UNITED NATIONS—United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes the world body has a moral responsibility to help Haiti's cholera victims and their families and is working to develop "material assistance" for them, his spokesman said on Friday, Aug. 19. On Thursday, Aug. 18, the U.N. made its first acknowledgment of its possible involvement in the introduction of cholera to Haiti six years ago that U.N. figures showed has killed more than 9,000 Haitians and infected 770,000.
MIAMI—Florida officials said on Friday, Aug. 19, they have identified a new area of Zika virus transmission through local mosquitoes in a small area in Miami Beach, the second area in Miami-Dade county where the Zika virus is spreading. Florida Governor Rick Scott said state health officials have identified five cases of Zika believed to be contracted in Miami Beach. "This means we believe we have a new area where local transmissions are occurring in Miami Beach," he said, noting that the state had already stepped up pesticide spraying efforts in this area.
NEW YORK—Oil prices dipped on Friday, Aug. 19, edging back from eight-week highs, as market participants took profits from one of this year's strongest rallies in crude that analysts called fundamentally unjustified. Crude futures have risen almost $10 a barrel, or more than 20 percent, in just over two weeks on speculation that Saudi Arabia and other members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will agree next month to a production freeze deal with non-OPEC producers led by Russia.
TORONTO—Under Armour Inc, the athletic clothing company, has ended its sponsorship of the wife and hunting companion of a U.S. hunter who sparked outrage over a video showing him killing a bear with a spear in the woods of Alberta in western Canada. The video, which shows Josh Bowmar impaling the animal with a spear with a camera attached to it, prompted the Alberta government to say it will outlaw spear hunting as of this fall. Officials are also considering filing charges against Bowmar.
Two NASA astronauts left the International Space Station on Friday, Aug. 19, for a 6-1/2-hour spacewalk to install a parking spot for upcoming commercial space taxis, which will end U.S. reliance on Russia for rides to the orbiting outpost. Station commander Jeff Williams and flight engineer Kate Rubins floated outside the station's airlock at about 7:15 a.m. and headed toward the berthing slip once used by NASA's now-retired space shuttles, a NASA TV broadcast showed. "Great view," said Rubins, who is making her first spacewalk.
BATON ROUGE, La.—U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his running mate arrived in the flood-damaged city of Baton Rouge on Friday, Aug. 19, but the state's Democratic governor advised against touring areas affected by recent deadly rains. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards' office said Trump had not called to discuss plans for his visit, but that the New York businessman was welcome to volunteer or make a sizable donation towards helping victims.
LOS ANGELES—Ryan Lochte has finally broken his silence, apologizing for his "behavior" in Rio following police claims that he and fellow U.S. swimmers James Feigen, Jack Conger, and Gunnar Bentz fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint. In a statement posted on Twitter and Instagram, the Olympic medalist says he's sorry "for not being more careful and candid" when explaining what happened during the alleged robbery last weekend.
MIAMI/RIO DE JANEIRO—Two U.S. swimmers accused of fabricating a story about being robbed at gunpoint during the Rio Games landed in Miami from Brazil early on Friday, Aug. 20, a Reuters witness said. Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were moved to business class and covered themselves to avoid the media during an overnight flight, after they were jeered leaving the Rio airport. Ryan Lochte, the most outspoken about the alleged robbery, is already in the United States and Jimmy Feigen was still in Brazil hoping to secure the release of his passport.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes, accepted an apology given by the U.S. Olympic Committee over the incident involving four American swimmers who lied about being robbed at gunpoint, but he said he had "pity and contempt" for the athletes involved. Paes said on Friday, Aug. 19, that the behavior of the four swimmers did not represent the good spirit that the rest of the American delegation had shown. He also emphasized that U.S. tourists were always welcome in his city. The four swimmers are Ryan Lochte, Jimmy Feigen, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz.
WASHINGTON - Paul Manafort resigned as chairman of U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Friday, days after he was effectively demoted in a shake-up of the campaign's leadership...