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Louisiana, U.S. Presidential Race, Zika: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

<i>(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)</i><p><i>Good evening. Here’s the latest.</i><p><b>1. “I know how resilient</b> the people of Louisiana are,” President Obama told survivors of last week’s vast flooding, “and I know you will rebuild again.” He was welcomed by the governor and toured damaged areas. …

Large Earthquake Strikes Central Italy

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 struck central Italy early Wednesday morning, the United States Geological Survey reported.<p>There was no immediate information about injuries or damage, but the agency said on its website that by its measurements, significant casualties and extensive …

Italy

Graduate Students Clear Hurdle in Effort to Form Union

Students who work as teaching and research assistants will be allowed to vote to unionize under a ruling Tuesday by the National Labor Relations Board that found that they are employees under federal labor law.<p>The case arose from a union election petition filed by a group of graduate students at …

Unions

Hillary Clinton’s 15,000 New Emails to Get Timetable for Release

WASHINGTON — Questions surrounding Hillary Clinton’s email practices flared up again on Monday, with a Federal District Court judge ordering the State Department to provide a timetable for releasing nearly 15,000 new emails uncovered by the F.B.I. investigation of her personal email account and …

Clinton Foundation

Think the Clinton-Trump Race Will Be a Landslide? Hold Your Horses

Donald J. Trump, after weeks of self-inflicted damage, has seen support for his candidacy in national polls dip into the 30s — Barry Goldwater and Walter F. Mondale territory — while Hillary Clinton has extended her lead to double digits in several crucial swing states.<p>Time to declare a landslide, …

Bill Clinton

Liberal, Moderate or Conservative? See How Facebook Labels You

You may think you are discreet about your political views. But Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, has come up with its own determination of your political leanings, based on your activity on the site.<p>And now, it is easy to find out how Facebook has categorized you — as very liberal …

Facebook

Media as Referee? Not Anymore

The syringe started off as a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton’s health posted on a fringe right-wing website. It traveled to the legitimizing megaphone of prime-time cable news. And it ended, after an agonizing journey through the new realities of the campaign media, with a single phone call …

Refereeing

Raising Money for Clinton, Cher Sounds Off (and Not Just About Trump)

She compared him to Hitler, likened his campaign to a “racist” version of “Fun with Dick and Jane” and even said he evoked the murderous child star in “The Bad Seed.”<p>“I just think he’s” an idiot, Cher said of Donald J. Trump, adding a decidedly unprintable modifier.<p>The crowd in Provincetown, Mass., …

Cher

Abu Zubaydah, Tortured Guantánamo Detainee, Makes Case for Release

WASHINGTON — After 14 years of detention, Abu Zubaydah, the suspected terrorist brutally tortured after his capture in 2002, appeared for the first time at a Guantánamo Bay hearing on Tuesday morning and said he should be released because he posed no threat.<p>Through an anonymous soldier who read a …

Torture

‘I Have a Black Son in Baltimore’: Anxious New Parents and an Era of Unease

BALTIMORE — He assembled the crib and mounted the bookshelves. She unpacked the bedding and filled the closet with onesies and rompers. Then husband and wife stood in the nursery and worried. Bill Janu, a police officer, is white. Shanna Janu, a lawyer, is black. As they eagerly awaited their …

Baltimore

Zika, a Formidable Enemy, Attacks and Destroys Parts of Babies’ Brains

The images tell a heartbreaking story: Zika’s calamitous attack on the brains of babies — as seen from the inside.<p>With a macabre catalog of brain scans and ultrasound pictures, a new study details the devastation done to 45 Brazilian babies whose mothers were infected with Zika during pregnancy. …

Babies

Florida Investigates New Zika Cases on Gulf Coast and in Miami

When Florida announced a new case of the Zika virus on Tuesday, this time in Pinellas County, which includes St. Petersburg, it raised an urgent question: Had local mosquitoes in yet another part of the state started to spread the virus?<p>The short answer is probably not, scientists say. The …

American South

What You Should Watch This Week: ‘The Profit’ and ‘Gomorrah’

<i>Welcome to Watching, The New York Times’s what-to-watch guide. We comb through releases big and small to email readers twice a week with our timely recommendations. You can browse previous guides here, and to receive recommendations straight to your inbox, sign up here. Stay tuned for our coming</i> …

Halt and Catch Fire

You Can Save on Airfare (If You Know the Tricks)

The airfare for your family vacation to Orlando, Fla., cost you $500 a person. Your friend snagged tickets there during the same week for nearly half the price. What gives? It may not be pure luck, according to Rick Seaney, the founder of farecompare.com, an airline ticket comparison site. “There …

Airlines

Nina Ponomareva, First Soviet Olympian to Take Gold, Dies at 87

Nina Ponomareva, a champion discus thrower who earned the Soviet Union its first Olympic gold medal when she competed in the 1952 Helsinki Games and touched off a diplomatic crisis four years later when she shoplifted five hats in a London store, died on Friday in Moscow. She was 87.<p>Dmitry …

