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Pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016. Distraction is partly to blame, early data shows

WASHINGTON — Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year — the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state data released Thursday. Increased driving due to an improved economy, lower gas prices and more walking for exercise and environmental factors are some of the likely reasons behind ...

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Trump to meet Denmark’s prime minister amid Brexit, NATO concerns

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen. Lokke Rasmussen is the latest wary European ally to visit the White House since Trump took office, looking to ease concerns that the new administration will honor multilateral agreements with Europe and take a firmer stance against Russian aggression. The two leaders will hold ...

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Trump adviser Steve Bannon will not face charges in Florida vote probe

MIAMI — Florida prosecutors say White House senior adviser Steve Bannon will not face charges related to his registration to vote in Miami despite spending most of his time elsewhere. RELATED LINKS Inside Steve Bannon’s ‘weaponized’ political documentaries How Steve Bannon became a fixture in the White House The Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s office concluded in a memo released Thursday ...

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A Hawaii judge just extended a ruling to block Trump’s travel ban. What’s next?

HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii’s request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a 24-page order blocking the government from suspending new ...

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Photos: What migrants leave behind on their journeys through the desert

As part of a reporting trip, the PBS NewsHour’s Joshua Barajas previously documented a hike through Arizona’s Sonoran Desert with the Tucson Samaritans, a group of volunteers who leave water and other aid for migrants crossing into the U.S. Here’s a closer look at what “migrant-handled” items were found on that hike. Two Tucson Samaritan volunteers remember the last time ...

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Here’s what Trump’s new executive order means for opioid addiction

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will lead a new national opioid commission created Wednesday by an executive order from President Donald Trump that also maps out his administration’s latest strategy to combat the public health crisis. “Addiction is a disease, and no life is disposable.” The fight against the opioid epidemic is “one that’s incredibly important to every family in ...

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Seattle to sue Trump over sanctuary city threats

Days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities , Seattle is hitting back: Mayor Ed Murray and City Attorney Pete Holmes will announce a lawsuit at 2 p.m. PDT Wednesday challenging the Trump administration’s threats against cities that refuse to aid in federal immigration crackdowns. Trump has long threatened to punish cities that ...

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Here are some of the physical challenges the border wall faces

WASHINGTON — Geographic and physical challenges — including the Rio Grande and threatened wildlife — will make it difficult to build the “big, beautiful wall” that President Donald Trump has promised on the U.S.-Mexico border, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Wednesday. Building a wall “is complex in some areas,” including Big Bend National Park and along the river, which twists ...

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Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee

WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump is officially joining her father’s administration as an unpaid employee, after her plans to serve in a more informal capacity were questioned by ethics experts. The first daughter announced Wednesday that she will serve as an unpaid employee in the White House, saying she had “heard the concerns some have with my advising the President in ...

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Supreme Court orders new look at ‘swipe fees’ law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is ordering a lower court to take a new look at a New York law that prohibits businesses from imposing fees on credit-card purchases. The court ruled unanimously Wednesday in a case about fees that merchants pay to credit-card issuers each time a customer charges a purchase. The fees typically range from 2 percent to ...

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