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  1. Enough With the Hot Takes Opinion, Today

    The Jussie Smollett case is the latest reminder: Don’t be too eager to make pronouncements.

  2. Jussie Smollett and a Perfect Crime Opinion, Yesterday

    An object lesson in what happens when people in positions of political and cultural authority indulge their biases by suspending disbelief.

  3. He’s Made Thousands of Crosses for Victims. These 5 Were for His Neighbors. U.S., February 17

    Greg Zanis has delivered more than 26,000 handmade memorials for victims of shootings and natural disasters, including five after last week’s shooting in Aurora, Ill.

  4. He Threw Away a Napkin at a Hockey Game. It Was Used to Charge Him in a 1993 Murder. U.S., February 17

    The authorities in Minnesota said they identified a suspect in the killing using genealogy and tracked him to a hockey game, where they collected a sample of his DNA.

  5. Jerry Westrom Threw Away a Napkin Last Month. It Was Used to Charge Him in a 1993 Murder. U.S., February 17

    The authorities in Minnesota said they identified a suspect in the killing using genealogy and tracked him to a hockey game, where they collected a sample of his DNA.

  6. Legal Rights for Lake Erie? Voters in Ohio City Will Decide U.S., February 17

    Efforts to grant elements of nature legal rights have been around for decades. It’s a legal strategy Toledo voters will weigh as they think about Lake Erie.

  7. Chicago Police Seeking to Interview Jussie Smollett Again After Questioning Two Brothers Arts, February 16

    Investigators acknowledged Saturday that they had “shifted the trajectory” of their inquiry into the reported attack on Smollett.

  8. Amy Klobuchar Casts Herself as Heartland Democrat in First Campaign Swing U.S., February 16

    Ms. Klobuchar made her first campaign stop in Wisconsin, a state Hillary Clinton did not visit during the general election campaign in 2016 and lost to Donald J. Trump by less than one point.

  9. Illinois Worker Who Opened Fire Inside Factory Had No Permit for Gun U.S., February 16

    The gunman’s state weapons permit was revoked, but he was carrying a handgun anyway, the authorities said.

  10. Worker Who Opened Fire Inside Factory Had Been Barred from Having Gun U.S., February 16

    Among 5 workers killed in Aurora, Ill., was Trevor Wehner, a college student on his first day of an internship in the factory’s human resources department.

  11. Esquire’s Cover Boy and Our Culture of Shame Opinion, February 16

    I’m a trans woman living in Brooklyn. And I have tremendous empathy for the conservative teen in Wisconsin.

  12. Aurora Shooting Updates: 5 Killed and Several Others Wounded U.S., February 15

    A gunman opened fire inside a workplace in Aurora, Ill. Five people were killed, and others, including five police officers, were injured in the shooting. The gunman also died.

  13. Amazon Invests in Rivian, a Tesla Rival in Electric Vehicles Business, February 15

    The deal is the latest example of how the auto industry is being reshaped by new technologies and nimble companies that have raced ahead of many traditional carmakers.

  14. A New Law Made Him a ‘Free Man on Paper,’ but He Died Behind Bars U.S., February 15

    The case of Steve Cheatham shows why so many families were pinning their hopes on the bipartisan criminal justice overhaul. For Mr. Cheatham, the reprieve came too late.

  15. Transgender Man Awarded $120,000 in Discrimination Case at Iowa Prison U.S., February 14

    Jesse Vroegh had sued for access to the men’s restrooms and locker rooms and for health care benefits at the prison where he worked.

  16. One of Two Men Questioned in Jussie Smollett Case Appeared on ‘Empire,’ Police Say Arts, February 14

    Hours after Smollett appeared on “Good Morning America” and expressed anger about the attack, the Chicago Police Department said it was interrogating two men.

  17. F.B.I. Investigates Suspicious Fire at Planned Parenthood Clinic in Missouri U.S., February 13

    The bureau is looking into possible federal civil rights violations in connection with a fire at a center in Columbia, Mo., on Sunday.

  18. F.B.I. Investigates Suspicious Fire at Planned Parenthood Clinic in Missouri U.S., February 13

    The bureau is looking into possible federal civil rights violations in connection with a fire at a center in Columbia, Mo., on Sunday.

