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Seeking to maximize its prime-time audience for the Olympics, US TV network NBC tried but failed to change the order of the teams in the opening ceremony, Brazilian organizers said Wednesday. NBC wanted the countries to parade in alphabetical order by their names in English, instead of Portuguese, which would have put the United States near the end of the August 5 ceremony, instead of the beginning. The United States, which is accustomed to arriving near the finale, is in fact called Estados Unidos in Portuguese, the language spoken in Brazil.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The arrests this week of nearly 70 protesters gathered outside the Minnesota governor's mansion in St. Paul are the latest reminder of unrest as demonstrators near the one-month mark of demanding justice in a black man's police shooting death.
BALTIMORE (AP) — More than a year after a young black man suffered a broken neck in a police van, the effort to hold six officers criminally responsible for his death collapsed Wednesday when the city dropped all charges in the case that tore Baltimore apart and exposed deep fissures between the police, prosecutors and the people.