WASHINGTON—Trump administration health officials are expected to release a rule soon rolling back Obama-era protections for transgender people under the Affordable Care Act. Due to an internal administration dispute, it is unclear if those rules will cover other areas, such as education and employment, according to people familiar with the matter. Not expanding the rules could leave the administration vulnerable to legal challenges from those arguing that thegovernment’s policies on gender identity would be inconsistent.
October 21, 2018 23:03 UTC
Richard D. Parsons, a longtime media executive who less than a month ago was named the interim chairman of CBS to help stabilize the company, said on Sunday that he was stepping down because of illness. Forced again to reshuffle its leadership ranks, the CBS Corporation named as his replacement Strauss Zelnick, the head of the video game publisher Take-Two Interactive Software. Mr. Zelnick, who is widely respected within the media industry, was appointed to the CBS board in early September. Several accusations of sexual misconduct were made against Leslie Moonves, its chief executive, as well against a longtime leader of its news division. As CBS worked to resolve the disputes, Mr. Parsons was instrumental in negotiating the departure of Mr. Moonves.
October 21, 2018 22:55 UTC
The Boston Red Sox meet the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series starting Tuesday at Fenway Park, and the Dodgers are the sentimentalist’s easy choice. It’s been 30 years since the Dodgers last won the title—yes, three decades have passed since Kirk Gibson lifted that hobble-off home run off Dennis Eckersley. One of the game’s signature franchises is overdue for glory. But allow me a moment to make a case for the Red Sox, who themselves haven’t won a World Series since…OK, they won it just five years ago, in 2013.
October 21, 2018 22:52 UTC
Why be a journalist if you can’t have fun? Our friends at the New York Post have been doing exactly that while publicizing the refusal of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to debate their opponents in what is allegedly an election year. There’s also a lesson here about what happens in states with one-party government. The Post has the two Democrats dressed in yellow chicken suits with the headline, “Birds of a Feather” and “We’re gonna need a bigger coop!” Both politicians are planning presidential...
October 21, 2018 22:07 UTC
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has hurt itself badly with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and its serial explanations are compounding the damage. President Trump will lose control of the Saudi-U.S. relationship if he doesn’t speak truth to these Saudi abuses and to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old power in front of the throne. The most complete Saudi statement, issued late Friday night, at least admits that Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate at the hands of Saudi agents. But the story that...
October 21, 2018 22:07 UTC
If Democrats retake Congress in November, a national carbon tax is likely to be part of their agenda. A referendum in Washington state next month is a test of public support. Two years ago nearly 60% of Washington voters rejected a ballot initiative to impose a “revenue neutral” carbon tax. Green groups opposed the referendum because it wouldn’t generate money for environmental largess. Businesses said it would destroy jobs and increase energy prices, which is true.
October 21, 2018 21:56 UTC
Rabbi Posner, who served for 40 years as a congregational rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, seemed to have a natural affinity for those who toil and suffer in privacy, Mr. Modell and others said. “I take care of God’s children.”David Marc Posner was born on Nov. 4, 1947, in Atlantic City to Ralph and Doris (Silver) Posner. His mother was a homemaker who later became a schoolteacher; his father was an executive at a shipping logistics company. The family moved to Brownsville, Brooklyn, when David was a child. They had attended Meyer Levin Junior High School and Samuel J. Tilden High School, both in Brooklyn.
October 21, 2018 21:33 UTC
MARIANNA, Fla. — After two weeks of working grueling hours on hurricane response and sleeping fitfully under a tatty Auburn University fleece in his office, Rodney E. Andreasen, the emergency management director for Jackson County, Fla., decided on Friday that it was time to nudge his neighbors back to normalcy. He started by scaling back on round-the-clock staffing. Seven of the sites would have to be shut down within the next few days, he told unhappy local officials, with only the handout point in Cottondale, west of town, to stay in operation. “Yes, yes, yes, we are consolidating the PODs — and yes, yes, yes, people are getting upset,” Mr. Andreasen, 59, said in his office, surrounded by boots, guns and clothes he rescued after Hurricane Michael’s winds destroyed his own house out in the countryside. “But we are doing it.”
