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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is holding talks with Russian officials on his first trip to Moscow. (Sergei Chirikov/Pool Photo via AP)
October 27, 2018 - 6:37 am
MILAN (AP) — Italy's premier has welcomed Standard & Poor's decision to maintain Italy's rating while still lowering the financial outlook for the country to "negative" from "stable." Premier Giuseppe Conte said Saturday the decision by the ratings agency was "correct in light of the economic...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows South Dakota gubernatorial candidates, Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, left, and Democrat Bille Sutton. The first general election debate in the top-tier race for South Dakota governor comes as Republican Kristi Noem has sought to dispel Democratic challenger Billie Sutton’s moderate image, while Sutton has portrayed Noem as a Washington politician working for special interests. (AP Photo/File)
October 23, 2018 - 10:46 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Republican Kristi Noem repeatedly sought to banish Democratic challenger Billie Sutton's moderate image Tuesday during their first South Dakota governor's race debate, even as Sutton rebuffed claims that he supports an income tax in the heavily conservative state. Noem, a...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows South Dakota gubernatorial candidates, Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, left, and Democrat Bille Sutton. The first general election debate in the top-tier race for South Dakota governor comes as Republican Kristi Noem has sought to dispel Democratic challenger Billie Sutton’s moderate image, while Sutton has portrayed Noem as a Washington politician working for special interests. (AP Photo/File)
October 23, 2018 - 3:01 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The first debate in South Dakota's race for governor comes as Republican Kristi Noem is trying to punch holes in hard-charging Democrat Billie Sutton's moderate image. Noem, a four-term congresswoman, is favored to become the conservative state's first female governor. But...
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Left to right: vice premier Luigi Di Maio, premier Giuseppe Conte and vice premier Matteo Salvini, pose as they arrive for a press conference at Chigi's Palace, in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 20 2018. Italy's government vowed Saturday to engage in constructive talks with the European Union as it still gave final approval to a rule-busting budget and brushed off a ratings downgrade triggered by its higher-than-expected deficit targets. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
October 23, 2018 - 12:10 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union set up a high-stakes battle with Italy, one of the bloc's biggest economies, over who has final control over a member state's budget after the executive Commission took the unprecedented step of ordering the country to revise its public spending plans. In a move...
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Left to right: vice premier Luigi Di Maio, premier Giuseppe Conte and vice premier Matteo Salvini, pose as they arrive for a press conference at Chigi's Palace, in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 20 2018. Italy's government vowed Saturday to engage in constructive talks with the European Union as it still gave final approval to a rule-busting budget and brushed off a ratings downgrade triggered by its higher-than-expected deficit targets. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
October 23, 2018 - 10:22 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission on Tuesday rejected Italy's proposed budget — the first time it has ever done so with a member state — as it argues the populist government's spending plans for next year are out of line and would break promises to lower public debt. The EU's executive wants...
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This image provided by Erin Aulov shows a scene on Wisconsin Avenue in the Georgetown section of Washington on July 1, 2018, during the filming of the new Wonder Woman movie. When the Wonder Woman sequel filmed in several locations around Washington this summer, it was a genuine novelty. In any given year, there are usually multiple movies and TV shows set in Washington, but very few actually do the bulk of their filming here. (Erin Aulov via AP)
October 23, 2018 - 1:31 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a hobby among District of Columbia locals: Picking apart glaring geographic and architectural inaccuracies in movies and television shows set in Washington. One of the most famous is the 1987 film "No Way Out," where Kevin Costner escapes pursuers by taking a subway from...
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FILE - This combination of file photos shows South Dakota gubernatorial candidates, Republican U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem, left, and Democrat Bille Sutton. The first general election debate in the top-tier race for South Dakota governor comes as Republican Kristi Noem has sought to dispel Democratic challenger Billie Sutton’s moderate image, while Sutton has portrayed Noem as a Washington politician working for special interests. (AP Photo/File)
October 23, 2018 - 12:42 am
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The first debate in South Dakota's race for governor comes as Republican Kristi Noem is trying to punch holes in hard-charging Democrat Billie Sutton's moderate image. Noem, a four-term congresswoman, is favored to become the conservative state's first female governor. But...
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Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte answers reporters' questions during a press conference at the foreign press club in Rome, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
October 22, 2018 - 9:12 am
MILAN (AP) — Italy's leader on Monday indicated his government would stand firm in its plans to ramp up public spending, keeping alive a dispute with the European Union, which is worried the budget would increase the country's high debts. Premier Giuseppe Conte defended the deficit-busting budget...
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Left to right: vice premier Luigi Di Maio, premier Giuseppe Conte and vice premier Matteo Salvini, pose as they arrive for a press conference at Chigi's Palace, in Rome, Saturday, Oct. 20 2018. Italy's government vowed Saturday to engage in constructive talks with the European Union as it still gave final approval to a rule-busting budget and brushed off a ratings downgrade triggered by its higher-than-expected deficit targets. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP)
October 22, 2018 - 7:59 am
MILAN (AP) — Italy's leader on Monday gave no indication that his government would rein in public spending plans, keeping alive a dispute with the European Union, which wants the country to revise its budget. Giuseppe Conte defended the deficit-busting budget in a news conference in Rome following...
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Italian Deputy Premier and League leader Matteo Salvini greets supporters during a rally in Mezzocorona, northern Italy, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. (Daniel Mosna/ANSA via AP)
October 20, 2018 - 4:24 am
ROME (AP) — Italy's deputy premier is brushing off a ratings downgrade and vowing to forge ahead with the government's rule-busting budget as Italy prepares to respond to European Union concerns about its high deficit targets. International credit rating agency Moody's late Friday downgraded Italy'...
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