Stories by Michael Sykes

The Russia doping saga rages on

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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) met in Montreal this week to discuss what to do about Russia's anti-doping lab missing a key deadline, the New York Times reports.

What's happening: In 2015, Russia's drug-testing agency was banned from testing its own athletes after a state-sponsored doping scheme was uncovered.

New DOJ opinion expands Wire Act outside of sports betting

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Bet365 on a smartphone. Photo: Miguel Candela/SOPA Images via Getty Images

The Department of Justice announced the reversal of a 2011 opinion on the Wire Act on Monday, making the law applicable to all forms of gambling that cross state boundaries.

Why it matters: Online gaming and gambling has re-entered the mainstream since the Supreme Court's 2018 decision legalizing sports betting in the United States. The opinion could affect states such as Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware where online gambling is legal.

TSA no-shows forcing more airports to shift security screening

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A TSA agaent at a security gate. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Now that TSA agents have missed their first paychecks, airports are starting to feel the squeeze of the partial government shutdown and are closing security checkpoints or entire concourses due to a lack of screening agents.

Driving the news: Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport closed one terminal’s security checkpoint on Monday due to a lack of screening agents. Miami International Airport closed one of its concourses on Saturday because too few TSA agents were showing up for work.

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