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Articles from January 13, 2015

A Bold Prosecutor, but Not an Activist ; Pick for Attorney General Has Built Her Reputation Far from the Spotlight
Friends say Loretta E. Lynch, an African-American reared in the segregated South, sees herself more as a traditional prosecutor than a civil rights advocate.While interviewing aspiring prosecutors for jobs in the United States attorney's office in Brooklyn,...
Aer Lingus Shares Decline after Takeover Is Rejected
International Consolidated Airlines Group made a revised made a preliminary offer for Aer Lingus, but the approach was rejected by the airline's board.Shares of Aer Lingus fell Monday after the parent of British Airways and the Spanish carrier Iberia...
Amid Grief and Shock, an Edition to Get out ; after Murderous Attack, Charlie Hebdo Struggles with How to Be Funny
After the attacks by terrorists on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the newspaper's remaining staff members, about 25 people, gathered on Friday to do what they do every week.On Monday evening, less than a week after a murderous attack, the surviving...
A Multifaceted Singaporean Painter Breaks Barriers ; Tan Swie Hian's Mix of East and West Draws Rich Buyers to His Work
Tan Swie Hian's mix of East and West propels the artist to new heights.Almost 400 years ago, as the Ming dynasty crumbled under the onslaught of the Manchu warriors, a Ming prince became a Buddhist monk to survive. Feigning madness, the exile poured...
Anita Ekberg, Screen Beauty and Fellini Star, Dies at 83
The Swedish actress, best known for her role in "La Dolce Vita," was frequently quoted as saying that it was Federico Fellini who owed his success to her.Anita Ekberg, who became an international symbol of lush beauty and unbridled sensuality in the...
Britain Plans New Training for Police after Attacks
David Cameron suggested that the police and the military work more closely, and expressed his determination to give intelligence services more powers.The British capital has effectively been on high alert since a deadly series of suicide attacks on its...
Chiang vs. Mao: For U.S., Many Paths to Failure
With the defeat of Japan, the United States hoped to prevent civil war in China.CORRECTION APPENDED China 1945. Mao's Revolution and America's Fateful Choice. By Richard Bernstein. Illustrated. 445 pages. Alfred A. Knopf. $30. "To err is...
China Projects Stretch for the Superlative
Despite economic choppiness, the country that built the Great Wall is attaining new superlatives in bridges, tunnels, rail links and other projects of immense size -- and expense.The plan seems far-fetched -- a $36 billion tunnel that would run twice...
Croatians Elect Their First Female President
In a tight runoff, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic beat President Ivo Josipovic, winning 50.4 percent of the votes.In an unexpectedly tight runoff, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, a conservative challenger, has won Croatia's election and is set to become the country's...
Desire for Democracy Wins in Sri Lanka
In a surprise to analysts last week, Sri Lanka, which had been on a trajectory away from democracy, elected a relative unknown who promised a weaker presidency, not another king.Across the great Eurasian plate these days, from Belarus to Beijing, one...
Egypt Frees Morsi Aide Held for Months ; Official Was Detained with Former President, but Never Charged
Khaled al-Qazzaz, the foreign relations secretary under ousted President Mohamed Morsi, had been held without charges for 558 days.CORRECTION APPENDED The Egyptian authorities have released, for the first time, one of the advisers to ousted...
Even among Kim Critics, Curses for Movie That Mocks Him
Several democracy activists said the North Koreans they spoke with reacted to the film with derision and wounded feelings over the depiction of their country.It is never easy to know what people in North Korea are thinking, given the police state's tight...
F.B.I. Is Broadening Its Surveillance Role, Report Shows
Since 2008, the bureau has been assuming a larger role in the government's warrantless surveillance program, according to a newly declassified report.Although the government's warrantless surveillance program is associated with the National Security...
Fighting to Stand out on Television ; as Competition Increases, Broadcasters Spend More Than Ever on New Scripts
Television groups are pouring more resources than ever into developing programs they hope will help their networks stand out.The demand for original scripted television series is white hot.Against a backdrop of sharp ratings declines, rising competition from...
Firebombs Hit Tycoon's Home and Newspaper ; He and His Apple Daily Have Backed Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Camp
Jimmy Lai and his newspaper have been advocates for pro- democracy demonstrations in the territory.Assailants threw firebombs at a pro-democracy Hong Kong media outlet and at the home of its owner early Monday, heightening concerns about threats to press...
