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Today β€” May 27th 2019Your RSS feeds

Nxivm Branding Ritual Was Scripted by Cult Leader to Be β€˜Like a Sacrifice’

By Colin Moynihan

Keith Raniere helped design the ceremonies, according to recordings introduced during his federal trial. Women should be “completely nude,” he suggested, and held to the table.

β€˜It Was Like a Zoo:’ Death on an Unruly, Overcrowded Everest

By Kai Schultz, Jeffrey Gettleman, Mujib Mashal and Bhadra Sharma

This has been one of the deadliest climbing seasons on the world’s highest peak. Veteran climbers blame increased permits for climbers, including many who are inexperienced.

In European Elections, Populists May Not Have Done as Well as Some Expected

By Steven Erlanger

Exit polls indicated that amid unusually high turnout, the erosion of Europe’s traditional mainstream parties continued.

Yesterday β€” May 26th 2019Your RSS feeds

Tornadoes rake 2 Oklahoma cities, killing 2 and injuring 29


The National Weather Service says a likely tornado has destroyed a motel and caused other damage in the Oklahoma City area.

Why Giant Pipes (Intentionally) Spewed Water and Sand onto Rockaway Beach

By John Leland and Julia Gillard

With new hordes flocking to the Rockaways, some important local elements keep leaving — the sands. Who you calling Sisyphus?

First Opioid Trial Takes Aim at Johnson & Johnson

By Jan Hoffman

Having settled with Purdue Pharma and Teva, Oklahoma will now try to blame Johnson & Johnson for its opioid disaster. Nearly 1,900 lawsuits remain nationwide.

Renault and Fiat Chrysler Set to Announce a Global Partnership

By Neal Boudette, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Jack Ewing

The two automakers were said to be deep in talks about a deal that could ultimately lead to a full-blown merger. Nissan, Renault’s partner, was not involved.

Amid Rising Anti-Semitism, German Official Advises Jews Against Wearing Skullcaps in Public

By Christopher F. Schuetze

Many were dismayed by Felix Klein’s comment that he couldn’t recommend that Jews wear their skullcaps everywhere in Germany.

Bangladesh’s Fishing Ban Leaves Coastal Towns in β€˜Nightmare Situation’

By Julfikar Ali Manik and Mike Ives

The 65-day ban is meant to restore stocks that have been depleted by overfishing, but coastal communities depend on fishing for short-term survival.

Britain Dealt Defeat at U.N. Over Its Control of Chagos Islands

By Rick Gladstone

United Nations members voted 116 to 6 in support of a resolution demanding that Britain give Mauritius the Chagos Islands, home to an important American military base.

Meghan Markle wasn't 'A-list' enough for designers, friend says

By Michael Hollan

It might be hard to believe, but there was a time when Meghan Markle wasn’t famous enough for fashion designers.

U.S. Army’s Tweet Prompts Stories of Harmful Effects of Military Service

By Mihir Zaveri

The Army asked on Twitter how military service had affected people. Replies described health complications, sexual assaults and struggles with PTSD.

β€˜I’m Weird, but I Get Results’: Have You Met This Wizard on the Subway?

By Mary Pilon

Devin Person moonlights as the warlock of Brooklyn, casting “spells” and offering wise words for start-up workers and subway riders.