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Uber Engaged in ‘Illegal’ Spying on Rivals, Ex-Employee Says

In a 37-page letter made public in court, a former Uber security employee detailed a massive intelligence-gathering operation that included tailing rival executives.

Social Media nytimes.com

State of the Art: Facebook Conceded It Might Make You Feel Bad. Here’s How to Interpret That.

In a remarkable blog post, Facebook cited research showing that “passively consuming” social media made people feel worse. It also said it was trying to fix the problem.

Bribery and Kickbacks nytimes.com

Peru’s President Faces Possible Ouster Over Links to Odebrecht

Lawmakers called President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski “morally handicapped” and set the stage for a vote that could lead to his removal.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

A Middle-Class Tax Cut? Americans Aren’t Buying It

A poll finds that Americans don’t expect their own taxes to decline next year and doubt that the Republican plan will raise wages or economic growth.

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BRIEF-WOW Unlimited Media Closes Private Placement Of Convertible Debentures

* WOW UNLIMITED MEDIA INC. CLOSES PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

What’s Next After the Repeal of Net Neutrality

Here is a guide to what will happen in the coming weeks (and maybe years), including potential changes from companies and numerous lawsuits.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Russell Simmons, R. Kelly, and Why Black Women Can’t Say #MeToo

When your community fights for the people who terrorized you, it means your pain is not a priority.

Tillerson, Rex W nytimes.com

Tillerson, in Apparent U-Turn, Says North Korea Must ‘Earn’ Its Way to Talks

Three days after striking a conciliatory tone, Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson said Pyongyang must stop nuclear threats before any possible talks.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Right and Left React to the F.C.C.’s Vote on Net Neutrality Rules

Writers from across the political spectrum on the vote Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission to dismantle Obama-era rules on net neutrality.

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BRIEF-Azimut Announces $1.55 Million Flow-Through Private Placement Financing

* AZIMUT ANNOUNCES $1.55 MILLION FLOW-THROUGH PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING

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BRIEF-NGEx Announces Increase In Private Placement To C$12.5 Mln

* NGEX ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN PRIVATE PLACEMENT TO CDN $12.5 MILLION

Podcasts nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren’t So Sure

It seems every podcast company is starting its own counterintuitive take on history. But how effective are they at actually illuminating our past?

Subways nytimes.com

New York’s Next Subway Chief Will Mull Closing Lines for Repairs

Andy Byford, the city’s incoming transit president, says that making real progress in the subway system will require hard choices.

Movies nytimes.com

Don’t Be the Parent You See in Holiday Films

Beloved characters in some of our favorite holiday films set truly poor examples. What were they thinking?

California Today nytimes.com

California Today: California Today: A Timber Town’s Water Fight

Friday: A water battle in Weed, U.C.L.A.’s record application numbers, the first marijuana licenses and reactions to the NorCal/SoCal debate.

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Net Neutrality, Disney, ‘Star Wars’: Your Friday Briefing

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

Labor and Jobs nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: What’s Stifling Pay Raises Is Also Curbing Economic Growth

As productivity growth lags, living standards for American workers do, too.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge nytimes.com

Here’s What Oil Drilling Looks Like in the Arctic Refuge, 30 Years Later

Satellite images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge show the effects of an oil well that operated there in the mid-1980s.

Twelfth Night (Play) nytimes.com

Review: Finding Serenity in a Tempest-Tossed ‘Twelfth Night’

Fiasco Theater’s agreeable production of a much-performed play finds the clarity in a comedy of confusion.

Video Recordings, Downloads and Streaming nytimes.com

The Streaming Landscape After Disney’s Deal

Netflix is the clear leader in the streaming wars, but Disney’s deal with 21st Century Fox changes things. Here’s a look at the various streaming services.

