Boisterous Brazilian fans rewrite rules of Olympic etiquette

Boisterous Brazilian fans rewrite rules of Olympic etiquette

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Forget the snarling traffic and unexpected rainstorms. Foreign spectators and athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have something else to get used to: The boisterous booing and sometimes thunderous taunts of Brazilian fans … Read Full Story

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Brazil Senate sends suspended President Dilma to trial

Brazil Senate sends suspended President Dilma to trial

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil’s Senate has voted to put suspended President Dilma Rousseff on trial for allegedly breaking fiscal rules in her managing of the federal budget.

Wednesday’s 59-21 vote is the final step before a trial and … Read Full Story

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Brazilian judge orders Olympics to allow stadium protests

Brazilian judge orders Olympics to allow stadium protests

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A judge ordered Olympic organizers to allow peaceful protests inside venues after several fans were escorted from stadiums for displaying anti-government signs.

With Brazil’s political crisis deepening and the Senate on Tuesday taking up impeachment … Read Full Story

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Visitors to Rio Olympics will find all senses triggered

Visitors to Rio Olympics will find all senses triggered

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Right after getting off the plane, sweat beads will start to gather on your forehead. That’s just Rio de Janeiro’s ever-present humidity saying “hello.”

You will be enveloped by shades of green – lush tropical … Read Full Story

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Rio Olympics opening ceremony highlights Brazil, environment

Rio Olympics opening ceremony highlights Brazil, environment

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – There’s nothing like the unique Brazilian vibe – and the opening ceremony for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will see no shortage of samba, culture, diversity and history as the South American … Read Full Story

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Former Brazilian President Silva to stand trial

Former Brazilian President Silva to stand trial

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A Brazilian judge has accepted charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for allegedly obstructing a corruption investigation involving state-run oil giant Petrobras, clearing the way for one of the country’s best-known political … Read Full Story

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Expert to Rio athletes: ‘Don’t put your head under water’

Expert to Rio athletes: ‘Don’t put your head under water’

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned … Read Full Story

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Mass. contractor ordered to pay $117,082 to workers

Mass. contractor ordered to pay $117,082 to workers

BOSTON – An Ashland contractor must pay $117,082 in restitution after the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office cited him for intentionally not paying his workers the required prevailing wage rate while working on a project at the Acushnet Police Station.

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Brazilian police arrests 10 in alleged Olympics terror plot

Brazilian police arrests 10 in alleged Olympics terror plot

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazilian police arrested 10 people who allegedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group on social media and discussed possible attacks during the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, officials said Thursday.
Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes … Read Full Story

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Judge in Brazil blocks WhatsApp messenger application

Judge in Brazil blocks WhatsApp messenger application

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A Brazilian judge on Tuesday ordered the nationwide suspension of the instant messaging application WhatsApp because its parent company, Facebook, would not help a police investigation.

Rio de Janeiro Judge Daniela Barbosa ruled that access … Read Full Story

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Visiting Rio for the Olympics? Get your Portuguese ready

Visiting Rio for the Olympics? Get your Portuguese ready

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – If English is the language of world commerce, Brazil hasn’t gotten the memo – only a small fraction of its 200 million people have a basic proficiency. Fluency is also rare for other languages such … Read Full Story

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Poll: Many Brazilians think Olympic Games cause more harm

Poll: Many Brazilians think Olympic Games cause more harm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Two weeks away from the Olympics, nearly two out of three Brazilians believe that hosting them will cause the country more harm than good, an opinion poll said Tuesday as worries grow over crime and … Read Full Story

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Brazil’s transparency chief quits over corruption probe tape

Brazil’s transparency chief quits over corruption probe tape

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Leaked recordings of heavyweight politicians discussing Brazil’s sprawling kickback scandal caused more headaches for acting President Michel Temer on Monday, with a new tape forcing his anti-corruption minister to quit.

Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira was … Read Full Story

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Belt-tightening in Brazil aimed at fighting economic crisis

Belt-tightening in Brazil aimed at fighting economic crisis

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil’s acting president announced austerity measures Tuesday aimed at pulling Latin America’s largest economy from its worst crisis in decades, warning that a failure to act will mean “extraordinary hardship” for future generations.

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Brazil interim gov’t under fire in wake of leaked recording

Brazil interim gov’t under fire in wake of leaked recording

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil’s interim government came under fire Monday as a secret recording emerged of the new planning minister discussing a purported pact to push for President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment to stall a huge corruption probe that … Read Full Story

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Phone tap adds to pressure on Brazil’s interim president

Phone tap adds to pressure on Brazil’s interim president

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – A leaked recording of a phone conversation is adding to pressure on Brazil’s acting President Michel Temer.

The recording made public Monday shows one of his closest advisers telling a company president that impeaching President … Read Full Story

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Bank economist picked for Brazil central bank governor

Bank economist picked for Brazil central bank governor

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Ilan Goldfajn, the chief economist at the Itau Unibanco bank, was named to head Brazil’s central bank Tuesday amid the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said Goldfajn would announce other … Read Full Story

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Brazil president blasts critics, vows to fight impeachment

Brazil president blasts critics, vows to fight impeachment

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) – Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff vowed Thursday to use “all legal means” to fight permanent ouster in an impeachment trial, raising the specter of continued political turmoil as interim leader Michel Temer tries to rescue a … Read Full Story

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