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Alice Sebold. Photo: Leonardo Cendamo/Getty Images

Author Alice Sebold apologized on Tuesday to Anthony Broadwater, the man who spent 16 years in prison for the rape depicted in Sebold's memoir, after authorities exonerated him due to "concerns the wrong man had been sent to jail," AP reports.

Driving the news: "It has taken me these past eight days to comprehend how this could have happened. I will continue to struggle with the role that I unwittingly played within a system that sent an innocent man to jail," Sebold wrote in a statement published on Medium.

  • "My goal in 1982 was justice — not to perpetuate injustice," Sebold said. "And certainly not to forever, and irreparably, alter a young man’s life by the very crime that had altered mine."

Catch up quick: Broadwater, 61, was convicted in 1982 of raping Sebold while she was a student at Syracuse University, AP reports.

  • Sebold wrote in "Lucky" about being raped and months later seeing a Black man on the street who she believed was her attacker. Sebold, who is white, went to the police, who subsequently arrested him.
  • Broadwater was put on trial and convicted "based largely on Sebold identifying him as her rapist on the witness stand and testimony that microscopic hair analysis had tied him to the crime," per AP.

The big picture: Netflix last week pulled plans to adapt Sebold's memoir "Lucky" after Broadwater's conviction was overturned, Yahoo! News reports.

What they're saying: Broadwater's attorney did not comment on Sebold’s statement, per AP.

  • "I am grateful that Mr. Broadwater has finally been vindicated, but the fact remains that 40 years ago, he became another young Black man brutalized by our flawed legal system," Sebold wrote.
  • "I will forever be sorry for what was done to him."

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A federal judge on Thursday canceled the Biden administration's late 2021 sale of new oil-and-gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why it matters: The ruling that the greenhouse gas emissions analysis by the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was insufficient is a win for green groups that challenged the decision, as they seek to curb fossil fuel production.

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Nearly 45 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and warnings from North Carolina to northeastern Maine Thursday night, as a major winter storm threatens the region.

Why it matters: It is predicted to be the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow possible in parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.

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President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a back-and-forth in their call this evening about just how "imminent" the threat of a Russian invasion might be, according to three sources briefed on the call.

Why it matters: Biden has said previously that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin will probably "move in" to Ukraine, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday afternoon that "an invasion could come at any time."