Radio nytimes.com

Mike Francesa Won’t Be ‘Back After This’

Francesa, who has dominated New York’s sports talk-radio scene for decades, is ending his show this week amid major shifts in the industry.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The G.O.P.’s Legislative Lemons

It’s not just the tax cut or A.C.A. repeal: If the public opposes a law, you can bet the Republicans support it. Why?

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit) nytimes.com

Theresa May, Once a ‘Dead Woman Walking,’ Reaches a First Finish Line

Mocked for months as weak and robotic, the British prime minister has earned sympathy in Brussels — and some respite at home — by doggedly carrying on.

Space and Astronomy nytimes.com

Trilobites: An 8th Planet Is Found Orbiting a Distant Star, With A.I.’s Help

A Google neural network analyzed data collected by NASA and helped astronomers detect another planet around a star some 2,500 light years away.

Zika Virus nytimes.com

As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk

They are 2 years old, but developmentally they are 6 months old. The children most severely affected by Zika face a lifetime of care, new research shows.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures nytimes.com

Common Sense: The Disney-Fox Deal Has Friends in High Places

The Justice Department moved to block AT&T’s attempted acquisition of Time Warner. So why would it approve this $52.4 billion megadeal?

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UPDATE 3-Delta Air Lines to place order for Airbus jets

NEW YORK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it will place a firm order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets and an optional order for 100 of the aircraft.

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Tony Manero Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, but Disco Does, for One Night Only

The anniversary of “Saturday Night Fever,” celebrated at the original disco where the movie was filmed, underscores how much Brooklyn has changed.

Regulation and Deregulation of Industry nytimes.com

Trump Says His Regulatory Rollback Already Is the ‘Most Far-Reaching’

President Trump, showcasing his accomplishments near the end of his first year, said that for every new regulation, his administration has killed 22.

Movies nytimes.com

Review: ‘Wormwood’ Confirms That Errol Morris Is Our Great Cinematic Sleuth

The American filmmaker chases down clues and tries to exorcise demons as he tackles the biggest case of his career.

Putin, Vladimir V nytimes.com

‘Are You Normal?’ Putin Asks U.S. Congress in Annual News Gathering

As much circus as news conference, the event provided the Russian president with a platform to bolster his campaign and to attack the United States.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: What if You Couldn’t Access This Page?

This nightmare internet scenario is at our digital doorstep.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Morgan Spurlock: ‘I Am Part of the Problem’

The filmmaker wrote that he had engaged in sexual misconduct over the years, dating back to his college days.

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BRIEF-NGEx Announces CDN $10 Million Private Placement

* NGEX RESOURCES - INTENDS TO SELL ON A NON-BROKERED, PRIVATE PLACEMENT BASIS, AN AGGREGATE OF UP TO 10 MILLION COMMON SHARES AT $1.00/COMMON SHARE

Jean-Claude Van Johnson (TV Program) nytimes.com

Review: In ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson,’ Van Damme Gives Us the True Hollywood Story

In Amazon’s “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” we learn that films like “Bloodsport” and “Timecop” were covers for a career as a secret agent. That’s a relief.

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BRIEF-Unilever To Acquire Schmidt’s Naturals

* SAYS TERMS OF TRANSACTION WERE NOT DISCLOSED​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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A vibrant press in the unlikeliest of places

New York Times nytimes.com

‘Not a Day Goes by That I Don’t Think About Jerusalem’

Almost 600 readers wrote to us about what Jerusalem, or Al Quds, means to them.

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Delta Air Lines to place order for Airbus jets

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it will place a firm order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets and an optional order for 100 of the aircraft. Delta, the No. 2 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it expects deliveries to begin in the first quarter of 2020, with new aircraft arriving through 2023.

Nuclear Tests nytimes.com

South Korea’s Leader, Meeting Xi Jinping, Seeks ‘New Start’ With China

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea was working to end an unofficial trade war over his country’s antimissile system.

Bee, Samantha nytimes.com

Best of Late Night: Samantha Bee Says Roy Moore’s Loss Belongs to His Accusers

“Their bravery changed the world,” Ms. Bee said of the women who came forward against Mr. Moore.

