At Tokyo Olympics, skateboarding teens blaze trail for women

TOKYO — On the Olympic podium stood three teenage girls — 13, 13 and 16 — with weighty gold, silver and bronze medals around their young necks, rewards for having landed tricks on their skateboards that most kids their age only get to see on Instagram.After decades in the

Afghans must run a Taliban gauntlet to reach Kabul for U.S. evacuation

WASHINGTON — Thousands of Afghans who are eligible for a U.S. evacuation out of the country now face one final life-and-death hurdle — getting to Kabul without being captured or killed by the Taliban.The Biden administration this week emailed hundreds of Afghans who worked for the U.S. government telling

Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

TOKYO — The director of the Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony was fired Thursday over a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998.Kentaro Kobayashi was ousted just a day before the pandemic-delayed Games were set to officially kickoff Friday with an elaborate ceremony he helped create, the

Black Americans are buying more life insurance. Here’s why.

Two days after Christmas, Johnny Oaks found his son, Jonathan, dead in his bedroom of their Houston home. The cause of death: Covid-19.The shock and pain crippled Oaks. “J,” as he called his son, was just 37. He had been diagnosed with the coronavirus only two days before, after

Now it’s Jeff Bezos’ turn to make history with flight into space

Just over a week after Richard Branson flew to the edge of space, fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos is set for a similarly high-stakes trip aboard his own rocket.Bezos will attempt to fly to space on Tuesday, July 20, launching aboard a rocket and capsule developed by Blue Origin, the

Britney Spears slams supporters who stayed silent ‘when I was drowning’

Britney Spears has no time for fake public support.The singer, who is in a contentious conservatorship battle with her father, on Friday night called out the people closest to her who are now publicly backing her after previously staying silent."There’s nothing worse than when the people closest to you