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Recent Snowfall Is Helping Oregon Snowpack Recover

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Winter storms that have dumped snow on the Cascade Range this month have helped Oregon's snowpack recover after lower-than-normal measurements in January and last year. The entire state has seen a 20 to 30 percent bump in snowpack and 2 to 3 times the normal precipitation since Feb. 1. As of Feb. 15, Oregon's total snowpack was 93 percent of average, compared to 73 percent at the end of January and a paltry 40 percent at this time last year.

Celtics recover after late Knicks rally, win 119-114

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There were kids everywhere running around in Celtics jerseys, as many family members made the trip since Boston hasn't been home much during a road-heavy month. "We've only had, I think, two nights at home since Dec. 2. So it hasn't been an easy month on a lot of our players and coaches, so we wanted to bring as many as we possibly could with us," said coach Brad Stevens, adding that there's always kids running around the team bus and plane. "It's really important that all of our players' and coaches' families feel a part of it, because it is a time-consuming job and certainly on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve we wanted to make that something that we prioritized."

Wisconsin Country Thunder Lightning Strike Survivor Recovers

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The 22-year-old says she was on the phone at the time, and doctors believe the device took part of the hit and helped save her life. Prehn was in intensive care for about a week with head fractures, brain bleeding and burns.

Ukraine recovers 4 stolen Dutch paintings

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Ukrainian officials have announced the recovery of four paintings from a trove of Dutch Golden Age art that was stolen from a Dutch museum more than a decade ago. At a Thursday briefing showing the four paintings, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said work will continue to recover other pieces of art burglarized from the Westfries Museum in 2005. Klimkin said it's believed that other paintings are in the possession of criminals in eastern Ukraine, where fighting between separatist rebels and Ukrainian forces broke out two years ago. There were no details on how the 16th- and 17th-century paintings were recovered. The museum said last year that two people claiming to represent a Ukrainian nationalist militia had contacted the Dutch Embassy in Kiev, seeking a 5-million-euro fee for the paintings' return.

Raped and tortured by IS, Yazidi women recover in Germany

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In this July 28, 2016 picture, 17-year-old Yazidi girl Yasmin shows her hands at her home in Germany. After escaping the clutches of Islamic State, Yasmin, a Yazidi girl, was so traumatized by her captivity that she poured gasoline on herself and set it alight - hoping to render herself no longer desirable to the extremists. Two years later, she's being treated in Germany not only for her physical wounds, but for the psychological damage that led her to her act of desperation.