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Arlington, VA, United States

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Recent articles by John:

Who is Viktor Bout, the arms dealer and 'Merchant of Death' freed in exchange for Brittney Griner?

Viktor Bout, 55, is a former Soviet military officer and translator who was serving a 25-year prison sentence in the US. → Read More

'Pulverized everybody and everything': 6 die in midair collision of WWII planes at Dallas air show

The NTSB was working to identify victims of the "horrible tragedy" Saturday after 2 vintage planes collided at the Wings over Dallas air show. → Read More

Powerful Nicole slams storm-weary Florida with high winds, heavy rains, power outages: Live updates

Nicole pounded Florida on Thursday as the system, downgraded to a tropical storm, moved inland with powerful winds and heavy rain. Live updates. → Read More

'A test for our endurance': Will brutal winter weather be a game-changer for Ukraine or Russia?

Ukraine vowing to press on in 'the most difficult winter in the whole world,' while a struggling Russia continues massive infrastructure attacks. → Read More

Biden warns Moscow using nukes would be 'serious mistake'; progressives retract request for peace talks with Putin: Ukraine updates

There have been at least 23 verified losses of Russia’s Ka-52 HOKUM attack helicopters in Ukraine since the invasion. Live Ukraine updates. → Read More

Arrest made in California serial killings: The suspect, the victims, the timeline

The suspect in a series of California killings is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on multiple murder counts and other charges. → Read More

Release of Brittney Griner from Russian prison not a priority, Kremlin says: Ukraine live updates

The Kremlin says release of Brittney Griner before the November election is a priority of President Biden but not the Kremlin. Updates. → Read More

Russia unleashes deadly strikes on Kyiv, other Ukraine cities in retaliation for Crimea bridge blast: Live updates

Ukraine's capital Kyiv was struck by missiles for the first time in months and several cities took severe blows, 2 days after bridge blast. → Read More

Nuclear 'Armageddon' at highest risk since 1962, Biden says; Russia blames NATO for rhetoric: Live updates

Biden's warning follows talks among Russian officials about the possibility of using tactical nuclear weapons after suffering massive setback. → Read More

At least 35 killed in childcare center attack: Thai police

At least 24 children and 11 adults were killed Thursday in an attack that began at a childcare center in northeastern Thailand, authorities said. → Read More

Putin seizes Europe's largest nuclear plant, signs laws annexing Ukraine land; OPEC cuts oil production, helps Russia: Updates

Russia's announcement claiming the plant came hours after Putin signed laws annexing the Zaporizhzhia region. → Read More

Ian's death toll climbs to 68; record flooding possible in Virginia; 600K without power in Florida: Live updates

Five days after Ian's first U.S. landfall in Florida, some the worst flooding in more than a decade could reach 1,000 miles away in Virginia. Updates. → Read More

'Hundreds' feared dead, sheriff says; 2.6M without power as Tropical Storm Ian continues to wallop Florida: Live updates

Florida's Gulf Coast saw major damage as Ian, now a tropical storm, moved through. Lee County sheriff says hundreds could be dead. Live updates. → Read More

Hurricane Ian nears historic Category 5 status as it nears Florida landfall: Live updates

Hurricane Ian is forecast to make landfall Wednesday afternoon on the west coast of Florida as an 'extremely dangerous' storm. Live updates. → Read More

Hurricane Ian track shifts south to Sarasota, but all of Florida faces 'significant' impacts: Live updates

The latest forecast for Hurricane Ian suggests it will make landfall in Florida's Sarasota County, but 'everyone needs to stay focused.' Updates. → Read More

Putin grants Russian citizenship to US fugitive Edward Snowden: Ukraine live updates

Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden, a fugitive who has been living in Russia since 2013, has been granted Russian citizenship. Updates. → Read More

Evacuations begin in Florida as Hurricane Ian strengthens, could become 'catastrophic' Category 4

Ian was forecast to intensify rapidly and become a major hurricane, Category 3 or greater, as soon as late Monday, forecasters said. Live updates. → Read More

Ian forecast to become 'major' hurricane, could slam Florida. What we know

Tropical Storm Ian was forecast to rapidly gain strength Sunday and threatened to slam Florida's west coast later in the week. → Read More

Russians protest, flee country as Putin's military mobilization begins; Blinken urges end to nuclear threats: Ukraine updates

Russia's partial military mobilization aimed at slowing Ukraine's high-octane counteroffensive was in full swing Thursday. Live updates. → Read More

Vladimir Putin announces partial military mobilization, accuses West of 'nuclear blackmail'

Putin’s address to the Russia comes after Russian-controlled regions in Ukraine announced plans to hold votes on becoming integral parts of Russia. → Read More