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    New York City to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair

    New York City to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair


    The New York City's human rights commission specifically asserts the right of people to have “natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or...

    New guidelines out this week give legal recourse to individuals who have been harassed, punished or fired because of the style of their hair.
    Wall Street, Seeking Big Tax Breaks, Sets Sights on Distressed Main Streets

    Wall Street, Seeking Big Tax Breaks, Sets Sights on Distressed Main Streets


    Discussing opportunity zones at the Winter Innovation Summit conference this month in Salt Lake City. Hedge funds, banks and other businesses hope to raise huge sums of money to invest in funds linked to the zones that provide large tax breaks for those...

    Hedge funds and other wealthy investors are plowing money into so-called opportunity zone funds, a creation of the 2017 tax law that provides incentives for spending on projects in poor areas.

    Wall St. Muted With Focus on Trade Talks, Fed Minutes


    U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday as investors weighed the latest developments in trade talks between the United States and China, while waiting for minutes from the Federal Reserve's January policy-setting...

    U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday as investors weighed the latest developments in trade talks between the United States and China, while waiting for minutes from the Federal Reserve's January policy-setting meeting.

    Do Writers Deserve Respect? Some Say Yes


    The New York Public Library celebrated the foundational texts of the American gay rights movement, and also writers were rewarded with awards for writing at the 71st Annual Writers Guild...

    The New York Public Library celebrated the foundational texts of the American gay rights movement, and also writers were rewarded with awards for writing at the 71st Annual Writers Guild Awards.
    Tesla General Counsel Quits After 2 Months in Latest Upheaval

    Tesla General Counsel Quits After 2 Months in Latest Upheaval


    Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, left center, at a groundbreaking ceremony for a plant in Shanghai last...

    Dane Butswinkas, a Washington trial lawyer, represented Elon Musk, the chief executive, when he was sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
    For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds

    For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds


    Erin Hawley playing video games with her family in Keyport, N.J. Ms. Hawley, who has muscular dystrophy, uses an adaptive controller recently released by Microsoft alongside its traditional Xbox One...

    An industrious community has for years devised workarounds to play video games. Microsoft’s new adaptive controller may allow even more people to play with their face, elbows and feet.
    This Legislation Could Force Stores to Take Your Cash

    This Legislation Could Force Stores to Take Your Cash


    A patron tried to pay with cash at a Dos Toros Taqueria in New York City before learning that only credit or debit cards are...

    The bills come amid a trend toward “cash-free” stores, which supporters say are more convenient. Critics counter that they discriminate against the poor.
    DealBook Briefing: The Big Problems Facing the Trade Talks

    DealBook Briefing: The Big Problems Facing the Trade Talks


    The U.S. trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, left, and Vice Premier Liu He of...

    This week’s trade negotiations between the U.S. and China must bridge a lot of gulfs — including concerns over currency stability.
    Russian Hackers Targeted European Research Groups, Microsoft Says

    Russian Hackers Targeted European Research Groups, Microsoft Says


    Karen Donfried, second from right, the president of German Marshall Fund of the United States, with NATO’s secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, center, in Brussels in 2014. Her organization was targeted by Russian hackers, Microsoft...

    The attacks, which come ahead of elections in May, reflect the spread of a broad online campaign linked to Moscow to disrupt its political opponents.
    As McKinsey Sells Advice, Its Hedge Fund May Have a Stake in the Outcome

    As McKinsey Sells Advice, Its Hedge Fund May Have a Stake in the Outcome


    McKinsey has revealed little about the hedge fund it owns, MIO Partners, concealing many of the investments in shell companies on the island of...

    The world’s most prestigious consulting firm has a secretive $12.3 billion investment arm, prompting questions about conflicts of interest.

    McKinsey Will Return $15 Million in Fees Over Disclosure Failures


    The consulting company settled with the Justice Department unit that oversees the bankruptcy system. But the creditor allegations that led to the settlement are still before a...

    The consulting company settled with the Justice Department unit that oversees the bankruptcy system. But the creditor allegations that led to the settlement are still before a judge.
    Democrats Want to Tax the Wealthy. Many Voters Agree.

    Democrats Want to Tax the Wealthy. Many Voters Agree.


