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Obesity nytimes.com

A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity

Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses.

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BRIEF-Macy’s Announces Pricing Of Debt Tender Offer

* MACY'S INC - ‍PRICING TERMS OF TENDER OFFER OF CO'S UNIT TO PURCHASE UP TO $400 MILLION IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF OUTSTANDING DEBT SECURITIES

Football nytimes.com

On Pro Football: With Carson Wentz Out for the Season, Eagles’ Dreams Turn to Dread

Wentz, who has led Philadelphia to an 11-2 record, left the game with a season-ending knee injury that upended the Eagles and the N.F.C. playoff race.

E-Commerce nytimes.com

Campaign to Drive Out Migrants Slams Beijing’s Best and Brightest

Tens of thousands of hopeful college graduates moved to the city seeking better jobs and better lives. Now the authorities are telling them to leave.

Subways nytimes.com

Footage Shows Aftermath of ‘Attempted Terrorist Attack’ at New York Transit Hub

Four people were injured in an explosion in the passageway connecting the Times Square and Port Authority subway stations. A suspect is in custody.

Bullies nytimes.com

A Nation Answers a Sobbing Boy’s Plea: ‘Why Do They Bully?’

After his mother shared a video of him, Keaton Jones received a flood of support from football players, actors and thousands of other well-wishers.

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Whirlwind Putin Tour Highlights Moscow’s New Reach in Mideast

The Russian president visited Syria and Egypt and was due in Turkey all in a day, a trip underscoring new alliances and his role as a statesman.

News and News Media nytimes.com

Trump Says New York Times Is ‘Wrong!’ on His Television Habits

President Trump responded to a Times article published over the weekend that offered an inside look into a typical day.

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BRIEF-Friendable Updates Shareholders On Fan Pass Spin-Off And 2018’S Strategic Path Forward

* FRIENDABLE UPDATES SHAREHOLDERS ON FAN PASS SPIN-OFF AND 2018’S STRATEGIC PATH FORWARD

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Sexual Harassment Training Doesn’t Work. But Some Things Do.

Traditional methods can backfire, but ideas like teaching bystanders to intervene and promoting more women have proved effective.

The Daily nytimes.com

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: The Alabama Senate Race

One day before the polls open, many are asking whether voters will find it harder to support Roy Moore or a Democrat.

Art nytimes.com

The T Editors’ (Completely Fantasy) Gift Guide

From a custom surfboard to mink curtains, the things we’d want this year — if time, money or accessibility were no object.

Banking and Financial Institutions nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: America’s Shampoo Economy

Economic bubbles grow — and eventually pop — when politicians forget why financial regulations exist.

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BRIEF-GE Power, Egypt’s EETC To Extend Gabal El Zayt Substation

* GE POWER, EGYPT’S EETC TO CONNECT 120 MW OF WIND POWER TO NATIONAL GRID THROUGH EXTENSION OF THE GABAL EL ZAYT SUBSTATION

Russia nytimes.com

Putin’s Re-election Is Assured. Let the Succession Fight Begin.

The March 2018 presidential election in Russia is a sideshow to the real battle: determining what comes after President Putin’s next term ends in 2024.

Uniforms nytimes.com

What’s the Fastest Color? Olympic Speedskaters Now Say Blue

Even Norway, famously red, is wearing blue at major competitions. Was the change based on science? Gamesmanship? Something else?

Cryotherapy nytimes.com

Me Time: $75 for Three Minutes at Minus 230 Degrees? Sure, We’ll Try It

Our columnist dons ear warmers, a surgical mask and giant wool mittens and gets into a cryotherapy chamber.

Iceland nytimes.com

Community and History in Iceland’s Geothermal Pools

Iceland has more than 100 public pools, most of which are heated by the country’s abundant geothermal energy.

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India government favors petcoke import ban, U.S. would be biggest loser

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's government is in favor of banning imports of petroleum coke on environmental grounds, according to a government affidavit filed with the country's top court, which could be a big blow to U.S. refiners who export heavily to the country.

Taj Mahal nytimes.com

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.

Law and Legislation nytimes.com

Editorial: Opening Up New York’s Public Records

Governor Cuomo has a chance to champion government transparency by signing a bill to pick up legal fees when a request is wrongly denied.

vis-photo nytimes.com

Mosul Journal: After Fall of ISIS, Iraq’s Second-Largest City Picks Up the Pieces

The battle to drive the Islamic State out of Mosul left much of the city in ruins. Now, residents are pulling together to rebuild.

Venezuela nytimes.com

As Venezuela Opposition Shuns Vote, Many Feel It’s a ‘Waste of Time’

Voter turnout in Venezuela’s municipal elections was low as many considered the results a foregone conclusion: domination by President Nicolás Maduro and his party.

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Moore in 2011: Getting rid of amendments after 10th would 'eliminate many problems'

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore appeared on a conspiracy-driven radio show twice in 2011, where he told the hosts in an interview that getting rid of constitutional amendments after the Tenth Amendment would 'eliminate many problems' in the way the US government is structured.

Dancing nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: ‘Nureyev’ Opens at Bolshoi After Delay and Much Speculation

The ballet had its premiere on Saturday in front of a starry crowd that didn’t include its director, who’s under house arrest.

