“The biggest threat to New Yorkers right now is the federal government, so we’re responding to it,” Mr. Schneiderman said.
Separately, officials from New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco sued the Pentagon over its failure to report crimes to the nation’s gun background-check database.
3. In Manhattan, a new task force is considering levying a fee on ride-hailing services like Uber, which are causing major congestion on the city’s busiest streets. The cost would be borne by passengers.
Seattle, Portland and Chicago already charge fees and put the proceeds toward supporting wheelchair-accessible cabs, safety inspections and — get this — investing in public transit.
4. Coyotes are invading city streets around the country, and urban hunters are ready for them. Above, a hunter with a deer decoy.
But critics say chasing the predators is a losing strategy. When they are pressured by hunters, they start producing much larger litters. And they can benefit humans by eating rodents like rats.
“This is a gift, to be reminded that we still live in a world that’s wild,” said one coyote defender.
5. The entire fate of the Taushiro people, a hunter-gatherer tribe that vanished into the jungles of the Amazon basin in Peru generations ago, now lies with a single man.
Our journalists traveled to a remote river outpost to meet Amadeo García García, above, the last member of the group and the last native speaker of its language.
Separately, the country’s former president, Alberto Fujimori, asked for forgiveness after he was released from prison on a medical pardon. He had been imprisoned for human rights abuses.
6. In India, our latest “Planet Fat” article explores why a father’s effort to ban junk food sales in and near schools has garnered fierce opposition. He also distributes healthier options outside hospitals, above.
The percentage of people in India who are obese or overweight has almost tripled since 1990. It’s a particularly dangerous trend for a country whose people are far more likely to develop diabetes as they gain weight than people from other regions, according to health experts.
7. Christmas Day might be over, but don’t throw away the tree!
That’s the message from environmental advocates, who recommend looking up local programs to make sure your tree stays out of a landfill.
There are many uses for old trees. They can be made into mulch, turned into wood chips for hiking trails, or used on beaches to reinforce sand dunes.
8. An article on a painful and deeply personal issue, family estrangement, was among our best-read this week. Above, a man who hasn’t spoken to most of his relatives in three years.
New research challenges the deeply held notion that family relationships can’t be dissolved — and suggests that estrangement is not all that uncommon. More than 1,300 readers commented on the article, and many shared their own stories.
“What a gift to de-bunk a few myths that create so much painful shame for those of us on either end of an estrangement,” one reader wrote.
9. Don Hogan Charles, who was the first black photographer to be hired by The New York Times and who drew acclaim for his evocative shots of the civil rights movement, died at 79. Read his obituary (and see his work) here.
In 1964, he took a now-famous photograph, for Ebony magazine, of Malcolm X holding a rifle as he peered out of the window of his Queens home. Above, Mr. Charles’s photo of Coretta Scott King at the funeral of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
During his four-decade career at The Times, Mr. Charles covered a wide range of subjects, from local hangouts to celebrities to fashion to the United Nations.
10. Finally, most of the late-night hosts are off this week. We’ll pick up our recaps in 2018.
In the meantime, we asked a couple of our Washington reporters to give us a sense of what pop culture looked like from the Beltway over the last year. Above, the much-discussed portrayal of Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left, by Aidy Bryant, right, on “Saturday Night Live.”
Among the fun facts we learned: Melania Trump’s favorite show is “How to Get Away With Murder,” and Ted Cruz is very likely the Capitol’s top ’80s movie buff.
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