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Hat. Rabbit. Spy Cam? Claims of Skulduggery at a Hot Magic Show

The magician Derek DelGaudio has been credited with trying to reinvigorate magic, using an approach that emphasizes deeply personal storytelling and conceptual-art riddles as much as baffling illusions, dazzling card handling and apparent mind reading.<p>But at a performance last month of his one-man …

Magic

Greece Looks to Turn a Corner After Years of Economic Pain

Greece, long Europe’s economic problem child, is trying to prove that it has made progress in its recovery efforts, announcing plans to sell debt for the first time in years.<p>The proposed bond sale, the details of which were released on Monday, offered hope that Greece might at last be preparing to …

Greece

Former Political Star in China Is Under Party Investigation

BEIJING — The Chinese Communist Party announced on Monday that Sun Zhengcai, a high-flying politician who was seen as a potential future premier, is under investigation for suspected “grave violations of discipline,” ending his career and raising the stakes of a national leadership shake-up that is …

China

Turmoil at U.S.C.

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>(Want to get California Today by email?</i> <i>Here’s the sign-up</i><i>.)</i><p>For the last week, the University of Southern California has been reeling in the wake of a sensational report in The Los Angeles Times that one of its former medical school deans abused drugs.<p>The report said the former dean, …

University of Southern California

U.S. Inflation Remains Low, and That’s a Problem

WASHINGTON — The United States has a problem: not enough inflation.<p>That notion is a bit of a head-scratcher. Most people don’t like inflation. They would prefer that a dollar tomorrow be worth the same as a dollar today.<p>But a recent drop in inflation may be a sign of fresh economic weakness and is …

Federal Reserve

Read Mr. Kushner’s prepared remarks.

Jared Kushner’s representatives released on Monday morning prepared remarks for Senate investigators. In the statement, Mr. Kushner flatly denied participating in — or having any knowledge about — collusion with Russia.

Jared Kushner

Leader Who Rebuilt Time Warner Empire Prepares an Exit

Jeffrey L. Bewkes championed acclaimed series like “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” at HBO, salvaged Time Warner from its disastrous merger with AOL and publicly battled his rival media mogul Rupert Murdoch three years ago to fend off a hostile takeover.<p>Since Mr. Bewkes took over as chief …

Time Warner

Squirrel Attacks in Prospect Park Lead to Worry of Rabies

New York City health officials are urging anyone who visited Prospect Park in Brooklyn recently and was bitten by an “unusually aggressive,” possibly rabid, squirrel to seek emergency medical care.<p>The Health Department said the rodent had attacked at least five people last week near the entrance to …

Squirrels

Bronx Hotline Helps People Make the Right Call After an Arrest

For the more than 250,000 people who are arrested each year in New York City, phone calls to lawyers and loved ones can mean the difference between freedom and jail.<p>But when the police make arrests, they routinely confiscate cellphones, where rarely memorized contact numbers are stored, leaving …

Justice

Small Businesses Split Over Republican Health Plans

Small-business owners have been some of the most vocal opponents of the Affordable Care Act. One trade group fought the overhaul all the way to the Supreme Court.<p>But for many solo entrepreneurs and freelancers, the seeming collapse of the Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the law came as a …

Health Care

In China, Herd of ‘Gray Rhinos’ Threatens Economy

SHANGHAI — Let the West worry about so-called black swans, rare and unexpected events that can upset financial markets. China is more concerned about “gray rhinos” — large and visible problems in the economy that are ignored until they start moving fast.<p>The rhinos are a herd of Chinese tycoons who …

China

De Blasio Takes to the Subway to Demand That Cuomo Fix the System

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered a lashing message to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday from a camera-packed subway car in Brooklyn: You fix this. And don’t ask the city for any more money.<p>The mayor’s comments came at a news conference that lasted 8 minutes and 30 seconds and injected the scrum of a …

Bill de Blasio

Your Weekend Briefing

<i>Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.</i><p><b>1. Congress reached a deal</b> on sweeping sanctions to punish Russia for its election meddling and aggression toward its neighbors, creating a bleak choice for President Trump: veto the bill or sign it.<p>The new legislation sharply limits the president’s …

Affordable Care Act

Trump’s ‘Great National Infrastructure Program’? Stalled

WASHINGTON — As a candidate, President Trump billed himself as a new breed of think-big Republican, pitching a $1 trillion campaign pledge to reconstruct the nation’s roadways, waterworks and bridges — along with a promise to revive the lost art of the bipartisan deal.<p>In the White House, Mr. Trump …

James B. Comey

New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight

When she was health commissioner of Georgia, the state with one of the highest rates of child obesity, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald faced two enormous challenges: How to get children to slim down and how to pay for it.<p>Her answer to the first was Power Up for 30, a program pushing schools to give children …

Sugar

Gay Marriage Backers Celebrate in Germany: ‘We Don’t Need to Hide’

