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Citing ‘Inexcusable’ Treatment, Advisers Quit National Parks Panel

<i>Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — The majority of members of the National Parks System Advisory Board, which advises the federal government on management of the country’s national parks, have jointly …

National Parks

Joshua Wong, Democracy Advocate, Is Sentenced in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong was sentenced to three months in prison on Wednesday for his role in a protest in 2014 demanding freer elections of the leader of the semiautonomous Chinese territory.<p>Mr. Wong had pleaded guilty to contempt of court for refusing to obey a court order to …

Hong Kong

Navy Plans to Discipline Top Officers for Crashes

WASHINGTON — The commanding officers of two Naval destroyers that collided with commercial vessels in the western Pacific last year, killing a total of 17 American sailors, will face court-martial charges that could include negligent homicide, the Navy said on Tuesday.<p>After the collisions, the …

Debate Continues Over What Trump Said. Does the Exact Word Matter?

Over a three-day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Fla., President Trump showed little or no concern about the angry reaction set off by his use of obscenities to describe the Third World countries he fears immigrants could come from under a new immigration bill. His base loved what he …

The White House

G.O.P. Weighs Children’s Health Insurance as Lure for Averting Shutdown

WASHINGTON — With little hope of an immigration agreement this week, Republicans in Congress are considering a plan to head off a government shutdown this weekend by pairing another stopgap spending measure with long-term funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, daring Democrats …

Health Insurance

While You Were Sleeping

Donald Trump poses a huge dilemma for commentators: to ignore his daily outrages is to normalize his behavior, but to constantly write about them is to stop learning. Like others, I struggle to get this balance right, which is why I pause today to point out some incredible technological changes …

Donald Trump vs. Guantánamo’s Forever Prisoners

Even before he took office, President Trump made it clear that no one would be getting out of the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, on his watch. They were “extremely dangerous people,” he said. It didn’t matter how long they had been locked up or whether they had been charged with any …

Donald Trump

Poll Finds Upturn in Sentiment on Tax Overhaul and Economy

Americans are warming to the Republican tax law, and becoming more confident in the economy as a whole. They just aren’t sure that President Trump deserves much credit.<p>The tax overhaul that Mr. Trump signed into law just before Christmas remains relatively unpopular and highly polarizing, according …

Economy

22 Attorneys General Sue to Block Net Neutrality Repeal

WASHINGTON — The attorneys general of 22 states filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to block the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of regulations that ensure an equal and open internet.<p>Led by Eric T. Schneiderman of New York, the attorneys general said the rollback of so-called net neutrality rules …

Net Neutrality

Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Enclave in Syria

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A plan to create a new American-backed, Kurdish-led border force in northeastern Syria has raised alarms in the region that the United States may be helping to cement an autonomous Kurdish enclave that could further divide the country.<p>The 30,000-strong force, vehemently opposed by …

Cement

Fearing DACA’s Return May Be Brief, Immigrants Rush to Renew

For Marcela Alcaide Eligio, A.P. Biology class would have to wait. First, she had some paperwork to do.<p>On the first day young immigrants were able to renew the permits giving them temporary protection from deportation — as ordered by a California district court last week and authorized by the …

Immigration

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested

WASHINGTON — A former C.I.A. officer suspected of helping China identify the agency’s informants in that country has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. Many of the informants were killed in a systematic dismantling of the C.I.A.’s spy network in China starting in 2010 that was …

China

YouTube Adds More Scrutiny to Top-Tier Videos

SAN FRANCISCO — The decade-plus evolution of YouTube from repository of cat videos and pirated content to potential TV replacement hit a road bump last year when marketers discovered their advertisements were showing up next to extremist videos and other unsavory content.<p>Ever since, YouTube has …

New Media

Pentagon Suggests Countering Devastating Cyberattacks With Nuclear Arms

WASHINGTON — A newly drafted United States nuclear strategy that has been sent to President Trump for approval would permit the use of nuclear weapons to respond to a wide range of devastating but non-nuclear attacks on American infrastructure, including what current and former government officials …

War

G.M. Chief Cautions Trump Administration on Upending Nafta

DETROIT — General Motors’ chief executive urged the Trump administration on Tuesday not to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement, and said any changes in the pact should account for the effect on American automakers and workers.<p>“There could be unintended consequences, changes made, that …

Transportation

Cuomo Says Budget Will Defend New York Against Trump’s ‘Economic Missile’

