The Flu Vaccine Is Working Better Than Expected, C.D.C. Finds

Nurse Nicole Simpson administering a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta earlier this month. This season’s vaccine is more effective than expected, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. David Goldman/Associated Press The flu vaccine is more effective than expected, federal health officials said on Thursday at a special …

South Africa Sees Fresh Start for Economy, With the Same Challenges

Supporters of Jacob G. Zuma, who resigned Wednesday as South Africa’s president, on the streets of Cape Town last summer. His departure encouraged international investors, but the new administration faces enormous challenges. Mike Hutchings/Reuters In the nearly quarter-century since apartheid ended in South Africa, the dominant African National Congress party has lost some of its …

Figure Skating Live Results: Yuzuru Hanyu and Nathan Chen Square Off

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won the men’s figure skating gold medal in 2014. Chang W. Lee/The New York Times PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The 2018 Olympic men’s figure skating event has a deep and talented field. It starts with Yuzuru Hanyu, the defending champion who can make a quadruple jump look easy. Stay here for …

Mikaela Shiffrin Live Slalom Results: Going for Second Gold

Mikaela Shiffrin. Doug Mills/The New York Times PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — With a giant slalom gold medal already clinched, Mikaela Shiffrin will be a big favorite in her best event, the slalom. She is the reigning Olympic champion, the three-time defending world champion and a four-time World Cup winner in the event. Stay here for …

Abuse Accusations Against Peter Martins Are Not Corroborated, Inquiry Says

Peter Martins, the former leader of the New York City Ballet and its School of American Ballet. Jakob Dall for The New York Times A two-month investigation into the conduct of Peter Martins, the former chief of New York City Ballet and its school, did not corroborate any allegations of sexual harassment or physical abuse …

News Analysis: In Netanyahu’s Israel, the Divisiveness Is Now All About Him

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Israel is as polarized as it has been in generations. Ronen Zvulun/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images JERUSALEM — In a trio of new polls, Israelis have declared what they think of the bribery case against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the answer is roughly the same as what they think of …

Feature: ‘I’m Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison’

On Oct. 11, 2016, Michael Foster and two companions rose before dawn, left their budget hotel in Grand Forks, N.D., and drove a white rental sedan toward the Canadian border, diligently minding the speed limit. The day was cold and overcast, and Foster, his diminutive frame wrapped in a down jacket, had prepared for a …

Material Culture: The Enduring Appeal of: Baskets

Baskets, clockwise from left: Bonnie Gale, Willow Artist, bonniegale.com; Adrian Charlton, norfolkbaskets.co.uk; Dominic Parrette of Sussex Willow, sussexwillow.co.uk; Vannerie de Villaines France, vannerie.com; Annemarie O’Sullivan, annemarieosullivan.co.uk; Hilary Burns, hilaryburns.com; Joe Hogan, joehoganbaskets.com. Photograph by Kyoko Hamada. Styled by Theresa Rivera There are some traditions that are universal. Here, we highlight a single craft — and …