5 things for Friday, August 19: Ryan Lochte, Louisana, Olympics

Lochtegate, Louisiana and leverage. It’s Friday, and here are the 5 things you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Lochtegate

This is all getting weirder than Ryan Lochte’s hair. So it looks like Lochte’s story just doesn’t hold water. Brazilian police say he and three other swimmers weren’t robbed; they vandalized a gas station bathroom and then got into an altercation with security guards. Now, everyone agrees someone pulled a gun and money changed hands. But calling that a “robbery” seems a little much.

2. Campaign 2016

It wasn’t an apology, but it’s the closest Donald Trump’s ever come to saying ‘My bad.’ Trump, in his first rally since shaking up his campaign team, said he sometimes says “the wrong thing” and regrets – he’s had a few. Aww, a new, reflective Trump … or was this a one-off? Meanwhile, the Clinton Foundation promises not to accept foreign or corporate donations if Hillary Clinton is president; Bill Clinton’s also swearing off paid speeches then. It’s all part of Team Clinton’s attempt to shed those pesky pay-to-play charges.

3. Louisiana flooding

The deluge that’s swamped southern Louisiana is the worst natural disaster to hit the US since Hurricane Sandy. And the misery will be with us for many, many days. At least a dozen parishes are still under flood warnings and more storms are in the forecast. Louisiana’s flat, so the water goes down very slowly. As CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen put it, “This is a very lumbering, slow, slow flood.”


A CNN drone camera gives an up-close view of the devastation in Louisiana.

4. Iran

It wasn’t a ransom — it was leverage. That’s how the State Department explains why a US plane filled with $400 million was held up until Iran released American prisoners. State says it was worried Iran would back out on its agreement to free the prisoners earlier this year. So the money — owed to Iran — was used as a sort of carrot. But, State insists, it wasn’t a straight-up quid pro quo. It only seems that way.

5. Olympics

Usain Bolt grabbed another gold — and kept his “Triple-Triple” hopes alive — by winning the men’s 200 meters, but it wasn’t exactly an earth-shattering performance, by his standards at least. His excuse? “I’m getting old,” said Bolt, who turns 30 on Sunday. Meanwhile, the US women qualified for the 4×100-meter relay final. They re-ran their heat on an empty track after a Brazilian runner crashed into the US lane, causing a baton drop. Here’s what else happened on Day 13, and here’s what’s going on today.


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Free ride

Thought self-driving cars were waaaay in the future? Think again. Soon in Pittsburgh you’ll be able to catch a free Uber ride in a Volvo that drives itself.

Going away

Gawker’s a goner. The snarky journalism site will shut down next week, as Univision buys it and related websites for $135 million.

Baring it all

How do you know when we’re about to get into the heart of the presidential election? When a life-size, naked statue of Donald Trump pops up in a park.

Cracked truths

First we learned flossing has no benefits. Now we find out knuckle-cracking may be actually good for you? Thanks for nothing, mom!

Joining the jet set

Well that’s one way to get frequent flyer miles: A baby born on a flight from Dubai to Manila was gifted 1 million air miles by a Philippines airline.


Bust a move

Reporters are all over Louisiana covering the floods, so this talented little boy decided to turn a live shot into “America’s Got Talent.”

In Louisiana, acts of kindness flourish amid the misery
Lochte, Brazil police differ on robbery; 2 US swimmers heading home

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