newark

NJ’s largest paper threatens unions with closure

The owners of The Star-Ledger plan to close New Jersey’s largest newspaper by year’s end if its production unions don’t make concessions in contract negotiations, the publisher said Wednesday.…
chimps

NIH to retire most chimps from medical research

It’s official: The National Institutes of Health plans to end most use of chimpanzees in government medical research, saying humans’ closest relatives “deserve special respect.”…
abortion

Minute by minute: How the abortion vote happened

The final hours of Texas’ special legislative session descended into chaos overnight as hundreds of protesters yelled to drown out the vote on a tough abortion restrictions bill.…
Jon Lester

Was first curveball thrown 2 million years ago?

It’s a big year for throwing. The greatest closer in baseball history, Mariano Rivera of the Yankees, is retiring. Aroldis Chapman, the overpowering Cincinnati Reds reliever, continues to fire fastballs beyond 100 mph.…
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Indiana ‘sextortionist’ gets 40-year sentence

A self-confessed “sextortionist” from Indiana was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison and fined $70,000 for coercing more than a dozen teenagers into performing sex acts online.…
ireland

Ireland to pay $45M to Catholic laundry workers

Ireland’s government says it will pay an estimated 770 surviving residents of Catholic-run “Magdalene” laundries at least 34.5 million euros ($45 million) to compensate them for their years of unpaid labor and degradation.…