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Tim Burke and other American biathletes spoke out about guns after the shooting in Parkland, Fla. Burke is seen here during the 10km Sprint Biathlon on Feb. 11 at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:46

The sport's athletes must ski across the course, then calm their breathing and use rifles to fire at a target. For biathletes, the fact that their sport involves firearms isn't always comfortable.

Brittany Bowe of the United States (left) trails behind Ireen Wust of the Netherlands in the women's 1,000-meter speedskating race in Sochi, Russia, in 2014. The U.S. team won no medals at Sochi.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:40

On Wednesday, U.S. long track skaters won bronze in the women's team pursuit event — the first Olympic medal since 2010. Here's a look at what it's like for U.S. athletes to compete in this sport.

Donald Trump Jr. at a photo session after visiting Trump Tower Kolkata, a Trump Organization apartment building in India. Its website says it is "synonymous with celebrated luxury."
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:31

He may have thought he was paying the poor a compliment. India's poor, however, do not always have reason to smile.

The Iowa State Capitol. A Senate committee in the state was considering a bill that would have removed the permit requirement to obtain and carry weapons but the chairperson now says it's a bad time for that legislation.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:21

The effects of Florida's shooting are reaching beyond the state's borders into legislatures across the country.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Moscow Tuesday.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:01

"Our efforts paid" off, says Pakistan's foreign minister, claiming a global task force failed to reach consensus on punishing the country.

Sales of McDonald's new soy-based patty have far surpassed estimates in Sweden, where half the population says it's interested in more vegetarian options. Are diners just curious or truly lovin' it?
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:29

Sales of McDonald's new soy-based McVegan have far surpassed estimates in Sweden, where half the population says it's interested in more vegetarian options. Are diners just curious or truly lovin' it?

Longtime <em>Jeopardy!</em> host Alex Trebek has been chosen to moderate a Pennsylvania gubernatorial debate this fall.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:41

The longtime game show host has described himself in the past as a political independent and has expressed interest in one day moderating a presidential debate as well.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with then-President Barack Obama in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 5, 2016. Obama's warnings about active measures went unheeded.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:38

President Trump now accepts that Russia launched a wave of active measures against the U.S. but blames his predecessor for not taking any action.

Kristopher Kelly near his home in Concrete, Wash., in February. He broke his pelvis and all his ribs in a work accident last year. The resulting infection he developed in the hospital almost killed him.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:40

A 51-year-old man nearly died from septic shock, when a crushing injury led to overwhelming infection. After getting an experimental treatment, he's recovering well, but some doctors want more proof.

A cross-country skier passes Olympic rings on Feb. 16.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:35

Prime-time viewership is lower than it was for the Sochi Winter Games, though NBC is still drawing more viewers in prime time than its competitors.

High school students from Parkland, Fla., where a young man gunned down 17 people, react as the state's House of Representatives voted not to hear a bill banning assault rifles.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:19

The lawmakers voted 71-36 against opening up debate on the bill that would ban assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, leaving it in committees that aren't scheduled to meet during this session.

Gary Nabhan holds white tepary beans grown at his home in Patagonia, Ariz. Nabhan believes that drought-tolerant teparies could become a solution for growing food in a hotter and drier Arizona.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:52

Local Native Americans grew teparies for centuries, but the beans began to sink into obscurity. Now, thanks to seed preservation and farmers who want to preserve the past, they're making a comeback.

Members of the White Helmets, a Syrian civil defense group, rescue an injured civilian after a pro-regime airstrike Tuesday in eastern Ghouta.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:13

Attacks on rebel-held eastern Ghouta, outside Damascus, have killed over 250 civilians and show no signs of slowing. Aid groups say pro-regime forces are targeting residential buildings and hospitals.

Graham preaches in the early 1950s. Over his career, he preached to more than 200 million people in 185 countries, radically changing the face of born-again Christianity.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:40

One of the most influential religious figures of the 20th century, he radically changed the face of born-again Christianity from fundamentalism to a more embracing evangelicalism.

Democratic candidate Linda Belcher thanks her supporters in Shepherdsville, Ky., following her victory Tuesday in the special election to fill the vacant seat for the Kentucky House of Representatives 49th District.
Wed, 02/21/2018 - 05:58

Linda Belcher reclaimed the seat she lost to Dan Johnson in 2016 amid a wave of pro-Trump voter sentiment in Kentucky. Johnson killed himself in December amid allegations of sexual assault.


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