For Dallas, It's Overturned and out ; Potential Winning Pass Is Ruled a Bobble, and Packers Hold on to Win
Aaron Rodgers's tender left calf had not fully healed, but he engineered a stirring comeback. Dallas was involved in a controversial call that went against them.By all accounts, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw a perfect, arcing pass on a fourth down...
For Jeb Bush, Evolution in Views and Approach
Mr. Bush has shifted from a doctrinaire and, in his word, "headbanging" version of conservatism to a more nuanced approach.Jeb Bush once called for building prisons and emphasizing "punishment over therapy" for juvenile offenders. Today, he supports overhauling...
Former Professor Indicted Years after Dismissal
Joy Laskar was charged with racketeering nearly five years after his career at the Georgia Institute of Technology collapsed over a wireless chip start-up.A former prominent electrical engineering professor has been indicted on racketeering charges,...
For the Love of Carbon
Building Keystone XL is about creating jobs, Republicans say -- but it's really about creating a richer fossil fuel industry.It should come as no surprise that the very first move of the new Republican Senate is an attempt to push President Obama into approving...
For U.S. Stocks, at Least, Solid Finish to 2014
Domestic economic strength overshadowed weakness abroad, though plunging oil prices pose global uncertainty for the new year.Stocks ended the fourth quarter of 2014 near record highs, but they traveled a circuitous route to get there -- falling, then soaring,...
France Mobilizes to Tighten Security ; 10,000 Troops Will Guard 'Sensitive Sites,' and New Surveillance Is Weighed
The display of muscle by a government likely to face mounting questions about its failure to prevent the killings recalled the mood in the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks.Confronting a country in shock from last week's terrorist attacks, the...
French Jews, Traumatized, Look to Israel for Safety
Members of the Jewish community in Paris say that even Israel offers a safer refuge than remaining in France after the deadly terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket last week.The terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket and deaths of four French Jews...
Fund Is Said to Be near Deal to Buy Bruno Magli ; Marquee Set to Announce Acquisition of Italian Shoe Label for $34 Million
An Italian court has been evaluating offers for Bruno Magli after the shoemaker applied for insolvency proceedings in July with debt of nearly EUR 20 million.A New York fund is the latest to try to breathe life into the long-ailing Italian shoemaker...
Golden Gate's Sturdier New Median Draws Sighs of Relief ; despite Longest Closure in Famed Bridge's History, Drivers Say It's Worth It
The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic during the weekend for the longest period in its nearly eight decades as crews installed a stronger safety barrier.Dillon Hartwig's commute from south of San Francisco to a Sausalito restaurant took three times...
Hate Born in Park and Bred in Prison ; Neighborhood in Paris Spawns Some of Europe's Most Militant Jihadists
Members of the group behind last week's deadly terrorist attacks came from a neighborhood that has produced some of Europe's most militant jihadists.They jogged together or did calisthenics along the hilly lawns and tulip-dotted gardens of Buttes-Chaumont,...
He Zhenliang, China's Crusader for Olympics, Dies at 85
He was credited with making the communist nation more accessible to the world after politics interrupted its participation in the Games for nearly 30 years.He Zhenliang, a key figure in returning China to the Olympics in the 1980s after an absence of...
In Cold Political Terms, Opposite Sides Gain
After the terrorist attack in France, President Francois Hollande and the far-right leader Marine Le Pen have seen a boost in popularity.Amid the horrors of the last week, Francois Hollande is widely judged to have kept his calm, acted decisively and...
Kerry Arrives in Pakistan for Talks on Security ; He Is Expected to Press Islamabad to Expand Its Crackdown on Militants
The American secretary of state is expected to emphasize in his meetings here that Pakistan's crackdown against militants should be extended to several groups.Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here on Monday for wide- ranging security and economic...
Lawmakers Are Kicking Dodd-Frank in the Teeth
New legislation, promoted as making only technical changes in a financial regulation law, could end up gutting some of its provisions.The 114th Congress has been at work for less than a week, but a goal for many of its members is already evident: a further...
Learning along the Way, Translation Tech Starts to Deliver on Its Promise
The services from Skype and Google Translate improve with use, as so-called machine learning by computers examines outcomes and adjusts performance.The tech industry is doing its best to topple the Tower of Babel.Last month, Skype, Microsoft's video...
Long Neglected, Ear Problems Attract Drug Makers' Interest
Several start-ups are pursuing medications for the ear, an organ once largely neglected by the pharmaceutical industry.Driving to a meeting in 2008, Jay Lichter, a venture capitalist, suddenly became so dizzy he had to pull over and call a friend to take...
