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New York Today: New York Today: The Latest on the Snowstorm

• Bridges and tunnels: Motorists are encouraged to drive at reduced speeds on bridges and tunnels across the city, so expect a slower-than-usual commute. A speed restriction of 35 m.p.h. is in place on the George Washington Bridge and there are residual delays at the Lincoln Tunnel.• Ferries: All Seastreak service is suspended. NYC Ferry’s East River and Astoria routes are running on normal schedules, but there are suspensions and service changes on the Rockaway and South Brooklyn routes.• Newark, La Guardia and Kennedy airports: Airlines have already canceled many flights to and from East Coast destinations.PhotoCommuters begin to make their way through Lower Manhattan this morning.Credit Stephanie Keith for The New York TimesAlternate-side parking is suspended for snow removal today and Friday.The flurries should dwindle by this evening, but it may feel as icy as zero degrees or lower. What might be more concerning, according to Tim Morrin of the National Weather Service, are the days to follow.“After the snow is over, we’re expecting a very frigid period of weather on Friday and Saturday,” Mr. Morrin told us. “Wind chill factors can be even worse than we had during the New Year’s period, so everything’s going to be really frozen in. For citizens who need to be outdoors, it’s really going to be a tough go.”Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.Friday and Saturday are showing highs near 12 and lows around 4, but with the wind chill, it may feel as biting at 20 below zero.Plan accordingly and stay warm (think: hearty dishes like soups and stews, or hot chocolate and cold-weather cocktails).We will continue updating the column regularly throughout the morning, and you can read more in our live briefing about how the ‘bomb cyclone’ is affecting New York and other parts of the country.Continue reading the main story […]

Putin Will Win in Russia. So Why Exclude Navalny?

Mr. Navalny’s exclusion from the March election “casts a serious doubt on political pluralism in Russia and the prospect of democratic elections next year,” the European Union’s foreign service said in a statement on Tuesday.It also risks pushing politics in exactly the direction the Kremlin wants to avoid — onto the street. Mr. […]

Myanmar Court Extends Detention of Reuters Journalists

PhotoU Wa Lone outside court in Yangon, Myanmar, on Wednesday. He and another Reuters journalist were arrested Dec. 12 while reporting on Rakhine State, site of a military crackdown on ethnic Rohingya.Credit ReutersHONG KONG — A court in Myanmar extended the detention of two Reuters journalists for another 14 days, despite international condemnation of their arrests as an attack on press freedom.The journalists, U Wa Lone, 31, and U Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were arrested while reporting on Rakhine State, where Myanmar’s military has taken part in a campaign of killings, rape and arson that has sent more than 655,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing into Bangladesh. The two were charged with violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act, a broad colonial-era law that carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.Mr. Wa Lone and Mr. Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested on Dec. 12 after having obtained photographs from residents of a village in which, the army’s chief said, a mass grave was found.PhotoU Kyaw Soe Oo, the other journalist, inside a police vehicle as he left court. Both face up to 14 years in prison under a colonial-era law.Credit ReutersThe arrests came just weeks after a judge sentenced two other foreign journalists, their interpreter and their driver to two months in prison on charges of filming with a drone without official permission. […]

CVS Is Said to Agree to Buy Aetna, Reshaping Health Care Industry

PhotoA CVS Pharmacy store in Manhattan.Credit Shannon Stapleton/ReutersCVS has agreed to buy Aetna for about $69 billion, in a deal that would reshape the American health care industry, a person briefed on the matter said on Sunday.The transaction, one of the largest of the year, would combine the drugstore giant with one of the United States’ biggest health insurers, reflecting the increasingly blurred lines between traditionally separate spheres of the health care industry.Under the terms of the deal, CVS will pay about $207 a share, said this person, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the transaction before it was announced. Roughly $145 a share of that would be in cash, with the remainder in newly issued CVS stock.An announcement could come later on Sunday.One of the biggest drivers of the deal is Amazon, which has quietly laid the groundwork for an entry into the United States’ pharmacy business. Jeff Bezos, the Amazon chief executive, and his e-commerce juggernaut have already overturned many industries: book buying, retail shopping, groceries and Hollywood, using fierce customer loyalty and enormous reach as cudgels against incumbent players.As Amazon secures pharmacy licenses across the country, traditional drug sellers have weighed ways to fight back.Wary of Amazon’s much-rumored move into the pharmacy industry, the leaders of CVS and Aetna have met several times this year, conversations that eventually led to deal negotiations.Follow Michael J. […]

‘You’re a Quadriplegic’: A Las Vegas Victim Faces a Hard Reality

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Spain Will Remove Catalan Leader, Prime Minister Announces

Mr. Rajoy said the Catalan government had never offered real dialogue with the central government in Madrid but had instead tried to impose its secessionist project on Catalan citizens and the rest of the country in violation of Spain’s Constitution.He said his government was putting an end to “a unilateral process, contrary to the law and searching for confrontation” because “no government of any democratic country can accept that the law be violated, ignored and changed.”Mr. Rajoy said he planned to remove the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, and the rest of his separatist administration from office.The central government was also poised to take charge of Catalonia’s autonomous police force.Mr. Rajoy did not ask to dissolve the Catalan Parliament, but instead said that the president of the assembly would not be allowed to take any initiative judged to be contrary to Spain’s constitution for a period of 30 days, including trying to propose another leader to replace Mr. Puigdemont.Mr. Rajoy said that his goal was to arrange new Catalan elections within six months, so as to lift the measures taken under Article 155 as soon as possible.However, it’s unclear how such elections would be organized or whether they would significantly change Catalonia’s political landscape, let alone help to resolve the territorial conflict.In fact, the steps announced by Mr. Rajoy run a serious risk of further inflaming an already volatile atmosphere in Catalonia, where tens of thousands braved Spanish national police wielding truncheons to vote for independence during the barred Oct. 1 referendum.Continue reading the main storyMr. […]

It’s Walk to School Day. So why are we scaring kids and parents off the roads?

It’s getting to the point where they can’t go out without hi viz vests and flashing lights and GPS […]