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Articles from May 29, 2015

'30S Tax Case Could Bode Ill for Yahoo
Yahoo's intention to spin off Alibaba stock without paying tax is just a modern twist on an old tax avoidance scheme.Perhaps the most quoted dictum from any tax case comes from Judge Learned Hand of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...
A Candidate's Message Inspires a Certain Age Group: His Own
Mr. Sanders, 73, whose progressive views often appeal to young Americans, also seems to be striking a deep chord with older voters as his campaign gets underway.Fit and quick-witted at age 73, Senator Bernie Sanders was still going strong after speaking...
A Home with a Painterly Aspect ; House on French Riviera Still Bears Impressions of the Artists Who Owned It
An 1837 Provencal farmhouse now for sale was for nearly four decades home to the artists Louis le Brocquy and Anne Madden.From the road there is no trace of the 1837 Provencal farmhouse set on a hillside near Carros, about 10 miles inland from Nice -- just...
Arrest Hints at China Role in Synthetic Drug Market
A major manufacturer of "spice," a lethal synthetic, shows the trouble that a country with a large, poorly regulated pharmaceutical sector can bring.Scores of travelers streamed through Los Angeles International Airport in March, just off a flight from...
A Soccer Bon Vivant, Laid Low ; American Power Broker Who Pleaded Guilty Enjoyed Life's Luxuries
Chuck Blazer had an enormous appetite for expensive meals, luxury travel, and, according to federal authorities, corrupt self- enrichment.In his room at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital, Chuck Blazer held his smartphone and checked his email...
A Star Ballerina Makes World Tour of Final Bows
Retiring at 50, Sylvie Guillem is bidding farewell with a program called "Life in Progress" that ends Dec. 20 in Tokyo.Sylvie Guillem has had a career like no other ballerina in the modern era. Like Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov, she is famous...
Banning Artists in the Gulf
Abu Dhabi is opening cultural centers, but is barring artists and writers from entering.On May 11, the Lebanese artist Walid Raad was turned away at the airport when he tried to enter the United Arab Emirates, where the government is making a big investment...
Bid for China Developer Is Dropped
A deal for Kaisa would have been a lifeline for the heavily indebted Chinese property developer.Sunac China Holdings said Thursday that it had abandoned its proposed $1.2 billion takeover of the Kaisa Group, the Chinese property developer that defaulted...
Black Marks on the Beautiful Game
FIFA's corruption scandal stains soccer and raises questions about the World Cup.FIFA, soccer's global governing body, has always hoped to get America more involved in their sport. Well, they've succeeded. In a sudden and stunning move, the Justice Department...
Blatter's FIFA Reign of Shame
To conclude Sepp Blatter should quit feels so obvious it's not worth saying. But he's so thick-skinned it's worth saying twice.I was living in Paris in 1998 and had tickets for the World Cup Final but instead had to rush off to cover upheaval in Nigeria...
Borrowing to Save Pensions Often Ends Badly
Issuing pension obligation bonds may appear tempting, even though such deals have contributed to financial crises around America.Facing a shortfall of more than $50 billion in his state's pensions, and with no simple solution at hand, Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania...
Chip Maker Buys Rival for $37 Billion
$37 billion acquisition is latest in industry's wave of consolidation.The chip maker Avago Technologies said on Thursday that it had agreed to acquire Broadcom, a rival whose semiconductors are used in iPhones, set-top boxes for cable television and...
Dicing Science into Smaller Chunks to Help Digest the Big, Meaty Concepts
Apps that help explain amazing aspects of science.Physics, chemistry, biology and lots of other sciences are behind almost every part of our technology-driven lives. But learning about those topics is often not easy, which is where tech steps in to help illuminate...
Entrepreneurs Are Raising Chief Executives of Future ; Families Passing Spirit of the Start-Up to Children as Early as Middle School
Children of entrepreneurial parents are making Mom and Dad proud by creating successful start-ups of their own.Perhaps the most compelling family business narrative has long been about passing on an enterprise to the next generation. But with small business...
