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Famed Hamptons home Grey Gardens for sale for $19.95 million
Grey Gardens, the Hamptons home once owned by eccentric relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is for sale. It was featured in a documentary, HBO movie and Broadway musical.
Rutgers University has renamed two buildings and a walkway as part of an ongoing effort to confront the New Jersey school's historical ties to slavery.
US travel ban in hands of federal appeals court
A federal appeals court will decide whether to reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban after a contentious hearing in which the judges hammered away at the administration's motivations for the ban, but also directed pointed questions to an attorney for two states trying to overturn it.
Nod for Dakota Access pipeline looms
The developer of the stalled Dakota Access oil pipeline could get clearance from the Army as early as Wednesday to finish the US$3.8 billion project, though the American Indian tribe that has led the battle against the project for months has vowed to continue the fight.
DeVos becomes US education secretary
Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos won confirmation as education secretary Tuesday by the slimmest of margins, pushed to approval only by the historic tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence.
US lawmakers urge president to sanction Venezuela
A bipartisan group of 34 U.S. lawmakers has sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to step up pressure on Venezuela's government by immediately sanctioning officials responsible for corruption and human rights abuses, The Associated Press has learned.
Senators clash over Sessions confirmation hearings as attorney general
Tensions over confirming President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees erupted late Tuesday in the U.S. Senate, where a lawmaker's criticism of attorney general pick Jeff Sessions led to the very rare reprimand of a senator.
US labor nominee hired illegal immigrant
Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder acknowledged Tuesday that he had employed a housekeeper who was in the U.S. illegally, putting him again at odds with President Donald Trump's push to keep jobs in American hands.
U.S. secretary of state reaffirms Six Assurances to Taiwan
New U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has recently reaffirmed the Six Assurances regarding U.S. policy toward Taiwan in response to questions from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin before he won confirmation as secretary of state from the Senate on Feb. 1.
Trump unknowledgeable on one-China's intricacies: expert
U.S. President Donald Trump recognizes the importance of the 'one China' policy but has little idea of the intricacies of its contents, an expert on cross-strait relations said in Washington Wednesday.
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