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Official says guards pointed guns at swimmers...Former player gets 19 years...Highway reopens near fire



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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A law enforcement official in Rio de Janeiro now says two security guards pointed guns at Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) and three other U.S. swimmers during a dispute at a gas station early Sunday. Police had earlier said no gun was pointed at them. The change in the version of events came after police interviewed one of the security guards today -- part of the investigation into Lochte's claims that the swimmers had been robbed at gunpoint. The official said the swimmers broke the bathroom door and the soap dispenser inside. Security footage from inside the station shows the swimmers vandalizing the bathroom.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has told former NFL star Darren Sharper that courts can't ignore the damage he inflicted on women, and on society at large. The judge spoke as she sentenced Sharper to 18 years and four months in prison. She had earlier rejected a nine-year sentence under a plea deal, saying it was too short. Sharper pleaded guilty in federal court to drugging three women so he could rape them. He has also pleaded guilty or no contest in four states, where he's accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A major highway near Southern California's huge wildfire has fully reopened. The southbound lanes of Interstate 15 in Cajon (kuh-HOHN') Pass reopened late this morning. The northbound side reopened late yesterday. The interstate was shut down Tuesday when the fast-moving fire erupted 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Interstate 15 is a major route for travelers and truckers between Southern California's population centers and Las Vegas. It also carries significant commuter traffic.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Developers of a $3.8 billion oil pipeline through four states have agreed to stop construction near an American Indian reservation in North Dakota, until a federal court hearing next week in Washington. A tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota to Illinois. The tribe argues the pipeline would affect drinking water for residents on the reservation and disturb sacred sites outside of it.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are mostly higher today, with a continuing rebound in oil prices giving energy companies a lift. Shares in phone companies and banks are sliding. The dollar is weakening and reached its lowest level compared to the Japanese yen in almost three years.

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