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Nick Mayhugh. Photo: Moto Yoshimura/Getty Images

The 2020 Paralympics are halfway complete, with 4,403 athletes β€” including a record 1,853 women β€” putting on a show last week in Tokyo. Here are some of the Games' top stories:

  • πŸ₯‡ Medal count: China has by far the most medals (119), followed by Great Britain (65), the Russian Paralympic Committee (59), Ukraine (50) and the U.S. (48). Full medal table.
  • πŸ‡¦πŸ‡« Afghanistan arrives: After being trapped in their home country with airports closed, both Afghan Paralympians have miraculously made their way to Tokyo in time to compete.
  • ⭐️ All-time legends: British cyclist Dame Sarah Storey and American swimmer Jessica Long are moving ever higher up the ranks of their nation's greatest Paralympians.
  • πŸŽ“ NCAA at the Games: 62 current and former NCAA athletes, representing 64 schools, are competing in Tokyo. Cal State Northridge leads the way with three.

Highlights:

  • πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Captain America: Sprinter Nick Mayhugh became the first T37 athlete (coordination impairments) to break 11 seconds in the 100 meters β€” and he did it twice in one day.
  • 🩱 Teenage stars: 17-year-old visually-impaired American swimmers Anastasia Pagonis (400 free) and Gia Pergolini (100 back) both won gold and set world records in their first events.
  • πŸ’ͺ🏼 Never give up: Team USA's Daniel Romanchuk (wheelchair 400), and Kendall Gretsch (women's wheelchair triathlon), and Japan's Tomoki Sato (wheelchair 400) completed epic comebacks to win gold.
  • πŸ“ See it to believe it: Egypt's Ibrahim Hamadtou didn't medal, but the 48-year-old table tennis player β€” who doesn't have arms β€” stole the show nonetheless.

πŸ“† Coming up: 17 of the 23 disciplines still have medals up for grabs, with equestrian and powerlifting concluding today. The other 15 remaining events:

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U.S. beats China for Paralympics gold in women's sitting volleyball

Team USA's Alexis Shifflett serves the ball during the Tokyo Paralympic Games women's sitting volleyball pool match against Rwanda in Chiba, Japan, on Aug. 28. Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images

Team USA won gold in the Tokyo Paralympic Games women's sitting volleyball final on Sunday morning local time.

The big picture: The defending champions beat China 3-1 in the final. After the event was added to the Paralympics in 2004, China won the first three golds. The Americans' win took the U.S. Paralympic medals tally to 103, including 36 golds.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of China's previous wins in the event.

DOJ sues American Airlines, JetBlue to block "unprecedented" alliance

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued American Airlines and JetBlue to block an "unprecedented series of agreements" that will consolidate the two airlines' operations in Boston and New York City.

Why it matters: The civil antitrust complaint alleges that the planned Northeast Alliance (NEA) "will cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country through higher fares and reduced choice," the DOJ said in a release.

FBI: Body identified as Gabby Petito, death ruled a homicide

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A body found in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday was confirmed to be the remains of missing 22-year-old blogger Gabby Petito, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Driving the news: The death was ruled a homicide by the Teton County coroner's office, the FBI said. The cause of death has not been determined.