Centene to Buy WellCare for $15.3 Billion, Creating Health Care Giant

Centene, a major insurer that has significantly expanded under the Affordable Care Act, is making a bold bet as the Trump administration renews its attacks on the federal health law. The company announced on Wednesday that it had agreed to buy WellCare, a smaller publicly held insurer based in Florida, for about $15.3 billion. The…

Details

One Good Meal: An Illustrator Duo’s Classic Spanish Omelet

In “One Good Meal,” we ask cooking-inclined creative people to share the story behind a favorite dish they actually make and eat at home on a regular basis — and not just when they’re trying to impress. In Spanish, the word cachete roughly translates to “slap in the face” — which is exactly the impact…

Details

When Your Kid Realizes Bedtime Is a Scam

[Click here to get NYT Parenting in your inbox once a week.] Hello, and welcome to the first installment of the NYT Parenting newsletter! I’m Jess Grose, the lead editor of Parenting, and the mom of two girls who are 6 and almost 3. I’ll be your guide each week as we discuss all the…

Details

Mammogram Centers Must Tell Women if They Have Dense Breasts, F.D.A. Proposes

Centers that provide mammograms to screen for breast cancer will have to tell women whether they have dense breast tissue, which can increase the risk of cancer and mask tumors, the Food and Drug Administration announced in a proposed rule on Wednesday. Dense tissue can hide cancer from X-rays, making mammography less reliable. Women with…

Details

Mammy Jars Mock Black People. Why Are They Still Collected?

The mammy caricature, perpetuated by racist objects like dolls and ceramics, portrayed black women as subservient.CreditGabe Palmer/Alamy Mammy kitchen items, including jars, salt and pepper shakers, and kitchen bells, grew in popularity during the Jim Crow era.CreditJeffrey Greenberg/UIG, via Getty Images In a Black History Month roiled by tone-deaf scandals in politics and fashion involving…

Details

3 Ways to Style Sneakers

The hallmark of a great pair of shoes is versatility. You know you’ve got your hands on something special when the same style works for brunch with friends, a day at the office, and a night out. Even better? When it’s super comfortable like a sneaker. Thanks to the growing popularity of the category, it’s…

Details

The Captionfluencers

Image Bill Mullen, a fashion stylist and illustrator, wants you to know that he used to wear a belt made out of teeth, skulls on every finger and cataracts of crosses, his exotic turnout once spurring a stranger to bellow, “Go for it, space monkey, go for it.” Solange Knowles is touting “Metatronia,» an architecturally…

Details

The Irish Charm Behind a Huge L.G.B.T. Club in Brooklyn

It was 2 a.m. at a onetime brewery in Brooklyn, and Shangela, a multiseason star from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” swirled and strutted in a glittery red gown, lip-syncing to “Toy,” the bubbly Eurovision winner by Netta. As she executed a flawless death drop, a deafening roar rose from the crowd of 400, a mix of…

Details