House Democrats Inquire About Political Interference at the Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are scrutinizing whether President Trump has improperly interfered at the Justice Department for political reasons, a prominent committee chairman said Friday, requesting documents and interviews with more than a dozen U.S. attorneys related to the cases of three Trump associates and a review of the F.B.I.’s Russia inquiry. The requests are […]

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Buffalo Roman Catholic Diocese seeks bankruptcy protection

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has filed for bankruptcy protection By CAROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press February 28, 2020, 2:36 PM 3 min read BUFFALO, N.Y. — The embattled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, taking another major step in its effort to recover from a clergy misconduct scandal that‘s been […]

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US consumer spending slowed in January while incomes jumped

Americans pulled back on their spending in January, even as their incomes surged, a sign the economy was growing modestly before the threat of coronavirus arose By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer February 28, 2020, 2:36 PM 2 min read WASHINGTON — Americans pulled back on their spending in January, even as their incomes surged, […]

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Market corrections: scary but also, in some cases, necessary

NEW YORK — After six days of being pounded by a virus-induced, global sell-off, U.S. markets hit a milestone this week. The S&P 500 has dropped more than 10% from the record highs set just over a week ago as a fast-spreading new virus raises the specter of damaged economies and tumbling sales for companies […]

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Market corrections; scary but sometimes a good thing

NEW YORK — After six days of being pounded by a virus-induced, global sell-off, U.S. markets hit a milestone this week. The S&P 500 has dropped more than 10% from the record highs set just over a week ago as a fast-spreading new virus raises the specter of damaged economies and tumbling sales for companies […]

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Students stage sit-in outside University of Oklahoma offices

Dozens of University of Oklahoma students are staging a sit-in outside OU’s administrative offices following two instances of professors using racial slurs in the classroom By The Associated Press February 28, 2020, 11:58 AM 2 min read NORMAN, Okla. — Dozens of University of Oklahoma students staged a sit-in that continued Friday outside OU’s administrative […]

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Ex-Philippine official warns of `tragedy’ if US pact ends

A former Philippine foreign secretary is warning that the president’s decision to end a key U.S. security pact will undermine the ability of American forces to help the country deal with major disasters and deter aggression in the disputed South China Sea By JIM GOMEZ Associated Press February 28, 2020, 11:37 AM 4 min read […]

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On Politics: Where Things Stand Before South Carolina

Good morning and welcome to On Politics, a daily political analysis of the 2020 elections based on reporting by New York Times journalists. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. Where things stand in the race If you’ve been reading this newsletter, you know that Democratic superdelegates are a freaked-out […]

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Coronavirus, South Carolina, Syria: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering the spread of the coronavirus and a deadly attack against Turkish troops in Syria. We’re also looking ahead to the South Carolina primary and a potential peace deal in Afghanistan. [embedded content] ImageCommuters in Tokyo today. Japan has more than 200 […]

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Democratic Rivals Are Fighting Over Obama. He Has Some Opinions.

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama has not set foot in South Carolina recently, but he has become a flash point among the Democratic presidential candidates as they compete for black voters in Saturday’s primary there and in the bigger, diverse Super Tuesday contests next week. In statements and a campaign ad over the past few days, […]

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A Region Transformed by Global Trade Warily Considers Its Presidential Options

GREENVILLE, S.C. — At a luncheon this week where 600 business leaders gathered to celebrate the billions of dollars that global trade has pumped into their local economy, John Lummus, head of an economic development group, rattled off just a few of the successes: a 16 percent increase in total jobs over the last two […]

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As Israel Votes Again (and Again), Arabs See an Opportunity

ABU QUEIDER, Israel — This was no ordinary Israeli politician’s campaign stop. Some 40 Bedouin women sat on plastic chairs in an open-air living room, a muddy desert village of flimsy shacks, tin roofs, wandering chickens and pitted dirt roads providing the backdrop. Before them, as modestly dressed as her audience, stood Iman Khatib Yasin, […]

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Mother, grandmother get 20 years for chaining Alabama boy

The mother and grandmother of an Alabama boy found chained and naked inside a home received 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated child abuse By The Associated Press February 28, 2020, 11:06 AM 1 min read PRATTVILLE, Ala. — The mother and grandmother of an Alabama boy found naked and chained inside […]

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They Saw Themselves in Elizabeth Warren. So What Do They See Now?

LAS VEGAS — Emily Ciarella, 10, walked toward the stage with her mother. She looked at Senator Elizabeth Warren and asked a simple question: “Why do you think it is important for a woman to run for president?” The audience let out a collective “aw.” Ms. Warren smiled broadly and turned the personal question universal. […]

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Maryland police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting

Criminal charges will not be filed against the Maryland police officer who fatally shot a man accused of threatening to hurt himself and others By The Associated Press February 28, 2020, 7:18 AM 2 min read TOWSON, Md. — Criminal charges will not be filed against a police officer in Maryland who fatally shot a […]

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Feds seek 18 months for Virginia man with neo-Nazi ties

Prosecutors are seeking an 18-month sentence for an alleged neo-Nazi from northern Virginia who pleaded guilty last year to weapons violations By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press February 28, 2020, 6:11 AM 2 min read ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Prosecutors are seeking an 18-month sentence for an alleged neo-Nazi from northern Virginia who pleaded guilty last year […]

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2 California ministry members plead in forced labor case

Two members of a Southern California-based ministry that allegedly forced homeless people and drug addicts to panhandle, stole their welfare benefits and held them against their will have pleaded guilty to federal charges By The Associated Press February 28, 2020, 4:17 AM 3 min read SAN DIEGO — Two members of a Southern California-based ministry […]

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California woman sentenced for DUI crash that killed 3 teens

A drunken driver who caused a fiery California crash that killed three Las Vegas teenagers on spring break has been sentenced to 51 years to life in prison By The Associated Press February 28, 2020, 4:06 AM 1 min read HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A drunken driver who caused a fiery Southern California crash that […]

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Arrest made in video assault of elderly San Francisco man

San Francisco police have arrested a man in connection with the taunting and robbery of an elderly Asian man who was collecting recyclables near a Bayview area housing project _ an attack that was caught on video and posted to social media By The Associated Press February 28, 2020, 4:04 AM 2 min read SAN […]

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Babysitter accused of shooting nephew while taking selfie

A Houston-area teen is in jail after she was accused of accidentally shooting her 10-year-old nephew after making a selfie video of herself with a gun for her Instagram account By The Associated Press February 28, 2020, 3:04 AM 2 min read HOUSTON — A Houston-area teen was in jail Thursday after she was accused […]

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Elizabeth Warren Gets Giant Lift From Super PAC

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who entered the presidential race loudly denouncing the influence of super PACs and big money in politics, will now be the beneficiary of what is believed to be the largest ad buy by a super PAC in the 2020 Democratic primary. The super PAC, known as Persist PAC, announced late on Thursday […]

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Judge vacates directive over energy lease public comments

A judge in Idaho has overturned a federal directive to curtail environmental review and eliminate mandatory public comment periods concerning oil and gas leasing on some public lands By The Associated Press February 28, 2020, 2:37 AM 1 min read BOISE, Idaho — A judge in Idaho has overturned a federal directive to curtail environmental […]

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