Manning Unsure of Future after Loss ; Broncos Quarterback Is Outplayed by His Successor in Indianapolis
Peyton Manning was off target for Denver, and Andrew Luck, although far from perfect, did enough to help Indianapolis beat the Broncos.Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end -- isn't that how life is scripted? Not if Peyton Manning...
Messi Takes Aim at Atletico, Then at Rumors
Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over Atletico Madrid, and then after the game he shot down talk that he wanted out of the club.The answer to many so-called crises in soccer lies on the field.Barcelona's stadium fell silent Sunday night in...
Music Critic Leaves Post at New Yorker for Start-Up ; He'll Help Lead Expansion of Genius, Which Started with Annotations of Lyrics
Sasha Frere-Jones, the longtime pop music critic for The New Yorker, has left the magazine to join Genius, which started as a forum for annotated rap lyrics.Sasha Frere-Jones, the longtime pop music critic for The New Yorker, has left the magazine to...
Nigeria's National Lassitude
Even our writers, the voice of the nation's conscience, seem to have given in to political despair.My compatriots moan ceaselessly about wicked politicians who pocket the wealth from our nation's natural resources with impunity, yet most are reluctant...
No Exit for Greece
Greek rejection of austerity may mean another bailout, but that's the least of Europe's economic problems.Another Chapter 11 for Greece, the third in five years -- and no exit in sight. The Greeks won't do the eurozone the favor of absconding from the...
Obama Set to Call for Law Covering Data Hacking ; Student-Privacy Measure Is Also to Be Proposed in Move to Safeguard Public
The plans for legislation are part of a weeklong focus on privacy and cybersecurity by Mr. Obama before his State of the Union address.President Obama on Monday was expected to call for federal legislation intended to force American companies to be more forthcoming...
On National Stage, Ducks Coach Lets His Oregon Roots Show
Mark Helfrich brings the values of his coastal Oregon hometown to his work, where he is known for a lack of ego and for self- deprecating humor.Mike Helfrich knew the curves of the bay and the nature of the ocean here so well that he could position his...
Pope Signals 'Interest and Pastoral Concern' for Asia ; Francis to Offer Message of Peace in Sri Lanka and Seek to Buoy Philippines
Francis will deliver a message of peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka and then visit the Philippines, the Vatican said on Monday.Pope Francis on Tuesday is set to begin his second trip to Asia, where he will deliver a message of peace and reconciliation...
Pot Smoking without the Smoke ; Marijuana Vapor Pens Find a Market, Especially with the Middle-Aged
The e-joint, a vapor pen containing cannabis oil, is discreet, but some health experts advise caution.At a recent Seahawks football game in Seattle, Shy Sadis, 41, took a drag on a slim vapor pen that looked like a jet-black Marlboro. The tip glowed...
Prosecutor to Join Private Law Firm ; Lawyer Who Helped Craft BNP Paribas Plea Deal to Defend White- Collar Cases
David A. O'Neil, who helped negotiate the BNP Paribas plea deal, will be a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton as a partner in its Washington office.David A. O'Neil, a longtime federal prosecutor who helped the government negotiate one of the biggest corporate...
Publisher Moves into Web Courses
Three prominent health, finance and self-help writers will teach the first courses, which will cost $25 to $85.Simon & Schuster is making a push into paid online video, with a new website offering online courses from popular health, finance and self-help...
Republican Ideology Faces a Test ; as Budget Gaps Grow, G.O.P. Governors Express More Muted Priorities
Republican governors taking their oaths this month have expressed more muted, less-ideological priorities, but are likely to be challenged by conservative lawmakers.CORRECTION APPENDED Four years ago, a wave of new Republican governors administered shock...
Roche to Buy Majority of Tumor-Testing Firm in U.S. ; Swiss Drug Maker Plans to Pay over $1 Billion for Stake in Gene Sequencing
The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche will pay more than $1 billion in a deal aimed at improving both cancer treatment and drug development.The Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche said on Monday that it would acquire the majority of the tumor-testing company...
Russia Reaction to Attacks in Paris Reveals a Political Schism
Public opinion to the killings at Charlie Hebdo ranged from condemnation to calling them the just consequences of Western depravity, to conspiracy theory.CORRECTION APPENDED The Russian reaction to the terrorist attacks in France has divided...
