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Nadal holds court before prospects battle in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Top seed Rafael Nadal will expect to continue his smooth progress into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday before Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov meet in a battle royal of potential as yet unfulfilled.


Endangered orangutan shot before being decapitated in Indonesia

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A critically endangered Bornean orangutan found dead in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Monday died three days earlier from air rifle wounds before it was decapitated, Indonesia's Centre for Orangutan Protection said.

Bicycles and Bicycling

Modern Love: The Bike That Saved My Life

Saddled with a run-down house, a faltering marriage and a vanishing bank account, a woman takes to her two-wheeler.

WSJ: Cohen paid porn star through private LLC created just weeks before election

Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, President Donald Trump's lawyer formed a private LLC to pay a former porn star in exchange for not speaking publicly about an alleged sexual encounter with the then-candidate, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.


Review: The Ghosts of Michael Brown, in ‘Until the Flood’

Dael Orlandersmith’s new play explores the lives — both black and white — left behind in the wake of the 2014 police shooting in Ferguson.

With wedding on a plane, Pope Francis reclaims love from its emoji status

This Is Cinerama (Movie)

Long Before Imax, the Curious Tale of Cinerama

The Museum of Modern Art is screening digital restorations of the format that paved the way for wide-screen films.


Trump's ex-aide Bannon to appear again before House intelligence panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House strategist Steve Bannon was expected to return on Thursday to testify before the House of Representatives' intelligence committee, two days after refusing to answer questions about his time with the Trump administration or the transition period leading to it.


On Stage Was Springsteen, in the Audience, Chris Christie

In his first night out as a private citizen, Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, headed into New York City to catch a show by his idol, Bruce Springsteen.

Stocks: 4 things to know before the bell


U.S. investors' love affair with bonds unshaken by rising yields

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors stampeded into bonds and world stocks during the latest week, ignoring warning signs about stretched prices, according to the Investment Company Institute...

Report: Bannon had a 'slip-up' before panel

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon refused to tell the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday about his time at the White House, with the exception of one major "slip-up," the website Axios reported.

Opinion: Love and Washington don't mix

I do not believe love is the answer. I want to. But love, American style, is the kind of love I can live without. Like everything else in our culture, love has become politicized.


Pennsylvania court could order new congressional map before 2018 midterms

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices on Wednesday grilled a lawyer who defended the way state congressional districts are apportioned, a design opponents have challenged as illegally skewed to benefit Republicans who hold 13 of its 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Man stabbed before Atletico Madrid game: emergency services

MADRID (Reuters) - A 22-year-old man was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after being stabbed near Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium before a King's Cup game between Atletico and Sevilla on Wednesday, emergency services said.


Fighting for Native Americans, in Court and Onstage

In her new play “Sovereignty,” Mary Kathryn Nagle brings together her legal activism and her family history.


New York Has Its ‘Jerry Springer’ Moment, With Arias and Dancing

With a reality TV star in the White House and ’90s nostalgia in full flower, the controversial 2003 musical about the famed talk show host arrives.

Taxicabs and Taxicab Drivers

Rome Journal: For Rome’s Taxi Drivers, Lessons in Courtesy and Cultural Savvy

A six-week course aims to turn the city’s taxi drivers into good-will ambassadors by teaching them hospitality, excellence and useful Chinese and Arabic phrases.


UPDATE 1-Slovenian banks reduce bad loans to 4.4 pct of total loans

LJUBLJANA, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Slovenian banks reduced loans on which repayment was delayed by 90 days or more to 1.5 billion euros ($1.83 billion) in November, representing 4.4 percent of all loans, down from 4.6 percent the previous month, the central bank said on Wednesday.

Stocks: 6 things to know before the bell

Fox News shelved Stormy Daniels-Trump story before election


UPDATE 1-Britain's RBS pulled plug on Carillion days before collapse

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Carillion collapsed only days after Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), one of the British group's main lenders, tightened the terms of its funding, court documents show.

Manafort, Gates trial could come days before midterms

The midterm elections this year might be haunted by allegations of Russian meddling in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, after a federal judge said Tuesday that Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates may face their criminal trial just before November.

Stocks: 5 things to know before the bell

Jews and Judaism

Op-Ed Contributor: Can a Jew Love France?

The country my family continues to dream of no longer exists for people like us. Maybe it never did.

These are the texts people sent to loved ones during the Hawaii missile alert

Hawaiian residents and vacationers spent 38 horrific minutes preparing for an incoming ballistic missile and possible death on Saturday, until the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency corrected a false alarm message.


Review: Hipsters Double-Check Their Privilege in ‘Cute Activist’

A new comedy at the Bushwick Starr satirizes 20-somethings, gentrifiers, landlords and activists. In other words, Bushwick.


Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born"

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.


London attacker took steroids before deadly rampage, inquest told

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The man who mowed down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before killing a police officer outside Britain's parliament last year had taken steroids beforehand, a London court heard on Monday.


Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria 'before it's even born'

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.

Deaths (Obituaries)

Doug Harvey, Hall of Fame Umpire Whom Players Called God, Dies at 87

Harvey was considered firm and fair during a 31-season career spent entirely in the National League. He worked five World Series and six All-Star Games.


Review: A Fantasy Town Builds a Wall Against Time in ‘Ballyturk’

Enda Walsh’s wild cosmic farce, in which two men act out the life of a fantasy village, finds the aching emptiness in words, words, words.


Review: Risk-Taking New Opera Tells a Tragic 1950s Gay Love Story

In “Fellow Travelers,” a story of persecuted gay love during the 1950s, the composer Gregory Spears demonstrates how to be original.

Rep. Mia Love, the first Haitian-American elected to Congress, told CNN: 'I can't defend the indefensible'

Republican Rep. Mia Love deplored President Donald Trump for reportedly criticizing immigrants coming to the United States from what he called "shithole countries."

Mia love: I am the American dream

Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) shares her family's experience emigrating from Haiti, which give her an opportunity to be the first Haitian-American elected to the US Congress.


New U.S. sanctions attempt to influence Russia before election: Tass

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A new round of U.S. sanctions expected against Moscow is an attempt to influence Russia's domestic affairs ahead of a presidential election, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Saturday.


Las Vegas gunman emailed about bump stocks months before rampage: documents

(Reuters) - Three months before killing 58 people and wounding more than 500 in Las Vegas last October, the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history sent emails discussing buying bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic rifles fire hundreds of rounds a minute, media reports on unsealed search warrants showed.

Personal Finances

Your Money Adviser: Pay Down Those Credit Cards, Before Rates Rise Further

With the holidays behind us, now is the moment to wipe out balances — before interest rates continue their climb.

Chris Matthews apologizes for making comment about 'Bill Cosby pill' before interviewing Hillary Clinton

Tapper: You know who loved Trump's comments?

CNN's Jake Tapper compares reactions to President's Trump "shithole countries" remarks following the President's tweeted denial.


Critic’s Notebook: How to Listen to Rock ’n’ Roll in a Theater

Rock is underexplored onstage, but two Under the Radar shows, “How to Be a Rock Critic” and “The Hendrix Project,” grapple with its transformative power.


Review: Who Am I? ‘Panorama’ Says There Is No Easy Answer

In this multimedia, multidimensional performance piece, the boundaries of race, gender and ethnicity blur into a shifting pageant of identity.

Fashion and Apparel

On the Runway: Is the Fashion Wearables Love Affair Over?

Judging by the Consumer Electronics Show, the answer may be yes.

Dating and Relationships

Modern Love: For Best Hookup Results, Use Your Words, O.K.?

How physical desire, fake flattery and a vanishing act can make casual sex anything but casual.


Review: Surprise Lessons From John Lithgow’s ‘Stories by Heart’

In a touching tribute to his father and the tradition of reading aloud, Mr. Lithgow recites two classic tales of deception and comeuppance.


Missouri prosecutor to probe Missouri governor over affair

(Reuters) - The top prosecutor in St. Louis said on Thursday she will investigate the actions of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens after he admitted an extramarital affair with a woman before his election in November 2016, but then denied that he tried to blackmail her to keep it a secret.

What the mudslides did to Montecito: Before and after

The mud came in an instant and swept away everything in its path. Trees, homes, vehicles, even people -- nothing was spared from the rapidly flowing mud's wrath.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Brent hits $70/bbl before retreating; equities rise with energy

* Brent oil hits $70/bbl during session, highest since Nov 2014 (Updates with U.S. markets' closing levels)


Bannon to appear before Congress committee for Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will be interviewed next week by a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.


Missouri legislators seek probe of governor over affair

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said he had an extramarital affair with a woman before his election in November 2016 but denied a local television report that he tried to blackmail her to keep their relationship a secret.

Greitens, Eric

Gov. Eric Greitens of Missouri Admits Affair but Denies Threats

Mr. Greitens called the extramarital relationship before he was elected governor “a deeply personal mistake,” but denied threatening the woman with retribution if it was exposed.

Trump called FISA controversial and said it was used to attack him before saying lawmakers should back it

Trump tweet complicates a key vote on surveillance


Missouri governor admits to extramarital affair before taking office

(Reuters) - Missouri Governor Eric Greitens said he had an extramarital affair before his election in November 2016 after a St. Louis television station aired a recording of a woman confessing to a sexual encounter with him to her now ex-husband.

Gov. admits to affair but not blackmail allegation

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens admitted to having an extramarital affair, but denied blackmailing the woman with a nude photo, which was alleged to have been taken without her consent.

An Ending for a Love Story

Kenneth and Peter were together for 59 years, a rarity in their world. And when Peter died, Kenneth was ready for that last Champagne and caviar.


Turkey summons U.S. charge d'affaires over Syria: Turkish sources

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Wednesday summoned a top U.S. diplomat in Ankara to protest Washington's support of a Kurdish militia in Syria, sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, the latest in a long-standing disagreement between the NATO allies.


Review: Dancing to Destruction in Enda Walsh’s Fierce ‘Disco Pigs’

This harrowing and exhilarating revival, featuring an inexhaustible cast of two, summons the agonies and ecstasies of being 17 in a blighted Irish town.


Adrienne Kennedy, Playwright: Still Quiet, Still Bold, Still Furious

Her new Jim Crow-era play, “He Brought Her Heart Back in Box,” shows that even late in an influential career, she’s not mellowing.


Lobsters must be comfortably numb before cooking: Swiss government

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland has banned the common culinary practice of throwing fresh lobsters into boiling water as part of an overhaul of its animal protection rules.


Exclusive: Saudi Aramco working to raise cheap loans before IPO - banking sources

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco is working to secure billions of dollars in cheap loans from banks seeking to strengthen their ties with the oil giant before its stock listing, banking and export credit agency (ECA) sources said.


John Lithgow, on Barnstorming His Way to Broadway

For nine years, this actor has taken his one-man show on the road like a “time-warp vaudevillian.” What did he learn along the way?


Critic’s Notebook: In Solo Shows, Lip-Syncing ‘Hamlet’ and Investigating Home Movies

At the 14th Under the Radar festival, artists working with found audio and video stretch the boundaries of theater.


BRIEF-CME Group Says Agricultural Producers Indicated Reduced Optimism Heading Into 2018



Review: In ‘Mankind,’ Men Are Men and Women Are Extinct

Robert O’Hara’s latest satire takes on too many targets as it imagines a future world in which men still ruin everything.


House Foreign Affairs Chair Royce latest Republican leaving Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce said on Monday he will not run for a 14th term representing his southern California district, a seat that could be a key to Democratic efforts to win back control of the House of Representatives.

House Foreign Affairs chair won't seek re-election

California Republican Rep. Ed Royce, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will not seek re-election in November, he announced Monday.


House Foreign Affairs Chairman Royce will not run for re-election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Ed Royce of California, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Monday he will not run for re-election in November.


Review: In ‘Unexploded Ordnances,’ It’s an Hour to Doomsday. Help!

The longtime feminist duo Split Britches sets its new play in a situation room with “Dr. Strangelove” vibes and a general calling the shots.


Shire to separate ADHD drugs before possible spin-off, cuts 2020 target

LONDON (Reuters) - London-listed pharmaceutical group Shire said on Monday it would create two distinct business units for its rare disease and hyperactivity medicines before deciding later this year whether to spin off the latter into a separately listed group.


UPDATE 1-Shire to separate ADHD drugs before possible spin-off, cuts 2020 target

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - London-listed pharmaceutical group Shire said on Monday it would create two distinct business units for its rare disease and hyperactivity medicines before deciding later this year whether to spin off the latter into a separately listed group.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: Before Glitter and Glue Sticks, ‘Craeft’

In his new book, Alexander Langlands wants readers to appreciate what it meant to make things with your hands, as our ancestors did for millenniums.

Rome (Italy)

The Befana Market, a Beloved Roman Tradition, Is Imperiled

Italian families have long made pilgrimages to the Piazza Navona over the holidays, but the kid-magnet event has been wounded by politics, poor quality and delays.

Education (K-12)

Iran Bans English in Primary Schools to Block ‘Cultural Invasion’

"In primary education, the groundwork for the Iranian culture of the students is laid,” one official said.

Prisons and Prisoners

Outside Iran’s Most Notorious Prison, Calls for Loved Ones to Be Freed

More than 500 people have been arrested in Tehran during the recent protests, and the families and friends of prisoners have gathered outside Evin Prison to call for their release.


U.S. to endure another day below freezing before relief comes

(Reuters) - The bitter cold that has gripped much of the United States since the new year will last another day, forecasters said on Sunday, predicting an end to a frigid spell that featured a "bomb cyclone" snowstorm and frozen iguanas falling from trees in Florida.


Iraq to export Kirkuk oil to Iran before end-January: Iraqi oil minister

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq will start exporting oil from the northern Kirkuk fields to Iran before the end of January, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi told reporters on Sunday in Baghdad.