E.U. Countries Are Asked to Take Migrants
The appeal is a response to fears that southern countries will be overwhelmed by the influx of people crossing the Mediterranean.The European Union authorities have formally appealed to the bloc's member states to accept quotas of migrants to relieve...
Fake Companies Help Jobless Work through Their Self-Doubts
A network of Potemkin companies, originally intended to provide training for workers changing careers, are now being used to combat long-term unemployment in Europe.At 9:30 a.m. on a sunny weekday, the phones at Candelia, a purveyor of sleek office furniture...
F.B.I. Investigates Use of Surgical Power Tool
Two people confirmed that they had spoken with the F.B.I. about morcellators, power tools that could scatter undetected cancer cells.The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun looking into whether medical device makers, doctors and hospitals broke...
FIFA Chief Blames 'Tiny Minority' for Scandal ; Blatter Insists He'll Stand for Re-Election despite Calls by Critics to Resign
The scandal has not changed the strange electoral math of FIFA, which was still expected to re-elect Sepp Blatter as its president on Friday.Speaking for the first time publicly since the indictments of 14 officials on corruption charges, Sepp Blatter,...
FIFA Should Give Israel the Red Card
Soccer is my life, but players like me are punished for being Palestinian.On Friday, the annual congress of FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, is scheduled to vote on a proposal to suspend Israel from the organization. The Palestine Football Association...
Former Breakthrough Players Are Breaking Down
Ernests Gulbis, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep are all out of the French Open early after riding high in last year's event.Watching Eugenie Bouchard suffer at the French Open on Tuesday and watching Simona Halep and Ernests Gulbis suffer on Wednesday,...
Going the Extra Mile in Upscale Housing Amenities ; Therapy for Pets Joins Helicopter and Yacht Services to Lure Residents
In many cities, residential blocks are becoming increasingly like the luxury hotels they often partner with for concierge and room services.Just as in fashion, residential real estate developers must take into account that buyers are always aspiring...
High Hopes for a Better Way to Grow Rubber in China
With rubber prices at a 10-year low and farmers' incomes sinking, officials want to make the industry more economically and environmentally sustainable.In the village of Tuanjie, in the hills above Jinghong, in Yunnan Province, nearly every family lives...
Hundreds Die as Heat Scorches South India ; Temperatures Reach 116 Degrees and Officials Warn People Not to Venture Outdoors
Most deaths were reported in tAndhra Pradesh and Telangana, as temperatures passed 116 degrees and people were warned to stay indoors.Large swaths of India have been baking under intense heat that has killed more than 1,300 people and left the government...
In Breach at I.R.S., Hint of Wider Fraud ; Security Experts Warn Attack May Be Prelude to Other Criminal Schemes
Some experts warned that the theft might be a prelude to more personalized schemes to dupe taxpayers.The plot to steal information on 100,000 taxpayers from the Internal Revenue Service and hijack nearly $50 million in refunds not only reveals a previous...
In Charge and Unscathed despite Raid on Federation ; FIFA's Chief Is Called Dictatorial, but Hailed for Extending Soccer's Reach
Sepp Blatter has been praised for extending soccer's reach to less developed nations but has also been widely criticized as tone- deaf and dictatorial.If the sweeping arrests of several FIFA officials at a five-star hotel in Zurich turn out to be the...
In Praise of Normal Things ; Exhibition Highlights Jasper Morrison's Radical Take on Everyday Design
British designer is focus of a retrospective in Belgium.After the British designer Jasper Morrison had presented his products a few years ago to a prospective client, a Chinese electronics company, he was shown one of its current best sellers, a cellphone...
Jawbone Accuses Fitbit of Stealing Information by Poaching Employees
The legal action is an unusual twist as Fitbit prepares to make its stock market debut to take advantage of huge demand for wearable devices.Close to what should be one of the biggest events of Fitbit's life -- its initial public offering of stock --...
