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US sending $275 million in military aid to Ukraine

Dec. 08, 2022 19:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is sending an additional $275 million in military aid to Ukraine, including large amounts of ammunition and high-tech systems that can be used to detect and counter drones in its ongoing war with Russia, according to U.S. officials.its ongoing war with Russia, according...

SpaceX gives rival's internet satellites ride to orbit

Dec. 08, 2022 18:51 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched internet satellites for a competitor Thursday, stepping in to help after the London-based OneWeb company halted its flights with Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. The Falcon rocket blasted off at sunset with 40 mini satellites bound...

Griner freed: WNBA star swapped for Russian, heads home

Dec. 08, 2022 18:38 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia freed WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday in a high-profile prisoner exchange as the U.S. released notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. But the U.S. failed to win freedom for another American, Paul Whelan, who has been jailed for nearly four years. ...

WNBA star Brittney Griner a generational talent on the court

Dec. 08, 2022 18:34 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner's 10-month imprisonment in Russia on drug charges came to an end on Thursday, spreading relief and joy across the sports world and beyond. It's unknown if and when she might return to a basketball court. But if she does, women's basketball...

'Merchant of Death' Viktor Bout now part of a deal himself

Dec. 08, 2022 18:27 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, who returned home Thursday in a swap for WNBA star Brittney Griner, is widely known abroad as the “Merchant of Death” who fueled some of the world’s worst conflicts. In Russia, however, he's seen as a swashbuckling businessman...

Russian parliament displays art by Griner case figure Bout

Dec. 08, 2022 18:18 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A show of prison artwork by Viktor Bout, the Russian arms trader serving 25 years in the United States and the focus of speculation about a prisoner swap that could free WNBA star Brittney Griner, opened Tuesday at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament. The...

Brittney Griner's release celebrated by basketball world

Dec. 08, 2022 17:32 PM EST

Brittney Griner's loved ones and extended basketball family were ecstatic when news broke Thursday about her release from a Russian prison and that she was on her way back to the United States. It has been nearly 300 days since the WNBA star was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo...

Griner swap wasn't what US hoped for, but what it could get

Dec. 08, 2022 17:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s surprise announcement last July lacked any detail, but its meaning was crystal clear. In a rare comment on secret talks, he said the Biden administration had made a “substantial proposal” to Russia to end the imprisonment...

Family of American prisoner Paul Whelan backs Griner deal

Dec. 08, 2022 17:20 PM EST

The brother of an American detained in Russia since 2018 said Thursday that his family fears he will not be released for years, even as they supported the U.S. government's agreement to a prisoner exchange that freed WNBA star Brittney Griner but left Paul Whelan behind. Whelan, a...

House passes defense bill scrapping COVID vaccine mandate

Dec. 08, 2022 17:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to rescind the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. military and provide nearly $858 billion for national defense passed the House on Thursday as lawmakers scratch off one of the final items on their yearly to-do list. The bill provides for...