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A container ship sailing from the Port of Los Angeles in 2015. The White House and a group of lawmakers are pushing for new laws intended in part to oversee the flow of Chinese money into the United States.
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U.S. Seeks to Keep Closer Tabs on Chinese Money in America

Laws sought by Trump administration officials and some politicians would overhaul how the United States vets deals, especially ones with technological and military ramifications.

Fear of an End to Easy Money Prompts Sell-Off

A cautionary speech by Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank spooked the European bond market, then selling spread to global stocks.

Mika Brzezinski in Trump Tower in November.

Trump Mocks Mika Brzezinski; Says She Was ‘Bleeding Badly From a Face-Lift’

The president used Twitter to taunt Ms. Brzezinski and her MSNBC co-host, Joe Scarborough, referring to them as “low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe.”

Hideto Kijima of Japan spoke to the news media in Osaka on Wednesday. He said the staff of Vanilla Air told him he could not board a small aircraft because it lacked wheelchair-accessible boarding ramps or elevators.

Japanese Airline Apologizes After Disabled Man Crawls Aboard

The man said airline staff initially said he would not be able to board the small aircraft because it lacked wheelchair-accessible boarding ramps or elevators.

Greta Van Susteren joined MSNBC in January after Fox News let her go last year. Her 6 p.m. slot will be filled by Ari Melber.

Greta Van Susteren Leaving MSNBC After Less Than Six Months

The former Fox News host was let go without warning, her agent and husband said, and her 6 p.m. hosting slot will be filled by Ari Melber.

Blue Apron Shares End Flat in Trading Debut

The disappointing opening reflects a push back by investors against ambitious price and valuation expectations in initial offerings.

The retailer Staples is said to have agreed to sell itself to a private equity firm, Sycamore Partners.

Staples to Sell for $6.9 Billion, and Its New Owner Has an Uphill Battle

The private equity firm Sycamore Partners is adding the office supply chain to its portfolio of retailers.

A Walgreens store in New York. Under the terms of the deal, Rite Aid will receive a $325 million termination fee.

Walgreens Calls Off Deal to Buy Rite Aid

Rite Aid will instead sell 2,186 stores and three distribution centers to Walgreens for almost $5.2 billion.

Employees of The New York Times held a walkout on Thursday afternoon in Manhattan to protest cuts to the editing staff.

Times Staff Members Protest Cuts and Changes to News Operation

The newspaper’s copy editors and reporters sent separate letters to top managers outlining their concerns over the imminent elimination of a stand-alone copy desk.

On Wednesday, the calls for the National Security Agency to address its role in the latest hacking attacks grew louder from victims and tech companies.

Hacks Raise Fear Over N.S.A.’s Hold on Cyberweapons

Hackers in two global attacks have used cyberweapons stolen from a dangerous collection that had been amassed by the agency.

A laptop screen in Geldrop, Netherlands, displayed a ransom message on Tuesday after it was infected during a worldwide cyberattack.

Mystery of Motive for a Ransomware Attack: Money, Mayhem or a Message?

The latest strike, which affected computers from Ukraine to the United States, has intensified worries that such events will become everyday dangers.

This plant in Kemper County, Miss., was designed to show the feasibility of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal. But the plant’s owner, the Southern Company, is giving up on the project and will burn only natural gas at the facility.

In Blow to ‘Clean Coal,’ Flawed Plant Will Burn Gas Instead

Southern Company built its plant in Mississippi to show how coal could be burned with fewer carbon emissions. But it never worked as designed.

COMMON SENSE
Traders outside the New York Stock Exchange. Investors have seemed oblivious to claims of Russian interference in the election, the firing of the F.B.I. director and other political turmoil.

Feel Good About the Markets? Maybe You Shouldn’t Read This

President Trump has taken credit for a surging market this year. But tech stocks, the Fed and the president himself could change that picture.

Small-Business Owners and Freelancers: Tell Us About Your Health Care

As part of our coverage of health care overhaul proposals, we’re exploring how those changes would affect small-business owners, solo entrepreneurs and freelancers — and how the current health insurance system is working for them.

Employees of the German online retailer Zalando preparing customer orders for shipping in Erfurt, Germany. Zalando has invested heavily in hubs like the one in Erfurt and increased automation.

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

At a high-level gathering in Portugal, one of the main topics of debate was whether artificial intelligence could permanently eliminate huge numbers of jobs.

An employee of Amazon PrimeNow preparing bags to fill with orders at a distribution hub in New York.

Trump, Amazon and ‘Internet Taxes’: What Did He Mean?

A tweet may have implied support for legislation helping states force online retailers to collect sales taxes. But that is already Amazon’s practice.

WHEELS
General Motors’ headquarters and other buildings in the Detroit skyline, obscured by early morning fog. Some automakers have quietly omitted front fog lights from many new models, saying that high-tech headlights make them unnecessary.

Why Fog Lamps Are Starting to Disappear

Several luxury automakers have moved away from fog lights, saying that new high-tech headlights render them obsolete.

Naomie Harris, who received a best supporting actress nomination for “Moonlight,” was among those invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscars Voting Pool Expands, With Female and Minority Membership Expected to Rise

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is expanding to a record 8,427 people; if all accept, female and minority membership would rise.

The Station F start-up incubator in Paris.

Why France Is Taking a Lesson in Culture From Silicon Valley

A new start-up incubator in Paris symbolizes France’s tech ambitions, but can the land of the 35-hour workweek overcome its cultural and regulatory barriers to surpass London and other tech hubs?

A scene from AMC’s “Better Caul Saul.”

AMC and Comcast Try Something New: An Upgrade That Cuts Commercials

In an effort to appeal to fans of its biggest shows, the network is teaming up with Comcast to offer a $4.99-a-month option that lets viewers watch without interruption.

STATE OF THE ART

Amazon’s Vision of Computing’s Future: An Information Appliance

Amazon’s new Echo Show smart speaker, which comes with a touch screen, represents the model for a new kind of communal, household computer.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

DRIVEN

Video Review: A Family-Friendly Ferrari, for the Family of Means

The all-wheel-drive V12 GTC4Lusso seats four comfortably. With its svelte silhouette, it may look like a station wagon. It is anything but.

A closed bank branch in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Software by the Ukrainian company M.E.Doc, which appeared to be exploited in a cyberattack, is widely installed at government agencies and banks.

Ukraine Cyberattack Was Meant to Paralyze, not Profit, Evidence Shows

Pinpointing the initial targets of the assault — Ukrainian accountants who use a tax preparation software required by the government — was a major clue.

Samsung plans to invest $380 million and hire over 950 workers for a new manufacturing plant for home appliances in South Carolina.

Samsung Joins Ranks of Foreign Firms Adding Jobs in the U.S.

The South Korean company said it had considered opening an appliance plant for about three years, but the factory may help it stay on President Trump’s good side.

ASK THE WIRECUTTER
Eero, one mesh networking kit. A mesh system will pick up and rebroadcast a Wi-Fi signal, extending the range.

For the Best Internet at Home, Try These Tips on Wi-Fi Gear

Mesh networks appeal to people who aren’t happy with the speed of their current Wi-Fi system. But they’re not for everyone.

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