National: Breaking US News from The New York Times


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First Draft: Hillary Clinton Attacks Donald Trump in Arizona Victory Speech
Hillary Clinton used a victory rally on Tuesday night to sharply challenge the leading Republican candidate, Donald J. Trump, calling him a “demagogue” who was “inciting bigotry and violence.”

Supreme Court Case on Contraceptives Mandate May Offer Little Closure
Justice Antonin Scalia’s death raises the possibility of a tie vote in Zubik v. Burwell, which would leave in place conflicting appeals court decisions.

Q. and A.: What’s at Stake in Supreme Court Case on Contraception
The court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a case about religious liberty and access to contraception. Here is a look at the parties and issues involved.

Medicare Proposal Takes Aim at Diabetes
A plan in which healthy eating habits and exercise are promoted as ways to prevent type 2 — or adult onset — diabetes.

Clinton and Trump Win Arizona; Sanders Takes Utah
Tuesday’s Western contests came as Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton have both demonstrated strength in a string of recent primaries.

First Draft: Donald Trump Threatens Ted Cruz’s Wife, Eliciting Angry Retort
Mr. Trump published and then deleted a menacing Twitter post about the senator’s wife late Tuesday, continuing a pattern of taunts on the social media outlet.

First Draft: Donald Trump Threatens Ted Cruz’s Wife, Eliciting Angry Retort
Mr. Trump published and then deleted a menacing Twitter post about the senator’s wife late Tuesday, continuing a pattern of taunts on the social media outlet.

Obama, in Havana Speech, Says Cuba Has Nothing to Fear From U.S.
President Obama, in the final day of his historic visit, urged President Raúl Castro to loosen his grip on the economy and political expression or risk squandering the fruits of a historic thaw.

F.D.A. Toughens Warning Labels for Some Opioid Painkillers
The agency said changes would mostly apply to immediate-release opioids and include new boxed warnings, the strongest type, about the risks of abuse and death.

National Briefing | Plains: Kansas: Campus Religious Groups Allowed to Restrict Membership
Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation allowing faith-based groups at colleges to restrict membership to like-minded people, probably putting the state in conflict with civil liberties groups.

Nuclear Plant Leak Threatens Drinking Water Wells in Florida
A finding that a Florida nuclear power plant is leaking polluted water has environmentalists threatening to sue over the safety of Biscayne Bay and the surrounding ecosystem.

Apple Policy on Bugs May Explain Why Hackers Would Help F.B.I.
Apple does not pay hackers to find and report bugs, which may explain why a third party has offered to help the government break into an iPhone.

Top Experts Confounded by Advisers to Donald Trump
Donald J. Trump, who has promised to hire the world’s brightest minds to make up for his lack of political experience, turned to little-known counselors to guide him in foreign affairs.

The Campaign: Presidential Candidates Walking a Tightrope Over the Fight on Terrorism
In the current atmosphere, a strike like the one on Tuesday in Brussels rekindles every debate about whether the United States should use diplomacy, isolation or military might.

Porous Borders and Calcified Security Aid Islamic State in Europe
The Islamic State has chosen the capitals of Western Europe to score military victories, and has been aided by a combination of porous borders and a calcified security apparatus.

Business Briefing: Lumber Liquidators to Pay $2.5 Million to Settle Allegations
The beleaguered flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators is paying $2.5 million to settle allegations that some of its products violated California’s air safety standards.

U.S. Strike in Yemen Kills Dozens in Qaeda Affiliate, Officials Say
The airstrike was the latest sign that the Pentagon is hastening its strikes against militants in the Middle East and Africa.

First Draft: Hillary Clinton Says She Is the Only Candidate With a Plan to Defeat the Islamic State
Hillary Clinton portrayed herself as the only candidate who has presented a detailed plan to defeat the Islamic State, which took responsibility for the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

National Briefing | South: Georgia: Worker Found Dead in Hotel Freezer
A kitchen worker died after apparently being trapped in a walk-in freezer about 13 hours in an Atlanta hotel, the police said.

First Draft: Ted Cruz’s Call to ‘Secure’ Muslim Neighborhoods Stirs a Backlash
Ted Cruz angered American Muslims with a call to “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods” in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Supreme Court Upholds Worker Class-Action Suit Against Tyson
The ruling allows plaintiffs to rely on statistics to prove their case and limits the sweep of the court’s 2011 decision in a case against Walmart.

First Draft: John Kasich Warns Against Singling Out Muslims for Monitoring
After the Brussels attacks, Gov. John Kasich objected to Senator Ted Cruz’s call to have American police “patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized.”

In Criminal Rulings, Garland Has Usually Sided With Law Enforcement
A study of 14 cases showed that Merrick B. Garland, the Supreme Court nominee, favored the police and prosecutors 10 times, bolstering his reputation as a moderate.

