2017: Year in Review

By Year in Review | Trump’s first year. #MeToo. Natural disasters. Solar Eclipse. We remember 2017.

Amazon officially owns Whole Foods; here are the products that are getting marked down

Amazon has officially sealed the deal with Whole Foods, and the promised price cuts are already hitting grocery stores.<p>Bananas for 49 cents a pound, …

Whole Foods

Snapchat goes public at $29bn and makes co-founders tech billionaires

Snap Inc’s IPO pushes Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy’s company ahead of Twitter and potentially creates a serious rival for Facebook<p>Snap Inc, the company behind disappearing messaging app Snapchat, has gone public with stocks soaring 44% on their first day of trading and valuing the company at $28bn.<p>…

Social Media

A timeline of events that led to the downfall of Travis Kalanick at Uber

Uber’s 40-year-old chief executive Travis Kalanick has resigned from the ride-sharing company.<p>On June 20, the New York Times reported that Kalanick, who helped found the company in 2009, resigned after five of Uber’s major investors sought his removal. Kalanick will reportedly stay on as a director …

Uber

CVS is buying Aetna in massive deal that could transform health care

CVS is buying health insurance giant Aetna, the companies announced Sunday.<p>If approved, the $69 billion acquisition -- $77 billion including debt -- would drastically remapthe health care industry. CVS Health (CVS)isa massive drugstore chain and prescription drug insurer, while Aetna (AET) is one …

Health Care

Disney to buy key 21st Century Fox assets for $52.4 billion

Disney CEO Robert Iger has made a grand addition to the house that Walt built.<p>The Walt Disney Co. said Thursday that it had reached a $52.4 billion deal to acquire a huge swath of assets from 21st Century Fox, including the historic 20th Century Fox movie studio, which has produced such classics as</i> …

21st Century Fox

Justice Department sues to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

The Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit on Monday challenging the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger after concluding it would result in higher bills for consumers.<p>"This merger would greatly harm American consumers. It would mean higher monthly television bills and fewer of the new, …

Randall Stephenson

Security finally got the awareness it needed in 2017. Now what?

Chatter about getting hacked isn’t just for gadget and security enthusiasts anymore. Cybersecurity has gone mainstream.<p>The first week of October's Cybersecurity Awareness Month kicked off with a bang.<p>But it wasn't because the campaign itself succeeded at generating awareness about digital threats. …

Cybersecurity

Google Fined Record $2.7 Billion in E.U. Antitrust Ruling

Google suffered a major blow on Tuesday after European antitrust officials fined the search giant a record $2.7 billion for unfairly favoring some of its own services over those of rivals.<p>The penalty, of 2.4 billion euros, highlights the aggressive stance that European officials have taken in …

Margrethe Vestager

Exclusive: Here's The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google [Updated]

<i>Update 8/5/17 7:25pm ET: Google’s new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance Danielle Brown has issued her own memo to Google employees</i> …

Diversity

The 5 biggest announcements from Apple’s iPhone X event

Have you managed to catch your breath yet, Apple fans? Holy moly did Apple put on a show today in Cupertino, as millions of people from around the …

Apple Park

Trump and Russia: A timeline of the investigation

Donald Trump and family members attend the 2013 Miss Universe competition in Moscow. The pageant, owned by Trump at the time, was sponsored by Aras Agalarov, a Russian real estate developer. Following the pageant, Trump signed a deal with Agalarov to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, though the deal …

Donald Trump

Neil Gorsuch Confirmed to Supreme Court After Senate Uses ‘Nuclear Option’

The Senate confirmed judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court Friday in a mostly party-line 54-45 vote that reflected weeks of bruising political fighting which deepened congressional divides and changed the nature of high court appointments in the future.<p>Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s first …

Neil Gorsuch

Trump travel ban: Timeline of a legal journey

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of President Trump’s travel ban affecting residents of six majority-Muslim countries. The ban applies to people from Syria, Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.<p>The justices said the policy can take full effect despite multiple legal challenges …

Judiciary

Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct …

Elections

Senate GOP tax bill passes in major victory for Trump, Republicans

Senate Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion tax bill early Saturday morning that bestows extensive benefits on corporate America and the wealthy while delivering mixed blessings to everybody else.<p>After a frantic round of negotiations, Republicans came together in near unanimity behind the landmark …

Steve Daines

Health Care Debate: Obamacare Repeal Fails as McCain Casts Decisive No Vote

• The Senate rejected legislation to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, with Senator John McCain casting a decisive “no.”<p>• Senate Republicans unveiled a “skinny repeal,” a narrow measure to roll back parts of the Affordable Care Act. It would leave 15 million more Americans without insurance …

Health Care

Twelve key departures in six months of Donald Trump's presidency

Anthony Scaramucci’s tenure lasted 10 of the 193 days Donald Trump has been president. He’s one of many staffers to depart after a brief stay<p>Anthony Scaramucci’s stay in Donald Trump’s White House was, in the peculiarly fitting words of Thomas Hobbes, nasty, brutish and short.<p>On Monday, reportedly …