    Kris Stallard, a data analyst in Tulsa, Okla., backs a wealth tax in principle, but questions how it would work in practice. “Is the government going to take parts of businesses from people?” he...

    A proposal to tax wealth finds support across party lines, along with the premise that the government should combat inequality.
    After Karl Lagerfeld, What’s Next for Chanel and Fendi?

    After Karl Lagerfeld, What’s Next for Chanel and Fendi?


    Karl Lagerfeld after showing his fall-winter 2011-12 ready-to-wear women's line for Chanel in Paris in March...

    The designer dominated the creative side of two of fashion’s best-known names for decades. Now they must confront a post-Lagerfeld future at a time of heightened flux in the global luxury market.
    Housing Is Already in a Slump. So It (Probably) Can’t Cause a Recession.

    Housing Is Already in a Slump. So It (Probably) Can’t Cause a Recession.


    Residential real estate prices have risen so fast that even markets previously considered affordable are now beyond the reach of many. Prices in Denver have risen 90 percent since...

    A decline in residential real estate has led several recessions. With construction still in a multiyear slump, it seems unlikely to be the culprit this year.
    Galleries From A to Z Sued Over Websites the Blind Can’t Use

    Galleries From A to Z Sued Over Websites the Blind Can’t Use


    A new flood of litigation, over the accessibility of websites to the visually impaired, has targeted a variety of companies, including, clockwise from top left: Acquavella Galleries; Adelson Galleries; the clothing retailer Anna Sui; and Agora Gallery in...

    The number of lawsuits nationwide nearly tripled in 2018. Is it an overdue move for the rights of the disabled or a way for lawyers to make a quick buck?
    The Kings of the Dollar Slice Build a Better Pizza

    The Kings of the Dollar Slice Build a Better Pizza


    The Sicilian slice with pepperoni at Upside Pizza in...

    Looking for prestige, New York’s masters of the fast, cheap lunch have opened a slice shop that prizes fresh mozzarella, homemade sausage and sourdough starter.

    Honda Confirms Plan to Leave Britain as Brexit Looms


    The Japanese automaker, which employs 3,500 at its Swindon, England, plant, is set to close the site by...

    The Japanese automaker, which employs 3,500 at its Swindon, England, plant, is set to close the site by 2021.
    Kaiser Permanente’s New Medical School Will Waive Tuition for Its First 5 Classes

    Kaiser Permanente’s New Medical School Will Waive Tuition for Its First 5 Classes


    “We’re going to see how this plays out and learn from it,” said Mark Schuster, the founding dean and chief executive of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, which is waiving tuition for its first five...

    By eliminating the financial burden of a medical education, the school hopes that more students will choose family medicine and other vital but lower-paid specialties.
    When Your Hotel Is Overbooked, You Might Be ‘Walked’ to Another

    When Your Hotel Is Overbooked, You Might Be ‘Walked’ to Another


    For guests who are members of its loyalty program, Marriott International offers a cash gift card and points to walked members at all tiers, except for those at the entry level...

    The industry practice of rebooking a guest at another hotel is not new. But experts say it’s on the rise, as occupancy rates are up.
    Facebook Targeted in Scathing Report by British Parliament

    Facebook Targeted in Scathing Report by British Parliament


    A protester in London in November satirized Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook says it has increased investment in machine learning and other technologies to “detect and protect users from bad...

    New government regulation of Silicon Valley is needed, a parliamentary committee concluded after an 18-month investigation.
    Amazon Resets Its Film Operation After Rough Year at Box Office

    Amazon Resets Its Film Operation After Rough Year at Box Office


    Jennifer Salke, who took over as the head of Amazon Studios last March, said, “I don’t think we had diverse-enough points of view in the...

    The tech giant put “too much focus” on art-house fare, said Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios. It will now focus more on films for a broader audience, including “sexy date-night movies.”
    A Real Tube Carrying Dreams of 600-M.P.H. Transit

    A Real Tube Carrying Dreams of 600-M.P.H. Transit


    The tube used for unmanned testing by Virgin Hyperloop One north of Las Vegas. The system aims to move people and cargo through tubes in wheel-less...

