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Omicron Was Already in Europe a Week Ago, Officials Say

The variant was found in a test sample from Nov. 19 in the Netherlands, a week before the W.H.O. labeled it a "variant of concern." Little is known yet about how transmissible Omicron is, but its discovery in southern Africa has created another uncertain moment in the pandemic. Here's the latest.

What We Know About the New Covid Variant, Omicron

Intense research into the new coronavirus variant first identified in southern Africa, has just begun. World leaders have urged people not to panic - and to get vaccinated, if they can.

F.D.A. Advisers Meets on Merck's Covid Pill

If an expert committee votes to recommend it, the drug, molnupiravir, could be authorized within days for patients at high risk of severe illness.

Counterfeit Covid Masks Are Still Sold Everywhere

Rising Covid cases have spurred a return to mask-wearing in the U.S. and overseas, at a time when flawed KN95s from China continue to dominate e-commerce sites.

Powell Signals Fed Bond-Buying Program Could End Sooner

As inflation persists, Jerome Powell indicated that the Federal Reserve could speed up its plan to withdraw economic support. Get the latest on the economy.

Stocks Fall After Powell's Taper Comments

The Federal Reserve chair, Jerome Powell, said on Tuesday that persistent inflation may require a more aggressive approach by the central bank. Wall Street was already uneasy.

Supply Chain Problems Have Small Retailers Gambling on Hoarding

Some independent stores ordered in bulk well in advance, and now are hoping they're able to sell what they have.

Inside the Last Abortion Clinic in Mississippi

The clinic, which is busier than ever, is at the center of a Supreme Court case that could lead to one of the most consequential decisions on abortion rights in decades.

Jake Sullivan, Biden's Adviser, Long a Figure of Fascination

Washington has long been captivated by fallen star narratives, which has made President Biden's national security adviser a figure of fascination, somewhere between sympathy and schadenfreude.

The Best Books of 2021

Editors at The Times Book Review choose the best fiction and nonfiction titles this year.

Baptism Is Getting Wild: Horse Troughs, Hot Tubs and Hashtags

In some evangelical churches, a once-staid ritual is returning to its informal roots - and things sometimes get "a little rowdy" along the way.

Jeffrey Epstein's Pilot Testifies in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

The pilot said he "never saw any sexual activity" in Mr. Epstein's planes. He confirmed famous passengers, including former President Trump. Follow updates.

Met Museum Jump-Starts New Modern Wing With $125 Million Gift

The donation from a trustee, Oscar L. Tang, and his wife, Agnes Hsu‐Tang, reinvigorates the long-delayed project and is the largest capital gift in the Met's history.

Tony Kushner, Oracle of the Upper West Side

When Steven Spielberg asked Kushner, America's most important living playwright, to take on 'West Side Story,' he thought, 'He's lost his mind.' But he dared.

I Once Urged the Supreme Court to Overturn Roe. I've Changed My Mind.

To overturn Roe now would be an act of constitutional vandalism - not conservative, but reactionary.

Why Conservatives Adopted a Pro-Choice Slogan

On the cusp of overturning Roe, conservatives adopt a pro-choice slogan.

China Is Winning the Big Data War, Thanks to Xi

Beijing is outmaneuvering the United States and its allies in at least one crucial domain: data.

What Europe Can Teach Us About Jobs

Why don't other countries face a Great Resignation?

The Case Against Abortion

Making the argument that lies behind the constitutional debate.

South Africa's Omicron Work Deserves a Prize

Rewarding the nation for detecting and reporting the Omicron variant would give other countries an incentive to report new variants.

Emily Ratajkowski Isn't Quite Ready to Quit Profiting Off the Male Gaze

The model on wielding beauty and power in the age of Instagram.

The Omicron Variant Is Creating a Lot of Anxiety

The Omicron variant is creating a lot of anxiety.

The Women Who Died After Abortion Bans

It should not take a high-profile death to expose just how much is at risk when medicine is hamstrung by politics, religion or culture.

Becoming a Parent, or Deciding Not To

Betty Rollin and other readers discuss whether it is "still OK to procreate." Also: Following the kids' lead on masks; regulating cyberwar.

Fear and Uncertainty Over the Omicron Variant

Readers discuss travel bans, globalism and "variants of kindness."

Kyle Rittenhouse, Travis McMichael and the Problem of 'Self Defense'

More guns, no matter in whose hands, will create more standoffs, more intimidation, more death sanctioned in the eyes of the law.

Omicron Is Coming. The U.S. Must Act Now.

South Africa gave the world an early warning. Decisive action on containment and surveillance could help us control it.

This Holiday Season, Keep Forgiveness on Hand

As we gather to celebrate the holidays during a difficult year, we'd be wise to consider a posture of grace.

Jack Dorsey Steps Down as C.E.O. of Twitter

The social media pioneer, whose name has become synonymous with the company, was replaced by Twitter's chief technology officer, Parag Agrawal.

Chris Cuomo Played Outsize Role in Andrew Cuomo's Defense

Chris Cuomo, the CNN host, participated in strategy discussions and shared a tip on at least one woman who had accused his brother, Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.

As China Speeds Up Nuclear Arms Race, the U.S. Wants to Talk

The Pentagon thinks Beijing may build 1,000 or more weapons by 2030. But it's the new technologies that worry strategists.