Haley, Nikki R nytimes.com

Nikki Haley Says Women Who Accuse Trump of Misconduct ‘Should Be Heard’

The comments by Ms. Haley, the United Nations ambassador, were a break from the administration’s assertions that the allegations have no merit and should be dismissed.

Maps nytimes.com

Why Experts Don’t Believe This Is a Rare First Map of America

Christie’s had planned to sell the map this week, for possibly $1.2 million, but withdrew it from an auction when questions arose about its authenticity.

Shelby, Richard C nytimes.com

Vote in 2 Days, Alabama Senator Says Party Can ‘Do Better’ Than Roy Moore

Senator Richard C. Shelby, a fixture of Republican politics in Alabama for a generation, sent a clear message to his state’s voters with an appearance on national television.

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UPDATE 1-After bitcoin’s wild week, traders brace for futures launch

NEW YORK, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin will arrive on Sunday, when futures of the cryptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by a storm begin trading.

Demonstrations, Protests and Riots nytimes.com

Protests in Lebanon Near U.S. Embassy After Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

Lebanese Army forces fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters outside the embassy near Beirut.

Saturday Night Live (TV Program) nytimes.com

‘S.N.L.,’ Santa and James Franco Relentlessly Tackle Sexual Harassment

This weekend’s episode opened with children asking Santa questions like “What did Al Franken do?” and “Is President Trump on the naughty list?”

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After bitcoin’s wild week, traders brace for futures launch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin, the cyptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by storm with its stratospheric price rise and wild daily gyrations, will arrive on Sunday when bitcoin futures start trading.

Alabama nytimes.com

Alabama, Despite History of Unruly Politics, Has ‘Never Seen Anything Like This’

The wild and ugly campaign for Senate, fraught with incendiary comments and molestation claims, has left even veterans of the state’s politics searching for parallels.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

In Indonesia, Women Begin to Fight ‘Epidemic’ of Street Harassment

Activist groups are springing up, and the first step, they say, is exposing the routine instances of groping and catcalling that have long gone unreported.

Elections, Senate nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Roy Moore’s Alabama

Winston County once opposed secession but now enthusiastically supports Donald Trump. What does that tell us about Roy Moore’s chances?

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Trump escalates his rhetoric following the plea deal reached by fired national security adviser Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump's escalating assault on the "rigged" and "sick" institutions of the government that he leads may portend an ominous end game to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Editorial: The Looting of America’s Public Lands

Mr. Trump thinks the environment has gotten too good a deal, so he eliminated two million acres from national monuments in Utah.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: An Abomination. A Monster. That’s Me?

Vilifying whiteness and maleness isn’t just illiberal. It’s bad politics.

Cosmetics and Toiletries nytimes.com

Opinion: I Grew Up Around Korean Beauty Products. Americans, You’ve Been Had.

The pedestrian origin story of the triple cleanse and snail slime face serum.

Veterans nytimes.com

The Stone: For Veterans, a Path to Healing ‘Moral Injury’

Forgiveness isn’t enough. Acts of atonement can help veterans repair the loyalties damaged in war.

Palestinians nytimes.com

Opinion: Palestinians’ Dashed Hopes for Jerusalem

A West Bank demonstration may have been a mild beginning to a sustained violent expression by Palestinians.

Jews and Judaism nytimes.com

Daily Life in Jerusalem? ‘Difficult’ and ‘Intense’ for Arab and Jew

For residents of Jerusalem, over which the world has been battling for thousands of years, everyday frictions can be draining on both sides of the Green Line.

Federal Reserve System nytimes.com

Janet Yellen Didn’t Set Out to Be a Feminist Hero

The Federal Reserve chair (don’t call her “chairwoman”) quietly achieved rock-star status. Now that she’s leaving, her many fans are sad to see her go.

Baseball nytimes.com

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.

Video Recordings, Downloads and Streaming nytimes.com

Trilobites: Why We ‘Hear’ Some Silent GIFs

There are no audio tracks with these looping images, but some people really do “hear” them, neuroscientists say.

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Inside Trump’s Hour-by-Hour Battle for Self-Preservation

With Twitter as his Excalibur, the president takes on his doubters, powered by long spells of cable news and a dozen Diet Cokes. But if Mr. Trump has yet to bend the presidency to his will, he is at least wrestling it to a draw.

vis-multimedia nytimes.com

‘Merci, Johnny’: Hallyday Honored With Rock-Star Funeral (and Motorbikes)

Crowds lined the streets of the French capital to watch the singer’s funeral procession. “He was part of France,” President Emmanuel Macron said.

Hotels and Travel Lodgings nytimes.com

Can Marriott Keep Starwood’s Culture of Cool, and Its Customers?

For the Marriott-Starwood combination to succeed, top-tier loyalty program members like our writer must not flee. Here’s what would keep him in the fold.

Venezuela nytimes.com

For Older Venezuelans, Fleeing Crisis Means ‘Starting From Zero,’ Even at 90

As a dire economy drives migration, Venezuelans in their retirement years are joining the exodus, a journey fraught with worries over health care, employment and leaving a country they love.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

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.

Marijuana nytimes.com

Hey, ‘Budtender’: Los Angeles’s Power Brokers of Pot Crank Up the Kook

Sensuality circles! High teas! Expensive vape pens! Who says there’s no intellectual life in this fine city?

