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JPMorgan to Pay $55 Million to Settle Mortgage Discrimination Complaint

JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $55 million to settle an investigation into whether it charged thousands of African-American and Hispanic borrowers higher interest rates on mortgages than white customers.<p>The proposed settlement, which was announced Wednesday, would conclude a federal inquiry that …

Banking

Hall of Fame Admits Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced three new members on Wednesday, opening its doors to Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez. Bagwell, a slugging first baseman for the Houston Astros, was elected on his seventh attempt, while Raines, a star leadoff man for the Montreal Expos in the 1980s, …

Baseball

National Library of Israel Buys Vast Library of Rare Jewish Books

The National Library of Israel has acquired what has been described as the greatest private library of Jewish books and manuscripts ever assembled.<p>Compiled by collector Jack V. Lunzer over more than six decades, and stored at his home in London, it became known as the Valmadonna Trust Library, a …

Libraries

Obama Understood the Power of Art. And He Wanted You to Get It, Too.

Anyone inclined to find joy when a president’s taste collides with yours had a lot to choose from with Barack Obama.<p>There was the time he dropped by the Los Angeles garage where the comedian Marc Maron records his podcast or when he sat between the two ferns where Zach Galifianakis pretends to be a …

Democrats

Cuomo Tells Trump Loss of U.S. Funds Would Hurt New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo emerged from an hourlong meeting with Donald J. Trump on Wednesday saying that he had delivered his primary message to the president-elect: Their home state of New York benefits from federal support for housing, health care and infrastructure and would be harmed if that support …

New York City

US Sues Oracle, Says It Pays White Men More Than Others

NEW YORK — The Labor Department is suing Oracle, claiming that the technology giant pays white male workers more than their non-white and female counterparts with the same job titles.<p>The lawsuit also says that the company has a systemic practice of favoring Asian workers in its recruiting and …

Discrimination

The Modern Love Podcast: John Cho Reads ‘Men Don’t Care About Weddings? Groomzilla Is Hurt’

On this week’s podcast, the actor John Cho reads “Men Don’t Care About Weddings? Groomzilla Is Hurt,” about a groom who, in the process of planning his wedding, becomes a person he doesn’t recognize.<p>You can also hear the episode on iTunes and Stitcher.<p>The author, Craig Bridger, wrote the book …

Entertainment

Donald Trump and Janet Yellen Look to Be on a Collision Course

Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, made it clear Wednesday that she believes that the American economy is pretty much back on track.<p>And that, in turn, sets the stage for a potential conflict with the incoming Trump administration in the months and years ahead.<p>Congress assigns the Fed two …

Janet Yellen

Review: Balanchine, the Storyteller: Frisson Is in the Details

Nobody in ballet told better stories than the choreographer George Balanchine. You follow “La Sonnambula” (1946) and “Prodigal Son” (1929) with your heart in your mouth, with their elements comparable to film noir. And his “Firebird” (1949) takes you on a journey from fairy-tale into history, …

Opera

Stand With Labels Owned by Women and Do Good

<b>Events</b><p>Stand together with the <b>Apiece Apart</b> designers Laura Cramer and Starr Hout, who are organizing a group of 16 fashion labels owned by women, including Creatures of Comfort, Ace & Jig and Sidney Garber, to walk in the Women’s March on Saturday and donate a percentage of their week’s profits to …

Fashion

Review: ‘American Hookup’ Gives College Sex Culture a Failing Grade

College sex, it turns out, is not so very different from the hotel food in that old Jewish joke made famous by “Annie Hall”: terrible, and in such small portions.<p>Lisa Wade opens “American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus” with a cascade of statistics that says as much. The average …

Education

Donors and Drug Makers Offer $500 Million to Control Global Epidemics

Stung by the lack of vaccines to fight the West African Ebola epidemic, a group of prominent donors announced Wednesday that they had raised almost $500 million for a new partnership to stop epidemics before they spiral out of control.<p>The partnership, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness …

Viruses

For Inauguration Day, Plans for Heavy Security and Big Protests

WASHINGTON — Law enforcement officials are in the final stages of sealing off a heavily fortified security zone encompassing the Capitol and the historic National Mall here as they prepare for the inauguration on Friday and the substantial protests it is expected to attract.<p>In addition to the usual …

Iraqi Forces Take Eastern Mosul From Islamic State

Iraq’s government forces said on Wednesday that they had gained control of the eastern half of Mosul, three months after they began an assault to retake the northern city from Islamic State militants.<p>The Iraqi advance — the biggest military operation in the years since the United States ended its …

Middle East

A Trump Inauguration Casualty: The Silent, Smiling Rockettes

Like hundreds of young dancers before her, Phoebe Pearl dropped everything to become a Rockette.<p>Ms. Pearl was 19 when she quit the Boston Conservatory in 2009 to join the elite group of dancers — strong, athletic and poised — who are as emblematic of New York City as the Empire State Building and …