October 21, 2018 21:33 UTC
There’s no shortage of numbers to quantify the boom in quarterback play this season. Passing touchdowns, completion percentage, quarterback rating and so many other metrics are at historic highs that it would be impractical to list. But there’s another way to understand this phenomenon that doesn’t involve looking at the vast array of quarterbacks making this happen. It’s by looking at one who has been a public scourge for his team this season.
October 21, 2018 21:11 UTC
Chandler Catanzaro had already missed a 40-yard field goal attempt and an extra point, but Tampa Bay’s Coach Dirk Koetter showed an enormous amount of confidence in his place-kicker, sending him out for a 59-yard field goal attempt in overtime against the Cleveland Browns. Catanzaro, undeterred by the potential consequence of a miss setting Cleveland up with tremendous field position, delivered on his coach’s confidence, hitting a long low kick that sailed through the uprights, giving the Buccaneers a 26-23 victory over Cleveland. A dejected Baker Mayfield, who had rallied his team from what was a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter, could not believe the turn in fortune, showing his emotions on the field as Catanzaro and the Buccaneers celebrated.
October 21, 2018 21:01 UTC
The porous Saints defense came up with a huge stop following Kamara’s touchdown, forcing a punt, and Brees engineered a 12-play, 56-yard drive that culminated in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Michael Thomas that put New Orleans up to stay. Brees finished the day having completed 22 of 30 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 501 for his career. The Saints converted four of five fourth-down attempts, helping them get past a defense that came into the game allowing just 12.8 points a game. “There’s no situation that you encounter where you feel like you can’t win,” Brees said of the confidence that comes with a big winning streak. Baltimore has similarly embraced a Wildcat option in its offense, and Jackson delivered the first rushing touchdown of his career, but given the ball down seven points with just over two minutes to play, the Ravens went 81 yards on six plays, scoring on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to John Brown.
October 21, 2018 20:33 UTC
Slowly pedaling his legs in the air, the French hip-hop choreographer could be an astronaut walking in outer space. A dancer of uncommon finesse and control, he requires no external assistance to convey the illusion of operating in lower gravity. Separately and together, they deliver astonishment after astonishment. What if Ms. Wang and the other female dancer, Johanna Faye, did break dancing in four-inch heels? How would it change the shape of b-boy moves like spiraling on backs and shoulders if everyone wore stretchy skirts?
October 21, 2018 20:32 UTC
The New York Police Department is removing nearly 3,000 body cameras from use after one of the devices worn by a Staten Island officer exploded into flames, police officials said on Sunday. The use of police body cameras has surged in recent years amid a national debate over police interactions with civilians, punctuated by fatal shootings by officers of mostly unarmed black teenagers and men. The city’s $6.4 million contract for the Vievu cameras set off a contentious debate in 2016 after it surfaced that other police departments had raised concerns about the cameras’ quality, and the city comptroller briefly blocked the deal. But the mayor and police officials defended their choice and moved forward with the plan. Vievu introduced the LE-5 in October 2017, listing among its features a lithium-ion battery that boasts more than 12 hours of recording time.
October 21, 2018 20:17 UTC
DUBAI—Russian and Asian executives and midlevel Western bankers will attend a Saudi Arabian investment conference this week that will be less splashy and global than its inaugural last year dubbed “Davos in the Desert.”Hundreds of Saudi officials and advisers are rushing to salvage the Future Investment Initiative, known as FII, as Western executives canceled in the wake of revelations that the kingdom’s operatives killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Oct. 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. It is an important project...
October 21, 2018 20:15 UTC
The labor pool in quantum computing is even smaller. Over the past several years, scientists have shown that they can build these machines, if only on a small scale. When some types of matter are extremely small or extremely cold, they behave differently. That difference allows a quantum bit, or qubit, to store a combination of 1 and 0. As the number of qubits grows, a quantum computer becomes exponentially more powerful.
October 21, 2018 20:15 UTC