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Swimmers were vandals, not victims?

CNN BROADCAST with video of the incident involving four American swimmers.

CNN BROADCAST with video of the incident involving four American swimmers.

Brazilian police are saying that four American Olympic swimmers – Ryan Lochte, Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and James Feigen –who previously had claimed to be robbed at gunpoint by thieves posing as police officers were instead involved in vandalism at a gasoline station in Rio de Janeiro and were confronted by security guards. Local police showed surveillance video from the location which supported that version of events. Formal charges against the four are not expected.

Midday News UpdateNO MORE PRIVATE PRISONS FOR FEDS

The federal Department Justice announced Thursday it would stop using privately-operated prisons to house convicts. The Washington Post reported that the change in policy was prompted by an inspector general’s report that the for-profit jails didn’t offer the same level of security, cost savings and safety for employees and inmates as at institutions run by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

$400 MILLION WAS “LEVERAGE”: STATE DEPARTMENT

The $400 million owned to Iran as payment for arms deals down in the 1970s was initially withheld as a form of “leverage” to get that nation’s government to release American prisoners earlier this year. the State Department announced Thursday. Critics have described the transaction was the payment of “ransom” to the Islamic State.

AMERICANS STILL WAY OUT IN FRONT

The U.S. Olympic team has almost lapped the field in the medal count at the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. As of midday Thursday, the Americans had 95 medals, 32 of them gold. In second with 55 medals is Great Britain (21 gold), followed by China with 57 medals (20 gold), then Germany with 32 (13 gold and Russia with 42 (12 gold).

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