Elderly nytimes.com

Sanya Journal: Welcome to China’s Florida: Sun, Sand and Retired Snowbirds

Rising incomes allow China’s growing numbers of aging people to become snowbirds in the south — enjoying life post-retirement in a way previous generations never imagined.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

‘You Know, I Never Told You This’

After #MeToo, families discuss sexual assault.

Toys nytimes.com

How the Fingerling Caught On (Robot Grip and All) as 2017’s Hot Toy

The motorized plastic monkey that grasps your finger is the must-have gift of the holiday season, thanks to marketing, pricing and, well, scarcity.

Wildfires nytimes.com

In Scorched California, a Year of ‘Epic Firefighting’ Is Testing Limits

Major fires raging across the state this year from wine country to just shy of the Mexican border have stretched California firefighters.

Writing and Writers nytimes.com

Profile: Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene

Mekong Review’s contributors include some of the best-known authors, journalists and academics who follow the region.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Editorial: Trump’s Scare Tactics on North Korea Scare Us

The Trump administration’s threats of war will not make Kim Jong-un back down.

Gifts nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Don’t Give Kids Holiday Gifts That Can Spy on Them

Connected devices come with risks. Prioritize children’s privacy.

Snow and Snowstorms nytimes.com

Snow in Texas Is ‘Pretty Cool’ for Children Seeing It for the First Time

Corpus Christi, Tex., got snow for the first time since 2004. It was part of a storm that affected several Southern states and was headed up the East Coast.

Museums nytimes.com

Saudi Arabia Disputes That Crown Prince Bought ‘Salvator Mundi’

Its embassy in Washington said the crown prince merely acted as an “intermediary purchaser” for Abu Dhabi. American officials say otherwise.

News and News Media nytimes.com

CNN Corrects a Trump Story, Fueling Claims of ‘Fake News’

The erroneous report involving Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks came at a time when the media faces public skepticism and frequent criticism from the White House.

California nytimes.com

‘We Watched Our House Burn.’ Losing It All in California’s Fires.

In Ventura County, Jack Selby watched his childhood home burn to the ground, and Nancy Cole lost all her possessions, including family heirlooms from Holocaust survivors.

Syria nytimes.com

In Syria’s Skies, Close Calls With Russian Warplanes

American air commanders complain that the Russians are flouting their agreements aimed at avoiding midair collisions.

Dancing nytimes.com

Review: ‘Brooklyn Nutcracker’ Is Simply, Imperfectly Charming

Diverse in multiple ways, “The Brooklyn Nutcracker” combines ballet and hip-hop — with a superb Arabian belly dance number, too.

Animated Films nytimes.com

In ‘Coco,’ Death Is the Point

A villain’s demise, a parent’s absence. That’s how death used to figure in animated movies for children. Thanks to Pixar and now “Coco,” that’s changing.

Basketball nytimes.com

Golden State Warriors’ Go-to Guy Doesn’t Play a Minute

Laundry, luggage, logistics ... there are 48 minutes in an N.B.A. game and about 20 hours in Eric Housen’s workday as he guides the team from one city to the next.

Air Pollution nytimes.com

Environmentalists Ask: Is India’s Government Making Bad Air Worse?

As northern India is swallowed by an epic smog cloud, critics say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s business-friendly policies are exacerbating the problem.

Prayers and Prayer Books nytimes.com

Lost in Translation? Pope Ponders an Update to Lord’s Prayer

“Lead us not into temptation” is not quite right, Francis said. “Do not let us fall into temptation” might be more precise.

Television nytimes.com

Review: The Haywire Hospitality of ‘At Home With Amy Sedaris’

In her TruTV series — a surreal, affectionate sendup of home shows — the comic actress shows off her versatility, with help from some friends.

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Motor racing: Matching Fangio's five would be cool, says Hamilton

PARIS (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton wants to equal Juan Manuel Fangio's five Formula One world titles but doubts he will have the staying power to try and match Michael Schumacher's record seven, even if he cannot rule it out entirely.

Wildfires nytimes.com

California Fires Live Briefing: A ‘Very Dangerous’ Time for an Already Charred State

Fires continued to ravage much of Southern California on Friday, where fast-moving flames had scorched more than 142,000 acres across four counties.

Uniforms nytimes.com

Olympic Athletes From Russia, and the Politics of What They’ll Wear

The International Olympic Committee hasn’t decided on uniforms for Russians authorized to compete independently, but that has as much to do with geopolitics as with design.

Los Angeles (Calif) nytimes.com

Where There’s Smoke, There Are the Traffic Reporters of Los Angeles

As fires rage in Southern California, airborne reporters have become guiding lights in the chaos.

International Trade and World Market nytimes.com

E.U. and Japan Reach Deal to Keep ‘Flag of Free Trade Waving High’

The agreement would cover more than a quarter of the world’s economy. Leaders on both sides said it carried strategic as well as economic importance.

The Daily nytimes.com

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Al Franken and the Democrats

The Democratic senator from Minnesota announced that he would resign, even as he denied accusations of sexual misconduct. What does it tell us that his own party pressed him to do it?

Football (College) nytimes.com

On College Football: Leading Army’s Running Game, Two Years After He Nearly Walked Away

Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw has come a long way: 1,472 yards this season, and much further off the field.

Families and Family Life nytimes.com

Ties: Why I Don’t Grieve for My Daughter at College

My best friend is not gone; my daughter is. The one I was supposed to train up in the way she should go; “go” is the operative word here.

