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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian judge has ordered that the passports of American swimmers Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) and James Feigen be seized. This, as authorities investigate their claim they were robbed at gunpoint during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. Lochte and three of his teammates say they were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi Sunday morning as they returned to the athletes village from a party. Police have found little evidence so far to support their accounts, and say the swimmers were unable to provide key details. U.S. Olympic officials aren't saying whether Lochte and Feigen are still in Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A senior international Olympic official has been taken to a hospital in Rio de Janeiro -- after police came to his hotel to arrest him as part of an investigation into ticket scalping. Ireland's Patrick Hickey, a member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, is accused of plotting with at least six others to illegally sell tickets for the summer games in Rio. Agents have seized more than 1,000 tickets that were being sold for high fees and allocated to the Olympic Council of Ireland.

ALBANY, La. (AP) — Flood waters have receded in Louisiana's Livingston Parish, but they've left behind an atmosphere of determination to recover -- mixed with disbelief and uncertainty. Residents and business owners in the town of Albany note that the area had never flooded before — and flood insurance wasn't required. Officials in Livingston Parish have estimated that 75 percent of the homes were a total loss. About 138,000 people live in the parish.

UNDATED (AP) — Lady Gaga says she's pitching in to help with flood relief efforts in Louisiana. The entertainer isn't saying how much she's donating -- but her announcement comes a day after Taylor Swift said she's donating $1 million to the relief effort. At least 40,000 homes have been damaged and 11 people have been killed in the floods.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana prosecutor has been sentenced to three years in prison for obstructing justice. Prosecutors accuse him of soliciting sex from women in exchange for favorable treatment. Seventy-three-year-old Harry Morel was sentenced today in federal court. He was district attorney for 33 years in St. Charles Parish, about 20 miles west of New Orleans. At a news conference when his plea agreement was announced in April, prosecutors and investigators called him a sexual predator. But he was never charged with a sex crime.

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