Rescue teams continue to search for survivors of Florida condo collapse

The dangerous search for survivors after a condominium building collapse in Surfside, Florida, continues Monday. Authorities say nine people have been confirmed dead and 152 people remain unaccounted for. Accompanied by dogs trained to find both people and bodies, searchers have carved a 40-foot-deep trench through the site to assist with rescue efforts, providing access to new areas of the rubble. The collapse has become an international tragedy as news reverberates globally of missing residents with roots around the world. Among the missing are dozens of Jews, South American immigrants and the sister of Paraguay’s first lady. 

US women’s gymnastics team set for Tokyo Olympics

Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum are set on Monday as the official 2021 U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team. The Tokyo Olympics are less than a month away, and the USA locked in its team for one of the most popular sports on Sunday night. Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner will join as individual competitors. Four alternates will also travel to Japan. The men’s team was announced Saturday: Brody Malone, Yul Moldauer, Shane Wiskus, Sam Mikulak and Alec Yoder will represent the U.S. in Tokyo. 

COVID-19: North Carolina to name first winners of vaccination lottery 

One lucky person in North Carolina is getting a $1 million prize and another a $125,000 grant for post-secondary education tuition. The state on Monday will announce the winners of its COVID-19 vaccination lottery, part of its push to increase vaccination rates. Winners will be announced weekly. A total of four vaccinated residents 18 and older will win $1 million each, and four residents ages 12 to 17 will win tuition prizes. Also Monday: Pennsylvania’s statewide mask mandate ends, although businesses, schools and municipalities may still require them.

Pacific Northwest scorched in dangerous, record-breaking heatwave

Heat records in many cities are expected to be broken on Monday as dangerous temperatures continue to scorch the Pacific Northwest. Monday is forecast to be the “hottest day for the big cities of Seattle and Portland with all-time record highs likely in both cities,” according to the weather service. The entirety of the Northwest baked under triple-digit heat over the weekend, with Portland, Oregon having its hottest day ever recorded on Sunday, recording 110 degrees. Just south of Portland, Salem shattered its all-time heat record Sunday, reaching a sweltering 112 degrees. And Seattle hit 102 degrees Saturday in the second hottest day on record since 1945. The extended “heat dome” over the Pacific Northwest was a taste of the future as climate change reshapes weather patterns worldwide, experts say.

Grand Slam tennis returns to England with Wimbledon

The tennis world was shaken when Wimbledon was canceled in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic — the first time since World War II. But the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament ends a two-year absence on Monday. What’s at stake? Defending champion Novak Djokovic will try to win his 20th major championship, a record already shared by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Serena Williams is seeking her 24th major singles trophy to equal the all-time mark after losing in the 2018 and 2019 Wimbledon finals. And Coco Gauff, now 17, will return to the site of her big breakthrough at 15. Could there be yet another new Slam champion?

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