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New York Region to Accelerate Reopening, Raising Hopes and Anxiety

New York Region to Accelerate Reopening, Raising Hopes and Anxiety

By Winnie Hu and Luis Ferré-Sadurní

New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are pushing ahead with May 19 reopening plans, and the subway will return to 24-hour service.

Widespread Commodity Shortages Raise Inflation Fears

Widespread Commodity Shortages Raise Inflation Fears

By Alan Rappeport and Thomas Kaplan

For products as diverse as lumber and microchips, price increases are filtering through the economy.

Pressure Mounts to Lift Patent Protections on Coronavirus Vaccines

Pressure Mounts to Lift Patent Protections on Coronavirus Vaccines

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Thomas Kaplan and Rebecca Robbins

President Biden and drugmakers are facing demands from liberal activists and global leaders to suspend intellectual property rights on the vaccines as the pandemic surges.

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Editors' Picks

Criminal or Martyr? A Prisoner Poses a Political Dilemma For Spain

World

Criminal or Martyr? A Prisoner Poses a Political Dilemma For Spain

By Nicholas Casey

A Catalan separatist leader, Jordi Cuixart, is serving a nine-year prison sentence for supporting a failed independence bid in his Spanish region. His supporters say he should not be in prison at all.

Do You Live in a Political Bubble?

Opinion

Do You Live in a Political Bubble?

By Gus Wezerek, Ryan D. Enos and Jacob Brown

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Today’s Videos

Protests Prompt Colombia to Abandon Tax Overhaul

Video Video: Protests Prompt Colombia to Abandon Tax Overhaul

By The Associated Press

After days of deadly demonstrations, President Iván Duque of Colombia withdrew a tax proposal aimed at plugging a fiscal shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden Outlines His Tax Plan During Community College Visit

Video Video: Biden Outlines His Tax Plan During Community College Visit

By The Associated Press

During a visit to a community college in Norfolk, Va., President Biden outlined his tax plan, which emphasizes child care benefits as well as an increase in taxes on wealthy individuals and corporations in order to benefit community colleges.

Aid Shipments Arrive in India to Combat Coronavirus

Video Video: Aid Shipments Arrive in India to Combat Coronavirus

By The Associated Press

On Sunday, the United States delivered the third of six aid shipments to New Delhi, including 1,000 oxygen cylinders. Britain donated more than 400 oxygen concentrators, and France sent eight oxygen generators, each of which can serve 250 hospitalized patients.

World

Day 1 of the End of the U.S. War in Afghanistan

Kandahar Dispatch

Day 1 of the End of the U.S. War in Afghanistan

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff

The scenes over the weekend were almost as if a multitrillion-dollar effort had morphed into a garage sale.

German Authorities Break Up International Child Sex Abuse Site

German Authorities Break Up International Child Sex Abuse Site

By Melissa Eddy

German prosecutors called the online platform they took down one of the largest on the dark web. Three men, accused of running the site, have been arrested.

Australia Tells Its Citizens in India Amid Covid Crisis: Don’t Come Home

Australia Tells Its Citizens in India Amid Covid Crisis: Don’t Come Home

By Damien Cave and Livia Albeck-Ripka

Critics condemned the move to temporarily bar Australians, including children, as unnecessarily harsh, a violation of citizenship principles and a cultural double standard. Officials say the policy is necessary.

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U.S.

In Another Reversal, Biden Raises Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed Into the U.S.

In Another Reversal, Biden Raises Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed Into the U.S.

By Michael D. Shear and Zolan Kanno-Youngs

The action comes about two weeks after President Biden announced that he was leaving the Trump administration’s limit of 15,000 refugees in place, prompting a swift backlash.

Migrants Separated From Their Children Will Be Allowed Into U.S.

Migrants Separated From Their Children Will Be Allowed Into U.S.

By Miriam Jordan

A handful of parents from Mexico and Central America who were deported under the Trump administration’s family separation policy are the first of up to 1,000 who will eventually be reunited.

Florida Principal Under Investigation for Paddling 6-Year-Old Student, Authorities Say

Florida Principal Under Investigation for Paddling 6-Year-Old Student, Authorities Say

By Johnny Diaz

A video taken by the girl’s mother captured the principal striking the first-grader three times with a paddle at an elementary school in a district that doesn’t allow corporal punishment.

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Politics

Swiss Billionaire Quietly Becomes Influential Force Among Democrats

Swiss Billionaire Quietly Becomes Influential Force Among Democrats

By Kenneth P. Vogel

Hansjörg Wyss, who recently dropped his bid to buy Tribune Publishing, has been a leading source of difficult-to-trace money to groups associated with Democrats.