Movies nytimes.com

Review: The Sidekick as Hero in ‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown’

Bill Pullman stars in this Montana-set western, which tips its cowboy hat to classics of the genre.

Illegal Immigration nytimes.com

Feature: ‘Will They Take Me, Too?’

More than a thousand children are counting on Nora Sándigo to become their guardian if their undocumented parents are deported. How many of those promises will she now have to keep?

Television nytimes.com

Kit Harington Isn’t Trying to Compete With ‘Game of Thrones’

Mr. Harington discusses “Gunpowder,” his new historical thriller on HBO, and what his character does and doesn’t share with Jon Snow.

Handbags and Purses nytimes.com

Christie’s Just Set Another Auction Record, for Handbag Sales

In Paris, it was Birkins at dawn, and under the gavel.

Brain nytimes.com

Feature: To Unlock the Brain’s Mysteries, Purée It

A Vanderbilt neuroscientist has discovered an unusual but shockingly fruitful way to study our most enigmatic organ.

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BRIEF-Blocktrade: Alphamin ‍Confirms Close Of South African Private Placement

* ‍CONFIRMS THAT SOUTH AFRICAN PRIVATE PLACEMENT CLOSED AT 12:00 ON 11 DECEMBER 2017​

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump’s E.P.A. Chemical Safety Nominee Withdraws

The nominee, Michael L. Dourson, had faced criticism on several fronts for his ties to the chemical industry.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Donald Trump’s Gift to Women

His conduct has spurred women to action.

Baseball nytimes.com

On Baseball: Derek Jeter Was Once the Captain. But Now He’s the Apprentice.

In his new role as the baseball chief of the Marlins, Jeter has gutted the team, and only time will tell the wisdom of his early moves.

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BRIEF-Siyata Mobile Announces Increase Of CDN$1 Mln To Brokered Private Placement

* SIYATA MOBILE ANNOUNCES INCREASE OF CDN$1 MILLION TO BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT RESULTING IN UP TO CDN$4 MILLION IN UNSECURED CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES

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BRIEF-Boulevard Acquisition Says Institutional Investors Agreed To Private Placement Of New Estre Shares For About $130 Mln

* BOULEVARD ACQUISITION CORP. II AND ESTRE AMBIENTAL S.A. TRANSACTION UPDATE

Women and Girls nytimes.com

Alabama Women ‘Make a Stand’ in First Election of the #MeToo Era

Black women were critical to Doug Jones’s Senate victory. Most white women supported his conservative opponent, Roy Moore, although the Republican had been banking on even more.

United States Economy nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: The Global Economy Is Partying Like It’s 2008

The factors that caused the Great Recession are at play again today.

Voice Recognition Systems nytimes.com

Tech We’re Using: Busting the Myths About A.I. Invading Our Lives

Cade Metz, a technology reporter for The Times, assesses the pitfalls of A.I. and the possibilities that Skynet will rule us.

Biden, Joseph R III nytimes.com

Joe Biden Comforts Meghan McCain in Heartfelt Exchange on ‘The View’

“One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John,” Mr. Biden told a tearful Ms. McCain. Her father, John McCain, has the same form of cancer that killed his son Beau.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit) nytimes.com

Parliament Demands Greater Say Over ‘Brexit,’ Defying Theresa May

Rebel Conservative lawmakers joined opposition lawmakers in a 309 to 305 vote to insist on a formal vote on Britain’s plans to withdraw from the European Union.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump’s Shameless Slur Against Kirsten Gillibrand

His smear on Twitter insinuates that women succeed only if they trade on their sexuality, not because they are smart, savvy or resourceful.

Simmons, Russell nytimes.com

Russell Simmons’s Statement on Rape Allegations

The music mogul released a statement in which he denied accusations by three women who say Mr. Simmons raped them.

