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Arts and Antiquities Looting

Monteroduni Journal: Hundreds of Italy’s Churches Were Robbed of Artworks. This One Was Recovered.

The country’s 60,000 churches are a treasure trove of masterpieces and artifacts. Protecting them from theft while keeping them open to the public is no easy task.

Catalonia (Spain)

News Analysis: In Catalonia Crisis, Shared Blame for ‘a Difficult and Undesirable Situation’

Catalan separatists have flouted Spain’s Constitution, but Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has also allowed the conflict to spin dangerously out of control.


Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s Boogeymen? Women!

Trump attacks women and minorities on a personal and policy level.

United States International Relations

Editorial: America’s Forever Wars

How many foreign entanglements will the public tolerate, and why is Congress AWOL from this debate?

Sexual Harassment

Letters: The Chorus of ‘#MeToo’ From Women

Readers discuss the growing credibility of accusers, being the mother of a young actress, men’s role in eliminating the rape culture and more.


Fine Arts & Exhibits: The Aftermath of War, Seen Through Photographers’ Eyes

A show curated for the Harn Museum of Art in Florida explores the consequences of war in the Middle East. Two other museums have taken the exhibit.


Xi Jinping Pushes China’s Global Rise Despite Friction and Fear

Mr. Xi has enjoyed remarkable success expanding Chinese global influence, benefiting from President Trump’s election. But he is also facing pushback to his assertive approach to foreign policy.

Actors and Actresses

Review: 1 Actor, in 8 Roles, Wrestles Nuance From Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Strange Interlude’

David Greenspan’s performance in the 6-hour melodrama is masterful in its clarity and endurance.


Box Office: Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Tops Downbeat Weekend With $21.7 Million

LOS ANGELES ( - Tyler Perry has prevented a disaster at the box office with the opening of Lionsgate's comedy sequel "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" scaring up a solid $21.7 million at 2,388 North American locations.

Colleges and Universities

‘I Was Willing to Do Everything’: Mothers Defend Sons Accused of Sexual Assault

Some of the mothers met with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos before she changed the rules on how colleges should handle accusations.

Politics and Government

W.H.O. Rescinds ‘Good-Will Ambassador’ Appointment for Mugabe

A storm of criticism had greeted the appointment of the Zimbabwean leader this past week.

Catalonia, John Kelly, Donald Trump: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.


Ready, Set, Gone! The N.F.L.’s Disappearing Huddle.

For more than a century, the huddle has been one of the most defining fixtures of American football. But in today’s N.F.L., it’s slowly disappearing.


The New Washington: ‘The New Washington’: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Mr. Tillerson talked with Jason Zengerle about his most important diplomatic relationship — the one with President Trump — factoring the president’s tweets into foreign policy strategy and more.

Neruda, Pablo

Cancer Didn’t Kill Pablo Neruda, Panel Finds. Was it Murder?

Six years after Pablo Neruda’s driver claimed the Nobel laureate was poisoned, forensic experts agree on one fact: His death certificate was wrong.

Education (K-12)

Letters: Teenagers’ View of the News

We asked high school students to react to a recent Times article and got over 1,000 responses. Here are 20 of our favorites.

United States Politics and Government

News Analysis: Political Guardrails Gone, a President’s Somber Duty Skids Into Spectacle

The weeklong feud between President Trump and a Democratic congresswoman after a soldier’s death might never have happened had either side followed convention.


Brutal Killing of Journalist Exposes ‘Something Darker’ in Malta

Daphne Caruana Galizia enraged dozens of powerful people with investigations that exposed corruption. Virtually nobody expects her killing to be solved.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

Gray Matter: How Protest Works

To have lasting impact, a social movement requires action on multiple fronts.


Opinion: My Parents’ Country, in the Grip of the Shabab

This year, I felt compelled to travel to Mogadishu, the city of my father’s youth. Along the way, I saw order, puritanism, fear and villages without men.

O'Reilly, Bill

O’Reilly Settled New Harassment Claims, Then Fox Renewed His Contract

In January, the Fox News host was said to have agreed to a $32 million settlement with a former network analyst, the largest of his known payouts.

Elections, Senate

Conservatives, With Bannon’s Help, Look for Revenge in Mississippi

A brewing Republican vs. Republican fight could test whether the anti-incumbent insurgency backed by Stephen K. Bannon becomes a credible national movement.


Prime Minister Announces Spain Will Remove Catalonia’s Leader

Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced that he would seek to remove the leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, from office, after separatist drive.

Environmental Protection Agency

The E.P.A.’s Top 10 Toxic Threats, and Industry’s Pushback

The Environmental Protection Agency published a list of potential threats it would evaluate first under a new law. Interest groups are lining up in opposition.

Mugabe, Robert

W.H.O. Names Mugabe a ‘Good-Will Ambassador,’ and the World Balks

The decision outraged medical professionals, rights groups and others who took to social media to call it an “insult” and “a sick joke.”

