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Saturday, January 31, 2015


Top News
Mitt Romney had expressed renewed interest this month in another presidential run, but his flirtation prompted a fierce backlash across Republican circles.
Support Waning, Romney Decides Against 2016 Bid

By ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN MARTIN

By not pursuing a third presidential bid, Mitt Romney frees up scores of donors and operatives who had been awaiting his decision.
. The Upshot: Romney's Withdrawal Is a Reflection of Bush's Strength
A view of the Capitol dome from the Capitol Power Plant, a coal-burning plant in Washington. Americans are less likely to vote for candidates who question or deny the science of human-caused global warming, a poll found.
Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Action, Poll Finds

By CORAL DAVENPORT and MARJORIE CONNELLY

A poll found that about half of Republicans would favor a presidential candidate who supports fighting climate change.
.   Graphic: Global Warming Poll
.   Document: The New York Times/Stanford University Poll on Global Warming
. How the Poll Was Conducted
Dr. Eric Ball of Orange County, Calif., said he trief to persuade parents to vaccinate their children.
Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles

By JACK HEALY and MICHAEL PAULSON

As officials in 14 states grapple with a measles outbreak, the parents at the heart of America's anti-vaccine movement are being blamed for a public-health crisis
For more top news, go to NYTimes.com »

Editors' Picks
Jeff Meyer, with the Missouri History Museum, salvaged a sewing machine from Fashions R Boutique in Dellwood, Mo., seeking relics of the unrest related to the killing of Michael Brown.

U.S.

Historians Sift the Ruins for Ferguson's Legacy

By MITCH SMITH

Business owners are determined to move forward after protests destroyed storefronts, and the Missouri History Museum wants to keep reminders of what happened.

OPINION | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

Why Are Cubans So Special?

By ANN LOUISE BARDACH

For a fair immigration policy, end laws favoring one group over the others.

QUOTATION OF THE DAY

"I said, 'I'd rather you miss an entire semester than you get the shot.'"
CRYSTAL McDONALD, whose daughter was sent home from school during a measles outbreak because she had not been vaccinated. Once rare, cases are now popping up rapidly.
Today's Videos
Video VIDEO: Cauliflower Parmesan
Melissa Clark bakes fried cauliflower smothered in tomato sauce, Parmesan and fresh mozzarella.
Video VIDEO: Auditioning for 'School of Rock'
An open casting call for "School of Rock," the new Broadway musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber, was held recently at the Winter Garden Theater.
Oscar Nominated Short Films 2015
Video VIDEO: Oscars Animated Shorts Roundup
The New York Times film critic A. O. Scott shares his thoughts on the Academy Award nominees for best animated short film.
For more video, go to NYTimes.com/Video »
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World
Haitians Are Swept Up as Bahamas Tightens Immigration Rules

By FRANCES ROBLES

Even children born there will need student permits and passports with residency stamps - a policy human rights groups say unfairly targets Haitians.
. Photographs  Slide Show: The Bahamas Tightens Immigration
A series of explosions on Friday hit a parking lot in Donetsk where several hundred people had lined up for humanitarian aid meant for children and the elderly.
Lining Up to Receive Aid in Ukraine, Crowd Is Devastated by a Mortar Attack

By RICK LYMAN

Some of the victims were killed as they waited in line for humanitarian aid intended for children and the elderly.
African Nations Show Progress in Uniting to Beat Back Militants in Nigeria

By SOMINI SENGUPTA and ADAM NOSSITER

Troops from Chad led the recapture of a town from Boko Haram, and the African Union called for the creation of a 7,500-member regional force.
For more world news, go to NYTimes.com/World »
U.S.
Scientists are seeking clues from the Bicep2 telescope, foreground, which is based in Antarctica.
Speck of Interstellar Dust Obscures Glimpse of Big Bang

By DENNIS OVERBYE

A team of astronomers, after saying last spring that they had found long-sought evidence for what kicked off the big bang, now concede that more work is needed.
Prosecutor Drops Toughest Charges in Chicago Stings That Used Fake Drugs

