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Sochi set to welcome the world amid storm clouds

AP Photo/David J. Phillip Seven years ago, Vladimir Putin traveled all the way to Guatemala to woo Olympic leaders with his grandiose vision: hosting the Winter Games in Russia’s little-known Black Sea summer resort of Sochi. Putin’s personal pitch – delivered...
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Md. mall to reopen with memorials, more security

This photo released by the Howard County Police shows shooting suspect Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, of College Park, MD. Aguilar carried out the Saturday Jan. 25, 2014, attack with a 12-gauge shotgun at a skateboard shop at the Mall in Columbia in suburban Baltimore before killing...

Ericsson and Samsung settle patent dispute

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish wireless equipment company LM Ericsson AB says it has settled a legal dispute with Samsung Electronics Co. about global patent licenses. Ericsson said Monday the settlement means it will receive a one-off sum and ongoing royalty payments from the...
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Brilliant, baffling moments at the Grammys

AP Photo/Matt Sayles A teenager from New Zealand and two French “robots” shall lead them. What makes music special is its seeming randomness, of magic moments coming from where you’d least expect them. Sunday night’s Grammy Awards proved that. In a room...

Russian campaigner publishes Sochi corruption file

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Russia’s top opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner has launched a website to publish a wide range of data pointing to corruption in Sochi. Russia has spent about $51 billion to deliver the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which run Feb. 7-23....
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Wealth gap: A guide to what it is, why it matters

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan WASHINGTON (AP) — From the White House to the Vatican to the business elite in Davos, Switzerland, one issue keeps seizing the agenda: the growing gap between the very wealthy and everyone else. It’s “the defining challenge of our...
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NJ Democrats set to merge traffic jam probe

File-This Jan. 23, 2014, file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addressing a gathering at the Dudley Family School in Camden, N.J. New Jersey Democrats are set to pool their resources by merging separate legislative investigations into allegations that Christie’s...
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Brain-dead Texas woman taken off life support

FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 file photo, Erick Munoz stands with an undated copy of a photograph of himself, left, with wife Marlise and their son Mateo, in Haltom City, Texas. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, issued a statement Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 that...
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Persistent below-zero temps visit Midwest again

Nyjaii Williams, of St. Paul, is bundled up against the cold wind, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in St. Paul. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Marlin Levison) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT Nyjaii Williams, of St. Paul, is bundled up against the...

THC-Hawks? Pot puns pack this Super Bowl

SEATTLE (AP) — The way Bryan Weinman sees it, he and his friends already won their Super Bowl bet. Two weeks ago, the nightclub DJ and a few buddies were sitting at a sports bar in Denver, joking about how funny it would be if the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Bronco...