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Monsanto’s Weed Killer, Dicamba, Divides Farmers
Twenty-five million acres have been planted with genetically modified seeds to encourage the spraying of the chemical. Farmers worry about damage to crops.... More >>

Common Sense: Tax Reform for the Rich: Reduce the Rates but Lose the Breaks
Curbing special treatment for state and local taxes, mortgage interest and capital gains could pay for meaningful changes across the board.... More >>

S.&P. Downgrades China’s Debt, Citing a Surge in Lending
The firm’s move, spurred by a borrowing spree that it said threatens the world’s No. 2 economy, comes just before a sensitive Communist Party meeting.... More >>

Google Is Buying HTC’s Smartphone Expertise for $1.1 Billion
The deal bolsters Google’s ability to build mobile hardware and joins two companies already working together on one of Google’s upcoming Pixel phones.... More >>

S.E.C. Says It Was a Victim of Computer Hacking Last Year
The commission said the attackers could have exploited private information for trading purposes.... More >>

KB Home to Cut C.E.O.’s Bonus After His Rant Against Kathy Griffin
Jeffrey Mezger will have his 2017 bonus cut by 25 percent, the company said, after using sexist and homophobic language against Kathy Griffin, his neighbor.... More >>

Facebook, After ‘Fail’ Over Ads Targeting Racists, Makes Changes
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, promised “more human review and oversight” to make sure offensive terms aren’t used to target ads.... More >>

A Start-Up Slump Is a Drag on the Economy. Big Business May Be to Blame.
The formation of new companies has failed to bounce back since the recession, and economists say the trend may be holding back wages and productivity.... More >>

Former Apple Engineers Working on New Eyes for Driverless Cars
The Silicon Valley start-up Aeva is developing new sensors that could significantly improve how autonomous vehicles see the road.... More >>

Confident Fed Sets Stage for December Rate Increase
The Federal Reserve said a trio of punishing hurricanes were unlikely to reduce the pace of economic growth, and it continued to dismantle its stimulus programs.... More >>

Someone Made a Fake Equifax Site. Then Equifax Linked to It.
A software engineer created a fake version of the website to draw attention to the weak security of the real one. Phishers could easily do the same.... More >>

Tech We’re Using: Avoiding Cameras While Training the Lens on Food
Pete Wells, The Times’s restaurant critic, discussed how he avoids cameras to protect his identity and how technology has transformed the dining scene.... More >>

The Getaway: How to Use Twitter and Facebook for Emergency Travel Information
You don’t have to like social media, but when a natural disaster or emergency strikes, it can provide essential travel tools.... More >>

US Stock Indexes Dip in Afternoon Trading; Oil Falling
A slide among technology companies led U.S. stock indexes slightly lower Thursday, wiping out modest gains from a day earlier.... More >>

Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oréal Heiress Vexed by Swindling Case, Is Dead at 94
Mrs. Bettencourt, ranked as the world’s richest women, tried to live down her family’s fascist associations, and her final years were overtaken by scandal.... More >>

A Consumer Advocate Battles Equifax and a Storm
“I managed to respond to the first several hundred emails, but a backlog built up as the hurricane came and went and I transported my father back home.”... More >>

The New Yorker Said No, but These Cartoons Just May Make Your Day
There are likely to be some winners — and a few groaners — at an exhibition of 45 cartoons that didn’t make the cut.... More >>

Some Cartoons That Missed the Cut
The New Yorker is highly selective of the cartoons it publishes. Here are cartoons that didn’t make it.... More >>

Book Entry: Review: The Scandalous Friendship That Shaped Adam Smith
“The Infidel and the Professor” illuminates the deep bond between the father of economics, an establishment man, and the radical skeptic David Hume.... More >>

Morning Agenda: Google Gets Serious About Producing Better Phones
Its move to hire HTC engineers is intended to improve competition with Apple and Samsung. But the tech giant’s previous foray into handset making did not go so well.... More >>

On ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ a Franchise Boldly Goes Into the Serial TV Era
The first new “Star Trek” series in more than a decade deals with the demands of long-form storytelling and confronts earthbound production problems.... More >>

In the Studio: Hervé Pierre Is Designing Melania Trump’s Legacy
The first lady’s stylist and designer invites us inside his apartment and work space.... More >>

How to Hack Your Brain (for $5,000)
The new, new, new age is all about “defragging our nervous systems.”... More >>

Merkel Says Germans ‘Never Had It Better.’ But Many Feel Left Behind.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s message of strength has dominated the election campaign, but poverty, economic insecurity and income disparity have grown during her tenure.... More >>

Preet Bharara, Ousted Federal Prosecutor, Will Join CNN
Mr. Bharara, who has become a frequent critic of President Trump since being dismissed by him in March, will be a senior legal analyst for the network.... More >>