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Trent Franks, Brexit, ‘The Crown’: Your Friday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Noah, Trevor (1984- ) nytimes.com

Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Says a Republican Al Franken Would Still Have a Job

Mr. Noah and other hosts tackled Mr. Franken’s resignation and Roy Moore’s Senate campaign.

United States Economy nytimes.com

What to Watch For in Friday’s Jobs Report

Economists expect the report to show that the economy added about 200,000 jobs in November, a modest slowdown from October’s 261,000.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

An Alexa Holdout Wants to Know Who’s Listening

Some 24 million so-called smart speakers are expected to sell this year. But not all of us are ready to share our thoughts.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Movie) nytimes.com

The All-Stars of ‘Star Wars’

Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver and their “Last Jedi” comrades discuss the difficulties of new relationships, the joys of villainy and those porgs.

Sex Crimes nytimes.com

They Fled Boko Haram, Only to Be Raped by Nigeria’s Security Forces

Thousands of women and girls have endured Boko Haram’s sexual violence. But Nigerian security forces have also preyed on the people they are assigned to protect.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit) nytimes.com

Britain and E.U. Clear Way for ‘Brexit’ Talks to Proceed

Prime Minister Theresa May apparently offered enough assurances over the future of the Irish border to satisfy European negotiators.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

James O’Keefe, Practitioner of the Sting, Has an Ally in Trump

James O’Keefe has long struggled for respect from the media and acceptance from the conservative movement. But now he has an ally in the Oval Office.

Taxation nytimes.com

On Tax Bill, It’s Trump vs. His Hometown

The Republican tax bill being shepherded by Mr. Trump would hurt New York, his home state. “You guys seem to be doing O.K.,” he told donors last week.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

On Washington: Al Franken’s Improbable Political Rise and Sudden Fall

Mr. Franken came to the Senate as an instant star, but he was brought down by accusations of inappropriate behavior and a Democratic need to clean house.

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Judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case is recused: court

(Reuters) - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Appointments and Executive Changes nytimes.com

James Levine Denies ‘Unfounded’ Sexual Abuse Accusations

The Metropolitan Opera’s music director emeritus makes his first public comment since four men accused him of abusing them when they were teenagers or his students.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

California’s Fires, by the Numbers

Just one of the fires raging in Southern California has already burned an area larger than Detroit, fueled by winds nearing hurricane strength. Here’s a look at the numbers behind the state’s worst fire season ever.

State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Please Save Kids’ Health Care

A bipartisan group of state governors warns of the consequences of failing to reauthorize CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Ex-Governor’s Run Gives Democrats a Bit More Hope of Retaking the Senate

Former Gov. Phil Bredesen will run for the seat being vacated by Senator Bob Corker, giving Democrats a mathematical but narrow path to the majority.

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Australia’s Shifting Political Order

The same-sex marriage debate showed that attitudes on gender and sexuality do not fit neatly into the traditional conservative-progressive divide.

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U.S. judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case is recused: court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Bitcoin (Currency) nytimes.com

Bitcoin’s Price Has Soared. What Comes Next?

The value of a single Bitcoin has risen 1,500 percent this year. Traditional financial institutions and a dose of irrationality are fueling the boom.

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Hilton says tax cut would finance share buybacks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc would use the windfall from a lower U.S. corporate tax rate to finance share buybacks from investors, company executives said, highlighting how corporate savings would be spent under the Republican tax plan.

Football (College) nytimes.com

‘No Two Are Exactly the Same’: How the Heisman Trophy Is Made

The Heisman Trophy is made via an elaborate process by MTM Recognition, in Oklahoma, whose workers are eager to see Baker Mayfield bring one back to the state on Saturday.

Palestinians nytimes.com

Nearly Every Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Disagrees With Trump’s Jerusalem Decision

All but two of the 11 former envoys said the decision — a departure from seven decades of U.S. policy — was foolish and even dangerous.

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

Fire Alert Sent to Millions of Cellphones Was California’s Largest Warning Yet

The cellphone alert, which went to at least eight million people, was California’s largest use ever of a federal warning system activated in 2012.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Sotheby’s Prices $400 Million Of Senior Notes Due 2025

* SOTHEBY'S - PRICING OF $400 MILLION OF ITS SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2025 THROUGH AN OFFERING TO QUALIFIED INSTITUTIONAL BUYERS

Hair nytimes.com

The Male Animal: What’s the Deal With That Guy’s Fluffy Hair?

From Bernie Sanders to Graydon Carter, men of a certain age embrace an unruly hairstyle that suggests mad genius or regal slob.

Wonder Woman (Movie) nytimes.com

Screens (and Titles) Full of ‘Wonder’

“Wonder Woman,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” “Wonderstruck,” “Wonder Wheel” and just plain “Wonder” — movies with suchlike titles but different aims.

businessNews reuters.com

Exclusive: Wells Fargo sanctions are on ice under Trump official - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new acting head of the U.S. consumer finance watchdog is reviewing whether Wells Fargo & Co should pay tens of millions of dollars over alleged mortgage lending abuse, according to three sources familiar with the dispute.

Ford, Harold E Jr nytimes.com

Harold Ford Jr. Fired by Morgan Stanley Over Inappropriate ‘Conduct’

Mr. Ford, a former congressman turned Wall Street rainmaker, was terminated by the financial services firm for behavior it said was “inconsistent with our values and in violation of our policies.”

