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  • By HOWARD FENDRICH and PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writers
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JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Just the thought of being at the Olympics on Tuesday made Swiss ski racer Lara Gut smile broadly, and that had nothing to do with it being the last opportunity to train for the downhill, an event in which she earned a bronze at the 2014 Sochi Games.

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  • By MARC LEVY Associated Press
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections on its self-imposed deadline Monday, all but ensuring that Democratic prospects will improve in several seats and that Republican lawmakers challenge it in federal court.

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  • By ERRIN HAINES WHACK AP National Writer
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — It was expected to be a coronation: snowboarder Shaun White, shredding the halfpipe in an epic performance that won him Olympic gold at Pyeongchang four years after a devastating loss in Sochi and just four months after a nasty fall during practice sent him to…

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  • By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer
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NEW YORK (AP) — A wave of feverish anticipation, fawning critical acclaim and groundbreaking cultural meaning pushed "Black Panther" to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, firmly establishing the superhero sensation as a box-office landmark.

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  • By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State University's dental school will be giving entertainment and check-ups to about 180 students from a New Orleans elementary school Friday. It's LSU's 11th year in Give Kids a Smile Day , and its largest event so far.

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  • By JANET McCONNAUGHEY Associated Press
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State University's dental school will be giving entertainment and check-ups to about 180 students from a New Orleans elementary school Friday. It's LSU's 11th year in Give Kids a Smile Day, and its largest event so far.

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PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Jim Bridwell, a hard-partying hippie and legendary climber who left his mark on some of the toughest peaks in California's Yosemite National Park, has died. He was 73.

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  • By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick was annoyed with herself. She had trained most of her life for moments like these, but she couldn't fix the inadvertent mess she had just made.

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  • By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum's trip to the Super Bowl as a guest of a Minneapolis utility included free invitations to a rock concert, private parties, meals and other events, The Associated Press found through an open records request.

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  • By SARA BURNETT Associated Press
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LA GRANGE, Ill. (AP) — A Lipinski has represented what's now Illinois' 3rd congressional district since U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski's father was first elected more than three decades ago. Now the younger Lipinski, a seven-term incumbent known as one of Congress' most conservative Democrats, is fa…

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  • By MATT O'BRIEN and MAE ANDERSON AP Technology Writers
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Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists.

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  • By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Ten years ago, Atlantic City's Tropicana casino was on the verge of death, having been stripped of its casino license after its then-owners laid off vast swaths of the workforce, leading to filthy rooms, insect infestations, hourlong waits for slot machine payouts …

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  • By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Richard Petty rarely visits pit road after a race anymore and usually with good reason. The Hall of Fame driver's eponymous race team has toiled for decades in mediocrity, with checkered flags all but extinct.

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  • By RILYN EISCHENS Minnesota Daily
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The ice at Ridder Arena was dull and dirty the morning of Jan. 31. Adam Stirn, the University of Minnesota's lead ice maker, doesn't like dirt; not in hallways, not on rink boards and especially not on ice.

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  • By MATT O'BRIEN and MAE ANDERSON AP Technology Writers
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Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists.

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  • By BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer
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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook's financial support of some advisers who approved of the app.