U.S. Soccer suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo for six months on Wednesday night for what it called "conduct that is counter to the organization's principles." The federation also said it had terminated Solo's contract with the women's national team, meaning that at age 35 she may have played her last game for the United States. The suspension was a direct result of critical comments Solo made after the United States was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics by Sweden. Solo responded to the defeat, the Americans' first since women's soccer was added to the Olympics in 1996, by assailing the Swedes' tactics and calling them "a bunch of cowards" for not going toe to toe with the more talented American team.
Three people have been killed in Toronto, with one of the fatalities believed to be caused by a crossbow, say police.
More than 100 protesters have gathered in Washington D.C. to express their fears about a huge oil pipeline which will cross four states in the western US. The $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline has prompted huge protests, notably in North Dakota where Native Americans have halted its construction. It will run 1,168 miles through Iowa, Illinois, and North and South Dakotas. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said on Wednesday he will make a decision on the issue by September 9. read more
An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck central Italy in the middle of the night, destroying half of a town and claimed at least 73 lives. The quake's epicenter was 100 miles northeast of Rome at an extremely shallow depth of six miles. Some buildings in Rome shook for 20 seconds and there were 80 aftershocks. Arquata del Tronto mayor Aleandro Petrucci said, "The village isn't there anymore. Almost all the houses in Pescara del Tronto have collapsed."
Tesla Motors has unveiled a new battery pack for the performance versions of its Model S and X cars that will extend the range and mean faster acceleration.