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North Carolina Runs Over Butler in Path to Redemption

MEMPHIS — Coach Roy Williams recalled feeling so inadequate in that locker room last season. North Carolina had just lost in the national championship game to Villanova on a last-second shot, and Williams was left to rummage through his team’s splintered dreams. What could he say? How could he help?<p>…

Trump Blames Democrats for Failure of Health Bill

WASHINGTON — President Trump, trying to put the best possible face on a major defeat on Friday, dismissed the scuttled bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as a byproduct of Democratic partisanship. He predicted that Democrats would return to him to make a deal in roughly a …

In Dropping Health Vote, Trump Swallowed Need for a Showdown

WASHINGTON — When Speaker Paul D. Ryan arrived at the White House on Friday to inform President Trump that the health care bill he had made his first major legislative push could not pass, Mr. Trump had one reaction: He wanted revenge.<p>Furious at rebellious Republicans who refused to back the …

South Carolina Stuns Baylor to Reach the Round of Eight

South Carolina’s win over No. 2 Duke did not only surprise fans. In the postgame revelry, Coach Frank Martin had to ask an assistant whom his team would face next.<p>“Who we got?” Martin said.<p>The answer was that the Gamecocks were heading to face Baylor in New York, at Madison Square Garden, and a …

College Basketball

Police Posted Missing Teenagers’ Data on Social Media. A City Took Note.

A new approach by the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington to use social media to raise awareness about teenagers reported missing did indeed gain attention — some of it unintentional.<p>Starting in January, the department changed the way it alerted the public about missing teenagers by …

Republicans Land a Punch on Health Care, to Their Own Face

WASHINGTON — At the end of the long day, the alliance of conservative ideologues who once shut down the government over President Barack Obama’s health care law could not find the will to repeal it.<p>Since the Tea Party wave of 2010 that swept House Republicans into power, a raucous, intransigent and …

Congress Seeks to Pivot After Health Care Debacle

WASHINGTON — Friday’s collapse of Republican plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has broad implications not only for the nation’s health care system, but also for the fate of President Trump’s ambitious agenda in his young and chaotic presidency.<p>On Capitol Hill, the failure of …

Fact Check: Trump’s Misleading Claims on the Health Bill Failure

WASHINGTON — Reeling from a major blow to his legislative agenda, President Trump blamed Democrats on Friday after House Republicans rescinded their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He insisted it wasn’t an immediate priority anyway.<p>Here is an assessment of his claims.<p><b>Mr. Trump</b> …

U.S. Investigating Mosul Strikes Said to Have Killed Up to 200 Civilians

BAGHDAD — The American-led military coalition in Iraq said Friday that it was investigating reports that scores of civilians — perhaps as many as 200, according to local residents — had been killed in recent American airstrikes in Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where Iraq’s security forces have …

Iraq

Former Penn State President Guilty in Sandusky Abuse Case

A jury in Harrisburg, Pa., hearing the case against the former president of Penn State University reached a split verdict on Friday over his handling of a child sex abuse complaint involving an assistant football coach.<p>The former president, Graham B. Spanier, was found guilty of one count of child …

Tracing His Roots, Georgetown Employee Learns University Sold His Ancestor

As a Georgetown employee, Jeremy Alexander watched as the university grappled with its haunted past: the sale of slaves in 1838 to help rescue it from financial ruin.<p>He listened as Georgetown’s president apologized for its sins and looked for ways to make amends. And Mr. Alexander observed, with …

Georgetown University

California Upholds Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump

California’s clean-air agency voted on Friday to push ahead with stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks, setting up a potential legal battle with the Trump administration over the state’s plan to reduce planet-warming gases.<p>The vote, by the California Air Resources Board, is the boldest …

21st Century

Trump Campaign Aide Tied to Russia Will Testify in House

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, who served as President Trump’s campaign manager and is under fire for his ties to Russia, will testify before the House Intelligence Committee, the panel’s chairman said on Friday.<p>The chairman, Representative Devin Nunes, Republican of California, said Mr. Manafort had …

When Your Commute Includes Hearing ‘You Don’t Belong in This Country’

<i>This Week in Hate highlights hate crimes and harassment around the country since the election of President Trump.</i><p>Rajpreet Heir was taking the L train to a friend’s birthday party in Manhattan this month when a white man began shouting at her.<p>“Do you even know what a Marine looks like?” the man …

Discrimination

The State of Your Block, 2017

New York is made up of 66,000 blocks, each a little world unto itself. To know them all is to know the city in its infinite variety.<p>It’s impossible, but we try. Just about every year, as the mayor offers his State of the City address, we ask readers of The New York Times to paint a crowdsourced …

New York City

A Wheelchair on Broadway Isn’t Exploitation. It’s Progress.

