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Texas Deputy Killed ‘Because He Wore a Uniform,’ Sheriff Says

2 hours 41 min ago
Officials said they had not confirmed a motive for the killing of Texas Deputy Darren H. Goforth, who was fueling his patrol car outside Houston, but tied it to protests over police shootings.









Oliver Sacks, Neurologist and Author, Dies

3 hours 5 min ago
Dr. Sacks explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” achieving a level of renown rare among scientists.









Motherlode Blog: Apps to Bring Math and Science Skills Back After Summer’s Slide

4 hours 34 min ago
Some skills, especially math, can get rusty over the summer. Apps can sweeten necessary review.









Your Weekend Briefing

4 hours 49 min ago
Here’s what you need to know to start your week.









Behind Tianjin Tragedy, a Company That Flouted Regulations and Reaped Profits

5 hours 7 min ago
Rui Hai International Logistics, the company whose warehouses were hit by the deadly blasts, has become a symbol of the high cost of rapid industrialization in China, in a closed political system lacking oversight and rife with graft.









Iowans Fear Allegiance Swap Erodes Clean Political Image

5 hours 12 min ago
The defection of Rick Perry’s top campaign aide in the state to Donald Trump “sends a perception that we’re pay-for-play,” a Republican official said.









An Appraisal: Oliver Sacks, Casting Light on the Interconnectedness of Life

5 hours 50 min ago
Whether writing about his patients, his love of chemistry or the power of music, Dr. Sacks leapfrogged among disciplines, shedding light on the connections between science and art.









The Haggler: Rousting the Book Pirates From Google

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 12:43
A writer finds her e-book in Google Play with a different author’s name on the cover, revealing Google’s slow response to complaints of pirated works.









Fan Dies After Falling From Upper Deck at Atlanta’s Turner Field

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 12:29
A middle-aged man wearing a Braves cap fell more than 40 feet during a game against the Yankees. He was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital.









Keen Ice Defeats American Pharoah at Travers Stakes

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 12:01
Keen Ice edged American Pharoah at Saratoga Race Course, known as the Graveyard of Champions, where iconic horses like Gallant Fox, Affirmed and Secretariat had lost.









Chris Christie Proposes Tracking Immigrants the Way FedEx Tracks Packages

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 10:25
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said if he became president he would combat illegal immigration by creating a way to track foreign visitors and ask the chief executive of FedEx to devise the system.









Fan Falls From Upper Deck in Atlanta, Taken to Hospital

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 10:00
A fan fell from the upper deck into the lower-level stands at Turner Field on Saturday night, and was given emergency medical treatment before being taken to a hospital during the game between the Yankees and Atlanta Braves.









Kyle Jean-Baptiste, Actor in ‘Les Misérables,’ Dies at 21

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 09:00
Mr. Jean-Baptiste, who fell off a fourth-floor fire escape in Brooklyn, was the first black actor to play the iconic lead role of Jean Valjean in the Broadway musical.









First Draft: Jeb Bush’s Campaign Makes Appeal Amid Fund-Raising Woes

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 07:42
Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign, which to date has raised significantly more than his Republican rivals, is encountering difficulties matching its torrid pace as Mr. Bush slips in the polls and top party donors continue to withhold their commitments.









Bystander’s Death Shows Risks in Gun-Buy Stings

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 07:18
Hazards of undercover police work were made clear when an investigation into illegal firearms sales in the Bronx quickly turned into a deadly shooting in Mount Vernon.









U.S. Is Seen as Laggard as Russia Asserts Itself in Warming Arctic

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 06:53
With warming seas creating new opportunities at the top of the world, nations are scrambling over the Arctic. But Russia may be beating the United States to the punch.









As Hikers Celebrate on Appalachian Trail, Some Ask: Where Will It End?

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 05:51
Faced with increasing crowds and partylike behavior by a few, officials are threatening to reroute the Appalachian Trail so that it does not end atop Maine’s highest peak.









In a Venezuelan Border Town, a State of Emergency Is Barely Perceptible

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 05:35
A state of emergency at the border town of San Antonio del Táchira has shown arbitrary policing and few changes in daily public activity.









California Death Penalty, Struck Down Over Delays, Faces Next Test

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 05:29
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will review a ruling last year that found the state’s capital punishment system to be dysfunctional.









Mending Hearts: New Alternatives to Statins Add to a Quandary on Cholesterol

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 05:19
Doctors find it difficult to ignore patients’ complaints about statins, which are much cheaper, even though clinical trials have found that they have minimal side effects.