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Wary, Weary or Both, Southern Lawmakers Tone Down Culture Wars

State bills on lightning-rod social issues are getting noticeably less impetus this year, as elections loom and state leaders try to attract business investment.


Review: Anna Paquin Takes Her Turn as a Detective in ‘Bellevue’

Take “Broadchurch” (scenic small-town setting), add “The Killing” (moody missing-child mystery), top off with a troubled single-mom heroine, and voilà.


Review: ‘The Alienist’ Is a Period Piece That Missed Its Moment

Nearly a quarter century in the making, Caleb Carr’s inventive novel hits TV as simply a competent spin on familiar themes.


The Interpreter: Trump’s Hard-Line Israel Position Exports U.S. Culture War Abroad

Picking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long been taboo in American policy. Domestic politics best explain the president’s break with this practice.


After a Wild Week for Trump, ‘S.N.L.’ Asks, ‘What Even Matters Anymore?’

“Saturday Night Live” featured a particularly topical game show hosted by Jessica Chastain and plenty of coverage of the saga of Stormy Daniels.


Review: ‘Counterpart’ Gives Us J.K. Simmons, Times Two

The Oscar-winning actor plays parallel-world versions of the same man — a gentle bureaucrat and a ruthless agent — in a Starz sci-fi mystery mash-up.


J.K. Simmons on the Art of Being the Bad Guy

Mr. Simmons talks about his work in Starz’s “Counterpart” and life since winning an Oscar.

Kimmel, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Jumps Back Into the G.O.P. Health Care Debate

Urging Congress to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Mr. Kimmel used a favorite character to illustrate his point: the petulant barista.

Kimmel, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Jumps Back Into the Health Care Debate

Urging Congress to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Mr. Kimmel used a favorite character to illustrate his point: the petulant barista.

Trump's first year gets mixed reviews

CNN's Bill Weir talks to voters in Monticello, Iowa one year into Donald Trump's presidency.

Trump tweets his views on border wall haven't changed after Kelly says they have

President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he has remained consistent in his plans for a border wall, a day after his chief of staff, John Kelly, said he has "changed his attitude" on it.

United States International Relations

Souring World Views of Trump Open Doors for China and Russia

A Gallup survey of people in 134 countries found that just 30 percent approved of American leadership under President Trump, a drop of nearly 20 points.


Beyoncé Is Bonkers for This Woman’s Lace Jewelry

Monika Knutsson salvages delicate heirloom material, plunges pieces of it into silver or gold, and sells the results to an eager clientele.


Defend culture but shun violence, pope tells Chile's indigenous Mapuche

TEMUCO, Chile (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged Chile's indigenous Mapuche people on Wednesday to shun violence, saying unity was the best weapon against "the deforestation of hope," as they struggle to defend their culture and reclaim ancestral lands.


Davos paper attacks Trump's views on trade

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Donald Trump's view of world trade will be challenged next week when he visits the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, judging by a paper seen by Reuters on Wednesday that is aimed squarely at his "America First" stance.


Is This the Golden Age of Drag? Yes. And No.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” has made stars of its contestants, catapulting many into full-fledged careers. But for some who have yet to catch this wave, drag is still an uncertain labor of love.


Novartis's Kymriah wins speedy reviews in U.S., Europe

ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis has been granted fast-track reviews of its cell therapy Kymriah for blood cancers in the United States and Europe, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday, as it seeks to expand the pool of patients eligible for the costly treatment.


UPDATE 1-Novartis's Kymriah wins speedy reviews in U.S., Europe

ZURICH, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Novartis has been granted fast-track reviews of its cell therapy Kymriah for blood cancers in the United States and Europe, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday, as it seeks to expand the pool of patients eligible for the costly treatment.

Inside Japan's 'genderless' subculture

In the narrow alleys of Tokyo's ultra-trendy Harajuku district, a growing number of Japanese men who self-identify as "genderless" are boldly broadening their sartorial and cosmetic choices. With faces expertly made up, hair dyed and stylishly coifed, eyebrows plucked and painted, they sashay from one indie boutique to the next.


Review: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Is Fashionable, but Flat

The second installment of FX’s “American Crime Story” series is occasionally about Mr. Versace, but is more focused on his murderer, Andrew Cunanan.


Ditching Spike in Favor of Kevin Costner and Some Mean Teens

Paramount Network replaces the former home of “Baywatch” reruns with shows that have cinematic roots, like “Heathers” and “Yellowstone.”


Review: ‘Black Lightning’ Is Pulp With a Purpose

CW’s latest serial has a race-forward sensibility and a reluctant superhero who grapples with heroism’s limits.


