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Russian separatists release 2 U.S. veterans as part of a prisoner exchange

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Two U.S. military veterans who disappeared three months ago while fighting Russia with Ukrainian forces were among 10 prisoners, including five British nationals, released by Russian-backed separatists as part of a prisoner exchange mediated by Saudi Arabia, officials said Wednesday.

Alex Drueke, 40, and Andy Huynh, 27, went missing in the Kharkiv region of northeastern Ukraine near the Russian border June 9. They had traveled to Ukraine on their own and became friends because both are from Alabama.


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St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols 'chases' baseball history: 700 home runs

SAN DIEGO — Home run milestones continue to be the talk of Major League baseball as the regular season winds down.

In New York yesterday, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge became the sixth player in history to hit 60 home runs in a season.


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Senators demand answers from Dept. of Defense after reports of JROTC instructor abuse

Four senators, including Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), are asking the Departments of Defense and Education for answers after a July report from the New York Times revealed a pattern of sexual misconduct among Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) instructors.


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The House just passed a bill that would make it harder to overthrow an election

Updated September 21, 2022 at 5:42 PM ET

The House on Wednesday passed a set of electoral reforms aimed at shoring up ambiguities and archaic language in the presidential certification process, some of which former President Donald Trump and his allies tried to exploit in their efforts to overturn the 2020 election.


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A box of 200 mosquitoes did the vaccinating in this malaria trial. That's not a joke!

One Seattle morning, Carolina Reid sat in a room with nine other volunteers, each waiting to take part in a clinical trial for a new, experimental malaria vaccine.

Reid's turn came. She put her arm over a cardboard box filled with 200 mosquitoes and covered with a mesh that keeps them in but still lets them bite. "Literally a Chinese food takeout container" is how she remembers it. A scientist then covered her arm with a black cloth, because mosquitoes like to bite at night.

Then the feeding frenzy began.


After his suspension for racist conduct, Phoenix Suns owner says he's selling the team

Robert Sarver, majority owner of the NBA's Phoenix Suns and the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, announced plans Wednesday to find new buyers for the franchises. The move came a week after he received a one-year suspension from the NBA and a $10 million fine for racist and sexist workplace conduct.


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Why Iranian women are burning their hijabs after the death of Mahsa Amini

Iranian women are burning their hijabs and cutting their hair short in protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who died after being arrested in Tehran by Iran's notorious "morality police," who enforce the country's rules on hijabs and other conservative Islamic modes of dress and behavior.


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Ukraine hunts for pro-Moscow collaborators suspected of helping Russia strike targets

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine — Almost every day in this southern port city, there is news of a Russian missile strike — at a university, a cash machine, an apartment building.

Viktoria Komarova is still recovering in the hospital after a strike on a bus stop that killed both her father Andriy and dog Sam.

"We were walking Sam along a street near our home," says the 21-year-old college student, whose leg was broken in several places by shrapnel. "This was a street we walk [down] every day."


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'British Vogue' editor-in-chief wants his magazine to reflect the world he sees

Black women don't sell magazines. That's what Edward Enninful heard from the very beginning of his career in the fashion industry. And for him, that just sounded absurd.

"I [was raised] by my mother, who was a seamstress, and she would make clothes for the most incredible women, women of all sizes and women of all skin tones and ages," Enninful says. "For me, fashion was always such an inclusive, beautiful thing."


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New York's attorney general sues Trump and 3 of his children for alleged fraud

Updated September 21, 2022 at 1:53 PM ET

Following a three-year investigation, New York's Democratic Attorney General Letitia James filed a civil lawsuit on Wednesday against former President Donald Trump.

"The complaint demonstrates that Donald Trump falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself, to cheat the system," James said at a press conference.


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