Sexual Harassment

With...Susan Fowler: Uber’s Whistle-Blower Is Developing a Movie and Having a Baby

In her first interview since the essay that started a wave of sexual-harassment revelations, Susan Fowler tells her life story and looks to the future.

Xi Jinping

In China’s Coal Capital, Xi Jinping’s Dream Remains Elusive

Mr. Xi has promised a new “China dream” of prosperity. But in the nation’s hinterlands, locals say there’s a stark disconnect between the bright promises and their hardscrabble reality.

Women and Girls

Japan Ranks Low in Female Lawmakers. An Election Won’t Change That.

Fewer than one in five of the 1,180 candidates running in Sunday’s election for the lower house of parliament are women.

Trump's trouble with the truth

People who have worked with President Donald Trump in the past talk with CNN's Gloria Borger about his relationship with the truth.

3 weeks later, it still doesn't make any sense

Athena Castilla struggles to concentrate, the words slipping from her sentences as she tries to describe her sister, Andrea.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Op-Ed Contributor: The Silver Lining in Trump’s Health Care ‘Sabotage’

By cutting an insurers’ subsidy, the president may accidentally save many Americans money on health insurance.


Editorial: Abortion Ideologues Subvert a Woman’s Rights

With an argument as weak as it is brazen, the administration is fighting an undocumented immigrant who wants to end her pregnancy.

Colleges and Universities

Op-Ed Columnist: America’s Best University President

Robert Zimmer, head of the University of Chicago, makes the educator’s case for free speech.

New York Times

Readers React: Military Members and Their Families Respond to John Kelly’s News Conference

Despite the common connection, their reactions to Mr. Kelly’s speech were anything but unanimous: Some deplored his defense of the administration, while others insisted he was speaking as a true military man.

Sexual Harassment

After Harvey Weinstein’s Fall, Spotlight Finds His Brother

Bob Weinstein long operated in the shadow of his sibling, but is now scrambling to hold their company together while facing an uncertain future of his own.

United States Politics and Government

Trump’s America First Trade Agenda Roiled by Internal Divisions

America’s approach to global trade hangs in the balance as top advisers spar over fulfilling the president’s get-tough promises


'Dr. Doom', Marc Faber, removed from more boards after comments on race

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marc Faber, the markets prognosticator known as "Dr. Doom," has been dismissed from three more company boards after comments in his latest newsletter this week suggested the...


Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why We Don’t Vote With Our Wallets

Company boycotts are one of the few concrete ways we have to protest unethical corporate behavior.

New York Times

‘We Need to Instill a Respect for the Work of Human Hands’

Our top 10 comments of the week: Readers discussed lost factory jobs in Indiana, sexual harassment and adorable wolf pups.

Weinstein, Harvey

Listen: Why This Actress Returned to Weinstein’s Hotel Room

Erika Rosenbaum, a Canadian actress, said that Harvey Weinstein repeatedly used the lure of work to lead her into harrowing situations over a decade ago.

Secession and Independence Movements

Article 155: The ‘Nuclear Option’ That Could Let Spain Seize Catalonia

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy holds a cabinet meeting Saturday to decide on emergency measures for the independence-minded region.

Geostorm (Movie)

Review: In ‘Geostorm,’ Gerard Butler (and His Stubble) Save the Planet

In this action film, the world is threatened by a space-based weather-control system armed with ice, fire, hail and heavy rain.

White House stands by Trump, Kelly's comments

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says that it is unfortunate that President Donald Trump and White House chief of staff John Kelly's comments following the Niger ambush were misunderstood.


Wall St Weekahead-Recent hurricanes take toll on quarterly earnings

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - After raging over the southern United States and Puerto Rico, remnants of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are now dampening U.S. corporate profits.

Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Movie)

Review: A Case of Déjà Vu in ‘Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’

In this sequel that feels like a remake, all prospects for amusement are never even vaguely realized.


Art Review: Omer Fast’s Chinatown Installation Is a Misfire

Part of the artist’s current solo at James Cohan’s Chinatown space, “August,” reads as nasty condescension.


U.S. House to vote on non-nuclear Iran sanctions next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program and on Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah militia, senior House Republicans said on Friday, seeking to take a tough line against Iran without immediately moving to undermine the international nuclear deal.

Classical Music

Critic’s Notebook: Not Just ‘West Side Story’: Celebrating Bernstein’s Symphonies

In honor of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial, the New York Philharmonic is revisiting his three symphonies, which were often criticized in his lifetime.


METALS-Nickel hits six-week high as investors see wider deficits

* LME/ShFE arb: (Adds closing prices/details)

Goodall, Jane

A Word With: Jane Goodall’s Unparalleled Life, in Never-Before-Seen Footage

The primatologist is the subject of an intimate new documentary, with never-before-seen footage of her work among chimpanzees in Tanzania in the 1960s.

The fight over Trump's comments to a Gold Star family shows fundamental break with all Presidents before him

On Thursday night, following a day of back-and-forth over who said what in a phone call between the President of the United States and a military widow, President Donald Trump tweeted this: "The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson(D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!"