‘Saturday Night Live,’ With Help From Old Friends, Skewers ‘Morning Joe’

This week’s “S.N.L.” featured cameos from two of its alumni, a workout for the network’s censors and the usual skewering of President Trump.


For Lorraine Hansberry, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Was Just the Start

The new documentary “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” explores a more complex and complicated playwright than the civil rights figure known to most people.


Review: One Vote for ‘Victoria’ Over ‘The Crown’

In the battle of prestige series about British queens, the glossy pleasures of PBS’s “Victoria” can hold their own against Netflix’s highly lauded “The Crown.”


James Spader Still Lives for the Surprise of ‘The Blacklist’

Mr. Spader talks about his 100th episode, the pleasures of playing the provocateur and why now is the time for men to keep quiet and listen.


Horrible carriage, unwieldy crowns: Queen Elizabeth's candid views of coronation and royal jewels

LONDON (Reuters) - Speaking for the first time about her coronation 65 years ago, Britain's Queen Elizabeth has revealed how uncomfortable riding in her golden carriage to the ceremony was and how...


Review: With ‘False Flag,’ Israel Exports Another Fine Thriller

The Hulu series follows in the tense, entertaining footsteps of previous Israeli shows like “Fauda” on Netflix and “Prisoners of War” on Hulu.


Review: In ‘Electric Dreams,’ the Future Seems Outdated

Amazon’s sci-fi anthology takes license with Philip K. Dick stories, but — with one striking exception — the episodes are pale replicants.

Kimmel, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel Marks the ‘2,000th Lie’ of the Trump Administration

Referring to a lie tracker that The Washington Post has been running, Mr. Kimmel declared the moment “Lie2K.”

Netflix previews Obama interview

Obama opened up about his dancing on Netflix's "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman."

Embargoes and Sanctions

Businesswoman’s Fate a Test of China’s Resolve on North Korea

The fate of Ma Xiaohong, and the business empire she built on trade with North Korea, has become a measure of China’s willingness to confront its neighbor.

Trump touts 'great reviews' for meeting

President Donald Trump opened his first cabinet meeting of 2018 by referring to the room as a studio and claimed his meeting with senators the day before was praised by members of the media.


At Vietnam's biggest corruption trial, some skeptical views

HANOI/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Vietnam is gripped by its highest profile corruption trial in memory, but some spectators are questioning whether the Communist Party elite in the dock were charged because of infighting in the ruling class or a crackdown on abuse of office.


Review: ‘grown-ish’ Comes Into Its Own-ish

The “black-ish” spinoff is still finding its identity a few weeks into its first season. But it has the potential to do with college comedy what its parent did with 21st-century race.


Review: The Moping Comics of ‘Alone Together’

The two friends in this show on Freeform, yet another autobiographical comedy about comedy, have confused complaining for companionship.


Defending Trump, Roseanne Wants Her Show to Be ‘Realistic’

Roseanne Barr said she was not an “apologist” for Mr. Trump but wanted the reboot of her sitcom to address the strong divide in the country.


What Politicians Could Learn from Oprah Winfrey

Sneer at celebrity all you want, but elections are contests of stories, and Ms. Winfrey showed that she can tell one.

Why Jimmy Kimmel isn't writing his Oscar jokes yet

With nearly two months to go until the Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel is in no hurry to start writing his material, even when it comes to the industry's ongoing discussion about sexual misconduct and the women who are leading the charge to create change, which dominated the conversation at Sunday night's Golden Globes.


Bitcoin drops below $15,000 as South Korea reviews accounts

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin fell below $15,000 on Monday after South Korea's financial regulator said it and other agencies are inspecting six local banks that offer digital currency accounts to institutions.


Critic’s Notebook: The Golden Globes Get (Halfway) Woke

There was consensus from the stage and dissonance on the red carpet in a broadcast that was half party, half protest.


487 Original Programs Aired in 2017. Bet You Didn’t Watch Them All.

The staggering growth of original shows largely comes from the seemingly endless budget lines that help produce new shows for streaming services, chiefly Netflix.


Golden Globes Briefing: Golden Globes 2018: What to Watch For

The 75th installment of these awards will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern. They’ve been advertised by NBC as a party, but viewers may find a more somber mood.


A Word With: Thomas Haden Church Is Keeping That Mustache

He talks about HBO’s “Divorce,” why he left Hollywood for a Texas ranch and about a few admirers of that tumbleweed above his upper lip.


How ‘The Alienist’ Finally Found a Screen

Nearly 24 years after it was published, the historical thriller is appearing onscreen, as a TNT series beginning Jan. 22.


With ‘Electric Dreams,’ Philip K. Dick Gets the TV Anthology Treatment

The Amazon series, tailor-made for TV’s new golden age, grapples with questions even more relevant in our increasingly technologically augmented times.


