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In Israel, Race Between Netanyahu and Herzog Appears Too Close to Call

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:56:44 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief challenger, Isaac Herzog, appeared to win about the same number of seats in Parliament on Tuesday, according to Israeli media and exit polls.

Secret Service Chief Criticized in Congress Over Agents’ Latest Lapse

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:56:38 GMT

The new director, Joseph P. Clancy, appeared before the House Appropriations Committee to discuss the agency’s 2016 budget.

Critic’s Notebook: Kendrick Lamar, Emboldened, but Burdened, by Success

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:47:38 GMT

The rapper’s new album emotes on living under constant racialized surveillance and how that can lead to many types of internal monologues, some empowered, some self-loathing.

First Draft: G.O.P. Congressman With ‘Downton’ Décor to Resign

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:24:35 GMT

The “Downton Abbey”-themed office of Representative Aaron Schock had prompted an investigation into whether the Illinois congressman had improperly accepted interior design services.

Restaurants: Restaurant Review: Eleven Madison Park in Midtown South

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:16:29 GMT

With fewer gimmicks, Eleven Madison Park still pulls out all the stops with food and service.

Coming of Age as a Guide at Ground Zero

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:00:21 GMT

In a new initiative at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, students from local high schools summon the emotional maturity to serve as guides.

Netanyahu Expresses Alarm That Arab Voter Turnout Could Help Unseat Him

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:52:30 GMT

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Arab voters “streaming in huge quantities to the polling stations” could determine the election’s outcome.

Jeb Bush, 20 Years After Conversion, Is Guided by His Catholic Faith

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:47:34 GMT

Mr. Bush’s Catholicism, which he turned to after a campaign that strained his marriage, has become a central element of the way he shapes his life and frames his views on public policy.

Air Force Veteran From New Jersey Tried to Aid ISIS, U.S. Charges

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:22:57 GMT

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, an airplane mechanic, tried to travel from Egypt to Turkey to Syria, prosecutors say, but was ultimately deported to the United States.

49ers’ Chris Borland, Citing Safety, Is Latest to Retire Early From N.F.L.

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:41:33 GMT

Borland, 24, is the youngest and most promising of a number of players to leave the league this off-season for a variety of reasons, including concerns about brain injuries.

Secret Service Chief Criticized in Congress Over Agents’ Latest Lapse

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:24:48 GMT

The new director, Joseph P. Clancy, appeared before the House Appropriations Committee to discuss the agency’s 2016 budget.

Robert Durst Ordered to Attend Louisiana Court Hearing Next Week

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:12:36 GMT

A lawyer for Mr. Durst said they would fight the charges in New Orleans, both involving possession of a firearm, as well as a first-degree murder charge in Los Angeles.

Facebook Announces a Payments Feature for Its Messenger App

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:00:43 GMT

The feature will at first be limited to people who are Facebook friends, but Wall Street expects that such transactions will become a big business.

France, Germany and Italy Say They’ll Join China-Led Bank in Rebuff to U.S.

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:39:54 GMT

The three countries said they would be part of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which Washington views as a rival to the World Bank.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Includes First Gay Group, but Dismay Remains

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 18:16:06 GMT

The organizers of New York City’s event lifted a ban on openly gay organizations marching, but this year only one group was admitted, and it is affiliated with NBC, the parade broadcaster.

Remains in Madrid Are Believed to Be Those of Cervantes

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:35:36 GMT

Spanish investigators said they had reason to believe that bones found at the Convent of the Discalced Trinitarians were those of the “Don Quixote” author.

Syrian Activists Say Chlorine Gas Attack Kills 6 in Idlib Province

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:22:08 GMT

The Assad government denied the report, but activists posted video online of medics in gas masks dousing victims with water and of children in hospitals.

Nintendo Forms Partnership to Develop Mobile Games

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:17:41 GMT

Nintendo, the video game maker that has long resisted a move to devices like smartphones, said it and DeNA would team up to create mobile games.

Latest News: Israeli Elections, N.C.A.A. Basketball, Cervantes’ Bones

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:44:42 GMT

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Grimm Associate Is Sentenced to 3 Months in Prison

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:37:12 GMT

Diana Durand received the surprising sentence on Tuesday after pleading guilty to soliciting campaign donations in the names of others for former Representative Michael G. Grimm.