As DeVos Faces Congress, Officials Say She Hid Plans to Overhaul Department

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tried to withhold details of a sweeping reorganization plan for her department from Congress, staff members say. Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will go before a House panel on Tuesday to defend her agency’s budget, including a sweeping overhaul of the Education Department that has strained relations …

Mnuchin Defends Trump Tariffs as World Economic Leaders Worry

Steven Mnuchin last month in Washington. As the United States prepares to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, Mr. Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, has been peppered with requests from foreign counterparts about securing exemptions. Eric Thayer for The New York Times BUENOS AIRES — President Trump’s plan to hit countries around the world with …

Promotions, Not Punishments, for Officers Accused of Lying

For years, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, a New York City agency that investigates abusive police behavior, has documented every instance it believes it has caught an officer lying. The cases rarely present much of a mystery: Often they involve officers who deny throwing a punch or who downplay the force used during an arrest …

Hundreds of Start-Ups Tell Investors: Diversify, or Keep Your Money

The Founders for Change coalition includes, from left, Howie Liu of Airtable, Andre Haddad of Turo, Todd Berman of Loom, Sarah Leary of Nextdoor, Jason Brown of Tally, Sarah Nahm of Lever, Eddie Medina of BetterUp, Amit Sharma of Narvar and Rosanna Myers of Carbon Robotics. Christie Hemm Klok for The New York Times SAN …

Their Pay Has Stood Still. Now Oklahoma Teachers Could Be the Next to Walk.

Students leaving Carver Middle School in Tulsa last week. Teachers in Oklahoma have not had a raise from the state in a decade and are threatening to strike on April 2. Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York Times TULSA, Okla. — When she woke up one morning last week, Tiffany Bell, a teacher at Hamilton …

Cuomo Orders a Review of Vance’s Handling of Weinstein Investigation

Questions have been raised as to how prosecutors for the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., left, handled a 2015 sexual assault allegation against the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Victor J. Blue for The New York Times Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo directed the state attorney general on Monday to review how the Manhattan district …

Mighty Women Warriors, Resurrected From an Ancient Epic

A rehearsal of “Forty Girls” in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The musical retells an ancient epic of female warriors in Central Asia who resisted male invaders, fighting to the death rather than submit to the victors. Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — Gathered in a concert hall recently in Tashkent, the capital of …

Judd Apatow Puts Garry Shandling Under the Microscope

In “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling,” the filmmaker Judd Apatow pays tribute to a mentor by exploring the many facets to a celebrated but underexamined comedian. Shandling Estate/HBO Garry Shandling wasn’t easy to classify in life. He was a widely admired stand-up comic and a creator of two influential TV series: “It’s Garry Shandling’s …

The Struggle to Build a Massive ‘Biobank’ of Patient Data

Blood samples to be processed at the U.K. Biobank. The U.S. is embarking on a similar project called All of Us, but its scope — and costs — are raising challenges. Phil Noble/Reuters This spring, the National Institutes of Health will start recruiting participants for one of the most ambitious medical projects ever envisioned. The …

YouTube May Add to the Burdens of Humble Wikipedia

At South by Southwest last week, YouTube’s chief executive, Susan Wojcicki, announced that the company would enlist Wikipedia’s help to deal with the proliferation of conspiracy theories and misinformation on its platform. Jason Bollenbacher/Getty Images for SXSW Last week, Wikipedia received an unusual prompt. For one thing, it dealt with sensitive subject matter. And it …