A Russian mother said military officers ‘lied to my face’ and she forced Putin’s government to return her 2 conscripted sons who were not supposed to be in Ukraine

on April 13, 2022, a Russian soldier stands guard at the Luhansk power plant in the town of Shchastya. Alexander Nemenov/Getty Images A Russian mother successfully made Russian authorities return her sons from Ukraine. Her two sons were conscripts but never meant to serve in the Ukraine war, the mother told the BBC. She won a case with the military prosecutor and said  “lied to my face.” A Russian mother who was initially excited about her two sons’ conscription to the Russian military last year forced Putin’s government to return her sons home after she found out they were wrongfully sent to fight in Ukraine, according to the BBC. Marina,… Read More

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Steph Curry, Draymond Green nicked up in first half of Warriors-Mavericks Game 5

After taking a 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference finals against the Mavericks, the Warriors hoped to wrap up the series in Dallas on Tuesday and get their veteran players a much-needed rest. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 series deficit in the NBA playoffs, but Golden State is seeing why it’s dangerous when a series is extended. During the first half of Game 5 on Thursday at the Chase Center, stars Steph Curry and Draymond Green were both nicked up on plays that could force the duo to play through pain. Curry appeared to tweak his right ankle while Green may have hurt his right… Read More

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‘Precious individuals’ taken in Texas school shooting

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and ACACIA CORONADO UVALDE, Texas (AP) — One student was an avid runner, so fast she swept the races at field day. Another was learning football plays from his grandfather. One girl sensed something was wrong and wanted to skip school. On Wednesday, stories began to emerge about the lives of the 19 children — “precious individuals” according to the school district superintendent — and their two teachers who were gunned down behind a barricaded door at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of Uvalde. Vincent Salazar said his 11-year-old daughter, Layla, loved to swim and dance to Tik Tok videos. She was fast —… Read More

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Gunman’s final 90 minutes fuel questions about police delays

By JAKE BLEIBERG, JIM VERTUNO and ELLIOT SPAGAT UVALDE, Texas (AP) — It was 11:28 a.m. when the Ford pickup slammed into a ditch behind the low-slung Texas school and the driver jumped out carrying an AR-15-style rifle. Twelve minutes after that, authorities say, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was in the hallways of Robb Elementary School. Soon he entered a fourth-grade classroom. And there, he killed 19 schoolchildren and two teachers in a still-unexplained spasm of violence. At 12:58 p.m., law enforcement radio chatter said Ramos had been killed and the siege was over. What happened in those 90 minutes, in a working-class neighborhood near the edge of the little town… Read More

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Ellen ends her daytime show with a plea for compassion

By Lynn Elber | Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Ellen DeGeneres brought her nearly two-decade daytime talk show to an end Thursday with a celebrity lovefest and a forceful assertion of her achievement as a gay woman daring to be herself. DeGeneres and guests Jennifer Aniston, Billie Eilish and Pink shared memories and affection as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” concluded its Emmy-winning, 3,200-plus episode run that began in September 2003. “Twenty years ago, when we were trying to sell the show, no one thought that this would work. Not because it was a different kind of show, but because I was different,” DeGeneres said of the pushback from TV stations.… Read More

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High school softball: Spanish Fork routs Lehi in 5A championship Game 1

Box Score A year ago at this time, Jade Romero had just graduated from middle school and was celebrating with family in Southern Utah on a camping jaunt. There was no cell phone service at site, but she had Spanish Fork softball on her mind and insisted a couple times they go find cell service so she could log on and see what happened in the 5A softball state championship. She was thrilled to see that Spanish Fork beat Mountain Ridge easily both days, especially knowing many of those girls would be her future teammates. Spanish Fork’s Natalie Jarvis has known for many years that softball junkie Jade Romero would… Read More

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Teen arrested after Tracy school shooting threat

TRACY — A 16-year-old boy was in San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall on Thursday after his arrest in connection with a social media post that threatened a school shooting, authorities said. In a statement, police said officers received word of the post, which mentioned “a clear threat of harm and a picture of a specific school” around 3:22 a.m. from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. After some investigation, officers reached out to a west Tracy home and spoke to the teen and his parents. The teen, who police said was not a Tracy Unified School District student, told officers he had made the threat but did not plan any actual… Read More

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Steve Kerr says ‘a lot of people’ reached out after his impassioned speech on gun violence

SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Kerr’s angry, emotional speech in the wake of the shooting at Robb Elementary School Tuesday spread quickly across social media and national news. Kerr says many people have reached out to him asking what they can do to help. “I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me, most asking what they can do. And I think that’s a really good question,” Kerr said. In his impassioned statement before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Mavericks, Kerr said he was “fed up” after 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about 350 miles south of Dallas. “When are… Read More

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Federal jury sides with ousted Oakland police chief who brought whistleblower suit against city

A federal jury has sided with former Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick in deciding she was wrongfully terminated in 2020. The decision came Thursday, about a week and a half after the jury trial began. In that time, city officials, police officers and members of the city’s police oversight commission were called to the stand to settle the question at the root of the lawsuit: whether Kirkpatrick was fired in retaliation for reporting allegedly bad behavior by the police commissioners, or whether — as the city’s mayor and commissioners testified — they terminated her because the community had lost faith in her ability to truly reform the department. The Oakland… Read More

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