She's about a Lot More Than the Bass ; an Accidental Sensation, Meghan Trainor Grabs Spotlight with New Album
Meghan Trainor aims beyond her monster Top 40 hit.Meghan Trainor doesn't really dance. Onstage at Madison Square Garden for her allotted four minutes at the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball in mid-December, she fluttered her jazz hands and feinted at some hip...
Shire to Buy NPS for $5.2 Billion
The Irish drug maker Shire is paying a premium for NPS, which is based in New Jersey, in an effort to help recover from its botched sale to AbbVie.The Irish drug maker Shire has agreed to acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals for $5.2 billion, a deal that will...
Skewers, Serious and Silly ; at Golden Globes, Fun and Frivolity Get Dialed Down by a Sober Mood
The ceremony that usually comes off as a frivolous alternative to the Academy Awards was uncharacteristically restrained on Sunday.CORRECTION APPENDED It's pretty clear that something in the entertainment industry has been turned inside out...
South Korea Urges North to Engage in Negotiations
President Park Geun-hye's appeal followed a New Year's Day speech by Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, in which he said he was ready to meet Ms. Park.President Park Geun-hye on Monday urged North Korea to come to the negotiating table to discuss...
Standing Up for the Pen vs. the Sword
Restraints are often put on offensive words, sometimes by law, sometimes by unwritten code. But in the face of threats of violence and death, any expression is nonnegotiable.In a show of unity that surprised even themselves, more than 100,000 French...
Tamir Rice and the Value of Life
It's hard to think of the dying boy and the officers who didn't help and not feel white-hot indignation.An extended video released last week of the shooting death of Tamir Rice in Cleveland appears to show an unconscionable level of human depravity on...
The Man Who Lives in Seat 11D
The chief executive of Integreon says he wears big shoes to speed through security and likes the contents of airlines' free toiletry bags -- usually.I run a global outsourcing company, Integreon, that provides legal, document, research and business support...
Touch Screens That Allay Tedium of Travel
In November, OTG, which designs, builds and operates airport dining outlets, began installing iPads at Newark Liberty International Airport.For the beleaguered and bored who are waiting out delays in United States airports, there isn't much to turn to...
Trying Again to Crash the Super Bowl Party ; Beer Maker Is Enlisting Help from Other Brands to Join a Sly Ad Campaign
The beer maker will try to recruit 20 to 30 brands to help it break into the advertising melee dominated by its rival, Anheuser- Busch.CORRECTION APPENDED Crowning itself the Robin Hood of the Super Bowl, the beer maker Newcastle Brown Ale is...
Two Marches in Germany Show Divide on Migrants
A public clash about immigration heated up on as two marches took shape - one decrying the perceived threat posed by Islam, the other a public vigil for an open and tolerant society.A public clash about immigration and integration in Germany heated up...
United in Outrage
After the Charlie Hebdo attack, the French join hands.The solidarity march of more than one million people in Paris on Sunday was rich in placards and symbols but appropriately devoid of speeches. Like many in the vast throng that filled the broad boulevards...
Video Shows a Paris Gunman's Pledge to ISIS ; Stockpile of Arms, Cash and Militant Banners Discovered in Hideaway
In a recording that appeared online on Sunday, two days after his death, Amedy Coulibaly appeared below the flag of the militant group.Amedy Coulibaly, one of three gunmen killed by the police on Friday after carrying out France's worst terrorist attacks...
Volvo Plans a Stream of Exports from China to U.S. ; after a Series of Delays, Carmaker Is Ready to Ship Midsize Sedans This Year
Volvo, which a Chinese tycoon purchased from the Ford Motor Company in 2010, said that it would ship 1,500 to 2,000 Volvo S60 Inscription sedans to the United States this year.After years of promises followed by manufacturing delays, a major automaker...
Where to Eat, and Where to Dance It Off
Whether you want to indulge your appetite or party on the Great Wall, the year offers plenty of food and music festivals worldwide.All of us may be trying desperately (or at least occasionally) to eat enough wild Alaskan salmon, leafy greens and quinoa...
White House Admits Lapse in Skipping Paris March ; Logistics Were Too Hard to Work out on Short Notice, Spokesman Says
The White House said on Monday that a top American emissary should have been on hand Sunday for the show of solidarity.The White House, facing a barrage of criticism for President Obama's decision not to attend the peace march in Paris on Sunday after...
Why I Won't Serve Israel
Refusing to take part in an army of occupation is an act of patriotism."What are you," he asked, "a leftist?" We were both wearing the surplus United States Marines uniforms given to prisoners at Israeli Military Jail No.6. "It depends how you define...
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