the iconic Nintendo hero, Mario. Pratt reacted to the casting news and shared his memories of the popular video game series by confessing he used to steal quarters out of a wishing well to play it at the arcade.
"Sex and the City" star Willie Garson died unexpectedly this week at age 57, but a cause of death was not immediately given. It was confirmed Thursday in his obituary, published in The New York Times, that the actor died following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Garson, who was known for playing Stanford Blatch on "Sex and the City" and Mozzie on "White Collar," was mourned by his former co-stars, including Kristin Davis, Chris Noth, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Matt Bomer, Chad Lowe and many others.
"Controlling Britney Spears," the latest offering from the team behind "Framing Britney Spears," will explore the conservatorship that has governed the pop star's life since 2008. The documentary, which will be available to stream at 10 p.m., is based on a New York Times investigation into Spears' conservatorship and will examine how it has impacted her life for the past 13 years. "Framing Britney Spears," which was released on Hulu in February, documented the singer's legal battle over the conservatorship and explored the media's treatment of her at the height of her fame.
A new study found that children whose mothers experienced depression during and soon after pregnancy are more likely to experience depression themselves. While experts said more research is needed on the subject, they emphasized that this new finding reinforces the urgent need to identify and treat depression among pregnant women -- not just for their sake, but potentially for the sake of their child as well. "It's definitely been proven that there's genetic linkage for psychiatric disorders," Dr. Gabrielle Shapiro, a child psychiatrist from the American Psychological Association, told ABC News.
As temperatures around the world continue to warm at alarming rates, individuals are asking themselves what lifestyle changes they can make to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, the U.S. consumes the second-largest amount of beef per person, just behind Australia, Gidon Eshel, research professor of environmental physics at Bard College, told ABC News.
Democratic leaders charged with making the Biden agenda into law are now asking to look beyond the numbers, which is a useful bit of framing when there is no price tag or legislative language or even bullet points to review. The mind-spinning parade of potential horribles -- a government shutdown, a debt default, the failure to pass any further meaningful domestic legislation, all as the pandemic continues and crises collide at the border and abroad -- all fall mainly on the party in power. It makes enactment of President Joe Biden's priorities about responsible and even competent government -- particularly given the lack of help they're getting from Republicans on the basics involved with keeping the economy sound.
The images of Border Patrol agents on horseback confronting Haitian migrants in Del Rio, Texas has put scrutiny on the appropriate use of mounted units by law enforcement agencies. White House press secretary Jen Psaki called the images and videos "horrific" and said that President Biden felt the same although adding that exactly what happened is unclear and still under investigation. Lawmakers from the Congressional Black and Hispanic caucuses expressed their outrage, including Democrat Maxine Waters, of California, who said "what we witnessed was worse than what we witnessed in slavery."
One week after getting her first COVID-19 vaccine shot, Bernadette Ann Bowen said she started her period one day early. Then, Bowen, a 31-year-old Ph.D. student at Bowling Green State University, said she experienced some of the worst menstrual cramps of her life. After Bowen saw people on TikTok discussing similar changes in their menstrual cycles after being vaccinated, she said she was "stricken with fear" over what could happen when she received her second dose of the vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed an independent advisory panel's recommendation for seniors and other medically vulnerable Americans to get a booster shot of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, six months after their second dose. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, also partially overruled her agency's advisory panel in a notable departure by adding a recommendation for a third dose for people who are considered high risk due to where they work, such as nurses and teachers -- a group which the panel rejected in its recommendation. In a statement announcing her decision late Thursday, Walensky pointed to the benefit versus risk analysis she had weighed, and data rapidly evolving.
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued its first subpoenas Thursday to four former senior Trump administration officials, including former President Donald Trump's longest-serving aide and last chief of staff. The committee is seeking documents and depositions from Dan Scavino -- Trump's caddy-turned-social media guru and senior White House aide -- former chief of staff Mark Meadows, conservative activist Steve Bannon and Kash Patel, who was the chief of staff for the acting defense secretary on Jan. 6.
A man attempted to storm the cockpit of a JetBlue flight on Wednesday evening and then proceeded to kick and choke members of the flight crew, according to an FBI affidavit. With a little more than an hour left in the flight from Boston to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the man attempted to make a phone call and "became angry about the call's unsuccess," a flight attendant told the FBI. A flight attendant was able to get the man "corralled" back into the passenger seating area until a pilot decided to open the flight deck door.
The Biden administration continued to be pressed for answers Thursday over its handling of Haitian migrants who surged to Del Rio, Texas, this past week as more information comes out about where they are being sent now. Among those questions are the outcomes for the migrants who have not been directly returned to Haiti. Multiple government officials told ABC News that they estimate the number of Haitians placed into removal proceedings and released in the U.S. -- with notices to report back to authorities -- is in the thousands.
Local lawmakers in San Jose, California, are expected to vote on a resolution next week that would apologize to Chinese immigrants and their descendants for the role the city played in "systemic and institutional racism" more than a hundred years after one of the city's thriving Chinatowns was burned by arsonists. San Jose was once home to five Chinatowns built up by immigrants arriving to the U.S. in the late 1800s, according to a memorandum posted to the city's website that acknowledges the pain and unequal treatment suffered by these early Asian American communities. "These early Chinese immigrants were met with virulent, systematic racism, xenophobia and the violence of anti-Chinese forces from early on and were regularly denied equal protection before the law," the memo states.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule Thursday to reduce super-polluting greenhouse gases commonly used in air conditioners and refrigerators as part of the cooling process. This is a major leap forward in the Biden administration's plan to combat climate change despite the president's $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, which includes an overhaul on climate policy, facing broad opposition from Republicans in Congress. The rule creates a legal requirement for companies and manufacturers to reduce HFCs and was first proposed in May under the 2020 American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, or AIM.
Julius Jones, who has spent the past 20 years on death row, has never been closer to freedom, despite the fact that last week, his execution date was set for Nov. 18. The Oklahoma Parole Board voted 3-1 to commute Jones' sentence to life in prison with the possibility of parole, and now, the final decision on his fate remains in the hands of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. Jones' mother, Madeline Davis-Jones, told "Nightline" the news is "magical."