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Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrives to Milan's International fair for the second day of a ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. Russian leader Vladimir Putin was meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and key Western leaders in an attempt to negotiate a full end to hostilities in Ukraine that could ease sanctions against Russia.(AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

Vladimir Putin rides wave of patriotism despite Russia’s economic woes

Tatiana Bragina sighed as she examined food prices at her local supermarket in southeast Moscow. “They seem to go up every day,” the 35-year-old housewife complained as she tallied her potential purchases on a rainy afternoon this week. “Especially for meat and fish.”

Blank U.S. Treasury checks are seen on a roll at the Philadelphia Financial Center, which disburses payments on behalf of federal agencies, in Philadelphia in this May 8, 2008, file photo. Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent

- Associated Press

Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.

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New bridge helping ease Chicago rail congestion

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State and local officials will dedicate a new railroad bridge in Chicago. The bridge is helping ease the congestion that makes the city the worst choke point in the nation's freight rail network.

Abandoned coal mines restored to native condition

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The Cherokee Nation and the U.S. Department of Interior have worked to transform about 100 acres of former abandoned coal mines in Sequoyah County to a swath with lush bluestem and other native grass, a 25-acre lake and wildlife.

Grant to help assess risk of mudslides, rock falls

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An engineering researcher at the University of Arkansas has received $1.14 million in funding to develop a system for assessing areas at risk for mudslides or rock falls caused by the effects of wildfires.'s EZ form not for legal immigrants

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Education, prison boards to discuss agency budgets

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The departments of education and corrections - two of Oklahoma's largest state agencies - will be working on budgets seeking tens of millions of dollars in new government spending that likely won't be approved by the Legislature.

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Senate Democrats on Wednesday reversed course in the Kentucky race and put campaign cash behind television ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes and her bid to oust Republican Mitch McConnell.

In this June 5, 2014 photo, people walk in front of a Yahoo sign at the company's headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif. Yahoo Inc. reports quarterly financial results on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face of criticism

- Associated Press

Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction.

News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

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Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball on Wednesday kicked off a bus tour around Tennessee that he hopes will draw attention to incumbent Republican Lamar Alexander's refusal to engage in a series of statewide debates.

NY reports 7 deals for clean energy projects

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New York officials say they have reached agreements in principle to finance seven clean energy projects with a dozen banks and investment firms and the state's new NY Green Bank.

2 Michigan businesses receive $500,000 in grants

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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is awarding $500,000 in grants to two business expansion projects that are expected to add up to 200 jobs in southeast Michigan.