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By DEIRDRE CARMODY and WILLIAM GRIMES Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist and novelist whose Technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattan’s moneyed status-seekers in works like “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,” “The Right Stuff” and “Bonfire of the Vanities,” died Mond…

Nation and World

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…

Business

By NEAL E. BOUDETTE DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Co. replaced its chief executive officer a year ago, handing the job to Jim Hackett. But it may be another year before the company starts to show clear signs of a revival under the new boss. On Wednesday, the automaker said it was accelerating efforts to slash costs and planned to stop making the Focus, the Fusion and …

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By THOMAS FULLER and CHRISTINE HAUSER SACRAMENTO, Calif. – It was a rash of sadistic rapes and murders that spread terror throughout California, long before the term was commonly used. The scores of attacks in the 1970s and 1980s went unsolved for more than three decades. But on Wednesday, law enforcement officials said they had finally arrested the notorious Golden Sta…

Bills

Terry Pegula told a group of National Football League owners, players and executives that the league was “under assault” and that “all of us now, we need to put a Band-Aid on what’s going on in the country” during an October meeting to address the fallout from Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments and players kneeling during the national anthem. The remarks by the Bills …

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By Michael Wolgelenter and Ellen Barry LONDON – Before the royal wedding, there’s the royal baby: Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth Monday to a boy, the third child for her and Prince William. “Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101 hrs,” Kensington Palace said in a statement on Twitter. “The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz. T…

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By Luis Ferre-Sadurni Verne J. Troyer, the actor and stunt performer best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movie franchise, died Saturday. He was 49. His spokesman confirmed his death, the circumstances and location of which were not immediately available. A statement on Troyer’s Facebook page Saturday said he had gone through a “recent time of adver…

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By MANNY FERNANDEZ HOUSTON – Four of the United States’ five living former presidents gathered at a Houston church Saturday to remember the life, legacy and trademark pearls of former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92. Former presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George Bush joined about 1,500 guests at St. Martin’s Episco…

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By CHOE SANG-HUN SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, announced early Saturday that his country no longer needed to test nuclear weapons or long-range missiles and would close a nuclear test site. “The nuclear test site has done its job,” Kim said in a statement carried by North Korea’s state media. Kim’s announcement came just days before a sch…

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By VIVIAN WANG ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that he intends to restore voting rights to felons on parole, a move that could open the ballot box to more than 35,000 people. The mechanism through which Cuomo plans to do so is unusual: He would consider pardons for all 35,000 people currently on parole in New York, as well as any new convicted felon…

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By LIAM STACK and MATT STEVENS One person was killed and seven others suffered minor injuries on a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Dallas when an engine exploded in midair Tuesday, shattering a window that passengers said partially sucked a woman out of the aircraft. The explosion, which officials said happened about 20 minutes into the flight, prompted a …

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By ALAN FEUER, MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM and JOHN KOBLIN NEW YORK – From his Fox News pulpit, Sean Hannity has been one of the most ardent supporters of President Donald Trump, cheering his agenda and excoriating his enemies. He has gone from giving advice on messaging and strategy to Trump and his advisers during the 2016 campaign to dining with him at the White House and…

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By Malika Andrews BOSTON – Boston Marathon runners Monday faced teeming rain and the coldest temperatures in 30 years. When the race began, the temperature hovered at 38 degrees, and a 10 mph or more headwind blew in runners’ faces. But the conditions did not stop Desiree Linden from becoming the first U.S. woman to win the race in 33 years. At 34, it was her first m…

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By MICHAEL WOLGELENTER The United States, in coordination with France and Britain, carried out a series of predawn airstrikes on Saturday in Syria in response to what it said was a chemical weapons attack this month in the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma. The strikes were the latest development in a long-running and complex conflict with consequences far beyond S…

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By Eileen Sullivan WASHINGTON – President Trump, in a pair of tweets Friday, called former FBI Director-turned-tell-all author James B. Comey an “untruthful slime ball” and a “proven LEAKER & LIAR” and said it was “my great honor to fire” him, a day after excerpts from Comey’s book were shared before its release next week. In the book, Comey writes, “This preside…