U.A.W. Strike Hits 3 Plants as It Seeks Big Raises and Other Gains
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U.A.W. Strike Hits 3 Plants as It Seeks Big Raises and Other Gains

Autoworkers walked off the job on Friday at three factories that produce some of the Detroit carmakers’ most popular vehicles, the opening salvos in what could become a protracted strike that hurts the U.S. economy and has an impact on the 2024 presidential election.Nearly 13,000 members of the United Auto Workers at plants in Ohio, Michigan and Missouri joined early Friday in what the union described as a targeted strike that could expand to more plants if its demands for pay raises of up to 40 percent and other gains were not met.The union’s four-year contracts with three automakers — General Motors, Ford Motor and Stellantis, which owns Chrysler, Jeep and Ram — expired Thursday, and the companies and the union remained far from striking new deals.The U.A.W.’s president, Shawn Fain, used...
Russia-Ukraine War and Kim Jong-un’s Visit to Moscow: Latest News
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Russia-Ukraine War and Kim Jong-un’s Visit to Moscow: Latest News

In a photo released by Russian state media on Friday, Kim Jong-un, center, viewed a fighter jet in Russia’s Far East.Credit...Mikhail Degtyarev, Governor of Russia’s Khabarovsk Krai, via ReutersKim Jong-un on Friday toured Russian military-related facilities producing the off-limits technology he would like to obtain for his isolated nation, as Moscow tempts the North Korean leader whose ammunition stocks the United States says Russia covets for the war in Ukraine.Mr. Kim’s visit to a plant that makes fighter jets in the eastern Russian city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur came two days after he met President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at the Vostochny Cosmodrome, where the North Korean leader viewed powerful rockets similar to the ones he hopes to build to launch military satellites.In the coming ...
How to Navigate Apple’s Shift From Lightning to USB-C
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How to Navigate Apple’s Shift From Lightning to USB-C

The iPhone 15 (technically, the 17th iteration of the iconic Apple phone) has arrived with a big change that is sure to annoy many of us. Eventually, however, we’ll breathe a sigh of relief.Allow me to unpack that. To comply with recent European regulations, the iPhone 15, unveiled Tuesday, will abandon the Lightning connector that has been the method for charging iPhones for 11 years. In its place will be a different oval-shaped connector: USB-C.For the average tech user, change isn’t fun. This all means that when Apple customers buy their next iPhones, they will no longer be able to plug in all the Lightning accessories they have collected, such as charging cables, speaker docks and earbuds. They will have to replace those with new products that use USB-C connectors to plug into the new ...
C.D.C. Recommends New Covid Vaccines for All Americans
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C.D.C. Recommends New Covid Vaccines for All Americans

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended on Tuesday that all Americans 6 months and older receive at least one dose of the latest Covid shots, the last of a trifecta of vaccines intended to prevent another surge in respiratory infections this fall and winter.The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved reformulated Covid vaccines by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. On Tuesday, scientific advisers to the C.D.C. reviewed the data and voted to recommend the shots. Large pharmacies will likely have the new vaccines available later this week.Vaccines against flu and the respiratory syncytial virus are already on the shelves. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 6 months and older, and the R.S.V. vaccine for everyone 60 and older, in consultation with a health ca...
The Fine Art of Naming a Group Chat
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The Fine Art of Naming a Group Chat

Ashley Kozich, 30, who works for a community foundation and lives in Fort Lauderdale, has a group chat with her eight best friends she met as a student at the University of Mississippi. In the last year a lot of them have had babies, so they now highlight the most recently born as the group photo.But the group name it here to stay: “The Sorry People.” “In college we were a really rowdy group of girls, and we would cause chaos and trouble wherever we went,” Ms. Kozich said. “In the mornings we would have to go on these apology tours and say sorry for whatever we did.”The name, she said, has developed a life of its own. “It’s been our name for over 10 years, and people ask us, ‘How are the Sorry People?’” she said. “I don’t think we could be called anything else.”Indeed, many names that star...
What to Know About the Potential Autoworkers Strike
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What to Know About the Potential Autoworkers Strike

