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Richard Overton, Nation’s Oldest Man and WWII Vet, Dies at 112
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Richard Overton, Nation’s Oldest Man and WWII Vet, Dies at 112

Richard Overton, who was America’s oldest man and oldest war veteran, died Thursday in Austin. Overton, who was honored for his military service and beloved for his propensity to enjoy his supercentenarian status with... Read More

Michael Bloomberg to Decide About 2020 Presidential Run Early Next Year
2020 Elections
Michael Bloomberg to Decide About 2020 Presidential Run Early Next Year

Michael Bloomberg is ready to spend big bucks. The billionaire ex-New York mayor plans to bring out the cash cannon if he runs for president in 2020 and will make a final decision on whether to launch a campaign by... Read More

Lone Senator at the Capitol During Shutdown
Congress
Lone Senator at the Capitol During Shutdown

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts manned the empty Senate chamber by himself Thursday afternoon, while colleagues from both parties remained away during the partial government shutdown. Roberts and his wife Franki, who... Read More

Cell Signal Puts Cohen Outside Prague Around Time of Purported Russian Meeting
Foreign Affairs
Cell Signal Puts Cohen Outside Prague Around Time of Purported Russian Meeting

A mobile phone traced to President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen briefly sent signals ricocheting off cell towers in the Prague area in late summer 2016, at the height of the presidential campaign... Read More

After Years Underground, A Kentucky Coal Miner With Black Lung Faces the Future
Health
After Years Underground, A Kentucky Coal Miner With Black Lung Faces the Future

When Danny Fouts was a young man, his daddy warned him about the dangers of working long hours in the mines. “You’ll end up killing yourself for nothing, just to make other men rich,” Vernon chided his son when ... Read More

Sherrod Brown Hopes to Meet With Obama as He Mulls Possible 2020 Presidential Run
2020 Elections
Sherrod Brown Hopes to Meet With Obama as He Mulls Possible 2020 Presidential Run

Although Sen. Sherrod Brown has talked about possibly running for president, the senator from Ohio hasn’t yet checked off the box that is becoming essential for prospective Democratic candidates: meeting with former President Barack Obama. Read More

When Elections Get a Do-Over
Voting
When Elections Get a Do-Over

Golf has mulligans. Tennis has second serves. But can elections have do-overs? North Carolina voters might have to go back to the polls in the new year after election officials discovered potential tampering with mail-in ballots in the state’s 9... Read More

Among Vietnamese, A Generational Divide Arises in Fight Against Deportation Threat
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Among Vietnamese, A Generational Divide Arises in Fight Against Deportation Threat

In his 85 years, Lan Hoang has many times seen and heard about the power of communism to stir passions on the streets of Little Saigon in Los Angeles. Read More

Bladen County Election Office Gave Special Access to Political Operative
North Carolina
Bladen County Election Office Gave Special Access to Political Operative

Bladen County political operative McCrae Dowless and possibly others were provided special access to confidential information at the county’s Board of Elections office... Read More

Camp Fire Survivors Get Christmas Pardons
California
Camp Fire Survivors Get Christmas Pardons

Almost 20 years ago, Heather Steels Burnett tried to restart her life with “nothing but a criminal record.” Today, she’s starting over again. She and her husband lost their home a month ago when the Camp fire tore through Paradise. Read More

Artists and Engineers: A New Relationship?
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Artists and Engineers: A New Relationship?

Alan Nakagawa wanted to change the way people in Los Angeles perceive streets. So last year the artist created an interactive exhibit at a city bus shelter that housed a light green, cylindrical “perfume box.” Commuters could stick a hand ... Read More

Shutdown Enters 4th Day With No End in Sight
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Shutdown Enters 4th Day With No End in Sight

The partial U.S. government shutdown entered its fourth day Tuesday as the White House and lawmakers remained at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s demands to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Read More

Angered by Mattis’ Rebuke, Trump Forces Him Out by Jan. 1, Two Months Early
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Angered by Mattis’ Rebuke, Trump Forces Him Out by Jan. 1, Two Months Early

Angered by Defense Secretary James N. Mattis’ harsh rebuke last week, President Donald Trump on Sunday said he is ousting Mattis from his post two months ... Read More

Mnuchin Bid to Calm Markets Risks Making Bad Situation Worse
Markets
Mnuchin Bid to Calm Markets Risks Making Bad Situation Worse

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin looked to quash big-bank worries over recent plunging stock markets and reports that President Donald Trump might move on his Federal Reserve chief by reassuring the financial community on Sunday that market liquidity is in good ... Read More

Life on the Line: In Town Known for Migrant Smuggling, Suspicion of Neighbors Runs High
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Life on the Line: In Town Known for Migrant Smuggling, Suspicion of Neighbors Runs High

It was 11 p.m. when her six dogs started barking on the patio, a sign Maria Guadalupe “Lupita” Rios had come to recognize. Immigrants were passing through her street a block north of the Rio Grande. Read More