Fine Arts & Exhibits: An Auction Setup at Christie’s: First a Marathon, Then a Sprint

Go behind the scenes at Christie’s New York as workers prepare for the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction with goods worth millions of dollars.

United States Politics and Government

Congresswoman Accuses Kelly of Lying, Escalating Dispute Over Trump’s Condolence Call

Representative Frederica S. Wilson said John Kelly, the president’s chief of staff, lied by suggesting she had taken credit for obtaining funding for a federal building in Miami.


Britain's May wins Brexit reprieve, faces tough weeks ahead

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled Brexit talks on Friday, with European Union leaders signaling their readiness to move the negotiations forward in the coming months.

Mulherin, Joe (nothing,nowhere.)

nothing,nowhere. Blends Hip-Hop and Emo to Make Tomorrow’s Pop

Joe Mulherin is part of an emerging group of artists that is bridging the chasm between rap and rock. His debut is one of the most promising albums of the year.


UPDATE 6-Oil set for weekly loss as profit-taking outweighs Mideast strife

* Global refiners import U.S. oil to make up for OPEC cuts (Updates prices in paragraph 2)

Politics and Government

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s Sudden Star, Gets Set to Govern

A policy “geek” promising a fairer deal took over a foundering party and, at 37, rode progressives’ ardor to national power in a matter of weeks.


METALS-Nickel hits 6-week high as investors see wider deficits

* LME/ShFE arb: (Recasts, adds details/quote, updates prices, changes dateline)

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s Road to 2024

The Democratic Party has scarcely begun a serious reckoning with its defeat last year. It lives still in a coastal echo chamber of identity politics and Trump-bashing.


UPDATE 4-Oil set for weekly loss on profit-taking

* Global refiners import U.S. oil to make up for OPEC cuts (Updates throughout, adds comment, changes dateline from SINGAPORE)

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Rex Tillerson’s State Department

In just a few months, the secretary of state has fired or driven out many of the country’s most experienced diplomats.


Kenyan police say four people killed during opposition demonstrations in past two weeks

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's police said on Friday that four people had died as result of police intervention during opposition protests in the past two weeks, amid concerns violence will break out in next week's repeat presidential vote.

Labor and Jobs

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: How Amazon Took Seattle’s Soul

Cities used to be tied to geography: a river, a port, the lee side of a mountain range.


Op-Ed Columnist: The Trump Administration’s Power Over a Pregnant Girl

This is what happens when men who feel entitled to control women get power.

Noah, Trevor (1984- )

Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Isn’t Surprised That Trump Offended a Fallen Soldier’s Widow

Mr. Noah said, “I don’t think we should be surprised that Trump offended this family. We’ve all heard him speak: We’re offended every day.”


METALS-Nickel hits 6-week high as steel rallies in China

SYDNEY/MANILA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - London nickel futures jumped to a six-week high on Friday, supported by a rally in Chinese steel prices as investors looked to more production curbs in the world's top steel producer.

Politics and Government

China’s Party Congress Brings Crackdown on Critics, Nightclubs and Airbnb

Extremely tight security during an important Communist Party meeting reflects President Xi Jinping’s vision of an all-powerful government.


UPDATE 1-Singapore Airlines to finalise $13.8 bln Boeing order next week

* Deal announced in February, not in Boeing order book under airline's name

Text Messaging

Common Sense: My Smartphone Died, and I Didn’t Miss It. Well, Maybe a Little.

A trip to Italy with a dead smartphone resulted in some predictable withdrawal pains, but also provided welcome respite from the clutter of information.


METALS-Copper firmer, on track for fourth weekly rise

SYDNEY, Oct 20 (Reuters) - London copper nudged higher on Friday as some investors beefed up positions following overnight losses, and remained on track to post its fourth weekly rise even after retreating from three-year highs.


Japan’s Young Workers Get a Lift, and Its Leaders Profit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands to benefit in Sunday’s elections because wage growth and a tight job market have demoted the economy as a campaign issue.


Singapore Airlines to finalize $13.8 billion Boeing order next week

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Airlines Ltd said on Friday it will finalize an order for 39 Boeing Co aircraft worth $13.8 billion at list prices when Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visits Washington D.C. next week.


Review: In ‘Lonely Planet,’ Mismatched Friends and an Unnamed Plague

In a Keen Company revival of Steven Dietz’s play, the comic actors Arnie Burton and Matt McGrath trade quips to keep the fear at bay.


Review: A ‘Torch Song’ Burning With Emotion Behind the Laughs

Portraying mother and son in a fierce revival of Harvey Fierstein’s comedy, Mercedes Ruehl and Michael Urie are in peak form.


Singapore Airlines to finalise $13.8 bln Boeing order next week

* Deal announced in February but not yet in Boeing order book

Arts and Antiquities Looting

A Remnant from Caligula’s Ship, Once a Coffee Table, Heads Home

Investigators in Manhattan seized the mosaic from the home of a collector, asserting that it had been looted from Italy decades ago.


As ISIS’ Role in Syria Wanes, Other Conflicts Take the Stage

The Syrian war did not begin or end with the Islamic State. Who will control the cities and territories where ISIS was evicted is an open question.


