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Merkel Says Germans ‘Never Had It Better.’ But Many Feel Left Behind.

BREMERHAVEN, Germany — In her campaign speeches, Chancellor Angela Merkel loves to tell potential voters in next week’s election that they are living in the best Germany ever. Last year she boasted to Parliament that Germans “have never had it better.”<p>But it does not feel that way to Helmut Richter.<p>…

Equality

South Korea’s Leader Will Be Odd Man Out in Meeting With Trump and Shinzo Abe

SEOUL, South Korea — When President Moon Jae-in of South Korea sits down with President Trump and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, in New York on Thursday, he will be meeting two of his strongest allies in pressuring North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.<p>But Mr. Moon will also …

North Korea

Google Is Buying HTC’s Smartphone Expertise for $1.1 Billion

SAN FRANCISCO — Google announced late Wednesday night that it is spending $1.1 billion to hire a team of engineers from the smartphone business of the struggling Taiwanese manufacturer HTC in a bid to bring more hardware expertise to its own mobile technology operations.<p>HTC said many of its …

Mobile Technology

S.E.C. Says It Was a Victim of a Computer Hack Last Year

HONG KONG — The top securities regulator in the United States said Wednesday night that its computer system had been hacked last year, giving the attackers private information that could have been exploited for trading.<p>The disclosure, coming on the heels of a data breach at Equifax, the major …

Security

Hurricane Maria Strikes, and Puerto Rico Goes Dark

SAN JUAN, P.R. — Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico in almost a century, ravaged the island on Wednesday, knocking out all electricity, deluging towns with flashfloods and mudslides and compounding the already considerable pain of residents here.<p>Less than …

Weather

Insurers Come Out Swinging Against New Republican Health Care Bill

WASHINGTON — The health insurance industry, after cautiously watching Republican health care efforts for months, came out forcefully on Wednesday against the Senate’s latest bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, suggesting that its state-by-state block grants could create health care chaos in the …

Health Care

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

WASHINGTON — Last month, Facebook and Google came out forcefully against a bill that would hold companies accountable for hosting sex trafficking on their websites. They said that while they worked hard to combat sex trafficking, changing the law “jeopardizes bedrock principles of a free and open …

Internet

At Menendez Trial, Legal Wrestling Over Definition of ‘Constituent’

NEWARK — There are 325 million people living in the United States. About 56 million of those people claim Hispanic heritage.<p>There are 8.9 million people of all races, nationalities and ethnicities living in New Jersey. Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat, was elected by 1.8 million of them in …

New Jersey

Manafort Working on Kurdish Referendum Opposed by U.S.

WASHINGTON — Paul J. Manafort, the former campaign chairman for President Trump who is at the center of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is working for allies of the leader of Iraq’s Kurdish region to help administer and promote a referendum on Kurdish …

Donald Trump

Facebook, After ‘Fail’ Over Ads Targeting Racists, Makes Changes

Responding to evidence that its tools had allowed ads to be directed at users who used racist comments or hate speech in their profiles, Facebook said Wednesday that it would change how ads can be targeted.<p>That its ad-targeting tools could be used in such a way was “a fail” for the company, Sheryl …

Facebook

A Start-Up Slump Is a Drag on the Economy. Big Business May Be to Blame.

Unemployment has fallen, and the stock market has soared. So why has the economic expansion since the recession been so tame, with sluggish productivity and, at least until recently, anemic wage growth?<p>Economists say the answer, to some degree, can be found in a start-up slump — a decline in the …

Economy

Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World

On this planet, so many plants and animals are disappearing that scientists worry we’re experiencing a sixth mass extinction. Many of these organisms are taking hits from a variety of angles — habitat loss, climate change and more — that it’s hard to get a grasp on how to stop their declines. …

Sea Turtles

Forget Fan Fiction. In Nerdlesque, the Garters Come Off.

On stage at the Slipper Room this month, Lilly Hayes, the performer known as Miranda Raven, kicked off her black moon boots before zipping out of her astronaut costume to reveal a pair of jeans, white button-down shirt and denim jacket — the signature look of River Song, a character from “Doctor …

Fanfiction

‘Chuck and Nancy,’ Washington’s New Power Couple, Set Sights on Health Care

WASHINGTON — When Representative Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, introduced Chuck Schumer to members of her caucus this month, she warmed up the room with a well-worn joke about her Senate counterpart: “You know they say the most dangerous place in Washington is between Chuck and a …

Health Care

Republicans Defend Health Bill Against Another Adversary: Jimmy Kimmel

WASHINGTON — Hours after Jimmy Kimmel unleashed a monologue attacking the latest bill that would undo much of the Affordable Care Act, two of the bill’s authors spent Wednesday morning defending the legislation against the late-night host, who in recent months has become an unlikely — and …