BERLIN — Esther Thiane, a student in Berlin, does not know yet if she wants to marry a man or a woman — but now she can decide without worrying about the legality of whatever she chooses.<p>Germany’s president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, signed marriage equality into law on Thursday, and the nation’s …

Equality

For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf

BAHIR DAR, Ethiopia — Her life revolves around a psychotropic leaf.<p>Yeshmebet Asmamaw, 25, has made chewing the drug a ritual, repeated several times a day: She carefully lays papyrus grass on the floor of her home, brews coffee and burns fragrant frankincense to set the mood.<p>Then she pinches some …

Africa

Poles Hope to Sway President From Curtailing Court’s Independence

WARSAW — When she heard that Poland’s right-wing government was pushing through new laws to give it more control over the country’s courts, Lucyna Relewicz decided the Constitution was in jeopardy and she needed to close her office and take to the streets.<p>“I came here to defend the Supreme Court,” …

Judiciary

Trump’s Attack on Russia Inquiry Is From Familiar Playbook: The Clintons’

WASHINGTON — More than eight months after his election, President Trump still attacks Hillary Clinton, disparaging her campaign and accusing her of illegality. In his latest Twitter barrage on Saturday, he suggested again that the Justice Department should investigate “Crooked Hillary Clinton.”<p>But …

Elections

Races Are Reversed in a Police Killing, and Again a Family Asks: Why?

MINNEAPOLIS — There was something bad going on in the alleyway behind the house, she told her fiancé on the phone, someone who sounded as if she was in distress, maybe a rape. It was past 11 p.m., and most people on Washburn Avenue were furled in their beds.<p>Except Justine Damond, alone at home with …

Policing

Turkey Sees Foes at Work in Gold Mines, Cafes and ‘Smurf Village’

LONDON — Akin Ipek, one of Turkey’s richest men, was staying in the Park Tower Hotel in London when the police raided his television network in Istanbul. The raid was national news, so Mr. Ipek opened his laptop and watched an unnerving spectacle: an attack on his multibillion-dollar empire, in …

Taksim Square

Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

WASHINGTON — A newfound memo from Kenneth W. Starr’s independent counsel investigation into President Bill Clinton sheds fresh light on a constitutional puzzle that is taking on mounting significance amid the Trump-Russia inquiry: Can a sitting president be indicted?<p>The 56-page memo, locked in the …

Government

Turkey’s Alevis, a Muslim Minority, Fear a Policy of Denying Their Existence

OSMANCIK, Turkey — In the hills of northern Anatolia, next to a shrine to a medieval Muslim mystic, there stands a modest building that illustrates the fears and frustrations of Turkey’s Alevi minority.<p>For years this small stone hall was a place of worship for local Alevis, heterodox Muslims who …

Turkey

One by One, Marry-Your-Rapist Laws Are Falling in the Middle East

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Gruesome billboards of a woman in a bloodied and torn bridal gown appeared around Beirut recently, captioned in Arabic: “A white dress doesn’t cover up rape.” This spring, a women’s rights group, Abaad, hung similarly defiled gowns along the city’s famous seaside promenade.<p>Such …

Middle East

Philippine Congress Approves Extension of Martial Law in Besieged Region

MANILA — The Philippine Congress voted on Saturday to extend martial law in the southern part of the country, giving the military five more months to crush a rebellion there by Islamic State-inspired militants.<p>The decision, in an unprecedented special session of Congress, came two days before …

Martial Law

The Battle for Venezuela, Through a Lens, Helmet and Gas Mask

CARACAS, Venezuela — Motley throngs of masked antigovernment protesters hurl rocks, fireworks and Molotov cocktails. The police and soldiers retaliate with tear gas, water cannon blasts, rubber bullets and buckshot.<p>An uprising is brewing in Venezuela.<p>Nearly every day for more than three months, …

Venezuela

New Homeless Shelters Are Coming to New York City: Which Neighborhoods Are Likely to Get Them?

The city is planning to open 90 new shelters, but where the city decides to put them is likely to be contentious.

New York City

Senate Parliamentarian Challenges Key Provisions of Health Bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate Republican bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act encountered huge new problems on Friday night after the Senate parliamentarian challenged key provisions that are needed to win conservative votes and to make the health bill workable.<p>The provisions appear to violate …

ObamaCare

An Over-the-Top New Yorker Will Run Trump’s Communications Shop

WASHINGTON — As the newly minted White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders spent most of her first briefing on Friday standing off to the side. Anthony Scaramucci, the just-named communications director, was dominating the lectern that Ms. Sanders had inherited only hours earlier, …

Donald Trump

Minneapolis Police Chief Pressured to Resign After Fatal Shooting of Australian Woman

The Minneapolis police chief, Janee Harteau, resigned Friday at the mayor’s request, less than a week after one of the city’s officers fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman who had called for help.<p>Mayor Betsy Hodges said in a statement that “I’ve lost confidence in the chief’s ability to lead us …

Policing