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1,000 Miles, Four Families, One Christmas Tree
A balsam fir tree’s journey from a farm in Nova Scotia to a living room in Ridgewood, Queens, reveals the hard work necessary to deliver holiday cheer.... More >>

Governors Look to Save Nafta Amid Washington’s Tough Talk
More state officials are warning about the dangers of upsetting the North American Free Trade Agreement, but the White House so far appears unmoved.... More >>

Uber Engaged in ‘Illegal’ Spying on Rivals, Ex-Employee Says
In a 37-page letter made public in court, a former Uber security employee detailed a massive intelligence-gathering operation that included tailing rival executives.... More >>

Charities’ Fear Under Tax Bill: Less Money to Help the Needy
A higher standard deduction means fewer taxpayers will itemize their deductions. Without the tax incentive, donations are expected to go down.... More >>

State of the Art: Facebook Conceded It Might Make You Feel Bad. Here’s How to Interpret That.
In a remarkable blog post, Facebook cited research showing that “passively consuming” social media made people feel worse. It also said it was trying to fix the problem.... More >>

A Middle-Class Tax Cut? Americans Aren’t Buying It
A poll finds that Americans don’t expect their own taxes to decline next year and doubt that the Republican plan will raise wages or economic growth.... More >>

For Disney’s Iger, a Bold Move That Will Define His Legacy
Disney has achieved great success under the leadership of Robert A. Iger. But he is likely to be judged on the success of his 21st Century Fox deal.... More >>

Republicans’ $1.5 Trillion Tax Plan Appears on Track to Pass Next Week
Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Corker of Tennessee, who had been holdouts, said they would support the bill, putting it within striking distance of passage.... More >>

Ryanair, Europe’s Cut-Price Behemoth, Agrees to Recognize Pilot Unions for First Time
Europe’s biggest budget airline reversed a longstanding policy in the hope of averting threatened strikes during the busy holiday travel period.... More >>

BP, Once a Renewables Leader, Bets $200 Million on Solar
The energy giant is returning to a business it backed away from after the costly and reputation-tarnishing Gulf of Mexico oil spill.... More >>

Fancy Sausages and a $2 Million Bribe: A Trial Uncovers Kremlin Infighting
Aleksei V. Ulyukayev, a former economy minister, has been convicted of corruption after a power struggle with the head of the state oil company.... More >>

E.U. Leaders Agree to Begin Next Phase of Brexit Talks
Their acceptance of a “divorce deal” opens the way for discussions on a transitional period and the nature of trade relations with Britain... More >>

DealBook Briefing: Peltz Gets His Seat on Procter & Gamble’s Board
Procter & Gamble has appointed activist investor Nelson Peltz to its board following a certified recount of shareholder votes cast at its annual meeting in October.... More >>

Nelson Peltz Appointed to P.&G. Board, After All
Mr. Peltz, an activist investor who has sought the seat since July, will also be nominated to the board during next year’s annual meeting, the company said... More >>

Apple Adds Another Show to Its Growing Streaming Stable
With competition among streaming services growing, the tech giant added an untitled space drama from an executive producer of the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica.”... More >>

Right and Left React to the F.C.C.’s Vote on Net Neutrality Rules
Writers from across the political spectrum on the vote Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission to dismantle Obama-era rules on net neutrality.... More >>

Welcome to Chez Santa. Do You Have a Reservation?
The annual trip to the department store has long been a Christmas tradition, but in 2017, you can’t just show up anymore.... More >>

Vocations: Don’t Look for Snacks in These Vending Machines
A network support engineer installs machines and lockers for faster distribution of employee supplies in buildings that include nuclear power plants.... More >>

Doing the Harlem Shake, Ajit Pai as You’ve Never Seen Him Before

A video featuring the F.C.C. chief defending a repeal of net neutrality rules in a Santa suit and doing the Harlem Shake is attracting some disdain.... More >>

Critic’s Notebook: You Know Your History? These Podcasts Aren’t So Sure
It seems every podcast company is starting its own counterintuitive take on history. But how effective are they at actually illuminating our past?... More >>

Life on the Meme Council: Meet the Internet’s Gatekeepers
Know Your Meme, a database for the internet’s inside jokes, runs with the help of 38 volunteer moderators known as the meme council. These are their stories.... More >>

The Times in Person: Readers in Michigan: We Need More Skills, Not More Jobs
After an article is published about a “job creator” in a state that voted for Donald Trump, new on-the-ground conversations add richness and depth.... More >>

