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Putin easily wins fourth term as Russia's president, early results show

Putin easily wins fourth term as Russia's president, early results show

World
Vladimir Putin headed to an overwhelming win in Russia's presidential election Sunday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the world's largest country for all of the 21st century. The vote was tainted by widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, but the complaints will likely do little to undermine Putin. His popularity remains high despite his suppression of dissent and reproach from the West over Russia's increasingly aggressive stance in world affairs and alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election. Putin's main challenge in the election was to obtain a huge margin of victory in order to claim an indisputable mandate. With ballots counted from 60 percent of the vast country's precincts, Putin won more than 75 percent of the vote, the Central Ele...
Unexpected back-to-school expenses can easily add up this fall

Unexpected back-to-school expenses can easily add up this fall

Finance
Watch out, parents: Back-to-school season can easily put a four-figure dent in your budget.Parents of high school students can expect to pay an average $ 1,489 per child for school supplies and activity fees, according to the annual Huntington Bank Backpack Index. That's a drop of $ 9, or less than 1 percent, from 2016. Parents of elementary-school students can expect to pay an average $ 662 per child, up 1 percent from last year. Middle-school students' parents will fork over $ 1,001, a 4.6 percent increase. Some parents expect to shell out even more. One in 5 parents said they plan to spend more than $ 2,000 per child in back-to-school shopping, according to a new Capital One survey. Teen boys and girls said the most important items to have when returning to school are new clothes and ne...