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BRIEF-U.S. FDA Accepts Bristol-Myers Squibb’S Application For Opdivo (Nivolumab) Plus Yervoy (Ipilimumab)

* U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) ACCEPTS BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB’S APPLICATION FOR OPDIVO (NIVOLUMAB) PLUS YERVOY (IPILIMUMAB) IN INTERMEDIATE- AND POOR-RISK PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED RENAL CELL CARCINOMA AND GRANTS PRIORITY REVIEW

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Delta may place order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets: sources

PARIS/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines looked close on Wednesday to placing an order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets in a boost for the European planemaker as it tries to narrow a 2017 order gap against Boeing , two people familiar with the matter said.

Defibrillators nytimes.com

A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm

Rapid, erratic heartbeats — called ventricular tachycardia — can lead to sudden death. An experimental radiation treatment has eased the condition in five patients.

Voter Registration and Requirements nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Black Voters to Democrats: You’re Welcome

If they want to win more elections, they need to integrate black voters into the heart and soul of the party.

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UPDATE 1-Delta may place order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets -sources

PARIS/NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines looked close on Wednesday to placing an order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets in a boost for the European planemaker as it tries to narrow a 2017 order gap against Boeing, two people familiar with the matter said.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: With a Little Help From Their Friends (and Agents and Librarians and Fact-Checkers ...)

Within the rote exercise of authors’ acknowledgments, truths about family, struggle, pride and terror manage to seep out.

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Minnesota lieutenant governor to replace Franken in Senate

(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator by the state's governor on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Right and Left React to Roy Moore’s Defeat in Alabama

Writers from across the political spectrum on the victory of Doug Jones and the defeat of Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race.

Colleges and Universities nytimes.com

‘Where Out-of-Town Girls Could Come Feel Safe in New York’

Alumnae of the women’s school Finch College, which closed in 1975, still gather regularly to reminisce about high jinks and distribute scholarships.

Pizza nytimes.com

Naples Journal: Naples Celebrates as Its Pizza Makers ‘Conquer the World’

Unesco put the century-old art of Neapolitan pizza making on its annual list of “the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”

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Minnesota's Lt. Gov. to replace Al Franken in the Senate

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been selected to replace Al Franken in the Senate.

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

Facebook Sees Little Evidence of Russian Meddling in ‘Brexit’ Vote

The social media giant’s statement came in response to questions from the British Parliament, but a member of Parliament called Facebook’s answer insufficient.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Democrats: McConnell Must ‘Hit the Pause Button’ on Tax Vote

Buoyed by their upset victory in the Alabama Senate Race, Democrats are calling for a delay on the tax vote until Senator-Elect Doug Jones is sworn in.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund nytimes.com

The Neediest Cases Fund: In Harlem, a Shelter That Gives Young Men the Tools to Succeed

Create Young Adult Residences serves men 18 to 25, helping them transition into adulthood. It offers a support system that has proved invaluable to many residents.

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken

(Reuters) - Minnesota's Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was appointed as U.S. senator on Wednesday to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the state's governor said at a news conference.

Sexual Harassment nytimes.com

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor to Replace Al Franken in Senate

The appointment followed weeks of debate over Mr. Franken’s fate. He announced he would resign last week after more women reported improper behavior.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

Tech Tip: 2017’s Best Technology Tips and Tricks: You Asked, We Answered

Readers of The Times’s personal technology section had lots of questions. Here we highlight the most compelling — in terms of their connection to current events or in reader response.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Republicans’ Tax Bill Nearing the Finish Line

A public hearing of the conference committee on Wednesday will be largely a show given that Republican lawmakers are close to a final deal on the $1.5 trillion tax bill.

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Trump backer Omarosa is leaving the White House

White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," plans to leave the White House next month, according to a statement from press secretary Sarah Sanders.

