The New York Times

Police Officer in Ferguson Is Said to Recount a Struggle

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:04pm
The man who fatally shot a teenager in Missouri in August has told investigators that he feared for his life, according to officials.
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Obama Names Democratic Operative to Coordinate Ebola Response

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:52pm
The appointment of Ron Klain, a White House veteran, spoke of the seriousness of the situation for the administration, which hoped to put the management of the crisis back on track.

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Health Scare in Texas Also Sends Political Ripples

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:51pm
Gov. Rick Perry’s back-seat public role in the Ebola drama was an unlikely position for an assertive, hands-on executive.
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Megachurch Pastor Signals Shift in Tone on Gay Marriage

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:37pm
Comments by Hillsong’s Brian Houston about the changing culture attracted concern from the right and applause from the left.
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Op-Ed Contributor: What Is a Catholic Family?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:36pm
Under Pope Francis, the church is struggling to figure out who belongs.
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On Religion: Stepping Off the Path and Redefining Faith

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:27pm
A group called Footsteps helps those breaking away from fundamentalist forms of Orthodox Judaism.
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National Briefing | New England: Massachusetts: Baby Died During Nap, Lawyer Says

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:09pm
A woman facing charges after the skeletal remains of three babies were found in her squalid home had the babies starting about eight years ago, including one infant she said was born alive and lived for several days, her lawyer said Friday.

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National Briefing | Rockies: Utah: Law Officers’ Role in Video Questioned

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:06pm
A risqué video shot for a pinup calendar featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons while riding in tanks has raised the ire of two enforcement agencies, which say some of their equipment and officers may be in the film.

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Alaska and Arizona Are Latest to Clear Way for Gay Marriage

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 7:19pm
A trial judge had struck down Alaska’s ban on same-sex marriage, and the Supreme Court, in a terse order, declined to intervene.

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How Billionaire Oligarchs Are Becoming Their Own Political Parties

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:22pm
Is the Florida governor’s race a campaign between a Democrat and a Republican or a battle between Tom Steyer and the Koch brothers?

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Florida Man Gets Life Term in Fatal Dispute Over Music

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:08pm
The defendant had claimed he had acted in self-defense when he shot an unarmed teenager in 2012. A judge said the case reflected the continued misuse of the state’s Stand Your Ground law.

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Credit Card Upgrades Are Ordered to Protect People’s Data

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:40pm
President Obama ordered the move as part of a push to protect Americans from identity theft and fraud after several large-scale data security breaches this year.
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Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:52pm
A new study found that the caliber of the words spoken to young children was more valuable than the number of words heard in the development of a child’s language skills.

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Bloomberg to Back Soda Tax in Berkeley

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:19pm
The billionaire former mayor of New York will spend an unspecified amount to support a proposal for a tax of 1 cent per ounce on sugary drinks in the city.
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First Draft: Ron Klain: At Home in the Halls of Power

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:07pm
The selection of Ron Klain as Ebola “czar” brings and experienced Washington hand and someone highly familiar with the workings of the Obama administration to the center of a growing health crisis.

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First Draft: Yellen Laments America’s Inequality Problem

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:30am
Janet Yellen continues to put her stamp on the job of Federal Reserve chairwoman by ringing alarm bells about economic inequality.

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Political Memo: Republican Pollster, Looking to Senate Races, Reflects on Lessons of 2012

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:26am
Neil Newhouse, whose polls had pointed toward a Mitt Romney victory over President Obama in 2012, has altered the way he gathers and interprets data.

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First Draft: Obama Names Ron Klain Ebola ‘Czar’

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:56am
President Obama has tapped a well-known Washington “Mr. Fix-it” to corral the Ebola crisis.

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First Draft: Flight Bans, Sure, but How?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:30am
Banning flights to block Ebola is harder than it sounds.

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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 9:52am
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.

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