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By KIMIKO de FREYTAS-TAMURA DUBLIN – Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, the prime minister said Saturday, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church. The surprising landslide cemented the nation’s liberal shift at a time wh…

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By EILEEN SULLIVAN WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has notified Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, that he has canceled their much-anticipated meeting, which was set for June 12. In a letter dated Thursday to Kim, the U.S. president said he would not attend the summit due to “tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement.” He w…

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By Victor Mather The owners of National Football League teams agreed on Wednesday to a new policy for player conduct during the playing of the national anthem, an issue escalated last season into a national debate that involved President Trump. Commissioner Roger Goodell said that owners voted to fine teams if their players are on the field or sidelines but do not st…

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By Michael D. Shear WASHINGTON – President Trump hailed Gina Haspel on Monday as he swore her in to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, honoring the “most elite intelligence professionals on the planet” even as he accuses the CIA of having orchestrated a conspiracy against him during the 2016 presidential campaign. “The patriots of the CIA will have the tools, the …

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By JULIE TURKEWITZ and JESS BIDGOOD Dimitrios Pagourtzis was seen entering the low-slung building at Santa Fe High School on Friday morning, armed and wearing a trenchcoat. Like others who’ve terrorized U.S. students, the 17-year-old planned to kill his peers and then himself, the authorities said. He opened fire, and the school erupted in chaos. An alarm clanged,…

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Raised in Buffalo, a graduate of Hutchinson Technical Central High School, presiding Bishop Michael Curry of the Episcopal Church delivered a passionate sermon at Saturday's royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. His presence provided an authentic American voice and sensibility at the ceremonial nerve center of a monarchy. Curry quoted Dr. Martin Luther King J…

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By ROXANNA ASGARIAN, ALAN BLINDER and NIRAJ CHOKSHI SANTA FE, Texas – A male student was taken into custody Friday morning after a shooting spree inside a high school in southeast Texas left at least eight people dead, the majority believed to be students, authorities said. In what has become a national rite, authorities arrived en masse at a campus, this time at San…

Politics

WASHINGTON – It's something you don't see too often these days: a Democrat and a Republican, side by side in the same room, staring into the same camera and agreeing on a way to make America better. That's just what Rep. Brian Higgins, a Buffalo Democrat, and Rep. Tom Reed, a Corning Republican, did recently as they filmed a television ad about an issue that too often g…

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By Mitch Smith Victims of Larry Nassar, the Michigan State University physician who sexually abused young women under the guise of medical treatment, would receive $500 million from the university in a settlement announced Wednesday. The agreement, reached with lawyers representing 332 of Nassar’s victims, was approved Tuesday by the university’s trustees. The settle…

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By CHOE SANG-HUN and MARK LANDLER SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea threw President Donald Trump’s planned summit meeting with its leader, Kim Jong Un, into doubt Wednesday, threatening to call off the landmark encounter if the United States insisted on “unilateral nuclear abandonment.” The statement by the North’s disarmament negotiator came hours after state media w…

Buffalo

Josephine Robbins was sitting Monday in her parked car on the East Side, about to attend a friend's funeral at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on Cedar Street, when her phone started buzzing. She picked it up and listened as the voice on the other end, a friend she has known and loved since he was a 10-year-old, kept apologizing, feeling badly she had not learned some mo…

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The Gaza Strip awoke Tuesday to a grim agenda: Funerals for protesters killed along the fence bordering Israel, including one for an 8-month-old baby girl overcome by tear gas; and still-frenzied work treating the thousands of people wounded, in hospitals so overrun with patients that tents were set up in their courtyards. There was also uncertainty about whether the de…

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The U.S. Supreme Court has done its part. Now it's up to New York State to decide whether to allow wagering on sports in the state. The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that all but banned sports gambling across the country. The decision paves the way for states to give the OK to betting on the NFL, March Madness and the World Series within their border…

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By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON – Melania Trump underwent a medical procedure Monday morning to treat what the White House called a “benign kidney condition” and was reported to be recovering without trouble at a military hospital outside the capital. “The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” a White House statement read. “Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed…