Why Trump’s Tariffs Could Raise the Cost of a Hip Replacement

Supported by Health Why Trump’s Tariffs Could Raise the Cost of a Hip Replacement Photo Defibrillators, replacement joints, pacemakers, insulin and lidocaine: All are made in China, and all are among the items targeted by the Trump administration’s tariffs. Credit Clockwise from top left: MedStockPhotos, Scott Camazine, MedStockPhontos, Mohammed Anwarul Kabir Choudhury and Dario Lo Presti, via Alamy. Pacemakers and artificial joints. Defibrillators. Dental fillings. Birth-control pills and vaccines. All are made in China, and all could be subject to new tariffs.
Dozens of drugs and medical devices are among the Chinese products and ingredients that the Trump administration targeted for a potential 25 percent tariff in a proposal this week. The list includes some products that are in dangerously short supply, like epinephrine, used to treat allergic reactions, and others, like insulin, whose rising prices have driven public outrage in the United States.
The proposed tariffs have un..

Trump to Skip Correspondents’ Dinner, but Talk Radio? He’s In.

Supported by Media Trump to Skip Correspondents’ Dinner, but Talk Radio? He’s In. Photo President Trump attacked the White House press corps during an appearance on a New York talk radio program on Friday, calling reporters “novelists.” Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times Donny from D.C., you’re on the air.
President Trump — buffeted by rumbling trade tensions with China, delicate negotiations with North Korea and fallout from the Russia investigation — took a few minutes this week to reach for the media equivalent of Linus’s blanket: New York City talk radio.
“When you asked me to do the show, I said, I’m thinking, ‘I’m gonna take a couple minutes, I’m gonna do that show — in between North Korea and Iran and all of the other things going on,’” Mr. Trump told the hosts of “Bernie & Sid in the Morning” on WABC-AM, a drive-time program that is not exactly a must-listen beyond certain toll roads in the New York metropolitan area.
“And I gotta tell you, that’s the kind of guy you ar..

Wealth Matters: Beyond Soccer Moms: Relocating for a Child’s Sport

Supported by Your Money Beyond Soccer Moms: Relocating for a Child’s Sport Photo Maggie Hill and her mother, Jane Hill, at the equestrian farm where Maggie trains in Wellington, Fla. The Hills moved there from Jackson, Wyo., so she could compete on the national equestrian circuit. Credit Scott McIntyre for The New York Times The Hill family considers Jackson, Wyo., to be their home, but after spending parts of the last three years in Wellington, Fla., for their oldest daughter’s equestrian training, they relocated there this year.
The move allowed the daughter, Maggie, 15, to compete at the highest level of equestrian competition there and gave her sister, 11-year-old Ellie, a place where she could settle in for middle school.
For the Movalli family, hockey is it. After sending their 21-year-old son, Justin, to live with other families so he could play in the amateur Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, they moved with their 13-year-old son, Connor, from Dallas to Madison, Conn., so he cou..

Jacob Zuma Appears in Court for South Africa Corruption Trial

Jacob Zuma Appears in Court for South Africa Corruption Trial Photo Former President Jacob Zuma appeared in court in Durban, South Africa, on Friday. He faces charges including corruption and fraud. Credit Yeshiel Panchia/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images JOHANNESBURG — Just weeks after falling from power, Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s former president, made a brief appearance in court on Friday in a corruption case that emphasized the political upheaval that has recently swept the country.
A judge in the High Court in Durban adjourned the case, which is related to a multibillion-dollar arms deal from the 1990s, until June 8. Mr. Zuma, who made no comment in court, had tried for years to avoid prosecution in the case.
The brevity of his appearance did not detract from the powerful image of Mr. Zuma, a commanding figure just a few months ago, sitting as a defendant in court. Mr. Zuma was stripped of the presidency in February after losing a battle with his rival and eventual successor, P..

Trilobites: The Crystals That May Have Helped Vikings Navigate Northern Seas

The Crystals That May Have Helped Vikings Navigate Northern Seas Photo A depiction of Erik the Red arriving at Greenland in the 10th century. Researchers theorize that crystals called sunstones aided Viking navigation, even in overcast weather. Credit via Alamy When the Vikings left the familiar fjords of Norway for icy, uncharted territories, they were at the mercy of weather. They had no magnetic compasses, and no way to ward off stretches of heavy clouds or fog that made it difficult to navigate by sun. How the explorers traversed open ocean during these times is a mystery that has long captivated scholars.
Norse sagas refer to a sólarstein or “sunstone” that had special properties when held to the sky. In 1967, a Danish archaeologist named Thorkild Ramskou suggested these were crystals that revealed distinct patterns of light in the sky, caused by polarization, which exist even in overcast weather or when the sun dips below the horizon.
Multiple translucent crystals fit the bill, n..

Facebook to Require Verified Identities for Future Political Ads

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Facebook to Require Verified Identities for Future Political Ads

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook on Friday announced a series of moves meant to improve the transparency of political ads and pages on its social media service. The changes came just days before Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, is to testify before Congress.
Mr. Zuckerberg said in a post that the company has started requiring advertisers to verify their identity and location before they can run political ads on Facebook. That verification is meant to prevent foreign interference in elections, like the paid posts by so-called Russian trolls ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
Mr. Zuckerberg added that he supported a proposed Senate bill, the Honest Ads Act, that would require such disclosures.
Facebook will also soon start verifying the identify and location of people who run large Facebook pages, Mr. Zuckerberg said. Officials say Russian agents used pages to pose as American..