Donald Trump

Judge denies Trump request to delay transgender military enlistment

The Trump administration must accept transgender recruits into the military by Jan. 1, a federal judge ruled Monday.<p>“The court will not stay its …

Donald Trump

US and Syria are now the only two countries not in the Paris Climate Accord

<b>(CNN) —</b> And then there were two: the US and Syria.<p>As Nicaragua signs on to the Paris Agreement, the United States and Syria are now the only two nations in the world who have refused to be members of the climate pact.<p>The Central American country held out on signing the deal for two years, based on …

Climate

New York Terrorist Attack: Truck Driver Kills Eight in Lower Manhattan

Eight people were killed and about a dozen more were injured Tuesday when a motorist in a rented pickup truck deliberately drove down a bike path in lower Manhattan and mowed down several people before crashing into a school bus. Officials said it was a terrorist attack — the deadliest in New York …

Terrorism

Who were the Texas church shooting victims?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many of them had known each other for years. That's no surprise in a small town like Sutherland Springs, Texas, where lives intersect daily on the street, at school and in church.<p>On Sunday when Devin Kelley walked into the First Baptist Church with an assault rifle, authorities say he took …

Crime

American troops caught in deadly Niger ambush told to proceed despite mission concern

The operation in Niger that led to the death of four American soldiers was not a reconnaissance mission, as initially described by U.S. officials, …

Steve Scalise Among 4 Shot at Baseball Field; Suspect Is Dead

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A lone gunman who was said to be distraught over President Trump’s election opened fire on members of the Republican congressional baseball team at a practice field in this Washington suburb on Wednesday, using a rifle to shower the field with bullets that struck four people, …

Steve Scalise

Manchester terror attack: Everything we know

Detectives are probing a "network" linked to the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi police have confirmed, as his father and brother were detained in Libya.<p>Twenty-two people were killed in a blast at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, including an eight-year-old girl and an off-duty female …

Terrorism

Deadly Barcelona attack is worst in a day of violence in Spain

<b>(CNN) —</b> Spain saw one of its most violent days in recent memory as a spate of incidents throughout the country appeared to be connected to a terror attack Thursday in Barcelona that left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured.<p>Authorities said they are working under the assumption that two other …

Terrorism

Trapped: The Grenfell Tower Story

Buildings aren’t supposed to burn the way London’s Grenfell Tower did. But to the residents stuck inside, and to the firefighters who rushed to save them, this was a different kind of fire, a blaze that burned at 1,800 degrees, a devastating inferno that killed dozens and shocked an entire nation. …

Grenfell Tower

Myanmar Rohingya: What you need to know about the crisis

<b>The plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people is said to be the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.</b><p>Risking death by sea or on foot, more than half a million have fled the destruction of their homes and persecution in the northern Rakhine province of Myanmar (Burma) for neighbouring …

Asia

From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

Multiple women share harrowing accounts of sexual assault and harassment by the film executive.<p><i>This story was first published on newyorker.com on October 10, 2017, at 10:47 A.M. The version below appears in the October 23, 2017, issue.</i><p>1.<p>Since the establishment of the first studios, a century ago, …

Mira Sorvino

Here Are All the Public Figures Who’ve Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct After Harvey Weinstein

Since the New York <i>Times</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i> first published allegations of sexual harassment and rape against Harvey Weinstein by Rose McGowan, Gwyneth …

Corruption

The NFL player protests, broken down by team and week

The week before President Trump decided to make NFL player protests a federal issue (so to speak), there were players on seven teams who participated in some sort of display during the national anthem.<p>Defining “participated” is tricky; do we count the 10 players on the San Francisco 49ers who, …

Donald Trump

Confederate Monuments Are Coming Down Across the United States. Here’s a List.

Many government officials have called to remove dozens of controversial statues, markers and other monuments from public grounds.

Confederate Monuments

Sean Spicer - Donald Trump had biggest inaugural crowd ever? Metrics don't show it

The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Donald Trump had biggest inaugural crowd ever? Metrics don't show it<br>At the first press briefing of the new …

Two officers fired after United Airlines dragging incident; another quits

Chicago aviation officials fired two security officers involved in dragging a 69-year-old passenger off a United Airlines flight after he refused to give up his seat, the city’s inspector general said Tuesday.<p>David Dao suffered a concussion, broken nose and the loss of two teeth in the April …

Policing

Oscars Best Picture envelope mistake: How it happened

The Oscars

‘Free Speech Week’ at UC Berkeley Canceled, Milo Yiannopoulos Blames School

The University of California, Berkeley, announced Saturday that a conservative student group has canceled the so-called "Free Speech Week" it was organizing with right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.<p>The Berkeley Patriot's four-day event was set to begin Sunday and would have been "open to all …

Milo Yiannopoulos

The fall of Roger Ailes: He made Fox News his ‘locker room’ — and now women are telling their stories

One day in early June, an embattled but determined news anchor, a public relations man and a group of attorneys settled into chairs around the conference table on the 35th floor of a law office on Madison Avenue in Manhattan.<p>Gretchen Carlson’s tenure as an on-air host at Fox News was imperiled, and …