First Draft: Donald Trump Dismisses Ad That Quotes Him Demeaning Women
Donald J. Trump dismissed questions about an advertisement that features women reciting some of his past words about the physical appearance of women, including insults, calling the remarks “show business.”

First Draft: Hillary Clinton Vows to ‘Defeat Terrorism’ but Cautions About Shutting Borders and Torture
Hillary Clinton vowed to “defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world” as she awoke on the West Coast to news of the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Speaker Paul Ryan on Attacks in Brussels
Mr. Ryan, the House speaker, expressed solidarity with the people of Belgium and said the country and the United States must work together to confront terrorist threats.

First Draft: Bernie Sanders Decries ‘Barbarism’ of Brussels Attacks
Senator Bernie Sanders condemned the “cowardly” terrorist attacks in Brussels, calling the events “a brutal reminder that the international community must come together to destroy ISIS.”

First Draft: Warning of U.S. Attacks, Donald Trump Advocates Allowing Torture
Donald J. Trump condemned the terrorist attacks in Belgium in television interviews, reiterating his call for a moratorium on foreign Muslim immigrants entering the United States, advocating expanding international laws to allow forms of torture and bluntly predicting, “This is going to happen in the United States.”

What We’re Watching as Arizona, Idaho and Utah Vote
Can Ted Cruz win over 50 percent of the vote in Utah? Which candidate will Marco Rubio’s supporters embrace? These and other questions will be answered Tuesday.

First Draft: White House Calls on Senators to Draw Attention to Supreme Court Fight
On Tuesday, Judge Merrick B. Garland will meet with Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, both Democrats, as the party hopes the attention helps win Judge Merrick B. Garland’s confirmation.

Feature: Should Parents of Severely Disabled Children Be Allowed to Stop Their Growth?
Caring for people with severe mental and physical limitations becomes vastly harder as they get older. Some parents believe medically stunting them is the answer — but is it ethical?

First Words: How Can Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Both Be ‘Populist’?
How a term from the Gilded Age came to define an election season full of us-versus-them bluster on both right and left.

Survey Says: What Changes Minds About the Senate and Judge Garland?
A new online poll suggests historical context can help convince voters that the Senate should vote on Judge Merrick B. Garland.

First Draft: Hillary Clinton’s Backers Prepare General Election Ad Blitz
The “super PAC” supporting Mrs. Clinton is preparing to reserve roughly $70 million in television ads to begin after the Democratic National Convention and to run through the fall general election in important battleground states, the first large-scale mobilization that any group has made.

First Draft: Poll Watch: Majority Says Supreme Court Nominee Deserves a Vote
Most Americans say the Senate should vote on whether to confirm Judge Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court, with the large majority of the public viewing Republican leaders’ refusal to do so as politically motivated, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows.

Business to Play Key Role as Georgia Weighs Bill on Religion and Gay Rights
A measure being considered by Gov. Nathan Deal would strengthen legal protections for opponents of same-sex marriage.

First Draft: Rivals Seize on Bill Clinton’s Remarks About Obama’s ‘Last Eight Years’
Aides to former President Bill Clinton said his words about “the awful legacy of the last eight years” were intended as criticism of the Republican-led Congress and not President Obama, but that didn’t stop opponents of Hillary Clinton from accentuating the remarks.

First Draft: Ted Cruz-Marco Rubio Ticket? Allies Say Yes; Rubio Says No
Allies of Senator Ted Cruz have aggressively lobbied for a presidential ticket that would make Senator Marco Rubio his running mate, but Mr. Rubio is said to have rebuffed them.

Cuba Meeting Between Obama and Castro Exposes Old Grievances
During an extraordinary news conference, the leaders’ exchanges underscored how far the two nations have to travel to fully restore relations.

Reaction to Obama Trip Reflects Change in Cuban-Americans
Some in the Miami region retain the traditional resentment of the Castro government, but many more welcome the president’s visit as an opportunity.

Uncle Who Provided Gun Gets 100 Years in Chicago Shootings
The authorities said Donnell Flora gave his niece, 14, the weapon she used to kill another 14-year-old and wound a 16-year-old.

Jury Tacks On $25 Million to Gawker’s Bill in Hulk Hogan Case
A jury said the wrestler was entitled to punitive damages, on top of a $115 million judgment last week, in an invasion-of-privacy suit over a sex tape.

Bob Adelman, Photographer Who Captured the Emotion of the Civil Rights Movement, Dies at 85
Mr. Adelman’s vivid images of unspeakable brutality and despair brought segregation and the civil rights movement home to Americans in the 1960s.

Marine Base in Northern Iraq Is Confirmed by Pentagon
The disclosure followed a rocket attack by the Islamic State that killed one Marine and wounded several others.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Vow to Protect Israel but Differ on Means
The candidates previewed for an influential pro-Israel audience a debate on foreign policy that could play out this fall if they face each other in the general election.

