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A toxic crisis in America’s coal country

Image caption A bathroom of a home stained by polluted water near a coal mine in West Virginia In the shadow of some of America’s most controversial coal mines, where companies use huge amounts of explosives to blow the tops off mountains, isolated communities say their water has been poisoned. Now, they must decide if they will fight back against an industry they have relied upon for generations. Casey (not her real name) wears a one-dollar wedding ring now. She bought the blue plastic band after her original ring was…

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Dutch join armada of America’s Cup challengers

LONDON (Reuters) – A Dutch team has been accepted by holders Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) as a challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, the sixth entry for the event due to be held in Auckland in 2021. “This is really positive news … the more teams that race in the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series, the greater the spectacle on the water and the better the economic return off the water for Auckland and New Zealand,” ETNZ said on Friday. The joint challenge from the Royal Netherlands Yacht Club…

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Sailing-Stars & Stripes Team USA joins challengers for America’s Cup

FILE PHOTO: U.S. syndicate Team Dennis Conner’s Stars and Stripes competes in Day One of Round Robin 1 of the Louis Vuitton Cup on Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand October 1, 2002. REUTERS/Brendan O’Hagan LONDON (Reuters) – Stars & Stripes Team USA has been accepted by holders Emirates Team New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as the fifth challenger for the 36th America’s Cup, which will take place in Auckland in 2021. The team was co-founded by sailors Mike Buckley and Taylor Canfield and represents the…

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Sailing: Maltese yacht joins challengers for the America’s Cup

(Reuters) – The Royal Malta Yacht Club’s Malta Altus Challenge will take part in the 36th America’s Cup in 2021, the first time a yacht from the tiny Mediterranean archipelago has challenged for the prestigious 167-year-old sailing trophy. America’s Cup organizers said in a statement bit.ly/2E6lUgA that Malta Altus had been accepted as the fourth confirmed challenger for the “Auld Mug” in Auckland in 2021, when the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron will defend the title. Only one crew will ultimately go forward to take on the defenders in a…

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Prada’s Bertelli sets sights on wider America’s Cup audience

MONACO (Reuters) – Patrizio Bertelli intends to ensure that the 36th America’s Cup, which is being sponsored by his Italian fashion house Prada, is open to as wide an audience as possible. “It (sailing) is a very special sport and the America’s Cup is a very special event so I think that it’s very important that media access is free of charge for viewers and easily accessible to everyone, not just pay per view,” the Prada CEO told Reuters. Speaking after the launch of the Prada Cup, a new trophy…

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America’s Cup crews hone ‘flying’ AC75 class on and off water

MONACO (Reuters) – Preparations by the teams competing for the 36th America’s Cup in 2021 are well underway, although they are charting different courses in designing their radical new foiling monohulls. FILE PHOTO: Emirates Team New Zealand (L) and Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge sail on separate tacks during the seventh race of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series yacht race in San Francisco, California August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith While American Magic and INEOS Team UK have both shown off mini prototype versions of the futuristic 75 foot yachts which…

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Prada completes America’s Cup makeover with new qualifier trophy

MONACO (Reuters) – Prada’s designs on the America’s Cup, which began on the drawing board almost 22 years ago in an office near Milan’s Il Duomo, will take another step forward on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Emirates Team New Zealand (L) and Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge sail on separate tacks during the seventh race of the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series yacht race in San Francisco, California August 24, 2013. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith “Let’s do the America’s Cup,” was the challenge a yacht designer threw out at Patrizio Bertelli as they discussed…

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The places America’s rich and poor call home

By Kriston McIntosh, Ryan Nunn & Jay Shambaugh The Hamilton Project, Brookings Institution Image copyright Getty Images Where people live in the US makes a big difference to their chances of enjoying a long and prosperous life. In fact, the communities and places in which Americans live can have as big an impact on the opportunities available to them as educational achievement, or family background. This becomes clear when you look at some key differences between cities at the extremes of this divide – places like San Francisco County, California,…

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Courtney Hadwin eliminated from America’s Got Talent

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Courtney was the favourite heading into the finals British teenager Courtney Hadwin has finished in sixth place in the final of America’s Got Talent. The 14-year-old from Hesleden, County Durham, was among the favourites to win the $1m (£760,000) prize on Wednesday. She wowed the judges and viewers with energetic and mature covers of rock ‘n’ roll classics by Tina Turner, James Brown and Steppenwolf. Host Tyra Banks told Hadwin she was proud and said she had “made it” for making it to the…

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Athletics: Price power gives Americas early lead in Continental Cup

PRAGUE (Reuters) – DeAnna Price of the United States beat world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk in the hammer throw on Saturday, helping lift the Americas into the lead on the first day of the Continental Cup. In the women’s 100m, Ivory Coast’s Marie Josee Ta Lou edged British rival Dina Asher-Smith to give Africa its first victory at the two-day global team track and field competition. Europe are the defending champions in an event which started as athletics’ World Cup four decades ago before changing its name in 2010. It…

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