Mexican senate votes to keep troops in police role despite outcry from rights groups

Mexico’s senate has approved controversial legislation enshrining the role of the military in law enforcement, despite soaring violence and repeated allegations that the country’s security forces have committed human rights abuses. Lawmakers pushed through the “interior security law” early on Friday amid heavy security to stop protesters who allege the measure will militarise the country …

Late-night hosts on Trump’s net neutrality repeal: ‘Absolutely despicable’

Late-night hosts discussed the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality, criticizing the move as “absolutely despicable”. On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert detailed the effect that it would have on consumers, potentially slowing down speeds and limiting access to certain sites. “The only thing that should slow your internet speed is the number of other …

With Concession to Rubio on Child Credit, G.O.P. Is Set to Release Compromise Tax Plan

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida held a news conference in October to discuss the child tax credit. Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers have agreed to expand the child care tax credit so that it benefits more low-income Americans, a move intended to win back the support of Senator Marco …

Lost species of bee-mimicking moth rediscovered after 130 years

A moth that disguises itself as a bee and was previously only identified by a single damaged specimen collected in 1887 has been rediscovered in the Malaysian rainforest by a lepidopterist from Poland. The oriental blue clearwing (Heterosphecia tawonoides) was seen “mud-puddling” – collecting salts and minerals from damp areas with its tongue-like proboscis – …

California Today: California Today: A Timber Town’s Water Fight

Bob Hall, a member of the Weed City Council, at Beaughan Spring, a source of Weed’s water. Jim Wilson/The New York Times Good morning. (Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Last year we published a story about a small city in Northern California battling a lumber company over access to water. …

Why Did Disney Expand Its Sports Kingdom With Out-of-Favor Networks?

Disney’s chief executive, Robert A. Iger, now controls a massive portfolio of sports broadcasting rights. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Disney’s chief executive, Robert A. Iger, will wake up Friday morning as the most powerful person in United States sports, with a massive portfolio of media rights to the N.F.L., the N.B.A., tennis majors, college football and …

Quiet Times at Fraternity Houses as Schools Crack Down on Excesses

Investigators at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., after a student died in a fraternity hazing incident in September. L.S.U. is one of a number of universities restricting or banning fraternity activities. Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate, via Associated Press After months of waiting, it was finally party night for the brothers of Phi Kappa Psi …

Hillsborough slur about fans burning police horse false, says CPS

A notorious slur against Liverpool supporters after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, alleging that some people trapped in the crush outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles had seriously burned a police horse, has been found by the Crown Prosecution Service to have been false. The CPS concluded that there was some evidence to suggest that a former …