Candidates Speak at AIPAC Conference
Hillary Clinton, Donald J. Trump and other presidential candidates addressed a conference for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Donald Trump Takes His Message to the Capital
Mr. Trump’s whirlwind day in Washington was part of his effort to demonstrate that he is running a serious presidential campaign.

First Draft: Hillary Clinton Criticizes Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Immigration Proxy for Donald Trump
Mr. Arpaio, the sheriff in Maricopa County, Ariz., whose tactics made him the face of hard-line anti-immigration policies, has endorsed Mr. Trump.

F.D.A. Proposes a Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves
The agency, which started to warn about the gloves in 1997, said the lubricating powder could inflame wounds and cause scars between organs and tissue.

U.S. Military Deaths in Operations Against ISIS
The Department of Defense has identified 12 American service members who have died supporting the operation to eliminate the Islamic State.

Most Republicans Feel Embarrassed by Campaign, Poll Says
A majority of Republican primary voters view their party as divided, while Democratic voters see their side as unified, according to a New York Times/CBS News national poll.

How the New York Times/CBS News Poll Was Conducted
Of the 1,252 adults across the country interviewed by phone March 17 to March 20, 1,058 said they were registered to vote.

Roles of Race and Partisanship in Legislative Maps Argued at Supreme Court
The case of Wittman v. Personhuballah asks if Virginia lawmakers had run afoul of the Constitution by putting too many black voters in an oddly shaped district.

Pursuits: After Oregon Standoff, Birding Is Back
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, site of a 41-day occupation, is now mostly open, in time for a popular bird festival.

Robin Raphel Spying Case Ends Without Charges, Lawyer Says
A lawyer for Ms. Raphel, a former diplomat whose home and office were searched in 2014 for evidence that she was spying for Pakistan, said the Justice Department had closed its investigation.

National Briefing | West: Nevada: Judge Denies Release for a Bundy in a Conspiracy Case
A son of the rancher Cliven Bundy was ordered to remain in federal custody on charges stemming from an armed confrontation with government agents in 2014.

National Briefing | South: North Carolina: State to Consider Blocking Charlotte Anti-Bias Law
The General Assembly will hold a special session to consider blocking a city ordinance that would broaden protections for gay and transgender people.

National Briefing | Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania: Teenager Is Charged in Fatal Shooting While Playing
The 14-year-old boy was charged with shooting another teenager in the face while they were playing with a gun at a friend’s house.

U.S. Says It May Not Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone
The Justice Department moved to cancel a Tuesday court hearing in its bid to gain access to phone data in the San Bernardino mass shooting inquiry.

First Draft: Donald Trump Calls Himself ‘Lifelong Supporter’ of Israel
Mr. Trump expressed his solidarity with Israel in passionate terms, promising a gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that as president he would always stand up for it against its enemies in the Middle East.

National Briefing | Mid-Atlantic: Pennsylvania: Three Are Killed in Thwarted Heist by Ex-Trooper
After shooting two turnpike employees at a toll plaza, the retired trooper was killed trying to unload money from a toll-collection vehicle, the police said.

On Washington: New Reality Looms: Only a Friendly Senate Will Confirm Justices
Senators from both parties have shown increasing reluctance to back otherwise qualified judicial nominees whose views do not align with their party’s.

First Draft: Elizabeth Warren Gives Donald Trump a Hostile Welcome to Washington
The senator welcomed Mr. Trump to Washington on Monday with a blistering assault on his character and business record while urging Democrats to unite against him.

First Draft: Judge Garland to Meet With More Senators This Week
Judge Garland returned to Capitol Hill to try to persuade Republican senators to reconsider their decision not to take up his nomination to the Supreme Court.

The Mideast Came to Idaho State. It Wasn’t the Best Fit.
College students from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have brought much-needed money to the predominantly Mormon city, but it has made for a troubled mix.

First Draft: Hillary Clinton, Faulting Donald Trump, Calls Israel’s Security ‘Nonnegotiable’
Hillary Clinton pledged to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee that she would stand unyieldingly with Israel and warned that her potential Republican rival, Donald J. Trump, would be an unreliable partner for one of America’s closest allies.

In a Florida Party Town, Last Call Leaves a Financial Hangover
Panama City Beach, stung from the party-hard reputation it has gained, is now finding that a move to tone things down might have been bad for business.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to Colorado’s Marijuana Laws
A suit by Nebraska and Oklahoma contends that Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana negatively affected neighboring states.

Sidebar: John Roberts Criticized Supreme Court Confirmation Process, Before There Was a Vacancy
Ten days before Justice Antonin Scalia died, Chief Justice Roberts said that the Senate should ensure that nominees are qualified, and leave politics out of it.