Jerry Seinfeld, Online Force ; with an Internet Series, Comedian Takes His Place in New Media Landscape
With an Internet series, the comedian takes his place in the new media landscape."I'm a pimp. I'm a pimp."Although these words were coming from an unlikely source, they were unmistakably uttered by Jerry Seinfeld, his excitable voice rising and falling...
Master Class for Finance Officials at G-7 Meeting ; Economists Stress Need for Reform and Support Infrastructure Investment
There was a general consensus that governments should invest more in infrastructure like roads, airports and broadband Internet.Central bankers and chief finance officials of the world's wealthiest democracies received a master class in economics Thursday,...
Migrants Rescued from Sea Face Uncertain Future in Indonesian Camps
Aid groups are concerned that the conditions in the camps are unsanitary, could spread disease and were never intended for long- term habitation.Mohammed Salim sat on a straw mat in an open-air tent, trying to avoid the stifling midday heat.Mr. Salim,...
Nebraska Outlaws Death Penalty, Defying Governor's Veto
Opponents of the death penalty in the state were able to build a coalition that spanned the ideological spectrum.Nebraska has become the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty, with lawmakers defying their Republican...
Pataki Will Seek Republican Nomination ; Ex-Governor of New York Hopes Moderate Stances Will Help in Early Contests
The former three-term governor of New York faces long odds, but being a moderate could give him a bit of hope for an early contest, the New Hampshire primary.It had the outlines of a significant event: a three-term governor of New York who forced Mario...
Polluted Political Games
The problem is not crooked individuals but perverse incentives from a rotten structure.I've admired the Clintons' foundation for years for its fine work on AIDS and global poverty, and I've moderated many panels at the annual Clinton Global Initiative....
Pushing for Peace with a Despot
A march by 30 women across the DMZ and into South Korea was worthy but won't change the North's behavior.The 30 women arrived on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone proud and triumphant. "We have accomplished what no one said can be done,...
Reform Push by Cameron Raises New Test for E.U. ; Even as Talk of a 'Brexit' Looms, Other Leaders Listen, but Up to a Point
As David Cameron presses his case for an overhaul of the European Union, leaders across the Continent are weighing the costs of not reaching a deal.David Cameron, with a majority mandate from the British people, is off on a whirlwind tour of European...
Santorum to Seek Presidency Again with a Shift to Focus on Middle Class
The former Pennsylvania senator was the runner-up in the 2012 Republican primary but has had little traction this time.Rick Santorum, the runner-up in the Republican nomination race four years ago, has announced his second presidential bid, pledging to...
Scientists Urge Prompt Start of H.I.V. Drugs ; U.S. Issues Guidelines after Trial Shows Early Therapy Saves More Lives
United States health officials announced the new guidelines after a clinical trial showed pronounced benefits from early treatment.CORRECTION APPENDED People with H.I.V. should be put on antiretroviral drugs as soon as they learn they are infected,...
Stark Reminder of War in Germany ; Unexploded Bombs a Cause for Alarm and Wide-Scale Evacuations
Unexploded ordnance, covered over in haste or in oversight, is cause for alarm and for wide-scale evacuations long after World War II.CORRECTION APPENDED Traffic on the Rhine halted, trams and cars could not cross a main highway bridge, and...
Steps to Shield Your Personal Data from Hackers
Experts say it is impossible to keep your data safe, but that you can make things harder for criminals.The United States Internal Revenue Service has been added to a long list of companies and government agencies that hackers have breached in the last...
Still Clinging to Secrecy in Britain
The Iraq war investigation is one of a series that the authorities use to airbrush official errors or at least to delay embarrassment.What do we really know about events that mold the national narrative? In this era of digital information harvested by...
Strongman from Brazil Now Facing a Hard Fall
Jose Maria Marin became such a towering figure in the world of Brazilian sports that the headquarters of the nation's soccer federation were recently named in his honor.After rising as a governor under Brazil's military dictatorship, Jose Maria Marin...
