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May 8, 2013

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Shares His “Most Astounding Fact” About the Universe
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General Martin Dempsey: No-Go for No-Fly Zone Over Syria  
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Did a Risky Expedition Almost Doom the Founding of National Geographic?
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MAY 22
The Paley Center for Media presents: Chris Sacca, Lowercase Capital

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China's Economy Unexpectedly Stumbles Again: The new York times Global Update May 8, 2013.

The New York Times International Herald Tribune
May 8, 2013
Compiled 20:45 GMT

Global Update

TOP NEWS

Newest Front for Fair-Trade Movement Is Retail Clothing

By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
Demand for information about how and where goods are produced has spread from its origins in food to clothing, recently gaining momentum after a factory collapse in Bangladesh.

China's Economy Unexpectedly Stumbles Again

By KEITH BRADSHER
A combination of weak exports and slowly rising consumer spending prompted concerns among economists about sustaining even modest growth.

Line Went Dead as Ambassador Said, 'We're Under Attack'

By JEREMY W. PETERS and ERIC SCHMITT
Before a House hearing Wednesday on last year's attacks in Benghazi, Libya, a State Department official described a frantic series of phone calls and unfulfilled requests for military aid.
U.S.

Video: Decisive Moment That Ended a Kidnapping

The Times's Serge F. Kovaleski talks about the decisions made by bystanders like Angel Cordero to help the release of three women held against their will in Cleveland.
Opinion

Op-Ed Contributor

Finally, the U.S. and Russia Team Up

By DMITRI TRENIN
The U.S.-Russian agreement to convene a conference on Syria offers a slight but critical chance for peace.
WORLD
News Analysis

China Dips a Toe Into Mideast Diplomacy

By EDWARD WONG and CHRIS BUCKLEY
Back-to-back visits from the Palestinian and Israeli leaders hinted that China had given some thought to playing a more energetic, if very limited, role as mediator in the conflict.

As Syria Diplomacy Gains, Kerry to Announce More Aid

By STEVEN LEE MYERS and RICK GLADSTONE
Secretary of State John Kerry was in Rome seeking to advance a Russian-American proposal for a Syrian peace conference to commence within a month.

Hezbollah Takes Risks by Fighting Rebels in Syria

By ANNE BARNARD
Trained to battle Israel, Hezbollah's Lebanese Shiite guerrillas are pushing into a very different fight, against fellow Arab Muslims trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
BUSINESS

Some Hope Obama Offers Tradeoff if He Approves Pipeline

By JOHN M. BRODER
Should President Obama approve the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline, some foes of the project say he ought to address climate policy at the same time.
DealBook

Enron's Skilling Strikes Deal for Shorter Sentence

By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
The former chief executive of Enron has reached a deal with the Justice Department to shorten his prison term by as much as a decade, according to a court filing.

Groupon Quarterly Revenue Tops Estimates and Shares Jump

By REUTERS
Groupon reported better-then-expected quarterly revenue on Wednesday, and shares of the world's largest daily deals company rose more than 10 percent.
TECHNOLOGY

Solid Sales, and Criticism, for Latest Version of Windows

By NICK WINGFIELD
Microsoft said Windows 8 was selling at a similar pace to Windows 7, but it added that many users were frustrated by changes to the software.

A Dream of Trees Aglow at Night

By ANDREW POLLACK
A project to create a plant that glows in the dark, potentially leading the way for trees that can replace streetlamps, has been denounced for tinkering with genes.

F.T.C. Warns Data Firms on Selling Information

By EDWARD WYATT
The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating companies that appear to be offering to sell consumer data to screen job candidates, determine eligibility for insurance or make offers of credit.
SPORTS

Singh Sues PGA Tour Over Handling of Doping Case

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A week after a doping case against him was dropped, Vijay Singh claimed it damaged his reputation.

French Open Will Bar Tomic's Father

By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY
John Tomic, the coach of the Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic, faces assault charges in Spain after a fight with his son's hitting partner.
On Soccer

Void to Fill as Ferguson Leaves Man U

By SAM BORDEN
Alex Ferguson, who announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United on Wednesday, was irascible and single-minded, but his results were undeniable.
U.S. NEWS

In California, Push for College Diversity Starts Earlier

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA
States that have outlawed affirmative action in college admissions, like California, are giving potential applicants a leg up to overcome disadvantages.

2 Kidnapping Victims Make Homecomings in Cleveland

By STEVEN YACCINO and CHRISTINE HAUSER
Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were held captive for a decade, headed to family members' homes. The suspects in their kidnappings were expected to be charged Wednesday.

Lawmakers Focus on Measures to Combat Sex Assault in Military

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER
New legislation was offered in Congress to prevent and better prosecute attacks, which have been on the rise.
OPINION
Op-Ed Columnist

Postcard From Yemen

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
A severe water shortage is taking a devastating toll on this breathtakingly beautiful country.
Op-Ed Columnist

America's Military Injustice

By MAUREEN DOWD
The women in Congress take aim at the complacent brass.

The Conversation An Ethnic Map: The New York times I Opinion Today May 8, 2013.

The New York Times

May 8, 2013

Opinion Today

An Ethnic Map
The Conversation

An Ethnic Map

Brooks and Collins on how the politics of immigration reform are shaping the Republican Party.
Kitchen Little
Opinionator

Kitchen Little

The wisdom, and pleasure, of getting children interested in cooking early on.
Op-Ed Contributor

Start-Up Diplomacy

Somehow, the United States must conduct "economic statecraft" in an age of austerity.
Where Private School Is Not a Privilege
Opinionator | Fixes

Where Private School Is Not a Privilege

How does BRAC, the world's largest NGO, educate more than 1.25 million of the world's poorest children for free - and do a better job than government?
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Room for Debate

At What Age Should Sex Education Begin?

Anatomy. Reproduction. "Good touch" and "bad touch." Parents wonder: What do kids need to know, and when do they need to know it?
Untimely Metaphysics
Opinionator | The Stone

Untimely Metaphysics

In this week's briefs: Lee Smolin's new view of time, Julian Baggini on Kierkegaard, searching for a "twenty-first century sublime," and more.
The Fire in the Rear
Opinionator | Disunion

The Fire in the Rear

Lincoln and the controversial decision to exile the dissident politician Clement L. Vallandigham.
Lie to Me
Latitude

Lie to Me

Argentine officials are fudging economic facts again. To keep a false narrative straight, they seem to be suggesting, one must go back to the original lie.
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Editorial

The Military's Sexual Assault Crisis

A new Defense Department study shows the numbers rising to alarming levels. And all the while, the Pentagon's credibility is sinking.
Editorial

China and Cyberwar

Computer espionage is growing ever more dangerous, and Washington directly blames Beijing of mounting attacks.
Editorial

Four Legs Are Good

Five candidates running for New York City's mayoral race try to outdo one another in compassion at a forum on animal rights. Who loves pets the most?

The Opinion Pages

Read the full opinion report, including editorials, columns, op-eds and Opinionator. Go to the Section »
Touching Up the C.I.A.
Taking Note

Touching Up the C.I.A.

How the agency shaped "Zero Dark Thirty."
Mark Bittman Blog

The Garden He Left Behind

The author remembers her late father's superior garlic, grown in the upper Hudson Valley.
The Gun Report: May 8, 2013
Joe Nocera's Blog

The Gun Report: May 8, 2013

A day in the life of armed America.
Can Technology and Tourism Sustain Mexico's Sea Turtles?
Dot Earth Blog

Can Technology and Tourism Sustain Mexico's Sea Turtles?

In a new documentary, students explore efforts to conserve endangered sea turtles in a region focused on fishing.