Speedskater Ivanie Blondin embraces beefy race schedule, Canmore's Connor Howe wins silver in Calgary

Canada's Ivanie Blondin skates during the women's 3000-metre competition at the ISU World Cup speed skating event in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Dec. 9, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Canada's Ivanie Blondin skates during the women's 3000-metre competition at the ISU World Cup speed skating event in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Dec. 9, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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U.S. downs Chinese balloon, drawing a threat from China

The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America. China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions.