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Days from inauguration, Donald Trump still owns/controls 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization

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President-elect Donald Trump pledged to step away from his family-owned international real estate development, property management and licensing business before taking office Jan. 20. With less than two weeks until his inauguration, he hasn’t stepped very far. Trump has canceled a handful of international deals and dissolved a few shell companies created for prospective investments. Still, he continues to own or control some 500 companies that make up the Trump Organization, creating a tangle of potential conflicts of interest without…

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Richard El-Rassy: Keep Patrick Murphy on the bench

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On June 23, Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of Florida’s 18th Congressional District walked onto the pitcher’s mound at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. for the Congressional Baseball Game with hopes of beating the Republicans for the eighth year in a row. In fact, all he needed to do was hold the Democrats’ 7-6 lead for one more inning, and they would have yet another W in their column. Unfortunately for Murphy, many millennials in the crowd (myself included) were sick and tired…

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After Rio risk, Olympic officials can learn lessons

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Taking the Olympics to Rio de Janeiro was always considered a bit of a risk. Now that South America’s first games are drawing to a close, the question is: Did the gamble pay off? The answer, according to experienced Olympic officials and experts, is a mixed bag. Yes, Brazil managed to pull it off under difficult economic and political conditions, with the sports competitions, venues, athletes, friendly hosts, television images and Rio’s scenic backdrops all rising to the occasion. Yet,…

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Brazil got its golden moment, but at what cost?

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Remember this moment, Brazil. Nothing feels better than winning. Remember how it felt on that balmy Saturday night in this fabled temple of soccer, the Maracana, when the Selecao held its nerve through 120 minutes and a penalty shootout to gain some small measure of revenge against Germany. Remember, too, how Neymar, without doubt one of the five best players in the world, won it all. How he kissed the ball before the fifth penalty kick and how his teammate,…

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Father: Ryan Lochte back in U.S.; Rio judge orders passports held

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The father of American swimmer Ryan Lochte said Wednesday his gold medal-winning son arrived back in the United States before a Brazilian judge ordered that Lochte and U.S. teammate Jimmy Feigen stay in Brazil as authorities investigate their claim they were robbed during the Olympics. Steve Lochte told The Associated Press by phone from his Florida home that his son called him Tuesday after arriving in the United States. The 32-year-old swimmer was going to pick up his car and…

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A virtual-reality Olympics? It’s OK, but TV is still king

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If you want to glimpse the future of sports broadcasting, you can check out the Rio Olympics in virtual reality. But if you really want to immerse yourself in the competition, just turn on the TV. NBC, BBC and other Olympic networks around the world are offering the opening and closing ceremonies and selected events in VR, giving viewers a 360-degree perspective — that is, the ability to look up, down and all around — when they wear special headsets.…

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Expert to Rio athletes: ‘Don’t put your head under water’

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Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. Not only are some 1,400 athletes at risk of getting violently ill in water competitions, but the AP’s tests indicate that tourists also face potentially serious health risks on the golden beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. The AP’s survey of the…

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