Russia

With the Olympics Over, Six Host Cities Worth Visiting

Now that the Rio Olympics are over, inevitable questions about the city’s post-Games legacy have surfaced.<p>Rio de Janeiro, like every host city, hopes to continue reaping Olympics-related benefits long past the closing ceremony, such as increased tourism and a bolstered world reputation. But things …

Sports History

Tucson Becomes an Unlikely Food Star

TUCSON — There are food deserts, those urban neighborhoods where finding healthful food is nearly impossible, and then there is Tucson.<p>When the rain comes down hard on a hot summer afternoon here, locals start acting like Cindy Lou Who on Christmas morning. They turn their faces to the sky and …

Tucson

‘Cadet Candidate Wimbledon’: A Tennis Star Enlists Her Backup Plan

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Katerina Stewart is afraid of heights. Still, she had no choice but to conquer the Confidence Climb.<p>This was not the same kind of fear Stewart faced when she played in the semifinals of the United States Open junior tennis tournament two years ago. Or even the sort of anxiety she …

Military

Occupying the Prairie: Tensions Rise as Tribes Move to Block a Pipeline

NEAR CANNON BALL, N.D. — Horseback riders, their faces streaked in yellow and black paint, led the procession out of their tepee-dotted camp. Two hundred people followed, making their daily walk a mile up a rural highway to a patch of prairie grass and excavated dirt that has become a new kind of …

Prairies

Court Upholds Doping-Related Ban on Russia at Paralympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — The highest court for world sports on Tuesday upheld the decision to bar the Russian Federation from the Paralympic Games for widespread doping, rejecting an appeal by Russia and issuing what is considered the final word on the matter.<p>The decision means that Russia will not …

Russia

Rio Games Highlight Problems With the Olympic Model

RIO DE JANEIRO — Proud and beautiful as this seaside city is, glorious as the feats of athleticism and sportsmanship were these past two weeks, these Games underline that the Olympic model is fractured.<p>As we depart, Rio de Janeiro is left with stadiums for which it has little use and swimming pools …

World

The Best and the Worst From the Rio Games

RIO DE JANEIRO — As if this city did not have enough problems to overcome, rain and high winds swept through here shortly before the closing ceremony, sending branches and balcony fixtures plummeting onto sidewalks and automobile hoods.<p>In what by now is standard fashion at these Olympics, the …

Ryan Lochte

Delicate Mix of Compassion and Politics as Obama Heads to Louisiana Floods

WASHINGTON — Nearly 11 years to the day after a hurricane devastated New Orleans, a president will visit flood victims in Louisiana — once again at a fraught political moment.<p>President Obama will travel to Baton Rouge on Tuesday to see the devastation left by historic flooding in the past week, and …

New Orleans

The EpiPen, a Case Study in Health Care System Dysfunction

Three times in the last two weeks, people — a patient, a colleague and my wife — told me stories about how out of control the price of EpiPens were. Monday, my New York Times colleagues recounted in detail how expensive the devices have become in recent years. All tell the tale of how much even …

Medicine

EpiPen Price Rise Sparks Concern for Allergy Sufferers

A steep increase in the price of the EpiPen, a lifesaving injection device for people with severe allergies, has sparked outrage among consumers and lawmakers who worry that parents won’t be able to afford the pens for children heading back to school.<p>With a quick stab to the thigh, the EpiPen …

Health

Kurds Close to Control of Northeast Syria Province, Portending a Shift in the War

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Kurdish militias took a major step toward full control of a northeast Syrian province on Tuesday, signing a cease-fire with the government that gave them all but a few blocks of the provincial capital.<p>The cease-fire, reached after days of deadly fighting with government forces in …

War

Oklahoma Man Is Charged With Killing Lebanese-American Neighbor

He called the family “dirty Arabs,” and tried to run over the mother with a car, the authorities said. An Oklahoma man’s animosity toward the Lebanese-American family living next door, according to court records, took a fatal turn this month when he shot one of the sons on the porch of their house …

Tulsa

The Cost of Holding On

Let’s start with a story from Jon Muth’s book “Zen Shorts:”<p><i>Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and</i> …

Financial Planning

New York Times’s Moscow Bureau Was Targeted by Hackers

The New York Times’s Moscow bureau was the target of an attempted cyberattack this month. But so far, there is no evidence that the hackers, believed to be Russian, were successful.<p>“We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools,” said Eileen Murphy, a …

Russia

New York Police Broke Surveillance Rules Targeting Muslims After 9/11, Inquiry Finds

The New York police repeatedly broke rules governing intelligence-gathering while targeting Muslims for surveillance after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a report issued on Tuesday.<p>The report — by the Office of the Inspector General for New York Police Department, a civilian …

Surveillance