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German court rules women must be allowed in fishing ritual

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BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that women can’t be excluded from a traditional event in which fishermen compete to catch the biggest fish in a Bavarian stream. A state court said Wednesday that the group which organizes the competition in the town of  Memmingen must allow female members to participate in the climax of the annual summer event. The town’s town’s Fischertag, or fishermen’s day, features people jumping into the stream with nets to catch trout. Whoever catches the biggest fish is crowned the “fishermen’s king.” The 1931 statutes of the group that organizes the competition state that only male members who have lived in Memmingen for at least five years are allowed to participate.

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Heat Advisory issued July 28 at 4:10AM CDT until July 29 at 9:00PM CDT by NWS Kansas City/Pleasant Hill MO

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* WHAT…Heat index values up to 110 expected.

* WHERE…Portions of central, north central, northeast,
northwest and west central Missouri.

* WHEN…From noon Wednesday to 9 PM CDT Thursday.

* IMPACTS…Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat
illnesses to occur.
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out
of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young
children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles
under any circumstances.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When
possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or
evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when
possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent
rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone
overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

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US defense secretary visits Vietnam, vows support for region

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is seeking to bolster ties with Vietnam, one of the Southeast Asian nations embroiled in a territorial rift with China, during a two-day visit. In a speech in Singapore, his first stop in the region he is visiting for the first time as member of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet, Austin said he was committed to pursuing a constructive, stable relationship with China, including stronger crisis communications with the People’s Liberation Army. But he repeated that Beijing’s claim to virtually the entire South China Sea has no basis in international law and treads on the sovereignty of other countries. Vietnam and the Philippines are among China’s fiercest opponents in the territorial disputes.

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Gunmen wound Chinese worker in Pakistan’s port city Karachi

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KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s police and a rescue worker say gunmen opened fire on a car carrying two Chinese factory workers in the southern port city of Karachi, wounding one of them. The motive behind Wednesday’s attack was unclear, and police say they were still investigating. Rescue worker Ahmad Shah said both foreigners were Chinese and one of them was wounded. Karachi is the capital of Pakistan’s southern Sindh province, home to several Chinese-funded construction projects. The incident comes weeks after a bus carrying Pakistani and Chinese workers fell into a ravine in northwest Pakistan, killing nine Chinese and four Pakistanis in an alleged terror attack. 

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Missing: Sir Thomas

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(WJW)–FOX 8 and Amanda Berry are working together to help find missing people in Ohio.

Seen on TV: 7/28/21
Missing: Sir Thomas
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Ramírez homers, Indians fall to Cardinals

Sir Thomas, 15, has been missing since June 25 in Cleveland. Call 216-348-4232 if you know where the teen is.

Quarantined Olympic athlete says lack of fresh air ‘inhuman’

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TOKYO (AP) — An Olympic skateboarder who was put in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 has called the conditions at the hotel “inhuman.” Candy Jacobs has been in isolation for eight days and missed the street event in skateboarding’s debut as an Olympic sport. She says she had to force officials to allow her a supervised short break for some fresh air away from her room. Jacobs says “not having any outside air is so inhuman. Jacobs was removed from the Olympic Village and put in a quarantine facility for people at the Tokyo Games infected with the virus. She says she refused to move on her seventh day of isolation.

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Davies scheduled to start as Chicago hosts Cincinnati

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Cincinnati Reds (52-49, second in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (50-52, fourth in the NL Central)

Chicago; Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Tyler Mahle (7-3, 3.83 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 131 strikeouts) Cubs: Zach Davies (6-6, 4.30 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 70 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs -104, Reds -113; over/under is even

BOTTOM LINE: Chicago and Cincinnati will face off on Wednesday.

The Cubs are 31-19 on their home turf. Chicago has slugged .397 this season. Kris Bryant leads the team with a .508 slugging percentage, including 39 extra-base hits and 18 home runs.

The Reds are 26-23 on the road. Cincinnati is hitting a collective .249 this season, led by Jesse Winker with an average of .302.

