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Trump tests political capital in last-minute North Carolina election push

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — President Donald Trump put his political prowess on the line on Monday, campaigning here on the eve of a special election seen as a bellwether for his own contest next year.The president's gamble: that the last-minute stop — where he painted a dark picture of threats from immigration, crime and socialism —…

Trump plows toward trade war with Europe as China standoff threatens economy

BIARRITZ, France — As President Donald Trump’s China trade war threatens to drag down the U.S. economy, he arrives here this weekend still angling to start another one with Europe.Trump plans to turn up the volume on his accusations of unfair trade practices by America’s closest allies, a favored campaign talking point, when he sits…

David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, dies at 79

David Koch, billionaire conservative activist and philanthropist, has died. He was 79.“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of my brother David," Charles Koch said in a statement Friday. "Anyone who worked with David surely experienced his giant personality and passion for life."David stepped down last year from helping to run…

Florida firefighters says firehouse destroyed by Hurricane Michael now a life or death issue

Dominick and Alicia Rhodes have had blue tarps covering the roof of their Florida home and a firetruck in their front yard since Hurricane Michael devastated their rural inland county 10 months ago.The couple — who have three kids, maintain two full-time jobs and work as volunteer firefighters in their spare time — are now…

Only 2 Iraqi translators who worked with U.S. troops got U.S. visas last year

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has virtually closed the door on Iraqis who worked as interpreters for the U.S. military, issuing only two U.S. visas to former interpreters last year, according to government statistics obtained by NBC News.The interpreters have faced threats, abductions and attacks for their association with American forces, and hundreds have been…

Running in New Hampshire, Joe Biden is a familiar face in unfamiliar territory

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Ann Ackerman recalled her excitement at snapping a photo with Joe Biden, then a senator from Delaware, at his “first real, big appearance” in the first-in-the-nation primary state.“We both had dark hair at the time,” Ackerman, 73, joked of meeting him at an annual state Democratic fundraiser in 1986, when Biden was…