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By Lynn Berry The Associated Press

US teen pursues ballerina dream at Russia’s Bolshoi academy

MOSCOW Among the dozen 15-year-old girls in lavender leotards in Tatyana Galtseva’s class at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, one is different. And it’s not just because of her long, swan-like neck.

She is Harper Ortlieb, an American, who left her small town in Oregon to move to Moscow to follow her dream of becoming a prima ballerina.

Russian who ‘saved the world’ from nuclear war remembers his fateful 1983 decision as 50/50

FRYAZINO, Russia The elderly former Soviet military officer who answers the door is known in the West as “The man who saved the world.”

A movie with that title, which hits theatres in the United States on Friday, tells the harrowing story of Sept. 26, 1983, when Stanislav Petrov made a decision credited by many with averting a nuclear war.