Around the Nation (April 16): $11 billion dollar 'legacy' budget unveiled by Brazil ahead of 2016 Olympics

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OLYMPICS
Brazil unveils $11 billion in ‘legacy’ budget

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian government officials announced Wednesday that almost $11 billion (24.1 billion Brazilian reals) will be spent on major transportation and environmental projects, which they argue are not related to holding the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Officials say the money in the so-called “legacy” budget would have been spent without the Olympics. Officials said 57 percent is public money with rest coming from the private sector.
This is the third budget announcement in three months with government and Olympic officials unveiling them in a stream of smaller chunks.
Brazil is bracing for protests during the upcoming World Cup, which opens in two months. The focus will be on lavish spending for sports events compared with high taxes and poor schools and hospitals.

FOOTBALL
Jets sign former Titans running back Chris Johnson

NEW YORK — The New York Jets and former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a deal.
Johnson met with the Jets all day Tuesday and stayed in town to watch the Knicks-Nets game in Brooklyn Tuesday night before signing Wednesday. The team announced the move, but didn’t release terms.
Johnson was officially released by the Titans on April 7, three days after being told by the team of its decision. The former 2,000-yard rusher will team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to give coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg a versatile and deep backfield.
Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons. But Johnson finished with 1,077 yards — the second-lowest total of his career — last season.

Officer: Sharper’s DNA found on one Arizona victim
PHOENIX — An Arizona detective says the DNA of former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them last year at a Tempe apartment.
Tempe police Detective Kevin Mace said at a hearing in Phoenix on Wednesday that Sharper’s DNA was recovered from one of the women’s clothing, but none of his DNA was found during an exam of the other victim.
Mace’s testimony came at a hearing in which Sharper’s lawyers are challenging the evidence used to keep him in an Arizona jail without bail.
A judge hasn’t yet ruled on the issue and will continue the hearing Thursday.
Sharper hasn’t yet entered a plea in the Arizona case, but his lawyers say he would deny the allegations.

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