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Trump Returns To White House

President Trump Says He Won't Fire Robert Mueller

President Donald Trump that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller even as his administration was again forced to grapple with the growing Russia probe that has shadowed the White House for much of his initial year

President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017.

Putin Thanks President Trump for Bombings Tip

Russian President Vladimir Putin called U.S. President Donald Trump to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin added that Putin asked Trump to convey gratitude to the CIA

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Mueller Obtains Trump Transition Emails

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump's campaign has gained access to thousands of emails sent and received by Trump officials before the start of his administration, according to sources

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The Last Jedi Soars at Box Office

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" rocketed to a debut of $220 million at the North American box office, landing the second-best opening ever and slotting in behind only its predecessor, "The Force Awakens," according to studio estimates

The official football for the National Football League, with the signature of new commissioner Roger Goodell, sits within the NFL logo painted on the field prior to a game on Nov. 26, 2006 between the Carolina Panthers and the Washington Redskins at Fedex Field in Landover, Maryland.

New Allegations Emerge Against Panthers Owner

Jerry Richardson’s conduct was treated as something of a running office joke, according to multiple former Panthers team employees, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retaliation

Senator John McCain Says He Will Support Senate Tax Reform Bill

John McCain Will Miss the Crucial Senate GOP Tax Vote

Republican Sen. John McCain will miss a crucial Senate vote on the GOP tax package due to illness. The 81-year-old has been battling brain cancer and returned home to Arizona after an infection. His office said he "looks forward to returning to Washington in January"

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, with a bust of Hygiea, the Greek goddess of health.

CDC Pushes Back on Report of Banned Words

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pushing back against a report alleging that the Trump administration had banned the organization from using specific words in next year's budget documents

Honey and Barry Sherman, Chairman and CEO of Apotex Inc., are shown at the annual United Jewish Appeal (UJA) fundraiser in Toronto

Homicide Police Now Probing Billionaire Couple's Deaths

Canadian homocide police are taking over the investigation in the case of Barry and Honey Sherman, a Toronto couple who were found dead in their home on Nov. 15. Barry Sherman, a founder of generic pharmaceutical company Apotex, was one of Canada's richest individuals

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California Firefighters Digging In to Contain Fires

Thousands of firefighters have taken advantage of calmer winds to work on containing wildfires raging across Southern California and protect coastal communities. "Everything's holding really well," fire information officer Lisa Cox said. "Thousands of homes have been saved"

Chile Elections

Chile's Conservative Ex-President Pinera Sweeps Election

Billionaire former president Sebastian Pinera has easily won Chile's presidential runoff election, moving the country back to the right in the footsteps of other Latin American nations. Pinera got 54.6 percent of the votes to 45.4 percent for rival Alejandro Guillier

U.S. Soldier Ambushed in Niger Wasn't Captured

An American soldier killed in an ambush in Niger with three comrades but recovered days later wasn't captured alive by the enemy or executed at close range, The Associated Press has learned, based on the conclusion of a military investigation