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New York Today: Memorializing, After Memorial Day

<i>Good morning on this cloud-cluttered Tuesday.</i><p>Welcome back.<p>With Memorial Day in our rearview mirror, we wonder: What was it like explaining the meaning of the holiday to the young ones in your lives?<p>While speaking to children about loss, tragedy and commemoration might not be top-of-mind as we gear …

New York City

A Newbie’s Guide to Saddling Up and Pedaling Off to Work

If that bicyclist whizzing by seems a little happier than the average gridlock-bound car commuter, you’re not imagining it: A recent study found that two-wheeled commuters were happier than their gas pedal-stomping, car-caged peers.<p>Becoming a bike commuter might seem daunting, but the benefits can …

Cycling

Your Tuesday Briefing

<i>Good morning.</i><p><i>Here’s what you need to know:</i><p><b>• Investigation turns to Kushner.</b><p>Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was seeking access to the Kremlin when he met in December with a Russian banker who had ties to President Vladimir Putin. Investigators want to know why.<p>Current …

U.S. Army

Four Senators to Watch in the Trump-Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON — They are a disparate foursome: the chamber’s leading Republican centrist, a minister who embraces public service as a calling, a seasoned dealmaker and a high-profile presidential contender.<p>These four Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Roy Blunt …

Marco Rubio

Sandy, of All Things, Has Helped Open Access to Jersey Shore

MANTOLOKING, N.J. — Alex Staal never saw this town at its worst, submerged and ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, 90 percent of its homes damaged by the storm. He started visiting only two years ago, and what he knows is a vast sandy expanse for relaxing and refreshing dips in the Atlantic Ocean.<p>And the …

Beaches

Manuel Noriega, Dictator Ousted by U.S. in Panama, Dies at 83

Manuel Antonio Noriega, the brash former dictator of Panama and sometime ally of the United States whose ties to drug trafficking led to his ouster in 1989 in what was then the largest American military action since the Vietnam War, has died. He was 83.<p>President Juan Carlos Varela of Panama …

Latin America

Theresa May Doesn’t Crack and Jeremy Corbyn Keeps His Cool in U.K. Debate

LONDON — After an inept start to campaigning in Britain’s general election and a pause following the Manchester bombing, Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday navigated a television debate and interview without sustaining further political damage, yet without banishing doubts about her leadership …

Brexit

Investigation Turns to Kushner’s Motives in Meeting With a Putin Ally

WASHINGTON — Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was looking for a direct line to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia — a search that in mid-December found him in a room with a Russian banker whose financial institution was deeply intertwined with Russian intelligence, …

Russia

With Italy No Longer in U.S. Focus, Russia Swoops to Fill the Void

ROME — President Trump made the most of his short time in Italy. He was treated to a private audience with the pope, met with both the country’s president and its prime minister in Rome, flew to Sicily for a summit meeting of world leaders and visited with American troops at a nearby naval air …

Russia

Frank Deford, a Literary Storyteller of Sport, Dies at 78

Frank Deford, who mined the sports world for human stories and told them with literary grace over six decades in Sports Illustrated, a shelf of books and many years of radio and television commentary, died on Sunday at his home in Key West, Fla. He was 78.<p>His wife, Carol, confirmed his death on …

Drug Lobbyists’ Battle Cry Over Prices: Blame the Others

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of independent pharmacists swarmed the House and Senate office buildings one recent afternoon, climbing the marble staircases as they rushed from one appointment to the next, pitching lawmakers on their plan to rein in the soaring drug prices that have enraged American …

Pharma

As Computer Coding Classes Swell, So Does Cheating

For a simple assignment, writing code that would allow one computer to visit web pages located on another, two students in H. E. Dunsmore’s class at Purdue University turned in nearly 100 identical lines of code. Was it a fluke? Or had they cheated?<p>As he looked over their work, Mr. Dunsmore, a …

Education

White House Acts to Ease Birth Control Rule for Employers With Religious Objections

WASHINGTON — Federal officials, following through on a pledge by President Trump, have drafted a rule to roll back a federal requirement that many religious employers provide birth control coverage in health insurance plans.<p>The mandate for free contraceptive coverage was one of the most hotly …

Health Care

‘Narrowcast’ Trump? Republicans Seek Formula to Keep House Majority

ROSWELL, Ga. — In the northern suburbs of Atlanta, where what is likely to be the most expensive House campaign in history is being waged, a band of conservative advocacy groups is grappling with a question that may decide whether the Republican Party keeps its House majority after 2018: Do you run …

Elections

Immigrants Keep an Iowa Meatpacking Town Alive and Growing

STORM LAKE, Iowa — When Dan Smith first went to work at the pork processing plant in Storm Lake in 1980, pretty much the only way to nab that kind of union job was to have a father, an uncle or a brother already there. The pay, he recalled, was $16 an hour, with benefits — enough to own a home, a …

