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Supreme Court turns away General Motors appeal over faulty ignition switches

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away an appeal from General Motors Co. seeking to block dozens of lawsuits over faulty ignition switches that could expose the company to billions of dollars in additional claims. The justices without comment left in place a lower court ruling that said the automaker’s 2009 bankruptcy did not shield it from liability ...

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Trump calls astronaut Peggy Whitson, as she clinches U.S. record for most time in space

As of today, astronaut Peggy Whitson has spent more time in space than any other American . Whitson has clocked in 534 days over three expeditions to the International Space Station (ISS). Whitson, who started her latest space mission last November, became ISS commander for a second time on April 9. She is the first woman to serve two stints ...

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Trump pushes border wall, setting up dispute with Dems, possible government shutdown

WASHINGTON — With a budget deadline looming, President Donald Trump plans a whirlwind of activities seeking to highlight accomplishments while putting fresh pressure on congressional Democrats to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, even if that pressure risks a possible government shutdown. Trump approaches the symbolic 100-day mark for his administration this coming week juggling a renewed health ...

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Macron, Le Pen advance to runoff that will decide France’s next leader

0SHARESShare French candidates Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will be heading for a runoff to decide the country’s next president after voters went to the polls in France’s first round of elections on Sunday, the Associated Press reported . In a field of 11 candidates , the far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who is head of the National Front ...

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U.S. officials say pirates have returned to waters off Somalia

DJIBOUTI — Pirates have returned to the waters off Somalia, but the spike in attacks on commercial shipping does not yet constitute a trend, senior U.S. officials said Sunday. The attacks follow about a five-year respite for the region, where piracy had grown to crisis proportions during the 2010-2012 period, drawing the navies of the United States and other nations ...

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Pentagon chief visits Djibouti, home to key U.S. base

DJIBOUTI — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, including drones. Mattis, the first Trump administration official to visit Djibouti, planned to meet with President Ismail Omar Guelleh and greet U.S. and French troops. He was accompanied ...

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Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Confronting an opioid overdose epidemic that is killing at least 90 people every day, two federal agencies this month gave more than 700 nurse practitioners and physician assistants the authority to write prescriptions for the anti-addiction medication buprenorphine. The goal: To let them help treat as many of the more than 2.5 million people addicted to painkillers or heroin in ...

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North Korea detains third American

North Korea detained a U.S. citizen on Saturday, according to Park Chan-mo , chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Tony Kim, who also uses his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was taken into custody as he was preparing to leave Pyongyang International Airport, according to the Associated Press. Martina Aberg, deputy chief of mission at the Swedish Embassy ...

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Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It’s all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall. The symbolic 100-day mark for the administration is April 29. That’s the same day government could shut ...

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Global finance leaders grapple with globalization fears

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — Global finance leaders on Saturday dropped a sharp condemnation of trade protectionism and references to climate change from a closing statement that wrapped up the spring meetings of the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. This year’s meetings were dominated by a debate over how to respond to a rising tide of anti-globalization sentiment evidenced ...

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