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The Ultimate Guide to the Regions of France

On the other side of the Atlantic, we tend to think of France as a vaguely star-shaped country with Paris as a dot somewhere toward the middle of the …

France

This Is the Best Place to Live in Every State

MONEY finds the sweetest spots.<p>What’s the best place to live in your state? It should be someplace that pairs strong economic and educational …

Cities

And the Heavens Opened

Atmospheric threat, mosques, delighted children, deluge, relief, half nakedness & India.<p>The streets are engulfed in the final moments of pre-monsoon …

Sweden

India's switched-at-birth babies who refused to swap back

<b>It is like the plot of a Bollywood film.</b><p>First, two babies are born within minutes of each other and then accidentally switched at birth in the hospital.<p>Second, they are from very different backgrounds. One set of parents is tribal Hindu, the other Muslim.<p>The twist? After a long battle with the …

South Asia

How to Make the Most Out of Specialty Ingredients

My mom's appetizer de résistance is caviar pie. It shows up at Thanksgiving or Passover, if you're lucky, but never more than a couple times each year. She got the recipe from her mom. Caviar pie was all the rage in the '70s, thanks to a Craig Claiborne column in <i>The New York Times</i>. But it's …

Recipes

James Franco Out! Greta Gerwig In! Biggest Surprises and Snubs of 2018 Oscar Nominations

Oscar nominations always come with a bit of a surprise!<p>This years nominees for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning and, as …

Awards

We’ve Been Debating Foie Gras Since Ancient Times

Early Egyptians and Greeks force-fed geese, ducks, and hyenas.<p>The force-feeding of geese to produce <i>foie gras</i> is one of the most controversial …

Ancient History

How Three Billboards went from festival fest darling to awards-season controversy

It’s a question of redemption.<p>Martin McDonagh’s <i>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</i> seemed poised from the start to be an awards-season steamroller. It boasts a bevy of strong performances led by Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson, and a barnburning screenplay by McDonagh, …

Flannery O'Connor

Why Hedi Slimane at Céline could be fashion’s next great story

Philo had her Céline woman, Slimane will have his<p>First thing on Sunday morning, a friend texted me. ‘Hedi’s gone to Céline’, followed by three of the spiky explosive emojis. She was excited. And knew I would be too.<p>The scene of the announcement was the Céline Instagram account. The comments there …

Hedi Slimane

Sriracha Is for Closers

Welcome to WeWork, the eight-year-old, $20 billion “shared space” nerve center of the New New Economy—in which the corporate ladder has been replaced by a rent-a-desk, the benefits package consists of free WiFi and La Colombe, and the retirement plan is IPO or bust. But hey, at least there’s no one …

Startups

The National Rifle Association’s Telegenic Warrior

DALLAS — Dana Loesch has a biblical inscription tattooed on her forearm, a reference to a passage in the Book of Ephesians that calls for Christians to wear holy armor to protect themselves from a dark world. It is an apt precept for Ms. Loesch, a 39-year-old conservative radio talk-show host and …

Gun Control

Oscar Nominations: The 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises

A great morning for Phantom Thread, a tough one for The Florida Project, and a truly baffling one for Jane Goodall.<p>The Oscar nominations are out, and with them the usual selection of gasp-inducing moments for the would-be nominees who found themselves shut out. Below, a look at some of the …

Jane Goodall

A Son Took His Mother Out Fishing. She Never Came Back.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on a warm Saturday in September 2016, 22-year-old Nathan Carman and his mother, Linda, untied their boat, the <i>Chicken Pox,</i> and …

Crime

These 12 Bookstores Are Worth Traveling for

As long as books have existed, so too has the concept that reading one is like traveling without leaving your seat. Let us make the argument, though, for being transported both mentally and physically. In the age of Amazon, it’s nothing short of inspiring to see some of the most distinctively …

Travel

Why the Democrats lost their nerve in the shutdown battle

From the outset, the government shutdown had been a test of wills. On Monday morning, the Democrats realized they had lost theirs.<p>At a caucus meeting in a room just off the Senate floor, a group of vulnerable Senate Democrats told their leader, Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), that the cost of their …

Angus King

Everyone Was Wrong About the Real 'Rosie the Riveter’ for Decades. Here’s How the Mystery Was Solved

When news began to spread that Naomi Parker Fraley had died on Saturday, it prompted an outpouring of admiring obituaries, uniformly lamenting the …

Black History

Hacking nuclear systems is the ultimate cyber threat. Are we prepared?

Nightmare scenario<p>The nuclear plant employees stood in rain boots in a pool of water, sizing up the damage. Mopping up the floor would be straightforward, but cleaning up the digital mess would be far from it.<p>A hacker in an adjacent room had hijacked a simulated power plant, using the industrial …

Cybersecurity

Aim High: Statement Ceilings Are 2018’s Most Romantic and Dramatic Decor Trend

For centuries, the statement ceiling was the ultimate sign of luxury (think Versailles, Robert Adam’s homes in Scotland, Otto Wagner’s post office in Vienna, Grand Central Terminal). Come the war years, however, such interior extravagance was unthinkable. The practice fell out of fashion by the …

Home Decorating

People Are Snapping Pictures of Unusual Bird Friends Saying “Hello” at Their Windows

Being stuck in an office for 40 hours a week can get monotonous, so when a friend stops by, it can really make a day seem a whole lot brighter. You might think we mean human companions, but we’re talking about friends of the feathered variety. People are snapping photos of birds who ceremoniously …

Birds

Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week Begins: Pictures

Street Style

30 Fascinating Early Bands of Future Music Legends

From Billy Joel's heavy-metal duo to Madonna's post-punk act and Neil Young's Motown outfit, these are the primordial groups that rock forgot<p>Even …

Ronnie James Dio

People are using Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in very different ways

Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime may be competitors, but they serve their audiences in very different ways.<p>People use Netflix most often to watch original series, Amazon to watch movies, and Hulu to watch TV shows from other networks, a report from Hub Entertainment Research shows. The firm surveyed …

Netflix

'Black Season' at My White Middle School

When your history is so under-integrated into the mainstream, you fight to tell the essential parts in whatever space you can claim.<p>At my …

Black History

‘Washington Was About to Explode’: The Clinton Scandal, 20 Years Later

In 1998, news broke that upended politics and sent a presidency hurtling towards impeachment. Twenty years later, an all-star panel tries to make sense of that moment—and what it tells us about our own.<p>Most journalists experience indelible moments that color our thinking long after the story moves …

Elections

Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future

SEATTLE — The first clue that there’s something unusual about Amazon’s store of the future hits you right at the front door. It feels as if you are entering a subway station. A row of gates guard the entrance to the store, known as Amazon Go, allowing in only people with the store’s smartphone …

Gilgit-Baltistan

Does Glenn Greenwald Know More Than Robert Mueller?

<b>It’s 10:45 p.m. Rio de Janeiro time.</b> Glenn Greenwald and I are finishing dinner at a deserted bistro in Ipanema. The restaurant, which serves its …

Glenn Greenwald

Davos: A rough guide to the World Economic Forum

<b>It's that time of year when the rich, powerful and downright famous head to a Swiss mountain village to discuss the big issues of the day and attempt to put the world to rights.</b><p>The World Economic Forum (WEF) has grown from a small huddle in the 1970s, when it was started by the academic Klaus …

Joseph Stiglitz

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects on the #MeToo Movement: 'It's About Time'

When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg began her legal crusade, women were treated differently than men by law. By the time she first put on judicial robes she had already worked a judicial revolution.<p>Today the issues are both the same and different. At front and center is the question of sexual …

Robert Redford