World’s Most Expensive Home? Another Bauble for a Saudi Prince

LOUVECIENNES, France — When the Chateau Louis XIV sold for over $300 million two years ago, Fortune magazine called it “the world’s most expensive home,” and Town & Country swooned over its gold-leafed fountain, marble statues and hedged labyrinth set in a 57-acre landscaped park. But for all the lavish details, one fact was missing: …

E.P.A. Contractor Has Spent Past Year Scouring the Agency for Anti-Trump Officials

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the E.P.A., last week. Many information requests focus on employees known to be questioning management at the agency since Mr. Pruitt was confirmed. Doug Mills/The New York Times One of the top executives of a consulting firm that the Environmental Protection Agency has recently hired to help it with media …

Christian Benteke sinks Leicester to end Crystal Palace’s away drought

Christian Benteke blasted his way back into Roy Hodgson’s good books by scoring his first goal for seven months and creating another for Wilfried Zaha before Bakary Sako gave a suitably emphatic look to Crystal Palace’s first away win of the season. Palace had not even mustered a goal on their travels this season but …

Penang guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

This exotic tropical island off the north-west coast of Malaysia is one of the world capitals of street food, with a dazzling array of cuisines from the island’s Chinese, Malay and Indian communities. But after eating my way through everything from Hokkien black noodles, succulent giant prawns steamed in rice wine and spicy assam laksa, …

Arsenal v Newcastle, Chelsea v Southampton and more – live!

Still need a present? Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Show 10.05am EST 10:05 Preamble So, here we are. Another Saturday where football, and plenty of it, takes precedent over even the very thought of pounding the streets shopping for stocking fillers. Neither Everton nor Newcastle United are feeling festive, cancelling their respective Christmas bashes. The latter are …

California Thomas wildfire still threatens thousands of homes

The Thomas fire, the 11-day-old and fourth-largest wildfire in California history, continued to grow and threaten thousands of homes on Saturday, despite the efforts of armies of fire crews and fleets of bulldozers and aircraft. Santa Ana winds fanning the flames north-west of Los Angeles eased on Friday but they were expected to return strongly …

Why I love Joan Didion

The glamour of Joan Didion, 83, lies not in the many incredible photographs of her during her long life. Nor is it in that horrible quasi-sheen that we associate with surviving terrible loss. It’s not in the lifestyle choices she made – living in New York one year, relocating to a home right on a California beach …

‘Trump, Trump, Trump!’ How a President’s Name Became a Racial Jeer

Supporters cheered for Donald J. Trump as he spoke at his final campaign event in Grand Rapids, Mich., on the eve of the 2016 presidential election. Damon Winter/The New York Times For more coverage of race, sign up here to have our Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox. The high school basketball squad from …