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A $30 million splurge on Putin's daughter's favorite sport

MOSCOW Russia is building a $30 million complex for acrobatic rock'n'roll, a niche sport in which President Vladimir Putin's daughter is a leading dancer and has a senior role for development, a Reuters review of public documents has shown.

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Oil drilling advocate expected be Trump's pick to head Interior Department: sources

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a strong advocate of increased oil and gas development who is skeptical about climate change, to run the Department of the Interior, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters on Friday.

Election 2016, Politics 12:27pm EST

Biden does not see Trump undoing much of environmental record

OTTAWA U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday he doubted whether Donald Trump could undo much of the current administration's record on the environment because so many green policies have firmly taken hold.

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Russian doping conspiracy benefited over 1,000 competitors

LONDON More than 1,000 Russian competitors across more than 30 sports were involved in an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests as Moscow 'hijacked international sport' over the course of five years, an independent WADA report said on Friday.

Sports, Russia 12:07pm EST

Syrian government forces press attack in east Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army pressed an offensive in Aleppo on Friday with ground fighting and air strikes in an operation to retake all of the city's besieged rebel-held east that would bring victory in the civil war closer for President Bashar al-Assad.

Polar vortex redux? U.S. forecasters say it could hit next week

CHICAGO Forecasters are sending chills down some spines with a prediction that much of the northern half of the United States could see frigid weather next week similar to life-threatening lows the polar vortex brought to parts of the country in 2014. | Video

U.S., Environment 12:23pm EST
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'I did it,' South Carolina church shooting suspect says in taped confession

CHARLESTON, S.C. Jurors in the federal hate crimes trial of Dylann Roof, accused of killing nine people at a historic black church in South Carolina last year, on Friday watched a video of the avowed white supremacist calmly telling investigators "I did it."

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Iraq says it destroys Mosul car bomb factories

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces captured a neighborhood in east Mosul on Friday, pushing deeper to the heart of Islamic State's Iraq stronghold and destroying three sites where it produced car bombs used in waves of suicide attacks, the campaign's commander said.