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Researchers in South Africa, where the variant is spreading quickly, say it may cause less serious Covid cases than other forms of the virus, but it is unclear whether that will hold true. Go to article - Early Omicron Reports Say Illness May Be Less Severe
The mandate, set to take effect just before Mayor Bill de Blasio leaves office, will apply to workers at about 184,000 businesses. It is likely to face legal challenges. Go to article - New York City to Mandate Vaccines for Employees at Private Businesses
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the measure was a “pre-emptive strike” to curb another wave of virus cases and help reduce transmission of the new variant. Eric Adams, who will succeed Mr. de Blasio as mayor in less than a month, declined to commit to enforcing the new rules. Here’s the latest on Covid. Go to article - N.Y.C. Breaks New Ground With Vaccine Mandate for All Private Employers
Inbound travelers must now show a negative result from a test taken no more than a day before departure, a requirement some say may be hard to satisfy. Go to article - Travelers to U.S. Now Must Test Negative for Covid a Day Before Flying
The conflict in Ukraine will be a major topic during a high-stakes video call between President Biden and Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Tuesday. Go to article - Biden Expected to Offer Warnings and Alternatives in Call With Putin
After eight years in the trenches, Ukrainian soldiers are resigned to the possibility that the Russian military, which dwarfs their own in power and wealth, will come sooner or later. Go to article - On Ukrainian Front, Grinding War and Weary Anticipation of Invasion
The department said the state’s redistricting plan would violate the Voting Rights Act by discriminating against minority voters. Go to article - Justice Dept. Files Voting Rights Suit Against Texas Over Map
American athletes will still be able to compete in the Winter Games, but the diplomatic boycott is a slap at China for human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Go to article - U.S. Will Not Send Government Officials to Beijing Olympics
Former Senator David Perdue, encouraged by Donald Trump, is challenging Gov. Brian Kemp, a fellow Republican who defied the former president. Go to article - Georgia Governor's Race Puts State at Center of 2022 Political Drama
A financing company told investors that it wasn’t in deal talks, weeks after its C.E.O. held a private videoconference about a possible deal with Donald Trump. Go to article - Trump’s Media Company Investigated Over SPAC Deal
The California Republican, who had pugnaciously defended Donald J. Trump, chose the media company role over a potentially powerful new post in Congress. Go to article - Devin Nunes to Quit House, Take Over Trump's Media Company
The department said it could not corroborate a book’s claim that a central witness had recanted her statements about Emmett, a Black teenager killed by two white men in 1955. Go to article - Justice Department Closes Emmett Till Investigation Without Charges
A plan to “daylight” Tibbetts Brook in the Bronx would be one of the city’s most ambitious green infrastructure improvements. Go to article - Why New York Is Unearthing a Brook It Buried a Century Ago
With the animated video series “2 Lizards,” Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki captured the essence of 2020. Now, Bennani’s at work on a documentary about living in limbo. Go to article - How '2 Lizards' and Meriem Bennani Captured the Essence of 2020
Some social media users are not feeling the Christmas spirit — or this box of mini lipsticks and branded stickers. Go to article - Chanel, TikTok and the Beauty Advent Calendar Controversy
Even when a film wasn’t great, filmgoing was. But there were some truly wonderful releases, ranging from music docs and musicals to westerns and the just plain weird. Go to article - Best Movies of 2021
America can’t arrest its way out of a problem caused by the fundamental human need to connect. Go to article - Opioids Feel Like Love. That’s Why They’re Deadly in Tough Times.
During his 1996 presidential campaign, Senator Dole would often go off script. But it was those moments that revealed his rare empathy. Go to article - I Was Bob Dole's Press Secretary. This Is What I Learned From Him.
The halting of executions and the guilty verdicts in the Ahmaud Arbery case have given us the slightest bit of hope for change. Go to article - He Is Black. The Victims Were White. ‘It’s an Allegation as Old as America.’
Why it’s so difficult to find viable solutions for California’s homelessness crisis. Go to article - Helping the Homeless
Yet another school shooting, the Supreme Court argument over Roe and much else in American life give us pause. Go to article - We Are Not Going to Run Out of Hypocrisy Anytime Soon
The historian Rutger Bregman makes a case for the “collective brilliance” of humanity. Go to article - Why Humans Aren’t the Worst (Despite, Well, Everything Happening in the World)
The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility needs an overhaul. Go to article - How Can You Destroy a Person’s Life and Only Get a Slap on the Wrist?
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization is another Mississippi case poised to roll back constitutional rights. Go to article - The Ghosts of Mississippi
How do we respond to a culture in which the guardrails of so-called civility are gone? Go to article - Rudeness Is On the Rise. You Got a Problem With That?
