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Summer Britcher of the United State celebrates after her 2nd run during a women's race at the Luge World Cup event in Innsbruck, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Andreas Schaad)

Austria wins doubles luge title, Britcher medals for US

Jan. 24, 2021 9:27 AM EST

IGLS, Austria (AP) — Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller of Austria clinched the World Cup luge doubles overall championship Sunday, while Natalie Geisenberger of Germany moved even closer to what could be her eighth women’s season-long title. It also was a big day for USA Luge: Summer Britcher gave the...

Switzerland's Beat Feuz gets to the finish area after completing an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

Swiss skier Beat Feuz wins 2nd Kitzbühel downhill in 3 days

Jan. 24, 2021 9:07 AM EST

KITZBÜHEL, Austria (AP) — For the second time in three days, Beat Feuz triumphed in a race that he had unsuccessfully tried to win for a decade. The Swiss skier won this weekend’s second men’s World Cup downhill on the Streif course Sunday, repeating his victory from two days earlier....

Felix Loch of Germany celebrates with the trophy for winning the world cup after the Luge World Cup event in Innsbruck, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Andreas Schaad)

King Felix: Loch wraps up 7th World Cup luge season title

Jan. 23, 2021 10:08 AM EST

IGLS, Austria (AP) — A year ago, Germany’s Felix Loch endured the worst season of his career. This year, he’s enjoying perhaps the most dominant season in men’s luge history. Loch is the World Cup men’s overall champion for the seventh time, clinching the title Saturday with his...

Austria presents national strategy against anti-Semitism

Jan. 21, 2021 8:27 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian government on Thursday presented a national strategy on fighting rising anti-Semitism that includes improving the protection of synagogues, improved education about Judaism and stricter prosecution of hate crimes against Jews. The Alpine country's Europe Minister, Karoline...

Motorbike museum in Austrian Alps goes up in flames

Jan. 19, 2021 5:27 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Fire investigators picked their way through the charred remains of a motorbike museum in the Austrian Alps on Tuesday, searching for clues to the cause of the blaze that destroyed more than 200 exhibition pieces, many of them collectors' items. The fire early Monday at the Top Mountain...

United States' Mikaela Shiffrin wears a face mask as she waits for the podium ceremony after winning an alpine ski, women's World Cup slalom in Flachau, Austria, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

The Latest: Canadian women’s hockey team opens Calgary camp

Jan. 18, 2021 4:47 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Canadian women’s hockey team opened a 35-player camp in a Calgary bubble. The 14-day camp is the first physical gathering of national-team players in months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hockey Canada invited 47...

Travellers walk towards the Covid-19 testing centre at Heathrow Airport in London, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.  The UK will close all travel corridors from Monday morning to protect against the coronavirus with travellers entering the country from overseas are required to have proof of a negative Covid test. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The Latest: Slovakia wants tests for nearly all in nine days

Jan. 17, 2021 5:01 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia is launching a project to test almost all citizens for the coronavirus in nine days. The government hopes the nationwide testing will speed up a recovery from the latest wave of the infections, make it possible for students to return to school in February, help the health...

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz with a face mask walks at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. The Austrian government has moved to restrict freedom of movement for people, in an effort to slow the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Austria extends lockdown to Feb. 7, toughens some measures

Jan. 17, 2021 6:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian government is extending the country's lockdown until Feb. 7 in a drive to push down still-high infection figures as officials worry about the possible impact of new coronavirus variants. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Sunday that some measures will also be tightened as a result...

Felix Loch from Germany is happy about his victory at the Luge World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP)

Loch on the brink of clinching World Cup luge overall title

Jan. 16, 2021 11:01 AM EST

OBERHOF, Germany (AP) — Felix Loch is about to reclaim his title as World Cup luge overall champion. The two-time Olympic champion from Germany is now virtually assured of claiming the seasonlong men’s overall title for the seventh time after dominating yet another race Saturday. He was a...

City worker Carlos Ruiz gives instruction to a COVID-19 patient after delivering a tank of oxygen to her home in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The city offers free oxygen refills for COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Jan. 15, 2021 10:37 PM EST

Mexico posted a record spike in coronavirus cases on Friday, with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago. The country also recorded 1,106 more deaths. It was unclear if the spike was due to the presence of the U.K. virus variant, of which only one case has so...