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Kayley Reese first noticed what seemed like a growing bump in her stomach over a year ago. Reese, 23, said she did not notice any other physical symptoms, so she did not do anything about it. It was not until June when Reese flew home to Orlando, Florida, that she began to feel symptoms and sought treatment.
The U.S. women's gymnastics team is competing in the team finals at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, seeking to bring home the gold for the third time in a row. This is one of the strongest gymnastics teams the world has seen, led by all-time great Simone Biles and uneven bars phenom Sunisa Lee. The team is rounded out by Jordan Chiles, who's powerful on floor, and Grace McCallum.
As the delta variant drives a surge in COVID-19 cases across the U.S., some local health departments are taking the lead to reimpose indoor mask mandates for all residents -- despite CDC guidance that most fully vaccinated Americans can go maskless. The move from local municipalities in several states, including Massachusetts and Nevada, follows the announcement earlier this month by Los Angeles County -- the most populous county in the nation -- that it would reinstate mandatory indoor masks after seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The CDC said in May that fully vaccinated Americans could go without masks -- but that was before the delta variant dramatically changed the landscape of the pandemic.
Britney Spears' attorneys have asked for a professional fiduciary to replace her father as conservator of her estate, calling the current arrangement a "Kafkaesque nightmare" that has "grown increasingly toxic and is simply no longer tenable." Mathew Rosengart, whom Britney Spears hired earlier this month, filed court documents Monday requesting that Jason Rubin, a California-based certified public accountant, be put in charge of the singer's finances. Jamie Spears, the singer's father, is the sole conservator of her estate, although Britney Spears has stated repeatedly that she does not want him to be.
Former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer was assaulted and robbed in Oakland Monday afternoon, her representatives tweeted. Earlier today former Senator Barbara Boxer was assaulted in the Jack London Square neighborhood of Oakland. The Oakland Police Department said in a statement to ABC News that it is investigating the incident, which took place around 1:15 p.m.
On the day before a House committee was set to open its investigation of the Jan. 6 Capitol assault, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy kept up his effort to dismiss the probe and attack the Republicans who've agreed to serve with Democrats. When asked on Monday if he'll punish the two Republican members -- Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois -- McCarthy said "we'll see," amid speculation their fellow Republicans might try to remove them from House committee assignments for accepting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's invitation.
The American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association have joined up with over 50 other health care organizations to call for mandatory vaccinations in their industry, citing rising COVID cases and their trust in the vaccine. "Due to the recent COVID-19 surge and the availability of safe and effective vaccines, our health care organizations and societies advocate that all health care and long-term care employers require their workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine," the organizations wrote in a joint statement on Monday morning.
New Hampshire residents cannot be required to get a COVID-19 vaccine in order to "access any public facility, any public benefit, or any public service" according to a new bill signed into law by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. The so-called "medical freedom" bill does not override state vaccine law, which "requires that all children enrolled in any school, pre-school, or child care have certain immunizations to protect them and those around them from vaccine preventable diseases," according to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. Other exceptions to the new law include correctional facilities, such as jails and prisons, where immunizations can be mandated "when a direct threat exists," as well as county nursing homes and medical facilities operated by the state.
Pfizer and Moderna are expanding the size of their COVID-19 vaccine studies in children ages 5 to 11, according to a new report. The decision, which came after a push from the Food and Drug Administration, according to The New York Times, is intended to detect rare side effects in young people under the age of 30, such as myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) and pericarditis (inflammation of the outer lining of the heart). The original size of the studies was too small to detect those rare side effects.
Costa Rican gymnast Luciana Alvarado concluded her Tokyo Olympics floor routine by taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, she said. 18-year-old Alvarado, the first Costa Rican to qualify for the Olympics, went down on one knee, raised a fist and put her other arm around her back. This pose has been used in other sporting events to pay tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement that took off after George Floyd was killed by a police officer last May.
President Joe Biden said the U.S. is "not going to be, by the end of the year, in a combat mission" in Iraq. "Our shared fight against ISIS is critical for the stability of our region and our counterterrorism cooperation will continue, even as we shift to this new phase we're going to be talking about," Biden said. A U.S. official told ABC News Thursday the change in mission is more of a semantic one and the number of U.S. troops in Iraq will not dramatically differ as they shift their emphasis to training and assisting.
