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ABOARD COAST GUARD CUTTER ALEX HALEY, in the Chukchi Sea — With warming seas creating new opportunities at the top of the world, nations are scrambling over the Arctic — its territorial waters, transit routes and especially, its natural resources — in a rivalry some already call a new Cold War.
HOUSTON — Nearly four decades before Caitlyn Jenner introduced herself to the world, Phyllis Randolph Frye came out as a transgender woman in a far less glamorous way. No Diane Sawyer, no Vanity Fair.
It was the summer of 1976. As Bruce Jenner, 26, was celebrating his decathlon victory at the …Gay Rights
HOUSTON — The gunman who walked up behind a sheriff’s deputy Friday night and fatally shot him as he filled the gas tank of his patrol car appeared to have targeted him for no other reason than his badge and uniform, officials said Saturday.
The deputy, Darren H. Goforth, 47, a 10-year veteran of …Texas
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Doctors have long faced a conundrum in prescribing statins to lower cholesterol and heart attack risk: The drugs are cheap and effective for most people, and large, rigorous clinical trials have found minimal side effects. But as many as 25 percent of those who try them complain …Medicine
If either Donald Trump or Carly Fiorina receives the 2016 Republication presidential nomination, it will be a rare achievement. Only once in American history has a major political party granted its prize to someone whose principal qualification was to have served as a corporate chief executive. …Donald Trump
When Ready for Hillary, a pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton “super PAC,” wanted to take out a million-dollar loan five months before it planned to go out of business, it turned to a bank that was founded to guard the savings of New York City garment workers.
When the Democracy Alliance, an influential club …Banking
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The Graveyard of Champions, as this historic racetrack is known, had buried three previous Triple Champions and on Saturday it claimed its fourth as American Pharoah was run down Keen Ice in the 146th running of the Travers Stakes.
Whirlaway (1941) remains the only Triple …Horse Racing
Kyle Jean-Baptiste, the first African-American actor to play the iconic lead role of Jean Valjean in the popular Broadway musical “Les Misérables,” died on Friday after falling from a fire escape in Brooklyn. He was 21.
Mr. Jean-Baptiste was an ensemble performer and an understudy for the role of …Les Misérables
In a dangerous profession, it is among the most dangerous of jobs. The police officers who go undercover to arrest illegal firearms dealers can quickly find themselves at the mercy of their targets, conducting big-money transactions in close quarters with jumpy, suspicious criminals quick to draw …Guns
Whether California’s application of the death penalty is so drawn out and arbitrary that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment will be argued on Monday before a federal appeals court in Pasadena.
If the lawyers for a condemned man are victorious, the case could bring a reprieve to more than 740 …California
More than 150 years ago, Manifest Destiny drove American pioneers westward. A horde of speculators and moguls staked claim to everything before them as they pressed onward to the Pacific, their mission being to “overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly …Chamber of Commerce
VIENNA — Three small children found crammed into a small van with 23 other migrants were hospitalized with severe dehydration in northern Austria, narrowly averting another fatal tragedy for refugees fleeing the Middle East and risking their lives with smugglers, the police said Saturday.
The police …Austria
LONDON — The daily toll among refugees and migrants desperately trying to reach Europe — 71 suffocated in a truck in Austria and 150 drowned off Libya this week — has dramatically underscored the European Union’s scattered, halting response to increasing waves of asylum seekers.
With tens of …Eurozone Crisis
NEW ORLEANS — “Today is ceiling drywall,” said Dani Babon, a 24-year-old site supervisor for the St. Bernard Project, a volunteer group that was started the year after Hurricane Katrina.
Ten years ago to the day, the Hendersons’ house on Amelia Street was flooded by six and a half feet of water, and …New Orleans
VYATSKOYE, Russia — The tourists streamed out of the tall white bus onto an asphalt parking lot in the middle of this spruced-up village. Wearing sun hats and wielding cameras, they peered into the gardens of brightly painted houses and listened to a tour guide talk about enterprising peasants.
JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — The Federal Reserve’s vice chairman, Stanley Fischer, said on Saturday that he saw “good reason” to expect that inflation would rebound to a healthier pace as the American economy continued to grow.
The remarks, delivered at an annual conference hosted by the Federal Reserve …Inflation
CAIRO — An Egyptian judge on Saturday handed down unexpectedly harsh verdicts in the trial of three journalists from the Al Jazeera English news channel, sentencing them to at least three years in prison on charges that human rights advocates have repeatedly dismissed as political in nature.
SAN ANTONIO DEL TÁCHIRA, Venezuela — President Nicolás Maduro has declared a state of emergency in this Venezuelan border town in what he says is nothing less than a fight for national survival. More than 1,000 Colombian immigrants have been deported and some basic guarantees, like the right to …Venezuela
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Stacey Anderson, music writer
Remember when MTV was all about music videos? Revisit those halcyon days with the 32nd Annual Video Music Awards on Sunday night, sure to bring a plethora …Exit Through the Gift Shop
The Haggler will now don his professorial tweeds because he starts this episode in teacher mode. All of the action below revolves around the Google Play store, an online destination that may be unfamiliar to Apple fans. So a brief explanation. You know iBooks, iTunes and the App Store? Well, Google …Google Play
Is it real? Or a bunch of baloney? It’s a question New Yorkers and visitors to the city may ask themselves when they pass any of the seemingly countless storefront fortunetellers.
Celia Mitchell, 38, was pointedly asked that exact question last year: “What is the psychic business? Is it real, or a …New York City
We left to the south and returned from the north. In doing so, we fulfilled the grandest dream of Magellan, the dream of circumnavigation. Our compass was GPS and our logic was simple. If we kept the lake always on our left and traveled continuously, we would eventually reach the place from which …U.S. Travel