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Paris Jackson apologizes for Harper’s Bazaar cover in Singapore, where gay rights lag

Paris Jackson, the 20-year-old actress and model who recently told fans she is bisexual, apologized this week for appearing on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in Singapore, a country where sex between men is punishable by up to two years in prison. Read More

Hungry goats delay Brooklyn subway

Two white goats with brown heads spent the morning trotting along the N train line in Brooklyn, making their way from the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop toward the 8th Avenue stop, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subways. Read More

Bunch of men get Tinder-pranked at New York’s Union Square

In June, Amir Pleasants, a 21-year-old resident of Montclair, New Jersey, matched with someone new on Tinder. But after he and the woman, Natasha Aponte, sent a few messages back and forth, she abruptly cut off the exchange. Read More

The trickiness of being a woman in Tangier

A more modern Tangier has much to appreciate, writes “The 52 Places Traveler” columnist Jada Yuan, but traveling there as a woman can still pose a challenge. Read More

5 tips to sleep better on your next trip

Getting some shut-eye on a plane is a perennial challenge for travelers, but there are a few low-tech tricks that can make switching time zones and taking long-haul flights a little easier. Read More
 

Opulent travel doesn’t mean paying a premium

Luxury travel can be experienced in two ways: by paying top dollar or by paying less. Given the choice, wouldn’t you pick the latter? Read More
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Georgia police defend use of stun gun on 87-year-old woman cutting dandelions

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Martha Bishara, an 87-year-old grandmother who emigrated to the United States from Syria decades ago, often cuts dandelion greens that grow in the wild near her house in Georgia. Read More
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For some viewers, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is not Asian enough

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“Crazy Rich Asians,” a romantic comedy that opened in the United States on Wednesday, is a rare commodity: a Hollywood film with a majority Asian cast. For many Asian-American viewers, that is a positive, if sorely belated, development. Read More
 

Revoking clearance, Trump aims presidential power at Russia inquiry

For more than a year, law enforcement officials have repeatedly rebuffed President Donald Trump’s efforts to use the power of his office to derail the Russia investigation. Stymied, Trump is lashing out in other ways against an investigation that he clearly hates or fears Read More

In a divided era, one thing seems to unite: political anger

Disputes over politics have divided Americans’ homes, strained marriages, ruined friendships and invaded the workplace. Read More

Alex Jones of Infowars destroyed evidence related to Sandy Hook suits, motion says

Lawyers for the families of two Sandy Hook shooting victims are accusing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars media business of intentionally destroying evidence relevant to the defamation cases against him, according to a motion filed today in a Texas court. Read More

California now says coffee doesn’t need cancer warnings

The state of California has intervened, telling coffee drinkers not to worry. An agency has proposed a rule declaring that not only does coffee pose no significant risk of cancer, it may actually have health benefits. Read More

Transporting El Chapo to court could cripple NYC traffic

For more than a year now, an only-in-New York transportation nightmare has been caused by the case of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord best known as El Chapo. Every few months or so, whenever he is called to go to court, something awful happens: The police must close the entire Brooklyn Bridge, stranding hundreds of motorists as the world’s biggest drug lord is swept across the East River in a speeding motorcade of heavily armored cars. Read More
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Long security lines at airports might move more quickly soon

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There is a glimmer of hope that the frustrating, slow airport security experience will get a little smoother over the next few years. Read More

Fighting conspiracies, Sandy Hook parent thwarted by online policies

Leonard Pozner says he spends hours every day trying to erase online conspiracy theories that the death of his 6-year-old son Noah at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax. Read More

Finding comfort and surprises in Spain

As the July sun and 95-degree temperatures bore down on Seville, I had wondered where all the nontourists were. That evening, I found my answer in Triana, a working-class barrio, drinking tinto de verano (red wine mixed with lemon soda) amid a sea of revelers. I left at 2 a.m. and in famous, admirable Spanish fashion, most of the crowd had just started their nights. Traveling the world for the past seven months, I’ve often been aware of my outsider status. But in Spain, where I also visited the northern wine region of Ribera del Duero, I just felt like myself. Read More

Reality TV star and Trump aide taped her firing in the situation room

Omarosa Manigault Newman secretly taped John Kelly, White House chief of staff, as he fired her in December in the Situation Room, a breach of security protocols, but one that revealed him suggesting that she could face damage to her reputation if she did not leave quietly. Read More
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Richard Russell’s flight experience before stealing a plane? ‘I played video games’

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As he flew the stolen 76-seat passenger plane above the Seattle area for nearly an hour on Friday night, Richard B. Russell was asked by an air traffic controller whether he was comfortable “just flying the plane around.” Read More
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Venezuela seeks arrest of opposition leader in drone episode

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Venezuelan authorities ordered the arrest of a former National Assembly leader last week in connection with what they said was an assassination attempt against President Nicolás Maduro, as the government appeared to train its sights on opposition figures in the aftermath. Read More

In Thailand, ‘obesity in our monks is a ticking time bomb’

Earlier this summer, officials from Thailand’s Public Health Department urged laypeople to offer healthier alms to monks, who pour from temples in their saffron robes each morning to roam the streets collecting their meals in the Buddhist tradition. Read More

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