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The Cleveland Indians will stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms beginning in 2019, according to Major League Baseball, which said the popular symbol was no longer appropriate for use on the field. The logo has long been the source of anguish and frustration for those who consider it offensive, outdated and racist, but for many of the team’s fans it is a che…

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By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MAGGIE HABERMAN WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive. The West Wing confrontatio…

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By KEVIN DRAPER Television ratings for the NFL have fallen 17 percent over the past two seasons. The league is embroiled in a continuing crisis over concussions, and youth participation rates are falling. All of this suggests a difficult future for the sport, yet the NFL’s most notorious competitor, Vince McMahon’s XFL, has a comeback in the works. McMahon, chairm…

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By Sheryl Stolberg and Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON – Congress voted to end a three-day government shutdown on Monday as Senate Democrats buckled under pressure to adopt a short-term spending bill to fund government operations without first addressing the fate of young unauthorized immigrants. The House quickly approved the measure – which will fund the government throug…

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By SUSAN CHIRA A year ago, when millions of people stormed the streets in women's marches to proclaim their outrage and despair at the inauguration of Donald Trump, no one knew whether it was a moment or a movement. Now the answer is coming into focus. Women have become the foot soldiers and emerging leaders of a two-pronged effort: sustained political resistance to …

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By Thomas Kaplan and Sheryl Gay Stolberg WASHINGTON – With the federal government one day into a shutdown, the House and Senate reconvened Saturday for a new round of bitter partisan bickering and public posturing that seemed to cloud the path to a resolution despite initial talk of a compromise. The shutdown unfolded one year to the day after President Donald Trump'…

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By Peter Baker WASHINGTON – As he signed a proclamation marking the holiday next week honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., President Trump on Friday recalled the civil rights leader’s message that “no matter what the color of our skin or the place of our birth, we are created equal by God.” Then came the questions from reporters. “Mr. President, are you a rac…

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By Rick Gladstone and David E. Sanger UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council placed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday that significantly choke off fuel supplies and order North Koreans working overseas to return home, in what may prove the last test of whether any amount of economic pressure can force the isolated country to reverse course on its nuclear weapon…

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By PATRICIA COHEN When President Donald Trump adds his distinctive signature to the tax bill, he will also be making a huge bet that the Republican strategy of deep cuts for businesses and wealthy individuals will fuel extraordinary growth across the board. Perhaps more than any other American political leader, Trump knows that long shots, like his own presidential b…

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By Kirk Johnson, Richard Perez-Pena and Niraj Chokshi DUPONT, Wash. – A passenger train on a newly opened Amtrak route jumped the tracks on an overpass south of Tacoma on Monday, slamming rail cars into a busy highway, killing at least three people and injuring more than 100 others, officials said. The derailment of Amtrak Train No. 501, making the inaugural run of a…

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By Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean WASHINGTON – In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Dep…

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By JIM TANKERSLEY and THOMAS KAPLAN WASHINGTON – Republican lawmakers on Friday secured enough votes to pass the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades, putting them on the cusp of their first significant legislative victory as party leaders geared up to pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut along party lines and send it to President Donald Trump by Christmas. A day after the …

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By Declan Walsh CAIRO – In the deadliest attack on civilians in Egypt's modern history, Islamist militants detonated a bomb inside a crowded mosque Friday and then sprayed gunfire on panicked worshippers as they fled the building, killing at least 235 people and wounding at least 109 others. The scale and ruthlessness of the assault, which occurred in a small town in…

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By Michael S. Schmidt, Matt Apuzzo and Maggie Haberman WASHINGTON – Lawyers for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, notified the president's legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the special counsel's investigation, according to four people involved in the case, an indication that Flynn is cooperating with pros…