Op-Ed Contributor: Lupita Nyong’o: Speaking Out About Harvey Weinstein

I don’t feel alone anymore. Let us never shut up about this.

International Trade and World Market

Bush Decries ‘Nationalism Distorted Into Nativism’

Former President George W. Bush defended free trade and railed against populist rhetoric in an implicit criticism of President Trump.


Trump concludes Fed chair interviews, could decide next week: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has concluded interviews with the five candidates he is considering to chair the Federal Reserve and could announce a decision as early as next week, a source familiar with the process said on Thursday.

Tarantino, Quentin

Tarantino on Weinstein: ‘I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did’

Quentin Tarantino says he knew about allegations against Harvey Weinstein and feels ashamed about not taking a stronger stand.


Opinion: McKayla Maroney Says, ‘Me Too.’ What Happens Next?

When the gold medalist Dominique Moceanu blew the whistle on abuse, she was iced out of gymnastics.


Lulu the Dog Did Not Want to Join the C.I.A., and That’s Totally Fine

Meet Lulu, the black Labrador and free spirit who bucked expectations and flunked out of the C.I.A.’s explosive detection “puppy class.”

United States Defense and Military Forces

Full Transcript: Kelly Defends Trump’s Handling of Soldier’s Death and Call to Widow

The White House chief of staff, a retired Marine general who lost his own son in battle, delivered an emotional statement.

Sexual Harassment

Harvey Weinstein: Hollywood’s Open Secret — and Punch Line

As Hollywood opened up about the alleged sexual harassment by Harvey Weinstein, our reporter found that the industry had been making references about him in TV shows and awards programs for years.

Women and Girls

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Dear Men: It’s You, Too

The least you could do is speak up about the horror of sexual violence, the lies that blame women and your complicity in all of it.

United States Politics and Government

Right and Left React to Trump’s Condolence Call Controversy

Read about how the other side thinks about the President’s interactions with gold star families.


Review: ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ Captures the Fierce AIDS Fight

This passionate historical drama from Robin Campillo follows young French activists through an emotional battle for respect and care.

Fashion and Apparel

‘Dear Helene: Could You Not Wear Beachwear on Sunday A.M. Talk Shows?’

The time our Pentagon correspondent’s mail was about a different sort of “arms” control.

Kelly Speaks About Son’s Death and Criticizes Congresswoman Wilson

John F. Kelly said he was stunned to see the criticism by a Democratic congresswoman after the president delivered a similar message to the widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: In ‘Righteous,’ a Stand-Up Sleuth Investigates His Brother’s Murder

Joe Ide’s follow-up to his award-winning debut novel, “IQ,” begins in the exact spot that story left off: in a junkyard with a car full of evidence.

United States Politics and Government

Congressional Memo: For the Senate’s Budget Blueprint, It’s Better Late Than Never

The Senate’s budget blueprint, while ostensibly an outline of federal spending and revenues, would allow a tax bill to be approved with only Republican votes.

Mahmud Ahmad

Key ISIS Operative in Philippines ‘Taken’ in Gunfight, President Says

Mahmud Ahmad had acted as a link to the group’s central command in Syria, helping funnel money and foreign fighters who ransacked a city in the south.

The Snowman (Movie)

Review: ‘The Snowman’ Is a Thrill-Free Thriller Tied in Knots

Michael Fassbender and other talented people wander through this leaden mess.

Bush, George W

Without Saying ‘Trump,’ George W. Bush Delivers an Implicit Rebuke

Former President George W. Bush defended immigration and free trade, while condemning nationalism, protectionism and “casual cruelty” in public discourse.


Review: At 100 Episodes, ‘The Walking Dead’ Is Walking in Circles

Entering its eighth season, with no end in sight, one of TV’s highest-rated series has forsaken terror for franchise building.

Women and Girls

State to Review Women’s Complaints About Branding in Secretive Group

In other fallout, a doctor who is accused of showing violent images to women as part of a study for the group has resigned from an Albany hospital.

Eyes and Eyesight

Ebola’s Legacy: Children With Cataracts

Cataracts usually afflict the old, but doctors in Africa have been shocked to find them in Ebola survivors as young as 5.


BRIEF-Boeing says 16 new orders for week through Oct 17

* Boeing says 16 new orders (unidentified customer(s) for 16 737s). In the changes category, reduced 737 orders by 16 for week through Oct 17 Further company coverage:


Review: ‘Wonderstruck,’ Todd Haynes’s Imitations of Life

Mr. Haynes’s lovely adaptation of Brian Selznick’s book centers on a girl in the 1920s and a boy in the ’70s whose lives are mysteriously connected.


Review: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

Yorgos Lanthimos’s follow-up to “The Lobster” is a family drama that doesn’t reach the same imaginative peaks of his earlier films.


BRIEF-Lyft says Alphabet’s CapitalG leads $1 bln round in Lyft

* Lyft says Alphabet's CapitalG leads $1 billion round in Lyft

Politics and Government

In the Running: She’s a Conservative Who Loves Cher. Could She Be New York’s Next Mayor?

