Several Team USA athletes have been spotted (literally) with round purple or red marks on their backs, shoulders and other body parts. An acupuncturist says these are the telltale signs of an ancient Chinese medicine practice called cupping. She explains why elite athletes may find it useful.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, young sprinter Frentorish “Tori” Bowie has waited four years for this moment. She tries not to think too much about the coveted gold medal, as she trains relentlessly in the hot Florida sun.
Miami-grown goalie Ashleigh Johnson, a Princeton University student, is taking the water polo world by storm. A fierce competitor, Johnson is the only non-Californian on the team, and is making history as the first African American to play for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Water Polo team.
Casey Eichfeld joins a small family of three-time Olympians as he races Canoe Slalom for Team USA in Rio. The sprint event can last anywhere from 90 to 110 seconds, and Eichfeld says that upon crossing the finish line, "you're zapped."
Nico Hernandez, a native of 20yearold Wichita, Kansas, makes his Olympic debut in Rio as light flyweight boxer (108 lbs). “When I’m in the ring, I’m just thinking about my family and making a better life for them,” Hernandez said.
After years of effort, the entire 1,600-acre core of forested Blanchard Mountain in Skagit County will be protected from logging after legislators passed the state capital budget. The area has been renamed the Harriet Spanel Forest to honor the late legislator and Bellingham Democrat who was one of Blanchard’s greatest champions.
It was a close call for a tow-truck driver on a Detroit, Michigan, freeway on January 17, when a car slammed in to the driver’s truck as he was towing a car. The dashcam footage was posted to the Michigan State Police Metro Detroit Twitter account, pleading for people to slow down in bad weather. “The trooper saw it coming and was trying to get another car to block the ramp,” the post said. A car can be seen slamming in to a truck, knocking the towed car off the truck, nearly hitting the driver. The driver managed to avoid the cars and escaped unharmed.
An off-shore storm in the Pacific caused flooding and damage to coastal towns across Washington and Oregon on Thursday, January 18. Video by Laurie Collin Deranleau shows waves hitting the shore in Westport where waves reached about 30 feet high. The US Coast Guard Station At Quilayute River also took video of showing the ocean swell near the mouth of the river in the village of La Push, Washington.
Staff at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens struggled to keep one of the zoo’s baby aardvarks on the weighing scales on Wednesday, January 17. A clip shared to the zoo’s YouTube account shows a staff member trying to weigh three-week-old aardvark Winsol, who does his best to try and escape the scales and the hands of the zoo worker. “How hard is it to weigh a three-week-old baby Aardvark? Winsol, the 3-week old baby aardvark is being closely watched by the zoo’s care team as he spends most of his time with his mom Al,” the video caption reveals.