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Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.
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.
Brittney Griner has been released in a prisoner-swap for arms dealer Viktor Bout, per multiple reports.
Griner is now in U.S. custody. pic.twitter.com/b8KwgsNTQY— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 8, 2022
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.
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.
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.”
The daughter of two Toronto billionaires who were slain in their home five years ago in a murder that remains unsolved is speaking out ahead of the anniversary of the crime. https://t.co/kuXCZ7EPjW— CTV Toronto (@CTVToronto) December 8, 2022
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.
Amateur paleontologists in Queensland, Australia uncovered a rare,100 million-year-old marine reptile's skeleton that could provide vital clues about prehistoric life. pic.twitter.com/WyB9oEPJjN— CNN (@CNN) December 8, 2022