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Fusion Media Group

Fusion Media Group announced Friday that their digital publication FUSION will relaunch as "Splinter" (splinternews.com) on Monday, July 24. The new site will feature original reporting, including pieces from a newly launched political team, as well as content from other Gizmodo Media Group-owned sites, like Jezebel, The Root, Gizmodo and Deadspin. Fusion.net is moving to serve as the digital hub for FUSION TV, the cable channel.

The mission: In a statement, Splinter says it will be a news and politics site that aims to reach a "justice-minded, inclusive, and incisive audience." The relaunch of the digital publication will take place Monday July 24 and will focus on "amplifying underrepresented voices, shining a light on systemic inequality, and skewering politicians when necessary."

Why it matters: The rebrand effort is aimed at creating a more distinct identity for the news site as the cable network brings more of Fusion Media Group's digital brands to TV (For example: The A.V. Club launched a show on Fusion TV earlier in March.)

Here's the editor's take, which gives the name more clarity:

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Naomi Osaka eliminated from Olympic tennis tournament in Tokyo

Czech 42nd-ranked Marketa Vondrousova (L) shakes hands with Japan's Naomi Osaka after their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles third round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images

Naomi Osaka was eliminated from the Olympics after losing her Tokyo tennis tournament match 6-1, 6-4 in the third round to Czech Marketa Vondrousova on Tuesday.

Of note: Japan's Osaka is the women's world No. 2, while is Vondrousova ranked No.42.

Drought pushes 2 major U.S. lakes to historic lows

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Two significant U.S. lakes, one of which is a major reservoir, are experiencing historic lows amid a drought that scientists have linked to climate change.

What's happening: Lake Powell, the second largest reservoir in the U.S., has fallen 3,554 feet in elevation, leaving the crucial reservoir on the Colorado River, at 33% capacity — the lowest since it was filled over half a century ago, new U.S. Bureau of Reclamation data shows.

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North and South Korea restart hotline and pledge to improve ties

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2018. Photo: Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images

North and South Korea's leaders have pledged to improve relations and resume previously suspended communication channels between the two countries.

Why it matters: The resumption of the hotline on Tuesday comes despite stalled negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang on the denuclearization of North Korea, which broke down after a second summit between then-President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended without a deal in 2019.