Twitter forbids selling or buying followers or retweets, yet it has not imposed simple safeguards that could throttle those practices.
• After our article was published, the New York attorney general opened an investigation into Devumi, the latest in a series of federal and state inquiries into fake accounts on social media.
Art with an asterisk
• Museums around the world are wrestling with the implications of a decision by the National Gallery of Art in Washington to postpone an exhibition because of sexual harassment accusations against the artist, Chuck Close.
“Pablo Picasso was one of the worst offenders of the 20th century in terms of his history with women,” one gallery director said. “Are we going to take his work out of the galleries?”
• Separately, the #MeToo moment could be catching up with Woody Allen. Stars are distancing themselves from him, and his distributor, Amazon, is discussing ending their relationship.
Your train’s delayed. Why?
• New York City subways have the worst on-time performance of any major rapid transit system in the world. A video tells the story of how it ended up in such a state.
Despite the troubles, the subway does benefit some: In parts of Manhattan, being near a station adds $3.85 per square foot to the value of commercial property, according to one study.
• With the transit system in decline, there is a growing consensus that property owners who benefit from proximity to the subway should shoulder more of its cost.
Listen to ‘The Daily’: Testing Canada’s Welcome
Some asylum seekers fleeing the United States are learning that Canada is not the promised land that they had hoped for.
• For the first time since the global economic crisis a decade ago, every major economy is expanding.
• Amazon’s search for a second headquarters has yielded free research that the company can mine when picking spots for future warehouses and satellite offices.
• Janet Yellen’s final meeting as chairwoman of the Federal Reserve is among the headlines to watch this week.
• U.S. stocks were up on Friday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Make sure your medicine gets through customs.
• This year, travel with wellness in mind.
• Start the week with a red lentil stew spiced with turmeric, chile and ginger.
Over the Weekend
• The Taliban used an ambulance packed with explosives to set off a blast that killed more than 100 people in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Militants staged another attack early today near the city’s main military academy, killing at least 11 soldiers.
• Stephen Wynn, the billionaire casino mogul, stepped down from the Republican National Committee after being accused of sexual misconduct.
Separately, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida fired his chief of staff over allegations of improper conduct.
• President Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic was re-elected. The populist leader has stoked resentment toward Muslim immigrants.
• At the Australian Open, Caroline Wozniacki won her first major singles title, and Roger Federer his 20th.
• “Maze Runner: The Death Cure” earned $23.5 million to dethrone “Jumanji” from the top spot at the North American box office.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss President Trump’s aborted effort to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel.
• Russia is banned from Paralympics
The country has not sufficiently responded to its doping scandal, international officials announced today, refusing to lift a ban for the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in March.
• A sweep at the Grammys
Bruno Mars won all six of the awards he was nominated for, including the top prizes of album, record and song of the year.
The awards show also addressed topics including immigration, race and the #MeToo movement. Here’s a full list of the winners and photographs from the red carpet.
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• In memoriam
Ingvar Kamprad, a Swedish entrepreneur, became one of the world’s richest men by turning simply-designed, low-cost furniture into the Ikea empire. He was 91.
• Quotation of the day
“He said, ‘Here Mary, here are scissors’ — playing with scissors was as exciting for her as Xeroxing was for me — and he said, ‘Cut off these words.’ ”
— Robert Ellsberg, recounting how he and his sister, Mary, helped their father, Daniel Ellsberg, photocopy the Pentagon Papers. The words that Mary cut off were “top secret.”
• The Times, in other words
Here’s an image of today’s front page, and links to our Opinion content and crossword puzzles.
He was born in San Francisco and named after a Confederate general. He died as a celebrated poet of the U.S. and its people, especially the flinty farmers of New England.
Robert Lee Frost, whose life was full of paradoxes, died on this day in 1963. A gifted observer of nature and the human spirit, he won four Pulitzer Prizes and spoke at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.
Frost lived for years in Vermont and New Hampshire, initially working as a farmer, reporter and shoemaker. His poetry, including works like “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” used colloquial language and spoke to an urbanized generation that longed for the simplicities of rural life.
“I don’t like to write anything I don’t see,” he said before his 88th birthday.
But he “had no illusions about the life of the soil,” The Times noted the day after his death, in part because he knew it could be “spiritually crippling and physically exhausting.”
Mike Ives contributed reporting.
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