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By ROBERT PEAR and REED ABELSON WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday that clears the way for potentially sweeping changes in health insurance, including sales of cheaper policies with fewer benefits and fewer protections for consumers than those mandated under the Affordable Care Act. But most of the changes will not come until fed…

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The University at Buffalo has begun the process to revoke the honorary degree it granted Harvey Weinstein, the longtime Hollywood producer who is now the subject of numerous allegations of sexual assault and harassment from women. UB's announcement came the same morning that Guy Marlette, a Conservative candidate for an Erie County Legislature seat that includes Amherst…

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By MITCH SMITH and JENNIFER MEDINA LAS VEGAS – In the days since Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more during a country music festival here, most of the attention has been on the roughly 10 minutes of horror as streams of bullets rained down from his perch on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. But new details announced by the…

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By Peter Baker and Ken Belson WASHINGTON – President Trump threatened on Tuesday to use federal tax law to penalize the National Football League over players who kneel in protest during the national anthem, but the White House later backed off, saying he was only making a point. Escalating a political fight that has resonated with his conservative base, Trump said …

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By Thomas Fuller, Jonah Engel Bromwich and Julie Turkewitz SONOMA, Calif. – Wine country was shrouded in a thick layer of smoky haze here Tuesday as firefighters continued to battle wildfires that have left at least 13 people dead and have damaged or destroyed more than 1,500 structures, including wineries, homes and resorts. State fire officials estimated that 17 …

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR The White House on Sunday delivered to Congress a long list of hard-line immigration measures that President Donald Trump is demanding in exchange for any deal to protect the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, imperiling a fledgling bipartisan push to reach a legislative solution. Before agreeing to provide legal status for 800,000 y…

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By Maggie Astor Harvey Weinstein has been fired from his film studio, the Weinstein Co., in response to reports that he sexually harassed women for decades. “In light of new information about misconduct by Harvey Weinstein that has emerged in the past few days, the directors of The Weinstein Co. – Robert Weinstein, Lance Maerov, Richard Koenigsberg and Tarak Ben …

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By ROBERT PEAR, REBECCA R. RUIZ and LAURIE GOODSTEIN WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Friday moved to expand the rights of employers to deny women insurance coverage for contraception and issued sweeping guidance on religious freedom that critics said could also erode civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The twin actio…

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By JODI KANTOR and MEGAN TWOHEY Two decades ago, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein invited Ashley Judd to the Peninsula Beverly Hills hotel for what the young actress expected to be a business breakfast meeting. Instead, he had her sent up to his room, where he appeared in a bathrobe and asked if he could give her a massage or she could watch him shower, she recalled …

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By ELLEN GABLER and CONOR DOUGHERTY The girlfriend of the Las Vegas gunman, Marilou Danley, arrived in the United States from the Philippines late Tuesday, officials said. Danley, 62, who had been overseas since before the shooting, is one of the few people who might know what drove the gunman, Stephen Paddock, to kill 58 people and wound hundreds more from a Las Vegas …

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By Jon Pareles Tom Petty, a songwriter who melded California rock with a deep, stubborn Southern heritage, died Monday after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 66 and had lived in Los Angeles. Tony Dimitriades, Petty’s longtime manager, confirmed the death. Recording with the Heartbreakers, the band he formed in the mid-1970s, and on his own, Petty wrote pithy, ha…

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By Eileen Sullivan WASHINGTON – President Trump conveyed a message of unity on Monday when he addressed the nation to share his sadness and offer prayers for those killed or injured in Las Vegas in one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. “My fellow Americans, we are joined today in sadness, shock and grief,” Trump said, the morning after a gunman o…

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By HELENE COOPER, JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and JACK HEALY WASHINGTON – The Trump administration moved Thursday to step up its assistance to Puerto Rico more than a week after Hurricane Maria, appointing a three-star general to coordinate with agencies and vowing to give the island all it needed as aides tried to stave off comparisons to the response to Hurricane Katrina…

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By MARK LANDLER WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has a ready answer for anyone who questions his administration’s response to the hurricanes that laid waste to Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and now Puerto Rico. “We are doing a great job,” he declared on Tuesday in the Rose Garden. “We did a great job in Texas, a great job in Florida, a great jo…

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By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Roy S. Moore, a firebrand former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, overcame efforts by top Republicans to rescue his rival, Sen. Luther Strange, soundly defeating him Tuesday in a special primary runoff. The outcome in the closely watched Senate race dealt a humbling blow to President Donald Trump …