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The leaked abortion decision blew up overnight. In 1973, Roe had a longer fuse

The U.S. Supreme Court's apparently imminent decision to overturn its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion rights has dominated the news as few other stories ever have.

Even in a week of riveting stories erupting from the Ukraine to the Federal Reserve, the nation's media devoted themselves to abortion. No type was too big, no broadcast intro too hot. Cue the thunder and lightning. This was news.

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In a massive boxing upset, Dmitry Bivol takes out Canelo Álvarez

Russian light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol stunned the boxing world Saturday night, winning by a unanimous decision against star Canelo Álvarez – only the second defeat of Álvarez's superlative professional career.

Normally, the undefeated champion – Bivol, who has held the World Boxing Association's light heavyweight title since 2017 – would get top billing, the second boxer to enter the ring, the lead name on the poster.


Listen up! Here are the finalists of the 2022 Student Podcast Challenge

Is it possible to love a stranger? Why do dancers have to wear leotards? How can you track the endangered Preble's meadow jumping mouse when it's difficult to track them with a collar because of their tiny necks?! Kids have the unique ability to ask questions that adults might not think too much about.

These questions provide insight into the minds of young people. This year, we received over 2,400 entries from 45 states and the District of Columbia, and the creativity, innovation, and emotion students were able to pack into eight minutes impressed us.


Jill Biden visits Ukraine, making her first solo trip to a combat zone as first lady

Updated May 8, 2022 at 10:11 AM ET

First lady Jill Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine Sunday and met with the country's first lady, Olena Zelenska.

It was the first time a U.S. first lady has traveled solo to a combat zone since 2015, when Michelle Obama visited Qatar's al-Udeid Air Base.

Biden crossed the Slovakia-Ukraine border after a visit to the Slovakia side of a border crossing in Vysne Nemecke.


When does life begin? Religions don't agree

In a bill introduced this past week, a Louisiana lawmaker describes human life as "created in the image of God" and seeks to make abortion a homicide from the moment of fertilization – sparking concerns from reproductive rights advocates that such a law would also jeopardize access to contraception and fertility treatments.


Russia's Victory Day celebrations take on new importance for the Kremlin this year

MOSCOW — Russians is celebrating Victory Day on Monday, an annual event to mark the Soviet Union's defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II that has taken on added intrigue and import this year because of Russia's fight in Ukraine.

Under Russian President Vladimir Putin, the May 9 event has grown in scale and political prominence, with a Soviet-style military parade on Moscow's Red Square featuring a presidential address.

Jill Biden to Ukrainian mom: Russia war 'hard to understand'

KOSICE, Slovakia — U.S. first lady Jill Biden spent Mother's Day in Slovakia, meeting with Ukrainian mothers who have been displaced by Russia's war and assuring them that the "hearts of the American people" are behind them.

At a bus station in the city of Kosice that is now a 24-hour refugee processing center, Biden found herself in an extended conversation with an emotional Ukrainian woman who said she struggles to explain the war to her three children because she cannot even explain it to herself.


Dozens are feared dead after a Russian bomb levels a Ukrainian school

Updated May 8, 2022 at 3:29 PM ET

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Scores of Ukrainians were feared dead Sunday after a Russian bomb flattened a school where about 90 people were taking shelter in the basement, while Ukrainian fighters held out inside Mariupol's steel plant as Moscow's forces apparently raced to capture the city ahead of Russia's Victory Day holiday.


'The New York Times' can't shake the cloud over a 90-year-old Pulitzer Prize

The New York Times is looking to add to its list of 132 Pulitzer Prizes — by far the most of any news organization — when the 2022 recipients for journalism are announced on Monday.

Yet the war in Ukraine has renewed questions of whether the Times should return a Pulitzer awarded 90 years ago for work by Walter Duranty, its charismatic chief correspondent in the Soviet Union.


New Mexico residents brace for extreme wildfire conditions

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — With the worst of the thick wildfire smoke having blown out of town, residents of this small northern New Mexico city tried to recapture a sense of normalcy Saturday as their rural neighbors hunkered down amid predictions of extreme fire conditions.

Shops and restaurants reopened, the historic center was no longer just populated by firefighters, but there was a widely felt sense of anxiety, loss, and wariness of what lay ahead.