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Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers fail in attempt to stop appeal

Associated Press

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers failed Friday in their attempt to stop an appeal by prosecutors that will again seek a murder conviction against the double-amputee athlete for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

John Fish, Boston's bid chairman, speaks during a news conference in Boston Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 after Boston was picked by the USOC as its bid city for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Boston reacts warily to selection of Olympics bid

- Associated Press

Columnists and commuters alike took to the airwaves, the streets and social media Friday to air their grievances, deflating at least a little of Boston’s bubble over beating San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington as the USOC’s choice for the American bid.

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Future uncertain for Boston bid for 2024 Summer Olympics

- Associated Press

When the U.S. decided to bid for the 2024 Olympics, many experts felt an American city would be an early front-runner in the global race. Now, it's uncertain whether the bid will even make it to a final vote.

Brazil NGO declines contract to clean up dirty Olympic bay

- Associated Press

Rio de Janeiro's pledge to clean up the blighted waters where the 2016 Olympic sailing events are to be held has suffered another setback: A prominent Brazilian sailing and environmental organization declined a city contract to help clean up sewage- and trash-filled Guanabara Bay.

Winter Olympics inspectors positive after Beijing visit

- Associated Press

IOC inspectors left Beijing Sunday after offering praise for the Chinese capital's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics that, if successful, would make it the first city to hold both the winter and summer games.

A worker carries a equipment as he walks past Aquatic Stadium under construction at the Olympic Park of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, March 23, 2015. The head of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic organizing committee Carlos Nuzman said the 2016 games will be the motor of the biggest urban transformation of any Olympic city. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Airbnb becomes sponsor of 2016 Olympics in Rio

- Associated Press

Rio de Janeiro's hotel bed shortage was eased on Friday, as online home share startup Airbnb inked a deal to be the official "alternative accommodations" sponsor of the 2016 Olympic games.

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, MARCH 29-30 - In this March 18, 2015, photo provided by Maggie Steffens, Stanford water polo player and Olympic gold medalist Maggie Steffens wears a navy blue princess swimsuit and a colorful tutu in Stanford, Calif., to pose for a picture to put on social media beside an image of a 2-year-old girl in Chicago who posed in a similar outfit and deemed herself the next Steffens.  "It inspired me and reminded me of when I was that young and finding my passion," Steffens said this week.  (AP Photo/Photo Courtesy of Maggie Steffens)

After winning water polo gold at 19, Steffens ready for more

- Associated Press

When Maggie Steffens learned that a 2-year-old girl in Chicago had posed poolside with a stern game face and deemed herself the next Steffens, the U.S. water polo star immediately played along in the fun.

A worker cuts the grass on the Olympic Golf course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The mayor of Rio Eduardo Paes, has defended the city's controversial Olympic golf course, which has become a touchstone of criticism from environmental activists and is at the center of complicated legal wranglings since the course was partially carved out of a nature reserve. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Hazards at Rio Olympic course: legal, political, ecological

- Associated Press

The golf course for the 2016 Olympics has been embroiled in legal wrangling since the day three years ago when American golf architect Gil Hanse won the design contest over other bidders including Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

Rio de Janiero's mayor Eduardo Paes, second right, gestures during a visit to the Olympic Golf course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, March 25, 2015. The mayor has defended the city's controversial Olympic golf course, which has become a touchstone of criticism from environmental activists and is at the center of complicated legal wranglings since the course was partially carved out of a nature reserve. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Rio mayor unveils controversial Olympic golf course

- Associated Press

Rio de Janeiro's mayor unveiled the city's controversial Olympic golf course on Wednesday and laid out an ardent defense of a project that has been criticized by environmental activists and is at the center of legal wranglings.