Homeless Persons

Call to Remove Homeless People (All 8) Before Royal Wedding Stirs Anger

A council leader in Britain has been on a campaign to deal with the homeless people who “sleep rough” near Windsor Castle, the wedding venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.


Review: ‘Hamilton’ Conquers London (King George Slays Too)

The newcomer Jamael Westman steps out as a fully formed star in the title role of the triumphant London production of “Hamilton.”


To Get a Loved One’s Face, a Lifelike Mask in Return

NYU surgeons hope a 3-D printed reproduction will encourage people to donate the faces of dying family members for use as transplants.

Haley slams Iran before UN Security Council

The United Nations Security Council met Friday to discuss Iran after the US requested an emergency session amid protests in the country.

Turmeric (Spice)

My Detox: A Calming Elixir to Drink Before Bedtime

The creative consultant Matilda Goad includes a warm blend of turmeric and coconut milk in her nightly de-stressing routine.

Cooking and Cookbooks

A Good Appetite: A Weeknight Dish for Lovers of Non-Fishy Fish

This quickly braised cod in butter and wine is practically defined by its simplicity and speed.


Vows: ‘Waitress’ Star Has a Tip for You: Marry Your Best Friend

Betsy Wolfe, a Broadway actress, marries Adam Krauthamer, a French horn player (who also knows how to make a good cup of coffee).


Brazil's Eletrobras hires Hogan Lovells to resolve U.S. class action lawsuits

SAO PAULO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Brazilian state-owned power holding Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA has hired law firm Hogan Lovells to "resolve class action lawsuits" in the U.S., according to a note published on Friday on the official government gazette.

Suicides and Suicide Attempts

Long Before Video, Japanese Fought Suicide in the ‘Sea of Trees’

The notorious Aokigahara Forest looms large for Japan, with its high national suicide rate, though patrols and other steps are helping lower the toll.

5 things to know before the open

10 things that happen before your plane can take off

Pier 39 indictment: Ex-Marine planned pipe bombs to corral people before shooting them

A former US Marine suspected of plotting a Christmas holiday terror attack on a popular San Francisco tourist destination was indicted Thursday by a grand jury.


Modern Love: How 30 Blocks Became 30 Years

A teenager in a wheelchair forges an unlikely but enduring relationship with the young woman hired to care for his infant half brother.


Toronto Theater Director Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

Albert Schultz has left his post as artistic director of the acclaimed Soulpepper Theater Company after four women accused him of improper behavior.


Editorial: Making Art Lovers Pay

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is dropping its “suggested” admission for out-of-staters, in favor of a mandatory set of fees.

Spicer: There was a scrutiny never seen before

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks with HLN's S.E. Cupp about his time working in the Trump administration.


Bobby Darin Who? Jonathan Groff Gets It Now

In a new show, the Broadway and television star is paying tribute to the late 1950s pop singer whose musical virtuosity is now little-recognized.


Council leader calls for beggars to be removed before UK royal wedding

LONDON (Reuters) - Beggars need to be cleared by police from the streets of Windsor before the wedding of Prince Harry to girlfriend Meghan Markle because their "detritus" is presenting the picturesque English town in a poor light, the local council leader has said.

Politics and Government

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Learning to Love Nehru

I used to think India’s first prime minister was embarrassingly westernized. Now I see that he was one of our great thinkers.


A Philadelphia Theater Heading, and Sweating, in a New Direction

Repertory companies have largely disappeared on American stages. But with an eye on Europe, and highly physical training, the Wilma Theater is going against the grain.


Djokovic to return to action before Australian Open

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic is finally set to return to action next week after six months out with an elbow injury and will then decide whether to take part in the Jan 15-28 Australian Open.


Review: Everyday Chatter Unveils a Mystery in ‘Say Something Bunny!’

Alison S.M. Kobayashi was determined to figure out who made a set of puzzling 1950s recordings. Her detective work led to a sneakily moving interactive play.


Ryanair applies for UK license to shore up routes before Brexit

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair recently applied for a British air operating license in a move it said on Tuesday may be required to keep its small domestic UK service operating in the event of a hard Brexit.


BRIEF-Aerie Pharmaceuticals Appoints Julia Williams As Director Of Medical Affairs



The Wall of Love Outside a Jail

Families have turned the side of a warehouse facing a federal jail in Brooklyn into a message board for their imprisoned relatives.

Dad gets new piano after Hurricane Harvey

He became a symbol of hope after he posted a video of himself playing his family's piano in a room flooded by Hurricane Harvey. Now Aric Harding has a brand new keyboard to play.

Grief consumes loved ones of NY apartment fire victims

Fernando Batiz says he's "just numb" after the deadly fire that claimed the lives of 12 people in a Bronx apartment building.


