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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The New York Times



EgyptAir Plane Disappears Over the Mediterranean

  • The airline said Flight 804, an Airbus B320 bound for Cairo from Paris, was carrying 56 passengers and 10 personnel.
  • “They did not radio for help or lose altitude. They just vanished,” said Ehab Mohy el-Deen, the head of Egypt’s air navigation authority.

Benghazi Panel’s Pace Fuels Doubts

Even some Republicans now say the committee’s pace risks feeding its reputation as an exercise meant to harm Mrs. Clinton.
From left, Okieriete Onaodowan, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Hamilton.” CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times

‘Hamilton’ Tour Has Theaters Swooning

The hit musical is about to go on the road and regional theaters see it as a way to convert the hunger for tickets into subscriptions and memberships.

An Online School Enriches Some, if Not Its Students

More students drop out of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow or fail to finish high school within four years than at any other school in the country, while companies tied to its founder have been paid millions. 

Congress Sends Mixed Messages on Painkillers

The House and the Senate have whipsawed between ensuring access to narcotic painkillers and addressing the addiction epidemic linked to those drugs. 

Victims of Boko Haram, Now Shunned at Home

Nigerians who return from captivity after being kidnapped and raped by Boko Haram are met with suspicion that they have joined the militants’ ranks. 

Woman Found Guilty of Murder in ’91 Death of Son, 5

The verdict ended a mystery that has long haunted the New Jersey community where the child went missing, and confirmed suspicions harbored by many that Michelle Lodzinski was responsible. 


Can Boko Haram Be Defeated?

Nigeria’s president claims the jihadist group has been beaten. In reality, it’s just evolved. 


  • Penguin Random House says Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” has sold 82 million copies. Now the publisher is seeking out more: It’s releasing a version for young adults.
    Residents of Fort McMurray, Alberta, may soon be allowed to return, despite the wildfire that ravaged several of the city’s neighborhoods and continues to burn nearby.
  • Some saw it as a bad sign for diplomatic relations when Tuan Tuan, a giant pandasent to Taiwan from China, was reported dead. But he is alive and well, the Taipei Zoo said.
  • The New York City police live-streamed the destruction of dozens of illegal dirt bikes on Facebook. At the event, the commissioner called riders “nitwits and knuckleheads.”
    The Daily News (New York)
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada elbowed a female legislator in a tussle on the Parliament floor. He received a standing ovation when he apologized.
    The New York Times | Watch the full-size video here.
  • The New York Knicks appear close to hiring Jeff Hornacek as coach. A late entry into contention for the job, Hornacek was let go by the Phoenix Suns in February.
  • It’s not much bigger than a grapefruit, but the ​voice-activated Google Home device is designed to help people run their lives, the company announced.
  • Chance the Rapper’s third solo release, “Coloring Book,” showcases his blossoming into a crusader and pop savant, Jon Caramanica writes.
  • LinkedIn said that hackers were trying to sell a purported 117 million email addresses and passwords, hinting that a 2012 breach was much larger than initially thought.
  • China’s Internet has reacted skeptically to the news that a couple appear to have spent at least part of their wedding night copying out the Communist Party Constitution.
  • George Zimmerman’s third auction to sell the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin pulled in a high bid of $138,900, but it was unclear if the bidder, “John Smith,” was legitimate.
  • Kesha, who has accused her producer, Dr. Luke, of sexual abuse and is suing to be released from his label, will not perform at the Billboard Music Awards after the label rescinded its approval.
    But is it art? More important: Is it animal cruelty? Animal rights advocates want to shut down “Fly by Night,” a Brooklyn art show that uses thousands of pigeons with lights strapped to their legs to illuminate the sky.
  • In addition to its other health benefits, exercise appears to substantially reduce the risk of developing 13 different varieties of cancer, a new study has found.
  • South Carolina has passed a bill making it illegal to get an abortion at 20 weeks or more, even in cases of rape or incest, and Gov. Nikki R. Haley is expected to sign it.
  • Robin Wright negotiated for equal pay — the same as her “House of Cards” co-star Kevin Spacey — by telling Netflix executives, “You better pay me or I’m going to go public.”
  • George W. Bush declined an invitation but did send a supportive letter to the World Congress of Families, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
  • Columbia University is teaming up with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on a $60 million institute dedicated to the freedoms of speech and the press.
  • Young and oppose “Brexit”? You may be David Cameron’s match on Tinder. The British prime minister’s office is exploring advertising on the dating app in an effort to get more young people to vote.
  • Nine bikers were killed in a clash between rival motorcycle gangs last year in Waco, Tex., and nearly 200 were arrested. Many have raised questions about the mass arrest.
  • An ad apologizing for the higher cost of an ice cream bar reflects the vicious cycle of falling prices and incomes as Japan’s economy struggles.
  • A report suggests that the Koch brothers are pulling back from federal politics to invest more in think tanks, universities and other “policy-oriented projects.”
    via National Review Online
    Office workers in Lower Manhattan have started a Post-it war, recreating cartoon characters, memes and logos on the windows of their buildings on Canal Street.
  • A paramedic went on trial Monday over allegations that he stole James Gandolfini’s watch as the “Sopranos” actor was dying in 2013.
    NBC News
  • Google will introduce its long-awaited home device on Wednesday. Named Google Home, the voice-activated agent answers simple questions and carries out basic tasks.
  • The Philadelphia 76ers won Tuesday’s N.B.A. draft lottery and will select first over all in the draft for the first time since 1996. The Los Angeles Lakers will pick second.
  • In a major shakeup in the theater industry, a leading owner of British and American theaters is ousting its celebrated founders with an eye toward profitability.
  • So now they’re monetizing the moon. From the Turks and Caicos to Jackson Hole in Wyoming, nighttime moonlit massages and stargazing are popping up as new spa trend.
  • The actor Wendell Pierce of “The Wire,” who was charged with simple battery of a woman at an Atlanta hotel, disputed reports that he tried to force his way into her room.
    A pre-eminent scientist in the field of rising global sea levels confirmed that he is one of 275 scientists that Australia’s national science agency said would be laid off.


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