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February 24, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Humphry Slocombe has created three funky new ice cream flavors for Virgin America fliers, but only one will make the cut for first-class service. Passengers and fans have until Friday to tweet their favorite -- #ButterByMoodlight (buttery with a blueberry glaze), #RedHotBanana (real Red Hot candies mashed into it) or #CoconutBlondAmbition (vanilla marshmallow fluff meets lemon sorbet). (If you don't recognize this hipster ice cream maker, it's the one that uses Bourbon and cornflakes in its Secret Breakfast flavor.)
February 23, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Team Canada's journey to its second straight Olympic hockey title began six months ago not with intense strategizing, but with a game of ball hockey. Seeking a way to get players to bond when insurance costs prevented them from skating at an Olympic orientation camp, Coach Mike Babcock told them to wear sneakers and improvise a game on land. It seemed silly at the time but it was the memory Ryan Getzlaf invoked Sunday as Canada prepared for the third period of its gold-medal game against Sweden at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
February 22, 2014 | By Maria L. LaGanga
SEATTLE - U.S. officials are heading to Greenland for a three-day meeting to persuade other Arctic nations to place a moratorium on high-seas fishing in the Arctic Ocean, where climate change is melting the permanent ice cap and allowing trawlers in for the first time in human history. The United States is proposing an agreement “that would close the international waters of the Arctic Ocean to commercial fishing until there is a good scientific foundation on which to base management of any potential fishing,” said David Benton, a member of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, who will be part of the negotiations in Nuuk, Greenland.
February 21, 2014 | Chris Kuc
The puck spun and wobbled as it slid slowly toward the vacated Canadian goal. As it crossed between the circles, it angled ever-so-slightly to the left, struck the post and bounced back. That was how close the United States came to sealing the gold medal of the women's hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics on Thursday at the Bolshoy Ice Dome. Thirty seconds after the near-miss, that same puck was in the Americans' net and what looked like a dream ending for the U.S. was turning into a nightmare.
February 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Vanilla Ice has made a career out of being embarrassing in a wholly self-aware way. The rapper's latest foray into cringe-inducing territory? Shucking and jiving for Kraft macaroni and cheese. Ice lends his “Ninja Rap” to a new commercial for pasta shaped like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The song appeared on the soundtrack to 1991's “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze,” and the branded mac likely coincides with a reboot of the live action film set to hit theaters later this year.
February 19, 2014 | By Laura E. Davis
If I had landed that double loop, I might remember very little about one of my last performances as a figure skater. It's a jump I had done, in competition and in practice, probably hundreds of times. But on that day, during my last shot at a medal in regionals, I fell. My elbows hit the ice, my chest and neck jolted back and my head soon followed. It's not as bad as it might sound. The French braid on the back of my head acted as a helmet as I knocked the ice. But it wasn't your average tumble -- if you only watch figure skating on TV, you've probably not seen a fall like it. One person told my mom afterward that she didn't think I would get up. Not because I was badly injured, but because it seemed like an appropriate time for me to give up. On my way to the competition in Colorado, I had developed one of the many head colds that plagued me as a teenager.
February 19, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- East Coast residents sick of a long, snowy winter reveled in warmer temperatures that reached 45 degrees in some areas -- until they realized the sky was falling. Well, not the sky, precisely, but it may have seemed that way: Chunks of ice that had accumulated during weeks of freezing temperatures melted, thawed, and then crashed to the ground. Streets around One World Trade Center were closed Wednesday because of falling ice from the tallest building in the western hemisphere, and New York's Department of Buildings reminded property owners to remove snow from roofs, overhangs and awnings.
February 17, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - So you think playing on the wider international ice surface would be the best way to increase scoring in the NHL and liven up the game? Think again, according to Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and forward Jeff Carter, who are playing for Canada in the Sochi Olympic hockey tournament. Neither player is a fan of the international dimensions being used here. NHL rinks are 85 feet wide and 200 feet long, but international rinks are 100 feet wide. The 2010 Vancouver Olympic hockey tournament was played on an NHL-size rink.
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