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A Korean overture
• South Korea has proposed high-level talks with North Korea subsequent week, after the North’s chief, Kim Jong-un, referred to as for negotiations to ease navy tensions and to debate his nation’s participation within the Winter Olympics, which might be hosted by the South subsequent month.
In his New Yr’s Day speech, Mr. Kim mentioned the North was able to hanging the mainland U.S. with a nuclear missile. “I’ve a nuclear button on the desk in my workplace,” he mentioned.
• In an evaluation, our correspondents say the feedback symbolize “a canny new technique to provoke direct talks with South Korea within the hope of driving a wedge into its seven-decade alliance with the US.”
Protests boil over in Iran
• The biggest demonstrations within the nation since 2009 entered a sixth day at this time, with no less than 21 killed and 450 arrested.
The protesters are voicing discontent with the tempo of political and financial change, though many sanctions towards Iran have been lifted. The weak financial system notably impacts the younger. Formally, youth unemployment is close to 20 %, however consultants say it’s nearer to 40 %.
• Iran’s supreme chief, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blamed the nation’s “enemies” at this time for the protests, his first feedback because the unrest began.
New yr, new confidence
• A wave of optimism in American companies is bringing funding in new crops, tools and manufacturing unit upgrades that would create jobs — and maybe increase wages.
Initially impressed by the Trump administration’s regulatory pullback, executives are additionally inspired by continued financial development.
• “The notion that deregulation unleashes development is just about unattainable to seek out within the knowledge,” mentioned a onetime financial adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden. “What does matter is this concept that confidence issues. If their expectations concerning the future are optimistic, then it does make a distinction.”
• Tens of millions of individuals within the U.S. have fallen sufferer to painkiller abuse, alcoholism, the rise of meth and the revival of heroin. In consequence, entrepreneurs are sweeping in.
In the present day, we start a multipart sequence concerning the business of habit remedy, which is haphazardly regulated, poorly understood and increasing at a speedy clip.
• Within the first installment, we take a look at one of many largest addiction-treatment corporations within the nation, and the way the demise of a affected person almost introduced it down.
A observe from our new writer
• Addressing readers of The Occasions, A. G. Sulzberger explains his strategy to the job in a interval when “misinformation is rising and belief within the media is declining.” Learn his feedback right here.
• He’ll even be answering readers’ questions. Submit yours.
• Rupert Murdoch’s determination to promote most of 21st Century Fox to Disney has many questioning what the longer term holds for him and two sons.
• Our DealBook columnist, Andrew Ross Sorkin, appears on the largest offers of 2017, and the yr’s massive winners.
• Fungi might play a task in bettering laundry detergents and, by extension, in lowering vitality use.
• U.S. markets have been closed on New Yr’s Day. Right here’s a snapshot of worldwide markets.
Ideas, each new and previous, for a extra fulfilling life.
• Neglect willpower. Right here’s learn how to preserve your resolutions.
• Begin the brand new yr by stress-free and centering your self.
• Recipe of the day: For a meatless meal, attempt pan-roasted cauliflower with garlic, parsley and rosemary.
Over the Weekend
• 5 regulation enforcement officers have been shot — one fatally — by a person who had barricaded himself in a Denver suburb.
• Peter Martins, who formed the New York Metropolis Ballet for greater than three many years, introduced his retirement. He denied accusations of sexual harassment and of bodily and verbal abuse.
• In faculty soccer, Alabama will face Georgia within the nationwide championship recreation in Atlanta on Monday.
Within the semifinals, the Crimson Tide defeated the Clemson Tigers within the Sugar Bowl, and the Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners on the Rose Bowl.
• The three hottest motion pictures at theaters in North America in 2017 — “Star Wars: The Final Jedi,” “Magnificence and the Beast” and “Marvel Girl” — have been pushed by feminine characters. That hasn’t occurred in no less than 37 years.
• Our bloopers in 360
We start the yr with an ending: our ultimate every day 360 video.
We’ve made 435 movies in 426 days. Listed below are a number of the moments that didn’t make the minimize.
• In memoriam
Sue Grafton, a best-selling thriller author, was primarily identified for her so-called alphabet novels, beginning with “A Is for Alibi” in 1982 and ending in August with “Y Is for Yesterday.” She was 77.
Recy Taylor was kidnapped and raped by six white males in Alabama in 1944, against the law that grew to become an early catalyst for the civil rights motion. The case by no means went to trial, however renewed consideration many years later prompted an apology in 2011 to Mrs. Taylor by the Alabama Legislature. She was 97.
• Citation of the day
“If you wish to catch a cat you need to keep up all night time — that’s simply the secret.”
— Jennifer Petruska, a resident of Santa Rosa, Calif., and a self-described insomniac, who spends her nights monitoring and trapping pet cats who went into hiding throughout current wildfires.
We start at this time on a excessive kick.
The Rockettes closed their annual vacation season run on Monday, their 85th yr at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor in New York. However their well-known kicklines are solely part of the storied historical past of certainly one of New York’s cultural cornerstones.
Opened on Dec. 27, 1932, Radio Metropolis was “the most important temple of leisure of its variety on the planet,” The Occasions (considerably breathlessly) proclaimed.
It was a part of John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s plan to revive New York after the Nice Despair: by constructing a “metropolis inside a metropolis” that would supply jobs for New Yorkers and convert a neighborhood referred to as “the speakeasy belt” right into a industrial hub.
Rockefeller teamed up with the Radio Company of America to develop the 6,200-seat theater, and the constructing’s design grew to become a beacon of the Artwork Deco type.
The theater has hosted occasions just like the MTV Video Music Awards and greater than 700 film premieres, together with “To Kill a Mockingbird,” starring Gregory Peck, a former Radio Metropolis usher.
Mayor-elect John O’Brien declared the music corridor “the best achievement of the theatrical world,” marking “a brand new period within the historical past of New York.”
Remy Tumin contributed reporting.
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