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ArtsBeat: Metropolitan Opera Says Its ‘Otello’ Tenor Will Not Wear Blackface

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:14
Breaking with tradition, the Metropolitan Opera said the tenor singing the title role in Verdi’s “Otello” will not perform in blackface.

On Baseball: Luis Severino Carries Hopes of Yankees

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 09:31
The Yankees lost Michael Pineda to injury and added no pitchers in trades. But on Wednesday, they will unveil Severino, who will be the youngest pitcher to make a start in the majors this season.

Friends of Joe Biden Worry a Run for President Could Bruise His Legacy

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 09:22
Few seem eager to tell the vice president of their reservations concerning a possible run for the presidency, regarded as a deeply personal decision.

A Belated Look at New York’s Cooling Towers, Prime Suspect in Legionnaires’ Outbreak

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:53
Since the outbreak that gave Legionnaires’ disease its name, water-cooling towers have been identified as prime breeding grounds, but the city has done little to address the risks.

Puerto Rico Has Another Debt Worry on Horizon

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:46
The government said it stopped making contributions to a fund that would pay an additional $13 billion in bond debt.

330 to Share $21 Million in Abuse Settlement With Milwaukee Archdiocese

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:35
The agreement would allow the archdiocese to exit bankruptcy proceedings but a lawyer for the victims said the settlement amount should have been higher and criticized the archdiocese’s legal tactics.

Obama Begins Campaign in Congress for Iran Nuclear Deal

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:33
President Obama is rolling out a public and private campaign to build support for a nuclear deal, and to counter a well-financed onslaught from critics.

Oklahoma Acts to Limit Earthquake Risk at Oil and Gas Wells

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:26
A roughly 40-mile-long stretch that includes some 23 wells has experienced a dramatic increase in earthquakes in the last two years.

New Taliban Leader Faces Discord as a Top Official Quits

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 08:26
The resignation of the official, the head of the group’s political office in Qatar, came amid intense debate over the appointment of the Taliban’s new commander.

Pregnant Woman and 4 Others Injured in Brooklyn Shooting

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 06:49
The woman’s fetus later died after the attack in Red Hook, in which two men opened fire on a crowd. Detectives said they believed the shooting was fueled by gang violence.

Well: Eating Spicy Food Linked to a Longer Life

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 06:30
Data from 485,000 people in China found that rates of ischemic heart disease, respiratory disease and cancer were all lower in hot-food eaters.

‘I Am Definitely Not a Minimalist!’

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 06:18
Arnold Scaasi was known for designs that featured bright hues and prints, and had no shortage of embellishments.

John Kasich Is In, Rick Perry Is Out in First Republican Debate

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 06:03
Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Rand Paul made the cut as well, joining the other top-polling Republicans for the first debate of the 2016 presidential contest, on Fox News on Thursday.

Your Evening Briefing

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 05:56
Catch up on the day’s top stories.

Robert Conquest, Historian Who Documented Soviet Horrors, Dies at 98

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 05:52
Mr. Conquest chronicled the Stalinist purges and the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s with original findings and gripping narratives.

A 9/11 Artifact Heads to Its New Home at Connecticut’s Shore Line Trolley Museum

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 05:35
PATH car No. 745 is the astonishingly intact remnant of a seven-car train that was waiting on Track 2 at the World Trade Center terminal on Sept. 11, 2001.

ArtsBeat: The Foo Fighters Answer a YouTube Plea: The Band Will Play in Cesena, Italy

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 05:06
One man, an army of musicians and volunteers, and a viral video spell success: Dave Grohl, the front man of the band, replies.

On Island of Lesbos, a Microcosm of Greece’s Other Crisis: Migrants

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 04:26
The number of refugees and migrants arriving on Lesbos and on other Greek islands has surged to a full-scale disaster, and only squalor awaits them.

Israeli Detains Meir Kahane’s Grandson, a Scion of Jewish Militancy

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 03:56
It was unclear whether the grandson, Meir Ettinger, was suspected of a connection to the fire that killed a toddler and ravaged two homes in the West Bank last week.

Free Diver Natalia Molchanova Descends for Fun, Then Vanishes

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 03:21
On Sunday, Molchanova, regarded as the greatest free diver in history, attempted a recreational dive to a depth that was modest for her. She never resurfaced.