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The fear, pain and uncertainty that come with going to the dentist can unnerve even the healthiest among us. Imagine what it can be like for those with autism, dementia, physical limitations, developmental disabilities or cancer. These are the patients in the working world of Drs. Elizabeth Kapral and Maureen Sullivan, two of a dozen dentists who help staff three den…

By Juliet Eilperin and Ariana Eunjung Cha WASHINGTON - The Trump administration will create a new conscience and religious freedom division within the Health and Human Services Department to ease the way for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to opt out of providing services that violate their moral or religious beliefs. Specific details are scheduled to…

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By Thomas Kaplan WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump blew up Republican strategies to keep the government open past Friday when on Thursday morning he said a long-term extension of the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program should not be part of a stopgap spending bill pending before the House. He wrote on Twitter: “CHIP should be part of a long term solution, n…

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By Cindy Boren A new study has found further evidence linking hits to the head rather than concussions to the onset of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the neurodegenerative disease traced back to the kind of head trauma experienced by football players, other athletes and combat veterans. “The concussion is really irrelevant for triggering CTE,” Dr. Lee Goldstein, a…

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By EILEEN SULLIVAN WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., took to the Senate floor Wednesday to castigate President Donald Trump for his “assaults” on U.S. media and to compare the president’s words to those of a former Soviet dictator who slaughtered millions of his own citizens in a reign of terror. “It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own …

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By David E. Sanger and William J. Broad WASHINGTON – A newly drafted U.S. nuclear strategy that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on U.S. infrastructure, including what current and former government officials described as the most crippling kind of cyber…

Business

By Thomas Heath The Dow Jones industrial average blew past 26,000 Tuesday for the first time ever, coming only a week after hitting 25,000 and showing further evidence that the long-running bull market is alive and well. “There are several reasons for markets to melt up at this point,” said Alexandra Coupe, associate director for PAAMCO. The Dow had crossed 25,000…

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By Shane Goldmacher Potential rivals may have backed away from running against New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in 2018 but a new primary challenger emerged Monday to his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Jumaane D. Williams, a city councilman from Brooklyn and an outspoken liberal Democrat who served as a delegate to Sen. Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential camp…

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By Matthew Haag and Louis Keene A 17-year-old girl who said she was being held captive by her parents in her home about two hours southeast of Los Angeles escaped on Sunday and alerted the authorities, who then rescued her 12 siblings – several of whom were found shackled to their beds and malnourished – the authorities said Monday. The girl used a cellphone she foun…

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WASHINGTON –- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Monday asked the Internal Revenue Service to give a break to all New York taxpayers who paid their 2018 property taxes early in order to ease the pain of the coming limits to the state and local tax deduction. A tax code overhaul passed by Republicans in Congress will limit that deduction to the first $10,000 of…

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By THOMAS KAPLAN and NOAH WEILAND WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump declared that he is “not a racist” on Sunday, as the uproar over his vulgar remarks on immigration overshadowed critical issues facing the capital, including efforts to protect young unauthorized immigrants and avert a government shutdown. Trump also insisted that he had not made the inflammatory c…

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By Amy B Wang, Dan Lamothe and Greg Miller For 38 harrowing minutes, residents and tourists in Hawaii were left to believe that missiles were streaming across the sky toward the Pacific island chain after an erroneous alert Saturday morning by the state's emergency management agency. "Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii," warned an 8:07 a.m. message transmitte…

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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 Eli Rosenberg and Paul Schemm President Donald Trump’s dismissal of Haiti, El Salvador and all of Africa as “shithole countries” whose people are not desirable for U.S. immigration shocked people around the world and provoked swift condemnation. The president made the remarks Thursday during a White House meeting with lawmakers. And reactions from around the world…