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Stories with place: Rio de Janeiro
  • NFL looking for more international games in Mexico, Germany 
    Updated: Jun-02-15 5:05 pm

    NEW YORK - Commissioner Roger Goodell casually mentioned last month the NFL's interest in adding more international games. He mentioned potential contests in Germany, Mexico and Brazil.

  • Brazil students make art out of trash plucked off Rio shore story has photos
    Updated: Jun-01-15 5:52 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Forget pricey imported oil paints and exorbitant blocks of marble. Art students at a Brazilian university have taken advantage of one material they have in endless and free supply - trash - to create an exhibition that aims to draw attention to the fetid state of Rio de Janeiro's Guanabara Bay, where Olympic sailing events are to be held next year.

  • Small clubs, youth teams feel victimized by FIFA scandal story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-30-15 5:31 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren't as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can't afford to travel and developmental leagues that can't pay referees.

  • FIFA scandal reverberating across soccer-crazy South America story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 4:59 pm

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Within hours of the FIFA scandal breaking, Sergio Jadue, the president of Chile's soccer federation, was declaring his innocence even though he wasn't formally accused of anything.

  • Biblical soap opera enjoying ungodly success in Brazil story has photos
    Updated: May-29-15 8:22 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The actress agonizes on her deathbed, her hair and makeup impeccable, as the hunky male lead clutches her hand. Tears pour down his face while her eyelids flutter to a final close.

  • At 72, Brazilian stars celebrate half-century of friendship story has photos
    Updated: May-28-15 2:06 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - A university student by the name of Caetano Veloso struck up a conversation one day with a fellow student, a budding musician with a local TV gig. It was a chance encounter that helped change the face of Brazilian music and launched a friendship that has continued for more than half a century.

  • A look at the 7 officials arrested in the FIFA raids 
    Updated: May-27-15 3:50 pm

    Here is a look at the seven soccer officials arrested in Switzerland on warrants issued by the U.S. Justice Department after a corruption probe involving FIFA members. All seven are connected with the regional confederations of North and South America and face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Authorities want them extradited to the United States:

  • Flamengo fires coach Luxemburgo after poor start in Brazil 
    Updated: May-25-15 11:19 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Flamengo has fired coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo just three matches into the Brazilian league.

  • Series of knife attacks has Rio de Janeiro on edge 
    Updated: May-22-15 4:26 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Rio de Janeiro police are reinforcing patrols in areas popular with tourists and near venues that will host Olympic events next year after a series of knife attacks on locals and foreigners.

  • 2 ex-Wesleyan students face US charges over drug overdoses story has photos
    Updated: May-22-15 3:06 pm

    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut - Two former Wesleyan University students pleaded not guilty Friday to federal charges they distributed synthetic party drugs that resulted in on-campus overdoses and sent 11 people to hospitals.

  • Fan violence interrupts 2nd-division match in Rio 
    Updated: May-20-15 9:55 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - A second-division match in Rio de Janeiro was suspended for nearly an hour because of fan violence that reportedly caused one spectator to lose his hand when a firecracker exploded near him.

  • Five Olympic rings light up a northern Rio de Janeiro Park 
    Updated: May-20-15 8:36 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - This is a sure sign the 2016 Olympics are getting close.

  • Cyclist stabbed to death near Rio Olympic venue story has photos
    Updated: May-20-15 5:09 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Mayor Eduardo Paes said Wednesday he was confident in security arrangements for next year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics, a day after a cyclist was stabbed to death near the main venue for rowing and canoeing at South America's first games.

  • Brazilian club Fluminense changes coach after 8 matches 
    Updated: May-20-15 1:56 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Fluminense says coach Ricardo Drubscky, who was hired less than two months ago, is leaving the club by mutual agreement.

  • A garden tucked on hillside of Rio slum offers respite 
    Updated: May-20-15 12:28 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Past sidewalks heaped with trash, old tires have been transformed into steps leading down to a site that once was a dumping ground for anything from broken washing machines to deceased dogs but now is a secret garden.

  • Chinese PM starts South American investment tour story has photos
    Updated: May-19-15 3:07 pm

    BRASILIA, Brazil - China's Premier Li Keqiang and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed on Tuesday to embark on studies for an ambitious railway linking Brazil's Atlantic coast with a Pacific port in Peru, and announced billions in other investments and trade deals.

  • Protest against slum violence hits downtown Rio 
    Updated: May-15-15 12:29 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Residents of violence-wracked slums near downtown Rio de Janeiro have torched two buses and set up barricades of flaming tires on a main thoroughfare in anger over the deaths of two young men.

  • Soccer could be one of main attractions at 2016 Rio Olympics 
    Updated: May-15-15 2:35 am

    SAO PAULO - Soccer may finally get its turn to shine at the Olympics.

  • WADA lifts suspension of doping lab for 2016 Rio Olympics 
    Updated: May-13-15 7:38 pm

    MONTREAL - The World Anti-Doping Agency has lifted the suspension of the drug-testing lab in Rio de Janeiro, clearing the way for its use at next year's Olympics.

  • President Rousseff says she'll get more involved in Olympics story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 8:02 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff says she will get more involved in preparations of the Rio's 2016 Olympics with the games set to open in less than 15 months.

  • Surfing event opens in Rio amid water pollution worries story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 7:02 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Many of the world's top surfers were in Rio de Janeiro for a major surfing competition that kicked off Tuesday amid persistent worries about the city's polluted waters.

  • Brazil hoping WADA approves anti-doping lab for Rio Olympics 
    Updated: May-08-15 3:11 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian sports officials say they are hopeful a new anti-doping laboratory will be approved next week by the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency.

  • AP Interview: Pollution could delay Olympic rowing regattas story has photos
    Updated: May-08-15 12:29 pm

    RIO DE JANEIRO - The head of rowing's governing body says races at next year's Olympics could be delayed because of severe water pollution at the venue.

  • Rio museum opens its doors to Carnival's anonymous artisans 
    Updated: May-06-15 10:12 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog" and Henry Moore's "Archer" are among some of the world's most iconic sculptures competing for space at a new museum exhibition where one of Alberto Giacometti's signature figurines appears to stride boldly into the room.

  • Rio museum opens its doors to Carnival's anonymous artisans 
    Updated: May-06-15 12:05 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog" and Henry Moore's "Archer" are among some of the world's most iconic sculptures competing for space at a new museum exhibition where one of Alberto Giacometti's signature figurines appears to stride boldly into the room.