Bits: Farhad and Mike’s Week in Tech: Net Neutrality Is Gone
Our reporters look at the week in tech, including the F.C.C.’s decision to repeal net neutrality and Bitcoin’s continued boom.... More >>

Jonathan Saunders Resigns Role at Diane von Furstenberg
The Scottish designer abruptly announced his departure as chief creative officer 18 months after taking the job.... More >>

Economic View: What Is Bitcoin Really Worth? Don’t Even Ask.
Bitcoin’s price is supported by the “animal spirits” of those betting on it, not by economic fundamentals. No wonder the market has been chaotic.... More >>

Why Did Disney Expand Its Sports Kingdom With Out-of-Favor Networks?
In its megadeal with 21st Century Fox, Disney acquired 22 regional sports networks that it believes will complement ESPN. It’s unclear how that will happen.... More >>

The Getaway: New Tools and Tours for Solo Travelers
As more people explore the world on their own, travel companies are beginning to find more meaningful ways to serve them.... More >>

Labor Board Reverses Ruling That Helped Workers Fight Chains
Newly under Republican control, the National Labor Relations Board changed the standard for holding a company responsible for a franchisee’s practices.... More >>

The Streaming Landscape After Disney’s Deal
Netflix is the clear leader in the streaming wars, but Disney’s deal with 21st Century Fox changes things. Here’s a look at the various streaming services.... More >>

Murdoch Speaks on the Fox-Disney Merger
Disney's deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox's assets started with an informal chat at Rupert Murdoch's winery.... More >>

Breakingviews: Disney’s Fox Deal May Force European Telecoms to Retreat
With pay-TV group Sky soon to be owned by Disney, some European telecoms may need to scale back their ambitions for producing content.... More >>

Why Net Neutrality Was Repealed and How It Affects You
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules. Here’s what you need to know.... More >>

Stuart Evey, a Founding Force at ESPN, Is Dead at 84
Mr. Evey persuaded his bosses at Getty Oil to invest in the start-up sports network and then helped manage it as it took wing.... More >>

Ford Chooses a Detroit Base to Take On Silicon Valley
The automaker, long absent from the city proper, will create a hub there for work on self-driving and electric cars.... More >>

Common Sense: The Disney-Fox Deal Has Friends in High Places
The Justice Department moved to block AT&T’s attempted acquisition of Time Warner. So why would it approve this $52.4 billion megadeal?... More >>

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Will Return for Season 10
Larry David’s cringe humor sitcom, which returned this fall after a long hiatus, will begin production on a new season in the spring.... More >>

China’s HNA Keeps Striking Foreign Deals as Banks Wince and Investors Flee
Executives at the deeply indebted conglomerate say it still enjoys support from lenders, even as bond prices fall and regulators raise questions.... More >>

Breakingviews: Disney Deal Should Erase the Murdoch Discount
Disney’s acquisition of a large portion of 21st Century Fox is a historic deal for Rupert Murdoch — and it should erase the discount afflicting his long-suffering shareholders.... More >>

‘Are You Normal?’ Putin Asks U.S. Congress in Annual News Gathering
As much circus as news conference, the event provided the Russian president with a platform to bolster his campaign and to attack the United States.... More >>

Wheels: Lamborghini’s Urus Is the Luxury S.U.V. Party’s Most Flamboyant Guest
The Italian sports car company’s previous S.U.V. predated Porsche’s Cayenne. Its second follows in the Porsche’s footsteps as a beefed-up sports car.... More >>

Morgan Spurlock: ‘I Am Part of the Problem’
The filmmaker stepped down from his production company Thursday, after he wrote that he had engaged in sexual misconduct dating to his college days.... More >>

A.G. Sulzberger, 37, to Take Over as New York Times Publisher
An author of the ‘innovation report’ will follow in the footsteps of his father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., who served as publisher for 25 years.... More >>

Teva Pharmaceuticals to Cut 25% of Jobs in Huge Reshaping
The world’s biggest maker of generic drugs has been squeezed by increased competition and lower prices and is saddled with a large amount of debt.... More >>

Fox-Disney Deal Gives Rupert Murdoch His King Lear Moment
As he prepares to sell off much of 21st Century Fox, the 86-year-old magnate is testing the ties that bind the family-run fief.... More >>

What Disney Is Getting From Fox
Benefits include overseas assets, a television hit factory, popular film franchises, regional sports networks and a more diverse pool of executives.... More >>

Editor, John C. DePrez Jr.; Executive Editor, Carol Rogers; Publishers: IBRC and IAR

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