Roger Ailes

Charlie Gard: The story of his parents' legal fight

<b>The plight of Charlie Gard attracted worldwide attention as a result of the legal fight that pitched his desperate parents against the medical profession. But at the heart of it all is an 11-month-old baby who has spent his entire young life in a hospital bed. This is how his story unfolded.</b><p>Who is …

Medicine

Where Harvey Hit Hardest Up and Down the Texas Coast

Over 150,000 properties in Texas have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, based on preliminary estimates by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

FEMA

Breaking down Hurricane Irma's damage

The worst of Hurricane Irma may be over, but the storm left plenty of destruction in its wake.<p>Many Caribbean islands were hit the hardest, accounting …

Weather

Losses from Northern California wildfires top $3 billion; 14,000 homes destroyed or damaged

The wildfires that ravaged wine country this month caused at least $3 billion in insured losses, officials said Tuesday.<p>Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced the staggering number and warned it will likely grow as more claims are reported by insurers.<p>Santa Rosa alone lost 5% of its housing in …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Fires Tear Through Napa Valley in California: Pictures

Wildfires

‘If anyone can hear us … help.’ Puerto Rico’s mayors describe widespread devastation from Hurricane Maria

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO — In the northern Puerto Rican town of Vega Baja, the floodwaters reached more than 10 feet. Stranded residents screamed “save me, save me,” using the lights in their cellphones to help rescue teams find them in the darkness, the town’s mayor said.<p>In Loiza, a north coastal …

Carmen Yulín Cruz

Death toll in Iran-Iraq earthquake climbs to at least 530

Rescuers searched the rubble of toppled buildings for bodies Tuesday, as the death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck a border region between Iran and Iraq climbed to at least 530.<p>The province of Kermanshah in western Iran was hardest-hit by Sunday's magnitude-7.3 earthquake. All of Iran’s …

Central Mexico earthquake kills more than 200, topples buildings

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rescuers searched for survivors through the night after Tuesday's powerful earthquake shook Mexico City and surrounding states, killing scores and leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings.<p>At least 216 people died in Mexico City -- the country's capital -- and in the states of Puebla, …

Earthquakes

Colombia mudslide, flooding kill 254 in midnight deluge

MOCOA, Colombia (Reuters) - Flooding and mudslides in the Colombian city of Mocoa sent torrents of water and debris crashing onto houses in the early hours of Saturday morning, killing 254 people, injuring hundreds and sending terrified residents, some in their pajamas, scrambling to evacuate.<p>Heavy …

Juan Manuel Santos

Afghanistan avalanches death toll passes 135

Rescuers struggle to reach survivors feared trapped under snow as aid is sent by helicopter to worst-hit Nuristan province<p>Rescuers are battling to reach survivors of avalanches in Afghanistan’s remote, mountainous north, as the death toll exceeds 100 and fears grow for dozens of people still …

South Asia

Italy avalanche: Child pulled from wreckage left an orphan, as parents confirmed dead in disaster

A ten-year-old boy pulled from the wreckage of an Italian hotel swept away by a devastating avalanche has been left an orphan after authorities confirmed both his parents were killed in the tragedy.<p>And as the desperate search continued for survivors at the Hotel Rigopiano on Sunday, harrowing …

Italy

The Astros Achieve World Series Glory Thanks to Charlie Morton and a Little Community Spirit

LOS ANGELES — How do you measure strength, as in the capacity of Houston Strong? Material strength, for example, can be defined as the ability to …

Baseball

Super Bowl 2017: Tom Brady leads Patriots to historic comeback win

Pats rally from 28-3 deficit in third quarter to beat Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl 51 in pictures Everything but the football: commercials, halftime and more<p>So America hasn’t changed that much in the last few months after all: the New England Patriots are the Super Bowl champions once again. They …

New England

Warriors win NBA title, Kevin Durant claims Finals MVP

OAKLAND — Game 4 had erased the Warriors’ chance at playoff perfection. Game 5 was attached to rising angst about a repeat of last June’s collapse in …

Kevin Durant

The battles both Trump and the NFL have won in this culture war

In the culture war between the NFL and President Trump, both sides appear to be winning select battles.<p>But they also are enduring some losses.<p>The president began Wednesday tweeting that players' kneeling to protest racial injustice and police violence during the national anthem is disrespectful to …

Roger Goodell

The Scars From ‘Bell-Ringing’ Football Tackles

As tens of thousands of football players, from professionals to peewee league children, head to summer training camps across the nation, there is new and compelling evidence linking the game’s head-snapping tackles to the degenerative brain diseases suffered in the declining years of men who played …

Medical Journals

Aaron Judge Could Be the Face of Baseball

A couple months ago, Jimmy Fallon did a segment with New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. The towering right fielder is set up at a desk in …

Baseball

Clemson upsets Alabama, 35-31, to win national championship

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a two-yard touchdown pass to receiver Hunter Renfrow for the go-ahead score with one second left on the clock to give the Tigers a 35-31 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff national championship on Monday at Raymond James …

College Football

World Championships 2017: Usain Bolt 'says goodbye to everything' as he retires

Usain Bolt said he was "saying goodbye to everything" and "almost cried" as his successful career came to a close at the World Championships in London.

