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By Paul Farhi Stephen Bannon stepped down as executive chairman of Breitbart News Network on Tuesday, bringing an end to his relationship with the far-right website that he helped become widely influential and which in turn abetted his rise as a political adviser and would-be kingmaker. Bannon’s departure was a humbling denoument for a figure who had reached the uppe…

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By Chris Mooney Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria combined with devastating western wildfires and other natural disasters to make 2017 the most expensive year on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday. The disasters caused $306 billion in total damage in 2017, with 16 separate events causing more than $1 billion in damage each. “…

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By Renae Merle NEW YORK - The closely watched Dow Jones industrial average topped 25,000 points for the first time Thursday, continuing a run that lifted stocks by more than 20 percent in 2017. The bellwether gauge crossed the historic milestone shortly after the start of the day’s trading. The latest surge comes as Wall Street analysts raise their forecasts for a wi…

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By John Wagner WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he is disbanding a controversial panel studying alleged voter fraud that became mired in multiple federal lawsuits and faced resistance from states that accused it of overreach. The decision is a major setback for Trump, who created the commission last year in response to his claim, for wh…

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By Kristine Phillips A sheriff’s deputy from Colorado was killed when he and fellow officers faced a barrage of gunfire after responding to a call about a disturbance in an apartment complex in a Denver suburb. Zackari Parrish, a 29-year-old deputy, died Sunday morning, while three other deputies and a police officer from another department were injured. Authorities …

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By Michelle Ye Hee Lee PALM BEACH, Fla. - After a quiet Christmas Day, President Trump is back at work - on Twitter. Trump began his day criticizing the FBI and claiming the now-famous dossier containing allegations about his connections to Russia and possible coordination between his campaign and the Kremlin is a “pile of garbage.” Trump, who is vacationing at his p…

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By A. Odysseus Patrick and Paul Schemm SYDNEY – A sport utility vehicle driven by an Australian man of Afghan descent with a history of mental illness plowed into pedestrians in the city of Melbourne on Thursday, injuring at least 19 people, four of them critically, officials said. While the incident bore similarities to recent terrorist attacks in Europe and the Uni…

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By Jeff Stein and Damian Paletta WASHINGTON - Republicans are on track to pass their massive tax plan this week, but they hit a minor procedural Tuesday that appears to have delayed their victory by one day. The House on Tuesday afternoon passed the plan 227 to 203. All but 12 Republicans voted for the bill. Zero Democrats supported it. The Senate plans to vote on…

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By Cindy Boren and Rick Maese ESPN President John Skipper resigned from the network Monday, telling employees in an email that he's struggled with a substance addiction for many years. Skipper has been the network's guiding force in a tumultuous period, helping it secure television rights to some of the sporting world's biggest franchises and figuring out a plan to s…

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By Brian Fung Federal regulators voted Thursday to allow Internet providers to speed up service for some apps and websites — and block or slow down others — in a decision repealing landmark, Obama-era regulations for broadband companies such as AT&T and Verizon. The move to deregulate the telecom and cable industry is a major setback for tech companies, consumer …

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By Paul Kane Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for recovery from the side effects of another round of treatment for brain cancer, according to his office. McCain, who missed a third straight day of Senate votes Wednesday, has been undergoing rounds of chemotherapy and radiation to treat glioblastoma, the term…

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By Anna Fifield TOKYO - A group of 58 retired American military leaders is making a rare public plea to President Donald Trump, urging him not to take military action against North Korea but to instead pursue a diplomatic resolution to the current standoff. As North Korea has demonstrated its increasing technical abilities, including the capacity to send a missile an…

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By Ed O'Keefe, Elise Viebeck and Karen Tumulty WASHINGTON - Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced on the Senate floor Thursday that he is resigning in the coming weeks following multiple allegations that he sexually harassed women. Franken’s decision comes a day after a majority of Senate Democrats called for his resignation after determining that they could no longer to…

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By Devlin Barrett and Sean Sullivan WASHINGTON - Republican activists and lawmakers are engaged in a multi-front attack on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of possible connections between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian agents, trying to stop or curtail the investigation as it moves further into Trump’s inner circle. For months, the president a…