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WASHINGTON – Stephanie Grisham, Melania Trump's loyal and sometimes combative communications director, will replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders as White House press secretary, the first lady announced Tuesday. She will also take on the added role of communications director, a job that has been vacant since the departure of Bill Shine in March. Grisham joined the Trump cam…

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By Christopher Mele A Virginia Beach city worker walked into a municipal building on Friday afternoon and fired on co-workers indiscriminately, killing at least 11 people and injuring six others, the authorities said. Chief James A. Cervera of the Virginia Beach Police Department said the gunman, who was a current, longtime city employee, was dead after officers open…

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By Sharon LaFraniere and Eileen Sullivan WASHINGTON – Robert Mueller, the special counsel, on Wednesday characterized for the first time his investigation of whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, saying “if we had confidence the president did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” In what he said would be his only comments on his nearly two-year inq…

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By Bruce Weber Tim Conway, whose gallery of innocent goofballs, stammering bystanders, transparent connivers, oblivious knuckleheads and hapless bumblers populated television comedy and variety shows for more than half a century, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 85. His death was confirmed by his publicist, Howard Bragman. With a sweetly cherubic face, a decept…

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By Ellen Barry and Palko Karasz LONDON – The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, whose marriage last year brought historic change to Britain's royal family, on Monday welcomed a son, the first interracial baby in the monarchy's recent history. The newborn is seventh in line to the British throne, behind his father, Prince Harry. It is not clear whether the child will receive…

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By Melissa Hoppert The speedy Maximum Security, the only undefeated horse in the field, had appeared to win the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at rain-soaked Churchill Downs to keep his streak intact, but an objection lodged by what appeared to be the second- and third-place finishers (Country House at 65-1 and Code of Honor at 14-1) led to his disqualification. Af…

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By Peter Baker Attorney General William Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he did not misrepresent the report by special counsel Robert Mueller, despite Mueller’s complaint that the attorney general’s initial public letter describing the investigation’s findings did not capture its full context. In a letter from the special counsel to the atto…

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By Christopher Mele A man has been taken into custody in connection with a shooting at a synagogue in California on Saturday afternoon that resulted in injuries, authorities said. The Poway Station of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said on Twitter that the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. local time at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, California,…

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[The Justice Department has released a redacted version of the Mueller report on Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Read the report here.] By Peter Baker WASHINGTON – The Justice Department on Thursday released a redacted version of the long-awaited report by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, on his inquiry into Russian interfe…

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By Adam Nossiter and Aurelien Breeden PARIS – Notre Dame Cathedral, the symbol of the beauty and history of Paris, was scarred by an extensive fire Monday evening that caused its delicate spire to collapse, bruised the Parisian skies with smoke and further disheartened a city already back on its heels after weeks of violent protests. The spectacle of flames leaping f…

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – Tiger Woods’ comeback from personal and professional adversity is complete: He captured his fifth Masters title and his 15th major tournament Sunday, snapping a championship drought of nearly 11 years. It was a monumental triumph for Woods, who had not won a major championship since his personal life began to unravel on Thanksgiving night in 2009, when a …

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WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday failed to overturn President Trump’s first veto, leaving the declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border intact despite bipartisan passage of a resolution nullifying the president’s circumvention of Congress to fund his border wall. Despite concerns about the constitutional separation of powers and the impact of Mr. T…

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By William K. Rashbaum and Danny Hakim NEW YORK – The New York State Attorney General’s Office late Monday issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to the financing of four major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League in 2014, according to a person briefed on the subpoenas…

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By Peter Baker and Emily Cochrane WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency so he can bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall along the border even as he signs a spending bill that does not fund it, the White House said Thursday. The announcement of his decision came just minutes before the Senate voted 82-16 to advance the sp…

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By J. David Goodman Amazon said on Thursday that it was canceling plans to build a corporate campus in New York City. The company had planned to build a sprawling complex in Long Island City, Queens, in exchange for nearly $3 billion in state and city incentives. But the deal had run into fierce opposition from local lawmakers who criticized providing subsidies to on…