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86 percent of Trump counties make less in a year than 27 Trump staffers are worth

Financial reports released by the Trump administration indicate that 27 staffers who work for him are worth a combined $2.3 billion thanks to real estate, investments and hefty salaries.How much is $2.3 billion? Here’s one way to look at it. Consider the amount of money earned in any county in th
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News quiz: Going places

Welcome back.This week, we’ll take a trip to Britain, to one very red state and, of course, back to the White House.First, a look at some stats from last week:Thanks for playing. If the quiz does not appear below, please click here.Thousands of people in Moscow and dozens of other Russian citie
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911 systems are getting old, and the public can be in danger when they fail

A recent rash of disruptions in antiquated 911 emergency-response systems points up the urgent need for new technology to save lives in the wireless age. But few states or localities have the financial means to pay for it on their own.On one evening in March, AT&T Wireless customers nationwide f
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This tree lures birds with a free lunch and then kills them

Plants in the genus Pisonia don’t appear to be particularly menacing. The trees lack the thorns of acacia, the poisonous fruit of the manchineel tree and the botanical jaws of Venus flytraps. But Pisonia trees, which are found from Hawaii and New Zealand all the way to India, have a dark secret. S
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States begin to use schools to fight opioid abuse

Michigan lawmakers are considering requiring mandatory opioid abuse education in public schools as part of a package of bills aimed at combating the addiction and overdose epidemic in the state.The proposal is similar to action taken in Ohio to provide K-12 students with instruction on the dangers o
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Joe Manchin’s high-wire act: Working with Trump — and criticizing both parties

MATEWAN, W.Va. — On Thursday, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin III became the first Democratic senator to support President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.On Friday, he came to this town of 484 people to explain why.The United Mine Workers of America was hosting Manchin for an ask-anything town hal
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Trump’s Washington means civil war — for both parties

On Saturday, an aide to President Trump took to Twitter to denounce a renegade House Republican and encouraged other Republicans to defeat the wayward lawmaker in a GOP primary next year.On Monday, liberal advocacy groups plan to deliver a petition to the political arm of Senate Democrats denouncing
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U.S. increasingly sees Iran’s hand in the arming of Bahraini militants

The men who built the secret bomb factory had been clever — suspiciously so, Bahraini investigators thought, for a gang known mostly for lobbing molotov cocktails at police. The underground complex had been hewed, foot by foot, beneath the floor of a suburban villa, with no visible traces at stree
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Mick Mulvaney’s evolution from ‘Shutdown Caucus’ to Trump’s budget salesman

When the government last shut down, in 2013, Mick Mulvaney considered himself part of “the Shutdown Caucus” — a group of conservative House Republicans who held such a hard line that they were willing to let the lights go out.Now, four years later, Mulvaney is on a collision course with his fo
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Republicans target Florida prosecutor who refuses to seek death penalty in fatal shooting of police officer

Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala was elected last year on a vow to end tough-on-crime rhetoric and advance criminal justice reform. But just two months into her term, Ayala faces attempts to run her out of office after she refused to seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a police of
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