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By Gavin Jones L'AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) - Seven years after being devastated by an earthquake that killed more than 300 people, L'Aquila's abandoned city center is a stark reminder of the struggle facing Italian towns hit by a quake last week. Scaffolding still covers the city's Baroque buildings, the skyline is dominated by cranes, most of the dusty streets are deserted and many areas remain cordoned off. ...
Brazilian authorities have provisionally released an Irish businessman held over an alleged ticket scam at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, one of his lawyers said. Kevin Mallon, director of British hospitality firm THG, had been held in a Rio prison since his arrest on August 5. Police said at the time that they seized hundreds of tickets from Mallon which they suspect were offered for sale for thousands of dollars.
SYDNEY (AP) — The beer ran out in some sections of the Olympic stadium, but most of the 61,247 spectators at Saturday's U.S. college football opener in Sydney between California and Hawaii appeared to be enjoying their American "gridiron" experience.