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Jeff Sessions orders review of gun background check system

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WASHINGTON U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a review of a government database used for background checks on gun buyers, after a man who killed 26 people in a Texas church was left off the system despite having a criminal record.

U.S. Senate candidate Moore's spokesman resigns as allegations roil campaign

The communications director for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has resigned amid the Alabama Republican's efforts to combat allegations of sexual misconduct that have roiled his campaign.

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U.S. judge strikes down Texas measure to limit second-trimester abortions

AUSTIN, Texas A U.S. district judge on Wednesday struck down parts of a Texas law that would ban the most common type of second-trimester abortions in the state, after plaintiffs argued the procedure was safe, legal and necessary for women's health.

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Trump: Father of UCLA player in shoplifting case is 'ungrateful fool'

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday reignited a feud with the father of one of the three UCLA basketball players who were detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting, calling him an "ungrateful fool" in a series of early-morning tweets.

Pressure mounts on U.S. Rep. Conyers after sexual harassment allegations

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative John Conyers faced additional fallout on Wednesday related to sexual harassment accusations made by former staffers, as a fellow Democrat called for his resignation and two more suggested he give up a prominent committee post.

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Ex-WellCare general counsel gets six months in U.S. prison

A former general counsel of insurer WellCare Health Plans Inc was sentenced on Wednesday to six months in prison for making a false statement to Florida's Medicaid program as part of what prosecutors called a $35 million healthcare fraud scheme.

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Trump Organization in buyout deal on struggling NYC tower: report

The Trump Organization has reached a deal that lets it walk away from a 46-story New York skyscraper with a hotel and condominiums that has had trouble attracting business, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

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Former U.S. ethics official files complaint against Trump aide Conway

WASHINGTON The former head of a U.S. government ethics watchdog said on Wednesday he had filed a complaint claiming senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway violated a law barring executive branch employees from engaging in political activity when she spoke on television against a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate.

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Exclusive: CSX to impose hefty fees on some rail customers in 2018

SEATTLE CSX Corp will charge new fees for freight shipments to Mexico and hike charges for customers that fail to load or discharge railcars by agreed deadlines or ship unsafely loaded or overweight railcars as of Jan. 1, the company said.

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Sign-up pace slows in third week of 2018 Obamacare enrollment

The pace slowed in the third week of enrollment for 2018 Obamacare individual insurance as nearly 800,000 people signed up through the federal government website HealthCare.gov, down about 75,000 people from the previous week, a U.S. government agency reported on Wednesday.

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