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Olympic site used for 2016 Rio games shut over safety issues

Jan. 18, 2020 3:34 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro has been closed over concerns about the safety of the complex used for the 2016 games in Brazil. City authorities closed the park on Friday after a judge ruled that safety licenses were not in order. The city had appealed the judge's decision,...

President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath laying commemoration ceremony for the 77th anniversary since the Leningrad siege was lifted during the World War Two at the Boundary Stone monument, around 50 kilometers east of St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Alexei Danichev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia's Putin says he opposes unlimited presidential term

Jan. 18, 2020 11:40 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he opposes the idea of an unlimited term in office for the country's leader like the system that existed in the Soviet Union. Putin's comment at a meeting with World War II veterans in St. Petersburg came days after he called for...

FILE - In this July 7, 2019, file photo, United States' Rose Lavelle, left, is challenged by Netherlands' Danielle Van De Donk during the Women's World Cup final soccer at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France. Twenty players have been named to the U.S. women's soccer team that will play for a spot in the Tokyo Olympics. Coach Andonovski announced the roster for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)

US Olympic qualifying roster minus 5 from World Cup team

Jan. 17, 2020 2:56 PM EST

The United States’ roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament will look very similar to the one that won the Women’s World Cup in France, with notable exceptions. Alex Morgan, Mallory Pugh, Allie Long, Morgan Brian and Tierna Davidson were on the title team but were left off the...

The logo for NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service, Peacock, is displayed on a computer screen on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in New York. NBCUniversal is expected to unveil the price and other details about Peacock on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

NBC hopes 'free' makes Peacock stand out in streaming era

Jan. 16, 2020 8:02 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — NBCUniversal is launching a new streaming service that will have a large part available for free, an approach it hopes will resonate with people who aren't interested in traditional TV. The service, Peacock, will debut April 15 for customers of Comcast, NBCUniversal's parent company....

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, technicians walk at the three thematic districts at the under construction site of the Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The United States, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, said its participation at this year's World's Fair in Dubai is being made possible by “the generosity of the Emirati government.” (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

US says its pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai sponsored by UAE

Jan. 16, 2020 8:29 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States said its participation at this year's World's Fair in Dubai is being made possible by “the generosity of the Emirati government.” The U.S. State Department said Wednesday Emirati sponsorship of America's pavilion, estimated to be at least...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 15, 2020 4:41 PM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 15 The Los Angeles Times on the International Olympic Committee banning athletes from making political statements such as kneeling or wearing political messages: Among the many inspiring displays at the National Museum of African American...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020 photo, Danny Valencia throws a ball during Israel's national baseball team practice, in Tel Aviv, Israel. As a baseball-crazed kid growing up in Miami, Danny Valencia dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues. The thought of heading to the Olympics, for a foreign country no less, never crossed his mind. But that’s the next surreal step for the 35-year-old Valencia, who recently became an Israeli citizen thanks to his Jewishness and is now the star player in Team Israel’s improbable run to the Tokyo Games. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel's unlikely Olympic baseball team dreams big for Japan

Jan. 15, 2020 1:03 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As a baseball-crazed kid growing up in Miami, Danny Valencia dreamed of playing in the Major Leagues. The thought of heading to the Olympics, for a foreign country no less, never crossed his mind. But after nine years and nearly 100 homers in the big leagues, that’s the next...

FILE - Brooks Koepka reacts after sinking a putt on the 18th green to win the PGA Championship golf tournament, Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. Koepka says his play out of an awkward lie on the 18th that led to par was one of his most important shots. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Koepka ready to get back to work after nearly 3 months off

Jan. 14, 2020 11:19 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Brooks Koepka hasn't been the same since he tied for third in the FedEx Cup final in August, and hasn't felt entirely healthy since last March. He wouldn't rate himself full strength now. Koepka returns to competition this week in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, his first tournament since...

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks to the media following an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A look back at other infamous cheating scandals in sports

Jan. 13, 2020 8:48 PM EST

The fallout from baseball's latest sign-stealing scandal is beginning to take shape. Houston manager AJ Hinch is out of a job, and so is general manager Jeff Luhnow. The question is what will happen with the Boston Red Sox, who are also under investigation for sign stealing. Before they were fired Monday, Hinch...

In this photograph taken Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, Iranian police officers take position while protesters gather in front of Amir Kabir University in Tehran, Iran, to remember victims of a Ukrainian airplane shot down by an Iranian missile. Online videos purported to show Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, that Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic's initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. (AP Photo)

Anger in Iran over jet's downing; gunfire disperses protests

Jan. 13, 2020 8:31 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Popular anger swelled Monday in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner and the government's attempt to conceal its role in the tragedy, as online videos appeared to show security forces firing live ammunition and tear gas to disperse protests in the...