  19. Overlooked No More: Dudley Randall, Whose Broadside Press Gave a Voice to Black Poets Obituaries, February 13

    Randall, a poet and librarian, started the press out of his home, eventually publishing the work of about 200 writers amid Detroit’s flowering Black Arts Movement.

  20. ‘A Stain on the City’: 63 People’s Convictions Tossed in Chicago Police Scandal U.S., February 13

    The arrests of two law enforcement officers in 2012 brought attention to the tactics used in a public housing complex.

  21. For One Night in 1965, the Supremes Brought the Two Detroits Together Arts, February 13

    The queens of Motown play the posh suburbs.

  22. What You Get for $850,000 Slideshow, February 13

    A Second Empire-style condominium in Newport, R.I.; a brick Tudor in Omaha; and an 1870s home in Mobile, Ala.

  23. $850,000 Homes in Rhode Island, Nebraska and Alabama Real Estate, February 13

    A Second Empire-style condominium in Newport, a brick Tudor in Omaha and an 1870s home in Mobile.

  24. ‘Here to Ruin Your Daily Commute:’ A Plague of Potholes Jolts the Midwest U.S., February 12

    Decades of neglect and underfunding, combined with the brutality of winters, have left roads resembling the surface of the moon.

  25. Ebony’s Test Kitchen Is for Sale Arts, February 12

    A preservation group is seeking a home for the orange wall coverings and olive-green counters from the Chicago headquarters of Johnson Publishing.

  26. A Refugee’s Story: ‘No One’s Family Is Perfect but Mine Is Perfect for Me’ Lens, February 12

    In documenting his family members’ refugee experiences, Wesaam Al-Badry captured their character and ways of maneuvering through life.

  27. Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets Opinion, February 11

    Left-wing anti-Semitism is a gift to the right.

  28. Illinois Attorney General Challenges Sentence for Officer Jason Van Dyke U.S., February 11

    Kwame Raoul, the attorney general, wants the Chicago officer’s prison term reviewed. Some have questioned whether less than seven years was enough in Laquan McDonald’s death.

  29. Trump’s Trail of Fears Opinion, February 11

    The president, channeling his hero Andrew Jackson, continues to champion a particularly virulent form of reactionary white majoritarianism.

  30. Amy Klobuchar’s Path Opinion, February 11

    The latest entry to the 2020 race does not start as a front-runner, but she is a candidate Trump should fear.

  31. Democrats’ 2020 Choice: Do They Want a Fighter or a Healer? U.S., February 11

    In Iowa, Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren presented Democrats with a philosophical choice between healing a divided country or crushing President Trump.

  32. Trump’s Nightmare Opponents Opinion, February 10

    Amy Klobuchar, Sherrod Brown and how to be a middle-class fighter.

  33. Amy Klobuchar Enters 2020 Presidential Race U.S., February 10

    In a crowded field dominated by candidates from coastal states, Ms. Klobuchar, a Minnesota senator, hopes that her Midwestern roots and bipartisan style can make her an attractive candidate.

  34. Who Is Amy Klobuchar? | 2020 Presidential Candidate Video, February 10

    Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, is running for president. Ms. Klobuchar is hoping her Midwestern roots and history of working across the aisle will help her candidacy.

  35. John Dingell Jr., a House ‘Bull’ Who Served the Longest, Is Dead at 92 U.S., February 7

    Representing a Michigan district for a record 59 years, he was one of the last of a group of powerful Democratic committee chairmen on Capitol Hill.

  36. Racing Through the Polar Vortex Sports, February 7

    And you thought it was chilly in your living room? These athletes competed in an ultramarathon in Minnesota during last week’s misery.

  37. $400,000 Homes in Ohio, Colorado and New York Real Estate, February 6

    An 1880 brick house in Columbus, an A-frame mountain home near Boulder and a one-bedroom cottage on an island in Pine Plains.

  38. What You Get for $400,000 Slideshow, February 6

    An 1880 brick house in Columbus, an A-frame mountain home near Boulder and a one-bedroom cottage on an island in Pine Plains.

