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By Mihir Zaveri and Jacey Fortin Two people were fatally shot and at least four others injured at the University of North Carolina Charlotte on Tuesday, the last day of classes, authorities said. The UNC Police Department said that three people were in critical condition, and that a fourth had non-life-threatening injuries. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Departm…

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By Peter Baker WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sought to go over the heads of Congress to enlist public support for his long-promised border wall Tuesday night, raising the stakes of an ideological and political conflict that has left the doors of many federal agencies shuttered for 18 days. With the first prime-time Oval Office address of his presidency, Trump c…

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By Shane Goldmacher NEW YORK – The Donald J. Trump Foundation has agreed to close following a court decision that allowed a lawsuit against the foundation to move forward, the New York attorney general’s office announced Tuesday. The attorney general, Barbara Underwood, accused the foundation of “a shocking pattern of illegality” that was “willful and repeated” and i…

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By Juliet Macur The U.S. Olympic Committee moved to take over the operations of USA Gymnastics on Monday because of its handling of sexual assault complaints, including a team doctor who assaulted more than 300 athletes. The move, which comes after years of complaints that the national governing body was not doing enough to address sexual assault in the sport, is con…

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By Trip Gabriel, Jack Healy and Julie Turkewitz PITTSBURGH – Robert Bowers, the man accused of gunning down 11 congregants in a virulently anti-Semitic rampage at a Pittsburgh synagogue, was an isolated, awkward man who lived alone and struggled with basic human interactions, neighbors and others who knew him said Sunday. “He was in his own little world,” said Jim Br…

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By William K. Rashbaum, Alan Feuer and Adam Goldman Federal authorities investigating a spate of pipe bombs sent this week to several prominent critics of President Donald Trump have turned their attention toward southern Florida, believing that a number of the explosive devices were mailed from the area, two people briefed on the matter said Thursday. The focus on F…

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By Audra D. S. Burch and Patricia Mazzei LYNN HAVEN, Fla. – Mayor Margo Anderson drove through the neighborhoods of her small bayside city on Sunday to deliver some unwelcome news: The electric power knocked out nearly a week ago by Hurricane Michael might not be restored for two months. “Just about every tree is down,” said Anderson, a fifth-generation citizen who w…

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By Luis Ferre-Sadurni While investigators continue searching for the cause of the limousine crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York last week and families mourn their lost loved ones, a senator is calling for more stringent safety regulations for limousines. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, called on the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate all future…

Business

By Michael Corkery Sears more than a century ago pioneered the strategy of selling everything to everyone. But it has long since given up that mantle as a retail innovator. It was overtaken first by big-box retailers like Walmart and Home Depot and then, by Amazon as the go-to shopping destinations for clothing, tools and appliances. Now, the retailer is preparing…

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By Richard Fausset, Patricia Mazzei and Alan Blinder PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A frighteningly powerful Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, with the Category 4 storm unleashing a blitz of rain, wind and storm surge that forecasters feared would ravage parts of the South. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, and its center rea…

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By Maggie Haberman President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has resigned, before what Trump promised on Twitter on Tuesday was a “big announcement” with Haley at the White House. Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, had been an early and frequent critic of Trump, so when he named her the envoy to the world body weeks after his el…

State

By Luis Ferre-Sadurni, Jesse McKinley and Sandra E. Garcia The limousine accident in Schoharie, N.Y., on Saturday took 20 lives almost instantly. It devastated families, killing siblings and leaving young children without parents. The victims were friends and relatives – including four sisters from one family, and two brothers from another – who were traveling to a brew…

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By Jesse McKinley, Shane Goldmacher and Luis Ferre-Sadurni SCHOHARIE, N.Y. – The 17 friends had all piled into a white stretch limousine for what was supposed to have been a birthday celebration at an upstate New York brewery. But they never reached their destination. The massive vehicle, speeding downhill Saturday, approached the intersection of two highways that re…

Courts

By Steve Eder, Jim Rutenberg and Rebecca R. Ruiz Judge Brett Kavanaugh was accused Wednesday by another woman of having engaged in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s. The allegation came from Julie Swetnick, 55, who like Kavanaugh, 53, grew up in the Washington suburbs. In a statement posted on Twitter by…

Crime

By Graham Bowley and Jon Hurdle NORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison Tuesday for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home near here 14 years ago, completing the precipitous downfall to disgrace of a man from the heights of stardom and representing the first major conviction of the #MeToo era. Cosby, 81, had been convic…