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By Juliet Eilperin, Amy Goldstein and John Wagner WASHINGTON – Tom Price, President Trump’s embattled health and human services secretary, resigned Friday amid sharp criticism of his extensive use of taxpayer-funded charter flights, the White House said. The announcement came shortly after Trump told reporters he considered Price a “fine man” but that he “d…

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Amy Goldstein and John Wagner The announcement came shortly after Trump told reporters he considered Price a "fine man" but that he "didn't like the optics" and planned to make a decision by the end of the day. "I'm not happy, I can tell you that. I'm not happy," Trump said as prepared to leave the White House en route to his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jers…

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By Matt Schudel As much as anyone, Hugh Hefner turned the world on to sex. As the visionary editor who created Playboy magazine out of sheer will and his own fevered dreams, he introduced nudity and sexuality to the cultural mainstream of America and the world. For decades, the ageless Hefner embodied the “Playboy lifestyle” as the pajama-clad sybarite who worked…

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By Michael Scherer A former state judge who believes Christian biblical morality should invalidate federal court decisions won the Alabama Republican primary Tuesday night, according to a projection by the Associated Press, sending a clear warning signal to President Trump and GOP leaders that conservative, grass-roots anger will continue to roil the party into the 2018…

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By Adam Entous, Craig Timberg and Elizabeth Dwoskin The batch of more than 3,000 Russian-bought ads that Facebook is preparing to turn over to Congress shows a deep understanding of social divides in American society, with some ads promoting African-American rights groups including Black Lives Matter and others suggesting that these same groups pose a rising political t…

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By Jeremy Gottlieb and Mark Maske President Trump appeared at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Ala., on Friday night, ostensibly to support the senatorial bid of fellow Republican Luther Strange. But the speech veered off topic, and eventually landing on a few points regarding the NFL and sparking response from the NFL and its players’ union. Without mentioning him …

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By Travis M. Andrews In an emergency order Wednesday, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration suspended the license of the nursing home in Hollywood, Fla., where eight people diedin the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The AHCA is investigating the facility. The agency questioned the integrity of medical records for the deceased patient submitted by the home, s…

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By Samantha Schmidt and Sandhya Somashekhar SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – After mauling Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria delivered a weaker but still punishing blow Thursday to the Dominican Republic with winds near 115 mph and driving rains as the storm carved an arc of misery through the Caribbean. Maria – now a Category 3 hurricane – was expected to gather some fresh …

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By Tom Hamburger, Rosalind S. Helderman, Carol D. Leonnig and Adam Entous WASHINGTON – Less than two weeks before Donald J. Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions. Paul J. Mana…

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By Jason Samenow The wicked 2017 hurricane season began delivering more punishing blows Tuesday as Hurricane Maria racked across the Caribbean with “potentially catastrophic” winds of 160 mph. To the north, Hurricane Jose churned on a path to brush the Northeast coast with raging surf and potentially damaging gusts. Maria strengthened to the highest-level Categor…

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By Patricia Sullivan, Mark Berman and Katie Zezima CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Millions of Floridians grappled with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, confronting a sweltering reality: More than 40 percent of Florida still lacked electricity, and for some of them, the lights might not come back on for days or even weeks. “We understand what it means to be in th…

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By Leonard Shapiro, Mark Berman and Katie Zezima POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Hurricane Irma continues to hurtle toward Florida’s doorstep, threatening to ravage the state with destruction not seen in a generation. As the weather forecasts and warnings from officials grew increasingly dire, hundreds of thousands of people across Florida fled their homes before the rapid…

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By Joel Achenbach and Mark Berman MIAMI - Hurricane Irma’s deadly fury threatened to swamp low-laying islands of the Bahamas with a possible 20-foot storm Friday as the monster storm moved toward Florida’s doorstep packing the potential to ravage the state with destruction not seen in a generation. The window to escape the path of Irma in Florida was rapidly clos…

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By Craig Timberg Criminal hackers have acquired sensitive personal data – including Social Security numbers, birth dates and home addresses – of 143 million Americans by penetrating a web-based application for Equifax, the credit reporting agency said Thursday. The breach, which the company said began in May, was discovered in July. Though Equifax said in a state…

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By Greg Porter and Angela Fritz Hurricane Irma strengthened overnight to a dangerous Category 5 as it barrels toward the Greater Antilles and Southern Florida. It’s likely that Hurricane Irma will affect the U.S. coast – potentially making a direct landfall – this weekend. Tuesday morning, NOAA Hurricane Hunters found the storm’s maximum wind speeds are 175 m…