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Wednesday, April 16, 2014         

New York Times

RJUKAN, Norway » Yearning for sunlight has been a part of life in this quaint old factory town in central Norway for as long as anyone can remember. Here, the sun disappears behind a mountain for six months of the year.

As they gather around the dinner table on Monday for the Seder, some families will forgo passing around wine-stained copies of the Haggadah, the book used to guide the evening and one of the most ubiquitous volumes in Jewish homes. Instead, they will be tapping on their Kindles, tablets or cellphones, downloading in unison whatever version of the ceremony they plan to follow.

NEW YORK » The bodies were discovered throughout the first-floor railroad flat in Brooklyn, a bizarre still-life of death. Many of the victims remained seated in chairs or couches; one woman's hands still held a spoon and a small can of pudding.

NEW YORK » The night the police came for Robert Aaron, he was at home in the Mott Street apartment where he has lived for the last quarter century, making a coconut pudding called tembleque.

NEW YORK » Two days after he had been shot, Andre Daly awoke in a haze with a police officer standing by his hospital bed in Brooklyn. "He's telling me now I'm a prisoner of New York City because I have a warrant," Daly said.

JIAOSHIZHEN, China » Residents of this isolated mountain valley of terraced cornfields were just going to sleep last April when they were jolted by an enormous roar, followed by a tower of flames.

BRUSSELS » A packed hearing on a petition calling for the protection of human embryos led to a rare outbreak of raucous exchanges in the European Parliament on Thursday.

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia » When Robert M. Gates visited China in 2011 as U.S. defense secretary, the military greeted him with an unexpected and, in the view of U.S. military officials, provocative test of a Chinese stealth fighter jet.

LONDON » The letter informing Mohamed Sakr that he had been stripped of his British citizenship arrived at his family's house in London in September 2010. Sakr, born and raised here by British-Egyptian parents, was in Somalia at the time and was suspected by Western intelligence agencies of being a senior figure in al-Shabab, a terrorist group linked to al-Qaida.

LOS ANGELES » From the 73-story skyscraper that just broke ground downtown (the tallest in the West), to the blizzard of office, shopping and apartment complexes rising from there to the Pacific, construction is bustling in Los Angeles.



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