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Articles from February 2, 2015

A $3 Tip on a $4 Coffee? It's Virtually Automatic ; Gratuities Are Increasing as Electronic-Payment Options Nudge Them Up
Increasing varieties of digital payment options are expanding when and how much people are encouraged to tip.The flat white coffee drink was $4. A suggested tip was $3.The cashier at Cafe Grumpy, a New York City coffeehouse, swiped the credit card, then...
After Gunshot, Losing Mobility but Gaining a Work Life and Sense of Pride
Permanently paralyzed, an author says that programs offering summer jobs to high school students with disabilities gave him a strong sense of purpose.I always cringe a little when I hear people say that affirmative action doesn't work or isn't fair....
Amid Coughs, Guts and Aces, Serena Williams Again Beats Sharapova ; American Extends Streak against Russian with Her 19th Singles Slam Title
Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam singles title by beating Maria Sharapova, 6-3, 7-6 (5) to become the oldest woman to win the Australian Open singles title in the Open era.The record still shows that Maria Sharapova is a pushover for Serena Williams:...
A Push to Be Forgotten Worldwide ; Google Case Suggests European Privacy Laws Can Be Applied Elsewhere
A case against Google has raised the question of whether Europe can impose its strict privacy laws on sites that operate elsewhere.Dan Shefet doesn't want you to Google his name.A Danish lawyer who has lived in Paris for 30 years, Mr. Shefet has been...
A Scramble for Romney's Donors ; Christie and Bush Camps Are Sprinting to Tap into a Billion-Dollar Network
Gov. Chris Christie and former Gov. Jeb Bush are in all-out battle to tap into the billion-dollar donor network once harnessed by Mitt Romney.Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida plunged into all-out battle over the weekend...
As Ebola Fades, the Focus Turns to Life ; New Cases in Liberia, an Epidemic Center, Now Number in Single Digits
New cases in Liberia, where streets were littered with the dead a few months ago, now number in the single digits, according to the World Health Organization.Life is edging back to normal after the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.At the height of...
A Secret of Success: 'All You Need Is Love'
Jean-Claude Biver is head of the watch division of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and interim chief executive of TAG Heuer, a watchmaker owned by LVMH.Jean-Claude Biveris head of the watch division of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton and interim chief...
As It Strives for Growth, Uber Goes on a Charm Offensive
The ride-hailing service's charm offensive is a big departure from its previous combative stance and comes as Uber seeks to expand worldwide.Travis Kalanick did not build Uber into a global force by playing nice.Mr. Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber,...
Assessment of Guardrails May Hinge on Latest Test
As a debate swirls over a widely used system, more than 30 states have been waiting for test results before deciding whether to continue to use it.As a debate swirls over whether a widely used guardrail system is safe, more than 30 states have been waiting...
Australia Gets over the Hump to Win Its First Asian Cup ; Its M.V.P. Midfielder Leads the Way in a Tense Match with South Korea
Australia, the host, won its first Asian title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea, and attendance far surpassed expectations for the continental tournament.The Most Valuable Player of the 2015 Asian Cup may play his club soccer in England's third tier...
Business: The Week Ahead
As compiled by the editors of the International New York Times.Investors will be on the watch for signs from Greece and U.S.After a testing start to the year, global markets face the prospect of more turbulence this week. In particular, investors will be...
Buyers of Used Autos Could Miss Recalls ; by Law, U.S. Dealers Not Obligated to Disclose or Fix Defects in Vehicles
United States federal laws do not require used-car dealers to repair vehicles with safety defects or disclose the defects before selling them.Buying a used car in the United States can be a dangerous proposition -- if the vehicle has an unadvertised...
Carl Djerassi, Chemist Behind the Birth Control Pill, Dies at 91
Dr. Djerassi was one of two chemists who in 1951 first synthesized a hormone that became the key ingredient of the contraceptive pill.Carl Djerassi, an eminent chemist who 63 years ago synthesized a hormone that changed the world by creating the key...
Cars with Faulty Airbags Are Recalled Once More ; Fix for Toyota, Chrysler and Honda Vehicles May Take a Year, Regulators Say
Toyota, Chrysler and Honda previously recalled the 2.1 million cars, but the fix administered was not effective, United States officials said.Toyota, Chrysler and Honda are recalling about 2.1 million vehicles with airbags that might suddenly deploy...
Clashes Intensify between 2 Ex-Soviet Republics ; Fight for Disputed Region Pushes Azerbaijan and Armenia Closer to War
Dozens of soldiers on each side have been killed, and the countries are perilously close to open war.Overshadowed by the fighting in Ukraine, another armed conflict in the former Soviet Union -- between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh...
Collectors Turn to Prints ; Budget-Conscious Buyers Look to Blue-Chip Names at More Affordable Prices
Contemporary screen prints are usually less desirable than unique artworks, but Phillips experienced a lot of success at its recent auction in London.A couple of weeks before the world's wealthiest art collectors and speculators gorge themselves on yet...