An Antidote to Digital Dehumanization? Live Theater

An award-winning playwright argues that the in-the-moment interplay between actors and audience can help us cope with an increasingly virtual world.


The Little Tramp and the Refugees Who Loved, Then Loathed Him

At a film club for young women who have escaped bleak lives, Charlie Chaplin’s silents offered an escape. Then they learned about his offscreen life.

Travel and Vacations

The Getaway: Visiting Windsor Before the Royal Wedding: A Guide

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed this spring just outside London, but why wait for the crowds to descend to soak up the royal atmosphere?


Modern Love: Love Calls, and So Does the Priesthood

On a subway platform, she shared a New Year’s Eve kiss with a man planning to be a priest. Could it go any further?


US charges Romanians with hacking police cameras before Trump inauguration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has charged two Romanian nationals, alleging that they hacked the Washington police department's surveillance cameras days before U.S. President Donald Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration, the Department of Justice said on Thursday.


Review: In ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,’ a Monster to Love

The dancer Robert Fairchild’s creature has a delicate, disarming beauty in Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s ambitious but awkward production.


Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels swap prisoners before New Year

HORLIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine and pro-Russian separatist rebels conducted the largest exchange of prisoners since conflict broke out in 2014, sending hundreds of captives home to their families on Wednesday ahead of New Year and Orthodox Christmas.

Dating and Relationships

Modern Love: 10 Ways to Love Better

This year’s most-read Modern Love columns delivered unexpected kernels of wisdom.

Two Thousand Seventeen

10 Cultural Battles That Ruled 2017

Trump versus Hollywood. Echoes of the Confederacy. Taylor Swift and the alt-right. Here’s a not-so-nostalgic look back at some of the year’s fiercest fights.


Yiddish-Language ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ Is Coming to New York

The adaptation of “Fiddler” will debut next summer, with the lyricist Sheldon Harnick consulting on the production.

Travel and Vacations

On the Road for Work and Finding Love

Some time-crunched business travelers find matchmaking services can be an efficient way to meet like-minded singles.


MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf mostly quiet as Abu Dhabi's Dana soars before court hearing

* Sharjah court was to consider Dana's effort to invalidate sukuk


6 More Shows to See if You Still Need Holiday Spirit

If you missed the preholiday rush, fret not. There is still time for festive theater.

Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Boy, 6, Killed in Deputy Shooting in Texas Days Before Christmas

When sheriff’s deputies shot at a suspect on Thursday, a bullet made its way into a mobile home and killed Kameron Prescott, a first-grader.


Vattenfall aims to be carbon neutral before 2050: CEO

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - State-owned Swedish utility Vattenfall expects it will become carbon neutral sooner than planned, its Chief Executive Magnus Hall told German weekly Welt am Sonntag.

Winfrey, Oprah

The White Internet’s Love Affair With Digital Blackface

All across the internet, white people feel empowered to play around with black identity.


BRIEF-Clover Partners' Mike Shafir Intends To Nominate 2 Persons For Election As Directors Of Coastway Bancorp



How Billy Crudup Plays 19 People in a One-Man Show

Billy Crudup explains how he becomes 19 characters in David Cale’s play “Harry Clarke,” which follows a shy Midwesterner as he reinvents himself as a Cockney Englishman.


Amtrak engineer remarked on train speed 6 seconds before crash: NTSB

(Reuters) - The engineer of an Amtrak passenger train that derailed off a bridge onto a highway near Seattle remarked that the train was speeding six seconds before the accident, U.S. investigators said on Friday.

Early NTSB review says crew not using electronic devices before Amtrak crash

The crew on the passenger train that derailed this week in Washington state was not seen using any personal electronic devices, an initial review from the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday.


Don’t Despair, Protest: Playwright Lucy Kirkwood Sees No Other Choice

In acclaimed works like “The Children,” now on Broadway, the British writer argues for collective responsibility in the face of environmental and other challenges.

President Trump signs the GOP tax bill in the Oval Office before traveling to Mar-a-Lago for his holiday vacation

President Donald Trump signed the Republican tax cut bill Friday morning as he prepares to leave for his Christmas break in Florida.

President will sign the GOP tax bill into law before he travels to Mar-a-Lago for his holiday vacation

10 gifts for design lovers

With the festive season in full swing, CNN Style takes a look at some of the year's best ornaments and accessories for design lovers.

Why kids love 'fascist' cartoons

Parents like to see themselves as purveyors of possibility. We want our children to inhabit a world in which identities are both mutable and equal, and imagination and empathy reign supreme!


Modern Love: Shooing Carolers Away for a Love That Stays

As Christmas nears, a young woman hospitalized with pediatric leukemia basks in a new romance even as her health fails.