‘Like Losing Your Legs’: Duckworth Pushed Airlines to Report on Wheelchairs They Break
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‘Like Losing Your Legs’: Duckworth Pushed Airlines to Report on Wheelchairs They Break

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth was rolling up the airport ramp in her wheelchair after arriving in Chicago. She made it just a few feet, and then the chair collapsed underneath her. Read More

Man Climbs National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., and Negotiators Talk Him Down
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Man Climbs National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., and Negotiators Talk Him Down

A man who scaled the National Christmas Tree outside the White House Friday night climbed down safely before being transported to a Washington area hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. Read More

Supreme Court Blocks Trump’s Policy to Bar Asylum Claims by Illegal Immigrants
Immigration
Supreme Court Blocks Trump’s Policy to Bar Asylum Claims by Illegal Immigrants

A closely divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected President Donald Trump’s plan to immediately bar asylum claims by immigrants who cross the border illegally. Read More

Government Shutdown Drags on With No Compromise in Sight
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Government Shutdown Drags on With No Compromise in Sight

Prospects for a quick end to the partial federal government shutdown dimmed Saturday as congressional Democrats and the White House failed to resolve their debate over President Donald Trump’s demand for $5 billion in funding for his wall along the ... Read More

With No Fix in Sight, Federal Agencies Prepare for a Shutdown
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With No Fix in Sight, Federal Agencies Prepare for a Shutdown

A host of government agencies shut down at midnight, sidelining hundreds of thousands of federal workers as Congress and the White House remained deadlocked over President Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall with Mexico. Read More

Government Shutdown Hits After Congress Adjourns Without a Deal on Trump’s Border Wall
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Government Shutdown Hits After Congress Adjourns Without a Deal on Trump’s Border Wall

Roughly one-quarter of the federal government officially shut down Friday night as Congress and President Donald Trump remained deadlocked over money for his proposed border wall... Read More

Florida Deputy’s Murder-Suicide Is Rare But Fits Pattern
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Florida Deputy’s Murder-Suicide Is Rare But Fits Pattern

Hours after one of his deputies shot three family members and then himself, a clearly shaken Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister told reporters there were no warning signs. Read More

NC Alerted Feds of ‘Efforts to Manipulate’ Elections in Bladen Through Absentee Ballots
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NC Alerted Feds of ‘Efforts to Manipulate’ Elections in Bladen Through Absentee Ballots

The North Carolina elections board alerted the U.S. Justice Department shortly after the 2016 election about suspected efforts to “manipulate elections results through the absentee ballot process” in Bladen County, according to a letter obtained by McClatchy. Read More

America’s Psychologists Want You to Understand How Racism Holds Our Country Back
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America’s Psychologists Want You to Understand How Racism Holds Our Country Back

The nation’s psychologists want us to talk about race. Not in the hushed confines of a therapist’s office, but in classrooms, church basements and workplaces. If that feels like a daunting task, don’t worry. The mental health ... Read More

Why Beto O’Rourke’s 254-County Strategy Flopped in the Texas Senate Race
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Why Beto O’Rourke’s 254-County Strategy Flopped in the Texas Senate Race

JoAnn Randall, a writer and rancher in Placid, a dot on the map 145 miles northwest of Austin in the geographical center of Texas, describes herself as a political independent. Read More

How Much Border Wall Does $5 Billion Buy?
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How Much Border Wall Does $5 Billion Buy?

Homeland Security officials laid out the stakes in the budget brinkmanship that threatens a partial government shutdown late Friday: the $5 billion the House has approved for a border wall would be enough for about 215 miles of barrier. Read More

Supreme Court Turns Back Trump Plea to Immediately Impose New Asylum Policy
Immigration
Supreme Court Turns Back Trump Plea to Immediately Impose New Asylum Policy

A closely divided Supreme Court on Friday rejected President Donald Trump’s plan to immediately bar asylum claims from immigrants who crossed the border illegally. Read More

US Plans Withdrawal of 7,000 Troops From Afghanistan, Official Says
Afghanistan
US Plans Withdrawal of 7,000 Troops From Afghanistan, Official Says

The U.S. plans to dramatically cut troop levels in Afghanistan as President Donald Trump reshapes America’s foreign commitments and fulfills long-standing promises to bring military forces home. Read More

House GOP in Chaos Amid Looming Federal Shutdown
Congress
House GOP in Chaos Amid Looming Federal Shutdown

House Republicans pushed the federal government Thursday to the brink of a shutdown over money for President Donald Trump’s promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, in a final reprise of the chaos that came to define their ... Read More

Mattis Issues Rebuke to Trump as He Announces Departure as Defense Chief
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Mattis Issues Rebuke to Trump as He Announces Departure as Defense Chief

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis told President Donald Trump on Thursday that he will resign in February, handing the president a strongly worded two-page letter that in effect rebuked the president for his military policies and lack of respect ... Read More

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