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Fanny Smith: Ski cross champion defies odds in quest for Olympic gold

When Fanny Smith lines up at the start gates in Sochi later this month, she will do so with form and, perhaps, the fates in her favor.

Sochi 2014: Snow fest or snooze? 10 reasons to love the Winter Games

If the Winter Olympics leave you cold, then we are here to help. Ahead of Friday's opening ceremony in Sochi, let us thaw your icy hearts with 10 reasons why you should watch the snow men and ice queens compete at the Games.

Sochi 2014 confidential: Take a tour of Olympic Village

-- Amid security anxieties, indignation over Russian politics, the furore over unfinished media accommodation and astronomic costs, one key component of the Winter Olympics has been all but forgotten: the thousands of athletes streaming into So

Wisconsin baby vanishes

The bassinet where newborn Kayden Powell slept is empty. A woman who left the Town of Beloit, Wisconsin, where he was staying around the same time he vanished is in jail on an unrelated charge more than 180 miles away.

Inside Politics: Boehner says 'never mind' on immigration

Whatever you think of his politics, House Speaker John Boehner has a great sense of humor.

Sochi Olympics: 10 defining moments

Let the Games begin. Thousands of athletes from over 80 different countries are ready to descend on Sochi as the 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Russia.

Ecuador's spectacular Andean train rises again

A blast from the steam whistle on a cherry-red locomotive sends a gathering of locals on a platform scuttling with delight in the town of Durán, Ecuador.

Job created for former Christie ally goes away

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey job created for Gov. Chris Christie's former ally David Wildstein no longer exists.

Stocks: Looking steady, except for Twitter

Markets are looking relatively upbeat Thursday as investors wait for U.S. jobs data and central bank news from Europe, but Twitter shareholders aren't feeling so chipper.

Paul says GOP infighting is a good thing

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told a crowd of social conservatives Wednesday that fighting within the GOP is for the best.