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Trump defies calls to punish crown prince for writer’s death

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump declared he will not further punish Saudi Arabia for the murder of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi — making clear in an exclamation-filled statement that the benefits of good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing.

Trump provides written responses to Mueller questions

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump provided the special counsel with written answers to questions about his knowledge of Russian interference in the 2016 election, his lawyers said Tuesday, avoiding at least for now a potentially risky sit-down with prosecutors. It’s the first time he has directly cooperated with the long investigation.

Chicago hospital shooting claims 3 lives; gunman also dead

CHICAGO — A gunman opened fire Monday at a Chicago hospital, killing a police officer and two hospital employees in an attack that began with a domestic dispute and exploded into a firefight with law enforcement inside the medical center. The suspect was also dead, authorities said.

Frustration, chaos as California fire recovery drags on

CHICO, Calif. — It’s been 12 days since Christina Taft started the frantic search for her mother Victoria, who refused to evacuate their Paradise home as flames neared, and it’s been six days since she gave authorities a cheek swab to identify remains that are likely her mother’s.