Jones, Doug (1954- ) nytimes.com

Why Black Voters Backed Doug Jones: ‘It’s a Matter of Character for Us’

Turned off by Roy S. Moore, Stephen K. Bannon and President Trump, African-Americans turned out at levels that ensured victory for the Democratic Senate candidate.

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Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to replace Franken: report

(Reuters) - Minnesota's governor will appoint Democratic Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith as U.S. senator to replace Al Franken, who resigned after being accused of sexual harassment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Wednesday, citing sources.

Hurricane Harvey (2017) nytimes.com

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.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Trump: ‘I Said Roy Moore Will Not Be Able to Win’ in Alabama

President Trump, never one to accept blame, may look for a scapegoat for his failure to lift Mr. Moore to victory in Alabama.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Bon Jovi Leads 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees: ‘It’s About Time’

The band will join the institution in April along with Nina Simone, the Cars, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Television nytimes.com

Review: ‘Mosaic’ is a Frustrating Soderbergh Story, Some Assembly Required

“Mosaic” will be an HBO mini-series in January. But first, it’s an intriguing if unsatisfying app, testing the limits of interactivity.

Newtown, Conn, Shooting (2012) nytimes.com

Newtown Is ‘Still So Raw,’ Five Years After Massacre

The country is often reminded of what grief looks like immediately after mass violence. But Newtown shows how mourning evolves and endures years later.

Parkinson's Disease nytimes.com

Exercise May Aid Parkinson’s Disease, but Make It Intense

Vigorous treadmill exercise was safe and slowed progression of Parkinson’s disease, a new study reports.

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Doug Jones, Kirsten Gillibrand, ‘Star Wars’: Your Wednesday Briefing

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

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Exclusive: After Grenfell fire, same builders rehired to replace dangerous cladding, Reuters finds

LONDON (Reuters) - Some building companies that installed dangerous cladding on social housing blocks across Britain are now winning new contracts following the Grenfell Tower blaze to remove their original work and install panels that can pass safety tests, a Reuters review shows.

Colbert, Stephen nytimes.com

Best of Late Night: Roy Moore’s Horse Ride Draws Late-Night Ridicule

Stephen Colbert and other late-night hosts made fun of the losing Alabama Senate candidate for riding a horse to the polls.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Underneath Romain Gary’s Many Masks

Two newly published books by the French author who pulled off one of the most elaborate literary deceptions of all time.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Talk: Pete Souza Didn’t Miss a Thing

The former White House photographer on traveling with President Obama and whether he trolls Trump on Instagram.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Key Takeaways From Doug Jones’s Alabama Victory

The defeat of Roy S. Moore, the Republican, in Alabama’s Senate election contains some worrying signs for the party as it heads into the 2018 midterms.

Moore, Roy S nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: Alabama Says No to Trump’s Tribalism

This was a real sign of health.

Travel and Vacations nytimes.com

Pedophile Barred From Leaving Australia as Sex Tourism Law Takes Effect

A man convicted of child sex offenses was turned away from Sydney Airport on Wednesday as Australia’s “world first” sex tourism law came into effect.

Blacks nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Trump and Bannon Can’t Save the Day

The president and the populist badly botched their attempt to put Roy Moore over the top.

Federal Bureau of Investigation nytimes.com

In Texts, F.B.I. Officials in Russia Inquiry Said Clinton ‘Just Has to Win’

Some messages criticized the Clinton team and the Obama administration, but the officials appeared appalled at some of Donald J. Trump’s comments during the campaign.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads

The country keeps two million streetlights on overnight, generating profits for utilities and politicians at a cost for consumers and the environment.

Soccer nytimes.com

On Soccer: This Premier League Player’s Position? Left Out

Fans think Stuart Taylor has it made: a Premier League salary and a job he is rarely asked to perform. But his long career as a third-choice goalkeeper isn’t the one he saw for himself.

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Founder of China's embattled LeEco placed on debt blacklist

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The high-profile founder of struggling Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has been placed on an official blacklist of debt defaulters, a further blow to a firm that had spent heavily to compete in areas from smart cars to online entertainment.

