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North Carolina Strikes a Deal to Repeal Restrictive Bathroom Law

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:55:02 GMT

Protesters in Raleigh, N.C., last year expressed opposition to a law that they said allowed discrimination against transgender people. The law led some businesses to boycott the state.The law had elicited an outcry from liberals and businesses that said it allowed discrimination against transgender individuals.

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Repeal of Bathroom Law Could Be Boon for North Carolina Sports Fans

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:27:04 GMT

The North Carolina Tar Heels after winning their region in the N.C.A.A. men’s tournament on Sunday in Memphis. Coach Roy Williams, left, has been outspoken in opposing the state law known as House Bill 2.The law, which curbed protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, had led sports organizations such as the N.C.A.A. to cancel events in the state.

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U.S. War Footprint Grows in Middle East, With No Endgame in Sight

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:59:03 GMT

Civilians in Mosul waited for aid this month. American forces have stepped up airstrikes in support of Iraqi forces’ fight for the city.Two months after President Trump took office, indications are mounting that the military is deepening its involvement in complex wars that lack clear outcomes.

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Rex Tillerson to Lift Human Rights Conditions on Arms Sale to Bahrain

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:37:30 GMT

A demonstration last month in Sitra, Bahrain, marking the sixth anniversary of major protests in the country. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson has decided to lift all human rights conditions on a sale of F-16 fighter jets and other arms to Bahrain.The decision could mend a rift with a critical Middle East ally, but it is bound to be read by other nations in the region as a sign the administration will ease human rights demands.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Leaders Vow Thorough Russian Investigation

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:48:29 GMT

Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina, right, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat, updated reporters about their ongoing investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Wednesday.The top Republican and Democrat on the committee pledged to forge ahead, while seeking to distance themselves from the troubled House inquiry.

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Beginning ‘Brexit’ and Bracing for Impact

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:01:16 GMT

Prime Minister Theresa May signing the letter laying out Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. The delivery of that letter to Brussels on Wednesday formally began the process.Months after the vote to leave the European Union, Britain is beginning the process, and the economic consequences are likely to be significant.

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U.K. Initiates ‘Brexit’ and Wades Into a Thorny Thicket

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:30:55 GMT

A supporter of British membership in the European Union in London on Saturday, just days before the British government officially notified the European Union of its intention to withdraw from the bloc.Prime Minister Theresa May gave notice of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, kicking off a two-year negotiation steeped in peril for both sides.

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Coal Mining Jobs Trump Would Bring Back No Longer Exist

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:07:35 GMT

Coal miners in Welch, W.Va., in Appalachia. The coal industry has been replacing workers with machines and explosives.The jobs the president alluded to — hardy miners in mazelike tunnels with picks and shovels — have become vestiges of the past.

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China Poised to Take Lead on Climate After Trump’s Move to Undo Policies

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:52:00 GMT

Burning coal at an unauthorized steel factory in Inner Mongolia in November. China consumes as much coal as the rest of the world combined.For years, the United States pushed China to commit to limiting its use of fossil fuels. The countries now look likely to switch roles.

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Ivanka Trump, Shifting Plans, Will Become a Federal Employee

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:04:39 GMT

Ivanka Trump during a meeting with female small-business owners at the White House on Monday.The president’s elder daughter had drawn criticism from ethics experts after saying she would serve as an informal adviser to her father.

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No Deal Between Kushners and Chinese Company Over Fifth Avenue Skyscraper

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:49:04 GMT

666 Fifth Avenue on Wednesday. The Kushners paid a record-setting $1.8 billion for the tower in 2007.A $4-billion deal to invest in a Manhattan building owned by the family of Trump’s son-in-law has fallen apart.

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Hawaii Judge Extends Order Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:04:47 GMT

Douglas Chin, Hawaii’s attorney general, during a news conference this month in Honolulu.The judge, Derrick Watson of Federal District Court, issued the longer-lasting hold on the ban just hours after hearing arguments.

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Stepping Out, Melania Trump Honors Women Affected by Bias and Abuse

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:13:30 GMT

Melania Trump, the first lady, presented an award to Fadia Najib-Thabet of Yemen at the State Department in Washington on Wednesday.In a rare speech, she challenged a State Department audience to put themselves in the shoes of women — victims of domestic abuse, gender bias, or violence — who have fought injustice.

