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WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama warns of stepped-up economic punishments against Russia for its military incursions inside Ukraine, U.S. sanctions have so far avoided one prominent financial institution: the $10 billion Russian Direct Investment Fund, which has partnered with brand-name American companies and whose advisers include top U.S. and European private equity executives.

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CHAHUITES, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route.

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In anticipation of an upcoming Hillary Clinton speech on clean energy, one of the groups laying the groundwork for her presumed 2016 presidential campaign is talking up the former Secretary of State's record on climate change.

Clinton is scheduled to give the keynote address at the National Clean Energy Summit this Thursday in Las Vegas. Correct the Record, the rapid response outfit in the proto-Hillary 2016 campaign infrastructure, shared with TPM new talking points detailing her record on climate change at the State Department.

The group has been regularly releasing reports outlining Clinton's record on various issues, from LGBT rights to income equality, for months. They are part of the group's overall mission of greasing the wheels for Clinton's various public appearances and putting a positive spin on her past work -- all in the context of an anticipated 2016 run.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer as well as a chance for us to reflect on the achievements of American workers. This year, workers across the country have a lot to celebrate, thanks in part to a series of executive orders signed by President Obama, including the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which cracks down on federal contractors who violate labor laws.

In a significant step towards greater accountability for private contractors, corporations will be required to report their labor violations in updates to government agencies every six months, and contractors will also be responsible for making sure any subcontractors are playing by the rules as well. Additionally, the report directs contractors not to require employees to enter into pre-dispute arbitration agreements for sexual assault and harassment crimes, as well as violations of the Civil Rights Act.

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