Review: In ‘The Chi,’ a Young Man Dies, and the Ripples Spread

The new Showtime drama from Lena Waithe is not so much a crime story as a story about what happens after a crime.


U.S. agriculture markets jump as frigid weather blankets farm belt

Jan 3 (Reuters) - Bone-chilling cold across the U.S. farm belt riled agriculture markets at midweek as concerns over crop damage and delayed export shipments sent prices of key food commodities soaring.

Kimmel mocks Trump and Kim Jong Un

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel called out President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over their war of words about nuclear prowess.


With ‘The Chi,’ Lena Waithe Heads Home in Search of the Real Chicago

Her Showtime series aims to paint her hometown in all its complexities and nuances, not just the unremitting violence depicted on the news.


Review: ‘The X-Files’ in a Familiar Groove

Season 11 of the revived fan-favorite series follows a template whose pleasures are starting to feel a little routine.


Exclusive: Liberian President-elect Weah tempers expectations, plans agriculture push

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberian President-elect George Weah on Tuesday set modest goals for his six-year term, calling for Liberia to start exporting crops and repairing decrepit infrastructure, in his first interview since winning election last week.


Hoda Kotb Named ‘Today’ Co-Anchor, Replacing Matt Lauer

Ms. Kotb, a longtime NBC News correspondent, has filled in since Mr. Lauer was fired in November over allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior.


From Trump to #MeToo: A Dizzying Year in TV News

Two Times media reporters analyze why 2017, despite powerful foes like Netflix and the fallout of harassment scandals, was the year TV roared back.


Free Your Mind? ‘Black Mirror’ Isn’t Too Hopeful

A new season of Netflix’s digital-age creep show warns that technology can empower misanthropes and misogynists.


A Word With: Yara Shahidi Leaves Her TV Nest and Preps for Real Life

Ms. Shahidi of “grown-ish” talks about heading to Harvard, keeping company with Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, and why she calls herself “black-ish.”

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Contributor: Who’s Winning the Culture War? Corporate America.

The realignment of our parties by region has left a bigger imprint on economic policy than on cultural issues.


Peru's culture minister resigns after Fujimori pardoned

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's culture minister, former actor Salvador del Solar, announced on Wednesday that he was resigning, three days after President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski granted a controversial pardon to former authoritarian leader Alberto Fujimori.


Best of Late Night: Late-Night TV in 2017: Trump, Russia, Weinstein and More

The first year of President Trump’s administration provided considerable fodder for hosts.


Kimmel, Covfefe, ‘Wonder Woman’: Washington’s Views on Pop Culture in 2017

Two Times reporters shared their analysis of how pop culture looks from inside the White House.


Apple suppliers drop on report of weak iPhone X demand; analysts' views mixed

BEIJING (Reuters) - Shares in several of Apple Inc's Asian suppliers fell for a second straight day on Tuesday, hurt by a report from Taiwan's Economic Daily and some analysts saying that iPhone X demand could come in below expectations in the first quarter.

Travel and Vacations

Cultured Traveler: Francine Prose’s Oaxaca: An Immersion Course in Mexico’s Delights

Oaxaca has become popular during the holiday season when the temperate weather, the food and the festive spirit attract travelers from near and far.

Couple killed after warning daughter of boyfriend's suspected neo-Nazi views

A 17-year-old in northern Virginia is facing two counts of murder for allegedly killing his girlfriend's parents after the couple tried to get their daughter to stop dating him because of his suspected neo-Nazi views, according to police and family members who spoke to the media.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Parents Killed After Warning Daughter About Boyfriend’s Racist Views, Family Says

The 17-year-old gunman, who was dating the couple’s daughter, had posted white supremacist and Nazi content on social media, according to the family and news reports.


A Sports Titan’s Strange and Sudden Abdication

John Skipper, president of ESPN, announced his resignation this week, surprising and confounding many of his colleagues.

Appointments and Executive Changes

WNYC Chief Pushed Growth at the Cost of Station’s Culture

The New York Public Radio head Laura Walker and her deputy are said to have a blind spot when it comes to gender, race and power, on-air and behind the scenes


Australia's digital agriculture dream stymied as government scrimps on broadband

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Gooda Creek Farm, located just outside Australia's capital city of Canberra, exemplifies the country's agricultural ambitions - a boutique producer that sells more than 2,000 kilograms a week of highly sought shiitake mushrooms to domestic and Asian consumers.


‘Peaky Blinders’: The Disparate Ingredients of a Cult Hit

How a British series about a natty and ruthless Birmingham crime family between the world wars has had an outsize impact on pop culture.

New York Times

Our Journalists Share Their Most Memorable Interviews of 2017

Times reporters reflect on the conversations that stuck with them long after their assignments ended.