Jimmy Kimmel

Where to Donate to Mexico Earthquake Victims

The powerful earthquake that struck Mexico on Tuesday has killed more than 200 people, and more deaths are expected. Buildings collapsed across Mexico City, including a school where at least 30 students were believed to have been killed. Rescuers on Wednesday scrambled to dig out people trapped …

Mexico City

Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President

WASHINGTON — Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents about some of President Trump’s most scrutinized actions since taking office, including the firing of his national security adviser and F.B.I. director, according to White House officials.<p>Mr. Mueller is …

The White House

Months After Second Avenue Subway Opening, Safety Testing Is Not Finished

In a rush to finish New York City’s long-awaited Second Avenue subway by a New Year’s Day deadline imposed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority failed to finish final safety testing before opening the line to the public, according to oversight reports submitted to the …

New Year's Day

‘The Far Away Brothers’ Breathes Vivid Life Into Immigration Issues

If, as a public official, your best solution to a complicated problem is to build a wall, the odds are pretty good you’ll eventually smack into one. A wall was the thousand-mile backdrop to Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. But as we’ve seen over the past few weeks, with the president …

Immigration

Confident Fed Sets Stage for December Rate Increase

WASHINGTON — Nearly a decade after the Federal Reserve embarked on an unprecedented effort to shore up the collapsing American economy, the central bank said on Wednesday that it would begin withdrawing some of the trillions of dollars it invested in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.<p>The …

Why Mexico Is So Prone to Strong Earthquakes

Two strong earthquakes, 12 days apart, have shaken Mexico this month, crumpling buildings, sending panicked people into the streets, and together killing hundreds of people who were unable to escape the destruction.<p>Just before midnight on Sept. 7, a magnitude-8.1 earthquake — the most powerful to …

Earthquakes

At Mexican School Hit by Quake, Heartbreak and Dwindling Hope

MEXICO CITY — Gustavo López recognized the boy’s clothes first.<p>His tiny frame, pulled from the wreckage, lay over the jagged pieces of what remained of the school. It was his 7-year-old son.<p>He sat in shock for hours, quietly trying to maintain strength for his 9-year-old daughter, who had escaped …

For Refugee Chefs, This Meal Is a Business Card

Adwa Alsubaie had never cooked outside a home kitchen until last May. Two years after she and her sister fled their home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Ms. Alsubaie, 20, got a job in the kitchen at Emma’s Torch, a brunch spot in Red Hook, Brooklyn, that doubles as a culinary school for refugees and …

Refugees

The Top 10 Moments of London Fashion Week

Anti-fur protesters caused chaos outside several shows; Burberry was “a little more honest, a little less polished”; and 1990s minimalism is back. The fashion editors and reporters of Styles and T round up the highlights of the week.<p><b>Burberry Proved It Was Back in Business With a Standout …

London Fashion Week

Jake LaMotta, ‘Raging Bull’ in and Out of the Ring, Dies at 95

Jake LaMotta, boxing’s “Raging Bull,” who brawled his way to the middleweight boxing championship in a life of unbridled fury — within the ring and outside it — that became the subject of an acclaimed film, died on Tuesday in Aventura, Fla., near Miami. He was 95.<p>His longtime fiancée, Denise Baker, …

Boxing

Trump Pushes to Revisit Iran Nuclear Deal, and Asks Allies to Help

President Trump is seeking to revisit the nuclear agreement with Iran to toughen its provisions rather than scrap it right away as he has threatened, enlisting allies to pressure Tehran to return to the negotiating table, administration officials said Wednesday.<p>Mr. Trump, who denounced the …

Nuclear

‘The Pills Are Everywhere’: How the Opioid Crisis Claims Its Youngest Victims

When Penny Mae Cormani died in Utah, her family sang Mormon hymns — “Be Still My Soul” — and lowered her small coffin into the earth. The latest victim of a drug epidemic that is now taking 60,000 lives a year, Penny was just 1.<p>Increasingly, parents and the police are encountering toddlers and …

Salt Lake City

Mexico City Volunteers Venture Out in Force to Aid Quake Victims

MEXICO CITY — They arrived alone, in pairs or in groups. Some brought supplies others might need: water, blankets, medicine, tools. Others came with nothing more than able hands and a sense of purpose.<p>And as midnight neared on Tuesday — hours after a powerful, deadly earthquake struck central …

Mexico City

The Contradiction Buried in Trump’s Iran and North Korea Policies

President Trump is now fully engaged in two nuclear confrontations, one with Iran over a nuclear accord he finds an “embarrassment” and the other with North Korea that is forcing the Pentagon to contemplate for the first time in decades what a resumption of the Korean War might look like.<p>The …

North Korea

Where the Wild Things Are: China’s Art Dreamers at the Guggenheim

BEIJING — The signature work at “Art and China After 1989,” a highly anticipated show that takes over the Guggenheim on Oct. 6, is a simple table with a see-through dome shaped like the back of a tortoise. On the tabletop hundreds of insects and reptiles — gekkos, locusts, crickets, centipedes and …

China