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Russia extends Brittney Griner's detention until at least July 2

MOSCOW — WNBA star Brittney Griner will remain in Russian custody through at least July 2, Russian state-run news agency Tass reported Tuesday.

The 31-year-old American basketball player has been held in Russia since February when she was detained at a Moscow airport after authorities there claimed she was carrying vape cartridges containing cannabis oil. The U.S. Department of State last month reclassified her as wrongfully detained.

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McConnell says he'll support a gun reform bill if it matches the proposed framework

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will support passing a bill that would reform gun laws if the text matches the framework proposed earlier this week.

"I am comfortable with the framework and if the legislation ends up reflecting what the framework indicates, I will be supportive," McConnell told reporters Tuesday.

K-pop sensation BTS is going on a break but promises to return

The K-pop superstar group BTS is taking a break. The South Korean boy band announced their decision over a long dinner they filmed and shared on social media.

"I always thought that BTS was different from other groups, but the problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don't give you time to mature," RM, the group's leader said, according to their video's translation.

He went on to say after years of working, the group has lost its direction.

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'1619 Project' journalist lays bare why Black Americans 'live sicker and die quicker'

The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the racial inequities that plague American health care, with Black people dying of the disease at a rate more than double that of white people.

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A process that allows minors to get an abortion could disappear if Roe falls

B was at her partner's house one day when she had a gut instinct, a churning feeling inside her body that led her to take a pregnancy test.

"I kind of went robotic and shut everything out, any emotions or anything," she said. "I felt like my whole life was going to go down the drain because that's how society portrays it."

B, who we are referring to by her first initial because she's not ready for her family to know her story, was 17 years old when she found out she was pregnant. It was the end of 2020, during her final year of high school.

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Lizzo rerecords 'Grrrls' following criticism over ableist lyric

Singer songwriter Lizzo has rereleased her new single "Grrrls" with a lyric change after it sparked heated discussions online about ableist language.

The song, which is set to appear on her upcoming album Special, received praise and excitement from many fans upon its release last Friday. Others, especially those within the disability community, expressed concern about her use of the word "spaz," which many consider an ableist slur.

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Police in the Dallas area kill a gunman who entered a summer camp for kids

A gunman opened fire inside a building where more than 250 kids and staff were starting a day of summer camp on Monday, setting off a panic that ended with a gunfight with police in Duncanville, Texas.

Officers shot the attacker, who was later declared dead at a local hospital. Authorities are crediting the fast response by camp staff and police with preventing injuries to anyone else.

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Britney Spears' ex-husband is charged with stalking after trying to crash her wedding

Jason Alexander, a childhood friend of Britney Spears' and the pop star's first husband, was charged with a felony and three misdemeanors for his attempt to crash Spears' wedding to her longtime partner Sam Asghari.

Alexander pleaded not guilty to the charges of stalking, trespassing and refusing to leave private property, vandalism and battery, according to court records. Spears and Alexander married in 2004 in Las Vegas, but the marriage was annulled after 55 hours.


The Jan. 6 committee has postponed its Wednesday hearing and will next meet Thursday

Updated June 14, 2022 at 12:58 PM ET

The third Jan. 6 committee hearing scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed to an as-yet unknown day, the panel said in a statement Tuesday.

The committee's release does not offer an explanation, but a source familiar said the move was a result of scheduling conflicts.

The committee's next hearing will take place Thursday, June 16.

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Meta rolls out more parental controls for Instagram and virtual reality

Facebook parent company Meta is rolling out additional parental supervision measures for Instagram and its virtual reality headset, expanding on a suite of tools released in the U.S. in recent months.

The changes come on the heels of a year of intense public scrutiny for the company, with significant criticism focused on child safety and Instagram's detrimental effects on younger users, particularly teenage girls.