Before the PopeÃ¢ÂÂs Visit, a 180-Foot-Tall Francis Arrives in Midtown
Van Hecht-Nielsen and a team of three painters are creating possibly the largest hand-painted mural of Francis ever done, a project commissioned by the Diocese of Brooklyn.
San Quentin Prison Scrambles After Outbreak of LegionnairesÃ¢ÂÂ Disease
California corrections officials face problems trying to manage an outbreak of a disease at a prison where the plumbing system has been shut down.
Virgin Eyes: Just a Book? No, More Like a Trusty Companion
Ã¢ÂÂMystery TrainÃ¢ÂÂ may be the best book ever written about rock music. Which isnÃ¢ÂÂt far from saying it may be the best book ever written about being alive.
Backpack Makers Rethink a Student Staple
As the need to carry textbooks becomes less important, the backpack is being redesigned for electronics and the everyday needs of living on the go.
Kentucky Clerk Turns Away Another Gay Couple Seeking Marriage License
Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk, sent away a couple a day before a hearing to determine whether she should be held in contempt of court.
Your Wednesday Briefing
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Feature: Between Iraq and a Hawk Base
G.O.P. presidential candidates struggle to craft a foreign policy that can please the gung-ho and win in 2016 Ã¢ÂÂ without overpromising military force.
Prison Directors Group Calls for Limiting Solitary Confinement
The Association of State Correctional Administrators said in a statement Wednesday that the policy of keeping inmates in solitary confinement needed to be limited or ended.
Judge Refuses to Dismiss Charges in Freddie Gray Case
The judge ruled as demonstrators gathered for the first hearing in the prosecution of six Baltimore police officers accused in the young manÃ¢ÂÂs death.
Obama Clinches Vote to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal
Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland on Wednesday announced her support of the nuclear accord, ensuring enough votes to put the deal into effect.
Wall St. Is Higher as Chinese Shares Extend Their Drop
Shares in the United States climbed on Wednesday and European shares were rising, shaking off a global rout the previous day.
Power Failure Snarls Long Island Rail Road Service
Service was suspended for more than an hour Wednesday and the Port Washington branch was shut down entirely, closing a main route to the United States Open tennis tournament in Queens.
K2, a Potent Drug, Casts a Shadow Over an East Harlem Block
A cheap form of synthetic marijuana with vicious side effects has become popular with homeless people on 125th Street, and the block between Lexington and Park Avenues appears at times to be a street of zombies.
First Draft: Today in Politics: Obama Has One Vote Left to Court on Iran Deal
President Obama may be in the wilds of Alaska, but he is on the verge of a major foreign policy victory back home: The Senate is a vote short of making it impossible for opponents to block the nuclear deal with Iran.
A Once-Sunny Jeb Bush Appears Irked in Donald TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs Shadow
As Mr. Trump turns the primary into a tabloid-style clash of personalities, Mr. Bush is stuck in a race that embodies what he likes least about politics.
Beijing Turns Into Ghost Town as It Gears Up for Military Parade
The parade gives President Xi Jinping a chance to dispel, if only briefly, some of the problems hounding him ahead of his first state visit to America this month.
New York Today: Hurry Up and Wait
Wednesday: New York on line, hot weather, and the cityÃ¢ÂÂs burgers.
Hungary Train Station Is Gripped by Chaos as Migrants Remain Stranded
As EuropeÃ¢ÂÂs leaders bickered over policy, thousands of migrants were stuck in Budapest, while Eurostar trains between France and Britain were disrupted.
Road to 2016: Eight Things to Watch For in Donald TrumpÃ¢ÂÂs Tax Plan
Sifting through the candidateÃ¢ÂÂs sometimes contradictory statements for a sense of what he might actually propose.
Biden Trip to Florida Raises Speculation About Presidential Run
Everything on Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.Ã¢ÂÂs schedule has a nonpresidential explanation, but South Florida is one of the richest grounds for raising campaign cash.
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