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California Wildfire Insurance Claims Top $3.3B

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA —  Property damage claims from a series of deadly October wildfires now exceed $3.3 billion, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said Tuesday. The figure represented claims for homes and businesses insured by 15 companies and was more than triple the previous estimate of $1 billion. Jones said the …

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Pruitt to Put New Members on EPA Science Panels

WASHINGTON —  The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that he would replace the outside experts who advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more diverse views. In announcing the changes, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt suggested that many of those previously appointed …

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Trump Predicts Passage of Tax Plan by Christmas

WASHINGTON —  One day before the big reveal, President Donald Trump intensified his lobbying Tuesday for a tax overhaul plan whose shape was still under negotiation by congressional Republicans. The president predicted a grand signing ceremony before Christmas at “the biggest tax event in the history of our country.” “The …

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2018 US Refugee Program Gets Slow Start

The U.S. refugee program is off to a sluggish start in the new fiscal year, following newly announced screening procedures and a significant reduction in expected arrivals in the coming 12 months. About 1,200 refugees arrived in October, according to data made public through the U.S. State Department. The program, …

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Trump Administration to Defend Cuba Embargo at UN, Reversing Obama

The Trump administration will defend America’s decades-old economic embargo on Cuba in a United Nations vote this week, the State Department said Tuesday, in a reversal from the Obama administration that reflects deteriorating U.S.-Cuban relations. Every year the U.N. votes to condemn the embargo, and for years the U.S. predictably …

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Countries in Manafort Indictment Known to Laundering Experts

NEW YORK —  The three countries named in the indictment of former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort span three separate continents but all have something in common: They’re island nations with a legacy of relatively lax oversight of offshore entities and a known history of being a conduit for suspicious …

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Britain Accelerates Brexit Plans; Talks Also to Speed Up

LONDON / BRATISLAVA —  Britain is accelerating preparations for “all eventualities” when it leaves the European Union, but both sides are hopeful an agreement on stepping up talks to unravel more than 40 years of partnership will be sealed soon. With only 17 months remaining until Britain’s expected departure, the …

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Mexico GDP Shrinks Amid NAFTA Uncertainty, Disasters

MEXICO CITY —  Mexico says its economy shrank 0.2 percent in the third quarter compared with the previous period amid uncertainty related to renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement and a slowdown caused by natural disasters. Alfredo Coutino is Latin America director at Moody’s Analytics. He says the …

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White House Backs Chief of Staff Kelly on Confederate Monuments

WASHINGTON —  The White House is backing chief of staff John Kelly’s defense of Confederate monuments and his assertion that the Civil War was caused by a failure to compromise. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Tuesday that Kelly’s calling Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee “an honorable man” …

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