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As oil prices continue to plummet, the once-dominant international cartel of producers is losing its sway over the global energy markets. At its meeting Thursday in Vienna, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the group of 12 oil producing nations, is under pressure to at least announce modest cuts in an effort to shore up the markets.

First folios of Shakespeare's plays are among the world's rarest books, intensely scrutinized by scholars for what their sometimes-minute variations — each copy is different — reveal about the playwright's intentions.

There were ponytails and pompoms, the piercing squeals of teenage salutations and a pileup of girls sitting cross-legged in the middle of a hallway, blocking all traffic, oblivious to everything but their sparkly pink phones.

First folios of Shakespeare's plays are among the world's rarest books, intensely scrutinized by scholars for what their sometimes-minute variations -- each copy is different -- reveal about the playwright's intentions.

NEW YORK >> The Hilton is just one of the Manhattan hotels lodging the more than 3,000 high-school cheerleaders and marching-band musicians who flew in from around the country to promenade in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

LONDON >> At its meeting Thursday in Vienna, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, the group of 12 oil producing nations, is under pressure to at least announce modest cuts in an effort to shore up the markets.

The University of Virginia heads into an extraordinary meeting of its governing board on Tuesday struggling to find its footing, after a reported frat house gang rape rocked the university's vaunted reputation and genteel self-image and unleashed complaints that it had mishandled and concealed sexual assaults for years.

By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS

New York Times

Way back when, "basic" was a computer language and "bro" was a greeting.


Right after President Barack Obama announced the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the White House on Monday, he walked over to a meeting of his entire National Security Council staff, where he told the embattled group that they were critical to an ambitious foreign policy agenda.

In an effort to increase holiday sales, which have fallen for the last two seasons, Barnes & Noble is hoping to lure customers into stores this Black Friday with something book lovers cannot download: signed copies.

Ever since it opened in 1933, a 70-story limestone skyscraper has towered over mid-Manhattan as a symbol of global capitalism and of a prolific American family that remains synonymous with prodigious wealth.

With its cutting-edge social-media campaigns for "The Hunger Games," the tiny 27-person marketing department at Lionsgate has become a model for Hollywood's legacy studios: scrappy, thrifty, forward-thinking.

As woman after woman has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault or molestation, there has been growing public revulsion, but also a nagging question: Did it have to be Cliff Huxtable?

WASHINGTON >> A government auction of airwaves for use in mobile broadband has blown through presale estimates, becoming the biggest auction in the Federal Communications Commission's history and signaling that wireless companies expect demand for Internet access by smartphones to continue to soar.

As some American orchestras struggle in the post-downturn economy, they are taking a page from the corporate world and thinking smaller: They are downsizing, shedding some full-time positions while making up the difference with less costly part-time musicians.

The black standard of the Islamic State has been popping up all over Pakistan. From urban slums to Taliban strongholds, the militant group's logo and name have appeared in graffiti, posters and pamphlets.

This week, Julien Blanc became possibly the first man ever denied a visa on grounds of sexism. Blanc, a 25-year-old Californian, calls himself a "pickup artist." His website promises men that he will "make girls beg to sleep with you."

President Barack Obama called Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, to broach a particularly delicate subject. It was during last year's government shutdown and standoff with Republicans, but Obama's frustration focused on one of their own.

President Barack Obama called Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, to broach a particularly delicate subject. It was during last year's government shutdown and standoff with Republicans, but Obama's frustration focused on one of their own.

The black standard of the Islamic State has been popping up all over Pakistan. From urban slums to Taliban strongholds, the militant group's logo and name have appeared in graffiti, posters and pamphlets. Last month, a cluster of militant commanders declared their allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State.

Amid an outcry over his abusive techniques, which some say verge on rape promotion, and an online petition with more than 150,000 signatures, the British government Wednesday barred Julien Blanc from entering the country.

Perhaps only in France could a video game provoke an earnest philosophical debate over the decadence of the monarchy, the moral costs of democracy, the rise of the far right and the meaning of the state.

Far from the flashing cameras and microphones in Vienna, where Secretary of State John Kerry is joining Iranian and U.S. diplomats in a final push to reach a compromise on Tehran's nuclear program, a different sort of political drama unfolded in the Iranian capital this week: Hard-liners got together to criticize the objects of their "worries," as they put it, the moderates advocating a deal.

The three men gathered in a Los Angeles warehouse, bringing a 12-gauge shotgun, a .38 revolver, zip ties for handcuffs and a duffel bag to carry the 20 to 25 kilograms of cocaine, worth more than $500,000 wholesale, they expected to steal.

From his desk in Lower Manhattan, a banker at Goldman Sachs thumbed through confidential documents — courtesy of a source inside the U.S. government.


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