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By Benjamin Weiser and Vivian Wang NEW YORK – Joseph Percoco, a former top adviser and confidante to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday in a case that cast a spotlight on the culture of graft and secret dealing that has pervaded the state capital. Percoco, 49, was convicted in March of soliciting and accepting more than $300,000 in br…

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By Edmund Lee Leslie Moonves, the longtime chief executive of the CBS Corp., stepped down Sunday night from the company he has led for 15 years. His fall from Hollywood’s highest echelon was all but sealed after the publication earlier in the day of new sexual harassment allegations against him. The CBS board of directors on Sunday announced his departure, effective …

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By Robert D. McFadden John S. McCain, the proud naval aviator who climbed from depths of despair as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to pinnacles of power as a Republican congressman and senator from Arizona and a two-time contender for the presidency, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. He was 81. According to a statement from his office, McCain died at 4:…

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By William K. Rashbaum, Maggie Haberman and Ben Protess NEW YORK – Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former fixer, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to campaign finance and other charges. He made the extraordinary admission that he paid a pornographic actress “at the direction of the candidate,” referring to Trump, to secure her silence about an affair she said she had wi…

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By Alan Cowell Kofi Annan, a soft-spoken and patrician diplomat from Ghana, who became the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations, projecting himself and his organization as the world’s conscience and moral arbiter despite bloody debacles that left indelible stains on his record as a peacekeeper, died on Saturday. He was 80. His death, after a short illness,…

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By Shane Goldmacher Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York mocked President Donald Trump’s ubiquitous “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan on Wednesday, quickly drawing the ire of Republicans for saying that America “was never that great.” “We are not going to make America great, America. It was never that great,” Cuomo said. “We have not reached greatness. We will reac…

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By Vivian Wang Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York has agreed to a televised debate against his Democratic rival, Cynthia Nixon, on Aug. 29, two weeks before primary day on Sept. 13. The announcement comes after three months of accusations by the Nixon campaign that he was afraid of engaging with her; Cuomo had refused to debate his primary challenger in 2014. Nixon …

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By Mihir Zaveri MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticket service, was forced last week to borrow $5 million after it reported it could not pay its bills, raising new questions about the embattled company’s viability. Helios and Matheson Analytics, its parent company, said in a regulatory filing Friday that MoviePass had experienced a “service interruption” the …

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By Matt Phillips Facebook shares plummeted more than 19 percent on Thursday, erasing over $120 billion from the social media giant’s market value. The sharp stock decline came a day after Facebook, one of the largest publicly traded U.S. companies, reported disappointing second-quarter earnings. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s holdings in the company took a nearly $16…

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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis HELSINKI – President Trump stood next to President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Monday and publicly challenged the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, wrapping up what he called a “deeply productive” summit meeting with an extraordinary show of trust for a leader accused of attack…

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By Coral Davenport WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, he said in a tweet Thursday. Pruitt had been hailed as a hero among conservatives for his zealous deregulation, but he could not overcome the stain of numerous ethics questions about his alleged spending abuses, first-cla…

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By MARK LANDLER SINGAPORE – President Donald Trump shook hands with Kim Jong Un of North Korea on Tuesday and welcomed the start of a “terrific relationship,” a momentous step in an improbable courtship that has opened a new chapter for the world’s largest nuclear power and the most reclusive one. Brash, impulsive leaders who only a few months ago taunted each other …

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By KEITH COLLINS It’s official. The Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality rules, which had required internet service providers to offer equal access to all web content, took effect Monday. The rules, enacted by the administration of President Barack Obama in 2015, prohibited internet providers from charging more for certain content or from givi…

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By SAM ROBERTS Herman D. Farrell Jr., a longtime New York state Democratic assemblyman from Manhattan and one of the last survivors of Harlem’s political old guard, died Saturday in a Manhattan hospital. He was 86. The cause was heart failure, his son, Herman D. Farrell III, said. Farrell, who was first elected in 1974 and retired when his term ended in 2017, was …

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By PETER BAKER WASHINGTON – Melania Trump underwent a medical procedure Monday morning to treat what the White House called a “benign kidney condition” and was reported to be recovering without trouble at a military hospital outside the capital. “The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” a White House statement read. “Mrs. Trump is at Walter Reed…