The chair of former President Donald Trump's inaugural committee, Tom Barrack, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he used his connection to Trump to illegally lobby for the United Arab Emirates. Barrack flew across the country from California, where he was arrested last week, for his arraignment in Brooklyn federal court. Barrack was released on a $250 million bond, secured by $5 million in cash.
Extreme weather, including Tokyo's infamous summer heat and an incoming tropical storm, is the latest factor concerning athletes and Olympic organizers at the already problem-plagued summer games. Temperatures in Tokyo over the weekend hit a high of 93 degrees Fahrenheit and athletes have seen no reprieve from the brutal summer humidity in Japan's capital city. Athletes reportedly struggled with the scorching temperatures and extreme heat warning signs were posted at some Olympic venues.
Three of the four members of Team USA have advanced to the quarterfinals of surfing's debut at the Tokyo Olympics with Caroline Marks and Kolohe Andino emerging from the waters off Japan's Shidashita Beach with the highest scores in the opening heats. For Andino, 27, of San Clemente, California, who holds seven USA Surfing Champion titles, victory was bittersweet because he knocked teammate John John Florence, 28, of Oahu, Hawaii, out of the competition during a head-to-head faceoff on Monday. With waves churned up to 7 feet by a developing typhoon far north of Shidashita Beach, Andino nailed what an announcer described as a "slob frontside air reverse" in which he caught air off the lip of a wave, grabbed onto his surfboard with one hand and landed on the face of the wave in a reverse position before spinning forward.
Is there a hairstyle Gabrielle Union-Wade can't pull off? "So, I did a thing," Union-Wade told fans in a social media post. In addition to her beautiful new 'do, Union-Wade also sent an inspiring message to fans about showing off a fresh haircut.
The thunderstorms could generate after moisture as the deadly monsoons in the Southwest U.S. push north to areas such as southern Oregon, where the Bootleg Fire rages on, and northern California and Nevada. Officials are concerned that the lightning strikes could generate new fires as firefighters are struggling to contain the existing blazes. The Dixie Fire near the Feather River Canyon in Northern California had grown to about 197,000 acres, destroying 16 structures, by Monday and was 22% contained.
Kyle Richards appears to be in good spirits after being hospitalized over the weekend for multiple bee stings. On Sunday, the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star took to Instagram to update fans on her current health status and to issue an important reminder about EpiPens. "So this happened yesterday ... I walked into a hive of bees and was stung multiple times," she captioned a photo of herself in a hospital bed with an oxygen mask.
The probability of record-shattering heat waves is increasing due to climate change, according to scientists who are measuring temperature predictions in a new way. Researchers that looked into rate of warming, rather than how much warming has occurred, found that record-shattering heat waves occur in spurts during periods of accelerated climate warming, according to a study published Monday in Nature Climate Change. Similar events as the back-to-back heat waves that have been occurring in the Western U.S., including triple-digit temperatures in the typically cool and wet Pacific Northwest, will become the norm if climate changes continue as business as usual, Erich Fischer, a climate scientist at ETH Zurich and the author of the study, told ABC News.
The former "Reading Rainbow" host appeared on "Good Morning America" on Monday to discuss his approach to hosting and his hopes for taking on the role permanently in the future. "For me, my standard of excellence is so intense that my initial approach was to try and be as good as Alex was," Burton said. Burton's wife, Stephanie, was on set working as his makeup artist during his first episode, so she was able to give her honest feedback on his debut.
After the Norwegian women's beach handball team was penalized for wearing shorts instead of bikini bottoms at a recent championship match, singer Pink slammed the "sexist" treatment and offered to pay the team's fines. The European Handball Federation ruled that bikini bottoms are required to be worn during matches and handed down a fine of 1500 euros, charging each woman who opted to wear shorts instead of bikini bottoms 150 euros apiece -- or about $175 --for a total of about $1,750. Pink was incensed by the ruling and took to Twitter over the weekend, rallying in support of the athletes.