Jones, Doug (1954- ) nytimes.com

Doug Jones: A Lawyer in the Thick of Alabama’s Big Moments

As a prosecutor and defense lawyer, Mr. Jones played a role in some of his state’s biggest cases, putting him in a position to make electoral history.

Theater nytimes.com

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.

21st Century Fox nytimes.com

Disney’s Deal for 21st Century Fox Is Said to Be Close

The $60 billion-plus acquisition would give Disney control of most of Rupert Murdoch’s movie and TV empire, and give a serious boost to the company’s streaming ambitions.

California nytimes.com

Quakes and Fires? It’s the Cost of Living That Californians Can’t Stomach

For many Californians, natural disasters are a moment to take stock and rethink the dream. But in the end, it almost always comes down to cost.

Subways nytimes.com

‘The Tunnel’: Depressing, Claustrophobic and Now a Terror Target

The passageway between busy subway lines in Times Square, often crowded shoulder to shoulder, became the destination of a would-be suicide bomber.

Hanukkah nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Lighting Hanukkah Candles Under the Swastika’s Shadow

Tonight a menorah that began its life in Nazi Germany will be lit in Israel.

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Roy Moore, Kirsten Gillibrand, ‘Star Wars’: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

Politics and Government nytimes.com

‘Fake News,’ Trump’s Obsession, Is Now a Cudgel for Strongmen

Leaders who don’t like to be criticized or investigated have embraced the term. Scholars fear that it further erodes trust in democracy.

Bitcoin (Currency) nytimes.com

The Shift: I Was Wrong About Bitcoin. Here’s Why.

Our columnist predicted in 2013 that Bitcoin, then a new digital currency, would soon die. He points to five assumptions he got wrong.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Mason Graphite Announces $45 Million Bought Deal Private Placement Offering

* MASON GRAPHITE ANNOUNCES $45 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING

Television nytimes.com

Encounters: ‘Insecure’ No More, Yvonne Orji Still Enjoys Cheap Pizza

The actress and comic has opened for Chris Rock, and her HBO show is a hit. But after a set at Carolines she recalled leaner times.

Dancing nytimes.com

Five Dancers Accuse City Ballet’s Peter Martins of Physical Abuse

The accusations, spanning decades, come after a sexual harassment claim against Mr. Martins.

Civil Rights and Liberties nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: In Mississippi’s Museum Openings, a Victory for ‘Local People’

The story about the opening of the museums is also the story of the civil rights movement.

Movies nytimes.com

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Really Good! Here’s Our Review.

With charm and wit, the latest “Star Wars” movie unites the past and present as it looks toward the future.

Wildfires nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Are the American West’s Wildfires Inevitable?

Michael Kodas’s “Megafire” and Edward Struzik’s “Firestorm” analyse the misguided history and dire results of America’s wildfire management policy.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund nytimes.com

The Neediest Cases Fund: Carrying a Load of Debt and Pain, and Determined to Get Stronger

Kristian Hidalgo, 24, aims to push through the pain, aches and fatigue of his illnesses while paying off his student debt.

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BRIEF-Soleno Therapeutics Announces $15 Million Private Placement

* SOLENO THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES $15 MILLION PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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BRIEF-Transeastern Power Trust Announces $40 Mln Private Placement Offering, Debt Recapitalization

* TRANSEASTERN POWER TRUST ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING, DEBT RECAPITALIZATION AND PROPOSED CHANGE OF NAME TO BLOCKCHAIN POWER TRUST

Trump, Donald J nytimes.com

Trump Blames Democrats for ‘False Accusations’ From Women

“Unable to show any collusion with Russia,” the president says, and accuses Democrats of fabricating stories of sexual misconduct.

United States International Relations nytimes.com

Talk of Trump Visit Tests U.K.’s ‘Special Relationship’

The American ambassador in London said he hoped a planned trip by President Trump would go ahead despite vocal opposition.