By ERIK ECKHOLM

The federal prosecutor's decision seemed to be a partial retreat from so-called stash-house drug stings that spurred a debate over possible entrapment and racial profiling.
A police mug shot of Marion
Fallen Hip-Hop Mogul Is Charged With Killing a Man He Struck With His Vehicle

By JOE COSCARELLI and TIMOTHY WILLIAMS

Marion Knight, who helped found Death Row Records and is better known as Suge, was arrested and charged with murder after the police said he struck two men with his truck.
For more U.S. news, go to NYTimes.com/US »
Politics
In the latest falling-out between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, senior officials in both Washington and Jerusalem are making little effort to hide the seriousness of the rift.

NEWS ANALYSIS

A Strained Alliance: Obama-Netanyahu Rift Grew Over Years

By PETER BAKER and JODI RUDOREN

The diplomatic break touched off by Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to negotiate an address to Congress without first telling President Obama reflects their fundamentally different world views.
President Obama discussed the
U.S. to Collect Genetic Data to Hone Care

By ROBERT PEAR

President Obama announced a biomedical research initiative, including plans to collect data on one million Americans in order to tailor treatments to individual patients.
Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate's Democratic leader, is determined to show that an injury has not debilitated him as he faces re-election next year.
Harry Reid Won't Take Some Things Lying Down. Like Rest.

By JEREMY W. PETERS and CARL HULSE

While recovering from an exercise accident, Senator Harry Reid is conducting policy from his well-appointed condominium.
For more political news, go to NYTimes.com/Politics »
Business
Ratings Now Cut Both Ways, So Don't Sass Your Uber Driver

By DAVID STREITFELD

Companies from Uber to Airbnb are rating their customers on degrees of promptness and politeness, but who owns the data that details good and bad behavior?
Lower gasoline prices helped drive consumer spending last quarter.
Growth Rate Put at 2.6% as Economy Pulls Ahead

By NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

The American gross domestic product for the fourth quarter was 2.6 percent, a sign of relative health in the economy.
. U.S. Consumer Sentiment Rises to Best Since 2004
. Eurozone Data on Consumer Prices and Unemployment Stoke Concern
Products with packaging that states, in different ways, that they do not contain genetically modified ingredients.
Many G.M.O.-Free Labels, Little Clarity Over Rules

By STEPHANIE STROM

Products described as not containing genetically modified organisms, whether that statement has been verified or not, are increasingly appearing in stores.
.   Interactive Quiz: How Much of What You Eat Is Genetically Modified?
For more business news, go to NYTimes.com/Business »
Technology
A Verizon Wireless store in San Francisco. Users  who do not want to be tracked for ad-targeting purposes will soon be able to opt out of the program.

BITS BLOG

Verizon Wireless to Allow Complete Opt Out of Mobile 'Supercookies'

By BRIAN X. CHEN and NATASHA SINGER

The wireless carrier is under pressure from privacy groups after it introduced tracking code that can't be deleted by consumers.
An Uber driver in New York. Uber said it would adopt new policies on privacy and data security.

BITS BLOG

Uber Pledges to Improve Data Privacy Practices

By MIKE ISAAC

The ride-hailing start-up responds to criticism from privacy hawks.
Europe's Young Entrepreneurs

By RAPHAEL MINDER

At a conference in Madrid on European youth in business, 200 or so teenage achievers discussed what it takes to break potential hurdles to the young and business-minded on the Continent.
For more technology news, go to NYTimes.com/Technology »
Sports
Several draft experts have predicted that Jameis Winston, despite his troubles, will be a top-five pick, or maybe even the first overall selection in the N.F.L. draft.
The Tricky Calculus of Picking Jameis Winston

By BILL PENNINGTON

The downtrodden Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a quarterback, and they will draft first, but Winston's checkered past has presented the team with a quandary.
Tiger Woods playing from the rough on the 11th hole during the second round of the Phoenix Open.

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