'A Christmas Story Live' gets bad reviews

Fox's "A Christmas Story Live!" didn't quite bring the holiday cheer on Sunday night.


At ESPN, John Skipper Resigns as President, Citing Substance Addiction

George Bodenheimer, who was ESPN’s president from 1998 to 2011, will take over as the company’s acting chairman.


Review: ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Wasn’t Lively Enough

A game cast, lively score and sturdy source material made Fox’s holiday special pleasant enough, but the presentation was lackluster.


After UK's Grenfell Tower fire deaths review calls for ‘culture change’

LONDON (Reuters) - An interim review into UK building regulations commissioned after the Grenfell Tower social housing block fire in London which killed 71 people in June, has called for a "culture change" in respect to fire safety.


Road Trip: As Seen on TV: A Road Trip Tracks the Shows of the South

Using “True Detective,” “The Walking Dead” and other shows as travel agents is a decent way to see things that give an area its character.


Review: Kit Harington’s ‘Gunpowder’ Is a Nasty Bit of History, Handsomely Dressed

Kit Harington, best known for playing the King of the North on “Thrones,” stars in HBO’s “Gunpowder” as an ancestor who plotted to kill an actual king.

Reality Television

Omarosa’s White House Show Is Canceled

Love her or hate her, the former reality show star turned White House aide has never shied away from controversy.

Opinion: Rep. Mary Kaptur just reinforced the victim-blaming culture

Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio reportedly believes that her female colleagues should rethink their wardrobe choices if they want to protect themselves from unwanted sexual advances on Capitol Hill. Too many outfits she sees around Washington, she told colleagues this week, are "an invitation" to be harassed.


The Memorable TV Episodes of 2017

From “Game of Thrones” to “This Is Us,” The Times’s TV critics each pick some of their favorite hours and half-hours.


Disney Makes Deal for 21st Century Fox, Reshaping Entertainment Landscape

The acquisition of most of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire makes Disney a true streaming competitor to services like Netflix and Amazon.


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.


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.


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.

Kimmel brings son on show, gets emotional

Jimmy Kimmel brought out his son, Billy, who underwent a second heart surgery, while he discussed funding for Children's Health Insurance Program.

Jimmy Kimmel brings out his son to talk about health care

Late night audiences were given two Kimmels on Monday night.

12-year-old interviews Roy Moore

The America First Project, a pro-Trump political action committee, sent a 12-year-old girl to interview Alabama's GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.


From Covfefe to Hollyweed: Weird news grabs headlines in 2017

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's Oval Office style dominated U.S. headlines in 2017, but readers were particularly perplexed by his use of the word "covfefe," in what turned out to be one of the oddest news stories of the year.

Hotels and Travel Lodgings

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.


UPDATE 2-ED&F Man reviews physical grains trading, may exit business

* Sugar refinery in Israel be shut at the end of 2017 (Adds company comment)


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.


Vietnam reviews toll road after rare protests

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's government has promised a full review of charges at a toll gate on a new road after protests there posed a rare challenge to the Communist authorities and showed signs of spreading.

Jimmy Kimmel's wife opens up about family drama

As a writer and producer on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" as well as Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney should have been the first to know about his moving monologue about their son's health issues.


U.S. reviews rule removing protections for Yellowstone grizzlies

PINEDALE, Wyo. (Reuters) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing a decision to strip some grizzly bears of federal protections after a court ruling found flaws with a formula used to delist Great Lakes wolves, officials said on Wednesday.


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.


‘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.


Olympics: Russia doping culture will take years to change - whistleblower

(Reuters) - Russia's doping "culture" will take years to change, regardless of the nation's ban from the Winter Olympics, whistle-blower Vitaly Stepanov said on Tuesday.


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.”

Jimmy Kimmel's son has 2nd heart surgery

Jimmy Kimmel is off his show this week, but it's for a good reason.

Homosexuality and Bisexuality

Justices Return to Culture Wars in Wedding Cake Case

A Colorado baker’s refusal to serve a gay couple on religious grounds has led to a major Supreme Court showdown.


China's budding coffee culture propels Starbucks, attracts rivals

SHANGHAI/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In Wu Qiong's small cafe in downtown Shanghai, coffee beans nestle in glass jars on the bar while various brews bubble away behind the counter.


The Best TV Shows of 2017

Our television critics on their favorites this year, including “Better Things,” “The Good Place” and “Twin Peaks: The Return.”


‘Saturday Night Live’ Jabs at Trump, Michael Flynn and Matt Lauer

“Saturday Night Live” returned after a one-week absence and addressed a very busy news week.

OPinion: Women don't need a man-to-man between Jimmy Kimmel and Roy Moore

Let's get one thing straight, Jimmy Kimmel and Roy Moore: The last thing American women want or need is for you two to defend our honor in some kind of retrograde battle.


