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In this Friday, March 20, 1998 file photo people walk along Moscow's Red Square with St. Basil Cathedral, left, and Kremlin's Spassky Tower seen in the background. By all accounts, President Vladimir Putin has had a horrible year: Russia’s currency has lost more than half its value, the economy is heading toward recession and he has become a pariah in the West. And yet so far, Putin’s tough, anti-Western rhetoric and aggressive actions in neighboring Ukraine have helped him weather the storm, with a new Associated Press-NORC Center poll showing that 81 percent of Russians still support their president. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble fallsAP-NORC Poll: 81 percent of Russians back Putin even as ruble falls and economic woes grow
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FILE - In this July 27, 2013 file photo, North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un waves to spectators and participants of a mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. If the U.S. government’s claim that North Korea was involved in the unprecedented hack attack on Sony Pictures that scuttled Seth Rogen’s latest comedy is correct, no one can say they weren’t warned. The movie, “The Interview,” pushed all of North Korea’s buttons. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
Sony film took aim at North Korea's biggest tabooWhy the fury? Sony film portraying Kim assassination took aim at North Korea's biggest taboo
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Kraft Foods CEO to retire; Cahill named successorKraft Foods Group CEO Vernon plans to retire; Chairman Cahill named as successor
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--FILE--In this Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 file photo, Markus Kaarma, center, is flanked by his defense attorneys Brian Smith, left, and Paul Ryan, as he listens to testimony, during his trial in Missoula, Montana for murder in the shooting death of Diren Dede.  Kaarma was found guilty Wednesday in the death of the 17-year-old Dede who he shot with a shotgun last spring after Kaarma caught him in his garage.  The defense had said the shooting was in defense of himself and his family. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Kurt Willson)
Self-defense fails in Montana man's murder trial'Castle doctrine' defense fails as Montana man is convicted of German exchange student's death
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FILE - This Aug. 2, 2010, file photo, shows the Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters building in Cincinnati. France's antitrust authority has slapped penalties totaling some 950 million euros ($1.2 billion) against 13 consumer-goods makers for illegally colluding on prices for hygiene and cleaning products including shampoos, toothpaste and detergents. The wrongdoing involved, among others, U.S.-based Colgate-Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, and Sara Lee, Anglo-Dutch firm Unilever and Britain's Reckitt Benckiser.  (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
France fines 13 firms $1.2 bln for price-fixingOf Mr. Clean and dirty business: France fines 13 consumer-goods makers over price-fixing scam
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The facade of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Global stocks were mostly lower Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014 as oil prices tumbled again while investors waited for a U.S. Federal Reserve statement on monetary policy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
US stocks open higher, building on Fed gainsUS market indexes open sharply higher as market builds on gains following Fed meeting
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is joined by, from left, Department Correction Commissioner Joe Ponte and Warden Becky Scott during his tour of Second Chance Housing at Rikers Island jail facility on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 in New York.  The facility serves as alternative housing for incarcerated adolescents.  De Blasio  announced the city has ended its longstanding practice of sending 16- and 17-year-old inmates to solitary confinement for breaking rules.  (AP Photo/The Daily News, Susan Watts, Pool)
Feds sue NYC over Rikers Island jail violenceFeds sue New York City over widespread violence against young inmates at Rikers Island jail
The Associated Press42 minutes ago
UK police probe murder claims in child abuse caseBritish police looking into 3 alleged murders as part of historic child sex abuse case
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FILE - In this May 2, 2014 file photo provided by Frank Caprio, performers hang during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Providence, R.I. Eight acrobats fell to the Dunkin' Donuts Center floor during the same stunt in Providence two days later. A spokesman for the circus' parent company told The Associated Press Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that it is contesting a citation from federal regulators for the accident. The spokesman also said there are no plans to put on a hair-hanging act in the future. (AP Photo/Frank Caprio, File) MANDATORY CREDIT
Circus disputes citation for hair-hanging accidentCircus disputes federal citation for accident that injured 8 hair-hanging acrobats
The Associated Press49 minutes ago
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  • New Route 50 Westbound Lane Opening Thursday Night

    The Virginia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that a third lane of westbound Route 50 will open Thursday, Dec. 18 from Stonecroft Boulevard in Fairfax County to Pleasant Valley Road in Loudoun County. Lanes will be temporarily closed between 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 and 5:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19 in order to complete the traffic shift. Patch.com, Tue, Dec 16 2014 @ 05:15 PM
  • Santa's Elves at Ashby Ponds Donate Toys for Loudoun Children

    For the sixth consecutive holiday season, resident Al Beyer has coordinated the annual Toys for Tots collection at Ashby Ponds. This year, resident "elves" at Ashby Ponds have already donated over a dozen large bags of toys for the program. Patch.com, Tue, Dec 16 2014 @ 10:36 AM
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