Usain Bolt

PENGUINS REPEAT, WIN FIFTH STANLEY CUP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Too many times movie sequels fail to live up to the original.

Pittsburgh

14 moments that defined the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight

From the TKO to the memes, everything you really need to know.<p>Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor. It happened. They went to Las Vegas. They threw punches. They dodged some of those punches. They got paid. Mayweather defeated McGregor by TKO in the 10th round of one of the fiscally richest and …

Boxing

‘We are all just mind-boggled:’ scenes from the total solar eclipse of 2017

For one brief moment, day became night.<p>And the sun was replaced by a black circle — ringed on all sides with gleaming white fire.<p>As the Great American Eclipse made landfall in the tiny coastal town of Newport, Ore., the rowdy crowd that gathered on its beach was stunned by the sight into an eerie …

Astronomy

In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos

Scientists for the first time have successfully edited genes in human embryos to repair a common and serious disease-causing mutation, producing apparently healthy embryos, according to a study published on Wednesday.<p>The research marks a major milestone and, while a long way from clinical use, it …

Genetics

Earth-sized planet discovered with 'mild' climate and peaceful parent star - just 11 light years away

A newly discovered planet orbiting a nearby star could be the closest world to Earth providing a comfortable home for life.<p>The Earth-sized planet, named Ross 128b, is just 11 light years away and thought to have a "mild" climate with temperatures ranging between an icy minus 60C and balmy 20C.<p>That …

Universe

RIP, Cassini: Historic Mission Ends with Fiery Plunge into Saturn

PASADENA, Calif.— And just like that, it was gone.<p>NASA received its last data transmission from the Cassini spacecraft at 4:55:46 a.m. PDT (7:55:46 …

Space Exploration

The 2017 Nobel Prize winners in medicine, physics, chemistry, peace, economics, and literature

This year’s Nobel Prize winners will be revealed throughout the first two weeks of October. You’ll find the details here as they are announced, along with links to Quartz’s coverage of the people and ideas behind the awards.<p><b> Monday, Oct. 2:</b> The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded to …

Literature

Asgardia, the world's first 'space nation', takes flight

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Exploration

FDA Approves First Gene Therapy For Leukemia

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced what the agency calls a "historic action" — the first approval of a cell-based gene therapy in the United States.<p>The FDA approved Kymriah, which scientists refer to as a "living drug" because it involves using genetically modified immune cells …

Medicine

Scientists Store Video Clip in DNA of Living Cells

DNA

First Double-Hand Transplant Allows Child to Eat, Dress and Write

An 8-year-old boy is now able to write, eat and get dressed on his own, thanks to a double-hand transplant performed just a few years ago. The case …

Medicine

Gene Therapy Skin Grafts Save Boy With Rare Disease

Seven-year-old Hassan was dying. An infection had destroyed most of his skin, he was too weak to eat, and he was in agony.<p>Doctors in Germany were planning to provide palliative care — keeping the child as comfortable as possible while he died. But there was another option: an experimental skin …

Medicine

The Top 10 Television Shows of 2017

It didn’t take any extra effort to produce a top 10 list in which every series has at least one strong female lead character, powerfully examined in …

TV

How The Handmaid’s Tale Changed the Game for Hulu

<i>This story originally ran on June 15, 2017. We’re repubbing it given the network’s multiple Emmy wins Sunday night, including Best Drama.</i><p>Given its …

TV

Review: Nostalgia fuels gorgeous, goofy and disturbing 'Twin Peaks' revival

These days, being baffling may not be enough.<p>That's not to say that the appeal of David Lynch’s original <i>Twin Peaks,</i> which had the same effect on TV in 1990 as that meteor did on the dinosaurs, was limited to its ability to leave an audience feeling bewitched and bewildered. But there's little doubt …

TV

All the best moments from 'Game of Thrones' season 7

<b>Warning: Huge spoilers for "Game of Thrones" season seven. If you aren't caught up on the series or the season, read at your own risk.</b><p>Season seven of "Game of Thrones" was action-packed and exciting. But it was also frustrating given the introduction of new travel speeds, and a really convoluted …

What Can “Will & Grace” Tell Us in 2017?

Fix your mind to the moment that “Will & Grace” premièred, in September, 1998, and it can seem antediluvian. Ellen DeGeneres and her sitcom alter ego had come out of the closet, to fanfare and condemnation, only a year and a half earlier. Nathan Lane had starred in “The Birdcage” but hadn’t yet …

TV

Issa Rae: Why 'Insecure' Is Not Made 'for Dudes' or 'White People'

"I want a place in the culture," says former "misfit" and YouTube star who's become TV's hottest auteur<p>Issa Rae didn't find out how her dad, a …

TV

How Girls, Despite All Its Protests, Turned Out to Be "A Voice of a Generation"

When Hannah Horvath said to her parents, in the pilot of HBO's <i>Girls</i>, "I think that I may be The Voice of My Generation... or at least <i>a</i> voice of <i>a</i> generation," it became the flag atop the lightning rod that was the show when it premiered in 2012. Though clearly self-aware and self-deprecating, the …

TV

The Culture Caught Up With Spike Lee — Now What?

