Local Officials in China Hid Coronavirus Dangers From Beijing, U.S. Agencies Find

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials have tried taking a political sledgehammer to China over the coronavirus pandemic, asserting that the Chinese Communist Party covered up the initial outbreak and allowed the virus to spread around the globe. But within the United States government, intelligence officials have arrived at a more nuanced and complex finding of…

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Latif Nasser, Harvard Ph.D., on the Rewards of Being Dumb

Latif Nasser’s new Netflix series, “Connected,” was only two days old when he and his wife headed to the hospital to have a baby. Add a pandemic to the mix and you have what Nasser calls “the weirdest time on top of the weirdest time.” But Nasser is used to weird. In fact, he thrives…

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Airbnb, a ‘Sharing Economy’ Pioneer, Files to Go Public

SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb said on Wednesday that it had confidentially filed to go public, taking a key step toward one of the largest public market debuts in a generation of “sharing economy” start-ups. A public offering by the company, which lets people rent out their spare rooms or homes to travelers, would cap a…

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This Trawler’s Haul: Evidence That Antibodies Block the Coronavirus

A fishing vessel that left Seattle in May returned with an unexpected catch: the first direct evidence in humans that antibodies to the coronavirus can thwart infection. More than a hundred crew members aboard the American Dynasty were stricken by the infection over 18 days at sea. But three sailors who initially carried antibodies remained…

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E-Bikes Are All the Rage. Should They Be?

Is riding an e-bike good exercise? Is riding an e-bike safe? With interest in and sales of pedal-assisted electric bikes surging during the pandemic, those questions share a growing urgency. Two timely and soothing new studies of e-bike riders’ exertions and injuries suggest that the answer to both questions can be a qualified yes, though…

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Covid-19 News: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageMayor Bill de Blasio of New York at New Bridges Elementary School in Brooklyn on Wednesday. The teachers’ union is trying to ramp up pressure on the mayor to delay or call off his plan to reopen schools.Credit…John Minchillo/Associated Press Some teachers’ unions push to delay in-person learning as…

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Anticipating Fall and Looking for Constants

Welcome. Sam’s off for a couple weeks, so I’ll be keeping you company at home for a spell. It’s mid-August, the time of the season when the days start to cool a bit, at least here in the northeast, when those people who love the fall start to anticipate the brisk days, and those who…

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Final Meals at Closing Restaurants: ‘I Will Dream of Those Dumplings’

Bar Sardine, a cozy bistro in Manhattan’s West Village, has been Maggie Kennelly’s go-to spot since she moved to New York three years ago. It’s where she introduced her boyfriend to her father for the first time. It’s where she and her friends always went for Sunday brunch, sitting at “the sunny booth” by the…

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Tired of Tuna? This Chickpea Salad Sandwich Is Just the Thing

What tomato sandwiches were to Harriet the Spy, tuna salad was to me, and I ate it almost every day throughout grade school. Piled on whole-wheat, it was squishy and dependable, seeing me through the ups and downs of every cafeteria drama. Tuna sandwiches are just as comforting to me now, especially during this pandemic.…

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Is This What the Future of Fashion Week Looks Like?

Style Points is a new weekly column about how fashion intersects with the wider world. There’s something truly uncanny about looking at fashion week images right now, a reminder that on the streets of Copenhagen, stylish women were just cavorting in cute ensembles and attending runway shows. I’ve been clicking through the slideshows like everyone…

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