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U.S. national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe is among a group of leading sports figures who have expressed anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to strip the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion, decrying an erosion of rights that women have had for a generation. Billie Jean King, who just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX, is also dismayed by the decision. Women playing for teams, including NWSL's Racing Louisville and the WNBA's Dallas Wings, will be directly impacted by the decision.

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Social media users shared a range of false claims this week. Here are the facts: A photo of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in front of a green screen was taken in Kyiv for a virtual conference address, not outside of the country. A video claiming to show a Russian missile was created using visual effects. A man who was charged with child pornography didn’t work for Drag Queen Story Hour. A video shows dead sheep in the country of Georgia, not Idaho. And an image purporting to show a headline from The Atlantic about “Biden’s bike fall” is fabricated.

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A rural New Mexico county’s initial refusal to certify its primary election results sent ripples across the country last week. It was a symbol of how even the most elemental functions of democracy have become politicized pressure points amid the swirl of lies stemming from the 2020 presidential outcome. After the Otero County Commission finally relented, one question persisted: Why New Mexico, a state that has not been a political battleground and where Joe Biden beat Donald Trump handily two years ago? The seeds of the short-lived election crisis had been planted months before, when conspiracy theories and false claims about the last presidential election began to dominate political discussion in the heavily Republican county.

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FILE - Host Mario Lopez appears on stage at the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Pasadena, Calif., on May 5, 2019. The stars and creators of daytime television are gathering in person to hand out trophies live at the Daytime Emmys on Friday. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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Stephen Colbert says that his staff members arrested at a congressional office building last week were guilty of ‘first-degree puppetry.’ His ‘Late Show’ monologue Monday was his first time addressing  the Thursday incident. U.S. Capitol Police detained comics including the voice of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. Meanwhile, Fox News Channel has embraced the story, with Tucker Carlson saying in a tongue-in-cheek monologue that last Thursday joins “the pantheon of tragic turning points in human history.” Colbert said anyone drawing equivalence between the two events are insulting the memory of people who died in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

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Kari Lake, the frontrunner in the Republican primary for Arizona governor, condemned the growing cultural clout of drag queens, jumping into the latest social grievance taking hold on the right. But her comments were quickly condemned by one of the most popular drag performers in Phoenix, who says Lake is a hypocrite. Richard Stevens, who performs as Barbra Seville, said Lake regularly attended drag shows and even hired him to dress as Marilyn Monroe at a private party and brought her young daughter. He posted photos on his social media accounts of Lake posing with drag queens and screenshots of his conversations with her.

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Former rebel Gustavo Petro has narrowly won a runoff election in Colombia over a political outsider millionaire, ushering in a new era of politics by becoming the country’s first leftist president. Petro had 50.47% of the votes, with nearly all ballots counted, according to results released by election authorities. Real estate magnate Rodolfo Hernández had 47.25%. Colombians voted amid widespread discontent over rising inequality, inflation and violence. The dissatisfaction with the country’s conditions is such that voters turned their backs on the long-governing centrist and right-leaning politicians in the election's first round last month. Outgoing conservative President Iván Duque congratulated Petro shortly after results were announced.

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Police say a 70-year-old man who fatally shot three elderly people at a church potluck dinner in Alabama had attended services there previously. Prosecutors charged Robert Findlay Smith with capital murder Friday in the Thursday night attack at St. Stephens Episcopal Church outside Birmingham. Two were victims were 84 and the third one was 75. The church's retired pastor, the Rev. Doug Carpenter, said witnesses told him the gunman sat alone at the dinner and declined to join other members before opening fire. Carpenter said a church member in his 70s rushed the gunmna and struck him with a folding chair and took his gun away.

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A report in The New York Times says the rocket ship company run by Tesla CEO Elon Musk has fired several employees involved in an open letter that blasted the colorful billionaire for his behavior. The Times and several other media outlets cited an email from SpaceX’s president saying the company had terminated employees who put together and circulated the letter that denounced Musk for actions that they characterized as a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment. It's unclear how many workers lost their jobs. B.ut the email from SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell left no doubt that the company believed they had crossed an unacceptable line.