A Word With: Claire Foy Is Ready to Quit Playing the Queen

Ms. Foy of “The Crown” talks about playing a middle-age Queen Elizabeth II, some coveted new roles and becoming Hollywood’s latest next big thing.

Kimmel, Jimmy

Best of Late Night: Jimmy Kimmel, Defending Christianity, Offers to Fight Roy Moore

Mr. Kimmel lashed out at Mr. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama accused of sexual misconduct, after the two tangled on Twitter.

Jimmy Kimmel, Roy Moore get in Twitter feud

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel addressed a Twitter spat between himself and Alabama Republican candidate Roy Moore. Kimmel accepted Moore's offer to visit Alabama to discuss Christian values.

Jimmy Kimmel takes on Roy Moore: 'I accept the invitation'

Jimmy Kimmel is ready to take on U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore.


Review: Uma Thurman, Trapped in Trumpland in ‘The Parisian Woman’

From the creator of “House of Cards,” a Washington-based “Dangerous Liaisons” that isn’t.

Kimmel gets in Twitter feud with Moore

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel exchanged combative tweets with Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore.


Jean-Claude Van Damme Plays Jean-Claude Van Damme, for Kicks

In the new Amazon show “Jean-Claude Van Johnson,” the seemingly washed-up Muscles from Brussels gleefully sends up his action star image.

Obama joins Kimmel during charity late-night special

Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel welcomed "currently unemployed" former President Barack Obama to his fund-raising special on Tuesday night.

Obama and Kimmel team up to fight AIDS

Former President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel's fundraising special to encourage his viewers to fight against AIDS.


MTV Searches for ‘Jersey Shore’ Magic on the Florida Panhandle

The creator of “Floribama Shore,” the name of which is meant to evoke “Jersey Shore,” says the show is different and the cast is more earnest and vulnerable.


Bayer says antitrust reviews going into 'unimaginable depths'

DUESSELDORF, Germany, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The antitrust review of Bayer's planned takeover of Monsanto is going into "unimaginable depths," Bayer's Chief Executive Werner Baumann said on Wednesday, but added he remained confident that the deal would be closed early next year.

Carbon Dioxide

E.P.A. Heads to Coal Country to Hear Views on an Obama Climate Rule

The public hearing in West Virginia was a required step before undoing the Clean Power Plan. One expert said the venue “does not denote a keen interest in alternative views.”


UPDATE 1-U.S. Supreme Court divided over legality of patent reviews

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared divided over whether a federal agency's in-house process for challenging patents violates the constitutional rights of patent owners, leaving the fate of a system that has led to a high rate of patent cancellations uncertain.


Supreme Court divided over legality of patent reviews

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared divided over whether a federal agency's in-house process for challenging patents violates the constitutional rights of patent owners, leaving the fate of a system that has led to a high rate of patent cancellation uncertain.


U.S. Supreme Court divided over legality of patent reviews

WASHINGTON, Nov 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared divided over whether a federal agency's in-house process for challenging patents violates the constitutional rights of patent owners, leaving the fate of a system that has led to a high rate of patent cancellation uncertain.


With ‘Dark,’ a German Netflix Series, Streaming Crosses a New Border

While the new show may have elements of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “The OA,” its creators say it’s uniquely German.

Television Sets and Media Devices

Tech Fix: How to Buy a Great TV This Black Friday

Black Friday tends to be when prices for great TVs drop to their lowest. But there are pitfalls, so we put together a playbook for how to snag the best TV for you.


The Culture Is Changing, With Feminist Cheese

All across America, cheese making is a great way to trot away from the male herd.


Trilobites: ‘Crazy Jigsaw Puzzles’ Improve Our Views of Coral Reefs

An analysis of 3D photomosaics of reefs in the Pacific Ocean could help scientists better understand the health of coral around the world.


What Should I Watch in the Background on Thanksgiving Day?

With everyone hopping on and off the couch, it’s not the best time to start a particularly involved series.


Review: ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ on Netflix Is a Bold Reboot From Spike Lee

The director has remade his breakthrough film as a streaming series, and this time Nola Darling’s work is as important as her love life.


Charlie Rose Fired by CBS After Sexual Harassment Allegations

David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, said in an email that allegations of “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior” had prompted Mr. Rose’s firing.


Review: Netflix’s ‘Godless,’ a Western With a Little Bit of Everything

A new Netflix mini-series stars Jeff Daniels and Michelle Dockery in a story of revenge, religion and a frontier town populated almost entirely by women.