Women and Girls nytimes.com

On Campus: It’s Pretty Crazy to Be a Young Woman in Roy Moore’s Alabama

I’m shocked to see friends and relatives support a credibly accused sexual predator, all because he’s a Republican.

United States Economy nytimes.com

Economic Scene: Tax Plan’s Biggest Cuts Could Be in Living Standards

Cutting taxes is mostly an exercise in slicing the economic pie a different way, not making it bigger, with gains for a few offset by losses for many.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: Making Citizens’ Lives Better

David Goldfield’s “The Gifted Generation” explains the importance of government.

Colbert, Stephen nytimes.com

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Taunts the ‘Failed’ New York Bomber

“The worst you did is make the subways run late — and the M.T.A. does that just fine without your help,” the “Late Show” host said.

Ghani, Ashraf nytimes.com

News Analysis: Afghan President’s Critics Losing Patience Over Delayed Vote

Opponents of the increasingly isolated Ashraf Ghani are holding rallies, issuing ultimatums and calling for a tribal referendum on his performance in office.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Pershing Gold Announces Bought Deal Of Us$6.8 Million And Private Placement Of Us$6.8 Million

* PERSHING GOLD ANNOUNCES BOUGHT DEAL OF US$6.8 MILLION AND PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF US$6.8 MILLION

Homeless Persons nytimes.com

De Blasio Seeks to Turn Homeless ‘Cluster Sites’ Into Affordable Housing

Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce a plan geared toward converting 800 apartments used to house the homeless into affordable housing.

Subways nytimes.com

About New York: In a Bombing’s Aftermath, Doubling Down on the Everyday

After a man in a homemade suicide vest blew himself up near Times Square, New Yorkers kept their fears at bay and the subway turnstiles spinning.

businessNews reuters.com

Brent crude jumps above $65 for 1st time since 2015 after North Sea pipeline outage

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude oil prices jumped above $65 per barrel for the first time since 2015 after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

Moon nytimes.com

Trump Announces That the Moon Is Astronauts’ Next Destination

The presidential directive called for partnership with other nations and commercial companies but did not offer details about schedule or cost.

Theater nytimes.com

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.

Social Conditions and Trends nytimes.com

Op-Ed Columnist: What’s Wrong With Radicalism

Today’s radicalism is unusual. For starters, we have radical anger without radical policies.

businessNews reuters.com

Brent crude jumps above $65 for first time since 2015 after North Sea pipeline outage

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude oil prices jumped above $65 per barrel for the first time since 2015 after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supplies from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

Computers and the Internet nytimes.com

The Shift: The ‘Alt-Right’ Created a Parallel Internet. It’s an Unholy Mess.

Hard-right activists, censored and banned by Twitter and Facebook, tried to create their own digital services. But they appear to have hit obstacles.

United States Politics and Government nytimes.com

Texas Congressman Runs What Aides Call a Hostile Workplace

Representative Blake Farenthold, the subject of an ethics investigation, set the tone for off-color jokes and inappropriate banter, legal documents and interviews with former aides suggest.

Federal Taxes (US) nytimes.com

Editorial: Mr. Mnuchin’s Magical Math on Taxes

Pressed to prove that a tax cut for the rich can pay for itself, the Treasury relies on growth “models” with no basis in reality.

Labor and Jobs nytimes.com

Europe’s Thirst for Cheap Labor Fuels a Boom in Disposable Workers

Employment agencies across the region recruit thousands of migrants for Foxconn and other businesses, with conditions and pay that few in-country nationals would accept.

#MeToo Movement nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: I’m Not Convinced Franken Should Quit

Congress needs a new process for investigating harassment complaints and disciplining offenders.