The Reds won the last meeting 7-4. Vladimir Gutierrez earned his fifth victory and Joey Votto went 2-for-4 with two home runs and two RBIs for Cincinnati. Adbert Alzolay registered his 11th loss for Chicago.

TOP PERFORMERS: Bryant is second on the Cubs with 18 home runs and has 51 RBIs.

Winker leads the Reds with 21 home runs and is batting .302.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 4-6, .226 batting average, 4.53 ERA, outscored by five runs

Reds: 4-6, .259 batting average, 5.88 ERA, outscored by 20 runs

INJURIES: Cubs: Brad Wieck: (heart), Rowan Wick: (oblique), Kohl Stewart: (elbow), Jonathan Holder: (shoulder), Jake Arrieta: (hamstring), Javier Baez: (heel), Austin Romine: (left wrist), Jose Lobaton: (shoulder), P.J. Higgins: (forearm).

Reds: Art Warren: (oblique), Lucas Sims: (elbow), Michael Lorenzen: (hamstring), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), R.J. Alaniz: (calf), Nick Senzel: (knee), Nick Castellanos: (wrist), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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Giolito scheduled to start for White Sox at Royals

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Chicago White Sox (60-41, first in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (43-56, fourth in the AL Central)

Kansas City, Missouri; Wednesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Lucas Giolito (8-7, 3.78 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 136 strikeouts) Royals: Kris Bubic (3-4, 4.72 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 57 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Royals +159, White Sox -183; over/under is 10 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City and Chicago will play on Wednesday.

The Royals are 26-25 in home games in 2020. Kansas City has hit 103 home runs as a team this season. Salvador Perez leads the team with 23, averaging one every 16.9 at-bats.

The White Sox are 25-24 on the road. Chicago has slugged .415 this season. Jose Abreu leads the team with a mark of .463.

The White Sox won the last meeting 5-3. Reynaldo Lopez earned his first victory and Eloy Jimenez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Chicago. Kyle Zimmer took his first loss for Kansas City.

TOP PERFORMERS: Perez leads the Royals with 40 extra base hits and is batting .276.

Tim Anderson leads the White Sox with 108 hits and is batting .303.

LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 7-3, .258 batting average, 3.80 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs

White Sox: 5-5, .205 batting average, 3.64 ERA, outscored by four runs

INJURIES: Royals: Daniel Tillo: (undisclosed), Brady Singer: (shoulder), Jesse Hahn: (shoulder), Danny Duffy: (forearm), Ronald Bolanos: (flexor), Emmanuel Rivera: (hand), Adalberto Mondesi: (oblique).

White Sox: Evan Marshall: (elbow), Jimmy Cordero: (elbow), Luis Robert: (hip), Jake Lamb: (quad), Nick Madrigal: (hamstring), Yasmani Grandal: (calf).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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Clashes on Armenia-Azerbaijan border leave 3 dead, 4 wounded

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YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s Defense Ministry is reporting that three of its troops were killed and two more were wounded in clashes with Azerbaijani forces on the border between the two ex-Soviet nations. The two countries have been locked in a decades-long tug-of-war over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, and they accused each other of starting the clashes on Wednesday morning. Tensions on the border have been simmering since May, when Armenia protested what it described as Azerbaijani troops’ incursion into its territory. Azerbaijan has insisted that its soldiers were deployed to areas where the border has yet to be demarcated. Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry says two of its servicemen were wounded in Wednesday’s confrontation. 

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Home of another investigative journalist in Russia raided

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MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Russia have raided the home of chief editor of an investigative news site that was recently designated as a “foreign agent.” Roman Dobrokhotov, chief editor of The Insider, tweeted on Wednesday morning that “police are knocking” on the door of his apartment. OVD-Info, a legal aid group that monitors political arrests, said the editor’s wife had called the group’s hotline and reported a police raid. Russia’s independent media have faced increased government pressure ahead of the country’s September parliamentary election. The voting is widely seen as an important part of President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to cement his rule before a 2024 presidential election. 

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