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Despite Frigid Weather, The Snow In Pyeongchang Is Fake

Elvedina Muzaferija of Bosnia and Herzegovina start a run during Alpine Skiing women's downhill training on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Jeongseon Alpine Centre on Feb. 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Imageshide caption

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How An Average American Skier Managed To Scheme Her Way Into The Olympics

Elizabeth Swaney of Hungary runs the course during the women's halfpipe qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Monday.Kin Cheung/APhide caption

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High-End London Restaurant Launches Uber-Style Pricing Model

Bob Bob Ricard, the high-end London restaurant where every table has a Champagne call button, hasn't seen much change in the checks since it has been offering discounts during off-peak hours.Nikki Tysoe/Flickr Creative Commonshide caption

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South Korea Prepares To Spend $13 Billion On Winter Olympics. Is It Worth It?

The Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium cost roughly $109 million to build for South Korea's 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium will be used just four times before being demolished.Ahn Young-joon/APhide caption

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Venezuela's Health Care System Ready To Collapse Amid Economic Crisis

A volunteer from the non-profit Accion Solidaria organizes imported medicines alphabetically, in a store room in Caracas, Venezuela, last April. The Pharmaceutical Federation of Venezuela estimates the country is suffering from an 85 percent shortage of medicine.Fidel Suarez/APhide caption

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Border Patrol Crackdown Shines Light On Rising Number Of Migrant Deaths

A U.S. Border Patrol agent questions a man in Nogales, Ariz., seen through a hole in a metal fence marking the border between the U.S. and Mexico, in 2007.Guillermo Arias/Associated Presshide caption

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Venezuela Calls For Presidential Election Amid Worsening Economic Crisis

Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guards officers control shoppers as they line up outside a supermarket to buy food at discounted prices in Caracas on Jan. 6.Fernando Llano/APhide caption

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Facing Slumping Sales, Coke Hopes To Catch A Wave Of Fans With New Flavors

Coca-Cola introduced a slimmer 12-ounce Diet Coke can and four new flavors, including mango and ginger lime. The company said Diet Coke's new look and flavors were aimed to appeal to millennials.Courtesy of The Coca-Cola Co. via AP/APhide caption

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Drought-Stricken Cape Town Braces For Water To Run Out In April

People collect drinking water from pipes fed by an underground spring last week in Cape Town. Next month, the city will slash its individual daily water consumption limit to 13.2 gallons, the mayor said, as the city battles its worst drought in a century.Rodger Bosch /AFP/Getty Imageshide caption

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U.S. Set To Decide In Trade Dispute Threatening Booming Solar Industry

A rooftop is covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York last February. The Trump administration is considering whether to impose tariffs on imports of solar materials.Mark Lennihan/APhide caption

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U.K. Lawmakers Want To Battle Waste With A 'Latte Levy' On Disposable Cups

A grande Cafe Nero, large Costa Coffee and venti-sized Starbucks to-go cups sold in London. The U.K. Parliament is considering a tax on disposable cups in an effort to cut down on waste.Ben Pruchnie/Getty Imageshide caption

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Haitians Flow Into Canada From The U.S. Amid Renewed Deportation Fears

A family from Haiti approach a tent in Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Quebec, stationed by Royal Canadian Mounted Police, as they haul their luggage down Roxham Road in Champlain, N.Y., last August.Charles Krupa/APhide caption

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How To Tumble With Care When It Gets Slippery Outside

People walk through the empty streets of Boston as snow begins to fall last week. Sometimes there is no way to prevent a slip and fall on the ice, but there are things that can reduce your risk of serious injury.Spencer Platt/Getty Imageshide caption

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Trucking Industry Struggles With Growing Driver Shortage

A tractor-trailer rolls along the highway in Miami last November. The trucking industry needs to hire almost 900,000 more drivers to meet rising demand, according to an industry analysis.Joe Raedle/Getty Imageshide caption

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