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Adam Kilgore, Washington Post GANGNEUNG, South Korea - As the clock ticked toward the conclusion of overtime, Coach Tony Granato thought, "I don't like the idea of this." His team was playing to delay the end. Most of the U.S. men's hockey players had come from European teams, minor leagues or semiretirement. A win meant another day here, another day of USA across the c…

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By Jenna Johnson and Mark Berman WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump announced Tuesday afternoon that he has signed a memorandum directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose regulations to ban “bump stocks” and other devices that turn semiautomatic firearms into “machine guns.” The device was used by the shooter who opened fire on a country music festival in L…

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By Kimberley A. Martin The Washington Redskins can officially tag Kirk Cousins starting on Tuesday. But if they do, expect the quarterback to go on the offensive. Cousins will file a grievance through the NFL players' union if the Redskins stick a franchise tag on him, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. T…

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By Dan Balz Special counsel Robert Mueller ultimately might conclude that there was no clear case of collusion between the Russians and associates of President Trump's 2016 campaign. That's still somewhere in the future. But he has already laid down a challenge to the president that no longer can be ignored. Friday's indictments of 13 Russians laid bare in ways the U…

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By Sari Horwitz, Devlin Barrett and Craig Timberg The Justice Department's special counsel announced the indictment Friday of a notorious Russian troll farm - charging 13 individuals who allegedly were involved in a scheme to criminally interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The Internet Research Agency, which is based in St. Petersburg, Russia, was named …

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By Lori Rozsa, Mark Berman and Devlin Barrett PARKLAND, Fla. - The 19-year-old accused of gunning down 17 people at his former high school admitted to carrying out the shooting rampage, authorities said in court papers filed Thursday. Police wrote that Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, told officers that he walked into Marjory …

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By Ellen Nakashima and Shane Harris WASHINGTON - The U.S. government’s top intelligence official said on Tuesday he expects Russia to continue using propaganda, false personas and other tactics to undermine the upcoming elections. “There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts” to disrupt the 2016 presidential campaign “as a success,” and it “views …

Sports

By Des Bieler Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that the U.S. manufactured doping allegations against his country, leading to a ban from the Olympics, because the Americans "can't beat us fairly." There is no official Russian contingent at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, although 168 athletes from that country are competing as a team called "Olympic At…

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By Des Bieler Mirai Nagasu's performance Monday during the Olympics had many viewers exclaiming, "Wow, I can't believe she hit a triple axel!" The American figure skater also had some wondering, "Wait, is that a giant 'USA' tattoo on her inner thigh?" Eventually, the mystery was solved: Nagasu was using some Team USA-branded kinesiology tape under her tights. KT Tape…

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By Anna Fifield PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - The Winter Olympics opened in Pyeongchang on Friday night, amid bone-chilling weather but warming relations between North and South Korea. Almost 2,500 athletes from 93 countries will compete in 102 medal events across 15 sports in the 23rd edition of the Winter Games, which will continue through Feb. 25. The South Korean…

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By Mike DeBonis and Erica Werner WASHINGTON - Congress moved to end a five-hour government shutdown early Friday morning after the House narrowly voted to support a massive bipartisan two-year budget deal that stands to add hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending on the military, domestic programs and disaster relief. The 240-to-186 House vote came just a…

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By Erica Werner and Mike DeBonis WASHINGTON - The federal government headed toward its second shutdown in three weeks late Thursday as congressional leaders struggled to rally support for a sweeping half-trillion-dollar spending deal amid last-minute objections from a conservative in the Senate and attacks from the left and right in the House. The Senate was poised t…

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By Greg Jaffe and Philip Rucker WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces. Trump has long mused publi…

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By Christian Davenport and Aaron Gregg KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched what is now the world's most powerful rocket Tuesday, a towering behemoth known as the Falcon Heavy that tore through the sky with the thundering force of 18 747 jetliners. Lifting off from the same launchpad that sent the crew of Apollo 11 to the moon, the rocket sent up…

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By John Wagner WASHINGTON - A White House spokesman said Tuesday that President Donald Trump was speaking “tongue in cheek” when he said it was “treasonous” for Democrats not to applaud good news on unemployment figures in his State of the Union address. During a speech on tax cuts Monday in Blue Ash, Ohio, Trump went off script to criticize Democrats who did not res…