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Trump claims ex-lawyer's phone-taping is 'perhaps illegal'

President Donald Trump said Saturday that his personal lawyer's taping of their private phone conversations is "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal."

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Stocks waver, dollar slips as traders shrug off trade talk

U.S. stocks are little changed Friday as traders shrug off the latest trade threats from President Donald Trump and focus on company earnings reports, which contained some better-than-expected results from big names including Microsoft. Bond yields are rising and the dollar is falling.

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Trump heightens China tariff threat with no deal in sight

With President Donald Trump intensifying his rift with U.S. trading partners, economists are growing more doubtful that any deal that might benefit American workers and companies is in sight.

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Ohio killer spared after extent of childhood abuse revealed

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday spared a condemned killer whose sentence was challenged after a juror came forward and said information about the extent of the inmate's tough childhood wasn't properly presented at trial.

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Revelations of US cardinal sex abuse will force pope's hand

Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals repeatedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it.

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Suspect confesses in killing of Olympic figure skater

One of two men detained in Kazakhstan on suspicion of killing Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten has confessed, authorities said Friday.

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Duck boats linked to more than 40 deaths since 1999

Duck boats like the one that sank in Branson, Missouri, killing 17 people, have a long history of safety problems and have been linked to the deaths of more than 40 people since 1999.

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Trump was taped talking of paying for Playboy model's story

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model's account of having an affair with him, people familiar with an investigation into the attorney said Friday.

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Update: Death toll from Missouri duck boat accident climbs to 17

Divers search for bodies after duck boat accident kills 13

Divers searched a Missouri lake Friday for four people still missing after a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, killing at least 13 people in the tourist town of Branson.

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Iowa tornadoes hit unexpectedly, causing damage and injuries

A flurry of unexpected tornadoes swept through central Iowa, injuring at least 17 people, flattening buildings in three cities and forcing the evacuation of a hospital.

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NFL and its players union working on anthem resolution

The NFL and National Football League Players Association have agreed to halt enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy while the two sides work on a resolution.

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Sheriff: 11 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

At least 11 people, including children, died after a boat carrying tourists on a Missouri lake capsized and sank Thursday night, the local sheriff said.

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Trump-Putin II: Planning fall event in aftermath of Helsinki

Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together.

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Nation in Brief: 17 hurt in tent collapse at California base leave hospital

The home featured in the opening and closing scenes of “The Brady Bunch” is for sale for $1.885 million.

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Listen: Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

Denying the Holocaust happened is probably OK on Facebook. Calling for a mob to kill Jews is not.

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Trump slams rate increases by independent Federal Reserve

President Donald Trump on Thursday cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's independence, saying he was "not happy" with the Fed's recent interest rate increases.

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Study: National parks get fewer visits when pollution rises

Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what's found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday.

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Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Iraq War veteran Chris Sheppard fumed as he watched President Trump's joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

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Tale of sex, deception emerges about suspected Russian agent

A 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday, accusing her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections.

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Amid harsh criticism, Trump tries a tougher tone on Russia

President Donald Trump spent a second day Wednesday managing the political fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements.

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EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps.

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Pentagon objects to GOP rider blocking protection of birds

The Pentagon is objecting to a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S.

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Watch: Officer shoots through his cruiser's windshield during high-speed pursuit

Watch the video of a Las Vegas policeman shooting through the windshield of his cruiser.

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Out of hospital, Thai boys recount moment they were found

The 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a cave in northern Thailand described the moment they realized they finally had been found, as they appeared at a news conference Wednesday after leaving the hospital where they had been recuperating.

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A day after back-tracking, Trump defends summit performance

Taking to Twitter early Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended anew his much-criticized performance at the Helsinki summit, promising "big results" from better relations with Russia and hitting back at "haters."

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