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Obama: ‘We saved the best for last’ at final state dinner

WASHINGTON — “Bittersweet” was the word of the night, the one often used to describe President Barack Obama’s final State Dinner.

“We saved the best for last,” he said Tuesday as he welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, to the White House.

He wasn’t joking.

Mystery swirls around Assange’s status at Ecuadorean Embassy

LONDON — Midway through releasing a series of damaging disclosures about U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his hosts at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London abruptly cut him off from the internet.

The news adds another layer of intrigue to a campaign which has been roiled by dramatic leaks and allegations of state-sponsored subversion.

Couple finds pendant buried in Ireland 26 years ago

OLD LYME, Conn. — A Connecticut woman has retrieved half of her heart after leaving it in Ireland 26 years ago.

In 1990, a 29-year-old Laurie McGrath had buried half of a golden heart necklace with two interlocking halves that was given to her by her then-boyfriend, Bill McGrath.

The intent was that they’d both go to Ireland to dig it up someday.

Clinton plots a ‘do no harm’ campaign amid Trump whirlwind

SAN FRANCISCO — How do you run for president during a political cyclone with no precedents and no predictable path?

Hillary Clinton has her answer: Slow and steady.

As Donald Trump jags across the country, battling an onslaught of sexual misconduct allegations, his party’s opposition and the media, Clinton has stepped cautiously on the campaign trail.

Thai monarchy’s billions come from real estate, companies

BANGKOK — Thailand’s king, who died Thursday, was reputed to be the world’s richest royal and one of the wealthiest people on the planet.

It was a status that clashed with the carefully managed image of a monarch intensely concerned for his people’s welfare and one that Thai authorities were always anxious to correct.