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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 20, 2010 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, shows Russian President Vladimir Putin, around his factory which produces school means, outside St. Petersburg, Russia. One of those indicted in the Russia probe is a businessman with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin is an entrepreneur from St. Petersburg who's been dubbed "Putin's chef" by Russian media. His restaurants and catering businesses have hosted the Kremlin leader's dinners with foreign dignitaries. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
February 24, 2018 - 6:02 am
MOSCOW (AP) — He's been indicted in the U.S. for meddling in the 2016 presidential election with an army of trolls and his private military company has trodden battlefields in Ukraine and Syria. Still, the Russian multimillionaire dubbed "Putin's chef" runs yet another asset that is valuable to the...
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Farkhanur Gavrilova, mother of Ruslan Gavrilov who is reported to have killed in Syria, looks on while speaking to the Associated Press in the village of Kedrovoye, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Gavrilova’s son Ruslan was one of seven men in this village of 2,300 who are believed to have joined a private military company called Wagner. The company reportedly was involved in an attack on U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria on Feb. 7 and suffered devastating losses in a U.S. counterstrike. (AP Photo/Nataliya Vasilyeva)
February 15, 2018 - 1:55 pm
KEDROVOYE, Russia (AP) — For Russian mother Farkhanur Gavrilova, the blow came a week ago when an acquaintance called her to say that her son was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria that pitted Russian and U.S. combatants against each other for the first time in the Syrian war. Gavrilova's son, 37-...
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hold a joint news conference at the Griffith Observatory Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
February 10, 2018 - 2:28 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posed for a selfie with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and talked up ties between their two countries Saturday, the last day of his three-day swing through California. Dressed in shorts and athletic shirts, the two men spoke with reporters...
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, shakes hands with California Gov. Jerry Brown during a meeting in San Francisco, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool)
February 10, 2018 - 1:46 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came with an unambiguous message on his latest US visit: the North American Free Trade Agreement is a success that needs to be modernized, not abandoned. With the next round of talks over the trade pact set to begin in Mexico later this...
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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, shakes hands with California Gov. Jerry Brown during a meeting in San Francisco, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool)
February 10, 2018 - 1:14 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came with an unambiguous message on his latest US visit: the North American Free Trade Agreement is a success that needs to be modernized, not abandoned. With the next round of talks over the trade pact set to begin in Mexico later this...
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Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with law enforcement officials on the MS-13 street gang and border security, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 06, 2018 - 8:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the U.S. armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength, officials said Tuesday. The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan, said Trump wants an elaborate parade this year...
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Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with law enforcement officials on the MS-13 street gang and border security, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
February 06, 2018 - 8:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the U.S. armed forces in Washington this year to celebrate military strength, officials said Tuesday. The Washington Post, which was first to report the plan, said Trump wants an elaborate parade this year...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2017 file photo, crews with Duke Energy continue to remove coal ash from the old coal ponds at the Sutton Plant, in Wilmington, N.C. Duke Energy Corp. is making changes that could make it easier for black, female and other minority-owned construction and hauling firms to compete for work on its multi-billion dollar project to excavate and close coal-ash storage pits. (Ken Blevins /The Star-News via AP, File)
February 01, 2018 - 12:41 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One of the largest U.S. electricity companies is making changes that could make it easier for black, female and other minority-owned construction and hauling firms to compete for work on its multibillion-dollar project to excavate and close coal-ash storage pits. Under pressure...
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