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Dec 14, 2014

NYT Today's Headlines - December 14, 2014. Top News: Amid Details on Torture, Data on 26 Who Were Held in Error.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Top News
Mohamed Bashmilah, left, in 2008. A Senate report acknowledges Mr. Bashmilah's 19 months of detention as wrongful.
Amid Details on Torture, Data on 26 Who Were Held in Error

By SCOTT SHANE

Of 119 prisoners in C.I.A custody, the Senate report found that 26 were either described in the agency's own documents as mistakenly detained, or released and given money.
Ex-Chief Leads Vocal Defense of C.I.A.

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG and ERIC LICHTBLAU

The counteroffensive, which includes a new website, began even before the Senate committee issued its report on the agency's harsh treatment of detainees.
Mary Van looks into the vacant living room of the abandoned house at 569 Mount Vernon Street.
Good Intentions of Detroit Residents Are Tested by Blight

By JOHN ELIGON

Many Detroiters are willing to wait for promised change, but it has been slow to come. "The city has good intentions," one resident said, "but then the actions are like a snail."
For more top news, go to NYTimes.com »
Editors' Picks

BOOKS

The 10 Best Books of 2014
The year's best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
. 100 Notable Books of 2014

OPINION | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Making a Pig's Ear of Food Safety

By TED GENOWAYS

A new inspection program results in contaminated pork.

QUOTATION OF THE DAY

"This is really a chaotic industry. I hope it will soon be well regulated."
JACKIE ZHUANG, deputy general manager of Huabao International, a tobacco flavoring company in Shanghai and an expert on China's e-cigarette market.
Today's Videos
Video VIDEO: Porchetta Pork Roast
Melissa Clark makes pork shoulder seasoned with fennel fronds, rosemary and sage.
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Video VIDEO: Bill Cunningham | Holiday Magic
The hope and love of the season were on full display as the city exploded with holiday celebrations.
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Video VIDEO: Scavenging for Art
Free Art Friday is an art scavenger hunt open to all artists and art enthusiasts. It has popped up in cities globally, including New York.
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World
An oil and gas employee on the phone with a customer in South Korea.
Sensing a Deal on Sanctions, Iran Is Bullish

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

Confidence is building in Iran's business circles, with executives in the major export industries preparing for what they see as prosperous days ahead.
Korean Air Chairman Strips Daughter's Titles After Her 'Foolish' Behavior

By CHOE SANG-HUN

"I failed to raise her properly," said Cho Yang-ho, chairman of Korean Air Lines, apologizing on live television as a furor over the serving of macadamia nuts continued on Friday.
El Pericon, Mexico, the hometown of Alexander Mora, 19, the first of 43 students missing since September whose remains have been officially identified.
Mexico Faces Growing Gap Between Political Class and Calls for Change

By RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD

A special prosecutor to investigate corruption is expected to be named soon, but falling confidence in the president and the political process itself is imperiling the mission before it begins.
For more world news, go to NYTimes.com/World »
U.S.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in Washington earlier this month.
Eric Holder Faces Another Bid for a Journalist to Testify

By MATT APUZZO

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., facing a deadline in a case involving a reporter for The New York Times, has been asked to approve a separate subpoena for a reporter for CBS News.
Speaker John A. Boehner in Washington on Thursday. Despite the strain in pushing the spending legislation through, the bill's passage was a significant win for Mr. Boehner.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Struggle Over Government Funding Points to the Decline of Compromise

By CARL HULSE and JEREMY W. PETERS

With both parties playing to their base constituencies, many lawmakers are apt to oppose legislation that does not meet their all-or-nothing demands.
Cape Cod Mystery: A Surge of Stranded Turtles

By JAMES GORMAN

Volunteers are waging a rescue effort after finding almost 1,200 turtles washed ashore since mid-November, far more than in the previous record year.
For more U.S. news, go to NYTimes.com/US »
Politics
Jeb Bush in Washington in November. Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor, has moved toward a run for the White House.
In New Election, Jeb Bush Stakes Out the Middle Ground

By JONATHAN MARTIN

Though Mr. Bush is deeply conservative on some issues, in other ways - culturally and philosophically - he is out of step with the grass-roots activists who animate the party nowadays.
Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, right center, forced a delay on a vote in the Senate on Friday night.
Senate Set to Approve $1.1 Trillion in Spending

By ASHLEY PARKER and ROBERT PEAR

The Senate is expected to pass the $1.1 trillion package, but not without delays prompted by unhappy members of both parties.
Justices to Decide if a Ban on Life Terms for Juveniles Applies Retroactively

By ADAM LIPTAK

The case involves a Louisiana man who has been denied a resentencing hearing for a 1984 murder when he was 17.
For more political news, go to NYTimes.com/Politics »
Business
Benjamin Lawsky, New York State's financial services superintendent, is a critic of the deals.

DEALBOOK

Insurers Use Deals to Avoid as Much as $100 Billion in Taxes

By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH

Companies are taking advantage of fierce competition for their business among states, which are passing laws allowing them to avoid federal taxes with complicated accounting maneuvers.
Gucci women's spring-summer 2015 fashion show in Milan in September.
Gucci's Creative and Business Heads Will Step Down

By NICOLA CLARK and VANESSA FRIEDMAN

The Italian fashion house is among luxury brands struggling to cope with an uncertain global economy as tastes change and smaller rivals gain.
. On the Runway Blog: Let the Gucci Speculation Begin
Jamie Dimon, left, of JPMorgan Chase, called lawmakers to express his support for a rollback of the rules affecting derivatives.

DEALBOOK

Wall St. Wins a Round in a Dodd-Frank Fight

By PETER EAVIS

A repeal of a derivatives rule would show that, six years after the financial crisis, large banks have found a way to kill regulations that were part of the Dodd-Frank Act.
For more business news, go to NYTimes.com/Business »
Technology
A television production line in China. China and South Korea faced off over LCD TV screens.
W.T.O. Fails on High-Tech Tariff Deal

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and PAUL MOZUR

A dispute between China and South Korea scuttled a deal that would have reduced global tariffs on $1 trillion in information technology goods.
Paris taxi drivers went on strike in June to protest Uber and other ride-booking services.

BITS BLOG

Paris Court Gives Uber a Bit of Good News

By LAURE FOURQUET and MARK SCOTT

The ruling, which applies only to Paris and relates to the budget UberPop service, allows the service to continue, though it restricts the company's advertisement to the public.

2014 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Technology

By FARHAD MANJOO and MOLLY WOOD

Giving gadgets as gifts can be challenging, as some choices - Apple or Android, big phones or small - are often matters of personal taste. Here are some safe, fantastic gadgets and services that are all but certain to bring good cheer.
For more technology news, go to NYTimes.com/Technology »
Sports
At Auburn, the winner of an auction is allowed to participate in the
Front Row? Too Far Away

By RICHARD SANDOMIR

Fans of universities can connect directly with players and teams by winning online auctions for packages billed as "experiences," some of which sell for thousands of dollars.
Coach Jimbo Fisher, center, with the undefeated Florida State University Seminoles.

SPORTS OF THE TIMES

Ignoring Hard Truths in a Land of Fantasy

By MICHAEL POWELL

For the top teams navigating the ethical minefield of college football, Walt Disney World was a fitting site for Thursday night's college football awards show.
The Vikings' Adrian Peterson had appealed to be reinstated after facing child abuse charges this season.