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Lochte banned through June 2017, loses $100,000 in bonuses

Ryan Lochte will forfeit $100,000 and a chance to swim at next year’s world championships as part of the penalty for his drunken encounter at a gas station in Brazil during last month’s Olympics. The U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Swimming announced the penalties Thursday. Lochte is banned through the end of June. That means he won’t be able to qualify for July’s world championships, which normally don’t draw top fields in the year after the Olympics. “As we have said previously, the behavior of these athletes was not acceptable. It unfairly maligned our hosts and diverted attention away...

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Russia says final decision on Olympic ban expected Sunday

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top Olympic official expects a final decision by Sunday on whether the entire Russian team will be banned from next month’s games in Rio de Janeiro over allegations of state-sponsored doping. The International Olympic Committee is examining the legal options of a blanket ban following a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren that accused Russia’s sports ministry of overseeing doping of the country’s Olympic athletes. “The issue will be finally resolved by the end of this week, probably on Sunday,” Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov said Wednesday at a meeting of the...

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Kicking the habit: Adult smoking rate in US is falling fast

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation seems to be kicking its smoking habit faster than ever before. The rate of smoking among adults in the U.S. fell to 15 percent last year thanks to the biggest one-year decline in more than 20 years, according to a new government report. The rate fell 2 percentage points from 2014, when about 17 percent of adults in a large national survey said they had recently smoked. The smoking rate has been falling for decades, but it usually drops only 1 point or less in a year. The last time there was a...

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NFL conducting comprehensive investigation of Manning

DENVER (AP) — The NFL says it is conducting a comprehensive review of allegations that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had human growth hormone delivered to his house. There’s no timetable to complete the investigation, but it’s not expected before Denver plays Carolina in the super bowl on Feb. 7. League spokesman Brian McCarthy says the inquiry, which began weeks ago, involves reviews of records, interviews and coordination with other agencies. Al Jazeera reported last month that an intern at an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic was secretly recorded suggesting that Manning’s wife received deliveries of HGH, which is banned by the...

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Edinburg Officials to begin Enforcing Smoke Ban

An ordinance that took effect yesterday, will affect restaurants and bars throughout the city of Edinburg. The measure will restrict anyone in the city from being able to smoke in public spaces. The city of Edinburg already had a smoking ban ordinance. It was not until yesterday that city officials pushed for all public places to be smoke free. This is the sound that people will not be able to hear in restaurants and bars in Edinburg. “We’re really trying to protect the health and safety and welfare of the community. So it is a comprehensive smoke free ordinance.”...

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