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American freed from Venezuela says his 'nightmare' has ended

American freed from Venezuela says his 'nightmare' has ended

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of two Americans freed from custody in Venezuela said Wednesday that his family’s nightmare had ended, but that his five colleagues who are still detained “deserve the same blessings.
Pentagon rejects NATO nations providing jets to Ukraine

Pentagon rejects NATO nations providing jets to Ukraine

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Pentagon on Wednesday slammed the door on any plans to provide MiG fighter jets to Ukraine, even through a second country, calling it a “high-risk” venture that would not significantly change the effectiveness of the Ukraini
Lawyers: FBI lured men for Michigan Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot

Lawyers: FBI lured men for Michigan Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — The four men charged with planning to kidnap Michigan Gov.
Dems drop COVID-19 funds, clear way for OK of Ukraine aid

Dems drop COVID-19 funds, clear way for OK of Ukraine aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders abruptly abandoned plans for a fresh infusion of $15.
Colorado elections clerk indicted in voting system breach

Colorado elections clerk indicted in voting system breach

DENVER (AP) — A grand jury in Colorado has indicted a county election clerk who sowed doubt about the 2020 presidential election, alleging she was part of a “deceptive scheme” to breach voting system technology that is used across the country, accord

Austria suspends vaccine mandate before enforcement starts

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian government said Wednesday that it won’t start enforcing a vaccine mandate for most adults in mid-March as it had planned.
Top lawmakers reach deal on Ukraine aid, $1.5T spending

Top lawmakers reach deal on Ukraine aid, $1.5T spending

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders reached a bipartisan deal early Wednesday providing $13.6 billion to help Ukraine and European allies plus billions more to battle the pandemic as part of an overdue $1.
Ghislaine Maxwell juror regrets not disclosing sex abuse

Ghislaine Maxwell juror regrets not disclosing sex abuse

NEW YORK (AP) — A juror told a judge Tuesday that failing to disclose his child abuse history during jury selection at the trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was one of the biggest mistakes of his life — but an unintentional one.

Police: 1 Missouri officer, suspect die, 2 officers wounded

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — One Joplin police officer and a suspect have died after a shooting Tuesday in the southwest Missouri city, police said.
Suffering goes on in encircled Mariupol as evacuation fails

Suffering goes on in encircled Mariupol as evacuation fails

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Corpses lie in the streets of Mariupol. Hungry people break into stores in search of food and melt snow for water. Thousands huddle in basements, trembling at the sound of Russian shells pounding this strategic port city.