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Tuesday unveiled a $168 billion spending plan that he said held echoes of the darkest days of the recession, necessitating a raft of ideas to raise revenue and counter the impact of a new federal tax plan that he warned could stall economic growth and devastate some …

Doctor Declares Trump’s Health Excellent, With Perfect Score on Cognitive Test

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s physician said Tuesday that the president received a perfect score on a cognitive test designed to screen for neurological impairment, which the military doctor said was evidence that Mr. Trump does not suffer from mental issues that prevent him from functioning in …

Health

Ditching Spike in Favor of Kevin Costner and Some Mean Teens

LOS ANGELES — In September, the cast and crew of the TV series “Heathers,” a reimagining of the (very) dark and violent comedy from 1989, were hard at work in the Chatsworth area of the San Fernando Valley creating an updated vision of the film’s fictional Westerburg High. For fans of the original, …

Teens

Governor Murphy Pledges a Progressive Course for New Jersey

TRENTON — Philip Dunton Murphy, whose brand of pragmatic progressive politics propelled him from Democratic donor and former American ambassador to the 56th governor of New Jersey, was sworn into office on Tuesday, claiming a mandate to provide sweeping change and promising to focus heavily on the …

New Jersey

Justice Dept., Fighting to Kill DACA, Asks for Supreme Court Review

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it will ask the Supreme Court to immediately review a federal judge’s ruling that ordered the government to restart a program that shields some young illegal immigrants from deportation.<p>The administration’s request is unusual, and it comes …

DACA

Florida Isn’t the Only State That Will Be Hurt by Offshore Drilling

SACRAMENTO — One of the most brazen attacks on the rule of law by the Trump administration — and we’ve seen many — came last week after the Interior Department opened up 90 percent of America’s offshore waters to drilling for oil and gas, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke arbitrarily gave Florida a …

Offshore Drilling

White House Fuels Immigration Debate with Terrorism Statistics

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration released statistics on Tuesday showing that the vast majority of people convicted of terrorism charges in the United States over the last 15 years were born in foreign countries. The report came amid a politically-charged push by the Trump administration to …

The White House

Child Used Deactivated Cellphone to Report Family Held Captive in California

PERRIS, Calif. — To tell the police the horrific tale of how her parents were holding her and 12 siblings captive, a 17-year-old girl escaped before dawn Sunday through a window in the family’s Southern California home and used a deactivated cellphone to call the only telephone number that still …

Homeschooling

Trump’s Harsh Words, Not His Plan for Wall, Dominate Hearing

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was intended to be a long-scheduled discussion of border walls, but suddenly Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of homeland security, was being quizzed repeatedly about the vulgar word, or words, said to have been uttered by the president describing the countries …

So You’ve Been Asked to Be a Bridesmaid. Now What?

My closet is filled with blue chiffon.<p>I have been a bridesmaid three times, and each time involved purchasing a blue, cocktail-length dress in varying shades and styles, none of which I could recycle for another occasion. So they live in my closet and I pray that, when I am a bridesmaid for the …

Weddings

Donald Trump Will Soil You. Ask Lindsey Graham

One day it’s all sun and sycophantic fun on one of the president’s fancy golf courses, where you’re telling yourself that to marvel at his putts and swoon over his swing are small prices for influence and will pay off in the end.<p>The next you’re in the middle of a surreal feud among your fellow …

Donald Trump

Fugitive Venezuelan Police Officer Is Killed in Shootout

MEDELLÍN, Colombia — Óscar Pérez, a helicopter pilot and former police officer who led an armed rebel band against the isolated and embattled government of Venezuela, was killed in a shootout with the authorities, the authorities announced on Tuesday, bringing an end to a dramatic event that …

Terrorism

In Canada, Hunting and Preserving an Indigenous Way of Life

MANIWAKI, Quebec — When the Algonquin chef Cezin Nottaway was 5 years old, her mother taught her how to kill and skin a beaver with her bare hands. The little girl also learned how to snare a rabbit and to draw a moose out of the forest by emulating its haunting grunt.<p>“We were using local …

Indigenous Peoples

Banks are Big Winners from Tax Cut

WASHINGTON — The nation’s banks are finding a lot to love about the Trump administration’s tax cuts.<p>The $1.5 trillion tax overhaul signed into law late last year provided deep and lasting tax cuts to all types of businesses, but financial institutions are among the biggest winners so far, reaping …

Banking

Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Mueller’s Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, was subpoenaed last week by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to testify before a grand jury as part of the investigation into possible links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia, according to a person with …

Russia