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By John Wagner and Felicia Sonmez WASHINGTON - Mourners from across the nation gathered Wednesday morning to pay their respects and celebrate the life of former President George H.W. Bush at a state funeral at the Washington National Cathedral. With President Donald Trump and four living former U.S. presidents in attendance, Bush was remembered by his son former Pres…

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Robert Barnes Retired Justice John Paul Stevens didn’t like what he saw. Neither did the American Bar Association panel that first gave federal judge Brett Kavanaugh its highest endorsement for his elevation to the Supreme Court - and Friday announced that it was having second thoughts. And Senate Democrats say — putting aside other allegations and concerns about Kav…

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Renae Merle Tesla chief executive Elon Musk agreed on Saturday to pay a $20 million fine and step down as board chairman as part of a settlement with the Securities & Commission that he misled investors about his plans to take the company private. Tesla will separately pay another $20 million and agreed to add two new independent directors to its board. Under the…

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By Margaret Talev and Toluse Olorunnipa President Trump said the U.S. will withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord to curb Iran’s nuclear program and that he would reinstate financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic, casting the Mideast into a new period of uncertainty. “The fact is this was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never ever been made,” Trump sai…

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By Anousha Sakoui Minutes after giving a rousing speech at the Golden Globes Awards that promised "a new day" for women, minorities and the downtrodden, Oprah Winfrey said she has no ambitions to run for president. In a brief interview backstage at the event, Winfrey was told that "Oprah 2020" was circulating on Twitter, and asked whether she planned to run. …

By Anna Fifield TOKYO — North Korea launched a missile early Wednesday morning, South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said. This comes after more than two months without a missile launch in a year that has been marked by big advances and a steady salvo of launches, a pause that some hoped could allow diplomatic efforts to gain traction. Wednesday’s missile was launc…

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Spirit Airlines tumbled the most in nine months as hundreds of flight cancellations angered passengers and fueled chaos at the discount carrier’s home airport in Florida. Videos posted to social media showed passengers screaming, pushing and shoving at one another, and clashing with law-enforcement officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The alterca…

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By Michael Birnbaum and Anthony Faiola Anti-European Union leader Marine Le Pen’s larger-than-expected defeat Sunday at the hands of centrist Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential election was a crushing reality check for the far-right forces that seek to overthrow Europe: Despite the victories for Brexit in Britain and Donald Trump in the United States, they are lik…

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By Chris Strohm Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice denied accusations that the identities of officials associated with President Donald Trump’s campaign or transition team were “unmasked” in classified intelligence reports in order to spy on them for political purposes. In an interview Tuesday with MSNBC, Rice didn’t deny requesting that intelligence agencie…

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By Chris Strohm, Billy House and Toluse Olorunnipa FBI Director James Comey confirmed the bureau is probing potential ties between President Trump’s associates and Russia during the 2016 campaign and said there’s no evidence to support the president’s allegation that his predecessor “wiretapped” Trump Tower last year. “I have no information that supports those tweets…

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By Terrence Dopp Andrew Puzder withdrew Wednesday as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary nominee as controversy deepened over his personal life and private sector background. Puzder had been scheduled for a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. The fast-food executive ran into trouble on Capitol Hill over his admission that he employed an undocumented houseke…

Forty-five-year-old Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – hailed by Joe Biden as one of the last champions of liberalism – headed to Washington for his first meeting with President Trump, 70, whose bellicose statements and immigration restrictions reveal a deep gulf between the two leaders. The two leaders met privately at the Oval Office, attended a roundtable with …

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By Lu Wang and Joseph Ciolli Thinking too hard about investing doesn’t get you anywhere, wrote Jesse Livermore, legendary trader of the Roaring ’20s. To make the really big money, you just need to “be right and sit tight.” Rarely has Livermore’s advice been harder to take than in the last 12 months. Between the worst start to a year ever, the violent reversals of las…

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By Jennifer Jacobs and Mark Niquette President-elect Donald Trump denounced publication of uncorroborated memos alleging the Russian government had gathered potentially damaging information on him, and he said he would remove himself from his businesses to avoid conflicts of interest while president. Trump's first formal news conference since July was originally sche…

By Jennifer Jacobs President-elect Donald Trump has picked lawyer Robert Lighthizer to head the U.S. Trade Representative office, his transition team said Tuesday in a further sign the incoming administration will take a tougher line on China. "He has extensive experience striking agreements that protect some of the most important sectors of our economy, and has repe…