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December 12, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- At least three people were killed and more than 2,000 displaced when heavy rainfall caused flooding this week in the coastal state of Rio de Janeiro, officials said Thursday. The downpour began Wednesday and continued overnight, dumping more rain in 10 hours in parts of the state than was expected for the entire month of December. Local media were full of photographs of streets turned into rivers, commuters seeking refuge on top of buses and reports of looting as residents of the Baixada Flumeninse region fled their homes.  Authorities said they had discovered at least three bodies so far, but the death count could rise.
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SPORTS
December 7, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann struggled to put a bright spin on what was clearly a black Friday for U.S. soccer. But his face told the story his words couldn't. On most days, the perpetually exuberant Klinsmann looks like a boy who just got a puppy. But after the U.S. team he coaches was drawn into the most difficult four-team group for next summer's World Cup, he looked like a boy whose puppy had just been run over. "Well, I think we hit one of those real big killer groups," Klinsmann said from the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe after the U.S. was paired with Germany, Portugal and Ghana in a group from which only two countries can advance.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Juergen Klinsmann won a World Cup with Germany in 1990 and coached the country to the tournament semifinals 16 years later. Now he'll be out to beat his homeland after the U.S. team he now leads was drawn into a group headed by Germany for next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Klinsmann feared Friday's draw would land the U.S. in a difficult group and those fears were realized when it was paired with not only Germany, one of the tournament favorites, but also with Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal and Ghana, the African nation that eliminated the U.S. in the last two World Cups.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Coach Juergen Klinsmann said he had a gut feeling things would not go well for his U.S. team in Friday's World Cup draw. With the field for next summer's tournament in Brazil the strongest ever, the chances Klinsmann's team would wind up with tough first-round matchups were high. And when the World Cup pairings were announced at the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe, that nightmare came true, with the U.S. drawn into a group with three-time champion Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Ghana.
SPORTS
December 4, 2013 | By Bruce Arena, Special for The Times
Entering Friday's draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the United States and 31 other countries in the tournament will be on pins and needles to see how they fare in the selection process. The 2014 World Cup field is arguably the strongest in history. The eight seeded teams - four from Europe (Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium) and four from South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay) - are all capable of advancing deep in the tournament. The draw will produce eight groups of four teams.
WORLD
November 28, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil - In a country where less than 10% of prison inmates have finished high school, several major politicians and officials dealing with public funds are now behind bars in a corruption case. After a long-running prosecution, the imprisonments have sent shock waves across the political and legal systems of a nation where widespread political corruption has long been a given but where dangerous prisons are usually reserved for the poor. "The population has begun to believe that powerful people can be punished too," Sao Paulo criminal attorney Rafael Tucherman said last week.
SPORTS
November 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Iceland moved 90 minutes closer to becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup when it held visiting Croatia to a scoreless draw Friday in the first game of their two-leg UEFA playoff. The teams will meet in a rematch Tuesday in Croatia with the winner moving on to Brazil next summer. Six other UEFA teams also played first-leg matches Friday with Portugal beating Sweden, 1-0, on a late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo while Greece got two scores from Kostas Mitroglou to beat Romania, 3-1; and Ukraine whipped France, 2-0. The winners in each playoff will be decided on aggregate goals over the two games.
WORLD
November 14, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's government exhumed the remains of former President João Goulart on Thursday to investigate whether he may have been murdered by the military dictatorship that deposed him in 1964. Goulart died in exile in Argentina in 1976, supposedly due to a heart attack, and an autopsy was never performed. Family members and some officials in the current government believe he may have been poisoned as part of Operation Condor, the collaborative effort of South American military governments at the time to eliminate leftists from the continent.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2013 | By Shan Li
Brazil is poised to triple oil production in the next two decades and become a top producer by 2035 if the country can develop its massive offshore reserves. Brazil could jump to No. 6 on the world's top producer list by 2035, up from 12th currently, according to the International Energy Agency.  The South American nation could account for a third of total growth in crude oil output by 2035 by tapping into the deep water fields beneath the Atlantic Ocean, the agency said. But one potential obstacle to development is government policy designed to encourage economic growth, which requires companies to buy local equipment and services.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Remember when Justin Bieber was that clean-cut mop-top who made the little girls scream with innocent first love? Fix that sweet image in your mind, 'cause we're about to go in the direction of "Bieber at a Brazilian bordello. " But first, we're hitting the bottle - or more accurately, the bottle was hitting the Biebs, causing him to exit the concert stage early Saturday night in Sao Paulo. Fans were left confused after a water bottle thrown at the stage connected with the singer's face, TMZ reported.
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