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By IAN AUSTEN and LIAM STACK TORONTO – The killing began on a busy lunchtime thoroughfare in Toronto on Monday when a white rental Ryder van ran over a pedestrian crossing the street – then mounted a sidewalk and began plowing into people indiscriminately. “One by one, one by one,” said a witness who identified himself as Ali. “Holy God, I’ve never seen such a sight …

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By CHRISTOPHER MELE A gunman wearing only a jacket and carrying an assault-style rifle opened fire at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, early Sunday, killing four people and leaving the police searching for him and a motive, officials said. The police said murder warrants were being drafted for the suspect, Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, who remained…

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By Peter Baker WASHINGTON – Even in the final days of her life, Barbara Bush retained the sharp tongue that belied her grandmotherly image. When her eldest son, former President George W. Bush, visited about 10 days before her death, the two playfully needled each other in the way they always did. At one point, Barbara Bush turned to her doctor. "You want to know why…

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By PATRICIA MAZZEI A major failure knocked out the electricity in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, leaving the entire island without power nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria destroyed the electrical grid. It could take up to 36 hours to restore electricity to affected customers, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said on Twitter. PREPA attributed the blackout t…

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By ALAN RAPPEPORT WASHINGTON – Millions of taxpayers who waited until Tuesday to file their 2017 tax returns and make payments through the Internal Revenue Service’s website were thwarted by a systemwide computer failure that advised last-minute filers to “come back on Dec. 31, 9999.” The website malfunction, which began in the early hours of Tuesday morning and was …

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By Helene Cooper, Michael D. Shear and Ben Hubbard WASHINGTON – The United States and European allies launched strikes against Syrian targets, President Trump announced Friday, seeking to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack near Damascus last weekend that killed more than 40 people. Trump said Britain and France had joined the United States …

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By Peter Baker, Helene Cooper and Thomas Gibbons-Neff WASHINGTON – President Trump and his advisers on Tuesday weighed a more robust retaliatory strike against Syria than last year's missile attack, reasoning that only an escalation of force would look credible and possibly serve as a deterrent against further use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians. A pair of Na…

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By Keith Bradsher SHANGHAI – As the United States and China exchange increasingly antagonistic trade threats, U.S. business leaders, farm groups and some economists worry that President Trump might be going too far. Given China’s ambitions to dominate cutting-edge technology, he may have to go much further to get Beijing to back down. At the heart of the dispute is …

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By Michael Wines and Emily Baumgaertner WASHINGTON – At least 12 states signaled Tuesday that they would sue to block the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, arguing that the change would cause fewer Americans to be counted and violate the Constitution. Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman of New York state said he was l…

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By PATRICIA MAZZEI, NICK MADIGAN and ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS MIAMI – The graceful pedestrian bridge was swung into place Saturday. Heralded as a triumph of “accelerated construction,” the bridge would allow pedestrians to safely cross eight lanes of traffic separating the campus of Florida International University from the small city where many of the students lived. Fiv…

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By Kate Kelly and Maggie Haberman Gary D. Cohn, President Trump's top economic adviser, said on Tuesday that he would resign, becoming the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the Trump administration. White House officials insisted that there was no single factor behind the departure of Cohn, who heads the National Economic Council. But his decision to…

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By Scott Shane and Mark Mazzetti WASHINGTON – In September, as the first detailed evidence surfaced of Russia's hijacking of social media in the 2016 election, Irina V. Kaverzina, one of about 80 Russians working on the project in St. Petersburg, emailed a family member with some news. "We had a slight crisis here at work: the FBI busted our activity (not a joke)," s…

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By Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns WASHINGTON – President Trump’s approval ratings have been nudging upward, and his party’s political standing is improving, but the president’s unceasing habit of making inflammatory and insensitive remarks is galvanizing opposition against him – especially from women – that could smother Republican momentum going into the midterm c…

By Matthew Rosenberg BERLIN — After months of secret negotiations, a shadowy Russian bilked American spies out of $100,000 last year, promising to deliver stolen National Security Agency cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump, according to American and European intelligence officials. The cash, delivered in…

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By Nicholas Fandos and Adam Goldman WASHINGTON – President Trump cleared the way Thursday for the release of a secret memo written by Republican congressional staffers and said to accuse federal law enforcement officials of abusing their surveillance authorities. Trump, who had a brief window to block the memo's disclosure on national security grounds, was expected t…