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With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away

Air bags stored in backpacks are saving the lives of backcountry skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers. They look something like car air bags, but they work on an entirely different principle. These keep you safe simply by turning you into a larger object, and that helps you rise to the top of debris.
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U.S. And Canadian Women's Hockey Brings Plenty Of Heat To The Ice

The two teams will meet Wednesday in an early round game, but they have an intense rivalry that has often turned to heated clashes on the ice. The players are neither embarrassed nor proud of the fighting, but, yes, it could happen again.
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Report Links Sprinter Tyson Gay's Doping To Anti-Aging Cream

Tyson Gay, the American track star whose comeback was derailed by failed drug tests in 2013, is believed to have used a cream containing banned substances he obtained from an Atlanta anti-aging specialist, according to ProPublica and Sports Illustrated.
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The Norwegian Athlete Who's One Medal Away From History

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is a biathlete competing for a record 13th medal — which would make him the most decorated athlete ever at the Winter Games. No one has ever been so good for so long in his sport. "He's 40 years old, and he's motivated like an 18-year-old," says one expert.
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Slopestyle Skier Devin Logan Keeps It Cool, But She's 'All In'

Much of the attention on the Olympic slopestyle events has focused on snowboarders, but the downhill event is also done on skis. Devin Logan enters Tuesday's competition as the world's top-ranked female freestyle skier. And at 20, she'll compete before she can legally celebrate with a beer.
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Time-Delay Question: When Do Announcers Tape?

The Winter Olympics brings up many questions about the sports themselves. But people are also wondering whether TV announcers use the U.S.-Sochi time gap to improve their coverage.
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Debt Ceiling Standoff? Not This Time

When Congress hits its debt ceiling at the end of the month, don't expect another big confrontation. House Republicans don't have the appetite for it and can't even agree on what points to negotiate.
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U.S. Resets Obamacare Deadline For Some Businesses To 2016

In the second delay for medium-size businesses under the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration says firms with 50-99 workers now have until Jan. 1, 2016, to provide health insurance. Larger companies must offer the coverage in 2015.
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Building Pressure May Mean Progress In Israeli Peace Talks

As political sparring has gotten increasingly nasty in Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has found himself caught in the crossfire for his role in the peace talks. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki points to this criticism as a sign that Israeli and Palestinian sides are getting down to the painful details. Neither side wants to be labeled as the one to end negotiations, but outsiders are nevertheless striving to exert diplomatic and financial pressure in order to ensure talks continue. Some say that this pressure alone may get a framework for peace signed.
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Looking To Escape The Polar Vortex? Head North To Alaska

Many Alaskans are watching the lower 48 suffer through the cold and snowy winter with one reaction: envy. That's because Alaska is enduring the opposite, facing record high temperatures and extremely low snow totals. Alaska Public Radio Network's Annie Feidt reports that the unusual weather has made it difficult for residents to enjoy the winter sports, like skiing, that are popular in the state.

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