Before he had even made his first movie, Spike Lee used to fantasize about three things: season tickets at the Garden, a brownstone in Fort Greene like the one that he was raised in and a house in the historically black Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard. In 1986, after writing, producing, …

Definitive For Americans: A Refugee’s Review of ‘The Vietnam War’

I am a Vietnamese American, a refugee, and I grew up learning about the Vietnam War the same way most people do here: through movies like <i>Platoon</i> and</i> …

Vietnam

In a strong finale, Curb Your Enthusiasm reminds us a good deed is never its own reward

“I do not like this / I cannot like this/ I do not like this… man!”<p>Of all the mini-arcs that made up this season of <i>Curb</i>, the one co-anchored by …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Cardi B Was Made to Be This Famous

<b>Cardi B thinks nobody</b> is watching her as she practices in the backstage holding pen at Brooklyn Academy of Music, where <i>Jimmy Kimmel Live!</i> is taping a …

Bodak Yellow

How Kendrick Lamar Became the Defining Hip-Hop Artist of His Generation

“What is a hit record?” Kendrick Lamar asks, reclining on a couch at Milk Studios in Hollywood after his hours-long photo shoot.<p>There’s a certain …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Taylor Swift’s Confessions on “Reputation”

Her new album is full of wry and revealing lines. But is she admitting to flaws or just trying to fit in?<p>There are many inadvertently comic moments on Taylor Swift’s new album, “Reputation,” but none are as jarring as an admission made on “So It Goes.” In the first flush of romance, she’s making a …

Jack Antonoff

Jay-Z Discusses Rap, Marriage and Being a Black Man in Trump’s America

The music mogul talks with The New York Times’s executive editor at the close of an eventful year.

Jay Z

The Very Human Return of Kesha

After a public legal and personal struggle, the pop star is back with “Rainbow,” an album that blends fantasy fun and bummer reality.<p>To use the language likely heard in music-industry boardrooms circa 2010, around the time of the great female pop-superstar boom, Kesha once benefitted from strong …

Chris Stapleton Is the King of Country Music

“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I’d play a place this big in Columbus, Ohio,” marvels Chris Stapleton; a packed hockey arena roars back at …

Sturgill Simpson

Sampha: the voice of generations

‘It was the time for me to write an album, I was emotionally ready’ – ‘Process’, Sampha’s debut soul-pop full-length, is a spellbinding journey through heartache<p><i>You can buy a copy of our latest issue here. Taken from the spring 2017 issue of Dazed:</i><p>Sampha Sisay is, by his own admission, a relatively …

Why Esperanza Spalding Is the Most Audacious Innovator in Jazz

<i>On Sept. 12 at noon E.T., a corner of Facebook will flicker to life, and over the next 77 live-streamed hours, Esperanza Spalding will write and</i> …

Jazz

Sharon Jones is not to be messed with on her final album, 'Soul of a Woman'

Sharon Jones struggled as a singer for too long to let anything interfere with her success when it finally arrived. That’s the impression you get from “Soul of a Woman,” the final album this tough, leather-lunged R&B belter made before she died in 2016 of pancreatic cancer.<p>Due Friday, nearly a year …

Sturgill Simpson

Pink Quietly Became Pop Royalty. Here’s How She Made It Last.

LOS ANGELES — An invitation to visit Pink in Venice, a few blocks from the beach, for a home-cooked Monday night dinner could seem like a contrived play for authenticity. But it’s hard to remain skeptical when faced with a giggling baby.<p>Faux-intimate or not, the domestic scene earlier this month …

Jack Antonoff

100 Notable Books of 2017

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec.</i> <i>4</i><i>, 201</i><i>6</i><i>, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>AMERICAN WAR.</b> <i>By Omar El Akkad. (Knopf, $26.95.)</i> This haunting debut novel …

Books

Why Joe Biden’s Thanksgivings Will Never Be The Same

In this exclusive excerpt from his searingly emotional new memoir, Promise Me, Dad, the former Vice President recounts his last Thanksgiving with late son Beau.<p>The Biden tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving on Nantucket started in 1975. By 2014, the year after Beau’s brain-cancer diagnosis, the …

Joe Biden

'Leonardo da Vinci artwork' sells for record $450m

<b>A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m).</b><p>The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World).<p>It is the highest auction price for any work of art and brought cheers and applause at the packed …

Salvator Mundi

The first English translation of ‘The Odyssey’ by a woman was worth the wait

Attempting a new translation of “The Odyssey” is like directing “Hamlet.” Much of your audience knows the work well, and they take their seats with entrenched expectations and the intonations of favorite performances reverberating in their heads. At the same time, though, you will have audience …

Literature

Defiant Clinton looks to explain loss in new memoir

<b>(CNN) —</b> A raw and aggrieved Hillary Clinton takes ownership -- to a degree -- for her stunning 2016 loss to Donald Trump in her upcoming book, which offers a revealing look at the campaign through the eyes of the contest's loser.<p>CNN purchased the book -- "What Happened" (Simon & Schuster, 494 …

Hillary Clinton

Banksy pays homage to Jean-Michel Basquiat two new artworks outside Barbican Centre

