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Yorba Linda, Calif., Grapples with Loss, Randomness of Fatal Plane Crash
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Yorba Linda, Calif., Grapples with Loss, Randomness of Fatal Plane Crash

YORBA LINDA, Calif. — Four days earlier, they raced to put out the flaming wreckage of a small plane that had pelted their quiet Orange County neighborhood. On Thursday night, they lit candles to remember the four people killed when pieces ... Read More

Trump Pledges to End HIV Transmission by 2030. It’s Doable, But Daunting
Health
Trump Pledges to End HIV Transmission by 2030. It’s Doable, But Daunting

Noting that science has “brought a once-distant dream within reach,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday night pledged to eliminate HIV transmission within 10 years. Read More

Democrats Face Meltdown in Virginia as Racial and Sex Charges Confront Party Leaders
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Democrats Face Meltdown in Virginia as Racial and Sex Charges Confront Party Leaders

WASHINGTON — Only days ago, Democrats believed they had an obvious fix for a sudden political crisis after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was found to have a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page. Read More

2018 Was One of the Hottest Years on Record — And This Year Could Be Even Hotter
Climate
2018 Was One of the Hottest Years on Record — And This Year Could Be Even Hotter

All five of the hottest years on record have occurred in the last five years, according to global temperature data released Wednesday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Read More

Elizabeth Warren Planned Fanfare, But Instead She’s Getting Criticized
2020 Elections
Elizabeth Warren Planned Fanfare, But Instead She’s Getting Criticized

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren planned to spend the week gearing up for a “big announcement,” in her home state of Massachusetts followed by a ceremonial tour of Iowa. Instead, she has been overwhelmed... Read More

Talking with Oprah Winfrey, Beto O’Rourke Sounds Like a Candidate Again
2020 Elections
Talking with Oprah Winfrey, Beto O’Rourke Sounds Like a Candidate Again

WASHINGTON — The playbook for readying a presidential launch is pretty straightforward: The candidate shows up in states that host early primaries, signals unwavering resolve, and road tests a clear and concise vision... Read More

Fact Check: What President Got Right and What He Got Wrong
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Fact Check: What President Got Right and What He Got Wrong

WASHINGTON — The annual State of the Union address is a chance for the president to deliver his vision and policy priorities — and sometimes exaggerate or outright misstate his accomplishments and the reasons for taking policy actions. Read More

Trump’s Inaugural Chairman Looked to Cash In on Infrastructure, Document Shows
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Trump’s Inaugural Chairman Looked to Cash In on Infrastructure, Document Shows

NEW YORK — The chairman’s black-tie dinner was Tom Barrack’s time to shine. After more than two months planning Donald Trump’s inaugural celebration, Barrack, a decades-old confidant of the president-elect, threw... Read More

Acting Attorney General Whitaker Gets Subpoena Threat Ahead of Hearing
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Acting Attorney General Whitaker Gets Subpoena Threat Ahead of Hearing

WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he is prepared to issue a subpoena to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if he tries to avoid answering questions under oath in a hearing with the... Read More

The Dark Web Puts a New Twist on the Age-Old Practice of Counterfeiting
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The Dark Web Puts a New Twist on the Age-Old Practice of Counterfeiting

SAVANNAH, Ga. — When Secret Service Agent Matthew Britsch began trawling for major counterfeiters in the shadowy marketplaces of the dark web, he acted like any smart consumer on eBay — he studied the reviews. Read More

Feds Demand Trump Inauguration Committee Documents
White House
Feds Demand Trump Inauguration Committee Documents

NEW YORK — Manhattan federal prosecutors subpoenaed documents from President Donald Trump’s inauguration committee in hope of learning where its money came from — and how it was spent, said a report... Read More

House Will Vote on HR 1 Government Overhaul Package This Month, Pelosi Says
Congress
House Will Vote on HR 1 Government Overhaul Package This Month, Pelosi Says

WASHINGTON — The House will vote on a package of voting rights, campaign finance and ethics overhauls this month, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a “Dear Colleague” letter Monday night. House Democrats have... Read More

After a Messy Election, A Push to Make Voting Easier
Voting
After a Messy Election, A Push to Make Voting Easier

WASHINGTON — In the nearly three months since elections dogged by accusations of voter suppression, state lawmakers across the country have either filed or pre-filed at least 230 bills that would expand access to... Read More

Decision on NC’s 9th District Election Expected This Month
Elections
Decision on NC’s 9th District Election Expected This Month

WASHINGTON — The newly appointed North Carolina board of elections plans to vote on whether to certify the election — or call for a new one — in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District after a hearing on Feb... Read More

Q&A: The Fascinating Backstory of the Periodic Table, Which Is About to Turn 150 Years Old
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Q&A: The Fascinating Backstory of the Periodic Table, Which Is About to Turn 150 Years Old

The periodic table has become an icon of science. Its rows and columns provide a tidy way of showcasing the elements — the ingredients that make up the universe. It seems obvious today, but it wasn’t to generations... Read More

Democrats Maintain Pressure on Virginia Governor to Resign
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Democrats Maintain Pressure on Virginia Governor to Resign

