We’ve got more medals, but they’ve got more gold. At mid-day Monday, the United States Olympic team at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil had won a total of 13 medals. But China was the leader with four gold medals, compared to three for the U.S.A. So far, Americans have won first place in shooting (women’s 10-meter air rifles and swimming (women’s 400-meter freestyle and men’s 4×100-meter freestyle relay). Overall, the U.S team has won eight medals in swimming, two in shooting and one each in archery, fencing and diving. Russia, which had dozens of its team members banned for doping, was in fifth place with eight metals, two of them gold.
TRUMP LAYS OUT HIS ECONOMIC PLAN
In a major address Monday in Detroit, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump promised big tax cuts that he promised would “jumpstart America.” Speaking before the Detroit Economic Club, he said “The one common feature of every Hillary Clinton idea is that it punishes you for working and doing business in the United States,” according to the Associated Press. He was interrupted several times by a group of women protesters who were removed from the venue by security guards. His tax cuts would reduce the current corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent.
SUICIDE ATTACK AT PAKISTANI HOSPITAL KILLS 70
A hospital in Quetta, Pakistan was the target of two attacks Monday that killed at least 70 people. The AP is reporting that terrorists first killed Bilal Kasi, a prominent lawyer, then suicide bombers attacked the hospital where many attorneys had gathered to mourn. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by a Pakistani branch of the Taliban, who ruled adjacent Afghanistan before being ousted by U.S. forces and allies.
BOY DIES ON TOWERING WATER SLIDE
Caleb Schwab, the 10-year-old son of a state legislator, died on the “largest water slide in the world” in Kansas Sunday afternoon in an incident that so far has left many questions unanswered. Operators of the park said the boy perished while riding the 17-story slide when he died, but released no further details, according to the Washington Post. However, it quoted a report from a local TV station reporting that some of the harnesses on the ride were not operational.
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