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Cleveland Reaches Settlement With Justice Department Over Police Conduct

CLEVELAND — The city of Cleveland has reached a settlement with the Justice Department over what federal authorities said was a pattern of unconstitutional policing and excessive use of force, people briefed on the case said Monday.

The settlement, which could be announced as early as Tuesday, comes …


Charter Said to Be Near Deal to Buy Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications is near a deal to buy Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, a person with direct knowledge of the talks said on Monday, a takeover that would create a new powerhouse in the rapidly consolidating American cable industry.

Under the proposed terms of the deal, Charter will pay …

Time Warner

Jon Stewart, Iraq War Critic, Runs a Program That Helps Veterans Enter TV

During the surge in Iraq in 2008, Nathan Witmer led an Army scout platoon in a thicket of villages rife with insurgents and roadside bombs. What he really wants to do is direct.

Or maybe write — or produce.

“Anything with movies was always the dream,” said Mr. Witmer, who left active duty in …

Middle East

Texas and Oklahoma Ravaged by Severe Weather and Flooding

Texas marked 24 counties as disaster areas on Monday as drenching rains and violent weather swept through that state and Oklahoma, forcing thousands of people from their homes and killing at least three.

An additional 10 people were reported killed in Ciudad Acuña, a Mexican border town of about …


On Anniversary, Jurors in Etan Patz Case Gather at the Site of His Disappearance

They gathered quietly on the corner just feet from where prosecutors say Etan Patz was strangled in a bodega basement 36 years ago: seven jurors who had voted to convict a former clerk at the store of murder but were unable to convince one holdout among them.

There were reasons for gathering, they …

‘Sitting on Gold,’ Tangelo Park in Florida Serves as Turnaround Model

ORLANDO, Fla. — Two decades ago, Harris Rosen, who grew up poor on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and became wealthy in the Florida hotel business, decided to shepherd part of his fortune into a troubled community with the melodious sounding name of Tangelo Park.

A quick snap from the city’s …


Uber Closes In on Its Last Frontier: Airports

ATLANTA — In a productive week, Ingemar Smith, driver for hire, picks up about 50 passengers from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Instead of pulling up to the curb outside the baggage claim area, the typical zone for fetching fliers, Mr. Smith and his silver Toyota Prius often …


While at War, Female Soldiers Fight to Belong

The day’s work was in full swing, the men in the platoon needed a break, and one of them began imitating his leader’s style of walking. Head down, elbows flapping, legs flying forward, he soon had the other soldiers laughing and calling out modifications:

Swing your arms out more!

No, really throw


Women Describe Their Struggles With Gender Roles in Military

In his article, Benedict Carey, a New York Times reporter, writes about the struggles that female soldiers face in the intensely male world of the United States military.

According to Army data, female soldiers are more likely than male soldiers to report depressive symptoms, and women are 10 times …


In a Changing Brooklyn, Shop Owners Decide to Call It Quits

To hear some mourners of New York’s late, great nostalgia-filled haunts tell it, the soul of the city is crumbling away. With every upward tick in the city’s property values, the eternal lament goes, another rapacious landlord muscles out a neighborhood dive bar for a new bank, drugstore or gym.

So …

New York

Illinois Scrambles for Solutions to a Mounting Pension Crisis

CHICAGO — Illinois is facing one of the worst fiscal crises of any state in recent decades, largely because it has mismanaged its pension system.

The shortfalls could potentially mean sharply higher taxes and cuts in spending. And even though the state’s highest court just this month threw out a …


Explaining a Cornerstone of Game Theory: John Nash’s Equilibrium

John Forbes Nash Jr. was best known for advances in game theory, which is essentially the study of how to come up with a winning strategy in the game of life — especially when you do not know what your competitors are doing and the choices do not always look promising.

Dr. Nash did not invent game …

Game Theory

Migrants Flooding Into Malaysia Trade One Nightmare for Another

GELUGOR, Malaysia — For Hasinah Ezahar, the three-week sea journey with three of her children from western Myanmar to Malaysia was an endless agony of anxiety, illness, hunger and threats from the smugglers they paid to spirit them abroad.

Now, she and thousands of other migrants who have recently …


Malaysian Police Suspect That Mass Graves Are Those of Migrants

HONG KONG — The police in Malaysia said on Monday that they had found mass graves on the country’s border with Thailand that may hold the remains of migrants who died in smuggling camps.

Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar of the Malaysian police said that more than 139 graves were discovered, some …


Still Secret and Secure, Safe Rooms Now Hide in Plain Sight

While serving as president of the New School, Bob Kerrey, the former United States senator, needed a residence befitting his station. The university moved him into a red brick Neo-Grec townhouse on West Fourth Street in Manhattan, which was previously owned by the actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

The …


Hong Hao Photographs Things (Well, Everything)

In this weekly series, T’s photo editors share the most compelling visual projects they’ve discovered.

The photographer Hong Hao does what most of us wish we could: He’s kept track of almost every item in his life for the past 14 years. Hong, who is based in Beijing and shows at Pace’s gallery …


Scientists Make Novel Attempt to Save Giant Turtle Species

Earlier this month, an international team of scientists, veterinarians and zookeepers gathered at the Suzhou Zoo near Shanghai. Their desperate mission: to attempt the first artificial insemination ever of a softshell turtle, saving the species from oblivion.

“Even if we get just one or two …