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Team USAs Sydney McLaughlin in front of the timer after winning the 400m hurdles in record time at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo: Wally Skalij /Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Day 12 of the Tokyo Olympic Games saw American Sydney McLaughlin break her own world record to win gold in the women's 400-meter hurdles final on Wednesday.

Of note: Japan won a third Olympic skateboarding gold, as two teenagers and a 12-year-old swept the podium for the inaugural women's park skateboarding event.

Japan's gold medal winner Sakura Yosozumi during the park skateboarding final on Aug. 4. Photo: Ina Fried
Dominican Republic's Erick Mejia (rear C) dives safely into second base for a double as Team USA's second baseman Eduardo Alvarez (front C) catches the ball during the first inning of their baseball round 2 game at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama on Aug. 4. Team USA beat the Dominican Republic 3-1 to advance to the semifinal. Photo: Kazuhiro Fujihara/AFP via Getty Images
Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam competes in the women's heptathlon high jump at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 4. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images
American Devon Allen (R) wins ahead of France's Aurel Manga (L) and Japan's Taio Kanai, who fell in the men's 110m hurdles semifinals at the Olympic Stadium on Aug. 4. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images
Spain's Anita Jacome competes in a quarterfinal for the women's canoe single 200m event at Sea Forest Waterway in Tokyo on Aug. 4. Photo: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images
China's Shao Ting goes to the basket in the women's quarterfinal basketball match between China and Serbia at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on Aug. 4. Photo: Aris Messinis/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

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Vice President Kamala Harris joined former President George W. Bush at a ceremony on Saturday to honor the lives lost 20 years ago on United Airlines Flight 93.

Driving the news: The vice president and the 43rd president devoted much of their remarks to remembering the unity that brought Americans together after the 9/11 attacks.

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President Biden, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial on Sept. 11 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

President Biden participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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Two years into the 5G era, expensive new cellular networks have blanketed much of the country, but they have yet to change our lives.

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