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Bank scandal tarnishes powerful Portuguese family

In this July 24, 2014 photo, Francisco Proenca de Carvalho, lawyer for Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo's former chief executive Ricardo Salgado, leaves a Lisbon court after Salgado was questioned about money-laundering, fraud and forgery. The Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe's last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, and a police investigation. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s Espirito Santo family business survived wars, dictatorship, revolution and family feuds for almost 150 years. Now, one of Europe’s last banking dynasties is being stripped of its wealth and influence amid accounting irregularities, huge unreported debts, record losses at the family bank and a police investigation.

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Mathieu fast in 200 heats, Bolt fast with tweet

Double Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica, centre, watches the women's pool A netball match between Jamaica and New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, July, 30, 2014.  Bolt is the center of attention at the Commonwealth Games after mingling with British royalty on Tuesday and being quoted in a British National newspaper saying that he was “not really” having fun in Glasgow although Bolt scrambled Wednesday to deny he made a derogatory comment about the “Friendly Games.”  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Still days away from running, Usain Bolt was at the center of a controversy at the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday for apparently criticizing his games experience so far.

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Rosol beats Haider-Maurer in Kitzbuehel

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Lukas Rosol advanced to his fourth quarterfinal of the month by beating Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria 6-3, 7-6 (4) at the Bet-at-Home Cup on Wednesday.

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German federation drops amputee jumper from team

FILE In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2012 file photo Germany's Markus Rehm makes a world record jump of 7.14 meters in the men's long jump F42/44 final during the athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympics, in London. The German athletics federation has excluded an amputee long jumper from its squad for the upcoming European Championship, saying his carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage it was reported Wednesday July 30, 2014. Paralympics champion Markus Rehm won the long jump competition at the German nationals last weekend with an effort of 8.24 meters. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany excluded an amputee long jumper from its team for the European Athletics Championships on Wednesday, saying the athlete’s carbon-fiber prosthesis gives him an unfair advantage.

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Usain Bolt annoyed by claim he criticized Glasgow

Double Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica, centre, watches the women's pool A netball match between Jamaica and New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, July, 30, 2014.  Bolt is the center of attention at the Commonwealth Games after mingling with British royalty on Tuesday and being quoted in a British National newspaper saying that he was “not really” having fun in Glasgow although Bolt scrambled Wednesday to deny he made a derogatory comment about the “Friendly Games.”  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Even before stepping on the track, Usain Bolt is causing a stir at the Commonwealth Games.

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