Art Review: 5 Great Art Exhibitions to See in New York Before They Close

Here are some notable shows that may have escaped your notice and will all close after New Year’s (with one gallery exhibition that ends sooner).


Slovenia to sell its two largest state banks in 2019

LJUBLJANA, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Slovenia plans to sell its two largest banks -- state-owned Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB) and Abanka -- in 2019, Finance Minister Mateja Vranicar Erman told a news conference on Thursday.


Israel's Netanyahu calls U.N. 'house of lies' before Jerusalem vote

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the United Nations as a "house of lies" ahead of a vote on Thursday on a draft resolution calling on the United States to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.


Myanmar bars U.N. rights investigator before visit

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar called on Wednesday for stronger international pressure to be exerted on Myanmar's military commanders after being barred from visiting the country for the rest of her tenure.

Trump victory leads to GOP lovefest

Getting shot is "a helluva way to lose weight," says President Trump. CNN's Jeanne Moos has odd moments at the GOP tax love fest.


Congress negotiators search for funding deal before Friday deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. Congress, while celebrating a major tax bill victory, on Wednesday worked behind the scenes to figure out a way to keep the federal government operating beyond midnight Friday when Washington funding expires.


Robert O’Hara Thinks ‘Men Are Stupid.’ His New Play Shows Just How.

In “Mankind,” the playwright imagines a world in which women are extinct. “You have to go for the throat,” he says.

Tax moves to make before 2018


Olympics: IOC sanctions Slovenian from Vancouver Games re-tests

BERLIN (Reuters) - Slovenian biathlete Teja Gregorin was sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday after re-tests of samples showed she had used banned substances during the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics.


Myanmar bars U.N. rights investigator just before visit

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has been barred from visiting the country for the rest of her tenure, she said on Wednesday.


Myanmar blocks U.N. rights investigator just before visit

GENEVA (Reuters) - Myanmar has told the U.N. independent investigator into human rights in the country that it will not cooperate with her or grant her access to the country for the rest of her tenure, she said in a statement on Wednesday.


Got sex questions? Google before you ask Siri

(Reuters Health) - - If you need to know how to have sex, use contraception or avoid sexually transmitted infections, you may want to do a Google search before you ask Siri for help, a new suggests.


Amtrak safety record already under scrutiny before fatal derailment

(Reuters) - The deadly derailment of an Amtrak train south of Seattle is likely to intensify scrutiny of the national passenger railroad company's safety record, which was already under the microscope following a series of fatal incidents.

Railroad Accidents and Safety

Amtrak Train Traveled at 80 M.P.H., Far Over 30-M.P.H. Limit, Before Derailing

The revelation that a passenger train was speeding before a fatal crash in Washington State has once again focused attention on technology that can automatically slow trains.

Olive Garden is still a hit with pasta lovers


Arrested Myanmar reporters: Two book lovers dedicated to their craft

YANGON/BANGKOK (Reuters) - In many ways Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar, symbolize their country's emergence after decades of isolation - both from modest, provincial backgrounds, they worked hard to pursue careers that would have been impossible in the junta era into which they were born.


Shareholders criticize LSE for "very sorry affair" over CEO spat

LONDON (Reuters) - Shareholders criticized the London Stock Exchange's board on Tuesday for its handling of a row with activist shareholder TCI over the future of the company's senior management.


UPDATE 1-Shareholders criticise LSE for "very sorry affair" over CEO spat

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Shareholders criticised the London Stock Exchange's board on Tuesday for its handling of a row with activist shareholder TCI over the future of the company's senior management.


LSE board accused of 'very sorry affair' over CEO spat

LONDON (Reuters) - The London Stock Exchange's board was accused on Tuesday of "bringing opprobium" on the 300-year old bourse in its dispute with top shareholder TCI.


MIDEAST STOCKS-Qatar leaps, Saudi barely changed before state budget

DUBAI, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Qatar's stock market jumped on Tuesday as local retail investors piled back into the bourse, while Saudi Arabia closed barely changed ahead of the release of its 2018 state budget.


Arrested Myanmar reporters: Two book lovers dedicated to the truth

YANGON/BANGKOK (Reuters) - In many ways Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar, symbolize their country's emergence after decades of isolation - both from modest, provincial backgrounds, they worked hard to pursue careers that would have been impossible in the junta era into which they were born.


Amtrak safety record under scrutiny even before deadly derailment

(Reuters) - The fatal derailment of an Amtrak train south of Seattle on Monday could intensify scrutiny of the national passenger railroad company's safety record, which was already under harsh criticism following a series of fatal incidents.