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Betsy DeVos Calls for More School Choice, Saying Money Isn’t the Answer

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:12:24 GMT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos answering questions from Russ Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution on Wednesday.In a speech at the Brookings Institution, the education secretary rejected the notion that money was a panacea for the challenges facing public schools.

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What the Repeal of Online Privacy Protections Means for You

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:49:01 GMT

The overturning of new privacy rules probably won’t make much difference because internet service providers have always been permitted to monitor network traffic, see what websites users visit and share some of that information with advertisers.Now that internet providers will not have to get permission to collect and sell customers’ online information, how will that affect privacy online?

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E.P.A. Chief, Rejecting Agency’s Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 03:47:38 GMT

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, on Tuesday. Mr. Pruitt rejected a petition filed a decade ago by two environmental groups asking that the agency ban all uses of chlorpyrifos.E.P.A. scientists had concluded that exposure to the chemical, chlorpyrifos, which has been in use since 1965, was potentially causing significant health consequences.

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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:01:11 GMT

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Feature: Those Indecipherable Medical Bills? They’re One Reason Health Care Costs So Much.

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:02 GMT

Hospitals have learned to manipulate medical codes — often resulting in mind-boggling bills.

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How to Get Cheap Tickets to Broadway Shows (Even ‘Hamilton’)

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:41:17 GMT

Lin-Manuel Miranda addressed the crowd waiting for the “Hamilton” lottery to be drawn outside the Richard Rodgers Theater in 2015.From lotteries to apps, there are several easy ways to score inexpensive tickets to a show. Even one about a certain former Treasury secretary.

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Tech We're Using: He Turned His Home Into a Reality Television Show

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:00:20 GMT

Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times’s technology columnist, at home. He has installed cameras around his home to capture charming moments from his children’s lives.The Times’s tech columnist, Farhad Manjoo, grapples with technology’s shortcomings yet embraces it to an extreme degree at home.

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Little Sign of a ‘Trump Bump’ in the Economic Forecast

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:50:49 GMT

Valdese Weavers in Burke County, N.C., is hiring, but can’t always find the right employees. “We could train an undereducated person in the past,” its chief executive, Michael Shelton, said. “But the textile industry has changed, and we need a higher level of competence in computers and math for specific skills.”Despite upbeat sentiment among consumers and investors in the new year, actual growth estimates are modest for the quarter and beyond.

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Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results.

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:04:37 GMT

JP Morgan Chase began limiting its display ads to preapproved websites to avoid proximity to content like fake news and offensive videos.The bank found that limiting its advertising to preapproved hosts, to avoid proximity to fake news or offensive videos, did not hurt its visibility.

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Sports of The Times: Facing Congress, Some Sports Officials (Not All) Begin to Confront Sexual Abuse

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:36:59 GMT

The former gymnast Jamie Dantzscher listened to testimony from Jessica Howard, a former national champion in rhythmic gymnastics, at a congressional hearing about sexual abuse on Tuesday.A doctor is accused of molesting dozens of young gymnasts. Now a senator is calling for an investigation into “who knew what and when.”

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Anti-Abortion Activists Charged in Planned Parenthood Video Case

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:39:47 GMT

David R. Daleiden at a hearing in Houston in 2016. California prosecutors say he violated the state’s privacy law by secretly recording videos in an attempt to discredit abortion providers.California prosecutors say some of the videos, which were edited conversations with abortion providers that the activists secretly recorded, violated the state’s privacy law.

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Texas TV: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:45:13 GMT

A scene from the Texas-based “King of the Hill.”“The Son” is the latest show set in the Lone Star State. Here’s a look at some past series that were set there.

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2 Christie Allies Are Sentenced in George Washington Bridge Scandal

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:04:47 GMT

Bill Baroni on Wednesday outside the federal courthouse in Newark after his sentencing to a two-year term.Bill Baroni, a former Port Authority official, and Bridget Anne Kelly, Gov. Chris Christie’s deputy chief of staff, were convicted of conspiracy for closing lanes on the bridge.

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Google’s Claim Against Former Executive Could Help Uber in Driverless-Car Lawsuit

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 01:00:15 GMT

Anthony Levandowski, a founder of Otto, at the company’s offices in San Francisco in May 2016.Uber disclosed Google’s claim against Anthony Levandowski to support its request for arbitration in an intellectual property fight.