Charlie Rose Accusations Rock CBS Morning Show: ‘I Really Am Still Reeling’

On Tuesday, Mr. Rose’s colleagues on “CBS This Morning” shed their usual geniality to deliver the news that he had been accused by at least eight women of making crude sexual advances.


Did You Hear the One About the Housewife Who Walks Into a Comedy Club?

In the “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” the creator of “Gilmore Girls” introduces another brainy, mouthy heroine, this time in the male-dominated comedy world of the 1950s.

Race and Ethnicity

Feature: The Culture Caught Up With Spike Lee — Now What?

After more than three decades as a provocateur, the filmmaker has returned to the movie that made him famous.

Sexual Harassment

Fox Establishes Workplace Culture Panel After Harassment Scandal

As part of a settlement with a shareholder, 21st Century Fox promised to address the culture of a workplace jolted by sexual harassment allegations.

Nineteen Hundred Sixties

Op-Ed Contributor: Charles Manson Was Not a Product of the Counterculture

If anything, he was a harbinger of today’s far right.


Review: ‘Marvel’s Runaways,’ Where the Supervillains are Mom and Dad

In Hulu’s new series, the makers of “Gossip Girl” tackle a comic-book story that combines teenage soap opera and a paranormal mystery.

Manson, Charles

Manson Mythology and Pop Culture

Charles Manson was a constant dark presence in pop culture for decades after his arrest in the gruesome Tate-Labianca murders.


Why People in Mississippi Have to Watch the Giants

The process of determining which N.F.L. games will be shown in which TV markets can be simple — unless there’s flexing, cross flexing, prime flexing, mandatory pullouts...

Republicans and Democrats offer wildly different views of what the Senate tax plan will do. We ran the numbers


A New ‘She’s Gotta Have It’: Spike Lee’s Feminist Breakthrough

Critics have long noted Mr. Lee’s “woman problem.” But in his new Netflix series, based on his 1986 film, he has created his most nuanced female character yet.


A Word With: Alia Shawkat on Growing Up and Gaining Control

Ms. Shawkat talks about her three series — “Search Party,” “Transparent” and “Arrested Development” — as well as why sexual harassment in Hollywood feels like her personal war.


F.C.C. Opens Door to More Consolidation in TV Business

The agency voted to relax several rules, including allowing a company to own more than one of the top stations in a local market.

Cable Television

Comcast Said to Be in Talks to Buy 21st Century Fox Assets

The cable giant is discussing acquiring the Fox movie studio, the FX network, regional sports channels and a vast overseas TV distribution business.

Al Franken accuser blames our culture

Leeann Tweeden, who said she was groped and "forcibly kissed" by Sen. Al Franken, says that our culture is part of the problem, and the first step toward change is for the people doing the abusing coming forward.


Sarah Silverman Speaks on Louis C.K.: ‘Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?’

On her Hulu series, “I Love You, America,” Ms. Silverman addressed the sexual misconduct of Louis C.K., who has been a longtime friend and colleague.

United States International Relations

A Star on Washington’s Ice With a No. 1 Fan at the Kremlin

Alexander Ovechkin’s play for the Capitals has made him a cherished import, but his ties to Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin have raised eyebrows.

Jones, Sharon Lafaye (1956- )

Album Review: Sharon Jones Says Farewell With ‘Soul of a Woman’

The final album by the soul singer, who died in 2016, had every bit of her energy and spirit.


Review: ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Lives Up to Its Title, in More Ways Than One

Facing a lover’s death and a society’s intolerance, in a film by Sebastián Lelio.


BRIEF-China Green Agriculture says‍ expects revenue of $58 mln to $65 mln in Q2 2018

* China Green Agriculture Inc says‍ expects revenue of $58 million to $65 million in Q2 2018 - SEC filing


China pig herd shrinks further in October: agriculture ministry

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's pig herd shrank in October by the most in close to two years, said the agriculture ministry on Wednesday, amid a crackdown on farm pollution that has forced hundreds of thousands of farms to close in the past year.

Revolutionary War, American (1775-83)

Washington’s Tent: A Detective Story

How the Museum of the American Revolution found the only known depiction George Washington’s traveling headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

J.J. Abrams gave Jimmy Kimmel an epic gift

Jimmy Kimmel has some pretty heroic friends.


U.S. safety board criticizes Amtrak 'weak safety culture' after fatal crash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board criticized Amtrak's safety record on Tuesday at a hearing on a fatal 2016 crash and said the railroad failed to use critical safety equipment that could have prevented the incident.


Critic’s Notebook: On ‘The Good Doctor,’ the Anti-Antihero Is In

A decade after the rude genius of “House,” ABC’s sentimental hit drama focuses on the “care” part of health care.


For ‘Saturday Night Live,’ No Shortage of Targets, Including Louis C.K. and Roy Moore

The sexual misdeeds of prominent men gave “S.N.L.” plenty of topical grist. But some of the accused came in for tougher treatment than others.