Banksy has painted new murals in central London making fun of the 'graffiti-free Barbican' in a tunnel close to the Barbican Centre. The opening of an exhibition by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat seems to have prompted the new works.<p>Now, the area is far from graffiti-free, as the work is …

Art

Roxane Gay’s new memoir, Hunger, is intimate, vulnerable, and radical

Roxane Gay’s new memoir, <i>Hunger</i>, is a radical book. It challenges readers to recognize and reassess cultural norms through the lens of personal experience. It is a book that insists that human bodies are worthy of respect regardless of their size, and that although our culture moralizes and …

Feminism

A Year After Bob Dylan, Kazuo Ishiguro Gets The Nobel Back On Track

The Nobel Committee could hardly have selected a better winner to wash away the embarrassing awkwardness of last year’s prize.<p>On Thursday, British author Kazuo Ishiguro was revealed as the winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. Best known for his novels <i>Remains of the Day</i> and <i>Never Let Me Go</i>, …

Literature

'Priestess Of Polka Dots' Yayoi Kusama Gives Gallerygoers A Taste Of Infinity

Infinity is a concept that's nearly impossible to grasp, let alone <i>see</i>. But it's one of artist Yayoi Kusama's obsessions.<p>The Japanese artist is known for her "infinity rooms," which have mirrored walls that make the space feel endless. Now, for the very first time, six of Kusama's infinity rooms are …

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Farewell, Michiko Kakutani!

Farewell, Michiko Kakutani! On Thursday, the <i>Times’</i> chief daily book critic announced that she would be leaving her regular reviewing post after thirty-eight years at the paper, marking the end of a literary era. Her assessments of novels and memoirs, works of history, biography, politics, and …

Literature

The Best Movies of 2017

Celebrating the finest movies offered up by both the multiplex and the art house.<p>Fall is upon us, meaning it’s now definitely time to begin celebrating the finest movies that have so far made their way to the multiplex and the art house. After nine months, moviegoers have been gifted with a bounty …

Timothée Chalamet

Oscars 2017: Winners list

We'll be updating in real time as Oscar winners are announced. The 89th Academy Awards air live Sunday (ABC's coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET/4 PT). Winners listed in <b>bold</b>.<p><b>BEST PICTURE</b><p><i>Arrival<br>Fences<br>Hacksaw Ridge<br>Hell or High Water <br>Hidden Figures</i><i><br>La La Land</i><i><br>Lion</i> <i><br>Manchester by the Sea</i><b><br>WINNER: …

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Anatomy of an Oscars fiasco: how La La Land was mistakenly announced as best picture

How could the wrong film have been named as the winner of the Oscars’ most important award? Here are the pictures that tell the story<p>• Oscars 2017: full list of winners<p>It will go down in Oscars history as the most awkward, embarrassing moment of all time: an extraordinary failure in the Oscars …

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Love ‘La La Land’? Hate It? So Do We

Our Culture Department is a staff divided. It’s not what you think — it’s “La La Land.”<p>We talk movies all the time, but for some reason Emma Stone (as Mia, aspiring actress) and Ryan Gosling (Sebastian, aspiring jazz pianist), singing and dancing about love and career, have provoked passionate …

La La Land

Rotten Tomatoes: Lady Bird sets record as best-reviewed movie ever on the site

Ladybird

‘Beauty and the Beast’: Disney’s $300 Million Gamble

BURBANK, Calif. — The mood at Walt Disney Studios here last spring was euphoric: A risky live-action remake of one of Disney’s most beloved animated films, “Beauty and the Beast,” was coming off without a hitch. Disney had assembled an all-star cast led by Emma Watson as Belle. A bet on untested …

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How 2017 Became The Greatest Year For Superhero Movies Of All Time

With five weeks left until the New Year, 2017 has been quite a mixed bag for films. Some major box office records were set, while some major brands suffered setbacks. In the superhero genre, there was growing concern about whether a year sporting six comic book inspired releases would cause market …

Marvel Universe

Wonder Woman Breaks Through

<b>She’s been a suffragist, a soldier and a sex symbol. But it took 75 years to bring the world’s most famous female superhero to the big screen. Why we</b> …

Comics

Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” is both a spectacular flop and the most memorable movie of 2017

Audiences are hating <i>Mother!</i>, the latest thriller from the auteur director Darren Aronofsky.<p>The film received a rare “F” grade from the research firm CinemaScore, which assesses audience reaction to a film before it’s released widely. <i>Mother!</i> then flopped when it opened to theaters in the US last …

Movies

Watch: this supercut proves 2017 was a great year for movies

A countdown of the year’s best movies is a delightful reminder of what films can do.<p>For a certain slice of the moviegoing audience, today is a great day: Indiewire senior film critic David Ehrlich has released his supercut of 25 of the year’s greatest films, an annual cinephile tradition since he …

Movies

Nintendo Switch review

The Nintendo Switch is a homerun for Nintendo, and delivers on its innovative premise.<p>The Nintendo Switch is a homerun for Nintendo, and delivers on …

