The United States won five medals in the first four days of Winter Olympic competition in Beijing. How many of those medals are gold?

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The drought for Team USA is the longest since 1988, when seven days went by without any gold medals.

A Major League Baseball player lockout means teams won’t operate a program that would normally continue through the off-season. What has MLB put on pause?

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MLB teams have stopped testing players for steroids, opioids and other substances because a drug agreement expired along with the collective bargaining agreement.

Queen Elizabeth II has decided that when her son Charles becomes king, his wife Camilla will trade in her title, Duchess of Cornwall. What will she be called?

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A British king’s wife is traditionally a “Queen Consort.” When Camilla married Charles, it was decided that she would be “Princess Consort” if Charles were king, so this is an upgrade.

An elderly former principal was sentenced to a year in prison after admitting she embezzled $835,000 from her school to feed a gambling habit. What’s most unusual about her?

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Mary Margaret Kreuper, an 80-year-old nun, asked for forgiveness and told a federal judge: “I have sinned, I have broken the law, and I have no excuses.”

A federal judge ordered $230 million in compensation to survivors and victims’ families in the case of a 2017 church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Who must pay?

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The judge ruled the U.S. Air Force was “60% liable” because it failed to flag a conviction that might have kept the gunman from legally buying his firearm.

Five women competing in Olympic ski jumping events were disqualified on Tuesday, all for the same reason. Why did officials rule them out?

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Jumpers from Germany, Japan, Norway and Austria were disqualified. Baggy clothing is thought to give jumpers an advantage as they try to stay airborne longer.

There’s a new lifestyle tax — a small one — in Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. What are the Emiratis taxing?

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The new fee on plastic bags in Dubai amounts to about 7 cents. Officials say they want to outlaw them two years from now.

The Biden administration approved a $100 million contract to support a foreign ally’s operation of Patriot surface-to-air missiles. Which country is getting the help?

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The deal with Taiwan got final approval as China increases its pressure on the independent island nation. China claims Taiwan is part of its territory.

A big-name fitness company announced that it’s replacing its CEO and cutting 2,800 jobs. Which brand is getting a change of pace?

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Flailing exercise equipment company Peloton is slashing its workforce and replacing its top executive.

The first all-electric option will soon be available for Americans who want a specific kind of vehicle. What’s getting the no-gas treatment?

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Airstream’s trailer will be the first electric-powered camper in the U.S.; it can accommodate four people and go off-grid for weeks at a time.

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