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Björk exhibition at MoMA celebrates 'paradigmatic artist of the 90s'

Show built around an augmented audio guide which takes visitors at the New York museum through rooms based on the Icelandic singer’s albums

An exhibition dedicated to the work of Björk will open on Saturday at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

At the press preview on Tuesday, the show’s curator …

Björk

A 30-Day Surgical Standard Is Under Scrutiny

What she wanted, the patient told the geriatricians evaluating her, was to be able to return to her condominium in Boston. She had long lived there on her own, lifting weights to keep fit and doing her own grocery shopping, until a heart condition worsened and she could barely manage the stairs.

So …

Medicine

Edward Snowden ready to return to U.S., lawyer says

Updated 3/3/15 4:08 PM EST

Edward Snowden is ready to go home to the United States.

“Snowden is ready to return to the States, but on the condition that he is given a guarantee of a legal and impartial trial,” his Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said at a news conference Tuesday, as quoted by …

Edward Snowden

How Negative Can Rates Go?

We now know that interest rates can, in fact, go negative; those of us who dismissed the possibility by saying that people could simply hold currency were clearly too casual about it. But how low? Evan Soltas is getting some attention with an interesting attempt to find the true lower bound on …

Money

Black Jobless Rates Remain High, but Fed Can’t Do Much to Help

The time-honored pattern of American economic cycles is that recessions are worse for black workers, and recoveries are worse for black workers, too.

As this recovery gains momentum, and the labor market starts to look more normal, a new report offers a reminder that black workers once again are …

Federal Reserve

Noam Chomsky: Despite Iran Spat, US Support for Israeli Occupation Continues Without Pause

Six months after the end of a devastating Israeli assault on Gaza, aid agencies have condemned the lack of progress in rebuilding Gaza, saying …

Israel

First Look: Inside Björk's MoMA Retrospective

Chris Cunningham, "All is Full of Love" Robot, 1999. Images by the author

Björk, the mid-career retrospective that opens on March 8, fills the Museum of Modern Art with over 20 years of the iconic artist's work. From Songlines, its narrative multimedia tour through her seven studio albums, to Black

Art

How Appealing

"Ga. postpones executions so execution drugs can be analyzed": The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this report, along with an article headlined "Why …

Georgia (U.S. State)

Chomsky on Snowden Why NSA Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terror While the U.S. Drone War Creates It

World-renowned political dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky discusses why National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden should be …

National Security Agency

Iraqi Forces Press Tikrit Offensive Against ISIS

BAGHDAD — Iraqi Army forces and Shiite militia fighters on Tuesday pressed their assault on the city of Tikrit, seeking to encircle Islamic State strongholds on the second day of the government’s largest offensive yet against the militant group that has seized large portions of Iraqi territory.

By …

Iraq

Plaintiffs in Health Law Case Resist Rules on Insurance Purchases and Penalties

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — People sometimes wonder why David M. King would fight health insurance subsidies all the way to the Supreme Court, which is scheduled to hear his case on Wednesday. Even his sister is puzzled.

Asked what motivated her brother, who is the lead plaintiff in the latest challenge …

Law

Justice Department Finds Pattern of Police Bias and Excessive Force in Ferguson

WASHINGTON — Police officers in Ferguson, Mo., have routinely violated the constitutional rights of the city’s black residents, the Justice Department has concluded in a scathing report that accuses the officers of using excessive force and making unjustified traffic stops for years.

The Justice …

Policing

Mr. Netanyahu’s Unconvincing Speech to Congress

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel could not have hoped for a more rapturous welcome in Congress. With Republicans and most Democrats as his props, he entered the House of Representatives to thunderous applause on Tuesday, waving his hand like a conquering hero and being mobbed by fawning …

U.S. Congress

Japan’s Solar Power Growth Falters as Utilities Balk

MAKURAZAKI, Japan — Rice fields, golf courses and even a disused airport runway. All over the southern Japanese region of Kyushu, unexpected places gleam with electricity-producing solar panels.

Solar use in Japan has exploded over the last two years as part of an ambitious national effort to …

Energy

Petraeus Close to Plea Deal Over Giving Classified Data to Lover

WASHINGTON — David H. Petraeus, the best-known military commander of his generation, is close to reaching a plea deal with the Justice Department that will allow him to avoid an embarrassing trial over whether he provided classified information to a mistress when he was the director of the C.I.A., …

CIA

Ending Uncertainty, House Approves Year’s Funding for Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year, averting a partial shutdown of the agency after weeks of uncertainty, but inflaming conservative lawmakers.