Taylor Swift's 'Reputation' debuts to strong sales, mixed reviews

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Taylor Swift's revenge-tinged new album "Reputation" soared to the top of the iTunes charts on its first day of release on Friday, earning mixed reviews from music critics while fans devoured the lyrics for clues about her latest targets.


A Word With: Nick Kroll Still Isn’t Over Puberty. Just Ask His Therapist.

Nick Kroll talks about Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” some lingering boyhood humiliations, the future of “Oh, Hello,” and why everyone likes the Rock.

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Critic’s Notebook: President Trump Finds His TV Niche in Softball Interviews

The president styles himself a fighter, but when it comes to television, he prefers allies who help mold his image like “The Apprentice” once did.

Mueller interviews top White House aide Miller

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

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Live Interviews With C.E.O.s of AT&T, Uber and More: DealBook Conference

Get a preview of what they and other power-brokers will say at our conference today. And meet the new DealBook, now covering the intersection of business and policy.

Trump's approval rating is bad. Views of the economy are good. That's weird.

It's the economy, stupid -- at least, until it isn't.


UPDATE 2-UK markets watchdog reviews wholesale insurance broker sector

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Britain's markets watchdog will review whether the wholesale insurance broker sector is giving value for money following concerns about how large players place business to earn fatter fees.


UPDATE 1-UK markets watchdog reviews wholesale insurance broker sector

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Britain's markets watchdog will review whether the wholesale insurance broker sector is giving value for money following concerns over how large players place business to earn fatter fees.


UK markets watchdog reviews wholesale insurance broker sector

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Britain's markets watchdog will review whether the wholesale insurance broker sector is giving value for money following concerns over how large players operate.

Poll: Views of Democrats hit 25-year low

Favorable views of the Democratic Party have dropped to their lowest mark in more than a quarter century of polling, according to new numbers from a CNN poll conducted by SSRS.


Sex, Drugs and Crime in the Gritty Drama ‘Babylon Berlin’

Germany’s new television thriller, set during the chaotic, vibrant democracy that preceded the Nazi years, is poised to be an international hit.

Rolling Stone rocks music, culture in HBO documentary

Rolling Stone has earned its place in history as a publication at the center of music, pop culture and politics. Yet despite fascinating moments, "Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge" -- a four-hour documentary, produced in conjunction with the magazine -- feels a bit too much like a licensed product to be fully and consistently compelling.


‘Saturday Night Live’: Alec Baldwin and Larry David Contribute to an Awkward Episode

Mr. Baldwin, as President Trump, took satirical potshots at Harvey Weinstein, while Mr. David joked in his monologue about picking up women at a concentration camp.


Scandal-hit Kobe Steel has a 'look the other way' culture, they say in hometown

KOBE, Japan (Reuters) - The fresh university graduate, eager to make a good impression on the job at one of Kobe Steel Ltd's main plants in Japan, punched the wrong measurements into machines making steel pipes, causing a large batch to come out too short.


Kevin Spacey Suspended From ‘House of Cards’ Amid Investigation

The suspension was handed down late Friday by Media Rights Capital. Netflix also said it would not be involved with the show if it included Mr. Spacey.


The Single Mom’s Guide to Sex, Love and Basketball

“SMILF,” the new dark-humored Showtime series created by Frankie Shaw, runs roughshod over the unspoken rules TV moms are supposed to abide by.

Investigators have been asking in witness interviews about Jared Kushner's role in the firing of James Comey

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Trump Nominee Sam Clovis Withdraws From Consideration for Agriculture Department Post

Mr. Clovis’s name was tied to a former Trump campaign adviser who had pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. over his contacts with Russian officials.


Special Report: A woman’s severed head was found in the woods. Who is she?

ECONOMY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - The woman’s severed head lay in the woods, 10 yards off a rural road. Her mouth was open. Her eyes were closed. Her hair was gray and fluffy.


Review: ‘Alias Grace’ Sews a Transfixing True-Crime Quilt

The Year of Atwood continues, as Sarah Polley’s adaptation finds in the past what “The Handmaid’s Tale” foresaw in the future.

Bourdain: I celebrated a culture that was hostile to women

After a slew of women came forward to accuse producer Harvey Weinstein and other notable figures in media of sexual harassment, CNN's Anthony Bourdain expressed regret for his participation in and validation of a culture he sees as similarly sexist: the restaurant industry.


Poland to ban Ukrainians with 'anti-Polish views'

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland plans to bar Ukrainians with "anti-Polish views", its foreign minister said on Thursday, emphasizing the nationalist credentials of his ruling party that often talks of the "historic wrongs" inflicted on Poles by their neighbors.

