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Trump Defends Initial Remarks on Charlottesville; Again Blames ‘Both Sides’

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:49:58 GMT

John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, on Tuesday during Mr. Trump’s news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan.The president said he did nothing wrong in his first remarks on Saturday following racial unrest in Virginia.

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Full Transcript and Video: Trump’s News Conference in New York

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:22:07 GMT

President Trump on Tuesday made remarks on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Confederate statues, his outlook on Stephen Bannon and more.

Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:20:11 GMT

John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, on Tuesday during Mr. Trump’s news conference at Trump Tower in Manhattan.During a shouting-match of a news conference, an angry president asserted that “alt-left” activists in Charlottesville were as much to blame as neo-Nazis.

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Trump Says Bannon Is ‘Not a Racist,’ but His Job Status Remains in Doubt

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:24:53 GMT

The president defended his embattled chief strategist even as Washington waits for Stephen K. Bannon’s departure from the White House.

Trump: ‘Not All of Those People Were White Supremacists’

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:42:06 GMT

President Trump, in a long, combative exchange with reporters at Trump Tower, insisted that he did nothing wrong on Saturday when he declined to specifically condemn Nazi and white supremacist groups.

Rift Widens Between Trump and Business Leaders

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:27:06 GMT

Doug McMillon, Walmart’s chief executive, said President Trump “missed a critical opportunity to help bring our country together.”A strong rebuke of the president by the chief executive of Walmart came as six other business leaders stepped down from a presidential advisory council.

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‘Wow’: Stunned TV Hosts Reacted in Real Time to Trump

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:12:28 GMT

President Trump’s fiery news conference left many on cable news networks searching for ways to describe what they had just seen, and partisan lines blurred in the process.

Swastikas, Shields and Flags: Branding Hate in Charlottesville

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:43:01 GMT

We decode the symbols of hate that white supremacists, Nazis and alt-right groups display at their marches, including the violent gathering in Charlottesville, Va.

Fact Check: Trump Asks, ‘What About the Alt-Left?’ Here’s an Answer

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:17:07 GMT

President Trump spoke Tuesday at Trump Tower in Manhattan.In remarks about Charlottesville, President Trump falsely equated “alt-left” violence with the killing of Heather D. Heyer.

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Baltimore Removes Confederate Statues; Mayor Cites Public Safety

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:22:23 GMT

Workers removed the Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson monument in Baltimore.Mayor Catherine Pugh said that given the political climate, it was important to move “quickly and quietly.”

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Historians Question Trump’s Comments on Confederate Monuments

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:40:25 GMT

George Washington, Robert E. Lee and Thomas JeffersonThe president said removing Confederate monuments was “changing history.” But historians say that monuments don’t always tell the story we think.

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Donald Trump, Luther Strange, Sierra Leone: Your Wednesday Briefing

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:34:40 GMT

President Trump speaking to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan on Tuesday. Talking about the removal of Confederate monuments, he said, “I wonder, is it George Washington next week?” Early this morning, the city of Baltimore Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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New York Today: New York Today: Hiring Movers

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:00:02 GMT

How best to do the heavy lifting?Wednesday: Tips for moving, a fallen tree in Central Park, and Havana in Harlem.

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California Today: California Today: ‘Hamilton’ Sweeps Through the State

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:14:01 GMT

Lin-Manuel Miranda, center, as Alexander Hamilton in the musical “Hamilton” at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City.Wednesday: A hit musical arrives in Los Angeles, a white supremacist’s San Jose upbringing, and traces of Russia’s legacy in California.

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In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:11:00 GMT

The Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.For the first time, an actual witness has emerged in the hack of the Democratic National Committee, and he has been interviewed by the F.B.I.

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feature: Down the Breitbart Hole

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:32 GMT

Alexander Marlow, editor in chief of Breitbart News.Steve Bannon once said it was the platform for the alt-right. Its current editors disagree. Is the incendiary media company at the nerve center of Donald Trump’s America simply provocative — or dangerous?

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Looming War Games Alarm North Korea, but May Be a Bargaining Chip

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:42:15 GMT

South Korean troops in Pohang, South Korea, during military exercises in April with the United States military.Joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea, which are set to begin Monday, could provide an opening for efforts to reduce tensions over the North’s nuclear program.

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China’s Crackdown on North Korea Over U.N. Sanctions Starts to Pinch

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:34:20 GMT

A truck crossing from the North Korean border city of Sinuiju to Dandong, China, in July.A ban on North Korean seafood exports began to be felt this week, curtailing an easy source of cash for the North Korean government but angering Chinese wholesalers.