Terrorism nytimes.com

Editorial: New Yorkers Don’t Scare Easily

Even after a rush-hour blast, fearmongers stoking fear of carnage and mayhem find little support in a populace adept at keeping its composure.

businessNews reuters.com

Comcast drops bid for Fox assets, leaving Disney in pole position

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp said on Monday it had abandoned its bid for most of the assets of Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc , leaving Walt Disney Co as the sole suitor in pursuit of the $40 billion-plus deal.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Freely Available Online

The Harry Ransom Center in Texas has digitized and made available roughly half of the novelist’s archive, including a draft of an unpublished memoir.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Block One Capital Inc. Announces $5 Million Non-Brokered Private Placement

* BLOCK ONE CAPITAL INC. ANNOUNCES $5,000,000 NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT

Diamonds nytimes.com

Basics: Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart

We may covet gemstones for their beauty, but their real value lies in what they tell scientists about the extreme forces at work deep underground.

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.

Ice nytimes.com

Video of Starving Polar Bear ‘Rips Your Heart Out of Your Chest’

A team of conservationists documented the plight of an emaciated polar bear in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Now some wonder what can be done to save them.

The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons (Book) nytimes.com

Books of The Times: Adding Up a Prolific Poet’s Charming Weather Reports

“The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons” showcases, in two very large volumes, the friendly and searching style of a writer who twice won the National Book Award.

worldNews reuters.com

Ukrainian judge turns down request to place Saakashvili under house arrest

KIEV (Reuters) - A Ukrainian judge on Monday turned down the prosecutors' request to place Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili under house arrest, paving the way for his release from detention.

companyNews reuters.com

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.

cnn.com

Akayed Ullah, 27, told police he made the explosive device at his workplace, sources tell CNN

An explosion Monday morning at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan is, in the words of Police Commissioner James O'Neill, a "terror-related incident."

companyNews reuters.com

Germany favours Eurofighter as it seeks to replace Tornado

BERLIN, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The German Defence Ministry said on Monday that the European fighter jet was in poll position to replace its Tornado jets, which it wants to phase out starting in 2025.

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.

Labor and Jobs nytimes.com

Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs?

Artificial intelligence may make half of today’s jobs obsolete in 20 years. What careers will be left when our children grow up?

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.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Excelsior announces private placement of C$26 mln

* NET PROCEEDS OF OFFERING WILL BE USED FOR DEVELOPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE OF GUNNISON COPPER PROJECT

cnn.com

'All the Money in the World,' movie that replaced Spacey, scores 3 Globe nominations

"All the Money in the World" apparently has all the awards momentum in the world, too, despite its proximity to controversy after now former star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct.

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.

Net Neutrality nytimes.com

Net Neutrality’s Holes in Europe May Offer Peek at Future in U.S.

Telecom operators have been pushing boundaries in Europe, where loopholes have left net neutrality regulations weaker than intended.

companyNews reuters.com

BRIEF-Edgewater Wireless Announces Fully Committed Non-Brokered Private Placement

* EDGEWATER WIRELESS ANNOUNCES FULLY COMMITTED NON-BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT

companyNews reuters.com

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

Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) nytimes.com

The New Health Care: People Don’t Take Their Pills. Only One Thing Seems to Help.

High-tech approaches and “reminder” packaging don’t work well. Reducing prices does.

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.

worldNews reuters.com

Kuwait replaces oil and finance ministers: state news agency

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait replaced its oil and finance ministers in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, state news agency KUNA reported.

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.

companyNews reuters.com

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

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: The Comic Strip’s Heyday in ‘Cartoon County’

Cullen Murphy recounts his coming-of-age among the elites of American illustration.

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.

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.

Dancing nytimes.com

Critic’s Notebook: At Ailey, a Dance Set to Coltrane Finds a Somber Radiance

Jamar Roberts’s new “Members Don’t Get Weary” was emotional and virtuosic. And Twyla Tharp’s 1983 “Golden Section,” set to David Byrne, returned.

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.

companyNews reuters.com

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?”

businessNews reuters.com

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?

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.

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.