The mayoral candidate faces long odds to unseat the Democrat incumbent, Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Gold Star mom: Families deserve to hear the truth

Karen Meredith, a Gold Star mother whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004, says the families of the four soldiers killed in Niger should know the truth about what happened to their loved ones.


Review: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Slowly Goes Where Dark TV Has Gone Before

Through its first five episodes, this moody series has some good ideas as it tries to adapt the franchise to the times. But it could use an energy boost.


Review: ‘Only the Brave’ Is an Inspiring Tale of Firefighter Sacrifice

This action drama from Joseph Kosinski — about the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott, Ariz. — offers some real feeling under a schematic surface.


Insurance a major factor in blacks’ higher breast cancer mortality

(Reuters Health) - African-American women have worse breast cancer survival than white women in the U.S., and a new study suggests that is largely because black women are less likely to have health insurance.

Historic Buildings and Sites

Picasso Murals Caught Up in Terrorist Attack’s Bitter Legacy

An Oslo building seen as a symbol of social democracy, and damaged in a deadly 2011 car bombing, is to be torn down, with its artworks relocated.

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Big Losses for ISIS

Its de facto capital is falling and its territory is shrinking. But is the Islamic State losing its war, or starting a new one?


EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks fall to 1-week low as China growth slows

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Slower Chinese growth crimped investor appetite for emerging market stocks on Thursday, which hit a one-week low after heavy losses in Asia spread to Europe, but currencies such as the rand and lira snapped a three-day losing streak.

Pop and Rock Music

Kelly Clarkson Is Nobody’s Puppet

She’s always been outspoken, honest and unfiltered. But now the singer is taking more control of her sound, with a new album, “Meaning of Life.”


Feature: The Superweirdo Behind ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

To revamp the most boring superhero in the Marvel pantheon, the company turned to an eccentric indie filmmaker from New Zealand. Will Americans like the view inside Taika Waititi’s head?

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Op-Ed Contributor: Automakers Shouldn’t Fight Emissions Standards

As top automakers commit to take on climate change, industry lobbyists are undermining fuel economy and emissions standards.

Rumors and Misinformation

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump Isn’t Hitler. But the Lying …

The president has manipulated the American people with outrageous lies.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Op-Ed Columnist: The F.B.I.’s Black Phantom Menace

A chilling report with echoes of the bureau’s persecution of black activists a half century ago talks of the threat from “black identity extremists.”


China’s Reform Hopefuls Watch for Names. Only One May Matter.

A leadership shuffle in the Communist Party could hint at its commitment to an economic overhaul, but Xi Jinping’s growing power may hinder that effort.


BRIEF-TechnipFMC to buy Plexus’ exploration wellhead business

* To acquire Plexus’s Wellhead exploration equipment and services business


Thirty years ago this week, Wall Street slid into the abyss

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thirty years ago, before heading to work at the New York Stock Exchange, Peter Kenny left his home in lower Manhattan and made a detour to the nearby Our Lady of Victory church to pray to St. Jude, the Roman Catholic patron saint of desperate and lost causes.


FEATURE-Thirty years ago this week, Wall Street slid into the abyss

NEW YORK, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Thirty years ago, before heading to work at the New York Stock Exchange, Peter Kenny left his home in lower Manhattan and made a detour to the nearby Our Lady of Victory church to pray to St. Jude, the Roman Catholic patron saint of desperate and lost causes.

Politics and Government

Europe’s Fastest-Growing Economy Could Be Headed for Trouble

Much of the growth in Romania is the product of a consumer bonanza, and economists worry that the good times cannot last given a lack of investment.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: With ‘La Belle Sauvage,’ Philip Pullman Begins a New Trilogy

The author of the “His Dark Materials” trilogy returns, with answers to the questions what happened first and what happens next.

Las Vegas, Nev, Shooting (October, 2017)

Home of the ‘Bump Stock’ Says, Don’t Blame Us for Las Vegas

Residents of Moran, Tex., depend heavily on the company whose products enable high-speed gunfire, and say a ban would be disastrous, and unconstitutional.

United States Politics and Government

Fallen Troops’ Families Tell of Meeting Presidents: Sympathy and Sometimes Discomfort

President Trump’s condolence call to the widow of a slain soldier was outside the usual range of encounters with presidents, wounded service members and families of those killed said.

Pain-Relieving Drugs

Op-Ed Columnist: ‘Drug Dealers in Lab Coats’

Big Pharma has helped get America hooked on opioids.

Sexual Harassment

Op-Ed Contributor: I Coined the Term ‘Sexual Harassment.’ Corporations Stole It.

A word that once promised revolution has been made business-friendly and bloodless. It’s time to reclaim it.


U.S. judge will likely rule next week on healthcare payments

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 18 (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge said on Wednesday he would likely issue a ruling next week on a request from several U.S. states to block President Donald Trump's decision to terminate cost-sharing payments to health insurance companies under Obamacare.

