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Mar 24, 2012

Seeing Earth IN Space [new ISS timelapse footage]

RT NEWS | Rusia Today: 'Don't Attack Iran!' Nationwide anti-war protest held in UK

NYT Global Update | Top News: New Tensions Arise as Iraq's Displaced Return Home

Global Update


TOP NEWS

New Tensions Arise as Iraq's Displaced Return Home

By JACK HEALY and YASIR GHAZI
Across the country, near-record numbers of displaced families are pouring home, but instead of kindling a much-needed reconciliation they are reviving resentments and suspicions.

Islamist Victors in Egypt Seeking Shift by Hamas

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
The Muslim Brotherhood is overhauling its relations with the two main Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, in an effort to put new pressure on Israel for an independent Palestinian state.

Syria Continues Drive to Retake Rebel Strongholds as Diplomacy Suffers a Setback

By HALA DROUBI
Syrian troops intensified an attack against the city of Homs, activists said, as a Kremlin official indicated Russia continues to disagree with the United States on how to end the fighting.
Travel

Slide Show: 36 Hours: Vientiane, Laos

Now is the time to explore this city's small-town charms before it joins the modern world.
Opinion

Op-Docs

'Call Me Ehsaan'

By MICAH GAREN
A look at the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis, one of the U.S. Air Force's prized experts in Afghan language and culture, who was killed in Kabul.
WORLD

Pope Arrives in Mexico, Lamenting Drug Violence

By DAMIEN CAVE and RACHEL DONADIO
Catholics from all over Latin America gathered in central Mexico on Friday, clogging roads, carrying rosary beads, and praying for a meaningful glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI.

Monti Braces for a Fight Over Labor Law Changes

By RACHEL DONADIO and ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
After failing to reach an agreement with unions and business leaders, Italy's prime minister has decided to take the proposals directly to Parliament.

Russian TV Broadcast Besmirching Protesters Draws a Furious Reaction

By ELLEN BARRY and MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ
As opposition leaders recover from the demise of mass antigovernment protests, some are looking to television as the next political battleground.
BUSINESS

Just the Facts. Yes, All of Them.

By QUENTIN HARDY
Gilad Elbaz has a big mission for Factual, his start-up company: Identify every fact to build the world's chief reference point.

Insuring Hollywood Against Falls (but Not Flops)

By JANET MORRISSEY
In the film world, Fireman's Fund has become the go-to company for insuring against production injuries and accidents.
Workstation

Overseas Internships Can Benefit, for a Price

By PHYLLIS KORKKI
For students, international internship programs offer a window to a different business culture - and perhaps the chance to earn college credit, if not any money.
TECHNOLOGY
The Haggler

What's Your Sign? It Could Be a Cram

By DAVID SEGAL
A reader asks the Haggler about SMS subscriptions she says she didn't want - but that still popped up as charges on her monthly cellphone statement.
Corner Office | Terry Tietzen

Want to Innovate? Feed a Cookie to the Monster

By ADAM BRYANT
When selling innovation within an organization, says Terry Tietzen of Edatanetworks, it's best to do so gradually - in nibbles - so that everyone will want to buy in.

A Smartphone Future? But Not Yet

By TEDDY WAYNE
The author is just one member of a small but hardy group of smartphone holdouts, people who shun the device for a low-tech "dumbphone."
SPORTS
Soccer Roundup

Chelsea and Spurs Both Get a Point for Nothing

By REUTERS
Chelsea and Tottenham played to a 0-0 tie in a London derby in Saturday's early game in England's Premier League.

Isner Keeps Smiling as He Ascends the Ranks

By BEN ROTHENBERG
The American is the only man outside the top four (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray) to have two wins over members of that group in 2012.

Playing in Israel, Biding His Time

By BEN STRAUSS
Jon Scheyer, whose dream of playing in the N.B.A. was delayed by an eye injury, joined the Maccabi Tel Aviv team under Israeli citizenship granted when he, a Jew, immigrated.
U.S. NEWS
Breakdown | Death and Disarray at the Racetrack

Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys

By WALT BOGDANICH, JOE DRAPE, DARA L. MILES and GRIFFIN PALMER
The new economics of horse racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so, as lax oversight puts animal and rider at risk.

