Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Trump that information provided by the CIA allowed Russian agents to detain suspects who planned to bomb the Kazan Cathedral and other locations in St. Petersburg. The unusual call — countries often share intelligence, but presidents rarely publicly thank one another for it — was confirmed by the White House, which lauded the tip as “an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together.”
“This is a very large tax cut for working families,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. Republicans have brushed aside nonpartisan analyses that show the bulk of the legislation's benefits would go to the wealthy and corporations, but polling suggests that many Americans are doubtful about the effects on their bottom line.
The batch of emails totaling thousands of pages of communications was provided to special counsel Robert Mueller III by the General Services Administration, an attorney for Trump for America said. A spokesman for Mueller’s team rejected allegations of impropriety: “We have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process.”
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Investigators said they could show that McKesson Corp. had failed to report suspicious orders involving millions of highly addictive painkillers sent to drugstores from California to Florida. Some of those went to corrupt pharmacies that supplied drug rings. Investigators wanted a $1 billion fine and criminal charges brought against McKesson. That’s not how things worked out. This report comes from a joint investigation with “60 Minutes.” The show airs tonight at 7:30 Eastern and 7 Pacific.
Obesity is far less visible in the City of Light than it is in much of the United States or Britain. Now a formal campaign — including a plus-size fashion show — has launched to fight bias against people who do not fit an unrealistic ideal of thinness: “Fat phobia is a reality lived by so many citizens,” the mayor said.
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“Star Wars” superfans who want the signature of iconic actor Mark Hamill are driving the lucrative world of the franchise, which has been estimated to be worth more than Harry Potter, James Bond and Lord of the Rings combined.
The Minnesota linebacker, who delivered the hit that left the Green Bay quarterback with a broken collarbone, said he doesn't expect the messages to stop, especially since the two teams meet again next Saturday.
The girl’s teacher shared her note on Facebook, saying “it breaks my heart” to hear students ask for things that many take for granted. A stranger saw the post — and acted.
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