The legislation passed, 257 to 167, with only 75 Republican …

Uncertainty

Motive Remains a Mystery in Chapel Hill Murders

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — On the last day of Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha’s life, it was too cold to run.

The 19-year-old North Carolina State University sophomore was training with a friend for a half-marathon in Raleigh. But when her design class let out after noon that Tuesday, Feb. 10, the wind chill was …

Parking

Hillary Clinton’s Use of Private Email at State Department Raises Flags

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did …

Hillary Clinton

Restaurant Review: Via Carota in the West Village

Hanging from Via Carota’s ceiling, menacing a large farmhouse table that had been surrounded by smiling customers just a few minutes earlier, was a row of long iron spikes, bent into hooks at their ends. They’d been retrofitted with light bulbs to make a functional if terrifying chandelier, but …

Restaurant

FBI Faces $30m Lawsuit for Killing Tsarnaev’s Friend Ibragim Todashev

A Chechen national was killed in his home by the FBI during their investigation into the Tsarnaev brothers; today his family has filed a wrongful-death claim.

The family of Ibragim Todashev, an associate of alleged marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was shot dead by an FBI agent, filed a …

FBI

Aleppo rebels reject UN plan for temporary truce

A group of Syrian opposition forces has rejected UN envoy Staffan de Mistura's proposal for a temporary ceasefire in the northern city of Aleppo.

After two days of meetings in Turkey, Aleppo's newly formed Revolutionary Council said on Sunday that they refused to meet the envoy unless he proposes a …

Aleppo

Palestinians to file ICC case against Israel in April

The Palestinians plan to lodge their first complaint against Israel for alleged war crimes at the International Criminal Court on April 1, according to a senior official.

"One of the first important steps will be filing a complaint against Israel at the ICC on April 1 over the [2014] Gaza war and …

Israel

Iran builds ties with new Yemen regime

As a delegation of ministers from Yemen arrives in Tehran for talks, Iran cheers a new ally on Saudi Arabia's border

A delegation of ministers from the new revolutionary regime in Yemen has arrived in Tehran for talks as Iran strengthens its diplomatic grip on another troubled Arab country.

The …

Iran

Syria's civil war 'linked to global warming'

Syria may have fallen into its vicious civil war due, in part, to a drought caused by climate change in what scientists say is strongest connection between violence and human-caused climate change

The conflict that has torn Syria apart can be traced, in part, to a record drought worsened by global …

Global Warming

Texas nurse who got Ebola sues hospital chain

She was the first person to contract Ebola in the United States, and now she's suing the hospital where she got infected.

Nina Pham, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, filed a lawsuit Monday against the hospital's parent company, Texas Health Resources. She claims the company made …

Ebola

For the U.S. and China, a Test of Diplomacy on South Sudan

UNITED NATIONS — The United States may have midwifed the birth of South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation. But China has quickly become among its most important patrons, building its roads and pumping its oil.

Now, more than a year after South Sudan’s leaders plunged their country into a nasty …

China

Body-camera maker has financial ties to police chiefs

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Taser International, the stun-gun maker that is becoming a leading supplier of body cameras for police, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices.

A review by The Associated Press shows Taser is covering airfare and …

Policing

Europe Unlikely to Meet Climate Goal, Study Finds

BERLIN — The European Union will fail to meet an ambitious goal of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 unless it takes more aggressive measures to limit the use of fossil fuels and adopts new environmental policies, according to a report scheduled for release on Tuesday.

Although …

Europe

Burmese police block student protesters

Students want the government to scrap new education law they say undermines universities’ autonomy

Hundreds of police have encircled Burmese student protesters who have been staging a sit-in on a road in the town of Letpadan after being blocked from marching to the capital.

The demonstrators, who …

Policing

Netanyahu’s war must be stopped now: The real story behind his speech to Congress

While the media covers politics and personalities, a much more dangerous game around Iran unfolds offstage

The media has focused attention on the rude way that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu made his appearance in the U.S. this week, as though the real issue is hurt feelings between him and …

War