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By Elisabeth Malkin, Marina Franco and Albinson Linares MEXICO CITY – Mexicans, fighting fatigue and ebbing hope, hurried Wednesday to dig out survivors still trapped in dozens of collapsed buildings a day after a powerful earthquake rattled the capital and killed at least 230 people, including 30 schoolchildren. Thousands of government and rescue workers were mobi…

By Megan Specia and Somini Sengupta NEW YORK – If the United States is “forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” President Trump told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. In his first address to the General Assembly, Trump denounced North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, saying the nation …

By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON – Just when the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appeared to be dead, a last-ditch push to obliterate the law could be nearing a showdown vote in the Senate, and a handful of Republicans insist they are closing in on the votes. The leaders of the latest repeal effort, Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisia…

By Audra D.S. Burch and Jess Bidgood ORLANDO, Fla. – Bracing for hurricanes is almost a summer tradition here: the steady, clanking sound of wood banged to windows, the endless lines for bottled water and fuel, the pilgrimages to fortified shelters. But Irma, which struck Florida’s coastline twice and then tore through the state with a fury, is anything but a run…

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm with winds of up to 175 mph, continued to tear through the Caribbean on Thursday, leaving devastation in its wake and prompting evacuation orders across the region. The death toll was at least seven Thursday afternoon, and authorities warned that the number could rise as communications improved. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe of Fr…

By Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis  WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered an end to the Obama-era executive action that shields young people in the country illegally from deportation and called on Congress to replace the policy with legislation before it fully expires on March 5, 2018. The government will no longer accept new applica…

Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the rock duo Steely Dan, one of the most successful and adventurous groups of the 1970s and early ‘80s, died on Sunday. He was 67. His death was announced on his official website, which gave no other details. He lived in Maui, Hawaii. Becker had missed performances in Los Angeles and New York earlier this year…

By Christine Hauser The streets in Texas flooded by Hurricane Harvey brought upheaval to nature’s earthbound creatures, throwing them out of their natural habitats into a world overwhelmed with water. People sloshed through chest-high waters clutching children. Shadowy alligators floated in yards. A man caught a fish in his house. Bats were pried from bridges. Live…

By Glenn Thrush WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump landed in storm-brushed Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday to see for himself some of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey and demonstrate his personal commitment to a region still in the grips of a historic natural disaster. Trump, who pushed aides to schedule a visit to Texas as early as possible, initially…

By CHRISTINA CARON Catastrophic flooding is expected in Texas as Hurricane Harvey slowly moves across the state, stalling over the southeast and producing a “multiday rainfall disaster” over the next five to six days, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters are expecting 15 to 30 inches of rain and isolated amounts as high as 40 inches, said…

By SIMON ROMERO ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Few of President Donald Trump’s actions have touched a nerve among Latinos across the political spectrum in the United States quite like his pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was found guilty of criminal contempt after defying a federal judge’s order to stop targeting Latinos based solely on suspicion of their i…

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is preparing to give the Defense Department authority to expel transgender people from the military in an upcoming order, barring the Pentagon from recruiting transgender troops and cutting off payment for sexual reassignment surgery and other medical treatments for those already serving. A White House m…

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump issued an extraordinary challenge to his own party late Tuesday, threatening to shut down the government in a matter of weeks if Congress did not fund a wall on the southern border that was a signature promise of his campaign for the White House. Trump followed up on that threat on Wednesday by going aft…

By MARK LANDLER and MAGGIE HABERMAN PHOENIX – President Donald Trump, stung by days of criticism that he sowed racial division in the United States after deadly clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, accused the news media Tuesday of misrepresenting what he insisted was his prompt, unequivocal condemnation of bigotry and hatred. After declaring, “What happened in …

By MAGGIE HABERMAN Stephen Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Donald Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the …