The United Auto Workers union, which represents about 150,000 workers at U.S. car plants, could strike against three of the country’s largest automakers on Friday if the union and the companies are unable to reach new contracts.The three automakers — General Motors, Ford Motor and Stellantis, which owns Chrysler, Jeep and Ram — could be forced to stop or slow production if an agreement isn’t reached by midnight on Thursday. The president of the U.A.W., Shawn Fain, said that Thursday was the “deadline, not a reference point.”The union is negotiating a separate four-year contract with each automaker. The U.A.W. has never struck against all three companies at once, preferring to target one at a time. But Mr. Fain has said he and his members are willing to strike against all three this time.Wh...
Decongestant in Cold Medicines Doesn’t Work, Panel Says
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Decongestant in Cold Medicines Doesn’t Work, Panel Says

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration agreed unanimously on Tuesday that a common decongestant ingredient used in many over-the-counter cold medicines is ineffective.The panel’s vote tees up a likely decision by the agency on whether to essentially ban the ingredient, phenylephrine, which would result in pulling hundreds of products containing it from store shelves.If the F.D.A. ordered their removal, a trade group warned that numerous popular products — including Tylenol, Mucinex and Benadryl cold and flu remedies — might become unavailable as companies race to reformulate them.Agency officials generally follow the recommendations of the advisory panels, though not always, and it could take some months before a final decision is made. And the findings could be contested, p...
Bill Gates, Marie Kondo and World Bank Head Will Speak at Times Climate Event
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Bill Gates, Marie Kondo and World Bank Head Will Speak at Times Climate Event

Climate change is an issue that stretches across borders, touching every facet of our lives. Addressing it likewise requires shifts in almost every industry and institution. On Sept. 21, The New York Times will bring together newsmakers, including innovators, activists, scientists and policymakers, for an all-day event examining the actions needed to confront climate change.Times subscribers can register for the livestream.Sessions will include:Ajay Banga, president of the World Bank GroupAl Gore, former vice president of the United StatesBill Gates, founder of Breakthrough Energy and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationEbony Twilley Martin, executive director of Greenpeace USAEleni Myrivili, global chief heat officer to U.N.-Habitat and the Arsht-Rock Resilience CenterGilbe...
Matt Olson Ties Braves Season Record for Home Runs With 51
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Matt Olson Ties Braves Season Record for Home Runs With 51

On Tuesday night, Matt Olson tied the Braves’ franchise record for home runs in a season, with 51. Trivia time: Whose record did he tie?Easy one, right? Hank Aaron.Only that’s the wrong answer: Hank Aaron, the longtime home run king, never hit 50 home runs in a season.The right answer, as surprising as it seems, isn’t Aaron or one of his fellow Hall of Famers such as Eddie Mathews and Chipper Jones. Olson, in fact, tied the record set by Andruw Jones, the slick-fielding center fielder, who hit 51 in 2005.That Aaron could get to 755 home runs, breaking Babe Ruth’s mark of 714 and holding that record until Barry Bonds came along, without ever hitting more than 47 in a single season is surely one of the most incredible statistics in the game. Instead, Aaron got to his whopping career total wi...
WNBA Playoff Preview: The Aces and Liberty Are On a Collision Course
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WNBA Playoff Preview: The Aces and Liberty Are On a Collision Course

Two superteams, the Las Vegas Aces and the New York Liberty, dominated the W.N.B.A. season, as expected. They were so good that only two others teams in the 12-team league even managed a winning record.A final between them has the potential to be a classic. But first, they will have to make it through the six other teams in the W.N.B.A. playoffs.When do the playoffs start?The first game of the best-of-three quarterfinals, Minnesota at Connecticut, is on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern, with Chicago at Las Vegas following at 10 p.m. The Washington-New York and Atlanta-Dallas series will start on Friday.The best-of-five semifinals are scheduled from Sept. 24 to Oct. 3, and the finals will start Oct. 8 and run through Oct. 20, if all five games are necessary.What do the first-round matchups look ...