Both Coasts Watch Closely as San Francisco Faces Erosion

By FELICITY BARRINGER
Every few years, stormy surf grinds away at Ocean Beach, a 3.5-mile stretch on the Pacific Ocean, pulling huge amounts of sand out to sea.
South Bend Journal

Neighbors Join in Modest Efforts to Embrace Abandoned Properties

By SUSAN SAULNY
Instead of just watching historic homes plunge into foreclosure and collapse, some residents decided to buy and rehabilitate them.
OPINION
Op-Ed Columnist

Rethinking His Religion

By FRANK BRUNI
College had not only given a young man a glimpse of how large the world was but also shamed him about how little of it he knew.
Opinion

A Boy to Be Sacrificed

By ABDELLAH TAÏA
Growing up gay in an unyielding culture.
Sunday Review

When Poverty Was White

By NELL IRVIN PAINTER
The story of white poverty, as Carrie Buck's story illustrates, is much longer and more complex than he and his admirers realize or want to admit.

NYT Today's Headlines | Top News: Islamist Victors in Egypt Seeking Shift by Hamas

The New York Times
March 24, 2012

Today's Headlines


TOP NEWS

Islamist Victors in Egypt Seeking Shift by Hamas

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
The Muslim Brotherhood is overhauling its relations with the two main Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, in an effort to put new pressure on Israel for an independent Palestinian state.

A Personal Note as Obama Speaks on Death of Boy

By JACKIE CALMES and HELENE COOPER
Calling the killing of a 17-year-old in Florida "a tragedy," President Obama said, "If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."

Gay Marriage Effort Attracts a Novel Group of Donors

By ADAM NAGOURNEY and BROOKS BARNES
A fund-raising network seeking to legalize same-sex marriage from coast to coast includes a different set of contributors from those who have supported other gay-related issues.
QUOTATION OF THE DAY
"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
PRESIDENT OBAMA, on the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, 17, in Florida.

Theater

Slide Show: The Out-of-View Orchestras of 'Carrie' and 'Spider-man'

Musicians play not from a pit but from a third-floor office space and a basement.
Opinion
Op-Docs

'Call Me Ehsaan'

A look at the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of Lt. Col. John Darin Loftis, one of the U.S. Air Force's prized experts in Afghan language and culture, who was killed in Kabul.
WORLD

Pope Arrives in Mexico, Lamenting Drug Violence

By DAMIEN CAVE and RACHEL DONADIO
Catholics from all over Latin America gathered in central Mexico on Friday, clogging roads, carrying rosary beads, and praying for a meaningful glimpse of Pope Benedict XVI.

Russia to Ease Law on Forming Political Parties

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
Responding to the outcry over disputed parliamentary elections, Russian lawmakers on Friday unanimously approved legislation to make it easier to form and maintain new political parties.

Chávez Strengthens Cuban Ties With Plan for Ice Cream Factory

By WILLIAM NEUMAN
Venezuela, one of Cuba's closest allies, announced a plan to produce a favorite brand of Cuban ice cream domestically.
U.S.

Implications Are Far-Reaching in States' Challenge of Federal Health Care Law

By ROBERT PEAR
Twenty-six states have questioned whether Congress can force them to make a huge expansion of Medicaid.

Steps Set for Livestock Antibiotic Ban

By GARDINER HARRIS
The Obama administration was ordered to warn drug makers that it may soon ban agricultural uses of some popular antibiotics.

Albuquerque Mayor Urges Police Union to Stop Payments to Officers in Shootings

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER
Critics have compared the police union's program to a bounty system that promotes and legitimizes brutality.
POLITICS

On the Right, Santorum Has Women's Vote

By SUSAN SAULNY
Conservative women have formed a core of Rick Santorum's support since the primaries began, drawn by his message of family values and his personal biography.
On Religion

Santorum's Catholicism Proves a Draw to Evangelicals

By SAMUEL G. FREEDMAN
One cultural and religious phenomenon to emerge this election is the unprecedented appeal of a Catholic candidate to evangelical voters.

Republican Hopefuls React to Trayvon Martin Killing

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
The Republican candidates for president on Friday condemned the shooting of a teenager in Florida that occurred several weeks ago, calling it a tragedy that demanded further investigation.
BUSINESS
DealBook

A Fast-Paced Stock Exchange Trips Over Itself

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED and BEN PROTESS
Just as its shares started selling to the public for the first time, BATS Global Markets halted trading on its own stock after a series of technical errors in its system.

College President Is Obama's Pick for World Bank Chief

By ANNIE LOWREY
The White House on Friday named Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College and a global health expert, as its nominee to lead the World Bank.

