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Biden to meet with families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan amid U.S.-Russia talks
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Biden to meet with families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan amid U.S.-Russia talks

Washington — President Biden plans to meet at the White House on Friday with family members of WNBA star Brittney Griner and Michigan corporate security executive Paul Whelan, both of whom remain jailed in Russia, senior administration officials told The Associated Press.The separate meetings are to be the first in-person encounter between Mr. Biden and the families and are taking place amid sustained but so far unsuccessful efforts by the administration to secure the Americans' release. The administration said in July that it had made a "substantial proposal" to get them home, but despite plans for the White House meetings, there is no sign that a breakthrough is imminent.Griner has been held in Russia since February on drug-related charges. She was sentenced last month to nine...