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Florida, Syria, Fox News: Your Tuesday Briefing

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:32:36 GMT

Syrians running for cover after government strikes on rebel-held suburbs of the capital, Damascus, on Monday. Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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New York Today: New York Today: Albany Agenda

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:52:40 GMT

Bills in the pipeline.Tuesday: Legislation to watch this year, “Malcolm X Speaks”, and a look at key players in Albany.

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California Today: California Today: Senators Vent Their Frustration About Guns

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:49:49 GMT

Sophie Peterson, 14, of Sylmar, joined a rally against gun violence in downtown Los Angeles on Monday.Tuesday: Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein speak out after a school shooting, an army of bots spring into action, and “Tacros” arrive at the Ferry Building.

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After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:10:48 GMT

A weekend gun control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. One hour after news of the school shooting in nearby Parkland spread, Twitter accounts that researchers have linked to Russia shifted their focus to the gun control debate.Twitter accounts suspected of having links to Russia were focused on Robert Mueller. But after news broke about the shooting, they quickly changed their focus.

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School Shootings Put Teachers in New Role as Human Shields

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:32:26 GMT

Pallbearers carry the coffin of Scott Beigel, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, after his funeral in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday.Around the country, teachers are reflecting on whether they are prepared to take a bullet for their students. “I think about it all the time,” one said.

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DealBook: How Banks Could Control Gun Sales if Washington Won’t

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:39:53 GMT

The country’s financial giants hold more sway over the gun industry than any politician. If banks and credit card companies were to stop doing business with gun shops that sell assault weapons, the supply of such firearms would be greatly reduced.As Corporate America espouses “social responsibility,” the financial industry could help limit sales of assault weapons, our columnist writes.

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How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:48:49 GMT

About a dozen people protested against what they called the threat of radical Islam in Houston in May 2016. They were met by a much larger crowd of counterprotesters. Both sides were organized by Russian groups.With imperfect English and tireless posting on Facebook and Twitter, Russian trolls summoned Americans to rallies, praised Donald J. Trump and played on political divisions.

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State Officials Say They Are Told Too Little About Election Threats

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:29:15 GMT

A sign directing voters to a polling station in Austin, Tex., in 2016. Election officials in some states say they need to know more about digital threats to their election systems than federal officials have been telling them.Federal officials are slow to share with them the specifics they need to guard against Russian hacking and other attacks on voting integrity, state election officials say.

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Trump Tries to Shift Blame to Obama for Not Countering Russian Meddling

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:47:25 GMT

President Trump suggested that the Obama administration did not do enough to prevent the Kremlin’s influence campaign.

In Ukraine, Corruption Is Now Undermining the Military

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:04:21 GMT

Supporters of Mikheil Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia, have joined angry veterans of the war in the east in a protest encampment outside the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev.A surge in spending on the armed forces has opened new avenues for the graft and cronyism that many see as Ukraine’s most dangerous enemy.

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Feature: The Case Against Google

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:01 GMT

Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in?

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Rob Porter’s Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:31:47 GMT

Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary, observing President Trump during a meeting in the Oval Office this month.The White House aide who resigned in a domestic abuse scandal that engulfed the White House was known for his ambition at Harvard and on Capitol Hill.

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Tools of Trump’s Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:27:22 GMT

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime lawyer, suppressed embarrassing stories about his boss’s past as they loomed over the campaign.Beyond facilitating a $130,000 payment to silence a pornographic film actress, Donald Trump’s lawyer spent years making aggressive behind-the-scenes efforts to protect him.

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White House Memo: White House Seeks to Move On From Abuse Scandal. But What Did It Learn?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:43:19 GMT

John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, in Florida last week with emergency workers after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school. Mr. Kelly is also facing a crisis in the West Wing after an aide resigned amid spousal abuse allegations.A better-not-to-know approach in the White House allowed the Rob Porter problem to fester and raises questions about whether officials are capable of creating a better system.

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The Arrest Was a Bust. The Officers Got Overtime Anyway.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:32:07 GMT

Hector Cordero, a store clerk, interacted with customers inside J&C Mini Market in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this week. Mr. Cordero, 59, is involved in a federal court case that claims New York Police Department officers made unlawful arrests in order to boost overtime pay.A federal trial in Brooklyn is set to explore the issue of so-called collars for dollars. The implications could be far-reaching.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Missing Conservatism? Just Wait for a Democratic President

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:45:14 GMT

President Trump at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference.Republicans will complain again about overweening government, accelerating social change and American decline.

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Editorial: The Dirty Little Deals That Would Foul the Environment

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:53:35 GMT

Republicans are adding measures to appropriations bills that would gut protections of the air, water and landscape.

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Op-Ed Columnist: Respect First, Then Gun Control

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:37:40 GMT

Students and family members gathered at a makeshift memorial for the victims of last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.One reaction to the Florida school shooting is the shaming of supporters of gun rights. But there’s a more productive approach.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Content of the G.O.P.’s Character

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:35:05 GMT

The personal is political: A bad-faith party attracts bad people.

