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Original Big Bird, Caroll Spinney, Leaves β€˜Sesame Street’ After Nearly 50 Years

By Dave Itzkoff

Mr. Spinney’s remarkable run as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, two of the most beloved characters on television, will end this week.

West Point Strips Racist Motto From Its Football Team Flag

By Johnny Diaz

The military academy used a flag with a skull and crossbones and “G.F.B.D.”, which stands for “God Forgives, Brothers Don’t.” The slogan has been associated with white supremacists.

Ban on Surprise Medical Bills May Pass After All

By Margot Sanger-Katz

Congress is close to a deal that would resolve billing disputes between doctors and insurance companies.

Will Russia Be Thrown Out of the Olympics on Monday? A Primer

By Andrew Keh and Tariq Panja

Failed drug tests, altered samples and full-throated denials. Here’s what you need to know as the World Anti-Doping Agency considers barring Russia from sports.

Florida Shooting Updates: F.B.I. Presumes It Was Terrorism

By Patricia Mazzei, Frances Robles and Eric Schmitt

Officials said on Sunday that federal investigators were working on the presumption that the attack in Pensacola on Friday was an act of terrorism. Sailors from Alabama, Florida and Georgia were killed, and eight others were injured.

Songs, Poems and Parodies: Readers Compose β€˜Variations’

We invited readers to stretch the traditional boundaries of a letter to the editor, in verse, song or some other form. Many couldn’t resist the urge to aim their wit at the president.

Brexit Will Bring a Baby Boom, Boris Johnson Promises

By Yonette Joseph

Another dubious claim has drawn attention on the campaign trail in the lead-up to British elections on Thursday.

Juice WRLD, Rising Rap Artist, Dies at 21

By Joe Coscarelli and Sandra E. Garcia

The musician, whose real name was Jarad A. Higgins, died on Sunday in Illinois, the authorities said.

What Does This Country Demand of Black Women in Politics?

By Lisa Lerer and Jennifer Medina

After Kamala Harris’s departure from the presidential race, the people who saw their own paths reflected in hers are thinking about what comes next.

America’s Dark History of Killing Its Own Troops With Cluster Munitions

By John Ismay

The weapons are notorious for their effects on civilians. But five years of reporting and hundreds of interviews have revealed they’ve also killed and wounded scores of Americans.

Cheerleader Punished for Taking a Knee Is Awarded $145,000

By Derrick Bryson Taylor

Kneeling during the national anthem is a “completely appropriate protest” that should have been protected by Kennesaw State University, a lawyer for the student said.

Young Voters Helped Upend the Last U.K. Election. Can It Happen Again?

By Ceylan Yeginsu

The left-wing opposition Labour Party outperformed most polls in 2017 thanks in part to its strength among young people, who appear to have registered in larger numbers this time around.

I.M.F., Endorsing Zelensky, Approves Loan for Ukraine

By Andrew E. Kramer

The International Monetary Fund, in conditionally agreeing to lend the country $5.5 billion over three years, cited “impressive progress” under President Volodymyr Zelensky.