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Oscar Pistorius’ prosthetic legs, shorts covered in blood in trial photos

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Oscar Pistorius stood shirtless with blood staining his prosthetic legs and shorts in photos taken shortly after he shot and killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, in images shown on court screens at his murder trial Friday.

Two photos of Pistorius were shown in the Pretoria, South Africa, courtroom while former South African police colonel Schoombie van Rensburg testified for a second straight day.

The photos were taken by police in Pistorius’ garage, van Rensburg said.

Van Rensburg spent Friday describing the early part of the investigation of the shooting. He was one of the first officials to arrive at the scene before dawn on Valentine’s Day 2013.

“I observed [Pistorius] as a suspect at that stage,” after arriving and surveying the scene, van Rensburg said through a translator. “I warned him according to his rights. … I said to him that I wasn’t arresting him at that stage. … I requested him to remain present at all times at the scene.”

Another series of photos from Pistorius’ home were shown in court.

Among them were more unintended graphic images of Steenkamp’s body reportedly shown on screens in court for a second straight day. Pistorius threw up and sobbed after seeing similar images Thursday.

Van Rensburg also spoke of one of Pistorius’ collection of watches going missing during the investigation and a gun handled by a policeman without gloves at the crime scene.

Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder. He shot four times through the bathroom door, hitting Steenkamp inside.

The prosecution asserts Pistorius shot through the door after an argument with Steenkamp. Pistorius has said he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

The trial is expected to resume at 3:30 a.m. ET on Monday.

Here’s NBC News’ coverage of the Pistorius trial.

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Blake Griffin will miss Olympics, report says

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For the second straight Olympics, Blake Griffin will not be able to join Team USA due to injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Clippers power forward will be out several months due to his left quad injury, according to the newspaper.

Griffin was originally chosen for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team but withdrew due to a torn meniscus, opening a spot for Anthony Davis.

Davis is also expected to miss the Rio Games due to injury.

Other power forwards on the U.S. finalist list released in January include LaMarcus Aldridge, Kenneth Faried, Draymond Green and Kevin Love.

Rio Olympic cauldron likely to be located near Plaza Maua

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mayor Eduardo Paes says he wants the Olympic cauldron to burn in Rio de Janeiro’s revitalized port area.

The cauldron will be lit at Maracana Stadium during the Opening Ceremony on Aug. 5, and will spend the night there before traveling to a permanent home.

Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the cauldron will be placed in the port area, but not in the heart of the renovated port area known as Plaza Maua.

“It will be close to Plaza Maua, but not exactly in Plaza Maua,” Andrada said. He said it was likely to be located near the Candelaria Church, which is near the plaza.

“Don’t get me into a fight with the mayor,” Andrada added.

Paes said he hoped the new plaza would be a center for outdoor entertainment during the Games, including performance stages, musical attractions, and large-screen televisions.

“It seems that the Maracana Stadium has limitations,” Paes said, adding that moving out of the Maracana “is good because it democratizes the access to the cauldron.”

The new plaza and downtown Rio are far from the heart of the Games in suburban Barra da Tijuca. It is also an area not usually visited by tourists.

The Olympic flame arrives from Greece and Switzerland on Tuesday in the capital Brasilia, to be carried off the plane by IOC member Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Rio organizing committee.

The flame then goes to the Planalto presidential palace where it is expected to be greeted by President Dilma Rousseff.

Andrada said IOC President Thomas Bach and other top IOC officials would not be at the ceremony.

Rousseff is facing impeachment charges and could be suspended from office as early as May 11, turning over authority to Vice President Michel Temer.

Temer, himself, could also face impeachment proceedings and has a scandal-tainted career.

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