There’s a wheelchair onstage at the Belasco Theater, and it’s drawing an abundance of attention. There’s also a wheelchair onstage at a small theater not far away, and it’s drawing practically no attention at all. The gulf between the two says quite a lot.<p>At the Belasco, the Broadway house on West …

Performing Arts

House Opens Debate Ahead of Vote on Health Bill

WASHINGTON — The House opened debate Friday on one of the most consequential pieces of legislation in years, a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and, in an extremely rare step, roll back a major, established social welfare program — with a vote in the full House set for Friday afternoon.<p>The …

Beyond de Blasio and Massey, a Cast of Candidates in the Wings

One candidate does not have a party. Another is $50,000 in the red, more than 18 months after first declaring a quixotic run for mayor. Two more have names that are familiar in Democratic political circles but little in the way of broad support.<p>And the most recent does not have a New York City …

Elections

Henry Rollins Strikes Chord as a Columnist

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>At 56, Henry Rollins is still angry.<p>When he was a younger man, the rage flowed out of him as the scowling frontman for Black Flag, the pioneering Southern California punk band.<p>Today, Mr. Rollins may no longer scream to get his …

California

Bao Bao, an American-Born Panda, Steps Out in China

CHENGDU, China — Strange food. Unintelligible natives. These are just some of the things that Bao Bao, the 3-year-old panda from the National Zoo in Washington, has grappled with since moving to China last month. But the culture shock is fading, her handlers say, as she settles into the land of her …

China

U.S., in Reversal, Issues Permit for Keystone Oil Pipeline

The Trump administration announced Friday that it would issue a permit for construction of the Keystone oil pipeline, a long-disputed project that would link producers in Canada and North Dakota with refiners and export terminals on the Gulf Coast.<p>The announcement by the State Department reversed …

Corporate Sustainability

17 Great Stories That Have Nothing to Do With Politics

<i>Welcome to Our Picks, a guide to the best stuff to read, watch and listen to from around the internet. Check this space for the must-read long-form article, the next great podcast for your commute, the news-making tweetstorm. And yes, we’re also tooting our own horn here. We’ll share can’t-miss</i> …

Journalism

Hosni Mubarak Is Freed, Crushing Egyptians’ Fading Hopes of Justice

CAIRO — Six years after baying crowds ousted him at the peak of the Arab Spring, former President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt was freed on Friday from the Cairo hospital where he had been detained, capping a long and largely fruitless effort to hold him accountable for human rights abuses and endemic …

Egypt

New York Today: A Tale of Two Blocks

<i>Good morning on this finicky Friday.</i><p>Mayor Bill de Blasio ended his State of the City address last month with the words “This is your city” projected on a large screen.<p>Yes, this is our city, but scattered among skyscrapers, slopes and seashores, we all experience it differently.<p>So we asked our …

New York City

Your Friday Briefing

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>Here’s what you need to know:</i><p><b>• It’s now or never, Trump tells G.O.P.</b><p>Calling for a vote today in the House, President Trump sent a blunt message to Republicans in Congress: Support the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, or leave former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic …

How to Log Off of Facebook Forever, With All Its Perks and Pitfalls

Part of the allure of social media is telling friends and strangers what’s happening in your life.<p>Post. Tweet. Share. Repeat.<p>But suppose you are worried that you have revealed too much and want to protect your privacy. You can delete your social media accounts and try to cover up your digital …

Social Media

Police Make ‘Significant’ Arrests in Attack Inquiry

LONDON — The British police on Friday said they had made two “significant” arrests overnight in connection with the attack outside Parliament this week and said the birth name of the 52-year-old assailant was Adrian Russell Ajao.<p>Mark Rowley<i>,</i> assistant <i>c</i>ommissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said …

Extremism

Trevor Noah to Republicans: Learn From Drake and Beyoncé

<i>Welcome to Best of Late Night, a</i> <i>rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get</i> <i>paid to watch comedy.</i> <i>What do you think of it? What</i> <i>else</i> <i>are you interested in? Let us know:</i> <i>thearts@nytimes.com</i>.<p><b>The G.O.P. Can’t Get in ‘Formation’</b><p>On “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah waxed incredulous that Republicans who have …

Comedy

College Is the Goal. The Problem? Getting There.

TOPEKA, Kan. — She was a blur of motion — leading the school step-dance team, working long hours after school at a beauty products store, mentoring younger students and caring for her siblings. So TaTy’Terria Gary, a senior at Topeka High School, had little time last fall to study for the ACT …

College & University

Adulting, but With Your College Crowd

When young city dwellers new to New York seek a sense of community, many find it in the familiar faces of their college alumni. Not ready to live on their own and wary of finding a random roommate on the internet, they are creating college, version 2.0.<p>And while there is no longer a resident …