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John Fish, Boston's bid chairman, speaks during a news conference in Boston Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 after Boston was picked by the USOC as its bid city for the 2024 Olympic Summer Games. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Boston reacts warily to selection of Olympics bid

- Associated Press

Columnists and commuters alike took to the airwaves, the streets and social media Friday to air their grievances, deflating at least a little of Boston’s bubble over beating San Francisco, Los Angeles and Washington as the USOC’s choice for the American bid.

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In this Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Prince Miteb bin Abdul Aziz, son of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, left, and newly enthroned King Salman, center, receive dignitaries who arrived to give their condolences for Saudi King Abdullah, who died early Friday at age 90, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/SPA)

IOC dismisses idea of joint Saudi-Bahrain bid for Olympics

- Associated Press

The IOC shot down a suggestion by a Saudi Arabian official Tuesday that the ultraconservative nation could seek to co-host the Olympics with neighboring Bahrain by having male and female athletes compete in separate countries.

FILE - In Wednesday, March  7, 2012 file photo, the London 2012 Olympic Stadium at sunset at the Olympic Park in London. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in London as that city redevelops its Olympic park. Smithsonian officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 that London's mayor and developers have secured $50 million in private contributions to build the facility. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

Smithsonian working to finalize deal for new site in London

- Associated Press

As London works to redevelop its Olympic park from 2012 with a new cultural center, it could eventually include an import from the United States. The Smithsonian Institution is working to establish its first international museum outpost in Britain.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 photo, boys play next to an abandoned boat, on the garbage-littered shore of Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Janeiro state's top environmental official acknowledged at a Friday, Jan. 23rd press conference, that the Olympic pledge of slashing by 80 percent the levels of pollution flowing into the trash- and raw sewage-filled Guanabara Bay is unattainable by next year's summer games. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Rio official says there's 'no plan B' for Olympic sailing

- Associated Press

Rio de Janeiro Olympic organizers said Tuesday they have "no plan B" for the 2016 games' sailing competitions, despite a recent admission by the state's top environment official that it will be impossible to meet pledges to clean up the raw sewage- and trash-filled waters where the events are to be staged.

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2012 file photo, Russia's Yuliya Zaripova celebrates as she wins the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Zaripova faces a doping ban in the latest scandal to hit Russian athletics. Athletics' world governing body, the IAAF, told The Associated Press on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 that Zaripova is under suspicion under biological passport rules, a means to track extreme blood values which indicate doping. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

Olympic steeplechase champ Zaripova faces doping ban

- Associated Press

Olympic 3,000 meters steeplechase champion Yulia Zaripova faces a doping ban and the potential loss of several major titles in the latest scandal to hit Russian athletics.