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Outspoken general named Trump’s top security adviser

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for speaking his mind and challenging his superiors.

Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade ruling dies

Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as “Jane Roe” in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died on Saturday at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said.

New U.S. travel ban to spare green card holders

MUNICH — A new version of a Trump administration travel ban will not stop green card residency holders or travelers already on planes from entering the United States, U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly said on Saturday.

White supremacist dreamed of Roof-style attack

SOUTH CAROLINA — A white supremacist in South Carolina dreamed of carrying out an attack in the style of church massacre shooter Dylann Roof but was arrested after he illegally bought a gun from an undercover FBI agent, authorities said on Thursday.

U.S. lawmakers grill Yellen on interest rates, regulatory policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican lawmakers on Wednesday criticized Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's stewardship of the U.S. economy and urged her to halt work on financial regulation until President Donald Trump names new policymakers to the central bank.

Labor nominee withdraws, in blow to Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a blow to President Donald Trump as he tries to assemble his administration, his nominee for labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday amid concerns that he could not garner enough Senate votes to be confirmed.

Challenge to Trump travel ban moves forward in two courts

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE — The most consequential legal challenge to U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban will proceed on two tracks in the next few days: in a U.S. appeals court vote in San Francisco and the Seattle courtroom of a federal judge.

U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy stepping down

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy plans to step down next month, the agency said on Tuesday, two years after he took charge of the agency following high-profile security lapses by the service responsible for protecting the president.

Trump knew 3 weeks ago that Flynn misled on contacts with Russia

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump knew for three weeks that former national security adviser Michael Flynn misrepresented his contacts with a Russian diplomat before firing him under pressure, the White House acknowledged Tuesday in offering an account of Flynn’s downfall that differed strikingly from what it said a day earlier.

Crews prepare to seal dam spillway that forced evacuations

OROVILLE, Calif. — Operators of the nation’s tallest dam prepared on Monday to shore up a crumbling emergency spillway with bags of rock while bleeding off excess water from a rain-swollen lake to ease the threat of inundating the Northern California communities under evacuation orders downstream.

Senate confirms Mnuchin as Treasury secretary at 53-47

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate voted to confirm former banker and Hollywood financier Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary on Monday, installing the Trump administration's point-man on tax reform, financial de-regulation and economic diplomacy efforts.

Travel snarled, 2 dead, as storm pummels New England

BOSTON — Close to 1,000 flights were canceled and hundreds of vehicle crashes reported as a winter storm hit New England on Monday, dropping as much as two feet of snow on parts of Maine and leaving two dead in Massachusetts.

Price takes helm as health secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tom Price was sworn in as U.S. secretary of health on Friday, putting in place a determined opponent of Obamacare to help President Donald Trump fulfill his pledge to dismantle his predecessor’s law and reshape the country’s healthcare system.

Defections by Sears, Kmart cap week of controversy for Trump brands

NEW YORK — Trump-branded consumer products have suffered new blows, with U.S. retailers Sears Holdings Corp and Kmart Corp discontinuing online sales of 31 Trump Home items, while new details emerged showing sales of Ivanka Trump’s brand fell in the weeks before Nordstrom Inc stopped carrying her products.
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Conway is ‘counseled’ for pitching Ivanka’s product line

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President Donald Trump, has been “counseled” for making a sales pitch for Ivanka Trump’s product line during a television interview conducted from the White House briefing room.

Alabama attorney general appointed to Sessions’ seat

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday appointed his state’s attorney general to fill the U.S. Senate seat made vacant by Republican Jeff Sessions’ confirmation as the next attorney general of the United States.