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On Soccer: The Big Six and … Burnley? A Success Story Confounds the Statisticians

Almost a third of the way into the season, Burnley has overcome all expectations, even its own. More significant, it has bucked conventional wisdom, and in such a way that writing it off as an outlier, a freak product of random chance, is unsatisfactory. “Burnley is a team that stands out in any analysis,” said Simon Gleave, head of analysis at Gracenote Sports. “That probably suggests that the models being used miss something.” At first glance, it is easy to assume that it is all much simpler, and that Burnley…

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Violence Flares as Nepal Heads to Landmark Elections

Nepal has found it hard to rebuild from the quakes, in part because top leaders rotate out of their positions quickly, leading to chronic instability. Nepal has had 10 prime ministers in less than a decade. But despite the instability and violence, the voting has been seen as a potential bright spot. This year, Nepal held local elections for the first time in two decades. Now, voters are set to fill more than 800 seats in Nepal’s Parliament and state assemblies. “They’re a huge milestone in the country’s history,” Bhojraj…

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Rangers 2, Red Wings 1 | Overtime: Henrik Lundqvist’s 40 Saves Lead the Rangers Past Detroit

Photo Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist deflecting a shot by Detroit center Dylan Larkin in the third period on Friday. Credit Bill Kostroun/Associated Press The Rangers need goalie Henrik Lundqvist at his best to compete in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, Lundqvist was. He made 40 saves — many of the acrobatic variety — and thanks to Mats Zuccarello’s goal 37 seconds into overtime, the Rangers beat the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1, at Madison Square Garden. Zuccarello scored his fourth goal of the season,…

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Charlie Rose Has Honors From Two Journalism Schools Rescinded

Photo Charlie Rose during an interview in New York in May. Two journalism schools on Friday announced they were rescinding honors bestowed on him. Credit Steve Mack/Getty Images Two journalism schools on Friday rescinded honors they had previously awarded to the news broadcaster Charlie Rose after allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him. Arizona State University’s journalism school announced it was rescinding the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, named after the longtime news anchor, that it gave to Mr. Rose in 2015. Also on Friday, the University…

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Cat Hair Links Woman to Bombs Mailed to Obama and Texas Governor, Officials Say

Photo Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas at a news conference this month. The authorities charged a woman with mailing him a homemade explosive device, which did not detonate. Credit Sergio Flores/Reuters Julia Poff nursed a grudge that prompted her to mail homemade explosive devices to President Barack Obama and Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, the authorities said, adding that hair from a pet cat helped them connect her to one of the bombs. Court records say her story began years ago when Ms. Poff did not get support from…

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Diplomats Sound the Alarm as They Are Pushed Out in Droves

Now the estrangement is in the open, as diplomats going out the door make their feelings known and members of Congress raise questions about the impact of their leaving. In a letter to Mr. Tillerson last week, Democratic members of the House Foreign Relations Committee, citing what they said was “the exodus of more than 100 senior Foreign Service officers from the State Department since January,” expressed concern about “what appears to be the intentional hollowing-out of our senior diplomatic ranks.” Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, and Senator Jeanne…

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Dueling Appointments Lead to Clash at Consumer Protection Bureau

Photo President Trump named Mick Mulvaney the acting leader of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump on Friday named his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, moving to take control of the agency just hours after its departing leader had taken steps to install his own choice for acting chief. Earlier on Friday, Richard Cordray, the Obama-appointed leader of the consumer bureau, which was created in 2011 in response to the financial crisis,…

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Egypt, Michael Flynn, Argentina: Your Evening Briefing

Cries of “Enough already” on Russian meddling aren’t coming from just Mr. Trump’s supporters. In Russia, beleaguered liberals complain that the American focus feeds propaganda portraying President Vladimir Putin as a master strategist. _____ Photo Credit Al Drago for The New York Times 3. “After Turkey call I will be heading over to Trump National Golf Club, Jupiter, to play golf (quickly) with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.” That was President Trump tweeting about his post-Thanksgiving plans (the “Turkey call” had nothing to do with the bird). In the morning,…

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