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

What Needs to Happen Before Electric Cars Take Over the World

Electric vehicles have only a tiny market share, but the auto industry is betting billions that they will soon be as cheap as conventional cars.


Brazil's Meirelles to gauge odds before opting to run for President

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said on Monday he would consider his chances of winning before deciding whether to run as a candidate in next year's presidential elections.


Trump strategy document says Russia meddles in domestic affairs worldwide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said on Monday that Russia interferes in the domestic political affairs of countries globally, but stopped short of accusing Moscow of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.


UPDATE 4-Trump strategy document says Russia meddles in domestic affairs worldwide

WASHINGTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's administration said on Monday that Russia interferes in the domestic political affairs of countries globally, but stopped short of accusing Moscow of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.


Critic’s Notebook: When Disenfranchised Lives and American Ideals Collide Onstage

Three small, powerful pieces of political theater consider those wounded by racism and xenophobia.


Twitter to put warnings before swastikas, other hate images

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc said on Monday it would begin putting a warning in front of pictures that show Nazi swastikas and other items it determines are hateful imagery, as well as ban their use in any profile photos on the social media network.

Congress week ahead: Key tax vote before holiday break

As far as Capitol Hill is concerned, the only thing certain about next week is taxes.


Japan panda cub meets media before public debut

TOKYO (Reuters) - The wife of China's ambassador to Japan and the governor of Tokyo turned out on Monday to help mark this week's public debut of Japan's popular panda cub, who turned six-months-old...


Review: Mark Rylance Returns to Broadway as a Mad Monarch to Cherish

In Claire van Kampen’s strange, enchanting “Farinelli and the King,” from Shakespeare’s Globe in London, music hath charms to spare.


Republican Senator John McCain leaves Washington before expected tax vote

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Senator John McCain is expected to miss an upcoming vote on a tax code overhaul, after his office said he had returned to his home in Arizona following medical treatment.


Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta before Christmas, killing nine

QUETTA, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country.


MIDEAST STOCKS-Region edges up, building-related shares boost Saudi before budget

* Saudi 2018 budget seen hiking infrastructure spending a bit


Beyond Boko Haram’s Reach, Love and Feminism Flourish

In a part of Nigeria where militants treat women like property, many are pushing back, partying all night and expecting husbands who do the dishes.

Surgery and Surgeons

Voices: Learning to Accept (if Not Love) My Scar

More than three decades after my cancer surgery, I still hesitate when someone asks, “What’s up with your scar?”

America has a love/hate relationship with Sarah Sanders

Sarah Sanders is teaching us a thing or two about the definition of confounding. As in, bewildering, astonishing, baffling, perplexing, mystifying or -- just plain confusing.


Tillerson urges long halt to North Korea weapons tests before any talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a "sustained cessation" of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks about Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.


Tillerson urges lull in North Korea 'threatening behavior' before any talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday called for a "sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behavior" before talks could occur between Washington and Pyongyang, but did not specify a length of time for a lull.


Bedene to switch allegiance from Britain back to Slovenia

LONDON (Reuters) - World number 49 Aljaz Bedene has finally given up on representing his adopted country Britain and will switch allegiance back to his native Slovenia next year.


Modern Love: Getting Married Is Better Than Dying, Right?

She was gravely ill. He had a job with health insurance. Nothing like tying the knot on the way to the hospital to make someone believe in love.


‘He’s All Impulse’: Making Disney’s ‘Pinocchio’ Naughty Onstage

The National Theater’s adaptation of this animated classic adds more music and mischievousness — all in the hands of the director of the new Harry Potter show.


Chile presidential hopefuls end campaigns before Sunday vote

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's presidential hopefuls ended their campaigns in downtown Santiago on Thursday ahead of an uncertain runoff election whose outcome will determine whether the world's top copper producer turns to the right or maintains its center-left track.


In a Play, Rafael Nadal Inhabits a New Role: Gay Icon

Peter Gil-Sheridan, a gay playwright, imagines a love affair with Nadal in “The Rafa Play,” which ends its run in New York on Saturday.


Red-suited frontman for Finland's Santa village calls for Christmas love

ROVANIEMI, Finland (Reuters) - A red-suited frontman for Santa Claus village in Lapland has asked people to "share the compassion and the love of Christmas" this year.


'He was my monster': Actress Salma Hayek alleges Harvey Weinstein misconduct

(Editor's Note: Please be advised that paragraph 9 contains a graphic description.)

Salma Hayek recalls Harvey Weinstein 'fury' on 'Frida' set in op-ed

Salma Hayek is breaking her silence about Harvey Weinstein in a New York Times op-ed in which the star details sexual harassment and abusive behavior on the set of "Frida."

