LONDON — Luxembourg is a small country with big traffic jams. So when Prime Minister Xavier Bettel was sworn in for a second term on Wednesday, his governing coalition promised free mass transit for all, which would make the country the first to offer such a benefit. Luxembourg is barely larger than a city-state, with…
While this approach can be more efficient than manually searching a site like LinkedIn, it has drawbacks. Applicants can game the process by larding their résumés with terms the machines are likely to be looking for. Conversely, poorly worded job listings could cause computers to overlook qualified candidates. But recent advances in a form of…
SAN FRANCISCO — For years, Uber and Lyft put off going public. Now, they are speeding up. Faced with a volatile stock market and the prospect of an economic downturn next year, the ride-hailing services have moved more urgently toward an initial public offering, said four people with knowledge of the companies’ plans, who were…
Justin Knopf finished harvesting soybeans as November’s first snowflakes started falling on his fields in Gypsum, Kan. Then he did what thousands of farmers throughout the grain belt are doing: He got an application for some of the $12 billion in federal emergency relief intended to blunt the economic fallout from President Trump’s trade policy…
Project ahead a year or two: It is much easier to make a case for a troubled stock market than for a booming one. Start with the performance of the market itself. Although stocks surged on Wednesday, a rocky autumn wiped out most of the year’s gains, and investors are having difficulty mustering arguments for…
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve is poised to raise interest rates at its next policymaking meeting in mid-December and to continue raising rates next year, according to the minutes of the central bank’s last meeting published on Thursday. The minutes said most Fed officials were confident about the economy when they met in early November.…
[Sign up for the Australia Letter to get news, conversation starters and local recommendations in your inbox each week.] YARRAGON, Australia — There are some 2,000 goats at the Gippy Goat Cafe farm in Yarragon, two hours east of Melbourne and deep into the hinterland of the state of Victoria. The hills gleam a deep…
LORDSTOWN, Ohio — After an election campaign in which he had pledged a manufacturing renaissance, President Trump came to this once-thriving industrial region of northeastern Ohio last year and all but waved a mission-accomplished flag. The jobs are “all coming back,” he announced. “Don’t move, don’t sell your house.” That vow collided with the shifting…
The children were all in families with one child born before and one after a nearby Superfund site cleanup. That meant one child was exposed, in utero, to a higher level of environmental toxicity than the other. The study found that children conceived within two miles of a Superfund site before it was cleaned up…
Times Insider delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how news, features and opinion come together at The New York Times. The New York Times conceived of China Rules, a special project, as a way to answer a deceptively simple question: How did China do it? The nation has defied Western norms, and expectations, to become the world’s…