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Two million Muslims begin hajj

MECCA, Saudi Arabia—More than two million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light yesterday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam's faithful face five times each day during their prayers.

The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world's biggest gatherings every year, and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life.

Busch steals spotlight from younger brother

BRISTOL, Tenn.—Kurt Busch stole the spotlight from his younger brother Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to snap a 58-race winless streak and grab an overdue short-track victory.

Busch won for the first time this season—and first since the 2017 season-opening Daytona 500—but it was his sixth victory on the 0.533-mile bullring he once dominated.

Spacewalkers install bird-tracking antenna

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—Spacewalking cosmonauts set up an antenna for tracking birds on Earth and sent a series of tiny satellites flying from the International Space Station yesterday.

Russian Sergey Prokopyev used his gloved right hand to fling four research satellites into space.

The first mini satellite safely tumbled away as the space station soared 250 miles above Illinois.