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North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Hyung-Jyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 6:17am

A North Korean envoy making a rare visit to South Korea said Sunday that his country was willing to open talks with the United States, a rare step toward diplomacy between enemies after a year of North Korean missile and nuclear tests and direct threats of war from both Pyongyang and Washington.

AP PHOTOS: Highlights of Day 16 at the Pyeongchang Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 6:14am

Norway's Marit Bjoergen closed out a remarkable Olympic career in dominant fashion, winning the gold medal in the women's 30-kilometer mass start at the Pyeongchang Games. The Russian men's hockey team captured the gold over Germany with a 4-3 win in overtime. And the Swedish women took home gold in the final match of a marathon curling festival, defeating South Korea 8-3 in nine ends to leave the "Garlic Girls" with a silver medal.

Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

Ted Anthony, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:53am

The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them shared a VIP box — and a potential path away from conflict.

Olympic flag passes to acting Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, signifying transfer of responsibility for Winter Games to China

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:18am

Olympic flag passes to acting Beijing Mayor Chen Jining, signifying transfer of responsibility for Winter Games to China.

South Korean presidential office: North Korean delegate to Olympics says Pyongyang willing to hold talks with U.S.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:40am

South Korean presidential office: North Korean delegate to Olympics says Pyongyang willing to hold talks with U.S.

Wrong turn costs cross-country skier medal at Olympics

Steve Reed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:03am

Austrian cross-country skier Teresa Stadlober was well on her way to a silver medal at the Pyeongchang Games.

Bjoergen dominates in last Olympic race, wins 5th medal

Steve Reed, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:13am

Marit Bjoergen has left a legacy that will be hard to top.

Marissa Brandt named honorary ambassador for Korea adoptees

Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:57am

Marissa Brandt isn't quite sure what her new position will require, and she's only had a couple of days to start getting used to the idea of being an honorary ambassador.

Bach: Russian doping scandal didn't stain Winter Olympics

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:13am

The massive, state-linked Russian doping scandal didn't stain the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach said Sunday.

USOC sports chief: We'll take a hard look at what occurred

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:53am

The U.S. Olympic team will leave Pyeongchang with its lowest medal haul in 20 years — a number even worse than it looks because of all the new, American-friendly sports that have been added to the program over the past two decades.

Wonder Woman? Ledecka not sure despite rare Olympic double

Will Graves, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:37am

Ester Ledecka's brother, Jonas, designs comic books and dabbles in fashion on the side, putting together racing outfits for his little sister that transform the 22-year-old from the Czech Republic into something akin to a superhero.

Faux snow: Man-made snow to be used in Beijing and beyond

Eddie Pells, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:17am

The forecast for the next Winter Olympics: cold with a 100 percent chance of fake snow.

Alpine wrap: Shiffrin, Hirscher 2 medals; Ledecka surprises

Howard Fendrich, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:09am

That Mikaela Shiffrin would earn two medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics was not all that surprising. That neither would come in the slalom, a race she won at the 2014 Games and has ruled for five years? Now that part was a surprise.

Olympic medalists close curtain with figure skating gala

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:07pm

Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva gave figure skating fans one more show in South Korea.

Most Olympians will never get rich, and that's OK with them

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:07pm

You see them everywhere after the Olympics, the beaming faces and chiseled physiques of superstar athletes on everything from cereal boxes to athletic shoe ads.

Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove

Stephen Wade and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:53pm

Tokyo used its famous 1964 Olympics to show off a miraculous recovery from defeat in World War II. Japan was back after just 19 years with high-speed trains, geeky gadgets, and dazzling efficiency.

Sweden pickles Korea's 'Garlic Girls' for curling gold

Jimmy Golen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:37pm

If the Korean women's curling team thought winning an Olympic silver medal was fun, wait until they get their mobile phones back.

Canadian athlete, coach fined for taking car at Olympics

Hyung-Jin Kim and Scott Mayerowitz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:28pm

Canadian skicross competitor Dave Duncan has apologized for "poor judgment" for his role in taking a car after a night out at a bar and using it for a ride home to the Olympic athletes village. The group was stopped by police shortly after midnight Saturday near the village.

USA Bobsled looks to future as Pyeongchang Olympics end

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 9:05pm

On the day the Olympic cauldron was being extinguished in South Korea, the proverbial torch for USA Bobsled was being passed as well.