Russia on Wednesday released a military pilot dubbed Ukraine's "Joan of Arc" in an exchange for two Russian prisoners of war, her lawyer said Wednesday, NBC News reported.
Nadiya Savchenko, an Iraq war veteran, was captured by Russians during fighting involving pro-Kremlin rebels in eastern Ukraine in 2014.
She was convicted in March of involvement in the death of two state TV journalists during a shelling. Savchenko, 35, pleaded not guilty, while her lawyers said the case was fabricated by the Russian court.
In Ukraine, she is seen as a symbol of resistance to what most consider an invasion by Vladimir Putin's forces.
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Wrapping up a historic visit to Vietnam, President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised the country's next generation of leaders for being more conscious of the environment than previous generations and urged them to "do something about" climate change.
During his final public event here, Obama basked in the admiration of hundreds of young leaders who participated in a town hall-style event and prefaced some of their questions to him with praise about his leadership and his "inspiring speeches."
Obama used a question about preserving a Vietnamese cave from development to pivot to climate change, one of his top issues as president.
A Pennsylvania mom is speaking out after she says employees at a local YMCA shamed her for breastfeeding her son during a class for toddlers Monday morning.
Kate Haslam, 35, takes her 19-month-old son, West, to a toddler gym class every Monday morning at the Spring Valley YMCA in Limerick, Pennsylvania. This Monday started off just like any other, but little West was hungry, so Haslam sat on a balance beam along the wall in the classroom and breastfed her son.
That's when she says things went downhill. A YMCA employee asked Haslam to leave the classroom and breastfeed outside because she was making people "uncomfortable," Haslam said. When the mom protested, telling the employee it's against the law to tell her to breastfeed elsewhere, Haslam said, two other YMCA officials got involved, pressuring her to move.
Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA President & CEO Shaun Elliott, who oversees the Spring Valley YMCA, called the incident a misunderstanding.
Two Democratic senators could be gearing up for an ideological rematch on the best ways to curb sexual assaults in the U.S. military.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said Tuesday she will reintroduce a bill that would remove the decision of whether to prosecute military sexual assaults from the military chain of command — a legislative effort which failed to move forward in 2014 after being opposed by the Pentagon, NBC News reported.
Pushing the bill again may put Gillibrand at odds with Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, who argues that reforming the military from within is the best path to change. She says the Pentagon has made strides in stemming sexual assault in part due to legislation she sponsored that was passed that same year.
But Gillibrand argues that despite attempts at reform, a "troubling command culture" in the military still seems to favor closing cases over pursuing justice.
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Toyota said Tuesday it is investing in Uber, making it the latest car company to put money in a ride-hailing app.
The Japanese company did not say how much the investment is worth.
As part of the deal, Uber drivers can lease Toyota vehicles with money earned from their driving.
Investing in ride-hailing services can be a way for automakers to sell more cars. Earlier this year, General Motors Co. invested $500 million in Uber rival Lyft.
A passenger was arrested on a Southwest Airlines flight at Chicago's Midway Airport Tuesday afternoon after allegedly making threatening statements toward a flight attendant, according to the airline.
A Southwest spokesman said a man on Flight No. 2205 from Baltimore to Chicago made threatening statements to the flight attendant during the flight.
"An off-duty police officer helped restrain the passenger until the aircraft arrived at the gate," the airline said in a statement. "Police met the flight and took the man into custody without further incident."
Authorities arrived at a Rockville, Maryland, home, searching for one dog that bit someone at an adoption event. What they discovered was 5 ½ dozen dogs living in horrible conditions.
Court documents showed officers found 66 dogs of all sizes in plastic airline crates covering nearly every inch of the floor at the house on Glen Mill Road. Choking and gagging as they made their way through the home, officers took photos of the conditions of the canines and their living conditions.
The document showed Katherine Tiong, 46, was the owner of the house and initially lied to officers. She said there were only about 20 dogs in the house before officers decided to look for themselves.
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A former special needs instructor in Mansfield, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday to 60 years in prison after he admitted sexually abusing young boys and recording the assaults.
Kelly Dan Williams Jr., who worked at Mary Orr Intermediate School, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of sexually exploiting children. He pleaded guilty in January.
Williams, 62, was arrested after someone saw him performing a sex act on an 11-year-old boy in a bathroom stall at the school in June 2015, prosecutors said.
Florida sheriff's detectives are investigating a cellphone video purportedly showing a 15-year-old girl having sex with as many as two dozen boys in a public high school bathroom after school.
Authorities originally decided not to pursue any criminal charges, but when the video surfaced and was sent to news outlets and posted online, detectives and the Florida Department of Children and Families decided to investigate further, Lee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Schall said Tuesday. Schall declined to elaborate on what possible charges could be filed in the case.
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The NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles, three cities that made significant financial investments in new stadiums or recently upgraded an existing one.
Atlanta will host the game in 2019, followed by Miami (2020) and Los Angeles (2021), it was announced Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.
Atlanta will host its third Super Bowl, but the first at its new $1.4 billion stadium which opens in 2017. The previous two were at the Georgia Dome.
Miami will have its record-setting 11th Super Bowl following a $450 million stadium renovation.
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A woman and her 3-year-old were killed in an Amtrak crash in San Leandro, California, Tuesday afternoon, after a train traveling from San Jose to Sacramento crashed into their SUV.
Capitol Corridor Train 532 struck the SUV on the tracks at 1:30 p.m. near Washington Avenue in San Leandro, according to Amtrak.
A broken power cable left 80 train passengers in Denver stuck on an overpass around 50 feet in the air Tuesday, officials said, NBC News reported.
The A line to Denver International Airport lost power at around 3:21 p.m. local time, the Regional Transportation District said.
Passengers on the stuck train were stranded for two hours before they were walked down the elevated track to waiting buses, officials and NBC affiliate KUSA reported.
The transportation district said a cable that provides power to the train broke. It was the third time in a week the A line lost power, according to KUSA.
"This is incredibly frustrating and we know it," RTD spokesman Nate Currey told the station. The 23-mile A line is new, and opened on April 22.
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A Fort Lauderdale, Florida, police officer fired for allegedly sending racist text messages and a video will not be getting his job back, an arbitrator has ruled.
James Wells was fired last March along with officers Christopher Sousa and Jason Holding following an extensive internal affairs investigation into the distribution of the racist materials. A fourth officer, Alex Alvarez, resigned during the course of the investigation and would have been fired, Police Chief Frank Adderly said at the time.
Wells claimed he never should have been fired and took his case to an arbitrator, who sided with the city in his firing.
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The costs of providing health care to an average American family surpassed $25,000 for the first time in 2016 — even as the rate of health cost increases slowed to a record low, a new analysis revealed Tuesday.
CNBC reports that the $25,826 in health-care costs for a typical family of four covered by an employer-sponsored "preferred provider plan" is $1,155 higher than last year, and triple what it cost to provide health care for the same family in 2001, the first year that Milliman Medical Index analysis was done.
And it's the 11th consecutive year that the total dollar increase in the average family's health-care costs exceeded $1,110, the actuarial services firm noted in releasing the index.
A significant cost driver identified by the index was the rapid growth in what health plans and insured people are paying for prescription drugs.
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