How Can U.S. States Fight Climate Change if Trump Quits the Paris Accord?
Fourteen states have vowed to uphold the Paris climate pact with or without the federal government, and a new analysis suggests their efforts are having an impact.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: A Paintbrush in One Hand, and a Drink in the Other
Paint-and-sip shops, many of them franchise operations, continue to spread as more and more people seek diversions in experiences rather than in buying things.... More >>

White Collar Watch: Hack Will Lead to Little, if Any, Punishment for Equifax
The chances that Equifax or its executives see significant criminal or civil penalties are low, because of the nature of the attack and a quirk of regulation.... More >>

Waymo Seeks $2.6 Billion From Uber Over a Single Secret
The self-driving-car unit of Google’s parent company claims that Uber stole several trade secrets. Jury selection could start next month.... More >>

If You Shame Them, Will They Pay?
Forever 21 was selling a T-shirt that looked very similar to an indie designer’s. And it’s not the first time the store has come under fire.... More >>

Europe Renews Offensive on Silicon Valley With Tax Reforms
A new set of proposals presented by officials in Brussels seek to tax technology companies differently, but risk being seen as an effort to target American tech giants.... More >>

Lillian Ross, Acclaimed Reporter for The New Yorker, Dies at 99
One of her rules of journalism was, “Do not call attention to yourself.” Yet she did just that in a memoir about her long affair with her celebrated editor.... More >>

San Francisco Chefs Serve Up a Message About Climate Change
Karen Leibowitz and Anthony Myint, who started Mission Street Food, have new ideas for the Perennial, their restaurant that promotes sustainability.... More >>

Toshiba Reaches Tentative Deal to Sell Microchip Unit
The board of the Japanese conglomerate is close to an agreement with a group of investors led by Bain Capital, although details must still be finalized.... More >>

Tata Steel and ThyssenKrupp Agree to Create European Steel Giant
The two companies hope a joint venture would be better equipped to tackle chronic problems in the sector. But the deal faces major obstacles.... More >>

Amazon ‘Reviewing’ Its Website After It Suggested Bomb-Making Items
A British television news report said that the online retailer’s algorithms were automatically offering items that could be used to create an explosive device.... More >>

Tech Fix: Apple Watch Series 3 Excels, Even if You Don’t Need Cellular
Date night without your iPhone? That’s now doable with the new cellular Apple Watch, which for the first time can be untethered from your smartphone. Here’s our review.... More >>

Morning Agenda: Masayoshi Son Warns of the Singularity
The SoftBank founder laid out his predictions for how artificial intelligence will change the world — and how his giant Vision Fund fits into that.... More >>

Building a Better Coral Reef
As reefs die off, researchers want to breed the world’s hardiest corals in labs and return them to the sea to multiply. The effort raises scientific and ethical questions.... More >>

Before Wisconsin, Foxconn Vowed Big Spending in Brazil. Few Jobs Have Come.
The Taiwanese company’s manufacturing model has not translated easily to other countries, where it faces different social, political and labor conditions.... More >>

At Italian Vogue, a New Beginning
When Emanuele Farneti was named editor, the fashion world was shocked. Now he is the host of the biggest party of Milan Fashion Week.... More >>

Senate Republicans Embrace Plan for $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut
Senate Republicans, abandoning a key fiscal doctrine, agreed to move ahead on a budget that would add to the federal deficit in order to pave the way for a $1.5 trillion tax cut.... More >>

Executive’s Sexist Rant at Kathy Griffin Prompts Backlash
Jeffrey Mezger, the C.E.O. of KB Home, used a crude reference to the female anatomy to refer to the comedian during a dispute over a noise complaint.... More >>

As Economy Grows, Fed Set to Shrink Bond Holdings
The Federal Reserve is expected to announce on Wednesday it will begin to reduce its bond holdings, signaling confidence in the economy’s health.... More >>

Harvard Endowment Reports ‘Disappointing’ 8.1 Percent Return
The endowment’s new chief, N.P. Narvekar, said the university’s $37.1 billion fund had problems that would “require time to overcome.”... More >>

As the Clintons Step Back From Global Stage, Bloomberg Steps Up
In a symbolic passing of the guard, Mr. Clinton will be the first speaker Wednesday at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum.... More >>

Economic Scene: Unemployment Is So 2009: Labor Shortage Gives Workers an Edge
Earnings are rising at a pace not seen in almost two decades. Will it be enough to draw more people off the bench and into the job market?... More >>

Book News: YouTube Star Hank Green Will Publish His First Novel Next Year
Following in the footsteps of his older brother, the best-selling novelist John Green, Hank Green will publish his first novel with Dutton.... More >>

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