Companies Pick Up Used Packaging, and Recycling's Cost

By STEPHANIE STROM
While government requirements for recycling remain limited, pressure from environmentally minded consumers and the cost advantages of reusing materials are bringing change.
TECHNOLOGY
Bits Blog

Lawmakers Ask Apple App Makers About Privacy

By BRIAN X. CHEN and NICK BILTON
After contacting Apple earlier this month with questions about app privacy, lawmakers have now sent letters to 34 app developers requesting information about their data-collection techniques.
Bits Blog

Blekko Works With Lavasoft on Spam-Free Search

By NICOLE PERLROTH
Blekko will announce a partnership with Lavasoft, which makes security software that detects spyware and adware on users' PCs.
#trendingnyc

Traded for M&Ms, Only on Twitter

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER
The New York Jets' acquisition of the quarterback Tim Tebow stirred much talk, and even inspired a mini hoax, on Twitter.
SPORTS
Midwest: North Carolina 73, Ohio 65 (OT)

After a Scare, North Carolina Prevails in Overtime

By PAT BORZI
No. 13-seeded Ohio flustered top-seeded North Carolina, but the Tar Heels won their 11th consecutive regional semifinal game, a streak that includes three national championship runs.
Midwest: Kansas 60, North Carolina State 57

Nothing's the Matter With Kansas

By PAT BORZI
The Jayhawks fought back from an early deficit to defeat North Carolina State in a tight finish, earning the right to take on No. 1 North Carolina in the regional final.
Women's N.C.A.A. Tournament

Preparing to Face a Shot Swatter

By JERÉ LONGMAN
At 6-foot-8, Baylor center Brittney Griner has shot-blocking skills that leave opposing coaches struggling for ways to prepare their players.
ARTS

To Clear Space, a Pit Orchestra in the Basement

By PATRICK HEALY
A few New York theaters and concert halls are experimenting with orchestras playing not from the traditional pit, but from a distant room or even a separate building.
Museum Review

History Carved Out of the Hills

By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN
Most natural history museums are in urban centers, but the Natural History Museum of Utah is housed in the realm it surveys.

Boy Bands Are Back, Wholesome or Sexy

By JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
The British group One Direction is one of several that are showing that boy bands are popular again.
NEW YORK / REGION

Officer in Bell Killing Is Fired; 3 Others to Be Forced Out

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER and AL BAKER
A ruling to fire a detective for his role in the killing of Sean Bell in Queens is upheld, and three other officers will be forced to resign.

Divisions and Irritation in Food Co-op's Debate

By KIRK SEMPLE
A debate at the Park Slope Food Co-op over whether to boycott products from Israel is dividing its members, and annoying some of them.

Man Hit by Train in Brooklyn After Fight Spills Onto Tracks

The man was seriously injured, but another man who started the fight was able to get back to the platform and flee, a police spokesman said.
TRAVEL

India in One, Two or Three Weeks

By GUY TREBAY
Three insider itineraries for visiting one of the world's most compelling and confounding countries.

Now Is the Season for Japan

By PICO IYER
A year after last year's catastrophe, Japan is more vulnerable, and thus more wide open, than ever.

36 Hours in Vientiane, Laos

By NAOMI LINDT
Vientiane, with its gilded temples and colonial villas, is quickly changing. Visit now before it is enveloped by the modern world.
EDITORIALS
Editorial

A Bizarre Outcome on Generic Drugs

Many consumers grievously injured by generics with inadequate warning labels have been left without legal recourse.
Editorial

New Leader, Old Tactics

China and the rest of the world must dissuade North Korea from a planned rocket launch, which would be a violation of a mere month-old nuclear deal.
Editorial

Sex Discrimination and Medical Leaves

Five conservative male justices on the Supreme Court reached a decision divorced from reality when they ruled that self-care was not part of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
OP-ED
Op-Ed Columnist

Who Doesn't Love a List?

By GAIL COLLINS
Guess what, people! Everything you need to know right now about the presidential race can be narrowed down to six things.
Op-Ed Columnist

Standing Up to the N.C.A.A.

By JOE NOCERA
As a basketball coach fights for his reputation, college sports may have to change its ways.
Opinionator

Could This Be the End of Health Care Reform?

By EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL
No matter how the court rules on the individual mandate, progress will continue.
ON THIS DAY
On March 24, 1989, the nation's worst oil spill occurred as the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on a reef in Alaska's Prince William Sound and began leaking 11 million gallons of crude.