Encounters: Haley Joel Osment Plays Pool at His Favorite N.Y.U. Hangout

“The comeback starts now,” said Haley Joel Osment, as he leaned across the pool table and lined up his shot for a middle pocket. He missed. Wildly. “It’s a subtle comeback.” On a recent Monday, Mr. Osment was in New York to promote the new season of “Future Man,” a science fiction comedy on Hulu,…

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Rites of Passage: A Christian Youth Group Turned Me Jewish

When I was 14, I joined a born-again Christian youth group, despite having a Jewish last name and a lackluster-at-best interest in the teachings of Jesus Christ. I did it for the only reason that I did anything at that age: I had a crush on a boy. He wore gauges in both ears, the…

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The Half King Is Dead. Long Live the Half King.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] It was a late-April evening in 2011 when news broke that two photographers were killed by a mortar blast in the besieged city of Misurata, one of the last anti-Qaddafi rebel strongholds of the Libyan civil war. Calls were…

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Travel Tips: When to Go Where in 2019

We all want to get the most and pay the least when we’re booking flights, hotel rooms or rental cars, but when it comes to locking down the best rates, many factors are at play. With flights and hotels, it’s usually supply and demand. New flight routes also play a role in whether you can…

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Work Friend: When Your Meat Suit Is Angry With Some Other, Louder Meat Suit

Send your disgraceful and distressing questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Seek and Destroy I was sitting in business class on Amtrak when the man behind me started speaking loudly on his cellphone. Not a…

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Eating fried foods could increase death risk, study warns

A new study featuring in The BMJ cautions that women over 50 who regularly eat fried foods may be increasing their own death risk. Are you a fan of fried foods? If you eat them too frequently, you may increase your death risk, researchers warn. Many studies have shown that eating fried foods on a…

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At War: The Day They Came to Tell Me My Husband Died

When the doorbell rang on New Year’s Eve four years ago, I knew something was wrong. It was 9 p.m. I was alone. I opened the door to three men in uniform. This was something I had imagined many times before, although in my visions they wore Army dress blues instead of the grays worn…

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Bites: In Houston, Food and Drink Elevated by Two Local Stars

When you arrive at the tiny glass-encapsulated Better Luck Tomorrow in Houston’s hip Heights neighborhood, you’re asked to join the bar’s “club,” which requires a signature before you’ve even looked at the menu. It’s the bar’s coy way of working around local restrictions that prohibit the sale of alcohol unless the establishment is a private…

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Ask Well: When Should I Take an Antibiotic?

Q. I know that antibiotics don’t treat viruses, but at some point, isn’t it time to try one? A. With the caveat that medical expertise is required to differentiate bacterial illnesses from viral ones, many common infections have features that can help you decide when an antibiotic might be appropriate. In patients with bronchitis, the…

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How to Get a Man to Marry You? – Learn from Kate Middleton

Can a girl marry a prince? She can hope to do so, of course, but the probability whether she will marry or not is 50:50. Each of us may find a personal “prince”. He, like a man of noble blood, can sometimes wait for years before proceeding with an engagement or wedding. How can you…

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