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By Alan Rappeport WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday proposed the most sweeping changes to the federal tax code in decades, outlining a framework that would cut individual and corporate taxes, eliminate widely used exemptions and deductions and tilt the United States closer to the type of tax system embraced by other industrialized nations. But the …

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By Frances Robles, Lizette Alvarez and Nicholas Fandos SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Gov. Ricardo A. Rossello of Puerto Rico said on Monday that the island was on the brink of a “humanitarian crisis” nearly a week after Hurricane Maria knocked out its power and most of its water, and left residents waiting in excruciating lines for fuel. He called on Congress to prevent…

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By Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear WASHINGTON – A last-ditch attempt by President Trump and Senate Republicans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act appeared to collapse Monday as a pivotal senator announced her firm opposition to the latest repeal plan, virtually ensuring that Republicans would not have the votes they need for passage. The announcement by the senator…

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By RICK GLADSTONE North Korea’s foreign minister escalated tensions with the United States on Monday, saying that President Donald Trump’s threatening comments about the country and its leadership were “a declaration of war” and that North Korea had the right to shoot down U.S. warplanes, even if they are not in North Korean airspace. The comments by the fore…

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By THOMAS KAPLAN WASHINGTON – With time running short, the authors of the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act shifted money in the bill to Alaska and Maine, which are represented by Republican senators who appear reluctant to support it. The revised version of the bill, authored by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Lou…

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a new order banning almost all travel to the United States from seven countries, including most of the nations covered by his original travel ban, citing threats to national security posed by letting their citizens into the country. The new order is more far-reaching than the president’s ori…

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By CHRISTINA CARON One person was killed and seven others were wounded when a gunman opened fire Sunday at a church in Antioch, Tennessee, near Nashville, officials said. Police said the gunman, who shot himself, was in custody. About 50 people were in the church at the time of the shooting, which was reported at 11:15 a.m. Central time as services were ending, pol…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…