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Parkland, Billy Graham, Lindsey Vonn: Your Wednesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview Smarter Living Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life. • Counting calories is not the key to weight loss, a new study says. • Stylists share some practical tips for salvaging dry winter hair. (Treat it like cashmere.) Continue reading the main story • An easy fish chowder still carries the spirit of the sea […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Russia, Iran, Winter Olympics: Your Tuesday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit Sarianto/Associated Press • Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted, shooting columns of ash more than three miles high. The volcanic advisory center in Darwin, Australia, issued a “red notice” to airlines. […]

For Parents of Shooting Victims, a Support Network That Keeps Growing

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Asia and Australia Edition: Iran, Russia, Olympics: Your Monday Briefing

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In Wake of Florida Massacre, Gun Control Advocates Look to Connecticut

There is no doubt that there are limits to state and local gun laws. Cities like Chicago and Baltimore, with rigorous gun laws, also have two of the highest murder rates in the country. The black market for illegal guns has thrived in those cities, with gang members and criminals turning to the streets to get firearms.And the drop in fatal shootings in Connecticut has occurred in the context of a broad, long-term decline in violent crime across the country. Citing F.B.I. statistics, the Pew Research Center reports that violent crime fell 48 percent from 1993 to 2016.Gun-rights groups say the problem is not the guns, but the individuals using them. They argue that laws alone are no panacea, and that social issues like mental illness and unemployment must be addressed to help curb gun violence. Some gun advocates have also called for more training and security for those who legally and responsibly maintain guns.Still, with little appetite in Congress to take on gun control, the debate is playing out at the state level, with Connecticut seen as a model for gun-control advocates.PhotoIn April 2013, Gov. Dannel P. […]

To Stir Discord in 2016, Russians Turned Most Often to Facebook

Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, said the indictment laid bare how effectively Facebook could be turned against the country.PhotoRussians used inflammatory posts and ads on Facebook ahead of the 2016 election.“Facebook built incredibly effective tools which let Russia profile citizens here in the U.S. and figure out how to manipulate us,” Mr. Albright said. “Facebook, essentially, gave them everything they needed.” He added that many of the tools that the Russians used, including those that allow ads to be targeted and that show how widespread an ad becomes, still pervade Facebook.Facebook, with more than two billion members on the social network alone, has long struggled with what its sites show and the kind of illicit activity it may enable, from selling unlicensed guns to broadcasting live killings. The company’s business depends on people being highly engaged with what is posted on its sites, which in turn helps make it a marquee destination for advertisers.When suggestions first arose after the 2016 election that Facebook may have influenced the outcome, Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, dismissed the concerns […]

How Russian Bots Invade Our Elections

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