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By Amy B Wang At least 15 are dead after a crash between a semi-truck and a bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey league team, police said. The other 14 people aboard were injured. The team's head coach, Darcy Haugan, was among the dead. The deadly crash occurred around 5 p.m. Friday on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan, about 150 miles northeast of Saskatoon, according …

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By Emily Rauhala BEIJING - China responded to President Donald Trump’s new tariffs by threatening tariffs of its own on 106 U.S. products, including on soybeans, cars and some airplanes, in the latest escalation of what risks becoming a tit-for-tat trade war between the world’s two largest economies. The plan, which was announced Wednesday, would see Beijing slap 25 …

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By Lisa Rein, Philip Rucker, Emily Wax-Thibodeaux and Josh Dawsey WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump fired his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary Wednesday and tapped as his replacement atop the chronically mismanaged agency the president’s personal physician, who gained prominence with his effusive praise of the 71-year-old’s physical and mental health. The ouste…

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By Tony Romm The Federal Trade Commission confirmed Monday that it has opened an investigation of Facebook following reports that a data analysis firm used by the Trump campaign improperly accessed the names, “likes” and other personal information from at least 30 million users on the social site. The rare announcement sent Facebook’s stock tumbling - at one point Mo…

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By Emma Brown and Frances Stead Sellers Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who alleges that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, says that she was threatened for attempting to tell her story publicly and accepted money through a Trump attorney to remain silent because she was scared for her family. In a much-anticipated "60 Minutes" interview, Daniels sai…

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By David J. Lynch WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump embarked Thursday on the sharpest trade confrontation with China in nearly a quarter-century, moving toward imposing tariffs on $60 billion in Chinese goods and limiting China’s freedom to invest in the U.S. technology industry. The Chinese government fired back hours later, threatening to hit $3 billion in U.S. g…

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By Meagan Flynn and Mark Berman A package believed to be bound for Austin exploded at a Texas FedEx facility early Tuesday, law enforcement officials said, opening another potential front in investigations into of a series of blasts that have left the Texas capital gripped with fear. The explosion happened shortly after midnight at the facility in Schertz, Texas, jus…

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By Ashley Parker and Philip Rucker President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday. Trump last Friday asked Tillerson to step …

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By Anna Fifield TOKYO - North Korea’s belligerent leader, Kim Jong Un, has asked President Donald Trump for talks and Trump has agreed to meet him “by May,” South Korea’s national security adviser said at the White House Thursday after delivering the invitation to the American president. Kim has also committed to stopping nuclear and missile testing, even during join…

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By Eli Rosenberg WASHINGTON - The Trump administration will allow Americans to bring tusks and other elephant body parts back to this country as trophies, in a pivot away from the support President Donald Trump voiced for an Obama-era trophy ban after outcry last year. The decision, announced quietly last week in a March 1 memorandum from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife S…

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By John Woodrow Cox and Jenna Portnoy. WASHINGTON - A man standing alone amid a crowd of more than 100 people shot himself along the north fence line of the White House midday Saturday, according to witnesses. The Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department reported, via Twitter, that the man had died and police were seeking to notify his next-of-kin. Philipo…

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By David J. Lynch WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday said he had decided to impose punishing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum in a major escalation of his trade offensive, disappointing Republican congressional leaders and inviting retaliation by U.S. trading partners. Speaking at the White House, the president said he had decided on tariffs of 25 …

By Justin Wm. Moyer WASHINGTON – A planned rally against mass shootings can’t be held on the Mall later this month because it conflicts with what’s described in a National Park Service permit application as a “talent show.” A permit application filed last week by survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school massacre indicated the “March For Our Lives” rally will be on Mar…

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By Shane Harris, Carol D. Leonnig, Greg Jaffe and Josh Dawsey Officials in at least four countries have privately discussed ways they can manipulate Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, by taking advantage of his complex business arrangements, financial difficulties and lack of foreign policy experience, according to current and former U.S. offi…

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By Karoun Demirjian and Rosalind S. Helderman WASHINGTON - The House Intelligence Committee released on Saturday a redacted memo authored by Democrats and intended to rebut GOP allegations that federal law enforcement agencies had political motivations for wiretapping one of President Donald Trump's former campaign aides. In their retort, Democrats charge that the GO…