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It feels like just yesterday that workers across America were able to take their masks off at work. But the extremely contagious delta variant is spreading rapidly. And now auto plants are among the businesses reinstating face mask mandates.

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So what will New York state lawmakers do next? Let's ask state assembly member Yuh-Line Niou, who represents Chinatown and other parts of Manhattan and New York City. Good morning.

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TOKYO — Traditionally, doping at the Olympics has been an uncomfortable companion to the Games' soaring athletic achievements.

In Tokyo, it hasn't been the issue it often is because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

But it's still there, along with a Russian team that has come to embody doping controversy.

A joke and suspicion

There's a joke that's been going around at these Olympics: When has there ever been so much talk about positive tests, and not have it be about performance-enhancing drugs?

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Good morning. I'm A Martinez. A fan running onto the field during a game is usually frowned upon, unless you're a cat.

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UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: (Chanting) MVP, MVP, MVP.

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One of the men who gave rock 'n' roll its beat has died, drummer Charles Connor.

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Landlords across much of the country can now evict tenants who have fallen behind on their rent. That's because a federal ban on evictions expired over the weekend.

"It's devastating," said Safiya Kitwana, a single mom with two teenagers living in DeKalb County, Ga., who lost her job during the pandemic. Like 7 million other Americans, Kitwana has fallen behind on rent.

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Updated August 2, 2021 at 4:15 PM ET

About 500 women ages 40 and above met over the weekend in Chicago to have some fun while reliving childhood memories at the same time: by jumping double Dutch.

It was part of a meetup of the 40+ Double Dutch Club, which started in Chicago and has now branched out across the country.

Fifty-year-old Pamela Robinson founded the club, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.

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