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Good morning. It's Monday, April 4, and we're covering a trail of destruction outside Kyiv, a new champion in women's college basketball, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].



Mass Graves Near Kyiv

Ukrainian forces retook the region surrounding the capital city of Kyiv over the weekend, as Russian forces reportedly withdrew to refocus on regions in the east of the country. Reports of civilian casualties have emerged, including hundreds killed in the town of Bucha. The town's mayor said Ukrainian forces had buried at least 280 people in mass graves. The findings spurred many officials to accuse Russia and President Vladimir Putin of possible war crimes


Separately, Russia carried out air raids against the southern port city of Odessa amid its retreat from the northern part of the country. In the southeast, aid groups were forced to halt evacuation efforts in the city of Mariupol amid Russian shelling. Mariupol sits between the Russia-controlled Crimean peninsula and the contested Donbas region. See map updates here.


Check out a visual deep dive into the Russian logistical breakdown here.

Gamecocks Win Big

No. 1 South Carolina won its second women's college basketball title in six years, beating No. 2 Connecticut 64-49 in last night's championship game. It capped a season of redemption for the Gamecocks, who fell last year to Stanford in the Final Four at the buzzer. 


South Carolina was led by Senior Destanni Henderson, who scored 26 points in 34 minutes of play, while adding four assists and three steals. The Gamecocks dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Huskies 49 to 24, while their defense held Connecticut star Paige Bueckers to just 14 points. See photos from the game here.


On the men's side, No. 8 North Carolina beat rival No. 2 Duke, 81-77 Saturday night, in what became Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's final game. The Tarheels will face No. 1 Kansas, who beat No. 2 Villanova 81-65, in the championship game tonight (9:20 pm ET, TBS).

2022 Grammys

The 64th annual Grammys were held last night, with singer Jon Batiste picking up five trophies, including the top prize of album of the year. Hosted by "The Daily Show" comedian Trevor Noah, it marked the first time the ceremony had been held in Las Vegas after plans were shifted due to the January wave of COVID-19 infections. 


Other big winners included Silk Sonic—the duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak—who won record and song of the year, while Olivia Rodrigo won best new artist. Kanye West, despite being absent from the show, won two awards. See the full list of winners here along with the biggest snubs and surprises of the night.


In related news, actor Will Smith resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences amid fallout from his onstage slap of Chris Rock at last week's Oscars (what that means). The board is expected to make a decision on potential disciplinary action later this month. 

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> US men's national soccer team draws England, Iran, and a to-be-determined European qualifier in 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage; competition to be held in Qatar in November (More) | See complete World Cup draw (More)


> Estelle Harris, actress best known for "Seinfeld" and "Toy Story," dies at 93 (More) | Walter Coblenz, Oscar- and Emmy-nominated producer, dies at 93 (More)


> WNBA and NBA greats Swin Cash and Manu Ginobili headline 13 inductees into Basketball Hall of Fame (More)

Science & Technology

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> NASA begins test runs of its next-generation Space Launch System; the rocket, expected to be used to return Americans to the moon, will perform its first uncrewed mission in June (More)


> Researchers discover a new type of lung cells; respiratory airway secretory cells found to reside deep in small airway ducts, may play a role in various lung diseases (More)


> Survival rates for premature infants born in the US at 22 and 23 weeks of gestation improved from 7% to 30% and 32% to 56%, respectively, between 2013 and 2018 (More)

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Business & Markets

> US stock markets up Friday (S&P 500 +0.3%, Dow +0.4%, Nasdaq +0.3%); oil prices see largest weekly drop since 2020 after US oil reserve release announcement (More)


> National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rules to require new vehicles sold in the US to average 40 miles per gallon by 2026 (More)


> US airlines cancel more than 1,900 flights over the weekend, nearly 6,000 delayed due to storms in Florida (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> Shanghai enters second phase of COVID-19 lockdown; cases continue to rise in the city of more than 26 million, passing 8,000 new reported infections per day (More) | See US COVID-19 stats (More)


> At least six people dead, 12 injured after shooting spree at a nightclub in downtown Sacramento, California; shooters remain at large (More)


> Pakistani President Arif Alvi dissolves the country's parliament amid move by opposition parties to remove Prime Minister Imran Khan, setting up early elections (More)



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