  39. Trump Plan to Stop Spread of H.I.V. Will Target ‘Hot Spot’ Areas U.S., February 5

    The plan to end transmission of the virus in the United States by 2030, outlined in the president’s State of the Union address, will focus on 48 counties where about half of new infections occur.

  40. Don’t Whitewash Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism Opinion, February 5

    The Anti-Defamation League takes issue with the decision by the mayor of Dearborn, Mich., to stop distribution of a journal.

  41. ‘It’s the Human Way’: Corruption Scandals Play Out in Big Cities Across U.S. U.S., February 5

    Major federal corruption investigations have brought dark clouds to Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia.

  42. When It’s Hard to Make Ends Meet, Can Smart Apps Help? Opinion, February 4

    From managing the government’s SNAP food-assistance program to paying parking tickets on time or using payday loans, new technology can guide low-income people through complexity.

  43. Candice Payne Got 30 Hotel Rooms for Homeless People in Chicago During Severe Cold Snap U.S., February 2

    She said it was a spur-of-the-moment decision. Her efforts gained widespread attention, grew and helped house more than 100 homeless people.

  44. My Mother Was a Betting Woman Opinion, February 2

    She taught me that a gamble ought not be reckless. The bigger the risk, the bigger your purpose needs to be.

  45. This Super Bowl Is Not Everyone’s Bowl of Chips Sports, February 2

    St. Louis is angry the Rams left. New Orleans thinks the Saints got cheated. Los Angeles has the Rams, but hey, LeBron is back. Atlanta is the conflicted host.

  46. A Mayor’s Effort to Play Down Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism Backfires U.S., February 2

    The mayor of Dearborn, Mich., halted distribution of a city history magazine documenting Ford’s bigoted views, a move that riled residents and historians.

  47. Jussie Smollett Releases First Statement About Chicago Attack Arts, February 1

    The “Empire” star said he was O.K. and addressed theories that he exaggerated his account, saying he had been “100 percent factual and consistent on every level.”

  48. Jussie Smollett Releases First Statement About Chicago Attack Arts, February 1

    The “Empire” star said he was O.K. and addressed theories that he exaggerated his account, saying he had been “100 percent factual and consistent on every level.”

  49. Foxconn Affirms Wisconsin Factory Plan, Citing Trump Chat Business, February 1

    The company, which has shifted the project’s emphasis from manufacturing, said it would include a plant that turns out displays for consumer products.

  50. An Inmate’s Death in Jail and a Journalist’s Search for Why Reader Center, February 1

    For the county prosecutor, the case was closed. But the story of why Lamekia Dockery died, and why no one was held accountable, begged to be told.

  51. The Week in Tech: Bracing for the Year of the Pig in China Technology, February 1

    Li Yuan, Asia tech columnist for The Times, says it could be a tough year for tech workers in China amid a growing trade war with the United States.

  52. A Hillbilly and a Survivalist Show the Way Out of Trump Country Opinion, February 1

    One common thread of J.D. Vance’s and Tara Westover’s memoirs is distrust of institutions. Yet it was institutions — the military in one case, college in the other — that saved them.

  53. Judge John Hodgman on Fake Fireplaces Magazine, February 1

    What works in Southern California may not in Wisconsin.

  54. ICE Ran a Fake University in Michigan to Catch Immigration Fraud U.S., January 31

    The University of Farmington, outside Detroit, was part of an undercover operation by the Department of Homeland Security, the authorities said.

  55. Images of Life in the Polar Vortex’s Grip U.S., January 31

    What photographers across North America’s frigid midsection are seeing this week.

  56. University of Iowa Student Is Among More Than 20 Dead in Midwestern Deep Freeze U.S., January 31

    Gerald Belz, an 18-year-old who wanted to be a doctor, was found unconscious outside an academic building. He had visited his parents a few days before.

  57. St. Louis Prosecutor Accuses Police of Obstructing Inquiry Into Killing of Officer U.S., January 30

    A death originally described as an accident that happened while one police officer was playing Russian roulette with another.

  58. Jussie Smollett Attack Investigation Focuses on 2 People Seen on Video Arts, January 30

    Detectives pored over hundreds of hours of surveillance footage after the “Empire” star said he was attacked on a Chicago street by two men yelling racist and homophobic slurs.

