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Viruses Spread by Insects to Crops Sound Scary. The Military Calls It Food Security.

Viruses Spread by Insects to Crops Sound Scary. The Military Calls It Food Security.

Scientists warn that insects carrying genetically modified viruses to strengthen crops from various hazards could just as soon be used for nefarious purposes.
Danske Bank Faces U.S. Inquiry Over Money Laundering

Danske Bank Faces U.S. Inquiry Over Money Laundering

The Danske Bank building in Copenhagen. The bank said it was cooperating with several investigations into possible money laundering at its branch in Estonia.
Jason Van Dyke Killed Laquan McDonald in 2014. Now Chicago Awaits a Verdict.

Jason Van Dyke Killed Laquan McDonald in 2014. Now Chicago Awaits a Verdict.

Police officers gathered in front of the Cook County criminal court building. A jury will soon decide whether Officer Jason Van Dyke is guilty of murdering Laquan McDonald.
Lindsey Graham Welcomed Trump’s China Tariffs, Then Helped Companies Avoid Them

Lindsey Graham Welcomed Trump’s China Tariffs, Then Helped Companies Avoid Them

Wando Welch Terminal operated by the South Carolina Ports Authority in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Companies in South Carolina that rely on products from China have been impacted by President Trump’s
M.L.B. Playoffs 2018: Our Picks to Win the Division Series

M.L.B. Playoffs 2018: Our Picks to Win the Division Series

The Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton hitting a home run against the Red Sox last month in Boston. The teams will meet in a division series starting Friday night.
The Pour: The Sommelier Finds Room to Breathe

The Pour: The Sommelier Finds Room to Breathe

Like the sommelier’s job, making wine can be laborious. But the hours are usually better.
The Kavanaugh Report: Reactions From Senators on the Right and Left

The Kavanaugh Report: Reactions From Senators on the Right and Left

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley spoke with the ranking Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, during a committee meeting.
Matter: Deep in Human DNA, a Gift From the Neanderthals

Matter: Deep in Human DNA, a Gift From the Neanderthals

A 45,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton found in La Chapelle-aux-Saints, France. Many modern humans carry Neanderthal genes.
A Composer Follows His Masterpiece by Aiming for the Cosmos

A Composer Follows His Masterpiece by Aiming for the Cosmos

Andrew Norman, whose new symphony-length work "Sustain" will have its premiere on Thursday to open the Los Angeles Philharmonic's centennial season.
Footsteps: Discovering Eugene O’Neill’s San Francisco

Footsteps: Discovering Eugene O’Neill’s San Francisco

Beginning in the late 1930s, Eugene O'Neill lived outside San Francisco in what became known as the Tao House, now the Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site. Above, the old barn, where his plays are
MacArthur Foundation Announces 25 New ‘Genius’ Fellowships

MacArthur Foundation Announces 25 New ‘Genius’ Fellowships

Okwui Okpokwasili, a choreographer and performer from New York, won one of 25 MacArthur “genius” fellowships.
Estranged in America: Both Sides Feel Lost and Left Out

Estranged in America: Both Sides Feel Lost and Left Out

At Trump rallies, the president has repeated messages that helped him appeal to disaffected voters in the first place.
Russia Targeted Investigators Trying to Expose Its Misdeeds, Western Allies Say

Russia Targeted Investigators Trying to Expose Its Misdeeds, Western Allies Say

An image released and manipulated by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows four Russian military intelligence officers being escorted to their flight after they were expelled from the Netherlands.
Fit City: Kayaking Is a Workout. And in Jamaica Bay, There are Ospreys

Fit City: Kayaking Is a Workout. And in Jamaica Bay, There are Ospreys

John Daskalakis, the supervisory park ranger at Gateway National Recreation Area in Jamaica Bay, oversees the federal kayaking program there.
Taiwan Dispatch: In Italy, ‘Al Dente’ Is Prized. In Taiwan, It’s All About Food That’s ‘Q.’

Taiwan Dispatch: In Italy, ‘Al Dente’ Is Prized. In Taiwan, It’s All About Food That’s ‘Q.’

Taiwanese tapioca for sale at the Lehua Night Market in Taipei. It has the prized “Q” texture of Taiwanese food.
Kavanaugh Vote on Friday Will Be a Showdown in the Senate

Kavanaugh Vote on Friday Will Be a Showdown in the Senate

Senator Lindsey Graham left the room after viewing the single copy of the F.B.I. investigation into sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
What’s Housework Worth? $1.6 Trillion a Year in U.K., Officials Calculate

What’s Housework Worth? $1.6 Trillion a Year in U.K., Officials Calculate

According to new figures, unpaid domestic labor such as cooking, cleaning, laundry and child care is worth more than the combined output of Britain’s retail and manufacturing companies.
California Today: California Today: L.A. Transforms Into Iowa for the Final Season of ‘Veep’

California Today: California Today: L.A. Transforms Into Iowa for the Final Season of ‘Veep’

Parts of Los Angeles have been transformed to resemble the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, pictured here in August, for the final season of “Veep.”
A One-Question Quiz on the Poverty Trap

A One-Question Quiz on the Poverty Trap

The Penn Wynn neighborhood of Philadelphia. A new study examines the economic and social indicators that predict life outcomes for a neighborhood’s children.