E.P.A. to Sharply Limit Powerful Greenhouse Gases

E.P.A. to Sharply Limit Powerful Greenhouse Gases

By Lisa Friedman

The Biden administration is moving quickly to limit hydrofluorocarbons, the Earth-warming chemicals used in air-conditioning and refrigeration.

Justice Clarence Thomas, Long Silent, Has Turned Talkative

Sidebar

Justice Clarence Thomas, Long Silent, Has Turned Talkative

By Adam Liptak

The Supreme Court’s orderly telephone arguments, prompted by the pandemic, have given the public a revealing look at its longest-serving member.

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Business

Meet the Man Now at the Center of the Debate Over Student Debt

Meet the Man Now at the Center of the Debate Over Student Debt

By Anemona Hartocollis and Stacy Cowley

Richard Cordray, the consumer financial protection chief under President Barack Obama, will now head the federal student aid office in the Education Department.

Pandemic Relief Fund for Restaurants Is Open, but Cash Will Go Fast

Pandemic Relief Fund for Restaurants Is Open, but Cash Will Go Fast

By Stacy Cowley

The Small Business Administration program is offering $28.6 billion in grants to food businesses including bars and caterers.

Warren Buffett’s Successor at Berkshire Hathaway Is Likely to Be Gregory Abel

Warren Buffett’s Successor at Berkshire Hathaway Is Likely to Be Gregory Abel

By Michael J. de la Merced

“The directors are in agreement that if something were to happen to me tonight, it would be Greg who’d take over tomorrow morning,” Mr. Buffett, 90, told CNBC.

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Technology

Bill and Melinda Gates Are Divorcing After 27 Years of Marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates Are Divorcing After 27 Years of Marriage

By David Gelles, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Nicholas Kulish

The announcement raises questions about the fate of their fortune. The couple helped create the Giving Pledge, but much of his Microsoft money has not yet been donated.

A Bet 20 Years Ago Made It the Exxon of Green Power

A Bet 20 Years Ago Made It the Exxon of Green Power

By Stanley Reed and Raphael Minder

Iberdrola is a leader in wind and solar power, thanks largely to a bet its C.E.O. made 20 years ago.

Yahoo and AOL, Early Internet Pioneers, Are Sold to Private Equity Firm

Yahoo and AOL, Early Internet Pioneers, Are Sold to Private Equity Firm

By Edmund Lee and Lauren Hirsch

Verizon offloaded its media business to Apollo Global Management in a deal valued at $5 billion as the mobile phone giant focuses on building out its 5G network.

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Sports

Mike Trout Won’t Hit .400, but It Will Be Fun to Watch Him Try

Keeping Score

Mike Trout Won’t Hit .400, but It Will Be Fun to Watch Him Try

By Benjamin Hoffman

History suggests Trout may struggle to win the batting title, let alone hit .400, but baseball’s best player has shifted into a higher gear.

Johnny Bench Misses His Hall of Fame Friends

Sports of The Times

Johnny Bench Misses His Hall of Fame Friends

By Kurt Streeter

Bench knew, played with or played against all of the 10 Hall of Famers who died in the past year. “You sit there and you are numb, and you remember and remember and remember,” he said.

How Nikola Jokic Became the Favorite for the N.B.A. M.V.P. Award

keeping score

How Nikola Jokic Became the Favorite for the N.B.A. M.V.P. Award

By Victor Mather

Jokic, the Nuggets center, has increased his scoring, and he conducts Denver’s offense with outlet tosses that take advantage of his background in water polo.

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Arts

The Pandemic Gets the Michael Lewis Treatment, Heroic Technocrats and All

The Pandemic Gets the Michael Lewis Treatment, Heroic Technocrats and All

By Jennifer Szalai

In “The Premonition,” Lewis recounts how some scientists and medical professionals helped overcome the initial bungled response to the coronavirus crisis.

A 140-Year-Old Hemlock Was Lost. Now It Has New Life as Art.

A 140-Year-Old Hemlock Was Lost. Now It Has New Life as Art.

By Meredith Mendelsohn

The sculptor Jean Shin gravitates to castoff objects, including a threatened tree at Olana, the former estate of Frederic Church.

They Are Their Own Monuments

They Are Their Own Monuments

By Tess Thackara

In two North Philadelphia neighborhoods, many hands create homegrown art tributes to local heroes.

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New York

The New Menu at Eleven Madison Park Will Be Meatless

The New Menu at Eleven Madison Park Will Be Meatless

By Brett Anderson and Jenny Gross

The restaurant will no longer serve meat or seafood when it reopens, Daniel Humm, the chef, said. “The current food system is simply not sustainable, in so many ways,” he said.

