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Olympic Ratings

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The summer Olympics have come and gone but not everyone is coming up gold.

The ratings for the competition in Rio are out and the news is not good. NBC is reporting a 17% drop in ratings compared to the summer Olympics of 2012. In addition to that the drop in the key demographic group of people aged 18 to 49 was 25%.

But with any good sporting event there is a solid runner up. The network is reporting a sharp increase in digital viewership with 1.86 billion minutes being live streamed. The last Saturday of the games was the best day for digital viewers with an increase of 263% from the same day during the London Olympics.  read more »

Zika Apps

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While the world's best athletes are competing for gold, technology is working to keep them in fighting shape.

Before the Olympic torch was lit concerns over the Zika virus put a shadow over the summer games. The disease was first discovered in Brazil more than a year ago and now the country has 1,700 recorded cases. Some of the world's best had decided against heading to Rio citing health concerns and some athletes there are causing a commotion with their bug spray and netted clothing. Now there is also an app working to keep the mosquitos at bay.  read more »

World Cup Danger

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The world cup is down to its final weeks and not all the action is staying on the field.

Team USA fan Jack Smith says he slipped his card into an ATM at an airport in Rio de Janeiro. Within seconds that machine had cloned his card and a few days later he discovered that $12,000 had been charged to his account. Smith says he has met about 60 people during his trip to Brazil and about 20 of them were victims of the same scam.

Now that his bank has promised to cover the losses Smith is laughing about it. He says maybe it was a type of Brazilian tax he had to pay.  read more »

The Cost of Coffee

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Your next caffeine fix is going to cost a little extra.

Earlier this week Starbucks added an extra pump to the price of some of its drinks. The increase will be between 5 and 20 cents. For example a 20 ounce vent sized cup of brewed coffee will now set you back $2.35. An increase of either 10 or 20 cents depending on the city you buy it in.

The company says some of its most popular drinks such as Grande sized lattes, tall brewed coffees and Frappuccino’s won’t be affected. In addition to that the cost of Starbucks packaged coffee in grocery stores will go up one dollar beginning July 21st.  read more »

A World Cup Appetite

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World cup fever is spreading and it’s being fueled by food.

When it came time to pack up and head to Brazil the Italian team loaded their bags with parmesan, olive oil and prosciutto. The U.S. team brought oatmeal, cheerios and peanut butter. And the Mexican team brought all the chili peppers they could carry. But if their own home grown food isn’t enough the U.S. and Italian teams are shelling out money to bring along a nutritionist and a chef.

Both teams have new coaches that prefer a diet of fresh food; with 80 to 90% of it made from scratch. The coaches say the team needs to perform at their best and if their diet gets them there; then it’s worth the cost. And it’s a pretty good deal for the players who are showing up to a spread of meat, vegetables and fruit.  read more »

World Cup 2014

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The 2014 world cup is about to kick off; and fans are preparing for a lot more than a little soccer.

One of the host cities for this year's contest is Manaus. Located smack in the center of the Amazon and only reachable by plane or boat the city is looking forward to the surge of tourists and their money. As long as travelers aren't put off by the stories coming out of the jungle.

Tales include thick clouds of mosquitos, pythons falling out of trees and razor toothed piranhas in the water. If that's not bad enough some participating countries are warning fans about picking up disease or being confronted by knife wielding thieves.  read more »