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Source: Reuters

Figure skating: Zagitova in first with new world record, Medvedeva...

Today 13:39 GMT

Alina Zagitova took the lead in women’s singles figure skating on Wednesday with a brilliant short skate that set a world record, giving her nation a strong shot at its first gold of the Pyeongchang Games.

Her compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva, who had set a new world record before Zagitova broke it some 15 minutes later, was second on 81.61 points. America’s Tara Lipinski was also 15 when she topped the podium in Nagano in 1998, but was about a month younger than Zagitova is now.

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Source: Washington Post

In PyeongChang, maintaining Olympic venues relies on a poor and aging workforce

Today 10:53 GMT

The company says its Olympic workforce is composed most prominently of people in their 60s; it looked for younger workers, too, but struggled to find and retain them.

“Okay, everybody in position,” a cleaning manager told about 20 elderly workers, and then it was time for the next act at the Gangneung Hockey Center, just one of the Winter Olympics venues where a South Korean societal crisis hides in plain sight.

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Source: BBC

Government loses clean air court case

Today 13:39 GMT

The Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health say that outdoor air pollution is contributing to some 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK.

The judge in the case said the government plan was "unlawful" and that more action was needed in 45 English local authority areas. He said ministers had to ensure that in each of the areas, steps were taken to comply with the law as soon as possible.

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Source: NBC News

These are the 2018 Product of the Year Award winners

Today 13:38 GMT

Product of the Year USA, the world's largest consumer-voted awards for products, announced the winners for the 2018 Product of the Year Awards last Thursday.

At the 2018 awards show, Mike Nolan, CEO of Product of the Year USA, said, "Product of the Year answers an essential question: 'How do I find great new products, with so many launches, so many claims, how do you find the best?'" Entries are accepted from products launched within the previous year that demonstrate advancement in their industry.

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Source: Common Domain

Downtown San Francisco Site of Trash, Feces, & Drug Needles

Tuesday 02:27 GMT

An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco.

The Investigate Unit spent three days assessing conditions on the streets of downtown San Francisco and discovered trash on each of the 153 blocks surveyed. While some streets were littered with items as small as a candy wrapper, the vast majority of trash found included large heaps of garbage, food, and discarded junk.

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Source: The Week

Planning an artisanal death

Tuesday 11:48 GMT

In his memoir, My Father's Wake, the writer Kevin Toolis explains why the Irish get death right, while Caitlin Doughty's new book, From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, explores the way cultures from Indonesia to Bolivia to Japan approach death.

Before that day arrives, you can discuss the facts of death with like-minded souls at a Death Cafe, a meeting of the global movement started in 2011 by Jon Underwood (who died last summer of acute promyelocytic leukemia) as a way for people to gather and reflect on mortality.


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