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In Trump stronghold, factories are humming but paychecks are thin

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich./WASHINGTON When President-elect Donald Trump returns to this factory town on Friday for a victory celebration, he will find a region that is already experiencing the manufacturing renaissance he promised on the campaign trail.

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Trump may signal support for Michigan Republican as next party chair

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Michigan Republican Party Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel has emerged as the consensus favorite to head the party with President-elect Donald Trump headed to Michigan on Friday as part of his post-election "thank you" tour.

Election 2016, Politics 7:06am EST

EU to extend economic sanctions on Russia after leaders meet on December 15

BRUSSELS The European Union will extend by six months its main economic sanctions on Russia over the conflict in Ukraine after the bloc's leaders meet in Brussels on Dec. 15, diplomatic sources and officials said on Friday.

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Over 1,000 Russian athletes benefited from doping conspiracy

LONDON More than 1,000 Russian athletes competing in summer, winter and paralympic sport were involved in or benefited from an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive doping tests, an independent WADA report said on Friday.

Sports, Russia 9:32am 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 9:13am EST

Activist Chicago priest reflects on city's 'shameful' violent year

CHICAGO A longtime activist Chicago priest who has marched in protests, attended vigils and delivered sermons decrying violence in the city's most deadly year in nearly two decades, fears the surge in murders could continue into 2017.