WASHINGTON—More than 30 major technology companies are joining the U.S. government to crack down on automated, prerecorded telephone calls that regulators have labeled a "scourge." AT&T Inc, Google parent Alphabet Inc, Apple Inc, Verizon Communications Inc and Comcast Corp are among the members of the "Robocall Strike Force," which will work with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The group was holding its first meeting with the FCC on Friday.
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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
MADRID—Will they or won't they? The debate over whether the U.S. Federal Reserve is readying an interest rate hike will get its umpteenth airing over the coming week, with all eyes on Chair Janet Yellen to provide some clarity. Amid conflicting signals from the Fed in recent days, central bankers from around the world will gather from Thursday for an annual meeting in the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with Yellen due to speak the following day.
CHICAGO—All four of the major U.S. corn syrup makers are raising prices, letters to customers seen by Reuters show, despite a years of slowing demand and as food companies such as McDonald's Corp swap the syrup for sugar in their products. Corn sweetener manufacturers including Archer Daniels Midland Co and Cargill Inc sent letters to buyers this month seeking to lock in forward prices for 2017, in the annual kickoff to negotiations.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Dillon Gee pitched a season-high seven innings, and hot-hitting Alex Gordon belted a grand slam as the Kansas City Royals won their fifth straight, topping the Minnesota Twins 8-1 Thursday night. Gee (5-6) gave up one run on five hits, four of them singles. He walked one and struck out seven, matching his career high. He claimed his first victory as a starter since May 31. In the past four games, the Royals have allowed one run in each—all on solo home runs.
RIO DE JANEIRO—While the people who run athletics are dreading the day Usain Bolt leaves their stage, Canadian Andre de Grasse must be licking his lips at the prospect having emerged as the man most likely to fill the void. De Grasse chased Bolt home for silver in Thursday's 200 meters final having taken a bronze in the 100 last weekend.
RIO DE JANEIRO—The incomparable Usain Bolt powered his way around the Rio track to win the Olympic 200 meters gold for the third straight Games in 19.78 seconds on Thursday and remain on course for an extraordinary "triple-triple" of sprint titles. The Jamaican simply laid waste to the best of the rest in the sprinting world to win his eighth track gold medal in what he has said will be his last individual race at the Olympics before his retirement next year.
WASHINGTON—The Federal Reserve said Thursday it was launching a Facebook page as part of an effort to reach out directly to a general public. Facebook users will now have a chance to "like" the Fed on the social media site, although the central bank's standing as measured by public opinion polls has taken a hit since the 2007-09 recession. Many economists believe the Fed played a critical role in guiding America out of the recession as other authorities in Washington appeared hamstrung by political gridlock.