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IOC dismisses idea of joint Saudi-Bahrain bid for Olympics

IOC rejects idea of joint Saudi-Bahrain Olympic bid with male and female events separated
Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

LONDON - The IOC shot down a suggestion by a Saudi Arabian official Tuesday that the ultraconservative nation could seek to co-host the Olympics with neighbouring Bahrain by having male and female athletes compete in separate countries.

IOC dismisses idea of joint Saudi-Bahrain bid for Olympics

IOC rejects idea of joint Saudi-Bahrain Olympic bid with male and female events separated
Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press

LONDON - The IOC shot down a suggestion by a Saudi Arabian official Tuesday that the ultraconservative nation could seek to co-host the Olympics with neighbouring Bahrain by having male and female athletes compete in separate countries.

Christina Aguilera to perform ahead of NBA All-Star Game

Christina Aguilera to perform ahead of NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 15 in NYC
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Ariana Grande isn't the only big-voiced singer performing at the NBA All-Star Game: Christina Aguilera has been added to the lineup.

NBA announced Tuesday that Aguilera will perform ahead of the 64th annual game on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. She will sing a "New York-themed medley" during player introductions and be joined by dance troupe The Rockettes.

Leaders mark Auschwitz liberation 70 years on

Leaders, survivors mark 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation by Soviets
Vanessa Gera, The Associated Press

BRZEZINKA, Poland - When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russian soldier took a small and hungry 11-year-old girl into his arms and rocked her tenderly, tears coming to his eyes.

That girl, today 81-year-old Paula Lebovics, doesn't know who that soldier was, but she still feels enormous gratitude to him and the other Soviet soldiers who liberated the camp on Jan. 27, 1945.

The phone call that turned around Sharapova's Aussie Open

Maria Sharapova advances to Australian Open semis thanks to a phone call from her dad
Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open.

That call came early on in the tournament when the No. 2-ranked player came very, very close to losing in the second round to a lowly ranked qualifier. That was a bad day— she made 51 unforced errors, faced match point twice and clawed her way back to win.

And then her dad called.

Teen snow-tubing on New York street hits light pole and dies

17-year-old boy snow-tubing down New York street with friends crashes into light pole and dies
The Associated Press

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. - Police say a 17-year-old boy snow-tubing down a New York street with friends has crashed into a light pole and died.

Suffolk County police say it happened around 10 p.m. Monday in Huntington on Long Island.

The boy was one of three teens taking turns snow-tubing. Police say he apparently lost control of the tube and struck a light pole.

Police identified the victim as Sean Urda of East Northport. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia

Rafael Nadal out in quarters, Sharapova to play in all-Russian semifinal at Australian Open
Dennis Passa, The Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal has joined Roger Federer on the sidelines at the Australian Open, taking their combined 31 Grand Slam singles titles with them.

On the women's side, second-seeded Maria Sharapova, who beat Eugenie Bouchard on Tuesday, and Ekaterina Makarova are still around and will play an all-Russian semifinal.

Hope Solo could be left off US World Cup roster

Solo could be left off World Cup roster; USSF won't say if she's to undergo alcohol treatment
The Associated Press

Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year's Women's World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which may include alcohol counselling.

The 33-year-old was suspended for 30 days last Wednesday for what the U.S. Soccer Federation called "an incident that occurred during the current WNT training camp" in Carson, California.

People across the Northeast US prepare for fierce snowstorm

From stocking up on supplies to making plans indoors, people across Northeast ready for storm
The Associated Press

The monster snowstorm bearing down on the Northeast sent people scrambling Monday to gas up their cars, stock their refrigerators and charge their phones. Travelers rushed to get to their destinations before airports closed, rail service was suspended and roads were declared off-limits.

Here are some of their stories:

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ISIL praises October slaying of soldier in Ottawa

ISIL praises October slaying of soldier in Ottawa; calls for attacks in the West
Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press

BEIRUT - The spokesman for the Islamic State group has praised the gunman who killed a Canadian soldier at the National War Memorial in October and is calling on Muslims living in Western countries to carry out attacks.

The spokesman says any loyalist who has the opportunity to "shed a drop of blood" should do so.

Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, in a nine-minute audio recording released Monday, praised recent attacks in Australia, Belgium and France — where gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine.

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