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U.S. Ambassadors Worldwide Are Summoned to D.C. Forum Despite Shutdown

The State Department plans to pay for a conference in Washington for all its chiefs of mission while most of its employees go without pay.

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Alabama Woman Becomes First Known Transgender Person Killed This Year in U.S.

Dana Martin, a transgender woman from Hope Hull, Ala., was found shot to death in a vehicle in Montgomery.

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California Adds Its Clout to States Battling High Drug Prices

Under a new governor, it’s hoping to use its status as the most populous state as leverage when it negotiates with drug makers.

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The Groveland Four Are Pardoned, 70 Years After Jim Crow-Era Rape Case

Four black men were accused of raping a white woman in Florida in 1949. Two were killed. Two were imprisoned. On Friday, they were pardoned.

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Trump’s Evolving Rhetoric on the Wall

The core of President Trump’s argument for the southern border wall has remained largely the same. But as the fight wears on, his justification has expanded and details like cost and construction materials have evolved.

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$3.4 Million Medicaid Fraud Inquiry Hovers Over Nursing Home Where Comatose Woman Was Raped and Had Baby

The operator of the nursing home, Hacienda HealthCare, has been locked in a legal battle with a state health agency, refusing to turn over financial records.

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Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Girl, Is Found; Man Is Accused in Abduction

Jake T. Patterson, 21, was held pending murder and kidnapping charges, the authorities said. Jayme, 13, had vanished when her parents were fatally shot in a rural Wisconsin town.

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‘We Want to Work’: Federal Employees Brace for Hard Times

As the government shutdown drags on, 800,000 federal workers and their families are preparing to miss a paycheck. The Times reached out to some of them to hear their stories.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Cancer Free After Surgery, Supreme Court Says

The justice’s recovery from surgery “is on track,” said a court spokeswoman, and no further treatment is required.

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In her words: R. Kelly: Why So Many Ignored the Warning Signs

The R&B star has enjoyed fame despite decades of claims that he’s abused teenage girls. Why?

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The Flu Is Widespread in the U.S., and It’s Not Too Late to Get Vaccinated

In the last three months, 6 to 7 million people have caught the flu, and the season isn’t over yet.

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Fact Check of the Day: The Many Ways Trump Has Said Mexico Will Pay for the Wall

President Trump denied that he ever promised Mexico would “write out a check” for his border wall. Yet he has said Mexico would “make a one-time payment,” that Mexico would reimburse the United States and that the costs could be covered by imposing fees on Mexican diplomats and workers.

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Gillibrand Hires New Aides, Signaling Presidential Run Is Imminent

The New York senator has hired Meredith Kelly as communications director for a campaign, and now has 15 days to file with the Federal Election Committee.

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Friday: How Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed parental leave program compares to others; an investor sues Alphabet; and restaurants galore.

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What if Cities Are No Longer the Land of Opportunity for Low-Skilled Workers?

Dense cities like New York have long promised higher wages, but now that is primarily true for workers with more education, a new analysis finds.

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On Politics: White House Digs In on Wall Demands

President Trump traveled to the southern border to make his case for a wall, and Vice President Mike Pence shattered talk of a compromise with Democrats.

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Jayme Closs, Missing After Parents’ Deaths, Is Found Alive in Wisconsin

The 13-year-old disappeared from a small Wisconsin town in October at the same time her parents were found killed.

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News Analysis: Trump and Pompeo Embrace Autocrats and Disparage Opponents at Home

President Trump’s affinity for strongmen is well established, but rarely has his administration offered such a striking break with diplomatic tradition.

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Mnuchin Defends Plan to Lift Sanctions on Russian Oligarch’s Companies

House Democrats left a classified briefing with the Treasury secretary skeptical of the plan and unimpressed by the secretary’s defense of it.

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