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By MARK LANDLER SINGAPORE – President Donald Trump shook hands with Kim Jong Un of North Korea on Tuesday and welcomed the start of a “terrific relationship,” a momentous step in an improbable courtship that has opened a new chapter for the world’s largest nuclear power and the most reclusive one. Brash, impulsive leaders who only a few months ago taunted each other …

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By KEITH COLLINS It’s official. The Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, which had required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content, took effect Monday. The rules, enacted by the administration of President Barack Obama in 2015, prohibited internet providers from charging more for certain content or from givi…

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By SAM ROBERTS Herman D. Farrell Jr., a longtime New York state Democratic assemblyman from Manhattan and one of the last survivors of Harlem’s political old guard, died Saturday in a Manhattan hospital. He was 86. The cause was heart failure, his son, Herman D. Farrell III, said. Farrell, who was first elected in 1974 and retired when his term ended in 2017, was …

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By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON – Melania Trump underwent a medical procedure Monday morning to treat what the White House called a “benign kidney condition” and was reported to be recovering without trouble at a military hospital outside the capital. “The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” a White House statement read. “Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed…

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By Adam Liptak In a boost for the prospect of commercial sports gambling across the nation, the Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that effectively banned such gambling in most states. The case concerned New Jersey, but it has implications for other states eager to allow and tax sports gambling. Americans are estimated to annually place $150 billion in…

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By ALAN FEUER NEW YORK – A lawyer who says he once represented two women who claimed that former New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman had “sexually victimized” them several years ago asserted Friday that he discussed their claims in 2013 with Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer. Peter J. Gleason offered his surprising account in a letter…

State

By BENJAMIN WEISER NEW YORK – Sheldon Silver, the former powerful Democratic speaker of the New York state Assembly, was found guilty of federal corruption charges Friday, less than a year after his first conviction on the same charges was thrown out. During his two-week trial in Manhattan, prosecutors showed that Silver, 74, had obtained nearly $4 million in illicit…

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By MARK LANDLER WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, unraveling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and isolating the United States among its Western allies. “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said at the White House…

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By DANNY HAKIM and VIVIAN WANG NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has risen to prominence as an antagonist of the Trump administration and a defender of women’s rights, abruptly resigned Monday night, hours after four women accused him of physically assaulting them in an article published by The New Yorker. “It’s been my great honor and privi…

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By NIRAJ CHOKSHI Oliver L. North, who became a household name in the 1980s for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal, will become the next president of the National Rifle Association, the gun rights organization said Monday. “Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader,” Wayne LaPierre, the organization’s chief exe…

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By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM, DANNY HAKIM, BRIAN M. ROSENTHAL, EMILY FLITTER and JESSE DRUCKER NEW YORK – He was a personal-injury lawyer who often worked out of taxi offices scattered around New York City. And then there was his office on the 26th floor of Trump Tower, right next to the one belonging to Donald Trump. Before he joined the Trump Organization and became Trum…

Business

By CHRISTOPHER MELE An unfamiliar number appears on your cellphone. It’s from your area code, so you answer it, thinking it might be important. There is an unnatural pause after you say hello, and what follows is a recording telling you how you can reduce your credit card interest rates or electric bill or any of a number of other sales pitches. If it feels as if …

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By Michael S. Schmidt WASHINGTON – Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia's election interference, has at least four dozen questions on an exhaustive array of subjects he wants to ask President Donald Trump to learn more about his ties to Russia and determine whether he obstructed the inquiry itself, according to a list of the questions obtained by The…

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By GRAHAM BOWLEY and JON HURDLE NORRISTOWN, Pa. – A jury found Bill Cosby guilty Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home near here 14 years ago, capping the downfall of one of the world’s best-known entertainers, and offering a measure of satisfaction to the dozens of women who for years have accused him of similar assaults against them. On t…

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By DAN BILEFSKY and IAN AUSTEN TORONTO – The man identified as the van driver who traumatized Toronto was a socially troubled computer studies graduate who briefly joined Canada’s military last year and posted a hostile message toward women on Facebook moments before his deadly rampage, according to accounts by police and his acquaintances on Tuesday. The suspect, Al…