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Filthy Rio Water a Threat at 2016 Olympics

In this July 13, 2015 photo, athletes practice rowing on a deck in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
In this July 13, 2015 photo, athletes practice rowing on a deck in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

RIO DE JANEIRO—The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America’s first games are rife with human sewage...




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