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Police official says American swimmer made up story about robbery, offers details

A Brazilian police official is telling The Associated Press that American swimmer Ryan Lochte fabricated a story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio de Janeiro.

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France reels as Bastille Day truck attack kills 84 in Nice

A Tunisian living in France drove a large truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day along Nice's beachfront, killing at least 84 people, many of them children, according to police and hospital officials. The slaughter ended only after police killed the armed attacker in a hail of bullets.

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Lenexa-based nonprofit sending team to Ecuador

A suburban Kansas City nonprofit has sent an official team to Ecuador to determine what type of medical assistance the group can provide in the wake of the deadly earthquake.

Mile-long pizza sets new Guinness World Record

The wait was on the long side for the pizza — 18 hours — but this was an extraordinary pie: 1.59545 kilometers, or nearly a mile long.

Brothel offers free sex in protest to higher taxes

An Austrian brothel is offering a summer special that competitors will find hard to match — free sex. Its owner says it's his way of protesting a tax squeeze.

Philae spacecraft wakes up on comet after seven months asleep

To scientists' relief and delight, the Philae spacecraft that landed on a comet last fall has woken up and communicated with Earth after seven long months of silence, the European Space Agency announced Sunday.

KU's new international recruitment program hits first enrollment target, but has yet to hire permanent leader

Kansas University’s fledgling international student recruitment program met its modest first semester goal, and leaders are confident enrollment will grow even as colleges increasingly compete for the same student pool. But while students are in place and KU says a partnership with Shorelight Education is going well, the program still lacks permanent hires for two of its top three jobs. By Sara Shepherd

KU professors recall Berlin Wall's collapse, political and social fallout that followed

As Marike Janzen remembers, the crowd around the Berlin Wall when it fell was joyful but at the same time, solemn. After all, people had died trying to cross it, Janzen said. “The wall was this really violent thing.” Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the day the wall came down, reopening a barrier between West Germany and Communist East Germany. Janzen is one of several Kansas University professors who experienced the historic event first hand, or whose experiences with the wall led them to study its social and political impact on the world. By Sara Shepherd

Ukrainian family in limbo in Lawrence, asylum case pending

Iryna Yeromenko and her family are staying with a friend in Lawrence, not legally allowed to work and earn money, and unsure of their future. The situation is not ideal, she said, but she’s afraid of returning home to Ukraine. “We came here thinking that by the time the summer’s over ... everything will settle down,” said Yeromenko, who has applied for political asylum for herself, her husband and their son. “But it just got even worse.” By Sara Shepherd

Lawrence native weathers Japanese typhoon

Living most of her life in Lawrence, Kerry Cuny has been through tornadoes. But unlike those — which are over in minutes — the Typhoon Neoguri battered her ninth-floor apartment for some 30 hours straight, with howling winds and driving rain that forced its way in through otherwise secure windows. By Sara Shepherd