Summer Olympics

LA Metro Plans Sepulveda Pass Train for 2028 Summer Olympics

LA Metro began a series of public meetings last week to showcase a Sepulveda Pass train route to launch its “Twenty-eight by ’28” plan to build public transportation projects in time for the 2028 Summer Olympics.

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Study: 2024 Olympics Would Boost L.A. Economy by $9.5 Billion

Despite many cities hosting the Olympics facing bankruptcy in the aftermath, a new study by Beacon Economics LLC and UC Riverside predicts that the Los Angeles area would see an $9.5 billion economic boost and generate $4.4 billion in worker earnings if the city is awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics.

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Brazil Bans Ryan Lochte from Leaving Country (He Already Left)

The judge overseeing an investigation into the early-morning robbery of U.S. swimming champion Ryan Lochte and three colleagues during the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics has banned the Americans from leaving Brazil and called for their passports to be confiscated. The order comes one day after Lochte flew back to the United States, ending his Olympic trip early.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Ryan Lochte of the United States attends a press conference in the Main Press Center on Day 7 of the Rio Olympics on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

Russian Olympic Champion Narrates ‘Amicable’ Robbery in Rio

The latest high-profile victim of a violent robbery in Rio de Janeiro is Yevgeny Korotyshkin, an Olympic silver medalist and the president of the Moscow Swimming Federation. He joins Portugal’s Minister of Education and the head of security for the 2016 Olympic Games in having experienced a mugging while traveling between Olympic venues.

Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin poses on the podium with his medal after winning silver in the men's 100m butterfly final swimming event at the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 3, 2012 in London. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAU (Photo credit should read MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/GettyImages)

Protesting Teachers Extinguish Olympic Torch in Rio de Janeiro

Protesters, including teachers on strike, stole and extinguished the Olympic torch in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday, raising security concerns about potential disruptions when the Summer Olympic Games begin in Brazil on August 5.

Brazilian residents pass the Olympic torch at Independence Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil on July 24, 2016

Open Season in Brazil: Formula One Chief’s Mother-in-Law Kidnapped

Criminals have allegedly abducted the mother-in-law of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and are demanding the largest ransom in the nation’s history, in the latest high-profile crime in Brazil preceding the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics.

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and his wife Fabiana Flosi leaves the court room of the district court in Munich, Germany, 13 May 2014. Ecclestone stands accused of paying former member of the board of BayernLB 44 million euros in bribes and taking a huge part of that sum back …

Brazil’s Islamic State Jihadis Revealed: A Sharia Blogger, a Minor, 2 Murderers

Brazilian authorities have completed the arrests of suspects identified in Operation Hashtag, a mission to shut down an Islamic State terrorist cell planning a jihadist attack on the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Most are converts to Islam, one is an unnamed minor, and two of the suspects have served time in prison for murder.

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Tourists Find Human Foot at Rio’s Copacabana, Site of Olympic Beach Volleyball

Just weeks before the start of the Summer Olympics, tourists at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach discovered mutilated body parts washing ashore, a reminder that many of the seaside venues reserved for athletes suffer from extraordinary pollution that could endanger the health of those in contact with the water.

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150 Health Experts: Move Olympics Out of Brazil over Zika

150 public health experts are calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Olympic Commission (IOC) to postpone or relocate the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in response to the outbreak of Zika virus in that city that has infected thousands and caused thousands of cases of birth defects in infants.

The Olympic Flag flies in front of ''Christ the Redeemer'' statue during a blessing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro August 19, 2012. REUTERS/RICARDO MORAES

Brazil: 33 Men Gang Rape 16-Year-Old, Post Photos on Social Media

Brazil’s interim President Michel Temer has called an emergency cabinet meeting to address what many are calling an out-of-control nationwide rape epidemic, made especially acute by video and photos surfacing on social media of 33 men gang-raping a 16-year-old girl in Rio de Janeiro.

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Brazilian Researchers: Zika Has Mutated into Something More Dangerous

A new study has allowed scientists to watch the Zika virus destroy nascent brain cells in mice fetuses, proving definitively the link between the virus and birth defects in humans as well as cementing suspicions that the strain of Zika spreading in Latin America is a more dangerous mutation than those seen previously.

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Brazil Nears 100,000 Zika Cases Less Than 100 Days from Olympics

Brazil confirms this week it has documented a staggering 91,387 cases of Zika in 2016, with more than 7,000 cases being pregnant women. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns the number of Zika cases globally is set to increase, though cooling temperatures may finally lower the rates of infection in Brazil itself.

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Bike Lane Built for Olympics in Rio Collapses, Killing Two

Brazil has been fielding more than its share of trouble ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, but now the Associated Press reports another: the collapse of an elevated bike path built ahead of the Olympics.

View of a recently inaugurated bicycle track after it collapsed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 21, 2016. Two people were killed in the accident and one remains disappeared. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE SIMON (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images)

Zika Begins to Hit Brazil’s Tourism Industry, Months Before Olympics

Brazil’s tourism industry is already suffering from the international alarm over the Zika virus outbreak that has infected 1.5 million people, with tour operators and hotel bookers experiencing an increase in the number of cancellations, particularly on the part of pregnant women who were planning to travel.

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