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Amid cuts, Rio police ask for handouts ahead of Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Just weeks ahead of the Olympic Games, police helicopters are grounded, patrol cars are parked and Rio de Janeiro's security forces are so pressed for funds that some have to beg for donations of pens, cleaning supplies and even toilet paper, fueling worries about safety at the world's premier sporting event.

Brazil is suffering the worst recession in decades and Rio's acting governor has declared a state of financial disaster this month, largely to bolster spending on security as the world's spotlight turns to the city.

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Phelps, Ledecky cruise into semis at US Olympic swim trials

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After being on the sidelines for two days, Michael Phelps was ready to go and it showed.

The 18-time Olympic champion advanced to the semifinals of the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Tuesday with the fastest time in the preliminaries. Phelps led all way, touching in 1 minute, 56.68 seconds.

His first race on Day 3 of the eight-day meet drew the loudest cheers of the morning session.

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