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  • SOCHI SCENE: The first gold

    The first gold medal awarded at the 2014 Sochi Games ended up with three snowboarders on the top podium, hugging it out after grinding and spinning ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: YouTube star

    U.S. skater Jason Brown says it is "surreal" to be a YouTube star. Video of his skate at the U.S. championships in January that earned him a spot at ... 

  • IOC defends use of rehearsal footage in ceremony

    Olympic officials are defending the use of TV rehearsal footage to cover up a glitch in Sochi's opening ceremony and the choice of a final torchbearer ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Homemade track

    Tucker West's long slide to the Olympics began on a luge track his dad built in their backyard. Inspired by watching the sliding sport during the 2002 ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Bigger than life

    Kate Hansen is not lacking for Olympic personality. She's one of the younger sliders on the World Cup luge circuit, yet can talk just about anyone ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Lots of goodies

    U.S. figure skater Jason Brown just doubled his shoe collection. Luggage, too. The 19-year-old figure skater, a first-time Olympian, found it ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: 3 things from opening night

    Here are three things we learned from Friday night's opening ceremony of the Sochi Games. —The hammer and sickle still pack a punch. The symbols of ... 

  • Russian TV shows doctored video of Olympic rings

    Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into ... 

  • Attempt to hijack Turkish plane to Sochi foiled

    A Ukrainian man tried to hijack a Turkey-bound flight to Sochi, Russia, as the Winter Olympics were kicking off Friday, but the pilot tricked him and ... 

  • Greek, Turkish Cypriots to restart peace talks

    Efforts to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus will recommence next week after rival Greek and Turkish Cypriots ... 

  • Gay rights activists arrested in Russia

    Russian police on Friday arrested several gay rights activists protesting in St. Petersburg and Moscow on the opening day of the 2014 Sochi Winter ... 

  • On Russian TV, US mom urges waiver to adoption ban

    An American woman has gone on television in Russia with an emotional appeal for an exception to be made to that nation's year-old ban on adoptions by ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Stat of the day

    Your Winter Olympics stat of the day comes from the opening ceremony: According to organizers, the 132 projectors and 140 television cameras used ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Lighting the torch

    AP photographer Darron Cummings captures the moment the Olympic Cauldron is lit, signifying the launch of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games. The lighting ... 

  • Violent anti-govt protests spread across Bosnia

    Anti-government protesters stormed into the Bosnian presidency and another government building in Sarajevo and set them ablaze Friday as riot police ... 

  • 2 Italian workers released in Libya

    Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino has welcomed the release of two Italian technicians kidnapped last month in Libya. The Foreign Ministry said in ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Russians get whimsical

    Who says the Russians are all work and no play? Russia's lighter side was on display during the opening ceremony to the Sochi Games. One of the ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Awash in lights

    A stadium of lights is warming up a chilly night at the Sochi Olympics. Organizers for the opening ceremony put cloth bags on every seat in Fisht ... 

  • Tunisia basks in praise over its new constitution

    As recently as December, the outlook for Tunisia remained grim. International lenders were withholding money. Parliament remained deadlocked. 

  • Viktor Yanukovych, Victoria Nuland

    US envoy: Ukraine must reform to get aid

    Washington is willing to consider financial aid to Ukraine as the country struggles through a polarizing political crisis, but only if it undertakes ... 

  • Ukraine credit rating cut amid political protests

    A major ratings agency has slashed Ukraine's credit grade amid concerns that the political turmoil afflicting the country will threaten the public ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: That opening ceremony bump

    The opening ceremony for the Sochi Games hit a bump when only four of the five Olympic Rings materialized in a wintry opening scene. Five large, ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: A ring goes missing

    Here's a quick image of a glitch in the Sochi Games' opening ceremony: a snowflake that failed to open to form the final Olympic ring at a key moment ... 

  • SOCHI SCENE: Russians get lucky

    Russian police singing Daft Punk, a pop band belting out Queen in Russian. The host country has spent the warmup to Sochi's opening ceremony reaching ... 

  • Vladimir Putin, Mark Rutte

    Putin: Sports should be focus of Sochi Olympics

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says sports should take center stage during the Winter Olympics and not debate over gay rights. A Russian law banning ...