Olympic medalist Elinor Barker says she competed at Tokyo Games while expecting first child

Elinor Barker is expecting her first child with her husband and the Olympian says she was pregnant during the Tokyo Games this past summer.Barker, who competes for Great Britain, won a silver medal in the women’s team pursuit track cycling event. The gold was won by Germany. Barker made the announcement on social media this week, confirming on Instagram,…Continue Reading


TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With record numbers of military flights near Taiwan over the last week, China has been showing a new intensity and military sophistication as it steps up its harassment of the island it claims as its own and asserts its territorial ambitions in the region. China’s People’s Liberation Army flew 56 planes…Continue Reading

Austrian media: Ruling center-right party’s offices searched

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian media reported Wednesday that investigators have searched the offices of the country’s governing People’s Party in connection with a bribery investigation.The Austria Press Agency reported that the chancellery building was also searched, though it wasn’t immediately clear whether this included the offices of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.Two dailies, Presse and Kurier, reported…Continue Reading

Russian paper shuts Belarus branch after journalist’s arrest

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A popular Russian newspaper has shut down its branch in Belarus after one of its local staff was arrested in the wake of a shootout that left an opposition supporter and a security officer dead. Komsomolskaya Pravda announced the decision to close its Belarusian subsidiary on Tuesday night, citing “the events…Continue Reading

Barcelona says audit shows club was technically bankrupt

MADRID (AP) — Barcelona was technically bankrupt when president Joan Laporta took over earlier this year, the club said Wednesday.Barcelona CEO Ferrán Reverter presented a grim picture of the club’s financial situation while releasing the results from a Deloitte audit that started after Laporta arrived in March following the resignation of former president Josep Bartomeu…Continue Reading

In California, some buy machines that make water out of air…

BENICIA, Calif. (AP) — The machine Ted Bowman helped design can make water out of the air, and in parched California, some homeowners are already buying the pricey devices.The air-to-water systems work like air conditioners by using coils to chill air, then collect water drops in a basin. “Our motto is, water from air isn’t…Continue Reading

Sweden suspends use of Moderna vaccine for young people

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish health authorities on Wednesday suspended the use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 30 and under, saying the move was done out of precaution.The reason for the pausing is “signals of an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium” — the…Continue Reading

Belarus opposition leader warns of border migration crisis

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Belarus’ exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Wednesday urged the global community to stop a “humanitarian catastrophe” which she said is being created by the Belarusian regime facilitating largescale migration into the European Union.Thousands of migrants from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa have been lured to Belarus on tourist visas and…Continue Reading

As GOP obstructs, Biden escalates warnings of default

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is escalating his campaign to get Congress to lift the federal debt limit, hosting business leaders at the White House Wednesday and warning in a new report that failure to extend the government’s borrowing authority could set off a global financial crisis.The moves come amid indications Democrats may change…Continue Reading

Home Depot hires Walmart delivery drivers to drop off paint and more to customers’ doors

Walmart and Home DepotKena Betancur | VIEWpress | Getty Images; Scott Mlyn | CNBCHome Depot is hiring Walmart to deliver paint, tools and other online purchases to customers’ doors.The two retailers announced the partnership Wednesday. The companies declined to share terms of the deal or the length of the contract.The home improvement retailer is the…Continue Reading