    Virgin Hyperloop One is testing a system that would put passengers in pods hurtling through vacuum tubes. Other companies are moving ahead with similar plans.
    Brexit: For Wall Street Banks in London, It’s Moving Time

    Brexit: For Wall Street Banks in London, It’s Moving Time


    London’s financial district, Canary Wharf. Few expect London to lose its might overnight, but international banks will no longer view it as their best gateway in or out of...

    One thing is clear about the legacy of Brexit: Financial services will be spread across Europe, with no one city again dominating the financial arena as London has.
    In Bid to Conquer Oscars, Netflix Mobilizes Savvy Campaigner and Huge Budget

    In Bid to Conquer Oscars, Netflix Mobilizes Savvy Campaigner and Huge Budget


    A barrage of ads for “Roma” — in trade publications, on Netflix-owned billboards in Los Angeles — has continued for months. Estimates suggest Netflix has spent $25 million or more on its Oscar...

    Lisa Taback, who worked with Harvey Weinstein on awards campaigns for best picture winners like “The Artist” and “The King’s Speech,” is in charge of the lavish effort behind “Roma.”
    In Amazon Fight, Progressives Showed What They Want: A New Economic Agenda

    In Amazon Fight, Progressives Showed What They Want: A New Economic Agenda


    A view of Long Island City from the No. 7 train. Amazon planned to build a campus there but resistance from local politicians and residents led the company to pull out of the deal last...

    The clash has consequences beyond New York, going to the heart of a national debate likely to dominate the 2020 election: What is the best way to spread prosperity?
    Watch Out. Tax Season Is Even More Stressful Than Usual.

    Watch Out. Tax Season Is Even More Stressful Than Usual.


    With millions of people filing tax returns under a new tax law and after a long government shutdown, this is a challenging year. We offer survival tips and extensive...

    With millions of people filing tax returns under a new tax law and after a long government shutdown, this is a challenging year. We offer survival tips and extensive coverage.
    A Mother Learns the Identity of Her Child’s Grandmother. A Sperm Bank Threatens to Sue.

    A Mother Learns the Identity of Her Child’s Grandmother. A Sperm Bank Threatens to Sue.


    Danielle Teuscher and her daughter, Zoe Fordney. With widespread genetic testing, sperm donor anonymity “will suffer the same fate as the cassette tape,” one expert...

    The results of a consumer genetic test identified the mother of the man whose donated sperm was used to conceive Danielle Teuscher’s daughter. Legal warnings soon followed.
    U.S. Airlines to Offer New Gender Options for Non-Binary Passengers

    U.S. Airlines to Offer New Gender Options for Non-Binary Passengers


    Major airlines in the United States are moving to adapt as a growing number of local, state and national governments issue identification documents with choices other than “male” and...

    American, Delta and United are among the carriers planning to allow passengers to choose something other than ‘male’ or ‘female’ when buying their tickets.
    As Uber Prepares for I.P.O., Its Losses Pile Up

    As Uber Prepares for I.P.O., Its Losses Pile Up


    Uber's coming public offering will set the bar for other well-known tech companies like Slack and...

    The ride-hailing giant said that excluding certain costs, its losses increased significantly in the fourth quarter of 2018.
    U.S. Private Equity Investor Detained in Moscow on Fraud Charges

    U.S. Private Equity Investor Detained in Moscow on Fraud Charges


    The case against Michael Calvey and his partners was brought up by a minor shareholder of Vostochny Bank, Interfax...

    Michael Calvey, founder of one of the biggest and oldest investment firms in Russia, was detained on Friday along with five other.
    All Oscars Will Be Shown Live, Academy Says in a Reversal

    All Oscars Will Be Shown Live, Academy Says in a Reversal


    “The academy has heard the feedback from its membership,” said the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which will award the Oscars on Feb....

    Four Academy Awards were going to be handed out during commercial breaks and aired later in a shorter form, but an uproar forced the latest retreat by the organization behind the show.
    Trump Sings Praises of Hannity and Limbaugh in Rose Garden

    Trump Sings Praises of Hannity and Limbaugh in Rose Garden


    President Trump, who praised several media supporters in a White House news conference on Friday, added that “they don’t decide...

    The president spoke less glowingly of his onetime supporter Ann Coulter and revived his “fake news” mantra in a reply to Jim Acosta of CNN.