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New York Today: A Leonard Bernstein Centennial

<i>Good morning on this brilliant Friday.</i><p>Leonard Bernstein, the musician and conductor, would have turned 100 years old tomorrow.<p>Bernstein, who died in 1990 at the age of 72, wrote symphonies and operas as well as scores to ballets and Broadway plays, like “West Side Story,” “On the Town,” “Wonderful …

Leonard Bernstein

Aretha Franklin, the legendary ‘Queen of Soul’ and a symbol of black pride and women’s liberation, dies at 76, AP reports

Ms. Franklin, whose exceptionally expressive singing about joy, pain, faith and liberation earned her a place on music’s Mount Rushmore, died in Detroit.<p>She became one of the most revered singers of her era by exploring the secular sweet spot between sultry rhythm-and-blues and the explosive gospel …

Aretha Franklin

Bleak New Estimates in Drug Epidemic: A Record 72,000 Overdose Deaths in 2017

Drug overdoses killed about 72,000 Americans last year, a record number that reflects a rise of around 10 percent, according to new preliminary estimates from the Centers for Disease Control. The death toll is higher than the peak yearly death totals from H.I.V., car crashes or gun deaths.<p>Analysts …

Driver Crashes Car Into Security Barriers At U.K. Parliament; 3 Injured

<b>Updated at 6:45 a.m. ET</b><p>A driver crashed a vehicle into security barriers outside the Houses of Parliament in London during the Tuesday morning commute, injuring three people, police and medical personnel say.<p>Police officers arrested the driver on "suspicion of terrorist offenses," the Metropolitan …

‘Should not happen’: Italian officials look for answers after dozens dead in bridge collapse

ROME — A major bridge along the northern Italian coast collapsed Tuesday in an alarming infrastructure failure, sending vehicles plunging more than 150 feet, leaving dozens dead and opening wider questions about the structural underpinnings in a country famed for its beauty but gripped by decades …

Genoa Bridge Collapse

FBI agent Peter Strzok fired over anti-Trump texts

The FBI has fired agent Peter Strzok, who helped lead the bureau’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election until officials discovered that he had been sending anti-Trump texts.<p>Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s attorney, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the …

Donald Trump

You Know Who the Tax Cuts Helped? Rich People

Which should surprise no one, including the G.O.P who sold it.

White Nationalists Love Corey Stewart. He Keeps Them Close.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Corey Stewart stands at the end of a long driveway that leads back in time, to his 18th century plantation manor hidden in woods behind a modern housing development. Mr. Stewart, the Republican Senate nominee from Virginia, treats the brick home like a living museum, complete with …

War

Steve Lopez: Ignore the climate change deniers. California's hellish summer really is a grave warning

Wind-swept wildfires raging. Homes incinerated. Families displaced. Lives lost.<p>In the long, hot, smoky California summer of 2018, as we camp under ash-hued sunset skies, the scariest thought is that the future has arrived, and more intense weather extremes will continue to wreak havoc in years to …

Before ‘Unite the Right’ Rally, Trump Does Not Condemn Supremacists

WASHINGTON — As white nationalists planned to gather in front of the White House on Sunday to mark the anniversary of last year’s violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., President Trump denounced “all types of racism,” but did not specifically condemn the supremacists.<p>“Riots in Charlottesville a …

Rights & Freedoms

New York congressman facing insider trading charges suspends reelection bid

By Michael Scherer<p>Michael Scherer<p>National political reporter covering campaigns, Congress and the White House<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Indicted Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) announced Saturday that he will not run for reelection this fall as he battles federal charges for insider trading.<p>“After extensive …

Elections

2018 Is Shaping Up to Be the Fourth-Hottest Year. Yet We’re Still Not Prepared for Global Warming.

This summer of fire and swelter looks a lot like the future that scientists have been warning about in the era of climate change, and it’s revealing in real time how unprepared much of the world remains for life on a hotter planet.<p>The disruptions to everyday life have been far-reaching and …

Climate Change

Kansas man sentenced to life for killing Indian engineer in a bar

Asian America<p>A Kansas man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for fatally shooting an engineer from India after calling him a “terrorist" and yelling, "Get out of my country!" in a bar confrontation last year. The victim's companion, also from India, and a bar patron who intervened were wounded.<p>…

Crime

The Holy Fire Is Burning Through Southern California and Forcing Evacuations. And It's Only 2% Contained