  59. David Daniels, Opera Star, Is Arrested on Sexual Assault Charge Arts, January 30

    Mr. Daniels and his husband were arrested on Tuesday on charges stemming from an incident in Houston in 2010.

  60. Opioid Lawsuits Are Headed to Trial. Here's Why the Stakes Are Getting Uglier. Health, January 30

    The judge presiding over all the federal cases had hoped to settle them by now. But the behemoth litigation is only becoming more bloated, contentious and difficult to resolve.

  61. Foxconn Is Reconsidering Plan for Manufacturing in Wisconsin Business, January 30

    The Taiwan-based company’s intent to build a $10 billion plant with 13,000 jobs was hailed by President Trump. It now sees a shift toward research.

  62. Foxconn Reconsidering Plans for a Wisconsin Factory Heralded by Trump Business, January 30

    The Taiwanese company’s intent to build a $10 billion plant with 13,000 jobs was hailed by President Trump. It now sees a shift toward research.

  63. Brutal Cold Hits the Midwest Video, January 30

    Temperatures plummeted on Wednesday and could break records. Officials throughout the region declared states of emergency and urged people to stay inside.

  64. ‘I’m Going to Die Here,’ She Told the Guards. They Didn’t Listen. U.S., January 30

    The nation’s jails can be dangerous, or even deadly, for sick inmates like Lamekia Dockery. Often, no one is held accountable.

  65. Freezing Cold Settles In Over the Midwest, Bringing Life to a Standstill U.S., January 30

    The cold upended routines and put officials on high alert in a region where many usually shrug off winter’s worst.

  66. Polar Vortex Live Updates: Extreme Cold Weather Grips Midwest U.S., January 30

    A deep, brutal cold set in across the Midwest on Wednesday, sending temperatures plummeting to stunning depths. With the wind chill, it felt like minus 53 in Minneapolis.

  67. A Merciless Cold Lingers in the Midwest U.S., January 30

    A deep, brutal cold set in across the Midwest on Wednesday, sending temperatures plummeting to stunning depths. With the wind chill, it felt like minus 53 in Minneapolis.

  68. Cold Weather Tips From Chicagoans Who Really Know What They’re Talking About U.S., January 30

    Ditch the denim. Wear rubber gloves. Never stop moving.

  69. ‘I’m Cold and I’m Afraid’: Across Midwest, Homeless Await Deep Freeze U.S., January 29

    As health officials issued warnings about the dangers of frostbite and hypothermia, homeless people in the Midwest faced potentially devastating circumstances.

  70. The Lonely, and Often Risky, Pursuit of R. Kelly: ‘Where Was Everybody Else?’ Business, January 29

    The work of Jim DeRogatis and Dream Hampton on the accusations against the R&B star began years apart. Now that it seems the public is listening, they have a sense of satisfaction — and security concerns.

  71. Jussie Smollett, Star of ‘Empire,’ Attacked in Possible Hate Crime Arts, January 29

    Smollett was attacked early Tuesday by two people who police say yelled “racial and homophobic slurs,” poured a chemical on him and put a rope around his neck.

  72. Jussie Smollett, Star of ‘Empire,’ Attacked in What Police Call a Possible Hate Crime Arts, January 29

    Smollett was attacked early Tuesday by two people who the police say yelled “racial and homophobic slurs” and wrapped a rope around his neck.

  73. Jussie Smollett, Star of ‘Empire,’ Attacked in What Police Call a Possible Hate Crime Arts, January 29

    Smollett was attacked early Tuesday by two people who the police say yelled “racial and homophobic slurs” and wrapped a rope around his neck.

  74. Polar Vortex to Seize Midwest With Coldest Weather in a Generation U.S., January 28

    A polar vortex is forecast to bring dangerously cold weather to much of the Midwest. Records are expected to topple, with wind chills to dip as low as minus 60.

  75. Polar Vortex to Grip Midwest With Most Extreme Cold in a Generation U.S., January 28

    Dangerously cold weather is expected in much of the Midwest over several days, with record-breaking low temperatures and wind chills that could fall as low as minus 60.

  76. A First in Over a Century: Only One State Has a Split Legislature U.S., January 28

    Only a single state — Minnesota — has a legislature under divided party control, a sign of growing polarization.