Fact Check

Fact Check: Calling Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments ‘a Bailout’ Is Misleading

President Trump has repeatedly called payments made to health insurers “a bailout” but they lower out-of-pocket costs for low-income people.

Muslims and Islam

2nd Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump’s New Travel Ban

Hours after a judge in Hawaii blocked most of President Trump’s order from taking effect, a judge in Maryland used somewhat different grounds to reach the same result.

Education (K-12)

Op-Ed Contributor: What’s Really Keeping Pakistan’s Children Out of School?

Since 2010, the government has more than doubled its education budget. But it has misdiagnosed the problem.

Virtual Reality (Computers)

Tech We’re Using: Pioneering Virtual Reality and New Video Technologies in Journalism

Marcelle Hopkins, deputy video editor and co-director of virtual reality, traces The Times’s push into V.R. and other visual technologies.

Area Planning and Renewal

Dream City?: Google’s Founders Wanted to Shape a City. Toronto Is Their Chance.

Here’s an opportunity to develop “the world’s first neighborhood built from the internet up,” but will humans be put first?

Defense and Military Forces

Congresswoman, Describing Call to Army Widow, Criticizes Trump for His Comments

“That is not what you say to a grieving widow,” congresswoman says of president’s comment that soldier “knew what he was signing up for.”

Puerto Rico's misery, four weeks after Maria, by the numbers

The misery never ceases. And for millions of people in Puerto Rico, the future holds little promise of hope.

Fashion and Apparel

Browsing: Who Doesn’t Like Being First?

Here’s how to get a jump on next season’s trends right now.

Documentary Films and Programs

Review: ‘Jane’ Is an Absorbing Trip Into the Wild With Jane Goodall

Brett Morgen’s documentary tells her story through footage of Ms. Goodall’s interactions with chimpanzees in what is now Tanzania.


Viacom, Charter deal to include eight networks in basic package: source

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc and Charter Communications Inc have agreed to a distribution deal that puts eight of Viacom's most popular networks in Charter's cheapest U.S. cable bundle, a source told Reuters on Wednesday.


UPDATE 2-Viacom, Charter deal to include eight networks in basic package -source

Oct 18 (Reuters) - Viacom Inc and Charter Communications Inc have agreed to a distribution deal that puts eight of Viacom's most popular networks in Charter's cheapest U.S. cable bundle, a source told Reuters on Wednesday.

Law and Legislation

Op-Ed Contributor: There’s No Good Decision in the Next Big Data Privacy Case

Congress, not the Supreme Court, should decide the fate of data held abroad.

Trump, Donald J

New Talks on Paris Climate Pact Are Set, and That’s Awkward for U.S.

International delegates will gather next month to discuss implementing the Paris agreement, and American negotiators will be there even though the United States has said it will quit the pact.


Art Review: A Bold Explorer Surfaces in ‘Wandering Lake’

Patty Chang’s show at the Queens Museum sees water as a metaphor for gender fluidity, migration and life.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Denies Telling Army Widow Her Husband ‘Knew What He Signed Up For’

A Democratic representative from Florida said she overheard a phone call the president made to the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, a Green Beret who was killed in an ambush in Niger.

Politics and Government

Xi Jinping’s Marathon Speech: Five Takeaways

President Xi Jinping of China gave a 205-minute speech to open the Communist Party congress. Here is what mattered.


BRIEF-Myriad Genetics’s supplementary PMA for BRACAnalysis CDx accepted by FDA for review

* Myriad’s BRACAnalysis CDx supplementary pma accepted by fda for review as a companion diagnostic for Lynparza (olaparib) in metastatic breast cancer

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Disappearing Factory Jobs

How President Trump’s promise of “America First” has met the realities of U.S. manufacturing.

Health Insurance and Managed Care

Public Health: Trump’s Attack on Insurer ‘Gravy Train’ Could Actually Help a Lot of Consumers

State regulators and insurers have found a way to funnel more federal money into the markets and protect consumers from big rate hikes.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: What’s the Matter With Republicans?

How the party of Trump became a liberal caricature.

Transgender and Transsexuals

Contributing Opinion Writer: Ireland’s Transition, and Mine

The country has come a long way on L.G.B.T.Q. rights since I was there in the 1990s.


News Analysis: After the Caliphate, What’s Next for ISIS? ISIS 2.0, Experts Say

With the fall of its capital and loss of territory, the Islamic State may be reeling but not vanquished.


‘The Walking Dead’ at 100: Still a Hit, but for How Much Longer?

As the zombie apocalypse drama returns for Season 8, the AMC series is looking to rebound from a stretch of storytelling shenanigans that alienated viewers.

Wildlife Sanctuaries and Nature Reserves

Op-Ed Contributors: Protect Alaska’s Last Great Wilderness From Oil Drilling

Republicans are using the budget process to invade the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Noah, Trevor (1984- )

Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Can’t Believe Republicans Still Let Trump Speak

Mr. Noah said that the president’s most recent news conference had “derailed,” and wondered “why Republicans insist on letting Donald Trump speak.”


