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This July 27, 2015, aerial photo shows the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An Associated Press analysis of water quality found dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues. The Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought be safe for rowers and canoers. Yet AP tests found its waters to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio’s filth

- Associated Press

Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

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Corn damaged by record rains that repeatedly submerged fields, stands in a field near Atlanta, Ind., Friday, July 31, 2015.  Illinois and Indiana both saw record June rainfalls, and several other key farm states were also swamped by waves of rain that have set the stage for big crop losses this fall, with up to $500 million in corn and soybean losses projected in Indiana.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Some Midwest farmers' crops falter in record rains

- Associated Press

Weeks of record rainfalls drenched Don Lamb's cornfields this summer, drowning some plants and leaving others yellowed, 2 feet tall and capable of producing little, if any, grain.

A maintenance worker mops the floor in front of an Olympic poster in Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre where the 128th International Olympic Committee session is being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Malaysia is hosting the 128th International Olympic Committee executive board meeting where the voting for the host cities of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games took place. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

IOC hears reports on Rio's dirty water, Tokyo emblem flap

- Associated Press

A day after the high-profile vote which awarded Beijing the 2022 Winter Games, International Olympic Committee members dealt Saturday with issues affecting the next two Summer Games - severe water pollution in Rio de Janeiro and the fuss over Tokyo's choice of emblem.

China's Vice Premier Liu Yandong, center, celebrates with Beijing Mayor and Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid President Wang Anshun, left, and Liu Peng, right, Minister of the General Administration of Sport of China, after Beijing was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, defeating Almaty in the final round of voting, at IOC meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, Pool)

Having made Olympic history, Beijing faces challenges

- Associated Press

Having made history as the first city to win hosting rights for both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Beijing now faces a slew of challenges, from ensuring adequate snow in a bone-dry region to ramping up support for winter sports in a nation where few people ski or skate.

Cuban tree frog: Invasive species takes over resident's yard

- Associated Press

Over the past year, Barb Stall has noticed an increase in the frog population at her home on Lake Jessie. But they are not the frogs she usually sees, these guys are whitish in color and something of a pest.

Young divers, wounded vets join to restore coral in the Keys

- Associated Press

With military precision, divers Bobby Dove and Billy Costello zip-tied a staghorn coral fragment to a 3-inch nail driven into Heroes Reef a couple of weeks ago in 25 feet of water south of Big Pine Key.

Central Valley board allows wastewater disposal to continue

Associated Press

California's Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board voted, over the objections of its staff, to allow a water management company to continue disposing contaminated drilling wastewater in an area near Bakersfield for the next 2 1/2 years.

FILE - In this June 7, 2013 file photo, surfers pass in front of the San Onofre nuclear power plant in San Onofre, Calif.  Federal regulators have closed a case that questioned whether Southern California Edison violated government rules when it installed faulty equipment at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Regulators close case questioning California reactor repairs

- Associated Press

Federal regulators have closed a case that questioned whether Southern California Edison violated government rules when it installed faulty equipment at the now-closed San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Boaters gather as the Royal Dutch Shell PLC icebreaker Fennica heads up the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., Thursday, July 30, 2015. The Fennica left dry dock and made its way down the Willamette River toward the Pacific Ocean soon after authorities forced the demonstrators from the river and the St. Johns Bridge. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

With protest over, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean drilling

- Associated Press

Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating off the coast of Alaska in hopes of confirming the presence of billions of barrels of crude below the ocean floor.

Correction: Zimbabwe-Lion Killed-3 Things story

- Associated Press

In a story July 29 about U.S. regulations and big game hunting, The Associated Press erroneously referred to The Human Society of the United States. It is The Humane Society of the United States.

FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, exhaust rises from smokestacks in front of piles of coal in Thompsons, Texas. A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants they can't control.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Court orders EPA to redo air-pollution limits in 13 states

- Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to relax some limits it set on smokestack emissions that cross state lines and taint downwind areas with air pollution from power plants.