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Sarah Hirshland will take over as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee starting Aug. 20. Her predecessor, Scott Blackmun, resigned earlier this year in part because of several sexual abuse scandals that have plagued Olympic sports, particularly in gymnastics.

As California's enormous wildfires continue to set records for the second year in a row, state lawmakers are scrambling to close gaps in state law that could help curb future fires, or make the difference between life and death once a blaze breaks out.

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Biographer On Aretha Franklin's Legacy

Aug 16, 2018

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We knew her as the Queen of Soul because that's what Aretha Franklin's music did. It spoke to the soul.

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