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A Basement Apartment Flooded After Ida. On Friday, It Flooded Again.

At around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Joy Wong plugged a pump into a wall in her house as her basement filled with water. Her desperation was all too familiar — three people, including a toddler, had drowned in the basement of the house where she lives, when the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit New York …

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Navy Will Start Testing SEALs for Illicit Drug Use

For generations, the Navy SEALs have attracted top athletes who compete for slots on elite teams and take on harrowing missions, but never in all those years did the Navy regularly test the force for illicit steroids and other drugs that could boost performance. Now that is about to change. Naval Special Warfare, which oversees …

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Back-to-Back Verdi Evenings Showcase the Met Opera Chorus

This week, the Metropolitan Opera featured one of its most reliable stars in back-to-back shows: its chorus. It just so happens that those performances were both of works by Verdi — the Requiem on Wednesday, and “Nabucco” on Thursday — whose bold, catchy, intensely emotive choruses are nearly a genre unto themselves. Each piece turns …

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Police Investigate About 100 Suicides Linked to Canadian Man

He worked as a cook at a Toronto restaurant, and, somehow, he had access to sodium nitrite, commonly called toxic salt. In food, the salt enhances flavor and color, but consumed directly, it can kill — and for about two years, Canadian authorities say, that is exactly what it did when the cook shipped it …

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Afghan woman sprinter sends message of defiance at Asian Games

Yousofi, who resettled in Australia last year after fleeing persecution in her homeland, is one of 14 women athletes listed in Afghanistan’s team in Hangzhou. “The most important thing for me is to represent our girls in Afghanistan,” she said. The other Afghan women are competing in volleyball and cycling, and like Yousofi have built …

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‘Some Like It Hot’ Broadway Musical Announces Closing

Some Like It Hot, the well-reviewed musical stage adaptation of the classic 1959 film comedy and winner of four 2023 Tony Awards, will play its final performance at Broadway‘s Shubert Theatre on Saturday, December 30, producers have announced. One of the more highly lauded productions of the 2022-23 season, the musical never quite caught on …

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A New Approach for People With Severe Mental Illness

Policymakers in California have been trying for years to change longstanding laws and bring people with severe mental illness in from the streets. Roughly a third of the nation’s homeless population is in California, and a substantial proportion suffers from schizophrenia or other serious psychotic disorders. Getting them treatment and medication, the authorities have long …

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a trailblazer in U.S. politics and the longest-serving woman in the Senate, dies at age 90

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a vocal advocate of gun control measures who was known for trying to find common ground with Republicans during her three decades in the Senate, has died, according to several sources familiar with the matter. She was 90. Feinstein, the oldest member of the Senate, the longest-serving female senator …

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France not forcing poster boy Dupont’s World Cup return before Italy showdown

Paris fashion week may have started, the Pope may have visited Marseille, French President Emmanuel Macron may have proposed autonomy to the Mediterranean island of Corsica, but discussions in bars and cafes across the country over recent days have been about Dupont’s injury. Scrum-half Dupont is expected to return in time for a potential quarter-final …

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