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Error: Feed doesn't contain any items

Before I left for Christmas vacation my development Flash Briefing was working just fine. I just came back and everything is failing. I return an array with two items but the Developer Console always reports "Error: Feed doesn't contain any items"

I even tried returning the official examples from https://developer.amazon.com/public/solutions/alexa/alexa-skills-kit/docs/flash-briefing-skill-api-feed-reference and I still cannot get it to load.

Did anything change in the last two weeks or so?

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I checked the call that the Developer portal is making and here is what I see: {"message":"Socket Timeout Error. Unable to retrieve content.","stackTrace":"","httpStatus":400,"exception":true}

My endpoint is 100% online, so I wonder if this is a problem with Amazon's HTTP crawler.

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If anybody else is having this issue, it turned out that this is actually an Amazon bug.

Here is what I tried and how to fix it:

- I tried using different endpoint URLs (not only my URLs, but URLs of other skills that work). The dev portal was returning the same error for any URL.

- Then I tried recreating the briefing skill (using the same URLs!) and it worked. So just recreate the skill.

Amazon, please fix it and please make the errors more descriptive.

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Hi Ovi. Do you have the skillid for the skill which was impacted?

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amzn1.ask.skill.bb3ce25e-f01c-4f26-b3f4-561313830a1c

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