Djokovic Wins 5th Australian Open Title
Top-seeded Novak Djokovic won his fifth Australian Open title Sunday, beating sixth-seeded Andy Murray in the final.Huffing and stretching with full-throttle effort, ripping forehands from inside the baseline, Andy Murray played for quite some time like...
Draft Winston No.1? for Buccaneers, It's a Tricky Question ; Team Needs Quarterback, but Florida State Player Has a Checkered History
The downtrodden Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a quarterback, and they will draft first, but Jameis Winston's checkered past has presented the team with a quandary.At a downtown park here on April 26, the Sexual Violence Task Force of Tampa Bay will host...
Egypt Frees and Deports Australian Journalist
Peter Greste was jailed for more than a year in a case that had been criticized by human rights groups. Two other journalists remain in prison.The Egyptian authorities on Sunday released and deported an Australian journalist jailed for more than a year...
Eternal Lines: A Guide to Shakespeare's Sonnets
Neil L. Rudenstine's "Ideas Of Order" contains insights into Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, and an argument that they contain an underlying narrative.Ideas Of Order. A Close Reading of Shakespeare's Sonnets. By Neil L. Rudenstine. 243 pages. Farrar, Straus...
Florida Event Takes Webb Full Circle ; Many Milestones Later, She Returns to the Scene of Her First U.S. Victory
Karrie Webb opened the 2015 L.P.G.A. season at the Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club last week, the site of her first victory in the United States in 1995.Karrie Webb said she was caught by surprise last week when she arrived at the Golden Ocala...
Heroes and Bystanders
The best way to honor past victims of genocide is to fight it everywhere that it exists today.One of the great heroes of the 20th century was Auschwitz prisoner No. 4859, who volunteered to be there.Witold Pilecki, an officer in the Polish resistance...
In Foreclosure Cases against Wells Fargo, 2 Judges Who Get It
A Missouri judge ordered Wells Fargo to pay over $3 million for abusing a borrower, and a judge in New York said the bank may have forged documents.CORRECTION APPENDED Big banks hold great sway in Washington these days, far more than troubled...
Kayak Turns to Its Users to Find Travel Tips
David Solomito of Kayak interprets the website's annual user data report.The popular search site Kayak.com handles more than one billion travel booking searches annually, primarily for airfare and hotels. Poring over that data, its analysts recently...
Major Bank in China Says Its Chief Has Stepped Down ; Reports Link Resignation of Rising Star in Industry to Anticorruption Inquiry
The China Minsheng Banking Corporation gave no explanation for the resignation, which came amid the country's intense anticorruption campaign.The China Minsheng Banking Corporation, one of China's biggest financial institutions, said that its president,...
Media Titans Can Buy Just for Fun of It
Rupert Murdoch and Michael Bloomberg have the media resources and the disposable wealth to stay in the debate without worrying about profits.When Mitt Romney announced on Friday that he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination for a third...
Nearing Cutoff, Victim Claims Pour into G.M. ; Thousands Are Seeking Compensation Because of Accidents Linked to Defect
With a deadline looming, hundreds of death and injury claims poured into a compensation program for victims of accidents caused by an ignition switch.Before the midnight Saturday deadline passed, hundreds of death and injury claims poured into General...
Not All the Players Want to Jump Ship
With the transfer window about to shut, all sorts of names are being linked to new Premier League teams, but Aston Villa's Fabian Delph ignored the courting and decided to stay put.When the transfer window shuts at the end of Monday in Europe, the most...
Our Loud, Proud Left
What is fueling the cultural activism of the later Obama years?For the last week, liberal journalists have been furiously debating whether a new political correctness has swept over the American left. The instigator of this argument was New York magazine's...
Pride in Victory Outweighs Kobani's Grief ; Residents Repel ISIS and Now Hope to Carve out a Kurdish Homeland
Now that Kobani has been liberated, pride in victory over the Islamic State outweighs grief over the losses for the Kurds who live there.Lasheen Abdulla steered her white minivan through the streets of her hometown, past the charred husks of car bombs,...
Pro-Democracy Protesters Return to Streets of Hong Kong
The protest was much smaller and milder than the "Occupy" protests that ended in mid-December, and fell well short of the 50,000 participants that organizers had promised.Pro-democracy protesters streamed through the heart of Hong Kong on Sunday in their...
Regulator and Alibaba Make Up ; Following Public Rebuke, a Quick Move to Fight Sales of Counterfeit Goods
Just days after a government regulator harshly criticized the company, the two showed signs of moving quickly to cooperate.It was only last week that a Chinese government regulator chastised the Alibaba Group, the e-commerce giant, for failing to curb...