Thoughts I had as I watched a white couple browsing books. Go to article - How to Create a Black Space in a Gentrifying Neighborhood
Giving thanks for everything from stents to foliage to a musical dog. Go to article - Readers Share What They’re Grateful For
Readers criticize the school’s decision to allow Ethan Crumbley back into class, and the nation’s gun laws. Also: Chris Cuomo; gender-neutral in French; happiness. Go to article - Heeding Warning Signs Before School Shootings
The Missouri senator is tapping into something real — a widespread, politically potent anxiety about young men that is already helping the right. Go to article - Josh Hawley and the Republican Obsession With Manliness
I never thought about ending my pregnancy. Instead, at 19, I erased the future I had imagined for myself. Go to article - The Abortion I Didn’t Have
Anna Wintour is the embodiment of the glory days of the magazine dynasty. Now she is pitching its global, digital future. Go to article - Condé Nast Knows Its Faded Glory Is Not in Style
Senate Democrats vow to keep pressing forward with nominees, but they may face obstacles in states represented by Republicans. Go to article - After Success in Seating Federal Judges, Biden Hits Resistance
An estimated 22.8 million people — more than half the country’s population — are expected to face potentially life-threatening food insecurity this winter. Many are already on the brink of catastrophe. Go to article - Facing Economic Collapse, Afghanistan Is Gripped by Starvation
For two decades, Correll Jones has been the man to ask about New York’s most famous tree — and where to find the public bathrooms. Go to article - Christmas Tree Questions? Ask the Mayor of Rockefeller Center.
The parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp reaches 3.6 billion active users. But is its size actually against the public’s interest? Go to article - Could Breaking Up Meta Make Things Worse?
On a special episode of the podcast, taped live, editors from The New York Times Book Review discuss this year’s outstanding fiction and nonfiction. Go to article - Talking About the Best Books of 2021
Join playwright Lynn Nottage, artist Laurie Anderson and writer Sarah Schulman in a virtual event on Dec. 9 to explore the current recovery through the lens of previous eras of cultural resurrection. Go to article - How Is the Pandemic Reshaping New York City’s Cultural Landscape?
Olaf Scholz wants to win back workers who defected to the populist far right. Success could make him a model for Social Democrats everywhere. Go to article - Can Germany’s New Chancellor Revive the Left in Europe?
A woman identified only as “Kate” told jurors at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial that Ms. Maxwell leveraged their friendship to encourage her to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein. Go to article - A Meeting With Maxwell Led to Years of Sex With Epstein, Accuser Says
Mark Meadows, Mr. Trump’s former chief of staff, said in his new book that the weakened president’s blood oxygen level reached 86 during a harrowing fight against the coronavirus. Go to article - Trump’s Blood Oxygen Level in Covid Bout Was Dangerously Low, Former Aide Says
Lawyers for Michael Sussmann, accused by the Trump-era special counsel of lying to the F.B.I., asked for a quick trial after receiving what they said was helpful material from prosecutors. Go to article - Defendant in Case Brought by Durham Says New Evidence Undercuts Charge
A draft version of the document flagged deep disputes over court expansion while exploring how phasing in term limits might work. Go to article - Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Prepares to Vote on Final Report
The hedge fund pioneer is barred for life from buying more antiquities. He turned over 180 stolen objects that had decorated his homes and office. Go to article - Michael Steinhardt, Billionaire, Surrenders $70 Million in Stolen Relics
Kim Taylor, 73, went into cardiac arrest after being attacked while caring for livestock at a Massachusetts farm, the police said. Go to article - Volunteer Dies After a Sheep Charges at Her on a Therapy Farm
He used his powerful platform to champion human rights, caution against a Trump presidency and condemn the killing of a Saudi columnist for the paper. Go to article - Fred Hiatt, Washington Post Editorial Page Editor, Dies at 66
India’s purchase of a missile defense system signaled that it was more worried about an emboldened China at its borders than about angering the United States. Go to article - India and Russia Expand Defense Ties, Despite Prospect of U.S. Sanctions
Robert Fehring warned that an attack on New York City’s Pride March would make the Pulse nightclub shooting “look like a cakewalk,” the authorities said. Go to article - Man Charged With Sending Dozens of Violent Threats to L.G.B.T.Q. Groups
Scientists often debate whether irritable bowel syndrome is a mental or physical issue. That’s not much help for those who suffer from it. Go to article - Are My Stomach Problems Really All in My Head?
Emergency room doctors are seeing a growing caseload of nausea and vomiting in marijuana users whose only relief is a long, hot shower. Go to article - A Perplexing Marijuana Side Effect Relieved by Hot Showers
Children who are deemed ‘sensitive’ or ‘picky’ might be struggling with a treatable condition. Go to article - What Is Sensory Processing Disorder?
Those with T.G.A. do not experience any alteration in consciousness or abnormal movements. Only the ability to lay down memories is affected. Go to article - The Temporary Memory Lapse of Transient Global Amnesia
I can’t undo the damage of a stroke I had as an infant, but I can try to help other patients face similar diagnoses. Go to article - When the Neurologist Really Knows How Patients Feel
In the ’90s, “Sex and the City” celebrated single women. Can a new, more nuanced version make a comedy of middle-aged ones? Go to article - ‘And Just Like That’: The Shoe Must Go On
The HBO mini-series stars Olivia Colman and David Thewlis as a British couple convicted of killing the wife’s parents and burying them in the backyard. Go to article - In ‘Landscapers,’ True Crime Meets Hollywood Fantasy
The actor, who died at the age of 72, was known for his commanding performances of Shakespeare’s Richard III and the Auschwitz survivor Primo Levi. Go to article - No Matter the Role, Antony Sher Made Soaring Seem Possible
Journalists love subjecting online jokes to semantic dissection. So, shall we? Go to article - 'The Feminine Urge' Meme Explained
Elected by the Hall’s Early Days committee, Bud Fowler was a pioneer who played organized professional baseball against white players as early as 1878. Go to article - Black Baseball Pioneer Bud Fowler Elected to Hall of Fame