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July 21, 2014

On Monday afternoon, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Ryan Pitts, a former Army sergeant who held off Taliban fighters in northeastern Afghanistan.

Pitts held his ground during 2008's Battle of Wanat, even after being hit by grenade shrapnel in one arm and both of his legs. He will be the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor, America's highest award for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Pitts has been modest about his award, however. Earlier this month, he told Here and Now that his work in Afghanistan was a "team effort." "It belongs to every man there that day, and I'll accept it on behalf of the team," Pitts told the news program. "It's not mine."

Watch an ABC News report of Obama awarding Pitts the medal below. --Meghan DeMaria

Fact vs. fiction
8:57 a.m. ET

Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives was Shark Week's highest-rated program in history and its least scientifically accurate. The 2013 "documentary" featured a 100-foot, 80-ton "serial killer of the seas" that's actually been extinct for millions of years. And yet when the "Super Bown of the ocean" kicked off on Sunday, there was not a fake shark in sight.

That's because the Discovery Channel has decided to kick it old school. When the annual Shark Week began 28 years ago, its purpose was to educate people on sharks, not perpetuate the animals' false man-eating reputation. The Discovery Channel's newest head of development and production, Howard Swartz, told Mashable that he pushed the show to return to its roots. "This year we're focusing quite a bit on research and science, more so probably than we have in the past," Swartz said.

So, if you're one of the 40 million viewers expected to tune in this week, expect the same quirky titles, but without the quirky spin on the facts. Becca Stanek

oh no
8:30 a.m. ET
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An Iraqi plane returning from an airstrike against the Islamic State accidentally dropped a bomb over eastern Baghdad, reportedly killing at least 12 people and wounding about 25 others. The bomb apparently failed to properly detach during the airstrike, and then was dropped due to a "technical failure" as the Russian-made plane returned back to its base.

Iraq has received many fighter jets from Russia and Iran as part of the fight against ISIS. The United States has promised Iraq 36 F-16 warplanes, but have not delivered them yet, reports Al Jazeera. Jeva Lange

bloodsports
8:05 a.m. ET

Wimbledon not exactly getting your blood pumping? Already over Team USA's World Cup win? Then adrenaline junkies, take note: Pamplona's famous Running of the Bulls kicked off this morning with the traditional rocket launch that marks the Chupinazo, the beginning of festivities. Festivalgoers wearing red neckerchiefs and chanting "Viva San Fermin!" ushered in the festival, which has its roots in the traditional corralling of bulls before a bullfight (and, of course, was made famous in the States by Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises).

The first bull run of the San Fermin Festival will start at 8 a.m. local time on Tuesday, with successive bull runs every morning until July 14. Runners must be in top physical condition, as serious injuries — and death — are not unheard of. Jeva Lange

celebrations
3:57 a.m. ET

On Sunday, Princess Charlotte was christened at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Sandringham, the same church where her grandmother, Princess Diana, was baptized.

Her parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, pushed her to the church in a pram once used by Queen Elizabeth, and it was the first time the Duke and Duchess were seen in public with both Princess Charlotte and her older brother, Prince George, the BBC reports. Thousands of people greeted the family upon their arrival, along with guests Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Michael, Carole, Pippa, and James Middleton.

Princess Charlotte wore a replica of the christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter in 1841, and the silver gilt Lily Font, usually shown as part of the crown jewels at the Tower of London, was used during the ceremony. Later, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hosted a tea, serving slices of a tier from their wedding cake as the christening cake. While the day was all about Princess Charlotte, Prince George — as usual — stole the show, as the pictures below attest. Catherine Garcia

travels with the pope
3:20 a.m. ET
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On Sunday, Pope Francis arrived in Ecuador, the first stop on his tour of South America that will include visits to Bolivia and Paraguay.

The pontiff, born in Argentina, is visiting three of the poorest and smallest countries on the continent just weeks after releasing his encyclical calling on leaders to hear "the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor" due to climate change. "From the peak of Chimborazo to the Pacific coast, from the Amazon rainforest to the Galapagos Islands, may you never lose the ability to thank God for what he has done and is doing for you," he said upon his arrival. "May you never lose the ability to protect what is small and simple, to care for your children and your elderly, to have confidence in the young, and to be constantly struck by the nobility of your people and the singular beauty of your country."

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets as Pope Francis made his way to Quito, Reuters reports, with many waving flags featuring his picture and others throwing gifts. On Monday, he will deliver a mass in the coastal city of Guayaquil, and on Wednesday, he will fly to Bolivia to visit the Palmasola prison and is expected to speak up for the rights of indigenous people. While in Paraguay, the pope will meet with several social activists. Catherine Garcia

love and marriage
2:36 a.m. ET
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Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis tied the knot this weekend, a source tells People.

Kutcher, 37, and Kunis, 31, met while filming That '70s Show, which ran from 1998 to 2006. In August, Kunis told W magazine, "My first real kiss ever was with him on the show. We all get movie star crushes. I'm marrying mine." The pair began dating in 2012, and became parents to daughter Wyatt Isabelle in October. It's the first marriage for Kunis, and the second for Kutcher, who divorced Demi Moore in 2013. Catherine Garcia

This just in
2:20 a.m. ET
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The finance minister of Greece, Yanis Varoufakis, announced on his website that he has resigned from his post, one day after 61 percent of voters backed his "no" campaign, rejecting the bailout terms set by creditors.

"Like all struggles for democratic rights, so too this historic rejection of the Eurogroup’s 25th June ultimatum comes with a large price tag attached," he wrote in a blog entry posted early Monday. "It is, therefore, essential that the great capital bestowed upon our government by the splendid NO vote be invested immediately into a YES to a proper resolution — to an agreement that involves debt restructuring, less austerity, redistribution in favour of the needy, and real reforms."

Varoufakis said that the reason why he was leaving his position was due to a "certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted 'partners,' for my ... 'absence' from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement." He added, "I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum. And I shall wear the creditors' loathing with pride." Catherine Garcia

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