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Brother of US man in Russian prison says contact resumed Brother of US man in Russian prison says contact resumed 12/02/2022 11:36am • MOSCOW (AP) — The family of Paul Whelan, an American imprisoned in Russia for espionage, said Friday that he has resumed contact after unexpectedly becoming unreachable in November. Along with WNBA star Brittney Griner, Whelan is the focus of efforts by the United States to arrange a prisoner swap Big tobacco tries to stop California flavored tobacco ban 11/29/2022 07:34pm • SAN DIEGO (AP) — R.J. Reynolds and other tobacco companies filed a request Tuesday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to impose an emergency order to stop California from enforcing a ban on flavored tobacco products that was overwhelmingly approved by voters earlier this month. The ban was first passed EU top court sides with Russian patient needing cannabis 11/22/2022 06:53am • BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court on Tuesday backed a Russian who is seeking to stay in the Netherlands because he needs a medicinal cannabis treatment which is unavailable in his home country. The Court of Justice said the man should not be sent back home even though the Netherlands California man gets 17 1/2 years for cannabis pen fraud 11/21/2022 07:53pm • LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man who once competed on the Philippines national decathlon team was sentenced Monday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for bilking investors out of more than $35 million with a phony scheme to market cannabis vape pens. David Joseph Bunevacz also was order Staley, VanDerveer back Griner at S Carolina-Stanford game Staley, VanDerveer back Griner at S Carolina-Stanford game 11/20/2022 11:17pm • STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Before top-ranked South Carolina boarded the bus and left Maples Pavilion after a big win over No. 2 Stanford, coach Dawn Staley had her Gamecocks write letters to Brittney Griner. On the arena concourse, a “Dear BG” table with an invitation to “Write a letter to Brit EXPLAINER: What Griner may endure in Russian penal system EXPLAINER: What Griner may endure in Russian penal system 11/18/2022 02:42pm • LONDON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner has begun serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession at a remote Russian penal colony that human rights advocates say is known for harsh conditions and violent criminals. It's in a region once synonymous with the Soviet gulag. Griner was convicted Au Griner has begun serving sentence in Russian penal colony Griner has begun serving sentence in Russian penal colony 11/17/2022 04:16pm • WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner has begun serving her nine-year sentence for drug possession at a Russian penal colony, her lawyers and agent said Thursday. Griner was transferred to a penal colony in Mordovia, about 350 kilometers (210 miles) east of Moscow, after a Russian court last Russian parliament displays art by Griner case figure Bout Russian parliament displays art by Griner case figure Bout 11/15/2022 11:53am • MOSCOW (AP) — A show of prison artwork by Viktor Bout, the Russian arms trader serving 25 years in the United States and the focus of speculation about a prisoner swap that could free WNBA star Brittney Griner, opened Tuesday at the upper chamber of the Russian parliament. The exhibition at the Vaping company Juul cuts 400 jobs amid growing setbacks Vaping company Juul cuts 400 jobs amid growing setbacks 11/10/2022 03:12pm • WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled vaping company Juul Labs announced hundreds of layoffs Thursday as the company weathers lawsuits, government bans and increasing competition for its electronic cigarettes. Juul said it has obtained new financing to stay in business and continue operations, which includ Biden hopes Putin will negotiate WNBA star Griner's release Biden hopes Putin will negotiate WNBA star Griner's release 11/09/2022 07:26pm • WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin will be more willing to negotiate the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner now that the U.S. midterm elections are over. “My hope is that now that the election is over, that Mr. Putin will be abl Biden hopes Putin will negotiate WNBA star Griner's release Biden hopes Putin will negotiate WNBA star Griner's release 11/09/2022 05:06pm • WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says he hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin will be more willing to negotiate the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner now that the U.S. midterm elections are over. Biden made the comment during a news conference Wednesday to discuss the midterm election re Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer reelected in New York 11/08/2022 09:30pm • NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer was elected to a fifth term Tuesday, easily defeating a Republican political commentator, but will have to wait to learn whether he’ll be able to keep his title as Senate majority leader. The 71-year-old Brooklyn native defeated Joe Pinion, who hosted a pr DC-area residents encouraged to drop off unneeded meds during National Drug Take Back Day DC-area residents encouraged to drop off unneeded meds during National Drug Take Back Day 10/29/2022 09:41am • D.C.-area residents get rid of unneeded medications Saturday by leaving them at drop off locations during National Drug Take Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting the 23rd annual Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 4,000 locations nationwide. More Local New Florida voters asked to scrap one way to amend constitution Florida voters asked to scrap one way to amend constitution 10/28/2022 01:44am • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida voters are deciding whether to get rid of a commission that meets every 20 years to recommend changes to the state constitution, the only such panel among the U.S. states that refers amendments directly to a statewide ballot. Opponents of the Constitution Revision Police: Driver going 100 mph in crash with Wisconsin senator 10/27/2022 05:19pm • MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who was killed alongside her daughter in a car crash involving the Wisconsin state Senate’s minority leader was driving at 100 mph (161 kph) seconds before the collision, according to police documents made public Thursday. Among the documents is an inspe
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