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By Michael D. Shear and Peter Baker WASHINGTON — President Obama made clear on Wednesday that he would not go silent after leaving office this week, promising to speak out whenever he feels America’s “core values” are threatened. While he said he was looking forward to taking a break from politics, Mr. Obama said at the final news conference of his presidency that ce…

Nation and World

By Jesse McKinley ALBANY, N.Y. – Just days before President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York will meet with Trump on Wednesday, the first face-to-face meeting between the two men since the election. The meeting will take place at Trump Tower, and the topics will include infrastructure, the Affordable Care Act and “issues of importan…

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By Charlie Savage WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed U.S. military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous. The de…

Nation and World

By Steven Erlanger LONDON – The Germans are angry. The Chinese are downright furious. Leaders of NATO are nervous, while their counterparts at the European Union are alarmed. Just days before he is sworn into office, President-elect Donald Trump has again focused his penchant for unpredictable disruption on the rest of the world. His remarks in a string of discursive…

Nation and World

By Nicholas Fandos WASHINGTON – When Donald Trump strides onto the inaugural ballroom floor this week amid the sprawling celebration of his swearing-in, he will have corporate America and many of its titans to thank for the rapturous greeting. Chevron, the oil giant, has given $500,000 for the dayslong festivities. Boeing, which has been a target of Trump, pledged $1…

By David E. Sanger WASHINGTON – Of the many questions left unanswered by the U.S. intelligence agencies' accusation that Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, led a multilayered campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election, one stands out: Why did it take the Obama administration more than 16 months to develop a response? The short answer, suggested by the repo…

Obituaries

Debbie Reynolds, a wholesome movie ingenue in 1950s films like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Tammy and the Bachelor” and “The Tender Trap,” and one-third of mid-20th-century Hollywood’s most scandalous romantic triangle, died Wednesday, a day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, according to The Associated Press. She was 84. Her death was confirmed by her s…

Dance

NEW YORK – Misty Copeland was fast becoming the most famous ballerina in the United States – making the cover of Time magazine, being profiled by “60 Minutes,” growing into a social media sensation and dancing ballet’s biggest roles on some of its grandest stages. But another role eluded her: She was still not a principal dancer.Until Tuesday, when Copeland became the firs…

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Shailene Woodley is 23, and she really does want to save the world. She not only has made her own soap, but also tells fans to pick up a few pieces of trash every day and advises interviewers on how to do their own composting.“And please turn off the water when you brush your teeth,” added the actress, fresh-faced and makeup-free for an early-morning intervie…

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NEW YORK – A holiday, a song title and a free night before a TV appearance were pretext enough for Paul McCartney to book a sudden show Saturday night at Irving Plaza; its capacity, about 1,000, is an order of magnitude smaller than the arenas he usually headlines. The audience, he said joshingly, was “so close you can see my dental work.” On Sunday, M…

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NEW YORK – The ninth-floor office of Lorne Michaels at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, overlooking the storied Studio 8H where “Saturday Night Live” is performed, is furnished with framed photographs of the current “SNL” cast and ready supplies of popcorn and Tootsie Rolls and Pops. But it is also a war room where, on a recent Friday night, Michael…

Art

MARSEILLE, France – Since Marina Picasso was a child, living on the edge of poverty and lingering at the gates of a French villa with her father to plead for an allowance from her grandfather, Pablo Picasso, she has struggled with the burden of that artist’s towering legacy.When she was in her 20s and inherited the 19th century villa, La Californie, as well a…

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More cartoon character than gridiron warrior, Katy Perry will bring some whimsy to this year’s Super Bowl festivities.“Everything I’ve done in my career hasn’t been blatant this or that,” she told the Associated Press ahead of her halftime performance Sunday in Arizona. “It’s always with a wink.”And that includes plan…

PARK CITY, Utah – “The Hunting Ground,” set for release in theaters and broadcast on CNN, was billed by the Sundance Film Festival as a “piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses.” Judging by viewer reaction at the film’s premiere and the comments of two U.S. senators afterward, festival programmers might have un…

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NEW YORK – Phyllis G. Mack moved to Harlem from Charleston, W.Va., after she graduated from college in 1963. Although she was at the top of her class at West Virginia State University, no one in her home state would give her a job because she was black, she said.“I moved to Harlem, and I got a job in about two minutes,” Mack said.On Monday, she was at …