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Data: Legal Sports Report; Table: Sara Wise/Axios

This weekend marked three years since the Supreme Court repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which had prevented states from creating their own sports betting regulations.

Where it stands: 36 months later, 21 states plus Washington, D.C. have legal sports betting operations, led by New Jersey, which has brought in more revenue than even Nevada since the SCOTUS ruling.

By the numbers: Nine states have seen a $1+ billion handle (total amount wagered), including three that didn't legalize until 2020 (Illinois, Colorado and Michigan).

The state(s) of play:

  • In-person and mobile (11 plus D.C.): Nevada, New Jersey, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Iowa, Oregon, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado.
  • In-person only (7): Delaware, Mississippi, New Mexico, Arkansas, Montana, North Carolina, New York (approved mobile, but hasn't launched).
  • Mobile only (3): New Hampshire, Tennessee, Virginia.
  • Legal, not yet operational (6): Arizona, Louisiana, Maryland, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming.

Of note: The three states missing from the graphic above are Montana (tiny market), New Mexico (doesn't disclose finances) and North Carolina (no betting locations yet).

📆 Coming up ... We'll be covering sports betting in Axios Sports all week. Sign up here, and check back tomorrow for a deep dive into the brick-and-mortar side of the business.

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The big picture: About 7.8 million current T-Mobile postpaid customers were also affected. Some of the data accessed included names, dates of birth, SSN and driver's license/ID information.

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A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

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"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.