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10 things you need to know today: August 8, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Phelps wins his 19th Olympic gold, Ledecky smashes her own world record
Sunday was a big night for the U.S. Olympic swimming team in Rio, with Michael Phelps winning his 19th gold medal, and Katie Ledecky smashing her own world record time to win gold in the 400m freestyle. Ledecky, 19, finished in 3:56.46, nearly five seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Phelps, swimming the second leg of the 4X100 freestyle relay, swam the fastest 100 meters of his storied career. He entered the water a fraction of a second behind France, and gave his team a lead it would hold throughout the race. Phelps now has 19 golds, two silvers, and two bronzes, and has several more shots at adding to his record medal haul.

Source: Time

2. Japanese Emperor Akihito hints at abdication in rare TV address
Japan’s Emperor Akihito, 82…

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