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Oksana Masters took long road from Ukrainian orphanage to Paralympic stardom

Twenty years ago, it would have been hard to imagine 8-year-old Oksana Masters — 3 feet tall, 35 pounds, no thumbs and misshapen legs — included in an NBC montage of the world’s best athletes, or having her face plastered on train station posters. Read More

Yale rape verdict shows how ‘yes means yes’ can be murky in court

When a jury in the trial of a Yale college student on rape charges returned a verdict of not guilty this week after barely three hours of deliberations, the message seemed clear: Evidence that might warrant punishment from a campus panel was insufficient for a court of law. Read More

Why is Louis Farrakhan back in the news?

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been back in the headlines after a previously unreleased photo of him with President Barack Obama was published in January, and he gave an anti-Semitic speech at his organization’s annual convention last month. Read More

7 things to understand about Trump’s talks with N. Korea

President Donald Trump has accepted North Korea’s invitation for direct talks with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, to be held by May. It’s a big deal, but you’re probably wondering how big a deal, what it means and how to think about it. Read More

U.S. lifts ban on elephant, lion trophies

The United States has moved to allow hunters to import big-game trophies, including elephant tusks and lion hides, acquired in certain African countries with approvals granted on an individual basis. Read More

Anti-Muslim extremists retweeted by Trump convicted of hate crimes

The leaders of an anti-Muslim extremist group in Britain have been found guilty of hate crimes and sentenced to prison, months after they drew international attention for helping President Donald Trump get entangled in a diplomatic dispute with British leaders. Read More

For NYC mayor, crash that killed children strikes close to home

Updated on  March 6, 2018 at 8:02 pm
As Mayor Bill de Blasio stepped from his SUV today for his morning workout, he was immediately met by protesters outside the Prospect Park YMCA in Brooklyn. Read More

Terrorist turns on Al Qaida, aids America; now he’s on food stamps in NY

After he was released from federal prison last year, Bryant Neal Vinas assumed he would have no need for a disguise, since he thought he was going into witness protection with a home far away and a new identity after he helped the U.S. government battle al-Qaida. But the government decided against giving him protection. Read More

Crowds, crankiness at South by Southwest — and maybe a lesser role for music

The conversation leading up to the launch of South by Southwest’s multiple March legs — Music, Film, Interactive, but also Comedy, Gaming, Style, Sports, Wellness and other topic areas added over the years — is less about who’ll be speaking and more about whether the event is still relevant to industry leaders in each area and whether big brands are still throwing their money toward Austin as much as in the past. Read More

Sake: Born in Japan and now made in Brooklyn

Sake remains a largely untapped frontier in the American craft beverage industry. The country is peppered with small distilleries and beer breweries, but Brooklyn Kura is the first sake brewery in New York state and one of only about 15 in the nation. Read More

Nixon biographer wins U.S. history book prize

John A. Farrell, author of “Richard Nixon: The Life,” has been named the winner of the New-York Historical Society’s Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize, awarded annually to the best work in the field of U.S. history or biography. Read More

General says White House yet to approve danger pay for troops in Niger

The White House has yet to approve a Pentagon request to provide imminent-danger pay to U.S. troops assigned to Niger, a top military commander said this week, raising new questions about the support given to service members who are sent to West Africa to help in the fight against terrorist groups. Read More

Google to sell Zagat to The Infatuation

When Google agreed to buy Zagat for $151 million nearly seven years ago, the technology giant intended to bring the restaurant review empire into the digital age. Read More

A Russian who spied for Britain falls ill

A man identified by local news reports as a retired Russian military intelligence officer who once spied for Britain is critically ill at a British hospital, and officials were investigating his “exposure to an unknown substance.” Read More

Trump settles lawsuit with Florida golf club members

Attorneys for President Donald Trump, who famously declared he doesn’t settle lawsuits, have agreed that the president’s company will pay $5.4 million to former members of Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida, to end a long-running lawsuit. Read More

Aid reaches besieged Syrian enclave, but not nearly enough

Updated on  March 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm
Trucks laden with international aid edged into a besieged Damascus suburb today, delivering the first relief to its beleaguered and shellshocked residents in over three months, but only after government officials had removed many of the medical supplies. Read More

Once outspoken, Paul Ryan now wields speaker’s gavel gingerly

On one contentious issue after another, Paul Ryan — a speaker who rose to prominence as an outspoken, almost brash leader, determined to bring his party along withhis vision of governance — has receded. Instead, he wields his gavel gingerly. Read More

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