Yankees 6, Astros 4 | Series tied, 2-2: Yankees Feast on the Astros’ Bullpen in a Comeback Victory

The Yankees were held to one hit through six innings but put together a rally against the Astros’ relievers and seized momentum in the series.


PRECIOUS-Gold prices inch up from one-week low

Oct 18 (Reuters) - Gold prices inched up on Wednesday from a one-week low with the dollar holding steady, but speculation that President Donald Trump might pick a policy hawk to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve weighed on the metal. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was up 0.1 percent to $1,286.10 an ounce at 0053 GMT. It hit a one-week low of $1,281.31 in the previous session. * U.S. gold futures for December delivery rose 0.2 percent at $1,288.3 per ounce. *


Elliott eligible to play for Cowboys this weekend, judge rules

(Reuters) - Ezekiel Elliott is eligible to play for the Dallas Cowboys this weekend following a court ruling on Tuesday, reported.

United States National Anthem Protests (2016- )

N.F.L. Owners Won’t Penalize Players for Kneeling During Anthem

The owners on Tuesday opted not to rewrite regulations to require standing for the anthem and met for hours with players to discuss supporting social causes.

Sexual Harassment

Women Denounce Harassment in California’s Capital

Women complained of groping, lewd comments and suggestions of trading sexual favors for legislation in Sacramento.

Trump, Donald J

Top General’s Grief Becomes Political Talking Point for Trump

President Trump is testing the reluctance of his chief of staff, John F. Kelly, to discuss the death of his son Second Lt. Robert Kelly, who died in combat in 2010.


UPDATE 2-'Dr. Doom' commentator Marc Faber faces backlash over race comments

NEW YORK/VANCOUVER, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Marc Faber, the Swiss investor based in Thailand, provoked a backlash from business television and investment management firms on Tuesday after comments in his latest newsletter suggested the United States had only prospered because it was settled by white people.

Sexual Harassment

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Yes, This Is a Witch Hunt. I’m a Witch and I’m Hunting You.

Sorry, Woody Allen. I know you hate rumor mills, but sometimes they’re our only recourse.


‘Come Out and Surrender’: Inside Raqqa, With the Fighters Who Drove Off ISIS

A New York Times photographer accompanied Kurdish fighters as they entered Raqqa, the Syrian city that had been a stronghold of the Islamic State.

News and News Media

Editorial: With a Journalist’s Murder in Malta, a Global Threat Grows

Powerful and corrupt leaders throughout the world have endangered forceful reporters like Daphne Caruana Galizia.


'Dr. Doom' commentator Marc Faber faces backlash over race comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marc Faber, the Swiss investor based in Thailand, provoked a backlash from business television and investment management firms on Tuesday after comments in his latest newsletter...


UPDATE 1-'Dr. Doom' commentator Marc Faber faces backlash over race comments

NEW YORK, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Marc Faber, the Swiss investor based in Thailand, provoked a backlash from business television and investment management firms on Tuesday after comments in his latest newsletter suggested the United States had only prospered because it was settled by white people.

Sexual Harassment

Harvey Weinstein, Fired on Oct. 8, Resigns From Company’s Board

Mr. Weinstein submitted his resignation during a meeting with the company’s remaining board members, who had convened to affirm his earlier firing.


New Flight for a New ‘Butterfly’

David Henry Hwang has reworked his gender-blurring, career-launching Tony-winning play to assure that it feels “resonant with the culture today.”


Critic’s Notebook: Bodies in Pain, Protest and Resistance

Works from the Belarus Free Theater and the Freedom Theater explore the drama of confronting authority.

United States Defense and Military Forces

Op-Ed Columnist: Trump’s Self-Absorption on War Deaths

Like the rich couple in “The Great Gatsby,” the president is exceedingly careless about just about everyone except himself — including slain solders.

Writing and Writers

Book News: George Saunders Wins the Man Booker Prize for ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Mr. Saunders is the second consecutive American writer to win the Man Booker Prize.

Man Booker Prize

Op-Ed Contributor: The Booker Prize’s Bad History

It’s an award funded by the labor of enslaved people.

Books and Literature

Books of The Times: A Graphic Novelist’s Passionate Anatomy of New York

Julia Wertz’s majestic portrait of the city is a collection of dramatic streetscapes and hidden histories.

Executive Orders and Memorandums

Judge Temporarily Halts New Version of Trump’s Travel Ban

Hours before a ban on most travel from seven countries was to take effect, a federal judge in Hawaii halted its enforcement while the ban’s opponents challenge it in court.

United States National Anthem Protests (2016- )

Op-Ed Contributrors: The Law Is on the N.F.L. Players’ Side

Stifling the protests would be illegal.


Review: Warming Up to the Frozen North in ‘Alaxsxa / Alaska’

Ping Chong creates a deceptively warm multimedia production about a very cold place.


Alexei Ratmansky’s Elective Affinity, Musically Speaking

Mr. Ratmansky keeps returning to Leonid Desyatnikov’s music. The two talked about their new work, Ukraine, their Jewish backgrounds and their Soviet upbringings.

