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5 things you need to know this morning: Dec. 8, 2022

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Brittney Griner released by Russia in prisoner swap for arms dealer

Brittney Griner will finally be coming home. The WNBA star has been held in Russian prisons since February and sentenced to nine years in prison after cannabis-derived oil cartridges were found in her luggage. To attain Griner’s freedom, the United States released international arms dealer Viktor Bout.


2. Celine Dion suffering from rare neurological disorder, won’t resume tour

Celine Dion will not resume her world tour as she is suffering from Moersch-Woltman syndrome, which is a rare neurological disease that causes muscle spasms. The 54-year-old Quebec native made the announcement in an emotional video posted to Instagram this morning.


3. MLB off-season starting to heat up

It was a busy Wednesday in the MLB as things start to heat up in the off-season. Aaron Judge re-signed with the New York Yankees for nine years and $360 million. Xander Bogaerts is heading west, as the long-time Boston Red Sox shortstop inked an 11-year, $280-million deal with the San Diego Padres. The Sox made their own splash, inking highly-coveted Japanese free agent Masataka Yoshida to a five-year deal. Earlier this week, Trea Turner signed with the Phillies and Justin Verlander went to the Mets.


4. Honey and Barry Sherman’s daughter pleads for help to solve parents’ murder

It has now been five years since billionaires Honey and Barry Sherman were brutally murdered in their Toronto home. One of their four children, Alexandra Krawczyk, has issued an appeal for information on the unsolved cash, saying that the family “cannot let another year pass without justice being done.”


5. Amateur paleontologists in Australia make significant discovery

A group of amateur paleontologists in Queensland, Australia have uncovered a rare, 100-million-year-old marine reptile’s skeleton. The discovery of the 19-foot-tall reptile in August could provide vital clues about prehistoric life, researchers say.



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