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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Usain Bolt has done it again. He won the 200 meters to complete the sprint double at a third straight Olympics. Bolt wanted to lower his world record of 19.19 seconds but a light drizzle in Rio contributed to a slightly slower winning time of 19.78 in the final. Bolt has eight gold medals and the chance for a ninth as part of Jamaica's 4x100-meter relay on Friday, when he's aiming to complete a triple-triple of golds at the Summer Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two American swimmers who were embroiled in a controversial altercation at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro are heading home. Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger checked in for a flight leaving Brazil tonight after testifying about claims they were robbed following a late night of partying. Police have said the story was untrue and that they and two other U.S. swimmers, including Ryan Lochte, vandalized a gas station restroom.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is acknowledging that a $400 million cash payment to Iran seven months ago was contingent on the release of four American prisoners. State Department spokesman John Kirby repeated the administration's assertion that talks to return the Iranian money were conducted separately. But he says the U.S. did withhold delivery of the cash as leverage until Iran permitted the four U.S. citizens to leave the country.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Russian military says it's ready to back a U.N. call for weekly cease-fires for Syria's contested city of Aleppo. Moscow's decision comes after haunting footage of a young boy's rescue from the aftermath of an airstrike shook global media. The dust-covered and bloody five-year-old was brought to the hospital following an airstrike by Russian or government warplanes on a rebel-held neighborhood.

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — The veteran pilot who ejected from a fighter jet after an exercise with a military weapons school at an Air Force base near Las Vegas has been released from the hospital. A Draken (DRA'-kin) International spokesman says the pilot was treated for minor injuries from today's crash. Draken pilots are civilian contractors who role-play with the trainees by pretending to be enemy pilots.

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