Analysis: 9 things Trump didn't tell the truth about on Monday

President Donald Trump is setting a historic pace for mistruths during his time in office. Through his first 263 days in office -- which covers through October 9 -- Trump has made 1,318 false or misleading claims, according to a count maintained by The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog.


5 ‘Psycho’ Surprises: Inside the Most Familiar Scene in Movies

A new documentary examines Hitchcock’s film from various angles. Did you know Scorsese modeled a fight sequence in “Raging Bull” on the shower scene?


You’ve Heard of Tennessee Whiskey? Meet New York State Rye

Several craft distillers have banded together to create Empire Rye, an appellation they hope will help them break from the pack of new craft whiskeys.

Classical Music

As Geffen Hall’s Renovation Stumbles, Cincinnati Shows the Way

Reopening after a $143 million renovation, which removed a thousand seats, Cincinnati’s stately Music Hall offers a model for Lincoln Center.


Google’s Pixel 2 Smartphone Is a Powerful Extravagance

Google’s new Pixel 2 phone is clearly impressive, according to our reviewer. But whether that makes the device worth buying is another matter.

California Today

California Today: California Today: Reporting on Wildfires Felt ‘Like a Country at War’

Tuesday: A Times reporter digs out his satellite phone, San Diego courts Amazon, and how fire retardant works.


Review: The Crushed Romanticism of Philippe Garrel’s ‘L’Enfant Secret’

A film that opened in Paris in 1979 finally surfaces in the United States.


Philippine City Declared ‘Liberated’ From Terrorists After Months of Fighting

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines declared Marawi free from “terrorist influence” on Tuesday after two militant leaders were killed a day earlier.

Documentary Films and Programs

Review: With ‘The Paris Opera,’ a Peek Behind the Curtain

At its most fun, this documentary functions as a stealth backstage chronicle.

The Daily

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty

Donald Trump called the Army sergeant a “dirty rotten traitor” for leaving his base in Afghanistan in 2009.

Colleges and Universities

On Campus: College Advice I Wish I’d Taken

I’m a teacher now, but as an undergraduate, I was the type of mediocre student I now disdain.

Kimmel, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Kicks Off a Week of Shows in Brooklyn

Mr. Kimmel was joined by Paul Shaffer, Amy Schumer and other prominent guests on his first broadcast of the week from his hometown.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: ‘Riot Days’: A Memoir of Punk Protest and Prison Activism

Maria Alyokhina, a member of Pussy Riot, tells her story in her prison memoir.

Sexual Harassment

Harvey Weinstein’s Fall Opens the Floodgates in Hollywood

With women in the entertainment industry leading the discussion, talk of sexual harassment floods social media.

Hurricane Irma (2017)

911 Calls From Nursing Home Where Residents Died: ‘Oh My God, This Is Crazy’

The police in Hollywood, Fla., released 911 calls from a nursing home under investigation after some of its residents died in the post-hurricane heat.

Kurz, Sebastian (1986- )

The Swift Rise of Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s 31-Year-Old New Leader

Mr. Kurz, who began in politics as a teenager, is on track to become the world’s youngest head of government.

United States Politics and Government

Right and Left React to Bannon’s Harsh Words for McConnell

Writers from across the political spectrum on the continuing rifts inside the Republican Party.

Race and Ethnicity

Op-Ed Contributor: Tech’s Troubling New Trend: Diversity Is in Your Head

If the goal can be achieved by hiring a group of 12 white male employees, you can guess who will remain left out.

Politics and Government

Editorial: In Election, Austria’s Nazi Past Raises Its Head

The victorious People’s Party needs to reject a coalition with a party with ties to the Third Reich.

Deaths (Fatalities)

Trump Falsely Claims Obama Didn’t Contact Families of Fallen Soldiers

President Trump’s assertion belied a long record of meetings his predecessor, Barack Obama, held with the families of killed soldiers, as well as calls and letters.


Critic’s Notebook: Why the Obamas’ Portrait Choices Matter

The Obamas have chosen Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald: one established artist, one on her way.

Trump, Donald J

Trump Says He’ll Consider Pulling Drug Czar Nomination

As a congressman, Tom Marino, the president’s choice to lead the drug policy office, championed legislation to undercut enforcement efforts against the drug industry.


As U.S. Confronts Internet’s Disruptions, China Feels Vindicated

It censors online expression, but it has also taken a hard line against fake news, hacking and deception.

Game of Thrones: The Rock Musical -- An Unauthorized Parody (Play)

Review: Hello, Hodor! A ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical Spoof

This spirited riff on the long-running HBO hit displays affection for its subject, tempered with a keen eye for its shortcomings.


Trump says administration to make opioid announcement next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that his administration would likely make an announcement next week on the opioid crisis, which a White House commission suggested should be declared a national emergency.


Stephen Sondheim, Theater’s Greatest Lyricist

Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks to the man who has consistently remade the American musical over his 60-year career — and who is trying to surprise us one more time.