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Op-Ed Contributors: A Better Way to Protect Mueller

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:45:15 GMT

Robert Bork testifying in 1973 before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Robert Bork, criticized for his role in the Saturday Night Massacre, also made sure the president couldn’t easily fire another special prosecutor.

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Op-Ed Columnist: The Madness of American Crowds

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:45:16 GMT

Peter Finch as Howard Beale in the 1976 film “Network,” written by Paddy Chayefsky.There’s nothing new about Trump, but that’s not necessarily reassuring.

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Fixes: A City Stalked by Overdoses Fights Back

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:45:15 GMT

Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone is a professor of emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.Philadelphia is trying new strategies to combat the opioid epidemic, including planning a supervised site for drug use.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Tara Lipinski: It’s Time to Take Risks in the Rink Again

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:36:37 GMT

America’s female figure skaters came up under a system that rewarded clean skating over innovation. But that doesn’t produce champions.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Nashville’s Mayor Has Stumbled. Who Will Cast the First Stone?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:58:13 GMT

Mayor Megan Barry of Nashville at a news conference in January when she apologized for having had an extramarital affair.Megan Barry’s affair with a subordinate has her opponents outraged. The rest of us aren’t sure what to think.

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir Are Ice Dancing’s King and Queen

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:57:08 GMT

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won gold in ice dancing on Tuesday. They had previously won silver in 2014 and gold in 2010.The Canadians modernized ice dancing and skated their way into the history books Tuesday at the Winter Games.

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Russian Fans at the Olympics Are Loud, Proud and Angry

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:39:04 GMT

Russian fans celebrated a goal against the United States men’s hockey team on Saturday. The Russian flag has been banned from the playing field but is easy to spot in the stands.With many of their best barred from these Games because of doping, Russian athletes have yet to win a gold medal. Their supporters say the fault lies elsewhere.

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Unified Korean Hockey Team Finishes Winless. So Why All the Cheering?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:50:03 GMT

Jingyu Lee, left, of the unified Korean team battling for the puck against Sweden’s Emma Nordin during a 6-1 loss.Shouldering a heavy political weight, the team lost its final game, but the outcome was beside the point for many optimistic spectators.

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N.B.A. Owner Backs Lawsuit Against Russian Doping Whistle-Blower

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:19 GMT

Mikhail D. Prokhorov, owner of the Brooklyn Nets, was in charge of the Russian biathlon federation when several Russian biathletes violated doping protocols leading up to and during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Mikhail D. Prokhorov, a Russian oligarch and owner of the Nets, is financing a defamation suit that attacks the credibility of Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov.

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German Olympians Drink a Lot of (Nonalcoholic) Beer, and Win a Lot of Gold Medals

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 03:28:19 GMT

Simon Schempp of Germany won a silver medal in the 15-kilometer mass start biathlon event on Sunday.The brewery Krombacher has supplied about 1,000 gallons of nonalcoholic beer to the athletes’ village. It’s commonly consumed as a sports drink in Germany.

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Skeptical U.S. Rebuffs Mexico’s Request for Aid in Spyware Inquiry

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:23 GMT

Enrique Peña Nieto, Mexico’s president, center, arriving at a business summit in San Luis Potosí last year.Officials are said to be worried about being used as a fig leaf in the case, which involves the use of surveillance technology to spy on Mexican government critics.

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Trump Endorses Mitt Romney’s Run for Utah Senate Seat

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:14:24 GMT

President Trump, left, with Mitt Romney in November. Mr. Trump’s endorsement of Mr. Romney opens another chapter in their fraught relationship.Mr. Romney, who has publicly clashed with Mr. Trump in the past, has signaled he plans to serve as a check on the president if he is elected.

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Journalist or Terrorist? Kashmir Photographer Is Jailed, Pending Answer

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:20:25 GMT

Journalists in Kashmir are calling for the release of Kamran Yousuf, a news photographer who has been in jail since September. The Indian authorities say he was part of a conspiracy against the security forces.The Indian authorities say a young conflict photographer in Kashmir conspired against them. But journalists insist he was jailed to silence him.

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‘Black Panther’ Is No. 1 on the Album Charts, Too

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:13:41 GMT

Kendrick Lamar performed Friday as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. He helped put together the soundtrack for “Black Panther,” which debuted at No. 1 on the albums chart.The superhero film has broken box office records, and now its soundtrack, featuring Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd and SZA, has opened in the top spot.

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Netanyahu Faces New Accusations: Did His Adviser Try to Bribe a Judge?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:40:56 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Munich this month. The Israeli police have arrested several of his friends and confidants, as well as top executives of the telecommunications company Bezeq, in a widening inquiry into whether he traded favors for favorable news coverage.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was already accused of accepting nearly $300,000 in bribes. The latest allegations could amount to obstruction of a criminal investigation.

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Syrian Bombardment Kills Nearly 100 in Eastern Ghouta

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:42:56 GMT

Carrying an injured child through rebel-held territory near Damascus, Syria, on Monday.Residents of the rebel-held enclave near Damascus described the events as an all-out attack on civilians and infrastructure to force a surrender.

