Putin visits Sochi and straps on skis
With terrorist strikes in the region clouding the runup to the Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Sochi on Friday to inspect the site of the Games and started his tour by taking several runs down a ski slope. The alpine slope at Laura Stadium where Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev took several runs was designed to host cross-country skiing and biathlon events for both professionals and amateurs, though it will not be used for next month's Olympics. Putin arrived in Sochi after visiting Volgograd, an industrial center about 400 miles to the northeast, which was hit this week by bombing attacks on Sunday and Monday that left more than 30 people dead and scores injured.
Sen. TED Cruz still A Canadian citizen
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas vowed months ago to renounce his Canadian citizenship by the end of 2013, but the Calgary-born Republican is still a dual citizen. Cruz, 43, recently said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News that lawyers are preparing the paperwork to renounce citizenship, just as he said in August. Richard Kurland, a Vancouver-based immigration lawyer, wonders what's taking so long. Kurland said Friday that unless there is an issue that hasn't been disclosed, renouncing citizenship in Canada is a simple, quick process. Cruz's office didn't respond for a request for comment.