Wildfires nytimes.com

‘It Burns and It Keeps Burning’: Scenes From Southern California’s Wildfires

Wildfires have burned more than 100,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Fighting them were professionals and homeowners with garden hoses.

Animal Cognition nytimes.com

Matter: Scientists ‘Inject’ Information Into Monkeys’ Brains

In an experiment with science fiction implications, neurologists say they taught monkeys to play a game by stimulating their brains with electrodes.

Theater nytimes.com

‘Hamilton’ Opens in London. Does Anyone Know Who Alexander Hamilton Is?

Theatergoers were excited for the musical’s West End preview. Though many were hazy on the details of the founding father it’s named after.

Documentary Films and Programs nytimes.com

Review: ‘Quest’ Is a Moving Portrait of an American Family

This documentary from Jonathan Olshefski follows a North Philadelphia family through the Obama years.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Al Franken: From ‘Saturday Night Live’ to Congress

Mr. Franken was a star on the sketch comedy show and then a talk-radio host before running for political office.

The Crown (TV Program) nytimes.com

Review: ‘The Crown’ Season 2 Takes the Queen From Crisis to Crisis

Netflix’s award-winning series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II covers war, sex and the difficulties of managing a royally messed up family.

Movies nytimes.com

Bobby Cannavale, Tough Guy, ‘Can Handle a Pink Couch’

He charms Martin Scorsese and thrills his co-stars, so isn’t it time you recognized that Mr. Cannavale isn’t “the guy you went to high school with”?

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Al Franken’s Rise and Fall

Once a star of “Saturday Night Live,” Al Franken took his liberal politics to Washington in 2008 when he narrowly won a Minnesota Senate seat. He said he would resign over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Florence (Italy) nytimes.com

Florence Journal: ‘Taxi Therapy’ for Young Cancer Patients in Italy

In Florence, Caterina Bellandi, or Zia Caterina, gives free rides and adds a colorful note to the lives of children battling cancer.

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If Franken decides to resign, who would replace him?

Should Sen. Al Franken decide to step down, his resignation would set up a gubernatorial appointment and open up a new Senate battleground in 2018.

Palestinians nytimes.com

Palestinians Vent Their Anger After Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration

Amid predictions of violence and calls by Hamas for a new intifada, protesters in the West Bank and Gaza clashed with Israeli forces.

Wildfires nytimes.com

California Fires Live Updates: ‘Extreme’ Threat as Wind Gains Strength

Los Angeles and other cities in Southern California are bracing for winds so strong “there will be no ability to fight fire,” the state’s firefighting chief warned.

Women and Girls nytimes.com

Being a Doctor Is Hard. It’s Harder for Women.

Female medical residents and physicians endure bias and a larger burden with home duties. They also face a greater risk of depression.

Friendship nytimes.com

He’s 22. She’s 81. Their Friendship Is Melting Hearts.

The two met on the Words With Friends app, and photos of their in-person meeting delighted thousands of people on social media.

Fashion and Apparel nytimes.com

Karl Lagerfeld Sails Home to Hamburg for Chanel’s Métiers d’Art

The designer returned to the German port city of his birth to show his latest collection at the new Elbphilharmonie concert hall.

Defense and Military Forces nytimes.com

Nikki Haley Calls U.S Presence at South Korea Olympics an ‘Open Question’

The American envoy to the United Nations expressed concerns about whether tensions on the Korean Peninsula could pose a threat to athletes.

topNews reuters.com

Tillerson holds tough line on Russia sanctions over Ukraine

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson held his tough line on Russia during a visit to Europe on Thursday, saying in front of his Russian counterpart that Washington would keep sanctions in place until Russian forces withdraw from Ukraine.

The Daily nytimes.com

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Arab Anger and Resignation Over Jerusalem

The Palestinian issue seems to no longer be at the top of the agenda for many Arab leaders. Also, what it’s like to visit the Saudi crown prince.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Times Critics’ Top Books of 2017

The Times’s critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.

topNews reuters.com

Tillerson: Russia sanctions will stay until it withdraws from Ukraine

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. sanctions against Moscow will remain in place until Russia withdraws from Ukraine, United States Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said on Thursday, speaking in front of his Russian counterpart at a security conference in Vienna.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals nytimes.com

Futures in Jeopardy, ‘Dreamers’ Get Backing of Big Names and Businesses

A well-financed advertising and lobbying campaign for DACA beneficiaries is pushing Congress for a deal.

Art nytimes.com

Art Review: Arshile Gorky’s Art of Bliss Remembered

An exhibition of his late art shows Gorky dreaming about — and trying to recover — his Armenian childhood.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Trump Jr. Won’t Provide Details of a Call With His Father

Donald Trump Jr. claimed that his conversation with the president was protected under lawyer-client privilege because lawyers for both men were on the call.

Sex Crimes nytimes.com

A New Push to Expand New York’s Childhood Sex Assault Law

Activists hope this will be the year that New York changes its limits on how long victims of child sex abuse have to sue their attackers.

Jews and Judaism nytimes.com

Praise and Alarm From American Jews Over Trump’s Jerusalem Move

While some Jewish leaders welcomed recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, many worried that the step would inflame tensions and make peace in the Middle East even harder to achieve.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: We’ll Be Cheerful if It Kills Us

That gun bill is back, but then again, there’s a hero cat.