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As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:25:41 GMT

Gwen and Matt Hurd with their son, Harry, at home in Merrimack, N.H. They pay full price for Obamacare coverage, which has gotten so expensive they have considered forgoing health insurance.President Trump’s efforts to undermine the health law have widened the gap between those who get government aid and those who don’t, deepening resentments.

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Sexual Misconduct Spurs New Elections: The #MeToo Races

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:19 GMT

The Women’s March in Las Vegas in January. Cases of sexual misconduct have led to resignations by nearly a dozen state and federal lawmakers in recent months as part of the #MeToo reckoning.Nearly a dozen special elections are being held in 2018 to fill vacancies left by lawmakers accused of sexual harassment or misconduct.

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Cochrane Journal: With 10 Million Acres in Patagonia, a National Park System Is Born

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:52:55 GMT

Chacabuco Valley, in the heart of the new Patagonia National Park.Two Americans snapped up large swaths of land in Chile, which they donated to a new conservation area that will be three times the size of Yosemite and Yellowstone combined.

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Personal Journeys: Family, Meet My Old Love: Saigon

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:00:25 GMT

An alleyway in Saigon. Mayhem, a hidden-away vintage clothing store, is just around the corner.Twenty years after my first visit to the Vietnamese city, would the people I love most love the land I love most?

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Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: Spoilers

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 10:45:30 GMT

Knowing what’s going to happen can amplify the pleasure of the moviegoing experience.Knowing what’s going to happen can amplify the pleasure of the moviegoing experience.

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Want to Plan for Your Death and Funeral? Here’s How.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:45:01 GMT

Casket display at a funeral home in Manhattan.Pre-need funeral plans can be complicated, so here is a primer on everything you’ll need to know.

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Personal Health: The Importance of Infants’ Exposure to Micro-Organisms

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:46:53 GMT

Fewer scheduled cesarean deliveries and more breast-feeding could give babies more protective bacteria.

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What to Do With a Day Off

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:11:48 GMT

Step one: Give yourself permission to actually take the day off.

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Standing for 6 Hours Burns an Extra 54 Calories

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 16:57:56 GMT

You could lose over five pounds in a year by choosing to stand rather than sit — if you didn’t find other ways to make up for the calorie deficit.

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Phys Ed: Lift Weights, Eat More Protein, Especially if You’re Over 40

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 11:00:01 GMT

Eating more protein can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, a review of research found.

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Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:40:31 GMT

Glenda Jackson, taking a break from rehearsals for “Three Tall Women,” which will mark her return to Broadway after 30 years.After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”

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Essay: The Iceman Cometh Out

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:15 GMT

One of Marvel’s X-Men, Iceman, has finally accepted that he is gay in a comic book series that is breaking new ground for the genre.

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T Introduces: From Sign-Language Tutor to Lead Actress

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:15:58 GMT

Lauren Ridloff, who was born deaf, will star onstage opposite Joshua Jackson in “Children of a Lesser God” — her first major theater acting job.

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Trending: Most Sunscreens Can Harm Coral Reefs. What Should Travelers Do?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:14 GMT

Recent studies have led to a global push for more reef-safe sunscreens.Avoiding non-biodegradable sunscreen may be the one solution to coral bleaching travelers have the most immediate and direct influence over.

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By the Book: Kristin Hannah: By the Book

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:00:47 GMT

Kristin HannahThe novelist Kristin Hannah would like to discuss women’s history with Margaret Atwood, Hillary Clinton and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “Let’s face it, the Notorious R.B.G. is just plain cool.”

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Doctors Said Immunotherapy Would Not Cure Her Cancer. They Were Wrong.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:32:29 GMT

Oriana Sousa, 28, who lives in Marinha Grande, Portugal, had a rare, aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Traditional treatments failed, but with immunotherapy her tumors shrank so much that there is no evidence of disease.Scientists are racing to understand why immunotherapy drugs have worked for a few cancer patients when the medicines should have had no effect.

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Advertising: Google Chrome Now Blocks Irksome Ads. That’s a Good Thing, Right?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:32:07 GMT

When Google updated Chrome last week, it effectively banned some of the kinds of ads web users find most annoying.The brower’s latest update filters out pop-up ads and other annoyances. It also strengthens Google’s grip on the web.

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Out There: Astronomers’ Dark Energy Hopes Fade to Gray

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:36:56 GMT

A remnant from a Type 1A supernova observed in the Milky Way, one of the cosmic markers of how fast the universe is expanding. Observing exploding stars helped astronomers first discover the existence of dark energy nearly 20 years ago.The Wfirst project, which would have investigated the force of dark energy in the universe and searched for more planets, has been cut from NASA’s proposed budget.

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Personal Health: Contraception for Teenagers

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:00:01 GMT

Although teenage pregnancy rates have declined, too many teens still use birth control methods incorrectly or inconsistently.

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