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By CARL HULSE WASHINGTON – Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee known for his independent streak over more than three decades in the Senate, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office disclosed Wednesday evening in a statement from the Mayo Clinic. The statement said the medical condition was discovered after McCain, 80, a Republican fro…

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS WASHINGTON – The White House acknowledged Tuesday that President Donald Trump had a second, previously undisclosed, private conversation with President Vladimir Putin of Russia this month, raising new questions about their relationship as the cloud of Russia investigations continues to shadow the Trump administration. The hourlong conversa…

By SEWELL CHAN and ILIANA MAGRA LONDON – A vehicle drove into pedestrians early Monday in London. The Metropolitan Police called it “a major incident” and said a number of casualties were being treated at the scene. At least three or four people were injured, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to the BBC. One person has been arrested. The incident, which…

By MIKE ISAAC SAN FRANCISCO – Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive, said he would take a leave of absence from the ride-hailing service after an investigation into the company concluded that Uber must repudiate its aggressive startup culture. The developments were part of a flurry of actions at Uber on Tuesday morning, which began with an internal email from K…

Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker  WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered to resign in recent weeks as he told President Trump he needed the freedom to do his job, according to two people who were briefed on the discussion. On Tuesday, the White House declined to say whether Trump still had confidence in his attorney general. “I have not had that disc…

By AURELIEN BREEDEN and BENOIT MORENNE PARIS – A police officer shot and wounded an assailant armed with a hammer and kitchen knives on the square outside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday afternoon, according to authorities. The cathedral, a Gothic landmark on the Ile de la Cite on the Seine, across from the headquarters of the Paris police prefecture, was …

By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON – White House officials said Monday that President Donald Trump will not invoke executive privilege to try to block James Comey, the FBI director he fired, from testifying before Congress this week, clearing the way for a hearing that may be the most anticipated in Washington in months if not years. Comey is scheduled to appear before the …

By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON – On one level, President Donald Trump reacted to Saturday night’s terrorist attack in London much as his predecessors might have. He expressed solidarity and telephoned Britain’s prime minister to offer condolences. “WE ARE WITH YOU,” he wrote to Britons. But even as the investigation into the attack was getting underway, Trump wa…

OAKLAND, Calif. – So much about the start of the NBA finals Thursday night felt familiar. It had everything to do, of course, with the two teams that took the court for Game One at Oracle Arena: the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, back at it for the third straight year. The general hope before the opening tip was that these two teams would be capabl…

By DANIEL VICTOR Frank Deford, who mined the sports world for human stories and told them with literary grace over six decades in Sports Illustrated, a shelf of books and many years of radio and television commentary, died Sunday at his home in Key West, Florida. He was 78. His wife, Carol, confirmed his death Monday but said she did not yet know the cause. Deford…

By MARK LANDLER and JASON HOROWITZ VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis and President Donald Trump discussed terrorism and the radicalization of young people in a meeting Wednesday in which two global leaders with starkly different world views sought to bridge the chasm between them with a handshake, a private audience and a mutual pledge to work for peace. In a larger meet…

By MARK MAZZETTI and MATTHEW ROSENBERG WASHINGTON – Michael Flynn misled Pentagon investigators about his income from Russian companies and contacts with Russian officials when he applied for a top-secret security clearance last year, according to a letter released Monday by the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. Flynn, who resigned this year as Preside…