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home : national/world : new york times August 28, 2014

Shell Submits a Plan for New Alaskan Arctic Oil Exploration
The company, which had experienced setbacks in its efforts in recent years, said it had not yet made a final decision on whether to drill next summer.... More >>

Tony Stewart Will Return to Nascar Sprint Cup Series on Sunday
His return at Atlanta Motor Speedway will end a three-race hiatus taken after he struck and killed a fellow driver during a dirt-track race in upstate New York.... More >>

Roger Goodell Admits He Was Wrong and Alters N.F.L. Policy on Domestic Violence
The N.F.L. commissioner said that league employees would be suspended without pay for six games for a first offense involving domestic violence.... More >>

Pakistani Army Steps Into Political Crisis
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif requested Thursday that the army chief help defuse a standoff that has brought thousands of protesters to the capital and crippled the government.... More >>

U.S. Economy Grew at Brisk Rate in Second Quarter
The Commerce Department said the economy grew at a 4.2 percent rate, but businesses still seem to be benefiting more than consumers.... More >>

Obama Vows Russia Penalties, but Avoids Calling Ukraine Advance an Invasion
President Obama condemned the latest Russian military incursion into Ukraine, as he grappled with multiple international crises.... More >>

Roger Goodell Admits He Was Wrong and Alters N.F.L. Policy on Domestic Violence
The N.F.L. commissioner said that league employees would be suspended without pay for six games for a first offense involving domestic violence.... More >>

Serena Williams Powers Ahead at the U.S. Open
Williams beat Vania King in the second round on Thursday, while eighth-seeded Ana Ivanovic was eliminated. On the men’s side, John Isner and Sam Querrey won in straight sets.... More >>

New Law Boosts Oversight of Use of Solitary Confinement at Rikers
The law will require the Correction Department to publish quarterly reports on the inmates in solitary confinement, but did not include provisions that would scale back the use of isolation as punishment.... More >>

Videos Show Mass Killing of Captives by ISIS in Syria
More than 100 men, possibly Syrian soldiers, were apparently lined up in their underwear and gunned down. In the Golan Heights, non-ISIS rebels seized United Nations peacekeepers.... More >>

As Ebola Grips Liberia’s Capital, a Quarantine Sows Social Chaos
Monrovia has become, in a few short weeks, a major focal point of the epidemic, with the outbreak overwhelming the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.... More >>

Drug-Trafficking Charges Dropped Against Man Arrested in Hoffman Case
Robert Aaron, a musician and friend of Philip Seymour Hoffman, had been charged with intent to sell heroin just days after the actor’s fatal drug overdose in February.... More >>

Erdogan Is Sworn In as President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the former prime minister who has governed Turkey for more than a decade, is expected to continue to exercise power for at least another five years.... More >>

Motherlode Blog: American Kids, Learning to Aim and Fire
I’ve talked to my children long and hard about guns and gun safety. I’ve made them practice what to say and do. And this summer, three of the four of them learned to shoot.... More >>

Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Is Tied to One Funeral
An explosion of cases in early summer seems to stem from a traditional healer’s funeral at which 14 women were infected, according to scientists.... More >>

Study Offers Clues to Arctic Mystery: Paleo-Eskimos’ Abrupt Extinction
A study seems to rule out assimilation as the reason for the sudden disappearance of the Paleo-Eskimo population that thrived alone for more than 4,000 years.... More >>

Ukraine Asserts Russian Invasion and Reinstitutes Draft
President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine said Russian troops had crossed the border, and his national security council reinstituted mandatory conscription.... More >>

In First Year of Pre-K Expansion, a Rush to Be Ready by the First Day of School
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that 50,407 children had been enrolled in prekindergarten for this fall, and many pieces will have to fall into place by Sept. 4 for the program to go smoothly.... More >>

ArtsBeat: Joan Rivers Hospitalized in New York
The comedian was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital after going into cardiac arrest, the police said.... More >>

N.F.L. Preview: Eric Decker’s N.F.L. Rise Began on the Ball Fields in Central Minnesota
Eric Decker, the Jets’ off-season acquisition via the Broncos and Cold Spring, Minn., comes to New York with a country-music-singing wife, a reality TV show and a three-sport past.... More >>

Well: In Plastics and Cans, a Threat to Women
BPA worries scientists for a number of reasons, but evidence is gathering for one concern in particular: infertility.... More >>

Over 1,000 Russian Soldiers Join Fight, NATO Says
Satellite photos released publicly for the first time appear to corroborate NATO assertions that Russian forces are operating in Ukraine territory.... More >>

Public Editor's Journal: Why The Times Identified and Photographed Teenagers in a Sex Abuse Article
Readers wrote of concerns for the victims’ privacy and safety, and a reporter explains how it came about.... More >>

On the Runway Blog: When the ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Becomes a Promotional Moment
Have we reached the point where being doused with cold water is more about “being in the club” than about helping a charity?... More >>

Listening Post: Asking Congress to Back ISIS Strikes Is Tricky for Obama
A broad authorization of airstrikes against Sunni militants in Syria would carry echoes of the Bush era, outrage President Obama’s liberal base and raise the specter of an open-ended conflict.... More >>

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