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Recent articles by John:

Akron police releasing 'brutal' footage of Jayland Walker shooting: Live updates

Akron police said Jayland Walker refused to stop his car and fired at officers during a chase that ended in a hail of bullets and his death. → Read More

EU approves Ukraine candidacy for membership; Ukraine admits 'threat of a tactical Russian victory' in Donbas: Live updates

Ukraine drew wide support for its candidacy, which starts a yearslong path toward cementing a closer relationship with the West. Updates. → Read More

'Everything that can burn is on fire' in battleground city; State Department reports second US fatality: Ukraine live updates

Russian troops pounded away at pockets of resistance in eastern Ukraine. Ben Stiller meets President Zelenskyy. Latest updates. → Read More

'Everything is engulfed in fire': Ukraine troops cling to chemical plant as Russians slowly gain: Live updates

Ukraine says the Kremlin has "thrown virtually all its forces and resources" at storming settlements around Sievierodonetsk. Live updates. → Read More

First day of summer brings 'uncomfortable' heat and humidity across US

The summer solstice is just hours away and the official start of astronomical summer promised to sweep searing heat across a wide-swath of the US. → Read More

A third American citizen may be missing in Ukraine; Russia expected Kyiv to fall in 12 hours, Ukraine defense minister says: Live updates

A State Department spokesperson said officials have contacted the family of the third U.S. citizen believed to be missing. Live Ukraine updates. → Read More

It's so hot you can grill burgers on your dashboard: Historic heat wave sweeps across much of US

A historic heat wave continued its march across the nation Sunday as more than 50 million Americans sweltered under heat advisories. → Read More

Police: 3 dead, at least 11 wounded in Philadelphia shooting

Authorities say three people have died and at least 11 other people were wounded in a shooting late Saturday night in Philadelphia. → Read More

Mexico braces for mudslides as Hurricane Agatha roars toward coast; storm could redevelop in Atlantic

Historic Hurricane Agatha aims at Mexico's southern coast, prompting fears of killer flooding and mudslides. Is the U.S. threatened? → Read More

WHO 'not concerned' about global monkeypox pandemic; few US cases reported

More than 250 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed around the world over a two-week period, but a pandemic is unlikely, WHO says. → Read More

Frustrated onlookers, parents urged police to charge into Texas school: Live shooting updates

Frustrated community members who gathered outside Robb Elementary School urged police to charge in. Live Uvalde, Texas school shooting updates. → Read More

Zelenskyy rejects Kissinger plan to concede territory to Russia; Ukraine hero alive, in Russian custody: Live updates

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the return of Ukrainian territory controlled by Russia is a precondition for peace negotiations. → Read More

19 children, 2 teachers dead after school shooting in Texas; gunman killed by law enforcement: Live updates

Authorities said a gunman killed 19 children and 2 teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Latest updates. → Read More

War in Ukraine is 'not the United States' fight,' Defense Secretary Austin says: Live updates

Biden told Indo-Pacific leaders Tuesday that they were navigating "a dark hour in our shared history" due to Russia’s brutal war. Live updates. → Read More

Life sentence for first Russian soldier convicted of war crimes in Ukraine: Live updates

The first trial of a Russian soldier for war crimes in Ukraine concluded Monday with a 21-year-old Russian soldier convicted of murder. Updates → Read More

Zelenskyy's fleece jacket is in high demand but won't be restocked until Ukraine 'victory'

The M-TAC jacket sometimes worn by Ukraine's president is in high demand. But the company that produces them is struggling during the war. → Read More

CDC seeks answers after 6 kids die from hepatitis outbreak that has spread to 36 states

A spreading hepatitis outbreak that has killed six children has infectious disease experts scrambling to find answers. → Read More

US confirms Bridget Brink as ambassador to Ukraine, reopens embassy: Live updates

The Senate confirmed Bridget Brink as the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine on Wednesday, the latest signal of American diplomatic efforts. Updates. → Read More

Fall of Mariupol nears its conclusion; US pushing for regular contact with detained WNBA star: Live Ukraine updates

The fall of Mariupol to the Russians appeared imminent Tuesday night as Ukrainian soldiers abandon the Azovstal steel mill. Live updates → Read More

'Heroes of our time' exit Mariupol steel plant; Kremlin calls it mass surrender: Live Ukraine updates

The Ukrainian military has "fulfilled its combat mission" in Mariupol, Ukrainian officials said, as rescue efforts continue. Updates. → Read More