Bitcoin (Currency) nytimes.com

Bitcoin Hasn’t Replaced Cash, but Investors Don’t Care

Investors have lifted Bitcoin past $13,000, likening it to gold as a place to store money. Early followers who hoped for a faster, cheaper way to pay for things are looking elsewhere.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-United Rentals Announces Extension Of Exchange Offer For URNA’s 4.875% Senior Notes Due 2028

* UNITED RENTALS ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF EXCHANGE OFFER FOR URNA’S 4.875% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028

Fires and Firefighters nytimes.com

4 Reasons California’s Fires Are So Bad This Year

California has suffered unusually destructive fires this year. Here’s why.

Sessions, Jefferson B III nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Tucson’s Police Chief: Sessions’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Will Make Cities More Dangerous

People won’t report crimes if they’re afraid they may become separated from their families.

Jazz nytimes.com

Netflix for Jazz? Quincy Jones’s Qwest TV Takes Concerts and Films Digital

The jazz impresario’s latest project will offer high-definition streaming of jazz concerts and documentaries.

Elections, Mayors nytimes.com

Editorial: Let’s Limit the Term-Limit Debate

New York City voters have made clear over the years that two terms are enough for city officials, but City Council members are considering a third.

Christians and Christianity nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Supporting Roy Moore Is a Devil’s Bargain

A plea to my fellow Christians and social conservatives.

Theater nytimes.com

Review: ‘A Room in India’ Overflows With Astonishing Visions

Théâtre du Soleil brings a huge, dizzy epic of all the world’s ills (and theatrical styles) to the Park Avenue Armory.

d'Ormesson, Jean nytimes.com

Jean d’Ormesson, ‘Immortal’ French Man of Letters, Dies at 92

Once the youngest of the Académie Française’s 40 “immortals,” he became a national figure through his writings and television appearances.

Reign (Manhattan, NY, Retailer) nytimes.com

Critical Shopper: Why Is There No Great Multibrand Men’s Store in New York?

Reign, newly opened in the meatpacking district, aims to be a one-stop men’s wear shop.

Movies nytimes.com

Review: ‘I, Tonya.’ I, Punching Bag. I, Punch Line.

In this winking biopic, Margot Robbie plays the disgraced ice skater Tonya Harding.

Football nytimes.com

N.F.L. Extends Roger Goodell’s Contract, Ending Weeks of Discord

A committee of owners signed off on a contract worth about $200 million over five years, ending a bitter standoff with Jerry Jones, the Cowboys’ owner.

Coats and Jackets nytimes.com

What’s Next for Bode Miller After Skiing? Hint: Think Fashion

The newly retired skier teamed up with Aztech Mountain, a sports apparel start-up, and will be an NBC commentator during the Winter Games.

Paleontology nytimes.com

Trilobites: This Duck-Like Dinosaur Could Swim. That Isn’t the Strangest Thing About it.

With a swan-like neck and flippers, this raptor’s hodgepodge of features left paleontologists working to confirm that this fossil was a fraud.

cnn.com

Whistleblower: Flynn told colleague that Russia sanctions would be 'ripped up'

As President Donald Trump delivered his inaugural address, incoming-national security adviser Michael Flynn texted his former business colleague about a plan to join Russia and build nuclear reactors in the Middle East: The project was "good to go," he told them, according to a summary of a whistleblower's account provided by a lawmaker.

nytimes.com

Porgs, Ewoks and Rathtars: A Field Guide to ‘Star Wars’ Creatures

A quick look at new animals from "The Last Jedi" as well as some old favorites.

Country Music nytimes.com

Album Review: For Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, You Can’t Teach an Old Country Bro New Tricks

New albums from the two singers are at odds over whether country is in the lyrics or the sounds.

Television nytimes.com

For ‘Transparent,’ Accusations Against Jeffrey Tambor Burst an Idealistic Bubble

The staff of the acclaimed Amazon series believed it had created a special workplace. Then harassment accusations pierced the idealism.

Movies nytimes.com

The Carpetbagger: ‘I’d Never Seen My Fears as an African-American Man Onscreen’

Jordan Peele, writer-director of “Get Out,” says his own concerns almost prevented it from being made. Now prize givers love it. Will the academy agree?

Flynn, Michael T nytimes.com

Flynn Said Russian Sanctions Would be ‘Ripped Up,’ Whistle-Blower Says

The whistle-blower said Mr. Flynn thought that ending the sanctions would allow a business project he was once involved with to move forward.

Fashion and Apparel nytimes.com

trading up: Sweater Vests Are Back. Just Don’t Tell Grandpa.

To the delight of grandfathers and dorky librarians everywhere, the fuddy-duddy sweater vest has shed its uncool reputation. In several standout collections for this coming spring season, designers subverted the sleeveless knit with puckish attitude and provocative styling.

Starbucks Corporation nytimes.com

The World’s Biggest Starbucks Opens in Shanghai. Here’s What It Looks Like.

The company’s new store in China is aimed squarely at a country of tea drinkers that has emerged as a major core of its business.

Budget Travel nytimes.com

Tech We’re Using: What Tech Tools Frequent Travelers Should Always Pack

You should always have a portable battery to charge your phone. But other must-haves are not as obvious, says Lucas Peterson, The Times’s Frugal Traveler.

healthNews reuters.com

Kids aren’t protecting themselves against STDs during oral sex

(Reuters Health) - Adolescents and young adults regularly engage in oral sex but seldom use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, new research shows.

