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The catastrophic flood devastating Louisiana is now the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago, the Red Cross said. At least 13 people have lost their lives across five parishes. CNN
The U.S. Olympic Committee apologized late Thursday for what it called a “distracting ordeal” involving four of its swimmers in an alleged robbery that Brazilian police have said they made up. Former UT swimmer Jack Feigen will pay $10,800 on Friday to leave Rio de Janeiro. Feigen’s attorney said the money will go to an ‘institution’ and under Brazilian law, such a donation can be made to avoid criminal prosecution for minor offenses. The USOC said Feigen had given a judge a ‘revised statement’ about the incident. Longhorn Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were allowed to go home.
Usain Bolt won the men’s 200m easily. He has now won both the 100 and the 200 in three straight Olympics. And the womens’ 4×100 relay team qualified for the finals running by themselves after protesting that a Brazillian runner had moved into their lane and bumped Allison Felix.
New security measures greeted football fans at CenturyLink Field Thursday night as the Seahawks opened their NFL preseason at home versus the Minnesota Vikings.
Hawks fans found themselves walking through brand new standing metal detectors installed by the franchise. “They are more accurate and faster than the metal detecting wands we used last season,” Along with security measures for fans going inside the stadium, on the perimeter law enforcement kept a visible presence with numerous bomb-sniffing dogs who searched each and every car parked outside CenturyLink Field. KOMO
Toxic algae has been found at Lake Tapps, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is urging people to stay out of the water after about a dozen people got sick last weekend. The department says people should not swim or even wade in the lake, should not fish, and should keep their pets out of the water. KING 5