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Julie Ertz of the U.S. women's soccer team gets congratulated on her goal during the SheBelieves Cup against Spain on March 8 in Harrison, New Jersey. Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

The U.S. women's soccer team's claim that they had long been underpaid was rejected by a federal judge on Friday, after the players accused the Soccer Federation of "institutionalized gender discrimination" last year.

What's next: The team plans to appeal the decision, a spokesperson for the team told the New York Times on Friday. A trial on their claims of unfair treatment in travel and staffing is scheduled to start on June 16, per the Times.

What they're saying: "We are shocked and disappointed with today's decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay. We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender," Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players, wrote on Twitter on Friday.

  • The U.S. Soccer Federation said Friday in a statement to the Times: “We look forward to working with the women’s national team to chart a positive path forward to grow the game both here at home and around the world. U.S. Soccer has long been the world leader for the women’s game on and off the field, and we are committed to continuing that work to ensure our women’s national team remains the best in the world and sets the standard for women’s soccer.”

Go deeper: U.S. Soccer says women's national team paid more than the men's side

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Aug 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Media warned to watch stereotypes when covering Biden's female running mate

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Looking ahead to Joe Biden's announcement of a female running mate, a group of women leaders sent a letter Friday to top news executives to warn them against "stereotypes and tropes" in coverage.

What they're saying: "Our country — and your newsrooms — have learned a lot since the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests for racial equality that his death spurred," the letter says.

Updated 8 hours ago - World

U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

Updated 13 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.