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Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska.

Ukrainian Skiier Leaves Olympics To Join Protesters At Home

A Ukrainian skier has withdrawn from the slalom event on Friday in order to join anti-government protests back home.

As we've reported, Thursday marked one of the bloodiest days in Kiev, where protesters clashed with police, leaving dozens dead.

NPR's Corey Flintoff tells our Newscast unit that the head of Ukraine's Olympic team says he respects the rights of athletes to make such decisions. Corey filed this report from Sochi:

U.S. and Canadian fans attend the women's hockey gold medal game in Sochi Thursday. A recent Gallup poll finds that Americans see Canada in the most favorable light, compared to other countries.

Who's Your Buddy? It's Canada, Americans Say

America's favorite foreign country is its neighbor to the north, according to a new Gallup World Affairs poll. The research firm says Americans' opinions of several countries have shifted. Russia has slipped, for instance. And so has North Korea – the country is now alone in the "least favorable" category.

A C-section delivery may be needed to protect the health of mother and child. But too many are done for the wrong reasons, doctors say.

Doctors Urge Patience, And Longer Labor, To Reduce C-Sections

Women with low-risk pregnancies should be allowed to spend more time in labor, to reduce the risk of having an unnecessary C-section, the nation's obstetricians say.

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and his new wife, Trina Grimes Scott, after getting married in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La., in July 2011.

Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman?

Rascally former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was once so confident about re-election that he declared "the only way I can lose is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."

That was 30 years ago, when Edwards, 86, was a much younger man. It was long before the Democrat served eight years in prison for racketeering, conspiracy and extortion.

And it was a lifetime – or two — before a recent cringe-inducing reality television show about life with his young wife, her teenage sons and his own grandmother-aged daughters from a previous marriage.

A screen grab from an undercover video released by the Humane Society of the U.S. shows a pig in a gestation crate at Iron Maiden Farms in Owensboro, Ky.

'Piglet Smoothie' Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged

Animal welfare groups go to great lengths to show us how "the sausage" is made inside the factory-style farms that produce most of our meat. For the past few years, they've armed activists with video cameras and sent them undercover to document alleged abuses or risky practices.

Domique Goerlitz shown in one of the pyramid's chambers in this screen grab from their video, which has apparently been removed.

Men Who Vandalized Egyptian Pyramid To Prove Theory Face Charges

Two self-styled amateur archeologists from Germany, who filmed themselves scraping off pieces of Egypt's Great Pyramid in hopes of proving that the ancient wonder was built by people from the legendary city of Atlantis, are now facing possible criminal charges in their home country.

During a trip to Egypt in April 2013, Dominque Goerlitz and Stephan Erdmann, along with a German filmmaker, were granted access to parts of the Great Pyramid at Giza that are normally off-limits to the public. They smuggled their samples back to Germany with plans to produce a documentary.

Hometown Hero Triumphs In Women's Figure Skating

New York Backs Off Controversial Punishment For Juveniles

What's Up With Facebook's Big Acquisition?

At Least 70 Killed In Kiev, With Casualties Still Mounting

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