RealReal Inc

Critical Shopper: Why You Should Love Secondhand Fashion Now

The RealReal, the luxury consignment site, has opened its first store.

Study: Climate change made Harvey's rainfall worse

Climate change is partly to blame for the record rainfall that fell over Texas and Louisiana in the days after Hurricane Harvey's landfall on August 25, according to new scientific analysis.

Walmart Stores Inc

Walmart, Criticized for Low Wages, Will Let Workers Take Pay Before Payday

The retailer is giving its 1.4 million workers early access to part of their paychecks. Some critics of the company say it points to a need to raise wages.

Marine's last letter before he hit an IED

Six days before his vehicle was hit by an IED in Afghanistan, Marine lieutenant Karl Kurbikoff wrote his pregnant wife this letter.


Obamacare sign-ups rise to 1 million as pace picks up before deadline

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of consumers who signed up for 2018 Obamacare health insurance next year surpassed the 1 million mark in the second-to-last week of enrollment on the federally-run website, picking up the pace ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.

Hurricane Harvey (2017)

Scientists Link Hurricane Harvey’s Record Rainfall to Climate Change

Two studies of the storm that overwhelmed Houston last summer say global warming made the rain much worse.


Germany's SPD plays hard-to-get before first talks with Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats said on Wednesday they would share power with Angela Merkel's conservatives only if ordinary voters get a fairer deal, seeking to reassure party skeptics hours before highly-sensitive talks between the two camps.


He Was a Snob About Musicals. Then He Tried Out to Play Hamilton.

Twenty-five-year-old Londoner Jamael Westman has definitely come around, now that he’s starring in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop smash.


Review: In ‘The Children,’ the Waters Rise and a Reckoning Comes Due

In Lucy Kirkwood’s chilling play, the meltdown of a nuclear power plant is not just an environmental crisis, but an existential one.

Elections, Senate

Many G.O.P. Blunders Put Seat at Risk, Even Before Scandal

Republicans made a lengthy list of errors, giving Democrats an opening well before Roy Moore was accused of sexual misbehavior.


El Faro captain ignored storm reports before tragedy: U.S. authorities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The freighter El Faro sank in 2015, killing all 33 people aboard in the worst U.S. maritime disaster in three decades, after the captain ignored reports the ship was heading directly into a strengthening hurricane, a U.S. safety board concluded on Tuesday.


Study seen needed before lifting fracking ban in remote Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Gas extraction via fracking could only resume in Australia's Northern Territory district after a study on the controversial practice is completed in two to three years, according to the recommendations of an independent group released on Tuesday.


Japanese stocks slip before Fed; but miners, shippers rise

TOKYO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei slipped on Tuesday, reversing earlier gains as investors turned cautious ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.


Review: In This ‘Cruel Intentions,’ High School Schemers Sing the Best of the ’90s

The choice lines and the soundtrack hits are there in this enjoyable adaptation of the movie. Now it’s time to make a full-fledged show out of a quasi concert.

Moore and Jones hold last rallies before vote

'Love overcoming fear': What nominees are saying

Some lucky people woke up Monday morning to news that they had been nominated for a Golden Globe award.


An Unexpected New Stop on the Road to Broadway: Edmonton

Smaller and out-of-the-way theaters are increasingly presenting musicals angling for the big time. For the creators of “Hadestown,” the path veered way north.

Taj Mahal

Editorial: Hate Smears India’s Symbol of Love, the Taj Mahal

Powerful Hindu extremists are so obsessed with demonizing Muslims that they are deprecating the nation’s unifying cultural treasure.


DNA Tattoos Are the Final Frontier of Love

A nifty new patented technology allows you to take your loved ones with you wherever and forever. Yes, even cats. Talk about “Winona Forever”!


On Baseball: Tommy John Would Love a Plaque to Accompany All of His Fame

Best known for the elbow surgery that is named after him, John now awaits the results of a vote on Sunday that could get him in the door at Cooperstown.

Sexual Harassment

Readers and The Times Respond to Harvey Weinstein’s Page One Portrait

The bold portrait of Mr. Weinstein that ran on the front page this week led to some strong reader reactions. We explain the selection process.


U.S. envoy for North Korean affairs travels to Japan, Thailand

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. envoy for North Korea will travel to Japan and Thailand next week to discuss how to increase pressure on Pyongyang after its latest ballistic missile test, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.


Trial over 'Love Parade' deaths begins in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ten people went on trial in Germany on Friday for alleged failures in planning the "Love Parade" music festival in 2010 when 21 people were killed and more than 650 injured in a stampede.

How to hit your brain's 'kill switch' -- before it's too late

Many of us have found ourselves in the following situation at least once: You're driving down the road, approaching a traffic light, and it turns yellow.