Daily Archives: February 8, 2024

Usher Proves His Mastery on His New Album, ‘Coming Home’

It has taken perseverance, extraordinary musical gifts and a little luck for Usher to land where he is right now. At 45, the R&B singer and songwriter Usher Raymond is releasing his new album, “Coming Home,” just two days before he will headline the Super Bowl halftime show. In December 2023, he completed an acclaimed 100-show residency in Las Vegas. …

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A Blinken Visit Puts U.S.-Israeli Tensions on Full Display

As Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken sat down with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel this week, American and Arab officials were expressing cautious optimism over the latest proposal from Hamas for a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. But just hours after speaking to Mr. Blinken, Mr. Netanyahu appeared more intent on delivering a fiery message aimed at his …

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F.C.C. Bans A.I.-Generated Robocalls – The New York Times

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday outlawed unwanted robocalls generated by artificial intelligence, amid growing concerns over election disinformation and consumer fraud facilitated by the technology. The unanimous decision by the F.C.C. cited a three-decade-old law aimed at curbing junk phone calls, clarifying that A.I.-generated spam calls are also illegal. By doing so, the agency said it expanded the ability …

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Rome Hotels – The New York Times

While Rome’s charms may be, as they say, eternal, it’s never been a city particularly prized for its hotels. Until recently, upmarket lodging in the Italian capital usually meant an ostentatiously decorated pile meant to evoke the city’s 16th- and 17th-century palazzi, stuffed with gilded furniture and vague nostalgia. Over the past year or so, an entirely new breed of …

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Amarena, on the Upper East Side, Is Julian Medina’s Ode to Italy

Headliner Amarena Against the odds, the chef Julian Medina is an optimist when it comes to the business of owning restaurants. Just this past year he opened three, and he is about to add another for a total of 12 at various levels of service and price. The newest one, open later this week, is his first that is not …

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Gen. Oleksandr Syrsky Takes Over at a Fraught Time for Ukraine’s Military

Gen. Oleksandr Syrsky, who was appointed commander of the Ukrainian military on Thursday, led two successful counteroffensives in the war against Russia before his troops became bogged down in one of the most contentious and costly battles of the conflict. It was a strung-out, vicious spell of urban combat in the eastern city of Bakhmut last winter, and even as …

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Sutton Stracke Travels to Spain With Merce Cunningham’s Ashes

“Can you get my drink, and I’ll get Merce?“ In certain circles — OK, mine — that name can belong to only one person: Merce Cunningham, the 20th-century choreographer who reshaped modern dance. Over the past few weeks, his name has come up in the strangest of places: “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” On recent episodes, Sutton Stracke traveled …

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Netanyahu says Israeli forces will soon enter Rafah.

Israel’s prime minister said the military would soon go into to an area of Gaza near the border with Egypt where hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians have fled, something the United Nations has said would be catastrophic. Gazan health officials say that more than 27,000 people — many of them women and children — have been killed in Israel’s …

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Silky Salmon at the Push of a Button

The microwave and the baby arrived roughly around the same time. I hadn’t had a microwave until then: My kitchen was small, counter space was highly coveted and I wasn’t doing enough reheating to justify it. But my husband wisely realized that we’d want to heat food for the baby and for us, the new parents, in a quick and …

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Silencio, the NYC Offshoot of Paris Club, Hosts Its Inaugural Party

On Wednesday night, two sturdy bouncers framed an unmarked doorway between a pizzeria and a vape shop on West 57th Street. Those granted entry descended a narrow staircase to the door of Silencio New York, where a new offshoot of the swank Parisian nightclub was hosting its inaugural party. The Silencio on rue Montmartre has attracted a cross-section of Paris’s …

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