Aug 12, 2019

Simone Biles makes history with triple double to clinch 6th U.S. title

Simone Biles warms before the Women's Senior competition of the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, Sunday. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Olympic champion Simone Biles clinched her 6th all-round U.S. women's gymnastics title in Kansas City, Missouri, in style Sunday night — with a double backflip with 3 twists. 

Why it matters: The 4-time Olympic gold medalist is the first female athlete to land a triple double in competition on the floor — and she's the first woman in almost 70 years to win 6 U.S. titles, per USA Gymnastics. Biles is clearly in peak form ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

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Toyota reveals electric vehicle fleet for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota's "e-Palette" electric vehicle. Photo: Toyota

Toyota, which has a partnership with Tokyo's 2020 Summer Olympics, has announced the slate of electric vehicles that will be used to move fans, athletes and others around the games.

By the numbers: The auto giant said that it's providing 3,700 "mobility products and/or vehicles" for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 90% will be electrified in some way, including roughly 850 fully battery-powered vehicles and 500 fuel-cell vehicles, the automaker said Friday. The "e-Palette" will "support transportation needs of staff and athletes, with a dozen or more running on a continuous loop within the Olympic and Paralympic Village."

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Editor's note: The headline in this story has been updated to reflect that Toyota plans to release an electric vehicle fleet for the 2020 Olympics, not an autonomous fleet.

Keep ReadingArrowAug 27, 2019

Robot judges are coming to gymnastics

Gymnast Simone Biles judges the Superstars of Gymnastics. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Controversy over video assistant referee technology (VAR) has engulfed seemingly every sport. Now, it's coming to gymnastics.

Driving the news: The International Gymnastics Federation recently approved the use of VAR in international competition — "a decision that could ultimately shift control over the sport's judging from humans to robots," writes the Wall Street Journal's Louise Radnofsky.

Go deeperArrowAug 26, 2019

Planned Parenthood clinics try to stay afloat after withdrawing from Title X

A Planned Parenthood Reproductive Health Services Center on May 31, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo: Michael Thomas/Getty Images

Planned Parenthood clinics in the Northwest and Midwest are trying to stay afloat financially after withdrawing this week from the federal family planning program known as Title X, the AP reports.

What's happening: Utah and Minnesota clinics — which serve all or nearly all of their state's Title X patients — are considering charging copays or fees to patients who used to get free services like STD testing or cancer screening. Southern Idaho expects to be hit hard by the lack of federal funds, while health care providers worry about taking on the state's approximately 1,000 low-income women now potentially without care.

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