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Inmate Found Dead Days After His Jailbreak Flops

Clauvino da Silva believed to have died by hanging

(Newser) - A Brazilian gang leader is believed to have committed suicide three days after attempting to escape prison dressed as his 19-year-old daughter . Clauvino da Silva was found dead Tuesday in his cell at the high-security Bangu 1 prison in Rio de Janeiro state. He'd been transferred there following his... More »

Cost to Host Olympics? Start With $2M in Bribes

Former Rio governor tells court that up to nine IOC officials were paid off in 2016

(Newser) - Chicago was one of the cities that lost out to Rio de Janeiro back in 2009 for the right to host the 2016 Olympics. Bribery apparently would have helped. Sergio Cabral, a former Rio governor, told a court this week that he bought up to nine International Olympic Committee votes... More »

Guy Tries to Rob Female MMA Fighter. It Does Not Go Well

MMA fighter Polyana Viana wasn't about to give up her cellphone

(Newser) - What's worse than running into a karate dojo while trying to abduct someone? Trying to rob an MMA fighter is right up there. "#badf---ingidea" is how UFC President Dana White framed it, posting on Instagram a picture of 26-year-old Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Polyana Viana next to... More »

Fire Engulfs 200-Year-Old National Museum

An 'unbearable catastrophe' in Brazil

(Newser) - A massive fire has destroyed millions of items at Brazil's national museum—and for many Brazilians, shock has turned to anger. The blaze, which began at the 200-year-old museum in Rio de Janeiro after it closed to the public Sunday, is believed to have wiped out much of its... More »

Even His Victims Are Defending This Alleged Kidnapper

Brazilian gang boss allegedly kidnapped nurses to vaccinate the poor

(Newser) - Wanted gang leader Thomaz Viera Gomez has been dubbed Brazil's very own Robin Hood, thanks to his alleged involvement in what may be one of the most unconventional kidnappings ever, reports Newsweek . That's because the two men Gomez, or "2N," is accused of kidnapping on Jan.... More »

Video Shows Why Jiujitsu Gym Isn't Good Target for Thieves

Would-be thief chased away by multiple jiujitsu students

(Newser) - A would-be thief in a Rio de Janeiro suburb apparently chose the wrong gym to rob, the AP reports. Surveillance camera footage shared widely on social media shows the man entering the gym and jumping a turnstile after arguing with the receptionist. Several seconds later, the man is seen jumping... More »

Lochte: I May Have Been 'Most Hated Person in the World'

But swimmer clarifies he never considered suicide after scandal at Rio Olympics

(Newser) - Ryan Lochte spent most of last August on an apology tour for his "immature behavior" at the Rio Olympics, which saw the swimmer jump from pool water into hot water for his role in an incident at a local gas station—an event he originally "over-exaggerated" as an... More »

Brazil Cop Admits to Killing Greek Ambassador Over Affair

Rio police officer says ambassador's wife told him to murder her husband

(Newser) - Police searching for Greece's missing ambassador to Brazil found his burnt-out car in a Rio suburb Thursday with a body inside. Forensic experts are trying to determine whether the body is that of Ambassador Kyriakos Amiridis, who was last heard from Monday when he phoned his wife, the BBC... More »

Iranian Cyclist Killed in Paralympics Crash

Bahman Golbarnezhad believed to be first athlete killed in Paralympics

(Newser) - An Iranian cyclist died after crashing in a road race at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on Saturday. Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, received emergency treatment on the course and was transported to a Rio hospital where he died, reports the AP . "This is truly heart-breaking news, and the thoughts and... More »

Lochte in Line for Long Suspension

IOC, USA Swimming will ban him for 10 months

(Newser) - Ryan Lochte has been hit with a 10-month suspension for his behavior in Rio, sources tell USA Today , CNN , and other outlets. The punishment handed down by the International Olympic Committee, the United States Olympic Committee, and USA Swimming also includes a ban from 2017's world championship meet in... More »

Rio Police Have Finally Charged Ryan Lochte With a Crime

Charges for filing a false robbery report were filed Thursday

(Newser) - Brazilian police have charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the AP reports. A police statement Thursday says Lochte will be informed in the US so he can decide whether to introduce a defense in Brazil.... More »

USOC Apologizes Over 'Robbed' Swimmers

2 athletes allowed to fly home

(Newser) - An embarrassed US Olympic Committee apologized Thursday night for what it called a "distracting ordeal": the alleged robbery of four US swimmers, which Brazilian police now say was a fabrication. In a statement , USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said sorry to "our hosts in Rio and the people of... More »

British Sportscaster in Rio Spends Olympics in Coma

Charlie Webster was nearly killed by malaria

(Newser) - A British sportscaster "nearly died" after contracting a rare form of malaria in Brazil, the Guardian reports. According to the BBC , 33-year-old Charlie Webster arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 4 after completing the six-day, 3,000-mile Ride to Rio charity bike ride. She fell ill the next... More »

Lochte, US Swimmers Were in Gas Station Fight: Sources

'Robbery' of Ryan Lochte, teammates in Rio now coming under question

(Newser) - Even more controversial than Ryan Lochte's new hairstyle: the murky story of what happened with him and other US swimmers in Rio. Although Lochte says he was robbed at gunpoint in a taxi over the weekend with Olympic teammates Gunnar Bentz, Jack Conger, and Jimmy Feigen, the story got... More »

Brazil Yanks 2 US Swimmers Off Plane Home

Ryan Lochte changes details but insists robbery took place

(Newser) - American swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz are going to be staying in Brazil for longer than they bargained for. Authorities pulled the men off their flight back to the US at Rio's international airport on Wednesday for questioning over their alleged robbery , the New York Times reports. Their... More »

Meet Rio's Golden Couple

Britain's Laura Trott and Jason Kenny have 10 golds between them

(Newser) - Rio saw a different kind of historic night on Tuesday as Laura Trott became Britain's most successful female Olympian ever and the first woman to nab four gold medals in track cycling as she defended her women's omnium title, reports CNN . But her fiancé, Jason Kenny, collected some... More »

Rio Promises Blue Water, but Odd Green May Be Spreading

First the diving pool, now the water polo pool

(Newser) - If you happened to tune into a diving event Tuesday, you probably noticed the pool at Rio's outdoor aquatics center was "as green as split-pea soup," as the National Post puts it—or "close to the color swatch movie set designers turn to when they want... More »

Dutch Gymnast Booted From Rio After Night Out

He broke team rules against drinking: ambassador

(Newser) - Dutch gymnast Yuri van Gelder was probably celebrating making the final of the men's rings event when he went partying in Rio on Saturday. Unfortunately for the former world champion, drinking—and even leaving the Olympic Village at night, apparently—is against team rules. "It's terrible for... More »

Bullets, Explosion Mark Beginning of Rio Olympics

A man was shot and killed as crowds were leaving the opening ceremony

(Newser) - It's been an eventful first two days for the Rio Olympics, but probably not in the way organizers were hoping. Brazilian police say an officer shot and killed a 22-year-old man who was attacking people as they left Maracana stadium Friday following the opening ceremony, USA Today reports. According... More »

WVU Sophomore Pulls Upset for US' 1st Olympic Gold

Ginny Thrasher wins women's 10-meter air rifle

(Newser) - The first gold medal of the Rio Olympics went to a 19-year-old college sophomore from Virginia. Ginny Thrasher placed first in the women's 10-meter air rifle, the first event of these games, on Saturday, USA Today reports. Thrasher is competing in her first Olympics and—according to West Virginia ... More »

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