While the Mendocino Complex fire became the biggest wildfire in California history, a new wildfire dubbed the “Holy Fire” is gaining traction and …

New York Rep. Chris Collins indicted on insider trading charges

Politics News<p>Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., vowed Wednesday night to continue his campaign for re-election and fight federal charges that he used his position with an Australian biotech firm to help his family make illicit stock trades — and avoid more than $768,000 in losses.<p>Collins, 68, who was the …

Elections

Missouri voters just blocked the right-to-work law Republicans passed to weaken labor unions

It’s the first time voters have overturned right-to-work laws through a ballot referendum in recent years.<p>Missouri voters made history on Tuesday, blocking the state’s Republican lawmakers from enacting right-to-work laws to cripple labor unions. The state’s primary voters rejected Proposition A, …

Ohio cliffhanger powers blue wave

This year's last special election left Democrats energized and Republicans worried.<p><b>The big picture:</b> A U.S. House race in Ohio that should have been a …

Crews gain on California wildfire as milder temperatures prevail

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battling the largest wildfire in California's history face a return of gusting winds and high temperatures on Thursday that are expected to stoke a blaze that has burned an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.<p>Northern California's Mendocino Complex fire was 47 percent …

U.S. judge rules against Trump policy restricting transgender troops

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. court on Monday ruled the Trump administration could not enforce an updated policy barring certain transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, becoming the second court in the country to rule against the government since it unveiled the policy in …

LGBTQI

Trump’s Border Wall Could Waste Billions of Dollars, Report Says

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration could potentially waste billions of dollars on a border wall because it failed to fully account for factors like varying terrain and land ownership along the Southwest border, according to a new report.<p>The report, conducted by the Government Accountability …

President urged to stop tweeting on Trump Tower meeting

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump has been urged to stop tweeting about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump's top advisers and several Russians, a source familiar with discussions tells CNN.<p>The President was advised that his tweeting only gives oxygen to the topic, even if those around Trump do …

Donald Trump

In expensive cities, rents fall for the rich — but rise for the poor

U.S. cities struggling with soaring housing costs have found some success in lowering rents this year, but that relief has not reached the renters most at risk of losing their housing.<p>Nationally, the pace of rent increases is beginning to slow down, with the average rent in at least six cities …

Housing

Dying of ALS, this father is using his last breaths to help Democrats win in 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> It isn't easy for Ady Barkan to raise his right fist anymore, but he's been doing it a lot lately.<p>Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable neurodegenerative disease better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, 34-year-old Barkan is a progressive activist who has spent the …

Northern California blazes now largest in state history

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) — Twin Northern California blazes fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather grew Monday to become the largest wildfire in state history, becoming the norm as climate change makes the fire season longer and more severe.<p>The two fires burning a few miles apart and known as …

Northern California

Michelle Obama announces week of action to sign up voters

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama is marking the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by urging Americans to participate in a week of action to get …

Republicans Seem Very Worried About Tuesday’s Ohio Special Election

An August special election for a congressional seat Republicans have held for decades isn’t the kind of thing that would usually draw any interest …

Republicans make Trump’s racist and incendiary language possible

By Jennifer Rubin<p>Jennifer Rubin<p>Opinion writer reporting from a center-right perspective<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Opinion writer<p>Republicans’ favorite tactic these days in defending President Trump’s indefensible statements is to pretend he didn’t mean what he said. <i>He really insults all athletes, not just</i> …

Maxine Waters

Major tech companies remove Alex Jones for hate, bullying

NEW YORK (AP) — Major tech companies have begun to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their services, reflecting a more aggressive enforcement of policies against hate speech following protests on social media.<p>Facebook has taken down four pages belonging to Jones, including two …

Social Media

Trump associate socialized with alleged Russian agent Maria Butina in final weeks of 2016 campaign

By Rosalind S. Helderman<p>Rosalind S. Helderman<p>Reporter focusing on political enterprise stories and investigations<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist who was charged last month with working as anunregistered agent of the Kremlin, socialized in the weeks before the 2016 …

Foreign Policy

NRA Claims 'Deep Financial Trouble' May Soon Put It Out of Business

The National Rifle Association says that it’s in “deep financial trouble” — so deep in fact that it may be “unable to exist.”<p>The group says it is …