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Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered four days of air combat readiness testing on Monday, the third major military exercise staged by the Kremlin in the past three months.

Carol J. Williams
In a brief summer drilling season off Alaska's Arctic shore, Shell Oil Co.'s Ann Pickard is on the hunt for a giant oil field, and she thinks she knows where to find it.Hal Bernton and Coral Garnick
Charter Communications is near a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable for about $195 a share -- furthering its quest to build one of the nation's largest cable TV and Internet service companies.Meg James
Afghan government representatives said at the meeting that it was ready to make an effort to build trust, if the Taliban agreed to peace negotiations.EDWARD WONG and MUJIB MASHAL
Anne Meara, who became famous as half of one of the most successful male-female comedy teams of all time and went on to enjoy a long and diverse career as an actress and, late in life, a playwright, died Saturday in Manhattan. She was 85.PETER KEEPNEWS
A book that revisits the life of a beloved Alaska sea captain claims Vladimir Putin came to Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill, years before his rise to prominence as a political force in Russia. A Russian expert says he's not convinced.  Alex DeMarban
The trial of the white officer, Michael Brelo, who climbed onto the hood of a car and fired repeatedly at its unarmed black occupants, played out amid questions about how the police interact with African-Americans.MITCH SMITH and ASHLEY SOUTHALL
Tens of thousands of people filled the streets of El Salvador’s capital on Saturday to celebrate the beatification of Óscar Romero, a Roman Catholic archbishop who walked with his people in their poverty.ELISABETH MALKIN
Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau’s five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills. Jack Healy
Ireland has become the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, sweeping aside the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church in a resounding victory Saturday for the LGBTQ rights movement and placing the country at the vanguard of social change.DANNY HAKIM and DOUGLAS DALBY