Immigration

Hunting Down the Lost Apples of the Pacific Northwest

STEPTOE, Wash. — David Benscoter honed his craft as an investigator for the F.B.I. and the United States Treasury, cornering corrupt politicians and tax evaders. The lost apple trees that he hunts down now are really not so different. People and things, he said, tend to hide in plain sight if you …

Agriculture

In Albany, Stipends Known as ‘Lulus’ Feed a Culture of Scandal

ALBANY — Corruption and scandal have claimed the most powerful and recognizable names in New York State, from governors like Eliot Spitzer to entrenched legislative leaders like Sheldon Silver and Dean G. Skelos.<p>But the Capitol’s latest scandal goes by another name: lulu.<p>Lulus, once shorthand for …

Government

Inside Sonny Rollins’s Jazz Archive, Headed Home to Harlem

The saxophonist Sonny Rollins, perhaps jazz’s most respected living improviser, is also one of its most relentless seekers. But that’s well known; what’s not as widely recognized is the diversity — and the depth — of his inquiry.<p>Yes, there’s his herculean practice regimen (upward of eight hours a …

Jazz

Hello? Dolly? Bette Midler Seems Unlikely to Sing at Tony Awards

Josh Groban plans to lead the cast of “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” in a mash-up of the show’s ballad and its big dance number at the Tony Awards ceremony next month. Ben Platt expects to perform “Waving Through a Window,” an emotional song from “Dear Evan Hansen.” The cast of …

Entertainment

France’s New President Confronts Putin During Visit

VERSAILLES, France — France’s newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron, came out of his first meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Monday with a message of stark challenge, promising French military reprisals for any use of chemical weapons by Russia’s allies in Syria and saying he …

Russia

China’s Ill, and Wealthy, Look Abroad for Medical Treatment

BEIJING — China’s medical system could not stop the cancer eating at Guo Shushi’s stomach. It roared back even after Mr. Guo, a 63-year-old real estate developer, endured surgery, chemotherapy and radiation at two hospitals.<p>Then his son-in-law discovered online that — for a price — companies were …

Health Care

The ‘Bronx Tale’ Strategy: Win Suburban Love, Not Broadway Prestige

Larry and Cathy Roppelt, 44 years married, made a nearly two-hour trek into Manhattan from Medford, Long Island, on a recent evening for a rare occasion: a Broadway show. They chose “A Bronx Tale” for one reason.<p>“It’s our era,” Mr. Roppelt remarked during intermission, in a gruff accent that could …

Dear Evan Hansen

Tiger Woods Is Charged in Florida for Driving Under the Influence

Tiger Woods, one of golf’s towering figures, was charged with driving under the influence early Monday.<p>Woods was taken into custody at 3 a.m. in Jupiter, Fla., according to WPTV-TV. He was booked at 7:18 a.m. and released at 10:50 a.m., according to Palm Beach County Jail records.<p>Woods, 41, has won …

Golf

Why Have So Many Women Quit on Mayor de Blasio?

In the run-up to his election and throughout his first term as mayor, Bill de Blasio built a reputation for advancing women’s rights. He was endorsed by the National Organization for Women; held a ticker-tape parade for the United States women’s soccer squad, the city’s first for a women’s team; …

Women's News

U.K. Investigating Missed Signals Over Manchester Bomber

LONDON — Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, MI5, has begun an urgent inquiry into its response to warnings from the public about the threat posed by Salman Abedi, the suicide bomber who killed 22 people and injured dozens more in an attack on a crowded pop concert in Manchester, England, last …

Philippine Forces Struggle to Evacuate City Overrun by Islamic Militants

MARAWI, Philippines — Hundreds of desperate residents remained trapped in this besieged southern Philippine city on Monday, as local militants loyal to the Islamic State and backed by foreign fighters stubbornly held their ground against government troops.<p>Troops have so far cleared just half of …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Cornell’s Climate-Conscious Urban Campus Arises

When Cornell University competed in 2011 to develop an applied science and engineering campus in New York City, part of its pitch was that it would construct an academic building that would at least approach making as much energy as it used in a year, a concept known as net zero. It won. Then came …

Christian-Backed School Teaches Scions of the Elite in Atheist North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — Set on 250 sprawling acres in North Korea’s capital, the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology obeys the rules of the Kim family cult.<p>Atop its main building, large red characters praise “General Kim Jong-un,” the country’s provocative young leader. At the front of …

Korean Peninsula

A Constitutional Puzzle: Can the President Be Indicted?

WASHINGTON — The Constitution does not answer every question. It includes detailed instructions, for instance, about how Congress may remove a president who has committed serious offenses. But it does not say whether the president may be criminally prosecuted in the meantime.<p>The Supreme Court has …

Law

Al Franken Has Been Sitting on Jokes for a Decade. Now He’s Ready to Tell Them.

<b>AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE</b><br>By Al Franken<br>Illustrated. 406 pp. Twelve. $28.<p>Once upon a time, Al Franken was funny. But then he became a senator. Now, in a new memoir, he is ready to tell all the jokes he has been sitting on for the last 10 years.<p>Franken, the comedy wunderkind, a founding writer …

Ted Cruz