WASHINGTON –– Leading Democrats continued on Sunday to call for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign over a racist photo from a 1984 medical school yearbook, even as he has said he won’t quit. Read More

Trump Says He’ll Reject U.S. Intelligence Assessments He Disagrees With
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Trump Says He’ll Reject U.S. Intelligence Assessments He Disagrees With

WASHINGTON — Despite growing foreign-policy misgivings about him even within the Republican Party, President Donald Trump insisted in an interview aired Sunday that he feels free to ignore the assessments of his... Read More

US to Send More to Troops to Mexican Border
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US to Send More to Troops to Mexican Border

WASHINGTON –– The Defense Department will send about 3,750 more troops to U.S.-Mexico border, raising the number of active-duty troops there to about 4,350, the Pentagon said Sunday. The troops will provide... Read More

Hurricane Michael Recovery Has a Big Problem: People Aren’t Donating
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Hurricane Michael Recovery Has a Big Problem: People Aren’t Donating

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — More than three months after Hurricane Michael bludgeoned the beachside communities in the Panhandle, dozens of people crammed into the Messiah Lutheran Church on a recent Thursday. Read More

‘Clemency,’ ‘One Child Nation’ Lead a Diverse Mix of Sundance Film Festival Award Winners
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‘Clemency,’ ‘One Child Nation’ Lead a Diverse Mix of Sundance Film Festival Award Winners

PARK CITY, Utah—This year’s Sundance Film Festival was not just inclusive in its selections, but in its awards as well. Female filmmakers cleaned up, claiming top prizes in the festival’s U.S. dramatic and documentary and world ... Read More

Virginia Governor Now Says He’s Not in Racist Photo, Won’t Resign
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Virginia Governor Now Says He’s Not in Racist Photo, Won’t Resign

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Saturday that he’s “not the person in that photo,” referring to a racist image of a man in blackface next to a man in a Ku Klux Klan costume that appeared on his 1984 medical ... Read More

Seven Navy SEALS Granted Immunity to Testify in Iraq War-Crimes Trial
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Seven Navy SEALS Granted Immunity to Testify in Iraq War-Crimes Trial

SAN DIEGO — News that seven Navy SEALs have been granted immunity deals to serve as witnesses in a San Diego war-crimes trial has rocked the defendant’s community of supporters and raised questions about what those deals could mean in ... Read More

Judge Dismisses Maryland Suit to Preserve Affordable Care Act
Health
Judge Dismisses Maryland Suit to Preserve Affordable Care Act

BALTIMORE — A federal judge on Friday dismissed Maryland’s attempt to protect the Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” from any Trump administration efforts to dismantle it. Read More

NFL Ratings Are Up During Regular Season
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NFL Ratings Are Up During Regular Season

Following a difficult year of controversies for the NFL involving Colin Kaepernick and the way the league has handled the concussion issue, the ratings were up around the league during the regular season, leaguewide including in the two championship games,... Read More

Trump Pulls Out of INF Pact with Russia
Russia
Trump Pulls Out of INF Pact with Russia

WASHINGTON — With its decision to pull out of a major arms control treaty with Russia, the White House argues it is enhancing security for the United States and its European allies, but critics warned it could spark a dangerous new ... Read More

Cory Booker Launches an Unconventional White House Bid Built on ‘Universal Love’
2020 Elections
Cory Booker Launches an Unconventional White House Bid Built on ‘Universal Love’

WASHINGTON — Cory Booker’s unremitting optimism, wonkish attraction to big ideas and, of course, his background as a community organizer have long drawn comparisons to another pioneering African American lawmaker who went on to bigger things: Barack Obama. Read More

Trump Plans Appeal to Democrats in State of the Union, Official Says
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Trump Plans Appeal to Democrats in State of the Union, Official Says

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump will implore Congress to compromise on issues including immigration and infrastructure in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, a speech delayed a week by a 35-day partial government shutdown caused by the president’s own ... Read More

Good Samaritans in Chicago Moved More Than 100 People from Freezing Tents to a Hotel
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Good Samaritans in Chicago Moved More Than 100 People from Freezing Tents to a Hotel

CHICAGO — In a room at the Amber Inn in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, bundles of clothing were piled high on a queen-size bed on Thursday afternoon, jackets, scarves and sweaters spilling onto the floor. Boxes of doughnuts sat stacked on ... Read More

ICE Detention Facilities Don’t Meet National Standards, Report Says
Immigration
ICE Detention Facilities Don’t Meet National Standards, Report Says

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does a poor job of managing its detention facilities that hold tens of thousands of immigrants awaiting hearings, rarely holds contractors accountable for lapsed standards and informally grants too many waivers to allow ... Read More

NC Governor Names New Elections Board Amid 9th District Fraud Investigation
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NC Governor Names New Elections Board Amid 9th District Fraud Investigation

The investigation into North Carolina’s alleged election fraud moved closer to possible resolution Thursday when Gov. Roy Cooper named a new state elections board to oversee the probe of America’s last undecided... Read More

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