Charged 'Putin's chef' runs news sites along with troll army


MOSCOW (AP) — He's been indicted in the U.S. for meddling in the 2016 presidential election with an army of trolls and his private military company has trodden battlefields in Ukraine and Syria. Still, the Russian multimillionaire dubbed "Putin's chef" runs yet another asset that is valuable to the Kremlin: a sprawling Russian media empire.

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  • Written by By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV , Associated Press

Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe


WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates' guilty plea to federal conspiracy and false-statements charges turns him from defendant to cooperating witness in the special counsel's probe of President Donald Trump's election campaign and Russia's interference.


  • Written by By CHAD DAY, TOM LoBIANCO and ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

AP-NORC Poll: Worries about the country, hopes for economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans believe the country's overall direction has dipped in the past year. What's more, only 28 percent are optimistic that things will get better in the year to come.

  • Written by LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON , Associated Press

Latest Mueller indictment spells trouble for bankers, too


NEW YORK (AP) — Recently filed federal charges against President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort could also pose legal and regulatory risks for the banks that loaned him millions of dollars against his New York real estate in recent years.

  • Written by By JAKE PEARSON and JEFF HORWITZ , Associated Press

Officials say suicide bomber kills 2 in Afghan capital



KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber killed at least two and wounded seven in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan's capital on Saturday, and at least 18 soldiers died in an attack on a checkpoint by Taliban insurgents in the country's west, authorities said.

  • Written by By RAHIM FAIEZ , Associated Press