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Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday insulted LeBron James’ intelligence and said he and Kevin Durant should not express their political opinions. Ingraham called recent statements James had made about President Trump “barely intelligible” in a segment on her Fox News show, “The Ingraham Angle.” Then, after showing a clip featuring James speaking about the preside…

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By MATTHEW HAAG and SERGE F. KOVALESKI The man suspected of opening fire inside a Florida high school Wednesday, killing at least 17 people, was a former student who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons, the authorities said. Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County, Florida, said that the man, Nikolas Cruz, 19, previously attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High S…

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By Ivan Nechepurenko MOSCOW – A Russian plane carrying 71 people crashed near Moscow shortly after takeoff Sunday afternoon, killing all on board. Flight 703, operated by the Russian regional carrier Saratov Airlines, was carrying 65 passengers and six crew members. The plane went down near the village of Stepanovskoe, about 50 miles southeast of Moscow in the Ramens…

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and NICHOLAS FANDOS WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Friday blocked the release of a classified Democratic memo rebutting Republican claims that top federal law enforcement officials had abused their powers in spying on a former Trump campaign aide, a move that Democrats denounced as politically motivated hypocrisy. Last week, the president …

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by SHARON LaFRANIERE, KATIE BENNER and PETER BAKER WASHINGTON – In the days before the 2016 election, Donald Trump expressed “great respect” for the “courage” of the FBI and Justice Department for reopening the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Sixteen months later, he has changed his mind. The agencies have been “disgraceful” and “should be …

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By Scott Cacciola and Victor Mather LANSING, Mich. — After an extraordinary seven-day hearing that drew more than 150 young women to speak out publicly about sexual abuse they said was committed by Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, the former team doctor for the American gymnastics team, a judge sentenced him on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison. He had faced a minimum term o…

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The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday. The Oscars will be handed out on March 4. “The Shape of Water,” a low-budget fantasy about a mute janitor who falls in love with an imprisoned sea creature, became 2017’s most decorated film on Tuesday, receiving 13 nominations from Oscar voters, one fewer than the record for the mos…

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By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON – Much of the federal government officially shut down early Saturday after Senate Democrats, showing remarkable solidarity in the face of a clear political danger, blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating. The shutdown, coming one year to the day after President Donald Tru…

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By Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats, showing remarkable solidarity Friday in the face of a clear political danger, blocked consideration of a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating, leaving less than two hours for lawmakers to find a way to avert a midnight shutdown of much of the federal government. Senate Republ…

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By Joe Coscarelli Tom Petty, the chart-topping singer and songwriter, died in October from an accidental drug overdose as a result of mixing medications that included opioids, the medical examiner-coroner for the county of Los Angeles announced Friday, ending the mystery surrounding his sudden death last year. The coroner, Jonathan Lucas, said that Petty's system sho…

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By Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump blew up Republican strategies to keep the government open past Friday when on Thursday morning he said a long-term extension of the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program should not be part of a stopgap spending bill pending before the House. He wrote on Twitter: “CHIP should be part of a long term solution, n…

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By EILEEN SULLIVAN WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to castigate President Donald Trump for his “assaults” on U.S. media and to compare the president’s words to those of a former Soviet dictator who slaughtered millions of his own citizens in a reign of terror. “It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own …

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By David E. Sanger and William J. Broad WASHINGTON – A newly drafted U.S. nuclear strategy that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on U.S. infrastructure, including what current and former government officials described as the most crippling kind of cyber…

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By Shane Goldmacher Potential rivals may have backed away from running against New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in 2018 but a new primary challenger emerged Monday to his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Jumaane D. Williams, a city councilman from Brooklyn and an outspoken liberal Democrat who served as a delegate to Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential camp…

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By Matthew Haag and Louis Keene A 17-year-old girl who said she was being held captive by her parents in her home about two hours southeast of Los Angeles escaped on Sunday and alerted the authorities, who then rescued her 12 siblings – several of whom were found shackled to their beds and malnourished – the authorities said Monday. The girl used a cellphone she foun…