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South Korean Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim lights the Olympic flame during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

With extraordinary political optics, Winter Olympics begin

North and South Korea sat side by side Friday night under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger. The sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in while they watched an elaborate show of light, sound and human performance.
Men's 1,000-meter short track speedskating gold medalist Viktor Ahn, of Russia, gestures while holding his medal during the medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Sports highest court rejected appeals by all 45 Russian athletes plus two coaches who were banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics over doping concerns in a decision announced Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, less than nine hours before the opening ceremony. Among those excluded are six-time gold medalist Ahn, the short track speedskater whose return to his native South Korea for the Olympics had been hotly anticipated by local fans. (David J. Phillip / Associated Press)

Appeals by 45 Russian athletes against Olympic bans rejected

Russia’s desperate attempt to get 45 banned athletes into the Pyeongchang Olympics failed just hours before the opening ceremony. The International Olympic Committee had banned Russia because of a massive doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games but gave individual athletes the chance to apply for admission to compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.” Dozens appealed for a spot at the games but the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the IOC’s right to decide who can compete.
In this image from video from Senate Television, Sen. Ran Paul, R-Ky., speaks on the floor of the Senate Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Senate TV via AP)

All sides claim budget win; immigration fight looks tougher

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

Republican leaders, top Democrats and President Donald Trump are all claiming big wins in the $400 billion budget agreement signed into law Friday. But the push to pass the massive legislation underscored enduring divisions within both parties, and those rifts are likely to make the next fight over immigration even more challenging.

Swiss snowboarder Iouri Podladtchikov, right, reacts next to Sacha Giger, left, head of the Swiss snowboard team, during a news conference ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. Podladtchikov won’t defend his title due to injuries he suffered last month at the Winter X Games. The gold medalist, known as the I-Pod, practiced on the Olympic halfpipe Friday, but afterward said it would be “totally unreasonable” for him to compete. (Jean-christophe Bott / Keystone via AP)

Injured I-Pod won’t get chance for another Olympic gold

Olympic halfpipe champion Iouri Podladtchikov won’t defend his title due to injuries sustained last month at the Winter X Games. The gold medalist known as the I-Pod practiced on the Olympic halfpipe but afterward said it would be “totally unreasonable” for him to compete.
Trader Fred DeMarco, center, and specialist Anthony Rinaldi, right, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. U.S. stocks are lower Thursday morning as losses from the previous day continue. (Richard Drew / AP)

Teachable Moment: Questions and answers after a week of market volatility

As U.S. stock markets oscillate through a week of volatile ups and downs, anyone with money in the markets likely will have questions about the long-term health of their investments and the fundamental forces underpinning the economy. For answers, The Spokesman-Review reached out to two Gonzaga University professors: Danielle Xu, professor of finance and Mozilo Chair of Business Administration; and Kent Hickman, professor of finance. Their joint responses are below.
President Donald Trump speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

Trump proposes reduction of drug costs under Medicare

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

President Donald Trump will propose lowering prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries by allowing them to share in rebates that drug companies pay to insurers and middlemen, an administration official said.
Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. The sister of the North Korean leader on Friday became the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. (Ahn Young-joon / Associated Press)

N. Korea delegation led by Kim’s sister arrives for Olympics

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

The sister of the North Korean leader on Friday became the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 9:26 p.m.

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