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In a Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 file photo, Nick Ayers, right, listens as Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch waits for the arrival of the casket for former President George H.W. Bush to lie in State at the Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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December 10, 2018 - 6:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing at least four people to serve as his next chief of staff, after plans for an orderly succession for departing John Kelly fell through. The high-profile hiring search comes at a pivotal time as the Republican president looks to prepare his White...
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The American flag flies at half-staff in honor of President George H. W. Bush at Walker's Point, the Bush's summer home, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Kennebunkport, Maine.
AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty
December 09, 2018 - 6:20 pm
KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — "Poppy" and "Bar" are gone, but the passing of George H. W. and Barbara Bush won't mean an end to children's laughter, splashing in the pool, barking dogs or clinking horseshoes at the family's property on the Maine coast. The former first couple's children,...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2014, file photo, lightning strikes over Lake Mead near Hoover Dam that impounds Colorado River water at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Arizona.
AP Photo/John Locher, File
December 09, 2018 - 6:10 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. They'...
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In this June 21, 2018 photo, White House chief of staff John Kelly listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a lunch with governors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
December 09, 2018 - 4:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill the role. Ayers, who is chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was seen as the favorite for the job when Trump announced Saturday that Kelly would leave around...
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Miss Kentucky 2014 Ramsey Carpenter attends the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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December 09, 2018 - 4:25 pm
By Eric Levenson and Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN (CNN) -- A middle school teacher and former Miss Kentucky pageant winner has been arrested and charged with sending nude photographs of herself to a 15-year-old boy, authorities said. Ramsey Bearse, a 28-year-old teacher at Andrew Jackson Middle School...
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A Duke Energy crew works to restore power in Raleigh, N.C,. as snow continues to fall Sunday morning, Dec. 9, 2018.
Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP
December 09, 2018 - 10:17 am
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — A storm spreading snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South has millions of people in its path, raising the threat of immobilizing snowfalls, icy roads and possible power outages. Governors and local officials in several states declared...
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AP Photo/Susan Walsh
December 08, 2018 - 6:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. That's according to a closed-door interview...
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December 08, 2018 - 1:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year's end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House. Nick Ayers...
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December 08, 2018 - 10:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he's picked a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation's next top military adviser. If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Army since August 2015, would...
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December 07, 2018 - 10:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday that President Donald Trump directed illegal payments to buy the silence of two women whose claims of extramarital affairs threatened his presidential campaign, the first time prosecutors have connected Trump to a federal crime. In a court filing...
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