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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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Omarosa claims in new book Trump ‘racist,’ used N-word

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President Donald Trump frequently used the word “nigger” while he was the host of the reality television show “Celebrity Apprentice” and there are tapes that can confirm it, according to a new memoir by one of Trump’s former White House advisers, Omarosa Manigault Newman. Read More
 

Who gets a new 20% tax break? The Treasury Department speaks, and Trump may save.

A new 20 percent tax break included in last year’s $1.5 trillion tax overhaul could wind up benefiting President Donald Trump’s real estate empire given how the Treasury Department plans to implement the provision, several tax experts said. Read More
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Brooklyn nail salon brawl over eyebrow wax sparks protests

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A video of the brawl, showing a salon worker hitting customers with broomsticks, quickly reached 750,000 views. A worker and a customer were arrested. Read More

Lemony chicken wings soar above the rest

This dish takes inspiration from the Mediterranean — a departure from the classic Buffalo approach to chicken wings. Read More
 

Protégé testifies of lies, fraud with Paul Manafort

Rick Gates was just an intern when he first crossed paths with Paul Manafort. Years later Gates went to work for him. This week, Gates was Manafort’s ultimate nemesis, the prosecution’s star witness in Manafort’s trial on tax and bank fraud charges. Read More

The ‘Devil’s Chair’ and abuse claims by migrant teenagers

Guards at a juvenile detention center for troubled immigrant teenagers had many ways of handling serious problems. At times, they resorted to the chair. Other times, the mask. Read More

As Google Maps renames neighborhoods, residents fume

The peculiar moniker immediately spread digitally, from hotel sites to dating apps to Uber, which all use Google’s map data. The name soon spilled over into the physical world, too. Real estate listings beckoned prospective tenants to the East Cut. And news organizations referred to the vicinity by that term. Read More

Why a trade truce could add almost $2 trillion to the stock market

Consider that the cost that investors appear to be ascribing to President Donald Trump’s efforts to upend decades of trade relationships. Read More

Arrested, jailed and charged with a felony for voting

A dozen people in Alamance County in North Carolina have been charged with voting illegally in the 2016 presidential election. Read More

A pregnant dolphin. A fatal gunshot. A disturbing trend.

The trend raises baffling questions: Who would shoot a friendly dolphin? And why? Read More

Google plans to build a censored search engine in China

Google’s reversal in China is the latest example of how American tech companies are trying to tailor their products to enter the massive Chinese market, even if it means tamping down on free speech Read More

Buy your own lunch, San Francisco officials tell tech workers

A proposed ordinance would ban employee cafeterias in new buildings in the Bay Area, encouraging tech workers to go out to eat. Read More

Spotting eating disorders in time to help

Eating disorders pose serious hazards to adolescents and young adults and are often hidden from family, friends and even doctors, sometimes until the disorders cause lasting health damage and have become highly resistant to treatment. Read More

99 days to go, and the midterm elections battleground is not what was expected

The battleground in the fight for control of the House is starting to come into focus with 99 days to go until the November election. It’s not exactly the battleground that analysts expected. Read More

Do the research to find the right tour guide

For many travelers, hiring a private tour guide is a luxury. But with an informed approach, it’s an expense that’s often worth the cost. Read More

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