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Samsung, After Combustible Galaxy Note 7, Unveils New Smartphone

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:26:37 GMT

Attendees wait in line in New York on Wednesday for a Samsung media event, where the company introduced a new smartphone.Hoping to overcome a troubled year, the company revealed the Galaxy S8 smartphone with a large 5.8-inch screen and a virtual assistant, Bixby.

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Attacks Against African Students Rise in India, Rights Advocates Say

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:49:08 GMT

Indian police officers and onlookers surrounded African men at a shopping mall in Greater Noida on Monday.The assaults follow several episodes of violence against Africans in recent years, raising questions about racial attitudes in India.

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E.U. Blocks Merger of London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:25:06 GMT

The $30 billion merger of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse would have created Europe’s largest stock market operator.The decision came after the London exchange said it was unwilling to sell a bond trading platform to appease regulators.

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Few Entrances, and Sometimes, No Exit

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:20:47 GMT

Ride along as a New Yorker in a wheelchair explains why more people with disabilities don’t take the train.

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Park Geun-hye Appears in South Korean Court, Facing Possible Arrest

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:46:57 GMT

South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, leaving her home in Seoul for a courthouse hearing on Thursday. Whether she can return home or will be locked up in a jail will probably be known by early Friday.Park Geun-hye attended a court hearing on Thursday that will decide whether she should be arrested on criminal charges, including bribery and extortion.

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13 Killed in Texas as Church Bus and Pickup Truck Collide

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:13:46 GMT

A church bus crashed with a pickup truck in Texas and killed 12 people on Wednesday.The head-on collision, which occurred about 100 miles west of San Antonio, killed nearly everyone aboard the bus.

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Memo From Taiwan: As Power Wanes, Kuomintang Struggles to Hang On in Taiwan

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:56:33 GMT

Tourists at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, in Taipei, last year. Chiang was the leader of the Kuomintang, which fled to Taiwan after being defeated by Mao Zedong’s Communists.The party that once ruled China now looks to stay relevant in Taiwan politics — a situation with implications for Beijing and Washington.

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Judge Seeks to Clarify Rudy Giuliani’s Role on Gold Trader’s Team

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:22:29 GMT

Reza Zarrab, 33, was arrested a year ago on a trip to Miami and sent to Manhattan to face a charge that he had conspired to violate sanctions on Iran.The hiring of Mr. Giuliani and Michael B. Mukasey has added intrigue to a case that had already emerged as a sharp point of dispute between Turkey and the United States.

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Top Amateur Picks College Over L.P.G.A. Qualifying School

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:18:31 GMT

Hannah O’Sullivan, the world’s No. 2 female amateur player, will become a freshman at Duke this fall. She said she realized that “a college experience is really important, and I didn’t really see the reason to push past that.”Hannah O’Sullivan, the world’s No. 2 female amateur, has decided to attend Duke instead of pursuing professional golf full time.

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Valeant Bet Was a ‘Huge Mistake,’ Hedge Fund Chief Ackman Says

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:53:06 GMT

The billionaire hedge fund manager William A. Ackman says his investment in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has “damaged the record of success of our firm.”In a rare moment of contrition, the billionaire hedge fund manager William Ackman apologized for an investment that cost his investors $4 billion.

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Heads Up: An Unassuming Tokyo Enclave Is Having Its Moment

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 04:01:02 GMT

A garden-filled back street of the Tomigaya neighborhood.Tomigaya, with its low-rise silhouette, is chockablock with matcha-meets-macaron cafes, Instagram-ready shops and unmistakably Japanese gastro pubs.

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William Powell, ‘Anarchist Cookbook’ Writer, Dies at 66

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:58:04 GMT

William Powell, as seen in the documentary “American Anarchist.”The author was an angry teenager when he began research on the book, which outlined weapon use, bomb-building techniques and drug manufacturing.

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Books of The Times: ‘Richard Nixon,’ Portrait of a Thin-Skinned, Media-Hating President

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:22:02 GMT

President Nixon during a televised news conference in April 1969.This elegant and sympathetic biography by John A. Farrell arrives as a current president makes comparisons unavoidable.

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