Gear & Gadgets

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review

Link’s latest adventure is a bold and much-needed reinvention of the beloved franchise<p>The moment I realized <i>The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i> might actually be my favorite <i>Zelda</i> adventure ever struck me like lightning — literally.<p>While running through the picturesque green fields of Hyrule, a …

Nintendo Switch

Super Mario Odyssey is a masterpiece of twists and turns

It’s almost unnerving how good Nintendo is at its job — at least, when the wizards there choose to apply themselves. Super Mario Odyssey is a embarrassment of riches, never failing to surprise for hours and hours and maintaining an unflaggingly positive feeling the entire time. It’s an essential …

Super Mario Odyssey

The state of virtual reality

Microsoft, Sony, Valve, Ready at Dawn all have games in the works<p>One could argue that the age of virtual reality kicked-off during last year's Game Developers Conference, an event that nearly coincided with the launch of two of the technology's most important head-mounted displays in recent …

Virtual Reality

Horizon Zero Dawn is the best robot-safari adventure game ever made | Ars Technica

You’ll remember new hero Aloy—and her massive, explosive journey—for a long time.<p>Make no mistake: <i>Horizon Zero Dawn</i> is the rare triple-A single-player …

Horizon Zero Dawn

PERSONA 5 Might Be the Best RPG Ever Made (Review)

Balancing your time between studying for midterms, having a social life, and feeding your personal plant has never been this fun.<p>The high …

Persona (Video Game)

Destiny 2 review: shooting aliens has never felt better

Bungie has improved its sci-fi shooter with a less lonely game for those who don’t have online friends and a more rewarding one for those who do<p>There are three reviews of Destiny 2 that need to be written.<p>The first is Destiny 2: the campaign, the game that you can sit down and play through from …

Nathan Drake

‘Everything’ is a stunning game about … everything

<b>Everything</b> <b><br>Developed by:</b> David O’Reilly <b><br>Published by:</b> Double Fine Presents & David O’ Reilly <b><br>Available on:</b> Mac, PC, PlayStation 4<p>There is little distance between the ludicrous and the profound in “Everything,” a game I’ve been recommending to anyone interested in video games as art. Here is a game in …

Horizon Zero Dawn

'Sonic Mania' Review: A Brilliant And Focused Return To Form

It has been a long time since I actively looked forward to a new <i>Sonic the Hedgehog</i> game and <i>Sonic Mania</i> seemed like it could be the one to transport me back to the initial glory days of the series. In short, it has done exactly that and so much more.<p><i>Sonic Mania</i> on the surface appears to be a modern …

Sonic Mania

Cuphead review — a uniquely beautiful and worthwhile challenge

Cuphead is hard, but it’s not unfair. Like the run-and-gun games that inspired it (Contra, Metal Slug, and so on), you’ll need some skill and quick reactions to win. But most importantly, you need patience. Every death in this Xbox One and PC title is a learning experience. Winning is often just a …

Cuphead

Prince Harry 'thrilled' to marry girlfriend Meghan Markle next year

<b>Prince Harry says he is "thrilled" after announcing he is to marry US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle.</b><p>The fifth in line to the throne will marry Ms Markle in spring 2018.<p>The couple, who have been dating since the summer of 2016, smiled as they posed for photographs outside Kensington Palace in …

Royal Family

A Perfect Match! Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian Are Married

Serena Williams just served her beau a wedding ring!<p>Williams, 36, and new husband Alexis Ohanian, 34, have tied to knot after announcing their …

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander share 1st wedding portrait

Model Kate Upton and Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander wed in Italy just days after his team won the World Series, they confirmed on social …

Justin Verlander

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris Announce That They Are ''Legally Separating'' After 8 Years of Marriage

The beloved duo met in 2007 while filming the movie <i>Take Me Home Tonight.</i> The two got engaged in 2008 and eventually tied the knot on July 9, …

Chris Pratt

Miranda Kerr’s Wedding Dress: An Exclusive Look at Her Custom Dior Haute Couture Gown

On a cool May morning, just as a cloak of fog began to lift off the western hills of Los Angeles, Miranda Kerr ran downstairs and put a chicken in the oven.<p>If it seems odd that Kerr should be making dinner on her wedding day, consider the surprisingly intimate scale of the nuptials themselves: a …

Weddings

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender Are Married

Just a quiet getaway in Ibiza.<p><b>Alicia Vikander</b> and <b>Michael Fassbender</b> got married this weekend on the island of Ibiza, <i>People</i> has confirmed.<p>The two tied the knot on the Spanish island among family and friends over the weekend, though their representatives have not confirmed. On Friday, Vikander was …

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna Split Again, Will Not Film 'Rob & Chyna' Season 2

Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna are moving on with their lives, off-camera.<p>A source tells ET that the once-engaged couple has called it quits, and …

Blac Chyna

Fergie and Josh Duhamel Split: What Went Wrong?

