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Medina Spirit #8, ridden by jockey John Velazquez crosses the finish line to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1, in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Medina Spirit won the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby Saturday, after the COVID-19 pandemic bucked the Triple Crown's schedule last year.

The state of play: 2021's race-day took place with health and safety guidelines in place because of the coronavirus, including temperature checks, required masks and reduced capacity.

Trainer Bob Baffert of Medina Spirit, raises the trophy after winning on May 1 his seventh career Kentucky Derby — the most a trainer has ever won at the event. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images
The Kentucky Derby usually hosts some 150,000 people, and over 170,000 people attended the event in 2015, per WDRB. 51,838 people attended the 2021 Derby, Churchill Downs spokesperson Darren Rogers said in a Twitter post. Photo: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images
Fans line up above the paddock to watch the horses during the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Icon Sportswire / Getty Images
Thoroughbred racehorses compete in a turf race at Churchill Downs on April 30. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Horses break from the gate at the start of the I'll Have Another, race 5 on May 1. Photo: Sarah Stier/Getty Images
A person with a fancy hat at Churchill Downs on May 1. Photo: Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Churchill Downs on May 1. Photo: Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Another fancy hat at Churchill Downs on May 1. Photo: Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
Fancy suits and more fancy hats at Churchill Downs on May 1. Photo: Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of the race winner and more photos.

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In photos: Dixie Fire devastates "beloved" northern California town

Businesses burn as the Dixie fire tears through downtown Greenville, California on Aug. 4. Photo: Jash Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

Officials in the northern California town of Greenville on Thursday said they were at a loss for words to describe the widespread destruction left by the massive Dixie Fire, which razed businesses and homes Wednesday night.

What they're saying: "Our beloved small town of Greenville, CA faced our biggest nightmare," Plumas County Supervisor Kevin Goss wrote on Facebook. "Our historical buildings, families homes, small businesses, and our children's schools are completely lost."

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Bomb cyclone prompts blizzard warnings from Virginia to Maine

Computer model projection showing the intense storm off of Cape Cod on Jan 29, 2022, with heavy snow and strong winds lashing the coastline. (Weatherbell.com)

Blizzard warnings are in effect for 11 million people from coastal Virginia to eastern Maine as a powerful and potentially historic winter storm is set to slam the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast beginning Friday.

Why it matters: The storm will bring an array of hazards, from zero visibility amid hurricane force wind gusts and heavy snow to coastal flooding that will erode vulnerable beaches and threaten coastal property from the Jersey shore to coastal Massachusetts.

Republican-led Pennsylvania court deems mail-in voting law unconstitutional

Workers count ballots for the 2020 Presidential election at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Nov. 3, 2020. Photo: Hannah Yoon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Republican-led Pennsylvania court on Friday ruled that the state's mail-in voting law is unconstitutional.

Driving the news: Three Republican judges sided with Republican challengers and ruled that no-excuse mail-in voting is prohibited under the state's constitution. Two Democrats on the panel dissented.