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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…

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By Mark Mazzetti WASHINGTON – Roger J. Stone Jr., a longtime informal adviser to President Donald Trump who has spent decades plying the dark arts of scandal-mongering and dirty tricks to help influence American political campaigns, was arrested early Friday after an indictment was unsealed in the special counsel investigation. Stone was charged with seven counts, in…

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Carol Channing, whose incandescent performances as the gold-digging Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and the matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello, Dolly!” made her a Broadway legend, died early Tuesday at her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 97. Her death was confirmed by her publicist, B. Harlan Boll, in a telephone interview. She had suffered two st…

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President Donald Trump will address the nation at 9 p.m. tonight to discuss what he calls the crisis at the southern border. The White House said Monday that later in the week the president would travel to the border as part of his effort to persuade Americans of the need for a wall – the sticking point in negotiations with Democrats that has caused a government shutdown. …

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By Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis WASHINGTON — John F. Kelly, the retired Marine general tapped as chief of staff by President Trump last year to bring order to his chaotic White House, will leave the job by the end of the year, Mr. Trump said on Saturday, the latest departure from the president’s inner circle after a bruising midterm election for his p…

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By Adam Nagourney George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States and the father of the 43rd, who steered the nation through a tumultuous period in world affairs but was denied a second term after support for his presidency collapsed under the weight of an economic downturn and his seeming inattention to domestic affairs, died Friday night at his home in Houst…

By Niraj Chokshi A magnitude 7 earthquake struck about 8 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska, on Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, causing damage to buildings and roads and briefly stoking fears of a tsunami throughout the region. On Twitter, panicked residents of Anchorage and the surrounding area shared photos and video of evacuations, swaying b…

Business

By Neal E. Boudette General Motors said Monday that it planned to idle three car plants and two transmission plants in North America and cut several thousand blue-collar and salaried jobs in a bid to trim costs as the auto sector slows. The plants include a factory in Lordstown, Ohio, that makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact; the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where the Chev…

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By Jonathan Kandell and Andy Webster Stan Lee — who as chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics helped create some of the most enduring superheroes of the 20th century, was a major force behind the breakout successes of the comic-book industry in the 1960s and early ’70s, and oversaw his company’s emergence as an international media behemoth — has died in Los Angeles. H…

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By Peter Baker and Katie Benner WASHINGTON – President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, ending a partnership that soured almost from the start of the administration and degenerated into one of the most acrimonious public standoffs between a commander in chief and a senior Cabinet member in modern American history. Sessions’s resignation, …

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By Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns Democrats harnessed voter fury toward President Donald Trump to win control of the House and capture pivotal governorships Tuesday night as liberals and moderates banded together to deliver a forceful rebuke of Trump, even as Republicans added to their Senate majority by claiming a handful of conservative-leaning states. The two…

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By Adam Nagourney, Sydney Ember and Patricia Mazzei Democrats wrested control of governorships from Republicans in seven states on Tuesday including Wisconsin, where they ousted Scott Walker after eight tumultuous years as the state’s chief executive, and Kansas, a surprise victory in a longtime Republican stronghold. But Republicans fended off strong Democratic chal…

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By Jacey Fortin A man walked into a yoga studio in Tallahassee, Florida, on Friday evening and shot six people – two fatally – before killing himself, police said. Police were called to the studio, Hot Yoga Tallahassee, shortly after 5:30 p.m. “Upon arriving on scene, officers found multiple victims suffering from gunshot wounds,” Michael DeLeo, the chief of the Tall…

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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis President Donald Trump said he was preparing an executive order to end birthright citizenship in the United States, his latest attention-grabbing maneuver days before midterm congressional elections, during which he has sought to activate his base by vowing to clamp down on immigrants and immigration. “We’re the only country in the world whe…