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This undated photo provided by the Olympic Regional Development Authority shows  a person taking a skeleton ride at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y.  For $75, visitors on winter Saturdays can take a sled ride belly down, head first on a sled the size of a throw rug. While racers take running jumps onto their sleds and can exceed 80 mph, visitors are pushed off about halfway down the run and can hit 30 to 40 mph.  (AP Photo/Olympic Regional Development Authority)

On the wild slide: Lake Placid site offers skeleton rides

- Associated Press

Sledding can be pleasant and pastoral, with big toboggans, snowy hills and rosy cheeks. And then there's skeleton sledding: belly down, head first on a sled the size of a throw rug, hard ice whooshing by your face.

Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Ty Masterson, second from the left, an Andover Republican, discusses a new school funding plan during a news conference Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. To his left is House Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican; to his immediate right is House Appropriations Committee Chairman Ron Ryckman Jr., an Olathe Republican, and to the far right is Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Top Kansas GOP lawmakers say plan will boost aid to schools

- Associated Press

Top Republican legislators in Kansas said they're looking to boost aid to public schools while providing them with financial stability and flexibility under a plan they outlined Thursday for overhauling education funding.

In this Jan. 27, 2015, photo, Ngoty, of Senegal, the adopted daughter of Viginia women's basketball coach Joanne Boyle, rests on a basketball as she plays with members of the women's basketball team in Charlottesville, Va. Each trip to Senegal to try and adopt Ngoty entailed an eight-hour flight to Dakar from Washington's Dulles International Airport, then a rugged drive of nearly 300 miles that could take 8-9 hours, or longer on the trips when Boyle and her driver blew a tire or their car overheated in the 120-degree temperatures. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Coach's adopted toddler builds a life with hoops team

- Associated Press

Joanne Boyle offered a quick prayer before clicking the photo link of a days-old girl in a Senegalese orphanage. Maybe, after so many years of waiting, this would be the child the Virginia women's basketball coach could bring home.

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry goes in for a shot during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work. The players will deliver the message in public service announcements that will appear during NBA games shown on major TV networks over the next few months. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)

Facebook exec, NBA team up to get men to 'lean in' for women

- Associated Press

Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league's other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women's rights at home and at work.

Silicon Valley gender bias suit puts spotlight on industry

- Associated Press

A sex discrimination trial against one of Silicon Valley's most prestigious venture capital firms is providing a rare peek into the elite investment companies vying to fund the next Google and Amazon.

Indiana Senate budget chief says school funding under review

- Associated Press

The Indiana Senate's top budget writer said Thursday he wants to consider ways of possibly easing proposed school funding shifts that could lead to cuts for many urban and rural districts with shrinking enrollments.

Suzette Shaw, left, a homeless woman, joins others protesting a police shooting of a homeless man on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in downtown Los Angeles. There was a moment of silence at the site of the shooting where several dozen people rallied Tuesday in protest. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) ** FILE **

Failures by 3 governments preceded homeless man's death on Skid Row

- Associated Press

Mistakes and miscommunication by three governments on three continents over nearly 20 years led to a homeless man known as "Africa" being on Los Angeles' Skid Row, where he was shot by police after authorities say he became combative and appeared to reach for an officer's weapon.

After Ebola ban, N. Korea opens marathon to foreigners

- Associated Press

After lifting travel restrictions it imposed because of concerns over the Ebola virus, North Korea says foreigners can now take part in one of its most popular tourist events - the annual Pyongyang marathon, a travel agency said Thursday.

Chinese military officers arrive at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. China's military budget will grow by about 10 percent in the coming year, a legislative spokeswoman said Wednesday, despite slowing economic growth that fell to 7.4 percent last year and is expected to further decline in 2015.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China defense spending to grow 10.1 percent in 2015

- Associated Press

China said Thursday it will boost defense spending by 10.1 percent, a smaller rise than last year but in line with large annual increases that have drawn concern among the country's neighbors over Beijing's military and territorial ambitions.