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    Car bomb prison break frees nine inmates in Mexico

    The dramatic breakout began on Wednesday when gunmen stormed the prison in the city of Tula, Hidalgo state, firing shots and injuring two police officers before detonating two car bombs in order to free nine jailed inmates.Local authorities said the car bombs were detonated in the vicinity of the jail to distract security forces while the operation was being carried out in the prison.Earlier, Tula firefighter Jose Luis Calva said they were there as extra precaution. "It seems to be an explosive device. Its characteristics and dimensions are unknown to us. That is why experts are on the spot making their assessments."According to local media, among those who escaped is Jose Artemio Maldonado, better known as "El Michoacano," the alleged leader of Pueblos Unidos, a criminal group based in the Mexican state of Michoacan.One Tula resident, Edgar Cruz, said the prison break could have been perpetrated by criminal gangs. "It's regrettable we have to go through this situation, especially in this town which used to be so quiet," he said. "What is happening is unfortunate. The situation is out of our hands. I imagine it was carried out by criminal gangs."Local police, members of the National Guard and the Mexican army have fanned out looking for the escaped inmates, who are all still at large.

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    Omicron Variant Is Identified in the U.S.: What’s Next

    The CDC said the first known U.S. case of the Omicron variant has been identified in California. The coronavirus strain is spreading across the world as scientists race to find out more about its effects. WSJ’s Brianna Abbott explains what could be next for the U.S. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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    Ghislaine Maxwell 'pretty well,' says her brother

    Kevin told a gaggle, "It give me a tremendous sense of relief to be close to her, to be able to actually see her the flesh, even to be able to speak with her thanks to the U.S. marshals who allowed us to talk a bit. And that's the first time that I've spoken to her personally in over 500 days since her pretrial detention started. And to see her looking pretty well, and notwithstanding the conditions of detention, which are now the subject of a formal complaint to the United Nations, a committee on arbitrary detention."A woman who has accused British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell of grooming her for sexual abuse by financier Jeffrey Epstein when she was 14 years old said that she was seeking "peace and healing" by testifying in Maxwell's criminal trial.The woman, known by the pseudonym Jane, was pushing back on attempts by Maxwell's attorneys to paint her testimony as unreliable and to argue that she was testifying for financial incentives.Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and her lawyers have said prosecutors are scapegoating her for Epstein's alleged crimes.