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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…

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By THOMAS KAPLAN and NOAH WEILAND WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump declared that he is “not a racist” on Sunday, as the uproar over his vulgar remarks on immigration overshadowed critical issues facing the capital, including efforts to protect young unauthorized immigrants and avert a government shutdown. Trump also insisted that he had not made the inflammatory c…

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By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and THOMAS KAPLAN WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than from places like Norway, according …

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By THOMAS FULLER SAN FRANCISCO – Rescue workers scoured mud-swollen riverbeds in the wealthy Southern California enclave of Montecito on Wednesday, clutching to the hope they might find some of the more than a dozen people missing after mudslides swept away about 100 houses. At least 17 people were killed in mud flows so powerful that some one-story ranch homes in th…

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By Brooks Barnes and Cara Buckley BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – It took only four minutes for Harvey Weinstein to be booed Sunday night at the 75th Golden Globes. Weinstein, who has been accused by dozens of women of misconduct – prompting police investigations, lawsuits and the collapse of his former studio – was a major figure at the Globes for decades. He was seen as a …

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By CHARLIE SAVAGE and JACK HEALY WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Thursday will free federal prosecutors to more aggressively enforce marijuana laws, effectively threatening to undermine the legalization movement that has spread to six states, most recently California. The Justice Department is expected to rescind an Obama-era policy of discouraging federal p…

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By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM The plan sounds ingenious. Remove two small security screws and combine them to create a tool to remove heavy bolts. Loosen wires to disable an electronic sensor. Fashion water-soaked bedsheets and the bunk-bed ladder into a tourniquet-like device; use it to pull open a hole in a woven steel grate. Train to get guards used to seeing you pace yo…

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By Michael Tackett and Eileen Sullivan President Trump signed a sweeping tax bill Friday that Republicans promise will benefit the middle class, despite warnings from Democrats that the new law could be harmful to the country. The bill was the most significant overhaul of America’s tax system in decades and a legislative victory for Trump, who has struggled during hi…

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By Rick Gladstone UNITED NATIONS – The overwhelming majority of the world’s nations delivered a stinging rebuke to the United States on Thursday, denouncing its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and ignoring President Trump’s bombastic threats of revenge. In what amounted to a collective act of defiance toward Washington, ambassadors of the 193-memb…

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By Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON – The House, forced to vote a second time on the $1.5 trillion tax bill, moved swiftly to pass the final version Wednesday, clearing the way for President Trump to sign into law the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades. House lawmakers approved the tax bill 224-201 on Wednesday, after being forced to vote on the bill again after last-minu…