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Russian whistleblower Yulia Stepanova cleared to compete as neutral athlete in Rio

• 800m runner becomes first athlete to pass ‘exceptional eligibility’ guidelines • Stepanova helped expose systematic Russian doping<p>The Russian 800m runner Yuliya Stepanova, who bravely and spectacularly blew the whistle on widespread doping inside her country, could return to international …

Track & Field

Distance queen Ledecky rules over 800 free heats | Reuters

OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) - Katie Ledecky swam the third fastest time ever in the women’s 800 meters freestyle as she dominated her heat at the U.S. Olympic trials on Friday.<p>July 1, 2016; Omaha, NE, USA; Katie Ledecky during the women's 800m freestyle preliminary heats in the U.S. Olympic swimming …

Swimming

Visitors to Los Angeles County spent a record $20.6 billion in 2015

Tourism in California and Los Angeles County continued on its record pace last year, largely driven by new visitors from Asia. But spending by international visitors statewide was down as weaker foreign currency curbed their purchasing power in the U.S.<p>That was the upshot from two studies released …

Tourism

Step Up Your Bedroom Style: Doable DIY Headboard Ideas

Chances are your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, and since the headboard is the focal point of your bed, it has a huge impact on the look of …

Framing

Rams quarterback Case Keenum signs first-round tender

With suspense building about their anticipated choice of North Dakota State's Carson Wentz or California's Jared Goff in next week's<p>NFLdraft, theRamschecked another important quarterback-related box Monday.<p>Case Keenum, a restricted free agent and the Rams' presumptive starter going into the start …

Football (U.S.)

Coachella 2016: See Fest's Hottest Fashions, Wildest Costumes

19<p>By<p>As any seasoned festivalgoer knows, only a small part of the action is onstage. Especially at an A-list gathering like Coachella, there's just as …

House Intelligence Committee

From Banana Pancakes to Blueberry Muffins: 8 Fruit-Filled Breakfast Recipes

Sure, you could eat plain ole fruit for breakfast. But wouldn't it be even better if the fruit was baked or blended into something delicious?<p><b>1. Banana Pancakes</b><p>Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and delicately flavored with bananas and vanilla -- these are phenomenal banana pancakes. The …

China’s Two-Speed Economy

Clumsy state-owned industrial firms stagnate as private companies race into the global market<p>Fushun, a city built on coal in China’s industrial northeast, is in full-blown recession. Liu Junfen, a scrap-metal merchant who gathers discarded bicycles, hubcaps and gas cylinders to feed to local steel …

China

5 Topics for March Madness

Kansas was the top-ranked team in the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament field announced Sunday night, followed by North Carolina, Virginia and Oregon. The Big 12, Big Ten, A.C.C. and Pac-12 each placed seven teams in the bracket, while the Big East placed two teams.<p>There were some surprises, but …

College Basketball