  77. 3 Men Sentenced in Plot to Bomb Somali Immigrants in Kansas U.S., January 26

    The men were each sentenced to at least 25 years in prison after they were convicted of planning to blow up an apartment complex.

  78. St. Louis Officer Charged in Fatal Russian Roulette Shooting of Another Officer, Authorities Say U.S., January 26

    Officer Nathaniel Hendren was charged with involuntary manslaughter after the authorities said he fatally shot another officer, Katlyn Alix.

  79. R. Kelly Documentary Hits Close to Home for Chicago’s Top Prosecutor U.S., January 25

    Kim Foxx, the Cook County state’s attorney who is herself a sexual assault survivor, has asked anyone with allegations against the R&B singer to come forward.

  80. Mama Was a Numbers Runner Books, January 25

    In “The World According to Fannie Davis,” Bridgett M. Davis tells the extraordinary story of her mother, a Detroit numbers runner.

  81. Senator Joni Ernst Speaks Out About Being a Survivor of Sexual Assault U.S., January 24

    Ms. Ernst, Republican of Iowa, spoke out after court papers in her divorce briefly became public. She pledged to support other survivors.

  82. Biden on Liking Republicans: ‘Bless Me Father, for I Have Sinned’ Video, January 24

    Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. defended his decision to laud an embattled Republican lawmaker during a paid speech last year.

  83. Jayme Closs, Who Saved Herself From a Kidnapper, Will Get $25,000 in Reward Money U.S., January 24

    The 13-year-old, whose parents were killed when she was abducted, will receive the money from the food company where her parents worked for nearly three decades.

  84. A Memoir From the Young, Gay Mayor of South Bend Running for President Books, January 24

    Pete Buttigieg’s “Shortest Way Home” tells the story of an accomplished and ambitious man who is the latest contender to enter the race for the presidency.

  85. Joe Biden Defends Praise for Embattled Republican During Midterms U.S., January 24

    The former vice president defended his decision to laud an embattled Republican lawmaker during a paid speech, saying it reflected his view of how to “get things done.”

  86. The Millennial Candidate Opinion, January 24

    Pete Buttigieg, a 37-year-old who entered the presidential race, deserves a hearing.

  87. The Art of Humanizing Social Systems Opinion, January 24

    A number of government agencies in Missouri and Massachusetts are exploring ways to address social problems holistically, through a framework that focuses on clients’ long-term needs.

  88. Michael Jackson Musical to Open in Chicago Theater, January 23

    The show, “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” will run this fall, from Oct. 29 to Dec. 1, at the James M. Nederlander Theater.

  89. Biden’s Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground U.S., January 23

    A paid speech by Joe Biden in October helped Fred Upton, a vulnerable Republican, win re-election in Michigan. Biden earned $200,000 for the address.

  90. Joe Biden’s Paid Speech Buoyed the G.O.P. in Midwest Battleground U.S., January 23

    The former vice president’s address in October helped Fred Upton, a vulnerable Republican, win re-election in Michigan. Mr. Biden earned $200,000 for the speech.

  91. Kansas Lawmakers Defect to Democrats as G.O.P. Struggles in Suburbs U.S., January 22

    Four moderates from the Kansas City metro area have changed parties in the last month, reflecting a national realignment on a key partisan battleground.

  92. ‘Get Us Our Paycheck’: Federal Employees Struggling Without Pay Video, January 22

    An estimated 800,000 federal employees haven’t been paid since the government shutdown began. Those working for the I.R.S. and other agencies are being ordered to return to work during the shutdown. We spoke with some of them.

  93. The Freshman, Part 1: Rashida Tlaib Podcasts, January 22

    Now that the Democrats have taken back the House, their plan is to govern on a message of unity heading into 2020. A small group of new, progressive lawmakers threatens to upend that plan. Meet one of them.

  94. From Federal Worker to Uber Driver: Odd Jobs to Make Ends Meet in the Shutdown U.S., January 22

    Furloughed government employees desperate for income have become unlikely entrants into America’s gig economy, substitute teaching, babysitting and delivering food.

  95. They Still Like Steve King Here Opinion, January 21

    The Iowa congressman has been saying offensive things for years but many of his supporters don’t seem concerned.