Scientists Were Hunting for the Next Ebola. Now the U.S. Has Cut Off Their Funding.

In a move that worries many public health experts, the federal government is quietly shutting down a surveillance program for dangerous animal viruses that someday may infect humans. The United Nations Environment Program estimates that a new animal disease that can also infect humans is discovered every four months. Ending the program, experts fear, will…

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Jenny Slate Wrote a Book-Shaped Thing. What Is It?

SOUTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. — The only piece of fiction in Jenny Slate’s new book, “Little Weirds,” describes a love that grew old in an un-air-conditioned house by the Atlantic Ocean. “I was trying to say goodbye to my ex-husband, who is an important person in my life and a friend,” the actress and comedian said…

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Can a Restored Pompeii Be Saved From ‘Clambering’ Tourists?

It’s easy to imagine lounging in the garden at the sprawling villa of Julia Felix, a savvy Roman business woman who lived in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in the first century A.D. There would have been wine to drink, and fresh figs, apricots and walnuts to savor. The warm sea breeze would have…

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Houses Where Friends Used to Live

This Halloween, my daughters will don their wigs and wands and, holding out their plastic pumpkins, knock on the doors of houses where friends used to live. The migration happened slowly at first. Our “best friend couple” moved home to Louisville for a new job. Seven years gone, their door still flashes the shade of…

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Justin Hartley of ‘This Is Us’ Meditates on His Rolexes

“See that hand?” said Justin Hartley, pointing to the second hand on his Rolex Daytona as it skimmed the black-and-champagne face. “That hand is going so slow. And it never speeds up.” On a sun-dazzled morning in late September, Mr. Hartley, 42, a star of the prime-time weepie “This Is Us,” was at Wempe Jewelers,…

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Should Family Members See Patients Die in the I.C.U.?

On one recent intensive care unit shift, I admitted a man whose heart had stopped earlier that day. By the time I met him, it seemed clear that he wasn’t going to live. So when he went into cardiac arrest for what I suspected would be the last time, I headed out of the unit…

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Pairs Well with Weed

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The food at West Hollywood’s first weed restaurant, Lowell Farms: A Cannabis Cafe, isn’t actually infused with weed. But the cuisine could certainly be described as cannabis complementary. There are vegan nachos and upscale corn dogs; French fries and Angus burgers; and crispy brussels sprouts as well as baby kale and garden…

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The Chicken’s in the Oven, My Husband’s Out the Door

To celebrate Modern Love’s 15th anniversary this month, we’re publishing a series of special features — three classic essays from the column’s early years and four conversations with writers whose stories were adapted for the television series that began streaming on Amazon Prime Video on Oct. 18. This week we present the third Modern Love…

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After 15 Years, Dream Mall Finally Becomes a Reality

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It has taken 15 years, three owners, two names and hundreds of millions of dollars worth of taxpayer incentives, but a giant mall built on a former swamp in the Meadowlands — and less than 10 miles away from the shopping haven of Manhattan — is finally opening on Friday. Sort…

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Ingo Maurer, Designer Known as a Poet of Light, Dies at 87

Ingo Maurer, a German lighting designer who was Promethean in his delivery of illumination — fashioning lamps out of shattered crockery, scribbled memos, holograms, tea strainers and incandescent bulbs with feathered wings — died on Monday in Munich. He was 87. His death, at a hospital, was announced by his company, Ingo Maurer GmbH, which…

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