Renzi's Pick Is Voted in as Italy's New President ; Legislators Elect Judge of Constitutional Court, but Power May Be Pared
Sergio Mattarella, a veteran politician, will be Italy's next president, a post that is expected to be redefined during his tenure.Italian lawmakers have elected Sergio Mattarella, a veteran politician and Constitutional Court judge, as Italy's president,...
Reporter's Trial in Iran May Get Hard Judge
A jurist with a reputation for imposing harsh sentences may be the one to preside over the trial of Jason Rezaian of The Washington Post.A Revolutionary Court judge in Iran with a reputation for imposing harsh sentences has been selected to preside in...
R. Von Weizsacker, First President of Reunited Germany, Dies
Mr. Weizsacker became West Germany's head of state in 1984 and served through the merger before stepping down in 1994.CORRECTION APPENDED Richard von Weizsacker, the patrician first president of the reunited Germany and a guardian of his nation's...
Showdown Reinforces Status Quo ; with 1-1 Draw, Chelsea Keeps Its 5-Point Lead over Manchester City
Manchester City and Chelsea fought to a 1-1 tie that kept City five points behind the league leader.With only a few minutes remaining on the clock at Stamford Bridge, Manchester City's James Milner lashed the ball across the face of Chelsea's goal, a...
Shunning Customers Who Don't Make the Grade
Companies from Uber to Airbnb are now rating their customers on degrees of promptness and politeness, but who owns the data that details their behavior?People routinely use the Internet to review services from plumbers to hairdressers. Now the tables...
Small Town in Ukraine Is at Center of Rebel Push ; Cease-Fire Negotiations Break Down as Insurgents Close in on Strategic Area
The otherwise unremarkable town of Debaltseve is all but surrounded by attacking troops, and there is a phrase for it: "falling into a kettle."Ukrainian soldiers rattle along the snowy streets here in armored personnel carriers with the hatches battened...
Spanish Leftist Party Gets Important Boost from Huge Rally in Madrid
The march on Saturday was the most important rally organized by Podemos since it emerged as a newcomer in Spanish politics last May.At least 100,000 supporters of Podemos, the leftist party that is threatening to overhaul Spain's bipartisan party system,...
Strained Alliance: Rift between Obama and Netanyahu Keeps Growing
The latest falling out of the two leaders reflects their fundamentally different world views.For six years, the pattern has been the same. A dispute between American and Israeli leaders spills out into the open. Analysts declare the relationship in crisis....
Taliban Courts Gain Favor in Afghanistan ; Tradition-Rooted Rulings Offer Hope for Justice as Legal Vacuum Persists
Instead of enduring government courts, Afghans are turning to an informal justice system that includes tribal elders and the Taliban insurgents.Matiullah Khan and Muhammad Aywaz were each dug in, their property dispute in southern Afghanistan at an impasse.Despite...
The Benefits of Paid Leave for Parents
Economists have found that paid leave raises the probability that mothers return to employment later, and then work more hours and earn higher wages.When Larisa Casillas gave birth to a boy two years ago, the Bay Area nonprofit organization where she...
The Death of the Dinosaurs
Maybe an asteroid didn't wipe them out.By now the image of the demise of the dinosaurs has become iconic: a luckless tyrannosaur looking over its shoulder as a colossal fireball from heaven bears down on the horizon, the monster's death by vaporization...
The Value of a Diploma in Politics
The question of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's missing diploma could become a problem in the election.CORRECTION APPENDED Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has buzz. He impressed conservative activists last weekend in Des Moines and is the front- runner...
Tribal Ties Drive Jordan's Push to Free Pilot ; Hostage of Islamic State Is Member of Influential Support Base for the King
A pilot captured by the Islamic State is a member of a politically influential tribe, part of a crucial base of tribal support for the king.It is often said that in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, all politics is tribal.That goes a long way toward explaining...
Vaccine Opponents on Defensive over Measles
As officials in 14 states grapple with an outbreak, the parents at the heart of America's anti-vaccine movement are being faulted for a public-health crisis.CORRECTION APPENDED Their children have been sent home from school. Their families are...
Video of 2nd Beheading Outrages Japanese, Who Back Abe's ISIS Stance
After the apparent death of the journalist Kenji Goto, the public has remained supportive of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's stand against Mr. Goto's kidnappers.Japan reacted with sorrow and outrage on Sunday to the posting by the Islamic State of a video...
With Budget, Obama Tries to Narrow Income Gap ; $4 Trillion Plan Would Hit Overseas Corporate Profits and Assist Middle Class
The central question President Obama will pose is this: Should Washington worry about the rising gap between the rich and everyone else, or address a mountain of debt?President Obama will propose a 10-year budget on Monday that stabilizes the federal...
Young Make Their Way in E.U. Business ; Teenage Entrepreneurs Discuss Hurdles Blocking Youthful Enterprises
At a conference in Madrid, teenage achievers discussed what it takes to break potential hurdles to the young and business-minded on the Continent.When Jordan Casey took to the stage to present his technology business, he jumped onto the platform rather...
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