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SOCHI, Russia — A Russia in search of global vindication kicked off the Sochi Olympics looking more like a Russia that likes to party, with a pulse-raising opening ceremony about fun and sports instead of terrorism, gay rights and coddling despots. By Angela Charlton and Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT. 1200 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Smoke and mirrors? Russian state television aired footage Friday of five floating snowflakes turning into the Olympic rings and bursting into pyrotechnics at the Sochi Games opening ceremony. Problem is, that didn't happen. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT. 495 words, photos.



LONDON — How safe is Sochi for your electronics and personal data? By Raphael Satter. SENT. 517 words.


WASHINGTON — Some of the world's biggest drugmakers are playing a larger role in anti-doping efforts at this year's Winter Olympics: They're providing information on drugs that once would have been considered proprietary trade secrets. By Health Writer Matthew Perrone. SENT. 850 words.


NEW YORK — While several Olympic sponsors have spoken out against Russia's restrictions on gay rights ahead of the Sochi Winter Games, Chevrolet is rolling out two ads during the U.S. broadcast of the opening ceremony on Friday that feature gay couples. By Business Writer Mae Anderson. SENT. 459 words.


MOSCOW — Wondering about some of the Russian culture featured Friday in the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics? Here's a guide to the history, literature and art that made up a big part of the show. By Laura Mills. SENT. 497 words, photos.


ANKARA, Turkey — A Ukrainian passenger on an Istanbul-bound flight claimed Friday there was a bomb on board and tried to hijack the plane to Sochi, Russia, where the Olympics are kicking off, an official said. By Suzan Fraser. SENT. 356 words.


SOCHI, Russia — One of the greatest goaltenders of all time and an innovative figure skater who won three straight Olympic pairs titles lit the cauldron together Friday night at the opening ceremony of the Sochi Games. SENT. 434 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Let's get this show started. That's the message from IOC President Thomas Bach, who is looking to put aside concerns over security and gay rights that have dogged the buildup to the Sochi Games. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 650 words, photos.


— OLY--Sochi Scene — AP dispatches about happenings in and around Sochi. About 50-300 words each, between 12 and 20 items daily. With photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Olympics-5 Things. Five things to know about the Sochi Olympics. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi Olympic Glance. Highlights of Day 1 of the Sochi Olympics, the opening ceremony. SENT: 278 words, photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos from Friday. SENT.



SOCHI, Russia — Sven Kramer opens the defense of his Olympic title when speedskating begins with the 5,000 meters on Saturday at Adler Arena. A victory will be extra special because the winner receives the 100th gold medal in men's speedskating at the Olympics. By Beth Harris. Session starts at 6:30 a.m. EST, 1130 GMT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot scored a 97.5 — 2 1/2 points short of perfect — in a qualifying run and will be vying for gold in the men's slopestyle finals. Shaun White withdrew ahead of the qualifying to focus on his bid for a third straight Olympic gold in the halfpipe. By Eddie Pells. Semifinals start at 12:30 a.m. EST, 0500 GMT.


SOCHI, Russia — Marit Bjoergen left Vancouver as the most successful athlete of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Her attempt to match that feat in Sochi starts Saturday in the women's 15-kilometer skiathlon, where her main competition comes from her Norwegian teammates. By Mattias Karen. UPCOMING. 500 words by 7 a.m. EST, 1200 GMT.


SOCHI, Russia — Ole Einar Bjoerndalen will have a first shot at his seventh career Olympic gold medal as biathlon kicks off with the men's 10-kilometer sprint Saturday. The Norwegian veteran, who turned 40 last month, expects fierce competition from the likes of countryman and 2010 silver medalist Emil Hegle Svendsen as well as Martin Fourcade, who is looking to follow the footsteps of retired fellow Frenchman and 2010 sprint champion, Vincent Jay. Svendsen and Fourcade both won four pre-Olympic races on the World Cup circuit this season. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING. 600 words by 7 a.m. EST, 1200 GMT.

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— KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — OLY--BIA-Track Too Short. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 350 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Defending Olympic champion Hannah Kearney easily topped qualifying and will start Saturday's finals with a chance to bookend the gold she won in Vancouver four years ago. Canadian Chloe Dufour-Lapointe finished second in qualifying, just ahead of younger sister Justine and older sister Maxime, who came in eighth. By Will Graves. Finals start at 1 p.m. EST, 1800 GMT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Felix Loch, the latest in a long line of German luge royalty, knows he's got a target on his skin-tight racing suit. The 24-year-old, who dominated the World Cup circuit this season, will have to hold off Italy's Armin Zoeggeler and Russia's Albert Demchenko — a pair of crafty sliders still going strong in their 40s — to defend his Olympic title. The competition begins with two of four runs on Saturday. By Tom Withers. Session starts at 9:30 a.m. EST, 1430 GMT.


SOCHI, Russia — The United States takes on Finland on the opening day of competition in women's ice hockey at the Sochi Olympics. By Sports Writer Jimmy Golen. Play starts at 3 a.m. EST, 0800 GMT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The gold medal presentations are still more than three days away, but the world's best female ski jumpers will finally get a chance to show the Olympics they belong when they hold their first official training session. By Sports Writer Dennis Passa. Expected by 7 a.m. EST, 1200 GMT.


SOCHI, Russia — Hoping to climb out of a huge hole, the U.S. turns to its world champions in the team competition. Meryl Davis and Charlie White will skate in the short dance team Saturday. Ashley Wagner will skate in the women's short program for a U.S. team in seventh place. By Barry Wilner. Session starts at 9:30 a.m. EST, 1430 GMT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Even if he's never finished better than fifth in a World Cup downhill, Austria's Matthias Mayer is catching everyone's attention ahead of the opening Alpine race at the Sochi Olympics. By Sports Writers Andrew Dampf And Howard Fendrich. SENT. 605 words.



SOCHI, Russia — Shani Davis has a contentment that comes from knowing his legacy is secure, no matter what happens at the Sochi Olympics. Not that he's ready to slow down at 31 and competing in his third Winter Games. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 650 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Torah Bright understands why Shaun White pulled out of the slopestyle to focus on defending his gold in halfpipe. But the Australian has no such plans. The defending halfpipe gold medalist has added slopestyle and boardercross — to her to-do list in Sochi. By Will Graves. SENT: 850 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Six-time Olympic Alpine medalist Anja Paerson is retired from the slopes now. She's at the Sochi Olympics, working for Swedish TV, and she has some pointed views in opposing Russia's anti-gay laws. By Andrew Damp. SENT: 650 words, photos.



ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Wild center Mikko Koivu decided his surgically repaired right ankle has not healed enough to allow him to play for Finland in the Olympics. SENT. 375 words, photo.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Ticket Sales. SENT: 120 words, photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--IOC-Finances. SENT: 100 words.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--IOC-Elections. SENT: 300 words, photos.