Rio de Janeiro

  • Katie Ledecky, Stone Ridge Academy, August 25, 2016, photo by Abbey Oldham
    August 25, 2016  

    Katie Ledecky was one of the most triumphant athletes of the Rio Olympics. The 19-year-old swimmer overwhelmed her competition; in the 800-meter race, she finished nearly a pool length ahead of second place. Known for relentless training and humility, she will forego endorsement deals to attend Stanford University this fall. Margaret Warner met her in Bethesda, Maryland, at her high school pool. Continue reading

  • 2016 Rio Olympics - Athletics - Final - Men's 200m Final - Olympic Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 18/08/2016. Usain Bolt (JAM) of Jamaica tears off his number tags from his shorts and throws them to the ground after winning the gold.    REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTX2LYCQ
    August 19, 2016  

    The Olympics conclude this weekend, but the news coming out of Rio is still nonstop. Four U.S. swimmers who said they had been robbed now admit fabricating their story, while Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt could earn his ninth career gold. Also, the Paralympics are in jeopardy due to budgetary issues. Jeffrey Brown speaks to Christine Brennan of USA Today and NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro for details. Continue reading

  • Hotshot firefighters build a fire line after the fire jumped Lytle Creek Road during the Blue Cut fire in San Bernardino County, California, U.S. August 17, 2016.  REUTERS/Patrick T Fallon - RTX2LPBH
    August 18, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the fast-moving fire just 60 miles east of Los Angeles flared even more; 1500 firefighters are battling flames only 4 percent contained. The inferno has charred nearly 50 square miles since Tuesday and forced 82,000 to evacuate. Also, Amnesty International reports that 18,000 detainees have died in Syrian government prisons, while others suffered torture and disease. Continue reading

  • Major Sukru Seymen (C), one of the military personnel suspected of being involved in the coup attempt, is brought to a court house as he is accompanied by police officers and other detaniees in Mugla, Turkey, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kenan Gurbuz     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2LGHG
    August 17, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, Turkey announced plans to release nearly 40,000 prison inmates to clear space for a similar number detained over last month’s coup attempt. Depending on their remaining sentences, prisoners may qualify for early release, although the most violent criminals will not be eligible. Also, the White House pledged $17 million to help combat opioid and heroin abuse. Continue reading

  • Gold medalists Kathleen Baker, Lilly King, Dana Vollmer  and Simone Manuel  of USA stand to attention after receiving their medals. Photo by Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters
    August 14, 2016   BY and  

    The U.S. earned its 1000th Olympic gold medal Saturday night after the American women’s team won the 4×100 meter medley relay. Continue reading

  • 2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Preliminary - Women's 100m Freestyle - Heats - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 10/08/2016. Yusra Mardini (SYR) of Refugee Olympic Athletes competes.    REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSMEOB
    August 12, 2016  

    They may not be winning gold, but their stories are certainly medal worthy. The first-ever Refugee Olympic Team is competing in Rio, stacked with athletes like 18-year-old Yusra Mardini, who saved herself and other Syrians stranded during a dangerous Aegean crossing. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, says that the team aims to counteract negative global sentiment toward refugees. Continue reading

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    August 11, 2016  

    On Friday, long-distance runner Alexi Pappas will compete in Rio in her first-ever Olympic race. But unlike many of her Olympic peers, Pappas does not put all her talent in one basket. In addition to training as a world-class runner, she is also a filmmaker, actress and poet, and she writes about what she knows: track. “As a storyteller, I want to tell stories that I can uniquely tell,” she says. Continue reading

  • 2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Victory Ceremony - Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Victory Ceremony - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 08/08/2016. Michael Phelps (USA), Ryan Held (USA), Caeleb Dressel (USA) and Nathan Adrian (USA) of USA pose with their medals  REUTERS/David Gray  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.   - RTSLPQQ
    August 8, 2016  

    Team USA has been living up to expectations during the first few days in Rio de Janeiro. Judy Woodruff speaks with USA Today’s Christine Brennan about initial U.S. achievements, criticism of Russian athletes in response to the doping scandal, how the city is handling the Games so far and what else we can expect from superstars such as Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles.
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  • Even though hundreds of thousands of people are expected to head to Rio for the Olympics, they represent only a small percentage of the overall travel to and from areas with Zika transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo by Nacho Doce/REUTERS
    August 6, 2016  

    The Olympic Games began in Rio de Janeiro yesterday and even though there are still problems with the economy and sewage where athletes swim or sail, the games may help restore national pride there after months of bad press. Dom Phillips of the Washington Post joins Hari Sreenivasan via Skype from Rio de Janeiro. Continue reading

  • Shooting victim Paul O'Neal's sister Briana Adams, 22, briefs the media at Michael Oppenheimer's, left, law office on Aug. 5, 2016 in Chicago. The family viewed the Chicago police videos from the shooting death of Paul O'Neal early in the day at the IPRA offices with activist Ja'Mal Green, right. (Anthony Souffle/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
    August 5, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, authorities in Chicago released video footage of a car chase and altercation between police and black teenager Paul O’Neal, who was fatally shot. Reports indicate O’Neal was unarmed. Also, in South Africa, the African National Congress is facing its worst electoral loss since 1994, when it ended white-minority rule. A poor economy and alleged corruption drove the defeat. Continue reading

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