Bourdain: I validated culture hostile to women

Anthony Bourdain, who has been outspoken on sexual harassment in light of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, says he unintentionally validated a restaurant culture that was hostile to women.

Russia probe could derail Sam Clovis' bid to be the Department of Agriculture's chief scientist

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the Department of Agriculture's chief scientist is imperiled over his connections to the ongoing Russia probe, sources tell CNN.


Special Report: In 2014, a woman’s severed head was found. Who is she?

ECONOMY, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - The woman’s severed head lay in the woods, 10 yards off a rural road. Her mouth was open. Her eyes were closed. Her hair was gray and fluffy.


U.S. Agriculture Department proposes lifting mining ban near Grand Canyon

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday proposed lifting a mining ban on land near Grand Canyon National Park as part of the Trump administration's broader effort to sweep away regulations impeding development.


The First Time: Maria Bamford: The First Time Someone Loved Me for Who I Really Am

While hospitalized in a psychiatric ward, the comedian learned the truth about enduring relationships: They’re not reserved for a select few.


Russia's TMK reviews options for U.S. assets

MOSCOW, Oct 31 (Reuters) - TMK, Russia's largest maker of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry, is considering different options for its U.S. subsidiary IPSCO but intends to keep a controlling stake in the firm, it said on Tuesday.


After Spacey Accusation, Netflix Announces End of ‘House of Cards’

Netflix said the show would end after its sixth season. That came shortly after Kevin Spacey was accused of making a sexual advance toward a 14-year-old boy in the 1980s.


Time Out Tel Aviv examines Palestinian culture amid hardship

RAMALLAH, West Bank/TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Instead of its usual artsy or humorous front page, this week's special edition of Time Out Tel Aviv sports an image of an Israeli security barrier so high it...


David Harbour of ‘Stranger Things’ Never Wants to Play the Dad

Here he also talks about manliness, body image and setting boundaries with his hormonal co-stars on “Stranger Things.”

Kennedy assassination theories in pop culture

President John F. Kennedy's death sparked decades of competing conspiracy theories. Some have been referenced, even recreated in pop culture.


McAfee says it no longer will permit government source code reviews

WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) - U.S.-based cyber firm McAfee said it will no longer permit foreign governments to scrutinize the source code of its products, halting a practice some security experts have warned could be leveraged by nation-states to carry out cyber attacks.

Trump jumps into Virginia's culture war governor's race

The Virginia governor's race has turned into a culture war -- and President Donald Trump has jumped right in.


Review: ‘Stranger Things’ Returns, More Familiar but Still Fun

Did last year’s surprise nostalgia phenomenon need a sequel? Not really, but we’ll take it anyway.


Bayer pharma growth tempered by weak agriculture, consumer units

FRANKFURT, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Germany's Bayer, which is buying U.S. seeds company Monsanto, posted a 4 percent gain in quarterly underlying core earnings on growth in pharmaceutical sales but held back by weak consumer healthcare and crop chemicals businesses.

Trump has granted Fox News 19 interviews since inauguration


‘Alias Grace’: 20 Years in the Making, but on TV at the Right Time

In Sarah Polley’s mini-series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel, old issues of anti-immigrant sentiment, abortion and class warfare are suddenly new again.

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Books of The Times: ‘Sticky Fingers’ Captures Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner and the Culture He Helped Create

The biographer Joe Hagan understands why a rock magazine editor matters to the history of the 20th century.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: The Pop-Culture Evolution of Frankenstein’s Monster

In “Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years,” Christopher Frayling resurrects Mary Shelley’s classic through the countless visual adaptations of its monster.


Editorial: Abortion Ideologues Subvert a Woman’s Rights

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

Travel and Vacations

Cultured Traveler: Where to See (Really See) the Art of Maya Lin

The work of the artist and architect — and the meditation and reflection it inspires — can be experienced in New England cities large and small.


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

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

Concerns raised over Trump interviews

Former US attorney Preet Bharara and former federal prosecutor Michael Zeldin raise concerns regarding President Trump personally interviewing candidates for US attorney positions in certain cities.


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

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


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

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

London Theater Reviews: Brexit Britain Through the Lens of a Russian Master

Mike Bartlett’s “Albion” riffs on Chekhov to give a fresh view of modern-day England, but a French play in a new translation proves suffocating.

Senate intel interviews former Trump campaign manager

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski appeared on Capitol Hill for a closed-door interview with the Senate intelligence committee Wednesday, according to a source familiar with the matter.


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

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


U.S. senator probes Pentagon on Russian source code reviews

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - A U.S. senator on Tuesday asked the Defense Department to explain how it manages the risks when it uses software that has been scrutinized by foreign governments, saying the practice may represent a national security threat.