Sunnis Fleeing ISIS Find Little Aid in Iraq
Many Iraqi Shiites are looking with distrust at Sunni civilians displaced by attacks by Sunni militants in areas controlled by the Islamic State.On one side of a rickety bridge that spans a narrow stretch of the Euphrates River were panicked families...
Tech Giants Advance on Mobile Payments ; Google and Apple Jockey as More Consumers Make Purchases with Phones
Google and Apple are poised to overhaul and enhance mobile payment products as they jockey for an edge in the developing industry.The battle for mobile software dominance revolves around two companies: Apple and Google. Now both giants are also going...
The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Will Be Awarded This Week. Does a Prize like This Help or Hurt the Cause of Women Writers?
I hate the idea of describing any sort of fiction as "a cause." It makes it sound like something virtuous but fundamentally tedious.I hate the idea of describing any sort of fiction as "a cause." It makes it sound like something virtuous but fundamentally...
The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Will Be Awarded This Week. Does a Prize like This Help or Hurt Women Writers?
A small part of me fears that the gated-off arena can too easily become a prison.A small part of me fears that the gated-off arena can too easily become a prison.In August 1849, Charlotte Bronte wrote a letter to her publisher, W.S. Williams, in response...
The Long Game of Soccer's World Body
The American-led probe against corruption in soccer will face stiff resistance from FIFA members.The arrests Wednesday of nine senior officials of FIFA, among 14 people indicted by the United States Department of Justice on corruption charges, shook...
Trans-Pacific Trade Pact Highlights Political Power of Wealthy Americans
The long-term trend toward reducing restrictions on trade reflects the preferences of wealthy Americans more than the poor or middle class.The Pacific Rim trade deal making its way through the United States Congress is the latest step in a decades-long...
Tunisian Women Dare to Tell of Abuses ; Testimony Recalls Years of Police Cruelty and Rape under Two Dictatorships
In an Arab country where women's rights had made advances, women are testifying about abuses under two dictatorships.She was just 21 when she was arrested by Tunisia's state police, who hauled her into an Interior Ministry office and "beat me up so hard...
Using Google and YouTube, Analysts Gauge Russia's Role in Ukraine
An independent report that draws on publicly available videos, photographs and satellite images has concluded that Russia is continuing to conduct military operations inside Ukraine.An unusual investigation using publicly available videos, smartphone...
U.S. Rebukes China over Efforts to Build Islands ; Defense Secretary Carter Challenges Beijing over South China Sea Activity
Comments by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made clear that Washington shared concerns in Asia about China's military presence in the South China Sea.A day after China laid out its vision for a navy that can project power into the open seas, Defense...
U.S. Seeks to Help the Poor Get Online ; Regulator's Chief Is Set to Propose Subsidies for Broadband Service
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is suggesting sweeping changes to a subsidy program for low-income Americans.For 30 years, the United States government has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their phone bills, saying that...
Walter Byers, Who Led N.C.A.A., Then Vilified It, Dies at 93
Mr. Byers forged a moneymaking colossus built on student- athletes but ultimately denounced the college sports world as corrupt and unfair.Walter Byers, who as executive director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for more than three decades...
Where Style Meets Convenience (and Fun)
New accessories are not only stylish, but fun to use.There is no shortage of tech gadgets designed to make travel easier, but equally innovative accessories have been few and far between. That is finally changing with an array of stylish options.The...
Williams Screams and Sputters, but Then Wins ; Kuznetsova Loses Match to Schiavone in Lengthy Test of Their Tennis Wills
Serena Williams screamied her way through shaky play. while Francesca Schiavone prevailed, 6-7 (11-13), 7-5, 10-8, over 18th- seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, who won this tournament in 2009.Serena Williams joked after her first-round victory on Tuesday that...
Xi's Security Law Seen as Ideological Shield ; Analysts Say the Targets Are Chinese Civil Society and Ideas from the West
China's proposed national security law, analysts say, reads more like a Communist Party ideology paper and a call to arms aimed at defending the party's ideological base.China's proposed national security law, released in draft form this month, has little...
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