Colton Underwood Comes Out and Comes Clean

The former "Bachelor" star announced he is gay on national TV in April. A new Netflix reality series seeks to share his journey and address the criticism.

The Teenagers Getting Six Figures to Leave Their High Schools for Basketball

The new pro league Overtime Elite is luring young phenoms with hefty salaries, viral success and - perhaps - a better path to the N.B.A.

Who Owns a Recipe? A Plagiarism Claim Has Cookbook Authors Asking.

U.S. copyright law protects all kinds of creative material, but recipe creators are mostly powerless in an age and a business that are all about sharing.

'Looking for the Good War' Says Our Nostalgia for World War II Has Done Real Harm

Elizabeth D. Samet demystifies the cultural narrative that has shrouded the historical reality.

Fighting Racism, Quietly

The Ahmaud Arbery trial offers lessons for American politics.

What We Know About the Omicron Variant

The World Health Organization has declared that this version of the coronavirus poses a very high risk to public health. How did they come to that conclusion?

Finding Purpose by Giving Back

Whether helping people stay clean and safe, pursue their educational dreams or find the aid they need, volunteers make a difference.

India's Economy Still Weak, Despite a Strong Third Quarter

Covid-19 essentially robbed the country of more than a year of badly needed economic growth. That's lost ground that cannot be regained quickly.

Investors Snap Up Metaverse Real Estate in a Virtual Land Boom

Transactions for properties in digital realms are jumping, guided by the same principle in the physical world: location, location, location.

'Our Money Has No Value': Frustration Rises in Turkey at Lira Crisis

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's insistence on directing monetary policy and sticking with low interest rates is draining confidence, economists say.

How Tesla Helps China's Firms Compete With the U.S.

The electric car company is helping Chinese companies become global players in the emerging industry, posing a competitive threat to traditional rivals.

Supervised Injection Sites for Drug Users to Open in New York City

The Manhattan facilities will provide clean needles, administer medication to reverse overdoses and provide users with options for addiction treatment.

ISIS Fighter Convicted in Death of Enslaved 5-Year-Old Girl

In a trial held in Germany, the man was sentenced to life in prison for the death of the Yazidi girl, whom he allowed to die of thirst in Falluja, Iraq.

Brian Kelly Leaves Notre Dame for LSU

A top coach is heading to the Southeastern Conference, the latest in a series of moves at some of the country's most storied college football programs.

Lululemon Sues Peloton Over Patent Infringement

Lululemon accused Peloton, the fitness company best known for its stationary bikes, of infringing on patents for a new line of leggings and sports bras.

Kimberly Potter's Trial for the Death of Daunte Wright: What We Know

Kimberly Potter, a former Minnesota police officer, faces manslaughter charges in the death of Mr. Wright. She called out "Taser! Taser! Taser!" before firing her gun during a traffic stop.

Boebert Reaches Out to Omar After Incendiary Video, Escalating a Feud

Representative Lauren Boebert made an overture to Representative Ilhan Omar after suggesting that the Muslim lawmaker was a terrorism threat. The call did not go well.

What Is Cardiac Angiosarcoma?

Virgil Abloh, the celebrated fashion designer, died at 41 after being diagnosed with the rare cancer. Here's what we know about it.

Coronary Calcium Scan: A Heart Test That Can Help Guide Treatment

Many doctors recommend the heart test to pinpoint which patients would benefit from treatment to reduce their cardiovascular risk.

The Loss of a Child Takes a Physical Toll on the Heart

Grieving parents were at high risk of a heart attack in the days following the death of a child, and an increased risk may persist for years.

Do You Have the Heart for Marijuana?

Research suggests that smoking marijuana carries many of the same cardiovascular health hazards as smoking tobacco.

For Women in Their 40s, High Blood Pressure May Carry Special Risks

Women, but not men, with even mildly elevated blood pressure in their early 40s were at increased risk for later heart disease and early death.

The Guccis Are Really Not Happy About 'House of Gucci'

When artistic license collides with reality, which one wins?

Jake Wood Was Once a Warrior, Then a Nonprofit Leader. Now He's an Entrepreneur.

Jake Wood was a Marine sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now he works in the philanthropic sector and is "leading with love."

Restaurant Review: Shion 69 Leonard Street

The chef Shion Uino displays a rare, untheatrical mastery of seafood at his new $420-a-head restaurant in TriBeCa.

Parenting After Infertility and Loss: You're Allowed to Complain

'It is 100 percent normal to feel conflicted even if you went to hell and back to become a parent.'

Restoring a 1788 House in Charleston, S.C., With a Walled Garden

The stately 1788 home in South Carolina had expansive rooms and a walled garden. But it needed a lot of work - and that would take time and money.

Will the Covid Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.

A "Frankenstein mix" of mutations raises concerns, but the variant may remain vulnerable to current vaccines. If not, revisions will be necessary.

Arlene Dahl, Movie Star Turned Entrepreneur, Is Dead at 96

She had already started branching out when her film career was at its height, writing a syndicated column and launching a fashion and cosmetics business.

Why Does Coffee Make Me Poop?

It's not clear why coffee can stimulate a bowel movement, but the speed of this effect suggests it's mediated by the brain.

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