Mastanamma, India Cooking Granny and YouTube Sensation, Dies at 107

NEW DELHI — Mastanamma got her big break at age 105. After she prepared an especially delicious eggplant curry, her great-grandson suggested that he film her cooking and then post the videos on YouTube. No matter that she was more than 100 years old, suffered from cataracts, wore dentures, cooked outside on an open fire…

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Why Is Obamacare Enrollment Down?

More than halfway through the sign-up period for Obamacare health plans, fewer people have enrolled in coverage than during the same stretch last year. Enrollment through the federal website Healthcare.gov, which manages insurance marketplaces in 39 states, is down 11 percent compared to 2017, according to government figures released Thursday. Given President Trump’s assault on…

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Tumblr’s ‘NSFW’ Bloggers Prepare to Abandon Ship

Elle Chase, 49, has run Lady Cheeky, one of the most celebrated pornographic blogs on Tumblr, for eight years. It features short video clips, often focused on female pleasure, that she sources from around the internet. Celebrated by Glamour and Cosmopolitan as a great sex blog for women (Cosmo lauded its GIFs as “classy and…

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Elizabeth Warren Stands by DNA Test. But Around Her, Worries Abound.

WASHINGTON — The plan was straightforward: After years of being challenged by President Trump and others about a decades-old claim of Native American ancestry, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would take a DNA test to prove her stated family origins in the Cherokee and Delaware tribes. But nearly two months after Ms. Warren released the…

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Life as a Runway: What 8 Collectors Wore to a Fall Art and Design Fair

Some New Yorkers go apple picking in the fall. Others head to the annual Salon Art & Design fair, which showcases storied designers and artists from the 19th century through the current day. Held this month at the Park Avenue Armory, it featured tables by Frank Lloyd Wright, chairs by Joseph Urban, sculptures by Alexander…

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George H.W. Bush, the Original Sock Diplomat

Over the last few days, the world has said goodbye to the former President George H.W. Bush at a memorial in Houston, a state funeral in Washington, D.C., and a private funeral in Houston. Moving eulogies have been given by the great and the good and those close to the man, stories told and official…

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Paper Chase: ‘A Christmas Carol’ Turns 175

“A Christmas Carol” came out on Dec. 19, 1843, well before The New York Times began publishing in 1851. The novel — with beautiful illustrations by John Leech — was a best-seller in both England and the United States. Because there were no international copyright laws, Dickens didn’t make a cent from American editions. The…

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Q&A: Billy Eichner Has Never Been to Paris

Billy Eichner is a comic actor who became famous running around Manhattan, playing rapid-fire pop culture trivia games on “Billy on the Street” with sometimes willing New Yorkers. Those who correctly identify the names of three of the seven dwarves in “Snow White” or the person whose photograph Sinead O’Connor ripped up on “Saturday Night…

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