Coronavirus Cases in the United States Reach 34, and More Are Expected

At least 34 people in the United States are infected with the coronavirus spreading from China, federal health officials said on Friday. “This new virus represents a tremendous public health threat,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said at a news briefing. But so far there has been…

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36 Hours in Basel

Basel is, perhaps, the only city in the world that’s best experienced at 4 a.m. on a Monday. On a particular Monday, that is: the one after Ash Wednesday, when nearly every local with a pulse turns up in the Old Town for a parade known as the Morgenstreich. Then, on the fourth chime of…

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At Walgreens, Complaints of Medication Errors Go Missing

Pharmacy employees at Walgreens told consultants late last year that high levels of stress and “unreasonable” expectations had led them to make mistakes while filling prescriptions and to ignore some safety procedures. But when the consultants presented their findings at Walgreens’s corporate offices this month, there was no reference to the errors and little mention…

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Donatella Versace Is Not Who You Think She Is

Donatella Versace at her home in Milan. Pier Nicola Bruno Shortly before I interview Donatella Versace, I ask my colorist to bump up my already-straining-credulity blond by a shade. That’s the effect Versace has on you before you even meet her: Some people make you stand up straighter in their presence; she has a way…

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13 St. Patrick’s Day Outfits That Say ‘Don’t Freaking Touch Me’

Getty Images The way America celebrates St. Patrick’s day continues to cause confusion, but you can’t avoid not wearing green. Fail to wear a shade of chartreuse and you’re bound to get at least one pestering bystander who hasn’t quite caught up to the fact that unsolicited pinches are not welcome. Surprise, surprise! Lucky for…

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April Bloomfield Returns With a Dinner Series

The chef April Bloomfield plans next week to kick off a series of dinners prepared with other chefs from around the country at the Breslin, her restaurant in the Ace Hotel in NoMad. The dinners are Ms. Bloomfield’s first high-profile events since she was part of the scandal over sexual harassment by her former business…

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FreshDirect, After Broken Eggs and Angry Customers, Stages a Comeback

About a year and a half ago, longtime patrons of the pioneering grocery delivery service FreshDirect started complaining that orders were arriving hours late. There were broken eggs and spoiled fruit. One customer reported that she had paid $200 for groceries — only to receive nothing but seltzer and a loaf of bread. The source of…

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Creamy Pasta Forever

Hello, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. Sometimes the quickest meals are also the richest, because ingredients like cream, cheese and butter are shortcuts to satisfaction. Fat carries flavor, so you don’t need a ton of other ingredients to build a dish, or a long cooking time to develop rounded flavors. (I’m thinking about fettuccine…

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Never Underestimate the Value of Crashing a Wedding

When it comes to decision making, Ariel Figueroa believes in acting first and apologizing later. “I very much function under the concept of, it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission,” said Ms. Figueroa, a fourth-year student at New York Medical College. While this philosophy may seem wrong for the operating room, where Ms. Figueroa,…

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Love Letter: Bridging a Cultural Divide

[Sign up here to receive Love Letter, a weekly newsletter about relationship highs, lows and woes, in your inbox every Friday.] First-date etiquette suggests that talking about politics, race or religion is off limits. However, when Marlena Brown went on a first date with a brazen firefighter who had chased her down the block to…

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