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Lionel Richie Wants to Teach You How to Be a Real ‘American Idol’

Lionel Richie Wants to Teach You How to Be a Real ‘American Idol’

Lionel Richie is one of the three judges on the ABC reboot of “American Idol.” He said he wanted to talk to the hopefuls “about the reality of what it takes to be an artist.”
Venturing Into the Swamp, Trump Dines With Major Donors

Venturing Into the Swamp, Trump Dines With Major Donors

President Trump in January in Davos, Switzerland. On Wednesday night he dined with wealthy donors at the ornate home of a prominent Washington lawyer.
West Virginia Walkouts a Lesson in the Power of a Crowd-Sourced Strike

West Virginia Walkouts a Lesson in the Power of a Crowd-Sourced Strike

Teachers and students from Monongalia County schools held up signs in support of the teachers’ strike in Morgantown, W.Va., on Tuesday.
As Subway Crisis Takes Up ‘So Much Oxygen,’ the Buses Drag Along

As Subway Crisis Takes Up ‘So Much Oxygen,’ the Buses Drag Along

Andy Byford, who became the president of New York City Transit in January, rode a bus in Manhattan along Lexington Avenue. He has made improving bus service a priority.
36 Hours: 36 Hours in Auckland

36 Hours: 36 Hours in Auckland

A view of the Auckland skyline from Devonport.

Militias Are Burning Villages in Congo. We Tracked the Toll.

We obtained satellite images that show how lakeshore villages in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been destroyed in recent attacks, forcing 140,000 people to flee their homes.
From the Death Desk: Why Most Obituaries Are Still of White Men

From the Death Desk: Why Most Obituaries Are Still of White Men

Wangari Maathai, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in South Africa in 2005. She began a movement to reforest Kenya by paying poor women to plant trees.
Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Doesn’t Think Trump White House Has ‘Great Energy’

Best of Late Night: Trevor Noah Doesn’t Think Trump White House Has ‘Great Energy’

Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, went to town on President Trump’s assertion that the White House was not in any chaos.
Danish Inventor Accused of Murdering Kim Wall Goes on Trial

Danish Inventor Accused of Murdering Kim Wall Goes on Trial

Peter Madsen, right, speaking with a police officer after being recovered from the waters off Copenhagen in August. He has offered conflicting explanations of what happened to Kim Wall aboard his
Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why Europe Is Giving Up on Trump’s America

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Why Europe Is Giving Up on Trump’s America

An artist’s rendition of President Trump on a wall in Berlin last year. President Trump has promoted the image of the strongman in world governance.
Europe Moves Toward Normalcy as Central Bank Shifts Guidance

Europe Moves Toward Normalcy as Central Bank Shifts Guidance

Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank. Election results in his native Italy on Sunday raised concerns about the country’s ability to break out of its prolonged economic stagnation.
U.S. Forest Service Chief Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations

U.S. Forest Service Chief Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Accusations

Tony Tooke, the chief of the United States Forest Service, stepped down on Wednesday.
After 131 Years, Message in a Bottle Found on Australian Beach

After 131 Years, Message in a Bottle Found on Australian Beach

The bottle and the note found near Wedge Island, Australia. After detailing where and when the bottle was set adrift, the note says: “The finder is requested to return this slip after completing the
Review: A Boisterous ‘Low Road’ Finds the Potholes in Capitalism

Review: A Boisterous ‘Low Road’ Finds the Potholes in Capitalism

Chris Perfetti, right, with Crystal A. Dickinson, is a foundling who believes self-interest will help him rise in Bruce Norris’s “The Low Road” at the Public Theater.
How Xi Jinping Made His Power Grab: With Stealth, Speed and Guile

How Xi Jinping Made His Power Grab: With Stealth, Speed and Guile

Chinese soldiers in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday, the opening day of the National People’s Congress.

Outrage Over Footage of Police Officer Beating a Black Man in North Carolina

A body camera video that was leaked to the news media has led to the resignation of a police officer in Asheville, N.C.