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Ukrainians are commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of Bucha after a brutal Russian occupation a year ago left behind hundreds of civilian bodies in the streets, mass graves and signs of torture, establishing the town near Kyiv as a symbol of the war’s atrocities. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke at a ceremony in the town near Kyiv. Bucha stands as a symbol of atrocities committed by the Russian army since its full-scale invasion began in February 2022. The Kremlin’s forces occupied Bucha weeks after they invaded Ukraine and stayed for about a month. Ukrainian troops retook the town and found horrific scenes. Hundreds of bodies were uncovered including some children.

Finland has received the green light to join NATO after Turkey ratified the Nordic country's membership. However, a few more steps and procedures are required before the northern European nation becomes the 31st full NATO member.

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Thirty-five bodies have been found inside a well at a Hindu temple in central India after dozens of people fell into the muddy water when the well's cover collapsed. Video of Thursday's collapse showed chaos afterward, with people rushing toward the exits. An excavator pulled down a wall of the decades-old temple to help people flee. The collapse occurred while Hindus were gathering for a festival for the deity Rama. Officials said the iron grill and tile cover apparently wasn't able to handle the weight of the people on it. Eighteen people were injured and one person was still unaccounted for Friday. Rescuers used ropes and ladders to pull out bodies after pumping the water out of the well.

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Chicago Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman committed Major League Baseball’s first pitch-clock violation in the third inning of Thursday’s opening day game against the Milwaukee Brewers. With no outs, rookie Brice Turang on second base and Christian Yelich at the plate, plate umpire Ron Kulpa called the violation on Stroman at Wrigley Field. Kulpa pointed to his wrist in announcing the call, and the automatic ball made it a 2-2 count against Yelich. Cubs-Brewers was the fourth of 15 opening day games to begin Thursday. Several more violations followed on the first day of regular season games since MLB introduced a slate of rules changes this season.

Veterans Padraig Harrington and Matt Kuchar each shot a 4-under 68 on Thursday to share the early lead with MJ Daffue and Roberto Diaz in the weather-delayed first round of the Valero Texas Open. Daffue eagled the par-5 18th hole at TPC San Antonio and Diaz made birdie on 18. Play was delayed by fog in the morning, which prevented the afternoon half of the field from finishing their rounds. The 51-year-old Harrington and the 44-year-old Kuchar are both seeking their first win this decade. Matt Wallace, Garrick Higgo, Harry Higgs, Chez Reavie and Nick Taylor were one shot back.

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A New York grand jury that voted to indict former President Donald Trump on charges involving payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign to silence claims of an extramarital sexual encounter has refocused attention on the Manhattan district attorney steering the case. 

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A personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas was indicted Wednesday on federal charges that he orchestrated a $460 million Ponzi scheme in Nevada, Utah and California. The indictment accuses Matthew Wade Beasley of wire fraud and money laundering. His attorney on Thursday declined to comment. The indictment comes a year after the attorney was shot and wounded when FBI agents arrived at his $1.1 million home in Las Vegas to question him about the scam. The indictment accuses Beasley of persuading people to invest money for short-term loans to people awaiting payment after settling their personal injury cases. Authorities say the investors were promised a return of up to 13% within 90 days. The indictment says hundreds of people invested in the scheme.

One of the most driven and talented teams to take the ice for Minnesota in decades is seeking to bring a national championship back to the program for the first time in 20 years. The Gophers are going to the Frozen Four for the 23rd time. This will be their fifth appearance since the most recent NCAA title in 2003. Annual expectations exceed that, though. Minnesota coach Bob Motzko said he fully realized that when he took the job five years ago. The Gophers face Boston University in the national semifinals on April 6. Quinnipiac plays Michigan in the other game.

Rose Zhang is taking a five-shot lead into the final round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur. It's already among the most prestigious amateur titles in women's golf and about the only thing Zhang hasn't won. Zhang set the tournament record with a 66 on Wednesday. She followed with a 65 on Thursday to reach 13-under par at Champions Retreat. All 72 players get a practice round at Augusta National on Friday, and the final round of the ANWA is Saturday at the home of the Masters. Zhang leads by five over Andrea Lignell. Jenny Bae is another shot back.

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