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By PETER BAKER and MAGGIE HABERMAN WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump Friday pardoned I. Lewis Libby Jr., who as chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney was convicted of perjury in connection with the leak of a CIA officer’s identity, a person familiar with the decision said Thursday. "I don't know Mr. Libby, but for years I have heard that he has been treated …

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By JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS WASHINGTON – Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in November, ending a brief stint atop the House and signaling the peril that the Republican majority faces in the midterm elections. "I will be retiring in January, leaving this majority in good hands with what I believe is a very bright future…

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By IAN AUSTEN, CATHERINE PORTER and MATT STEVENS HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan – People flooded the sports and social complex in the small Canadian town of Humboldt on Saturday, seeking solace after learning the devastating news that much of the roster of its beloved junior hockey team had been killed, and many others wounded, in a terrible highway crash the day before. Fif…

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By GARDINER HARRIS WASHINGTON – The Trump administration imposed new sanctions on seven of Russia’s richest men and 17 top government officials Friday in the latest effort to punish President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle for interference in the 2016 election and other Russian aggressions. The sanctions are designed to penalize some of Russia’s richest industrialists…

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By Zach Schonbrun SAN ANTONIO – Juggernauts are not supposed to look like this, without a superstar, a catchy nickname, a lineup of future NBA All-Stars or the air of intimidation that is palpable even in layup lines. Villanova has none of these things. History, though, will look back at these Wildcats and their tactical, almost apologetic dominance throughout their …

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By EMILY BAUMGAERTNER WASHINGTON – The 2020 census will ask respondents whether they are U.S. citizens, the Commerce Department announced Monday night, agreeing to a Trump administration request with highly charged political and social implications that many officials feared would result in a substantial undercount. In a statement released Monday, the Commerce Depart…

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By HELENE COOPER and THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF WASHINGTON – Transgender troops who are in the U.S. military may remain in the ranks, the White House said late Friday, but the Pentagon could require them to serve according to their gender at birth. The policy directive that President Donald Trump signed flatly stated that “transgender persons who require or have undergone g…

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By PETER BAKER John R. Bolton is hardly known for sugarcoating his views. He once derided the United Nations by citing its 38-story headquarters in New York. “If it lost 10 stories,” he said, “it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.” As it happened, Bolton went on to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, perhaps the most undiplomatic of diplomats. But if …

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By Mark Landler, Julie Hirschfeld and Peter Baker WASHINGTON – Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer tapped as President Trump’s national security adviser last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation, will resign and be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hard-line former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials said Thursda…

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By MANNY FERNANDEZ, ADAM GOLDMAN and DAVE MONTGOMERY ROUND ROCK, Texas – It was not much – surveillance footage in and near an Austin-area FedEx store showing a man in a disguise dropping off packages. But for investigators from federal, state and local agencies who had been hunting a mysterious and prolific bomb-maker, it was what they needed – their first big break. …

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By DAVE MONTGOMERY and JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH ROUND ROCK, Texas – A suspect in the series of bombings that have terrorized the city of Austin, Texas, died early Wednesday, blowing himself up in his vehicle as officers closed in on him, authorities said. A law enforcement official identified the suspect as Mark Anthony Conditt, a 23-year-old white man. Officials did …

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By MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN WASHINGTON – Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director and a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s scorn, was fired Friday after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected an appeal that would have let him retire this weekend. McCabe promptly declared that his firing, and Trump’s persistent needling, were intended to undermine t…

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By DENNIS OVERBYE Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, died early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 76. His death was confirmed by a spokesman f…

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By Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns CANONSBURG, Pa. – The Democrat and Republican in a special House election in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Trump country were divided by a few hundred votes in a race that was too close to call early Wednesday – an ominous sign for Republicans in a district that Donald Trump won by nearly 20 percentage points. With 100 percent of …

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By JULIE CRESWELL One of the nation’s largest sports retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, said Wednesday it was immediately ending sales of all assault-style rifles in its stores. The retailer also said that it would no longer sell high-capacity magazines and that it would not sell any gun to anyone under 21 years of age, regardless of local laws. The announcement, m…