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A skier heads down a run at Keystone ski resort. Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

At least 11 skiers and snowboarders died at Colorado ski areas so far this season — a detail the resorts don't want to make public.

Why it matters: The sports' safety is getting renewed attention, but the lack of transparency at private resorts on public lands is plaguing the effort.

  • The 26 ski areas in Colorado are not required to share details about fatalities, and operators released less information this year than normal.
  • The death tally came from the Colorado Sun, which contacted coroners in 16 counties.
  • Colorado data shows that ski resorts resulted in 8,000 emergency room visits, about 55 per day, in 2019, the Vail Daily News reported.

What's happening: A bill at the state Capitol this year sought to require ski areas to publish injury data and plans about how they address safety on the slopes. But the powerful industry quashed the effort.

  • "We heard that the data might give them a black eye that is undeserved," Sen. Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) said at the hearing. "So it kind of makes me wonder: What is it that they’re hiding?"

The other side: The leaders at Vail Resorts and Aspen Skiing called the injury reporting burdensome and distracting administrative work that takes patrollers away from their primary job of safety.

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COVID-19 is the first major pandemic in the social media era — offering experts a rare opening to study the relationship between online misinformation and human behavior on a large scale.

Why it matters: As misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines runs rampant, researchers are trying to measure how much memes and messages with false information can alter someone's decision to get vaccinated.

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Israel's "change bloc" collapses, leaving Netanyahu in charge

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In a dramatic shift that comes amid fighting in the Gaza strip and clashes between Jewish and Arab citizens in Israel, right-wing kingmaker Naftali Bennett has announced he will no longer seek an alternative government to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Why it matters: Bennett had been on the verge of a power-sharing deal with centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid that would have made him prime minister for two years until Lapid rotated into the job. Without Bennett, Lapid has no path to a majority, and Israel will almost certainly head for its fifth election since 2019 with Netanyahu still in his post.

CDC says fully vaccinated people don't have to wear masks indoors

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Erin Clark-Pool/Getty Images

The CDC announced in new guidance Thursday that anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, regardless of crowd size.

What they're saying: "If you are fully vaccinated, you are protected, and you can start doing the things that you stopped doing because of the pandemic," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky will say at a White House press briefing.