Television nytimes.com

‘The Crown’: A Look Back at Season 1 and the History Behind It

Here’s an episode-by-episode summary of Season 1 of “The Crown,” and a survey of how some of the historical events were covered in The New York Times.

domesticNews reuters.com

Turkey links U.S. judge in sanctions case to wanted cleric

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Wednesday the U.S. judge hearing the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank had taken part in events organized by a cleric Ankara blames for last year's failed military coup.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund nytimes.com

The Neediest Cases Fund: A Single Mother Had Nowhere to Go. Now She Has ‘A Place of My Own.’

Since leaving her boyfriend’s house shortly after their daughter’s first birthday, Shirmira Wilson has earned a college degree and started pursuing another one.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Vladimir Putin of Russia Confirms He’ll Run for President Again

In a choreographed announcement in a factory setting, he said he would stand for a fourth term as president in March and was expected to win handily.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Trump Plans to Formally Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

Ignoring warnings from diplomats around the world, President Trump would reverse decades of American policy toward the divided city.

Toys nytimes.com

Can’t Find Any Fingerlings? Bots Snap Up Popular Christmas Toys for Resale

Hot toys like the Barbie Hello Dreamhouse quickly sold out online this year, then appeared on eBay and Amazon at inflated prices.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Tillerson Suggests Cuba Could Have Stopped ‘Targeted Attacks’ on U.S. Diplomats

“You probably know” who attacked the 24 American diplomats in Cuba, the secretary of state said. “You can stop it. It’s as simple as that.”

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

5 Takeaways from a TimesTalk About Weinstein, O’Reilly and Sexual Harassment

Journalists who broke two of the biggest sexual harassment cases of the past year were joined by the actress Ashley Judd to discuss their reporting.

Time (Magazine) nytimes.com

‘The Silence Breakers’ Are Time’s Person of the Year

In an interview on “Today,” the magazine’s editor in chief said that the #MeToo movement represented the “fastest-moving social change we’ve seen in decades.”

News and News Media nytimes.com

On the Night News Desk When Trump’s Tweeting Starts

Lara Jakes, recent night editor for our Washington bureau, and Steve Kenny, night editor in New York, discuss how Year 1 of the Trump era has affected their jobs and their sleep.

The Daily nytimes.com

The Daily: Listen to ‘The Daily’: Jerusalem, and the Weinstein Machine

Why President Trump might be risking hopes of an Israeli-Palestinian deal. Also, how Harvey Weinstein used his connections to cover up misconduct accusations.

Refugees and Displaced Persons nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Why the Rohingya Can’t Yet Return to Myanmar

The agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to return the Rohingya refugees to Myanmar is a sham. Bangladesh must let them stay.

Disabilities nytimes.com

Disability: I Use a Wheelchair. And Yes, I’m Your Doctor.

Despite the progress we’ve made, a doctor with a disability is still an extremely rare sight.

Music nytimes.com

Feature: From Farm to Farm With the King of ‘Bro-Country’

Luke Bryan has been testing the sonic limits of country music for a decade. Just how much novelty can the genre take?

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Tronox Says Would Fight Lawsuit Filed By U.S. FTC To Block Co's Proposed Acquistion Of Cristal's Titanium Dioxide Business

* TRONOX LTD SAYS "IT WOULD VIGOROUSLY FIGHT A LAWSUIT FILED DECEMBER 5, 2017 BY U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION"

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump’s Endorsement of Roy Moore Points Up a G.O.P. Problem: Chaos

President Trump’s impulsive, improvisational political style is preventing the Republican Party from establishing a true organization for the coming midterm elections.

Academy Awards (Oscars) nytimes.com

The Carpetbagger: How Syria’s First Oscar Contender Eluded the Government

The director of “Little Gandhi” worked with a cameraman via Skype, then had the footage smuggled out. Qualifying for the academy was another adventure.

Theater nytimes.com

Review: Real Russians and Fake News in ‘Describe the Night’

Rajiv Joseph’s new play jams 90 years of lies, fantasies, propaganda and conspiracy into just under three hours. Also: the worst soup ever.

Christine Keeler nytimes.com

Christine Keeler, Central Figure in British ‘Scandal of the Century,’ Is Dead at 75

Ms. Keeler’s affair with the government minister John Profumo and other revelations set England abuzz in the early 1960s.

Zarrab, Reza (1983- ) nytimes.com

Zarrab’s Take From Iran Sanctions Plot? ‘Maybe $150 Million,’ He Says

Reza Zarrab, under cross-examination by the defense, admitted that he had made a fortune helping Turkey evade U.S.-imposed sanctions on Iran.

China nytimes.com

Inside China’s Big Tech Conference, New Ways to Track Citizens

The technologies for tracking citizens, and their wide acceptance in China, were on display at the World Internet Conference.

Appointments and Executive Changes nytimes.com

Consumer Bureau’s New Leader Steers a Sudden Reversal

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new acting director has suspended or softened several investigations and lawsuits. Some employees are quietly resisting.

Corporate Taxes nytimes.com

Tax Plan Crowns a Big Winner: Trump’s Industry

Commercial real estate gets lower rates and new breaks in the Republican bills, and trusts that have been key financing sources do especially well.

