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U.S. bill would block defense contractors from using Chinese rare earths

Jan 14 (Reuters) - A bipartisan piece of legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate on Friday would force defense contractors to stop buying rare earths from China by 2026 and use the Pentagon to creat...

Some in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is stepping up his election-year effort to dominate the Republican Party with a Saturday rally in Arizona in which he plans to castigate anyone who dare...

Americans win monobob race, points title in Switzerland

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — American Kaillie Humphries got a win. Elana Meyers Taylor got an overall title. And the U.S. bobsled team got more momentum to take into the Beijing Olympics. ...

Ludwig wins World Cup luge race, clinches season title

OBERHOF, Germany (AP) — Johannes Ludwig of Germany clinched his first World Cup men’s overall season championship Saturday, becoming the fourth different slider to win the crown in the last four seaso...

Ohio Supreme Court rejects GOP-drawn congressional map

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Republican-drawn congressional map was rejected by the state's high court Friday, giving hope to national Democrats who had argued it unfairly delivered several potentiall...

Ready to rumble: Mixed relay debuts in short track skating

Short track speedskating is already thrilling with its high-speed crashes and elbows flying. Now, there’s a new event adding to the chaos with its Olympic debut in Beijing. The 2,000...

Dukurs, Bos clinch World Cup skeleton overall championships

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Martins Dukurs of Latvia has done it again. Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands has done it for the first time, and the first time in her country’s history. ...

Analysis: N.Korea’s 'hypersonic missile' tests raise military stakes in Asia

Even as debates swirl over their capability, a series of “hypersonic missiles” recently tested by nuclear-armed North Korea sparked sudden talk of preemptive strikes and arms races amid wo...

Downhill racer Johnson skips World Cup meet with knee injury

ALTENMARKT-ZAUCHENSEE, Austria (AP) — Olympic downhill medal contender Breezy Johnson is skipping World Cup races this weekend in Austria to let a knee injury heal. Johnson, who has ...

Wisconsin Gov. Evers' reelection pitch: democracy is at risk

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is known for his folksy demeanor, sprinkling his speeches with “by gollys” and the occasional PG-rated swear word. To win reelection, the...

Wisconsin judge rules against absentee ballot drop boxes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Thursday sided with conservatives, ruling that absentee ballot drop boxes cannot be located anywhere other than at offices of local clerks and that no one oth...

Sacrifice: Terdiman gives US Olympic doubles luge team sled

Jayson Terdiman didn’t make it to the Beijing Olympics. His sled did. A week ago, Terdiman’s hopes of making what would have been his third and final U.S. Olympic t...

Attorney general reverses Jim Crow, pro-segregation opinions

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Outgoing Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Thursday reversed more than 50 legal opinions issued by predecessors during the Jim Crow and Massive Resistance eras that ju...

Luge preview: A long, winding road took US to Beijing Games

Emily Sweeney is headed to the Olympics to represent USA Luge for a second time, and her plans for the next couple weeks are largely the same as the final preparations were for her debut at the Pyeong...

Norway’s Riiber dominant soaring, skiing into 2022 Olympics

Norway’s Jarl Magnus Riiber has been so dominant in World Cup competitions that other Nordic combined athletes are studying how he soars past the competition in ski jumping to often take a huge lead i...