Entertainment

For Marilu Henner, a Marriage to Remember

Most brides will tell you that her wedding day was a blur. Not Marilu Henner.<p>She remembers every bit of it as clearly as if had occurred yesterday, even though the ceremony took place in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles on Dec. 21, 2006.<p>.<p>“I remember every detail of getting dressed,” Ms. Henner, …

Marriage

How ‘Deadpool’ Hit the Hollywood Awards Trail

And the award for biggest breath of fresh air and best surprise contender this Oscars season goes to “Deadpool,” the self-lacerating genre movie about a potty-mouthed superhero whose peccadilloes include inhaling gun smoke and then announcing, “I’m touching myself tonight.”<p>The film’s unlikely prize …

Dead Pool

From the Met Ball to the Washington Mall

Where did the former Vogue operative Stephanie Winston Wolkoff stay in Washington while helping President-elect Donald J. Trump plan the inauguration?<p>The newly opened Trump International Hotel, naturally, where she was attended to by two assistants as well as a publicist, Zoe Weisberg Coady, who …

Fashion

A Passport Stamp Gives Dreamers Hope as the Trump Era Looms

When the customs agent at John F. Kennedy International Airport stamped Jenifer Guzman Gonzalez’s Mexican passport on Monday, Ms. Guzman was too anxious to look at it.<p>Back at her family’s apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Ms. Guzman started crying as she flipped to Page 5.<p>“PAROLED,” read the …

Immigration

A Presidency Ends: Farewells to Barack Obama

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “The Optimism of Barack Obama” (editorial, Jan. 15):<p>Millions of Americans will surely miss President Obama. We will miss the hope he inspires, and the model of a family that he and Michelle, Malia and Sasha provide.<p>I will miss his grace under pressure, his willingness to make …

Barack Obama

Four Women Fight the Power in F. Gary Gray’s ‘Set It Off’

There’s a special place in the cinema pantheon reserved for resonant B-movies. Take F. Gary Gray’s “Set It Off” (1996), at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn on Thursday, Jan. 26. Mr. Gray followed up his hit “Friday” with this project, which begins as a caper thriller but evolves into a study of …

Entertainment

‘The Liar’ at Classic Stage: Old French Humor in New York Now

The playwright David Ives has worn many hats over the years. He has written his own plays, both short and long, including the Tony-nominated “Venus in Fur.” He was for many years the go-to guy to condense the books of the musicals presented in the City Center Encores! series. And he is currently …

French Language

John Sampson, Once a State Senate Powerhouse, Sentenced to Prison

Two years after being convicted of trying to thwart a federal investigation and of making false statements to government agents, former State Senator John L. Sampson was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison.<p>Until mid-2015, Mr. Sampson, 51, was a powerhouse in Albany, representing a swath …

Crime

In ‘Outsiders,’ They’re Under Siege and Bracing for More

WGN America hasn’t mounted many original series, but the ones it has put out tend to be attention-getting. One of them, “Outsiders,” begins its second season Tuesday, Jan. 24, with a high bar of crazy to clear if it wants to top Season 1. The show is about the Farrell clan, which has lived atop a …

Entertainment

Nominee for Health Secretary Is Vague on Replacing Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON — Representative Tom Price, the man President-elect Donald J. Trump has chosen to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, promised on Wednesday to “make sure that nobody falls through the cracks” if the Affordable Care Act is repealed and set a goal to increase the number of …

Belting Emotion at Terminal 5 and Brooklyn Bazaar

After a break of a decade and a half, the band American Football reunited for a handful of concerts in 2014, right into the teeth of an emo revival that was looking to its old recordings for inspiration. American Football, in its brief heyday, paired plain-spoken declarations of feeling with knotty …

Music

New Works Reveal Reed Instruments’ Unexpected Dimensions

Two concerts shine a spotlight on reed instruments, presenting new music far removed from the vocal qualities long associated with them. On Saturday, Jan. 28, at Weill Recital Hall, the Atlantic Reed Consort, a quintet comprising oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bass clarinet and bassoon, will perform a …

Entertainment

The Whitney Revisits the ’80s, a Decade of Macho and Money

It’s a dirty job, but someone has to jump-start serious reconsideration of that dark, amorphous phenomenon known as American painting in the 1980s — a veritable pit of macho swagger, nostalgia and money. Most New York museums have looked the other way, but on Friday, Jan. 27, the Whitney Museum of …

Art

The Protest Playlist, From the Hip-Hop Duo Run the Jewels

On Christmas Eve, the brash hip-hop duo Run the Jewels surprise-released its third album in almost as many years, bringing them several steps out of the underground they’ve seemingly conquered. The pairing of Killer Mike, an Atlanta rapper who cut his teeth with Outkast in the early 2000s, and …

Music

Lace Up Your Keds. It’s a Justin Peck Sneaker Ballet.

Justin Peck couldn’t keep himself from dancing in his latest work — and that seems like a good sign. It’s also a sneaker ballet. What dancer can resist dancing in sneakers? As part of New York City Ballet’s New Combinations program, which includes a premiere by the Swedish choreographer and …

The Arts