60 Minutes (TV Program) nytimes.com

The New ‘60 Minutes’ Book Has a Troubled History

Jeff Fager, the show’s executive producer, took over the project after the original author asked about women in the “60 Minutes” workplace.

Chairs nytimes.com

Design Review: Furniture Design’s Brave New Present

Joris Laarman marries design to transformative technology borrowed from biological research. Now, this smart software can manufacture unique pieces.

Union, Gabrielle nytimes.com

We’re Going to Need More Gabrielle Union

“I think the floodgates have opened for white women,” the actress and rape survivor said of the #MeToo movement, which coincided with her new memoir.

cnn.com

Dems hold up nomination over answer on Flynn and Russia

Democrats have placed a hold on the nomination of KT McFarland to be ambassador to Singapore until she answers their questions about her knowledge of communications between former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, a Democratic source told CNN.

Television nytimes.com

Review: With ‘Dark,’ Netflix Delivers Science Fiction With European Roots

The streaming service’s first German production plays like a slower, artsier, more complicated take on “Stranger Things.”

Jerusalem (Israel) nytimes.com

The Conflict in Jerusalem Is Distinctly Modern: Here’s the History

The city has long been contested by Jews, Christians and Muslims, as well as by external powers, and its future remains far from clear.

Hariri, Saad nytimes.com

It’s Official: Lebanese Prime Minister Not Resigning After All

What happens in Saudi Arabia stays in Saudi Arabia, including the short-lived surprise resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri of Lebanon.

Jews and Judaism nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Of Course Jerusalem Is Israel’s Capital

President Trump is going to formalize what all Israelis know.

companyNews reuters.com

UPDATE 1-Pizza Hut delivery in Phoenix: 'Would you like beer with that?'

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Pizza Hut on Tuesday began offering beer delivery in a downtown Phoenix restaurant as part of a larger test aimed at setting the chain apart from stronger rivals such as Domino's Pizza Inc.

companyNews reuters.com

CORRECTED-Pizza Hut delivery in Phoenix: 'Would you like beer with that?'

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Pizza Hut on Tuesday began offering beer delivery in a downtown Phoenix restaurant as part of a larger test aimed at setting the chain apart from stronger rivals such as Domino's Pizza Inc.

companyNews reuters.com

Pizza Hut delivery in Phoenix: 'Would you like beer with that?'

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Pizza Hut on Tuesday began offering beer delivery in a downtown Phoenix restaurant as part of a larger test aimed at setting the chain apart from stronger rivals such as Domino's Pizza Inc.

Dancing nytimes.com

A ‘Nutcracker’ Dressed in Bon Bons, With a Pineapple Throne

How do you redesign a classic? Isabel and Ruben Toledo took on “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” for Miami.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

U.S. to Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Trump Says, Alarming Middle East Leaders

Igniting fears of violence in the region, Arab and European leaders warn that President Trump’s decision could derail any peace initiative.

French Language nytimes.com

Montreal Journal: Quebec Tries to Say Au Revoir to ‘Hi,’ and Hello to ‘Bonjour’

Quebec’s legislature has passed a motion calling for merchants to greet customers with “Bonjour” rather than the unofficial “Bonjour Hi.”

Tigers nytimes.com

Trilobites: Sometimes Seeing More Endangered Tigers Isn’t a Good Sign

The concentration of Sumatran tigers in Indonesia’s protected forests has gone up, a researcher says, but probably because they are fleeing deforestation elsewhere.

Fashion and Apparel nytimes.com

It’s a Look: A Macho Home on Guys’ Wrists

The colorful jewelry combo of turquoise and silver is showing up in magazine spreads, social media feeds and hip urban enclaves.

domesticNews reuters.com

Treasury sanctions cleric Faisal for Islamic State recruiting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday said it had sanctioned Abdullah Ibrahim al-Faisal for recruiting for Islamic State, alleging the Jamaican cleric had influenced people around the world in attacking civilians and creating bomb plots and also had helped new recruits to the extremist group travel and hide.

Falls nytimes.com

Voices: Things I’ll Do Differently When I’m Old

Soon after my 50th birthday, I started keeping a list of “Things I will do/things I won’t do when I get old.” Ten years on, I’m still adding to it.

Teen Vogue nytimes.com

‘Where My Activists At?’ Inside the First Teen Vogue Summit

Who needs a fusty old print magazine when you have Elaine Welteroth and Hillary Clinton in the flesh — am I right, ladies?

Coral nytimes.com

Trilobites: To See the Best Christmas Trees, You’ll Need Scuba Gear

Known as Christmas tree worms, these sea creatures’ bright fir-like cones can be spotted while diving around reefs in tropical waters.

Wildfires nytimes.com

‘Out-of-Control’ Fire Torches Southern California, Forcing Thousands to Evacuate

The fire has grown with astonishing speed, and conditions are “not going to get any better anytime soon,” an official with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said.

Cooking and Cookbooks nytimes.com

Cookbooks: The Year’s Best Baking Cookbooks, for Novices and Pros

Melissa Clark says seven favorites from 2017 all help dispel the fear of baking.

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: The Tax Bill’s ‘Spiraling Consequences’

Tuesday: What the tax bill means for California, transplanting Silicon Valley’s magic, the Ventura fire and reaction to our Berkeley housing story