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2 foreign skiers hit by Japan avalanche found, presumed dead

Two foreign men hit by an avalanche while backcountry skiing were found without vital signs in a famous ski resort in central Japan, police said Monday. Nagano Prefectural police said the two men were among five foreign skiers who were caught in an avalanche Sunday afternoon on the eastern slope of Mount Hakuba Norikura.

Police officers prepare to head to the site of an avalanche, at a ski resort in the village of Otari, Nagano prefecture, Japan Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. A search team was dispatched in the village after reports of missing people who were backcountry skiing when an avalanche occurred. (Kyodo News via AP)

House GOP seeks new restrictions on use of U.S. oil stockpile, draws veto threat

House Republicans are seeking to restrict presidential use of the nation's emergency oil stockpile -- a proposal that has already drawn a White House veto threat. A GOP bill set for a vote Friday would require the government to offset any non-emergency withdrawals from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve with new drilling on public lands and oceans.

Enough rare earth minerals to fuel green energy shift: study

The world has enough rare earth minerals and other critical raw materials to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy to produce electricity and limit global warming, according to a new study that counters concerns about the supply of such minerals.