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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Activists who have been protesting the nearly 1,200-mile Dakota Access oil pipeline for months ratcheted up the pressure this week by moving onto private land owned by the pipeline developer. Here's a guide to the latest developments and key background about the protest:
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group says a campaign flier targeting U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan (HAS'-uhn) in New Hampshire associates Muslims with violence and exploits her "Arab and Muslim-sounding name," though similar mailers are targeting candidates in other states.
By Andrew Osborn and Simon Johnson MOSCOW/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Russia is sharply upgrading the firepower of its Baltic Fleet by adding warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter NATO's build-up in the region, Russian media reported on Wednesday. There was no official confirmation from Moscow, but the reports will raise tensions in the Baltic, already heightened since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and cause particular alarm in Poland and Lithuania which border Russia's base there. The reported deployment comes as NATO is planning its biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War to deter possible Russian aggression.