Debate Erupts at N.J. Law School After White Student Quotes Racial Slur

Debate Erupts at N.J. Law School After White Student Quotes Racial Slur

By Tracey Tully

A Rutgers Law student repeated an epithet from a legal case, and now Black students at the New Jersey school are calling for a policy on slurs — and apologies.

N.R.A. Leadership and Bankruptcy Assailed by U.S. Trustee

N.R.A. Leadership and Bankruptcy Assailed by U.S. Trustee

By Danny Hakim

In a rare move, the trustee, part of the Justice Department, called for the dismissal of the N.R.A.’s bankruptcy filing or the appointment of an outside monitor.

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Media & Advertising

Los Angeles Times Hires Its Next Top Editor: Kevin Merida, of ESPN

Los Angeles Times Hires Its Next Top Editor: Kevin Merida, of ESPN

By Katie Robertson

One of the biggest newspaper jobs goes to a groundbreaking journalist who spent two decades at The Washington Post.

A Teenager Mistakenly Moved Into a Senior Living Complex. TikTok Loves It.

A Teenager Mistakenly Moved Into a Senior Living Complex. TikTok Loves It.

By Jesus Jiménez

After living for a week in an apartment complex for older adults, Madison Kohout, 19, discovered why she was the youngest resident by decades.

Yamiche Alcindor Is Named Host of ‘Washington Week’ on PBS

Yamiche Alcindor Is Named Host of ‘Washington Week’ on PBS

By Michael M. Grynbaum

She succeeds Robert Costa at a program best known as the longtime home of the anchor Gwen Ifill.

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Science

To Solve 3 Cold Cases, This Small County Got a DNA Crash Course

To Solve 3 Cold Cases, This Small County Got a DNA Crash Course

By Virginia Hughes

Forensic genealogy helped nab the Golden State Killer in 2018. Now investigators across the country are using it to revisit hundreds of unsolved crimes.

Life and Death on the Lighthouse of the Mediterranean

By Gaia Squarci and Robin George Andrews

Stromboli’s volcano is always active, always at the brink of devastating paroxysms. For those who visit the island as tourists or scientists, it is a spectacle like no other.

A Psychedelic Drug Passes a Big Test for PTSD Treatment

A Psychedelic Drug Passes a Big Test for PTSD Treatment

By Rachel Nuwer

A new study shows that MDMA, known as Ecstasy or Molly, can bring relief when paired with talk therapy to those with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Obituaries

Jacques d’Amboise, 86, Dies; Early, Charismatic Star of City Ballet

Jacques d’Amboise, 86, Dies; Early, Charismatic Star of City Ballet

By Roslyn Sulcas

A product of Washington Heights, he embodied an all-American style, combining the nonchalance of Fred Astaire with the nobility of a classic male dancer. Hollywood came calling, too.

Bobby Unser, Racing Clan’s Three-Time Indy 500 Winner, Dies at 87

Bobby Unser, Racing Clan’s Three-Time Indy 500 Winner, Dies at 87

By Richard Goldstein

Unser, who was afraid of heights, also captured the Pikes Peak climb race an unmatched 13 times.

Helen Murray Free Dies at 98; Chemist Developed Diabetes Test

Helen Murray Free Dies at 98; Chemist Developed Diabetes Test

By Denise Gellene

She and her husband invented a dip-and-read paper strip that greatly simplified the diagnosis of the disease and paved the way for home test kits.

Fred Jordan, Publisher of Taboo-Breaking Books, Dies at 95

Fred Jordan, Publisher of Taboo-Breaking Books, Dies at 95

By Sam Roberts

At Grove Press, he and Barney Rosset challenged censors as they popularized D.H. Lawrence, Henry Miller, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and others.

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Opinion

Joe Biden Was No One’s Idea of a Historic Figure

The conversation

Joe Biden Was No One’s Idea of a Historic Figure

By Gail Collins and Bret Stephens

But here we are, talking about F.D.R. and L.B.J.

Can Pete Buttigieg Deliver Joe Manchin?

Can Pete Buttigieg Deliver Joe Manchin?

By ‘Sway’

Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan may depend on it.

Why the Right Loves Public School Culture Wars

Michelle Goldberg

Why the Right Loves Public School Culture Wars

By Michelle Goldberg

Biden doesn't rile up the grassroots. Critical race theory does.

Mother’s Day Can Be Painful. It Can Also Reconnect Us to the World.

Guest Essay

Mother’s Day Can Be Painful. It Can Also Reconnect Us to the World.

By Margaret Renkl

Mother’s Day is a time for contemplating the ways we’re connected, through joy and sorrow, across time and across species.

The West Has Been Hoarding More Than Vaccines

Guest Essay

The West Has Been Hoarding More Than Vaccines

By Walden Bello

The West has hoarded vaccines and blocked developing nations from making their own. President Biden can put a stop to that.

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