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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that the story of four U.S. swimmers being robbed at gunpoint in Rio was false. What really happened, according to the official, is that the swimmers were confronted by a security guard at a suburban Rio gas station after they forced open a bathroom door. The manager arrived and asked them to pay for the damage, they gave him some money and left. The police official says swimmer Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) lied about the robbery to his mother, who spoke with reporters, and the news coverage attracted police attention.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's police superintendent says he will recommend the firing of seven officers who filed false reports in the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager who was shot 16 times in 2014. Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder after video of the shooting appeared to contradict officers' accounts. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says that after reviewing documents, video and other evidence, he is accepting the recommendation of the city's inspector general to fire the officers. The city's police board will make the final decision.
DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — More than 85,000 people have registered for federal disaster aid in flooded parts of Louisiana. But the number of people staying in shelters is dropping, as more people return home or find temporary housing with family or friends. The state estimates that about 4,000 people are in shelters today, down from 11,000 at the height of the flooding. More than 2,000 animals have been taken to a special animal shelter housing livestock and pets.
UNDATED (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is changing the foam it uses to fight fires because of concerns that it has contaminated water at some military sites. The Air Force says it has awarded a $6.2 million contract to replace the firefighting foam with an "environmentally responsible foam" to reduce the risk of possible contamination of soil and groundwater. The current foam contains chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other illnesses. The chemicals have been detected in water at some current and former bases where the military has conducted fire or crash training.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina police are asking the FBI to analyze a noise that caused mass panic at a Raleigh mall last weekend. The Raleigh Police Department says it hasn't found any indication the noise was a gunshot, as witnesses described. But it also hasn't been able to rule out the possibility. The reports of gunfire prompted a massive police response as panicked shoppers ran for the doors or hid in stores until authorities got the situation under control.
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