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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Officials say 10 Australian athletes detained by police in Rio de Janeiro after a flap over credentials at an Olympic basketball game have been released and a team official says they will pay a fine for allegedly altering credentials to get better seats. Seven track and field golds are up for grabs today. Favorite son Neymar leads Brazil against Germany in the Olympic gold medal soccer match. The U-S women's basketball team takes the court in the gold medal match.

PHELAN, Calif. (AP) — Officials still can't say when all evacuation orders will be lifted for a big wildfire east of Los Angeles that has destroyed 96 homes and 213 outbuildings. But fire crews had a good day yesterday, reaching 40 percent containment on the fire. Many evacuees have been allowed to return to their homes in the city of Phelan.

MIAMI (AP) — Zika-carrying mosquitoes have now been discovered in two sites in South Florida but Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said in a news conference Friday he is confident in the city's efforts to combat it. City workers are trying to get rid of standing water and foliage that might attract the insects, while the county begins a fumigation program to kill the bugs. Officials hope the long-term impact on tourism will be minor.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army isn't providing many details but says it launched successful attacks today in militant hideouts in the northwest. The military says jets and ground forces destroyed six militant hideouts, killing nine "terrorists" in the latest operation near the Afghan border. The military says its warplanes also destroyed an ammunition dump used by militants in the Khyber tribal region.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea says a senior diplomat who recently defected to South Korea is a criminal and "human scum." In its first official response to the defection, the official Korean Central News Agency also accused Seoul of using the defection of Thae Yong Ho, formerly a minister at the North Korean Embassy in London, for propaganda aimed at insulting the North Korean leadership.

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