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Past articles by John:

9 wounded in Cleveland mass shooting; manhunt for gunman underway

A gunman opened fire on a crowd of people in Cleveland early Sunday, wounding nine before fleeing the scene. → Read More

War would end within days if West stopped arming Ukraine, Russia says: Live updates

The Russian army is "modern and heroic (despite) "experiencing certain problems, like any army," a top Kremlin official says. → Read More

From Philadelphia to Fort Worth, Fourth of July shootings claimed lives across the country

A Philadelphia man was charged with killing 5 people and wounding several others in one of several Independence Day shootings. → Read More

Russian military chief thanks soldiers for halting coup: Live Ukraine updates

The mutiny against Vladimir Putin's regime collapsed because Russian troops remained faithful to their oath and military duty, defense minister says. → Read More

'Shaken our city to the core': Manhunt revs up after Baltimore block party mass shooting

The manhunt for at least 2 gunmen who shot 30 people at a Baltimore block party stretched into a second day as the stunned city mourned the victims. → Read More

'Consign to oblivion': Bloggers say Russia rewriting history of Wagner Group. Live updates.

Some pro-Moscow military bloggers decry Kremlin attempts to "rewrite history" of the war efforts of Wagner fighters. Updates. → Read More

Russian general reportedly arrested as Putin cracks down after botched coup: Live Ukraine updates

The Moscow Times said Gen. Sergei Surovikin is suspected of prior knowledge of the insurrection, and possibly of aiding it. → Read More

'Final act of Putin's reign': Details of chaotic Russian coup emerging. Live updates

Russian President Vladimir Putin is losing the war in Ukraine and has become "a bit of a pariah around the world," President Joe Biden said Wednesday. → Read More

Putin says coup almost triggered 'civil war'; Lukashenko claims he encouraged Prigozhin to call off his troops: Live updates

Russia’s military and law enforcement agencies took crucial steps during the insurgency that saved the country from civil war, Putin said. → Read More

'Wild fantasies': Russian fighter mocks Kremlin war claims as Ukrainians advance. Live updates

The leader of the mercenary Wagner Group dismissed claims by the Russian Defense Ministry that its troops killed more than 1,500 Ukrainian troops. → Read More

'More alarming every hour': Russians admit Ukraine gains. Is counteroffensive underway? Live updates

The Ukrainian army claimed to be gaining ground Monday along a wide front in the Bakhmut area, the "epicenter" of hostilities. Live updates. → Read More

Scrambled F-16s, a sonic boom and plane crash mystery in Virginia: What we know

A sonic boom startled residents across Washington and parts of Maryland and Virginia as fighters pursued an unresponsive plane on Sunday. → Read More

'Harshest punishment' vowed in India train crash; electronic system blamed: June 4 recap

An error in India's electronic signaling system was blamed for one of the world's deadliest train crashes in decades. → Read More

China denies 'bullying,' accuses US of provocations in Taiwan: Updates

Chinese officials dismissed accusations of bullying made by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and said the U.S. is fueling Taiwan separatist activities. → Read More

Zelenskyy lobbies for NATO, EU membership at 47-nation summit: Ukraine live updates

Zelenskyy said all countries that border Russia should be granted full membership in the European Union and NATO. Updates. → Read More

Ukraine won't win war, Hungarian leader says; US reporter's arrest extended 3 months: Updates

Ukraine has 'no chance to win this war,' Hungarian leader Viktor Orban said. Hungary is a NATO member but keeps close ties with Russia. Live updates → Read More

Russian mercenary leader wants Kremlin generals he once mocked to hold Bakhmut: Live Ukraine updates

Confusion over the status of Bakhmut intensified when Wagner founder Yevgeny Prigozhin said his mercenary forces will leave the city by month's end. → Read More

Russians reject Russian claims of gains near Bakhmut: Ukraine live updates

The leader of Russian mercenary troops and a popular pro-Kremlin blogger both rejected Russian Defense Ministry claims of gains in the crucial battle. → Read More

Did Russia destroy a US Patriot missile defense system? 'Impossible': Live updates

"Do not worry about the fate of the Patriot," a Ukrainian official said, calling Russia's claim it destroyed the missile defense system "propaganda." → Read More

Teachers, 'dynamite lady' among victims of New Mexico teen's deadly shooting spree: Updates

The teen gunman in Farmington, New Mexico, was armed with at least three weapons including an “AR-style rifle" during the assault Monday. → Read More