Monday, December 22, 2014         

New York Times

It Can Wait. The buzz phrase, popularized by AT&T in a public service campaign, urges drivers to show restraint with their phones. But a growing number of drivers who make their living behind the wheel can't wait.

Especially when she sips French onion soup at a restaurant that was featured in the Julia Roberts movie "Something to Talk About," Michelle Freenor is an irrepressible tour guide.

The two officers lived at opposite ends of Brooklyn, one in Gravesend and one in Cypress Hills. They were stationed in another neighborhood, in Brooklyn Heights, and died in yet another.

Late last year, a strike force of elite Thai police officers descended on the Baan Suan estates, a palm-treed housing complex next to a golf course on the tourist island of Phuket.

Of 435 House races in November, only a few dozen were considered competitive - a result of decades of drawing district lines for partisan advantage, generally by state legislatures.

When it opens in two years on the east side of this city, Chaoyang Park Plaza, a ring of glass towers molded to look like mountains in a classic Chinese landscape painting and designed by the renowned architect Ma Yansong, will feature apartments, offices and shops.

Within three days, Hunter, a former Army sniper with Special Forces training, was in shackles on an airplane bound for New York, where he was formally accused of managing a team of contract hit men overseas.

Of 435 House races in November, only a few dozen were considered competitive — a result of decades of drawing district lines for partisan advantage, generally by state legislatures.

Backed by a nonprofit law firm with libertarian leanings, four people are challenging the Savannah ordinance that requires tour guides to hold licenses and pass regular academic and medical examinations.

Last year, President Barack Obama announced his administration would, by the beginning of the 2015 academic year, rate America's colleges "on who's offering the best value, so students and taxpayers get a bigger bang for their buck."

Only a week ago, the Red Mosque seemed a nearly untouchable bastion of Islamist extremism in Pakistan, a notorious seminary in central Islamabad known for producing radicalized, and sometimes heavily armed, graduates.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont who calls himself a socialist, was riding in the back seat of a rented blue minivan this week when his aide abruptly announced they were being pulled over by the Iowa State Police for speeding.

Cuba has many economic problems, including the inefficiencies of central planning and the long trade embargo with the United States. Yet the country has a thriving public health system that has made its population among the healthiest in the world.

During the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, Hillary Rodham Clinton emphasized her strength and experience over her softer, more relatable side. Today, she gushes about having "that grandmother glow."

One aide slipped off a Hillary Rodham Clinton trip in Paris and flew to the Persian Gulf. Two others ducked out of the White House periodically to catch commercial flights to Ottawa, Ontario, or Toronto.

They crowded around old, battered televisions in Havana and erupted in tears and applause at a spectacle they could scarcely imagine, let alone believe: President Raul Castro, followed by President Barack Obama, heralding a new era of relations between Cuba and the United States.

Michelle Dodds bounded through a downtown that, to the untrained eye, seemed to be dominated by gleaming skyscrapers and sports arenas, the kind of shimmering modern structures that lend credence to the stereotype of this being a young city devoid of history.

At a dinner in one of Fidel Castro's palaces in 1999, the leader of Cuba and several of Major League Baseball's senior executives discussed one of the few common bonds between their countries: baseball.

Around the time that grisly images of beheadings circulated across the world this fall, Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia introduced a raft of laws in response to what he said was an increasing threat that the Islamic State would attempt a bold act of terrorism on Australian soil.

The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family gave tens of thousands of dollars to Democratic campaigns, according to finance records and government officials.

Sunset magazine, which for more than a century has chronicled California living from the kitchen to the patio and beyond, will pack up its test kitchens and garden tools and find a new home.

Jack Phillips is a baker whose evangelical Protestant faith informs his business. There are no Halloween treats in his bakery — he does not see devils and witches as a laughing matter. He will not make erotic-themed pastries — they offend his sense of morality.

More than a dozen Navy F/A-18 warplanes roar off this aircraft carrier every day to attack Islamic State targets in support of Iraqi troops battling to regain ground lost to the militants in June.

When an Iraqi court sentenced a prominent Sunni politician to death recently, it seemed like an unmitigated disaster for the country's new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi.

After an 83-year-old widow and amateur painter tried her hand at restoring a nearly century-old fresco of Jesus crowned with thorns in her local church here, she faced nothing but scorn and ridicule.

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