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Alexis Tsipras’s Enemies Try to Use Greek Vote Against Him

ATHENS — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the referendum in Greece on Sunday is simply about whether to agree to what he sees as a bad deal from the country’s creditors. Many of his opponents say it is actually about whether Greece wants to stay with the euro.

What neither side typically …

Alexis Tsipras

Alexis Tsipras Urges Greeks to Vote No in Referendum

LONDON — Two days before a referendum that could change the shape of Europe, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday renewed his call for Greeks to reject the terms of a bailout offer, warning voters against caving in to “blackmail.”

“I ask you to say no ultimatums, blackmail and fear-mongering,’’ …

EU Referendum

Effective Concussion Treatment Remains Frustratingly Elusive, Despite a Booming Industry

In a small brick building across the street from a Taco Bell in Marrero, La., patients enter a clear plastic capsule and breathe pure oxygen.

The procedure, known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, uses a pressurized chamber to help scuba divers overcome the bends and to aid people sickened by toxic …


Aetna Agrees to Acquire Humana for $37 Billion in Cash and Stock

The health insurer Aetna said on Friday that it had agreed to acquire its smaller rival Humana for $37 billion in cash and stock, signaling the start of what may become a flurry of consolidation in the sector.

The deal would bring together two of the United States’ biggest health insurers. The …

Health Insurance

As Dead Exit, a Debate Will Not Fade Away

ALAN MANDE calls his first experience with the Grateful Dead, in 1969, “a portal to a spiritual awakening.” Since then, he’s attended more than 400 shows and traded bootlegs with untold Deadheads, all while philosophizing on the nature of such devoted fandom.

But when the surviving members of the …

Grateful Dead

Bernie Sanders’s Revolutionary Roots Were Nurtured in ’60s Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. — When he came to Vermont in the late 1960s to help plan the upending of the old social order, the future presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought with him the belief that the United States was starkly divided into two groups: the establishment and the revolutionaries. He was a …

Bernie Sanders

Obama, in Wisconsin, Takes On Scott Walker

LA CROSSE, Wis. — President Obama came to this city on the Mississippi on Thursday and launched a frontal assault on Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who filed papers earlier in the day that moved him closer to joining a crowded Republican presidential field.

Likening Mr. Walker and the “bus full” of …

Scott Walker

Heroines Triumph at Box Office, but Has Anything Changed in Hollywood?

Has feminism conquered Hollywood? Has Hollywood co-opted feminism? Some recent female-driven hits and some vocal critics suggest that the entertainment industry’s status quo is under attack, at least in some quarters. While the Sony hacking scandal last year revealed what certain power players …


Aleppo Fighting Flares Up as Syria Insurgents Attack

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The fiercest fighting in months raged in the divided Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday, as newly reorganized insurgents launched a new offensive on government-held areas.

Two separate insurgent coalitions – Ahrar al-Sham and the Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria — attacked …


‘Lone-Wolf’ Terrorists Seen as Big Threat, Authorities Say

WASHINGTON — Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, American counterterrorism officials have increased security at national landmarks and large public events ahead of major holidays or significant anniversaries, and issued bulletins calling for increased vigilance by the public.

But this Fourth of …


Britain Hints It May Join U.S. Campaign Against ISIS in Syria

LONDON — Jolted by the deaths of 30 British tourists in Tunisia at the hands of a gunman professing allegiance to the Islamic State, Prime Minister David Cameron is considering joining the United States in bombing the militant group’s forces in Syria.

Mr. Cameron’s spokeswoman, Helen Bower, briefing …

Syrian Civil War

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ May Have Been Found Earlier Than Thought

On the eve of the most anticipated publishing event in years — the release of Harper Lee’s novel “Go Set a Watchman” — there is yet another strange twist to the tale of how the book made its way to publication, a development that further clouds the story of serendipitous discovery that generated …

Harper Lee

Cuba’s Environmental Concerns Grow With Prospect of U.S. Presence

HAVANA — Like many of his countrymen, Jorge Angulo hopes the United States will lift the decades-old economic embargo against Cuba.

But Dr. Angulo, a senior marine scientist at the University of Havana, is also worried about the effects that a flood of American tourists and American dollars might …


Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo Point Fingers, but There’s Enough Blame for Both

Just before the shooting war between the mayor and the governor broke into the open this week, a series of guerrilla strikes promised the first signs of life in Albany for months. Other than the two most powerful legislators’ being arrested, nothing much had happened since January, although all …

Bill de Blasio

Reddit Moderators Shut Down Parts of Site Over Executive’s Dismissal

Hundreds of sections of Reddit, the popular online message board, were still down early Friday in what appeared to be a protest by many of the site’s moderators after the abrupt dismissal of a high-ranking employee in the company.

The move affected nearly 300 individual discussion areas — so-called …


Plenty Will Claim to Be Uncle Sam, but a Few Can Prove the Lineage

In parades across the country on Saturday, lanky men on stilts sporting red and white striped pants, star-spangled top hats and gray goatees will pretend to be Uncle Sam. In Conway, Ark., James Black would perform that role after he retired as a cattle hauler and bus driver until he died in 2009 at …

Uncle Sam

Katy Perry Allies With Los Angeles Archdiocese Over Property Sale

LOS ANGELES — God moves in mysterious ways — particularly when it comes to Los Angeles real estate.

And few transactions have proved more mystifying of late than conflicting attempts by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a group of nuns under its supervision to sell an eight-acre …

Katy Perry

On Centre Court, a Sublime Federer and a Faltering Nadal

WIMBLEDON, England — You never know when it will happen at this late stage in the game. Not at age 33 with a trick back and a little less foot speed and that nagging third-round loss to Andreas Seppi at this year’s Australian Open still stuck in the collective memory bank.

But full-flight Roger …

ATP World Tour

Capri Social Club in Brooklyn Is a Bar So Ordinary, It’s a Star

The regulars do not gravitate there for its glamorous decorations or its trendy ambience. There are basic tables and chairs and a bar so old that drinkers can feel the contours in the wood from cigarette burns decades old.

The drinks are cheap and the understated exterior blends in well with the …

New York City

The Surfboard Doctor to See in the Rockaways

Fernando Pires, dusty and tired, was headed for a hammock on the porch of his Hawaiian-style bungalow on Beach 91st Street in the Rockaways, when suddenly there came a cry for help.

“Fernando, I need you to fix my board,” shouted a surfer in distress who was carrying a surfboard with a small gouge …