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Trump Reminded Threats Work Differently in Diplomacy Than in Real Estate

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:34:47 GMT

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea delivered a speech on Tuesday in Seoul.President Trump is accustomed to using strong statements as a negotiating tactic. But on the global stage, the politics of intimidation can get complicated.

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Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:33:42 GMT

President Trump at the White House on Monday.If President Trump makes good on his promise to “let Obamacare implode,” premiums for the most popular plans would rise about 20 percent next year.

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Ex-Trump Campaign Aides Start Voter Registration Effort

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:55:01 GMT

Supporters of President Trump at a rally in June in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.With an eye to the next elections, the former aides want to find and register “disaffected” rural and working-class Americans to vote.

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Can Artificial Intelligence Fly a Plane?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:01:00 GMT

Microsoft is building an autonomous glider guided by artificial intelligence, part of an effort to help machines make decisions when faced with uncertainty.

Microsoft Teaches Autonomous Gliders to Make Decisions on the Fly

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:15:13 GMT

Rick Rogahn, a member of the Microsoft team, monitored the glider’s path during a test flight near Hawthorne, Nev., last week. He is responsible for manually launching and landing the aircraft, and for intervening if it is necessary for safety.Microsoft is building gliders that adapt to surprises. The goal is to teach autonomous vehicles of all sorts to deal with uncertainty the way humans do.

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Your Daily Mini Crossword

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:01:11 GMT

Solve a bite-size crossword in just a few minutes.

When Jack Daniel’s Failed to Honor a Slave, an Author Rewrote History

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:09:24 GMT

Fawn Weaver on a farm in Lynchburg, Tenn., where Nearest Green and Jack Daniel first began distilling whiskey together.The whiskey maker backed away from a promise to acknowledge its debt to a black distiller — until Fawn Weaver swooped into town and took up the cause.

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Taylor Swift Spoke Up. Sexual Assault Survivors Were Listening.

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:22:21 GMT

Taylor Swift’s blunt words about being groped by a radio host have caught the attention of lawyers and others who work with sexual assault survivors.The pop superstar gave blunt testimony in her case against a radio host in Denver, and provided a voice for others in similar situations.

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Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:32:55 GMT

The Indian Army’s headquarters in Haa, Bhutan, near a disputed border with China. A standoff between India and China set off by an incursion has lasted over 50 days.There are fears that ambition and nationalism could lead China and India to war again, but now with more firepower at their disposal.

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In a Body-Positive Moment, Why Does Hollywood Remain Out of Step?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:00:29 GMT

Danielle Macdonald, the star of “Patti Cake$.” She said there had been stares during auditions for other movies. “At first you want to slap them,” she added. “But I got used to it pretty quickly.”Melissa McCarthy has broken through in Hollywood, but her success is viewed by studios as an anomaly. Danielle Macdonald hopes to flip the script.

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Why Some Say the Eclipse Is Best Experienced in a Crowd

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:46:36 GMT

Enthusiasm is contagious in the sense that seeing other people looking excited can increase the intensity of your own experience of excitement. If you are fortunate, you will end up standing next to people as expressive as these women, pictured watching the eclipse in 2015 from Nice, France.Human behavior researchers offer four reasons why it's worth experiencing totality in a large group, even if the toilets overflow.

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Roy Moore and Luther Strange Head for G.O.P. Runoff in Alabama Senate Race

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 03:00:30 GMT

Roy S. Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and his wife, Kayla Moore, appeared at a campaign event in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday night.After a crowded Republican race, Mr. Moore, a former chief justice of the State Supreme Court, and Mr. Strange, the current senator, will face each other in a runoff next month.

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Policy Under Trump Bars Obama-Era Path to U.S. for Central American Youths

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:40:17 GMT

Migrants at a shelter in Heroica Caborca, Mexico. The Trump administration’s move to end a program for Central Americans has called the future of thousands of migrants into question.The program was established in 2014 to deal with a surge of migrants fleeing violence and lets them live and work in the United States temporarily.

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2 Texas Congressional Districts Are Unconstitutional, Court Rules

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 02:15:21 GMT

Ken Paxton, the Texas attorney general, in 2015. He said Tuesday that his office would ask the United States Supreme Court to hear the case.A panel of three federal judges in San Antonio said the two districts were racially discriminatory, but upheld other districts that had been challenged.

