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One in three Americans are reportedly considering voting for a third-party candidate, Ryan Lochte admits he "over-exaggerated" his story of being robbed in Rio, pills found at Prince's estate contained fentanyl, and more.
August 22, 2016, 1:25pm

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Clinton Spending Twice as Much as Trump
Donald Trump doubled his campaign spending last month, but he is still spending less than half as much as Hillary Clinton, according to Federal Election Commission documents. Trump spent about $18.5 million in July, compared to about $38 million spent by Clinton. The Democratic nominee also fundraised $15 million more than her rival last month. —VICE News

Lochte Admits He 'Over-Exaggerated' Gunpoint Story
Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte said he "over-exaggerated" his story about getting robbed at gunpoint in Rio and admitted to "immature behavior." He also confessed that he was still drunk when he gave the initial interview. But he maintained "there was a gun pointed in our direction and we were demanded to give money." Lochte said he hoped to continue his Olympic swimming career. —NBC News


One in Three Considering Third-Party Candidate
The latest ABC News/SSRS poll reveals 35 percent of people are considering voting for a third-party candidate, showing widespread dissatisfaction with the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But 59 percent of respondents are worried voting for a third-party candidate could cause their least preferred candidate to win. —ABC News

Zika Could Spread Across Gulf, Warns Official
A top health official has warned that Zika could soon spread to states like Louisiana and Texas after cases of the virus were recorded in Miami Beach. Dr. Anthony Fauci, of the National Institutes of Health, said it "would not be surprising" to see cases in other Gulf Coast states. Flooding in Louisiana has made it a prime target. —Reuters

International News

Suicide Bombing in Turkey Blamed on Child
A suicide bombing that killed 51 people at a Kurdish wedding in the Turkish province of Gaziantep was carried out by a boy between the ages of 12 and 14, said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leader said ISIS was responsible for planning the attack. —Al Jazeera

Rio Hands Olympic Flag to Tokyo
The Rio Olympics ended with a carnival-inspired closing ceremony, as the Olympic flag was handed to 2020 host Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got one of the night's biggest cheers when he appeared dressed as Nintendo character Super Mario, rising out of a huge green pipe.—CNN


Malian Extremist Pleads Guilty at ICC
An Islamist rebel will plead guilty to destroying religious sites in the Malian city of Timbuktu, according to prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a former member of Ansar Dine, a group with links to al Qaeda, is accused of the destruction of nine mausoleums and a mosque.—BBC News

South Korea and US Start Joint Drills
South Korea and the United States have launched annual joint military exercises today, prompting warnings of retaliation from North Korea. The North calls the exercises invasion preparations, but the UN Command Military Armistice Commission said it notified the North Korean army the drills were "non-provocative." —Reuters

Everything Else

Pills at Prince's Estate Contained Fentanyl
Pills recovered at Prince's estate after his death were counterfeit drugs that contained fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid. Authorities are still investigating how Prince obtained the drugs, which were found in an Aleve bottle labeled "Watson 385." —AP

Millions Watch Last-Ever Tragically Hip Show
A staggering 11.7 million Canadians watched the last-ever show by the Tragically Hip, whose lead singer Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer. The emotional gig in Ontario was broadcast live across Canada. —CBC News

Sean Hannity Admits to Advising Trump
The Fox News host said he has been acting as an unofficial strategic advisor to Donald Trump for some time. "I never claimed to be a journalist," said Hannity, who referred to Trump as "my friend."—The New York Times

Frank Ocean Reveals Album Inspiration
The artist took to Tumblr to explain the inspiration behind his new album Blonde: car journeys. Ocean, who released the 17-track LP at the weekend, revealed "the first time I did shrooms" was in his manager's Porche.—Noisey

Gay Police Chief Aims to Make History
Crystal Moore, police chief in Latta, South Carolina, is aiming to become the state's first female sheriff, and the first openly gay one as well. Moore was reinstated two years ago after she was fired by the town's mayor for leading a "questionable" lifestyle, and is now running for sheriff of Dillon County. —VICE News

Newspaper for Refugees Launched in Germany
Activists in Germany have launched a newspaper called Daily Resistance which gives refugees a platform to write. Co-founder Klara said her aim was to make Daily Resistance "the most feared newspaper in the world." —VICE