He struggled to put his thoughts into words. After <b>Josh Duhamel</b> told <i>Us Weekly</i> during an April 4 phone interview that what makes him happiest is …

Josh Duhamel

Orlando Bloom speaks about Katy Perry split: a timeline of their relationship

To us humble outside observers/members of the plebeian masses, popstar Katy Perry and former elf Orlando Bloom always seemed like a bit of an odd couple... albeit one that we were quite happy to emotionally invest in.<p>Both stars were previously married: British-born Bloom, a 39-year-old father of …

Katy Perry

Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor announce their split after 17 years of marriage

Unfortunately, we're here to deliver a "eugoogly" today ... for the marriage of Derek Zoolander himself.<p>Actors Ben Stiller, 51, and Christine Taylor, 45, have announced their split.<p>"With tremendous love and respect for each other, and the 18 years we spent together as a couple, we have made the …

Movies

Hugh Hefner, Who Built the Playboy Empire and Embodied It, Dies at 91

Hugh Hefner, who created Playboy magazine and spun it into a media and entertainment-industry giant — all the while, as its very public avatar, squiring attractive young women (and sometimes marrying them) well into his 80s — died on Wednesday at his home, the Playboy Mansion, in the Holmby Hills …

Hugh Hefner

Mary Tyler Moore, beloved TV actress, dies at 80

<b>(CNN) —</b> Actress Mary Tyler Moore, whose eponymous 1970s series helped usher in a new era for women on television, died Wednesday at the age of 80, her longtime representative Mara Buxbaum said.<p>"Today beloved icon Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving …

Entertainment

Roger Ailes, architect of conservative TV juggernaut Fox News, is dead at 77

Roger Ailes, who mastered the art of selling political candidates like Hollywood celebrities and was the architect of conservative-oriented TV news, died Thursday at 77. He was the longtime chairman and chief executive of the Fox News Channel, building it over two decades into a politically …

Elections

Jerry Lewis, Comedic Force of Nature, Dies at 91

A polarizing pioneer of the man-boy school of comedy, who eventually got his due.<p>There was a lot of truth to the old showbiz joke that the French loved Jerry Lewis and thought of him as a comic genius and cinematic trailblazer, even while his fellow Americans considered him a manic buffoon, a …

Comedy

Fats Domino, Architect Of Rock 'N' Roll, Dead At 89

Fats Domino, one of the architects of rock 'n' roll, died Tuesday at his daughter's suburban New Orleans home. Haydee Ellis, a family friend, confirmed the news to NPR. Mark Bone, chief investigator for the Jefferson Parish coroner's office, tells NPR that Domino, who was 89, died of natural causes.<p>…

Fats Domino

Charles Manson, mastermind of 1969 murders, dies at 83

Charles Manson was an unlikely figure to evolve into the personification of evil. A few inches over five feet, he was a petty criminal and small-time hustler. And his followers bore little resemblance to the stereotypical image of hardened killers. Most were in their early twenties, middle-class …

Crime

Chuck Berry, a Founding Father of Rock 'n' Roll, Dies at 90

Chuck Berry, the singer, songwriter and guitar great who practically defined rock music with his impeccably twangy hits “Maybellene,” “Roll Over …

Johnny B. Goode

Remembering Sam Shepard

The legendary American playwright, novelist, screenwriter, and actor died at the age of 73.<p>Sam Shepard was a titan of American theater whose darkly funny, sometimes surreal, and often frightening evocations of the fringes of American life formed the backbone of a storied career as a writer and …

Sam Shepard

Tom Petty, Rock Icon Who Led the Heartbreakers, Dead at 66

Singer suffered cardiac arrest and was taken off life support at hospital<p>Tom Petty, the dynamic and iconoclastic frontman who led the band the …

Tom Petty

Notable Lives They Lived: Pictures

The Rock

The brain of Aaron Hernandez is why no one should play football. Ever

Doctors at Boston University today released images of brain damage suffered by Aaron Hernandez, the deceased New England Patriots tight end jailed for killing his friend Odin Lloyd in 2013, and said it was the most severe case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy ever discovered in a person his age. …

Aaron Hernandez

Bill Paxton Dead at 61 Due to Complications from Surgery

Actor Bill Paxton died due to complications from surgery, PEOPLE confirms.<p>“It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away …

Entertainment

Gregg Allman, Soulful Trailblazer of Southern Rock, Dies at 69

Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock n' blues pioneer who founded The Allman Brothers Band with his late brother, Duane, and composed …

Grateful Dead

Legendary Daily News columnist Jimmy Breslin dead at 88

Jimmy Breslin was the biggest, the baddest, the brashest, the best columnist in New York City.<p>And the first to say so, too.<p>The Pulitzer Prize-winning …

Journalism

Former U.S. national security adviser Brzezinski dies at 89

(Reuters) - Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser during the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and drove a normalization of relations with China, has died. He was 89.<p>Brzezinski’s daughter Mika, a host on MSNBC’s “Morning …

Foreign Policy

Adam West, Straight-Faced Star of TV's 'Batman,' Dies at 88

The actor struggled to find work after the campy superhero series was canceled, but he rebounded with voiceover gigs, including one as the mayor of …

TV

Azzedine Alaïa Dies in Paris

The Tunisian-born sculptor-couturier’s body-con designs defined Eighties fashion.<p><b>PARIS</b> — Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the …

Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89

<b>Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced.</b><p>He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill.<p>Sir Roger's family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after "a short but brave battle with …

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