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Justice Dept. Demands Data on Visitors to Anti-Trump Website, Sparking Fight

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:46:42 GMT

The Justice Department demanded that Dreamhost, a web hosting company, turn over records about a website used to organize protests of President Trump’s inauguration.A web hosting firm is fighting a sweeping search warrant for information about visitors to an anti-Trump website used to organize inauguration protests.

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Obama’s Charlottesville Response, Boosted by Nostalgia, Becomes Most-Liked Tweet Ever

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:16:28 GMT

The tweet paired a quote from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography with a picture of Mr. Obama smiling up at a diverse group of children.

Hope Hicks Will Be Trump’s Interim Communications Director

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:14:23 GMT

Hope Hicks, center, will serve as interim director of communications at the White House, according to an administration official.The longtime aide will temporarily fill the spot left by Anthony Scaramucci and help the president find a replacement, an administration official said.

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Sperm Count in Western Men Has Dropped Over 50 Percent Since 1973, Paper Finds

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:15:41 GMT

Total sperm count among Western men fell 59.3 percent from 1973 to 2011, according to new research.Research that studied semen samples from nearly 43,000 men from 50 countries detected a sharp downward trend that is provoking broad health concerns.

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New Citizens Hold Their Heads High, 102 Floors Above New York

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:08:02 GMT

Khadijatul Rahman, 29, with her daughter, Labeebah, 6, and son, Zavyaan, 2 weeks. Ms. Rahman was one of 30 people to be sworn in as citizens on the observation deck of One World Trade Center on Tuesday.Thirty immigrants were sworn in atop One World Trade Center, in a ceremony that featured a speech by the former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara.

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Michael Moore Takes His Broadway Audience on Buses to Protest Trump

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:19:07 GMT

Michael Moore in his new Broadway show, “The Terms of My Surrender.”Mr. Moore has made President Trump the target of his ire in a Broadway show. On Tuesday, he bused his audience to Mr. Trump’s door.

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Oak Tree Falls in Portugal During Ceremony, Killing 13

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:39:09 GMT

A tree fell on a large crowd gathered as part of a traditional religious festival near Funchal, the capital of Madeira, Portugal, on Tuesday.At least six of the 49 people who were wounded were seriously hurt when the tree topped near the city of Funchal, where a religious celebration was being held.

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Broadway’s ‘Groundhog Day’ Will Close Sept. 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:15:44 GMT

Andy Karl as Phil Connors in “Groundhog Day.” The musical will close on Sept. 17.Despite some strong reviews, the musical, based on the popular 1993 movie, failed to draw large enough audiences to support its running costs.

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‘This Is Too Much for Us’: Sierra Leone Deluged by Mud and Grief

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:51:44 GMT

The Kaikai family’s home was destroyed on Monday by a mudslide in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.With hundreds dead and hundreds more missing after torrential rains and mudslides, residents of the country’s capital can’t find room for all the dead.

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Oia Journal: Galicia’s Wild Horse Roundup Runs Headlong Into Modernity

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:10:01 GMT

In a corral where wild horses were kept during the roundup in Oia, Spain, in July, local people selected animals for disinfection.The age-old practice in which ranchers in northwestern Spain corral the free-roaming animals is now under threat from activists and regulation.

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Costco Owes Tiffany More Than $19 Million, Judge Rules

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:30:22 GMT

An engagement ring at a Tiffany store in New York. Tiffany was awarded more than $19 million after it sued Costco for trademark infringement and trademark counterfeiting.A Federal District Court judge in New York has ordered the discount warehouse giant to pay Tiffany for using the jeweler’s name to market diamond rings.

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The Little Golf Course That Could

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 01:25:01 GMT

J.B. Case of Jasper, Tenn., and Scott Moss of Bridgeport, Ala., playing at Sweetens Cove Golf Club, a nine-hole course outside Chattanooga. Case said the course was “beautiful’' and “challenging.”Sweetens Cove Golf Club, a nine-hole course that plays for $20, is winning acclaim at a time when golf is facing declining participation and stagnant course construction.

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Restaurant Review: Made Nice Is Fast and Casual. But Is It Good?

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:06:34 GMT

The chef Daniel Humm tries to bring his meticulous care and artistry to a high-speed operation.

Brantley in Britain: Regressing in London With Meat Loaf and Adrian Mole

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:33:09 GMT

Benjamin Lewis, left, and Amir Wilson in “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾.”Stage adaptations of “Bat Out of Hell” and “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾” allow the middle-aged to retreat to the age of innocence.

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