‘There’s no life here’: a journey into Britain’s precarious future

At the Ebbw Vale steelworks in the south Wales valleys, thousands of men once laboured to produce the steel that helped to drive Britain’s industrial revolution. The steelworks closed for good 15 years ago, and today a familiar fare decorates the town’s mournful high street: pound shops, arcades, bookies. On the brief walk from one …

Thomas Fire Spreads Rapidly to Santa Barbara County

The San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, Calif., faced the encroaching Thomas Fire on Saturday. The blaze spread quickly in the morning, fueled by strong winds. Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department, via Associated Press The largest of the Southern California wildfires accelerated its spread into Santa Barbara County on Saturday, burning through the outskirts of …

What’s in the Tax Bill, and How It Will Affect You

Taxpayers will be able to deduct the interest paid on mortgage debt up to $750,000. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Republican lawmakers released the details of their tax code rewrite on Friday, which reconciles differences between the House and Senate bills. Several of the most anticipated changes — such as a significant increase in the standard deduction …

José Mourinho is having to tackle his biggest challenge as a manager | Daniel Taylor

While all the adventures seem to be happening on the other side of town right now, perhaps a little context is needed and it is worth pointing out that Manchester United have actually accumulated more points at this stage of the season than in six of the 13 championship-winning years when Sir Alex Ferguson was …

Chris Froome buried under Team Sky’s cumulative baggage of allegations | William Fotheringham

It is more than 23 years since the curious case of Miguel Induráin, the then four-time Tour winner who ended up being declared “positive in France” for elevated levels of the asthma cure salbutamol, which was banned at the time in that country. It will be no comfort to another four‑times Tour winner, Chris Froome, …

Uproar Over Purported Ban at C.D.C. of Words Like ‘Fetus’

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reportedly were barred from using several words or phrases, causing upset among some staff and outside groups. John Amis/European Pressphoto Agency WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services tried to play down on Saturday a report that officials at the Centers for Disease Control …

Nevada Democrat Facing Harassment Accusations Will Not Seek Re-Election

Representative Ruben Kihuen denied the allegations against him, but said he would not seek re-election. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Representative Ruben Kihuen, a freshman Democrat from Nevada who has been accused of sexual harassment, said Saturday that he would not seek re-election. He is the fifth member of Congress in the past two weeks …

Youngest staff to be given UK workplace pensions as qualifying age is cut

Young people aged 18 to 21 who are earning £10,000 or more will have to be automatically enrolled into workplace pension schemes for the first time to help them save for retirement, under plans to be announced by ministers . The extension of automatic enrolment to teenagers and those in their early 20s is seen …