Name Games: Donald Trump Isn’t Alone in Exploiting the Word ‘University’
Students have been taught to trust places called universities, even though few of them actually are.

First Draft: Mr. Trump Goes to Washington, to Meet the Establishment
Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump will be in Washington on Monday, addressing the conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. That’s about where the similarities in their days will end.

Donald Trump Is Finally Uniting Top Republican Donors — Against Him
Wealthy conservatives are helping pay for a series of last-ditch efforts to wound Mr. Trump, disclosures filed on Sunday night revealed.

First Draft: Donald Trump Says He’ll List His Top Supreme Court Picks
The Republican front-runner promised to name five to 10 judges whom he would appoint to fill openings on the Supreme Court if he is elected president.

Hawaii Struggles to Keep Rail Project From Becoming a Boondoggle
Two years behind schedule, critics of Honolulu’s elevated rail system say too much effort and taxpayer money have been spent to give up on the plan now.

White House Letter: Donald Trump Is a Punch Line for Obama, Who Is Getting More Jokes Ready
The president has made so many direct or indirect references to Mr. Trump that the real estate tycoon has become something of a stump-speech trope for the president.

As Coal’s Future Grows Murkier, Banks Pull Financing
The coal industry is in a free fall, and even daring investors are reluctant to risk trying to saving it.

Older Voters May Be Hillary Clinton’s Answer to Bernie Sanders’s Youth Appeal
Mr. Sanders’s message has made him the choice of the Snapchat generation, but Mrs. Clinton is doing fine counting on voters who came of age with Polaroids.

A Change of Heart
The artificial heart became a media sensation in the 1980s as it both raised hopes and spread controversy. Today, its impact on medical science is still playing out in surprising ways.

Retro Report: Artificial Hearts Ticking Along Decades After Jarvik-7 Debate
A device first tried in 1982 extended lives but raised ethical questions. While its descendants are used only as temporary “bridges” to transplants, regulators are mulling the possibility of again approving permanent implants.

First Step in Conservatives’ Supreme Court Fight: Agreeing on a Message
The factions opposing Merrick B. Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court are split over whether to attack him directly or steer the debate away from his merits.

Many Mississippi Officials Take From Closed Campaign Accounts, Review Reveals
The state is one of five that currently allow officeholders to pocket unused campaign funds either during their tenure or when they leave office, according to a survey.

Garland Shouldn’t Be Considered After Election, McConnell Says
Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, dismissed an idea that had been proposed by some Republicans as a protection against a more liberal nominee.

First Draft: Majority Threshold ‘Unfair’ in G.O.P. Nomination Process, Donald Trump Complains
Mr. Trump said on ABC on Sunday that he might not be able to clear the delegate threshold to clinch the Republican nomination outright because the campaign started off with so many candidates.

First Draft: Hillary Clinton Campaign Has Raised Millions Toward Beating Bernie Sanders
Despite donors urging her campaign to shift its focus to the general election, Mrs. Clinton’s team continued to raise money for the primary by building up its grassroots fundraising.

First Draft: John Kasich Says G.O.P. Senators Should Meet With Supreme Court Nominee
Gov. John Kasich of Ohio suggested on CBS that he might consider Judge Merrick B. Garland, President Obama’s pick, for the Supreme Court.

Letter From Washington: Why the Republicans May Do Little in Congress
The Republicans’ congressional strategy for the next six months will most likely be a variation of rope-a-dope, papering over schisms in their party.

First Draft: Donald Trump Faults Protesters Over Violence, Not Their Assailants
Mr. Trump said there had been a double standard in media coverage of recent episodes at his rallies in which his supporters had attacked protesters.

Pro-Israel Group May Be a Tough Crowd for Donald Trump
Donald J. Trump, whose disregard for the sensitivities of various religious and ethnic groups has hit a nerve among Jewish organizations, faces a difficult sell Monday.

Apple vs. the F.B.I.: How the Case Could Play Out
The New York Times reporters Katie Benner, who covers technology, and Matt Apuzzo, who covers national security, debate the iPhone case as it heads to a hearing.

First Draft: Protester Punched and Kicked at Donald Trump Rally in Tucson
A protester being led out of Donald Trump’s rally in Tucson Saturday was punched and kicked by a crowd member who was arrested, while Mr. Trump’s campaign manager confronted another protester.

In Louisiana, the Poor Lack Legal Defense
The constitutional obligation to provide criminal defense for the poor has been endangered by funding problems across the country, but nowhere more so than in Louisiana.

Ad of the Week: ‘John Kasich Is Presidential,’ Ad Says, Implying His Rivals Are Decidedly Not
A new ad from the “super PAC” supporting Gov. John Kasich hopefully asserts that “character still matters.”

El Niño Upsets Seasons and Upends Lives Worldwide
The World Health Organization has estimated that changes related to the weather phenomenon are putting 60 million people at increased risk of malnutrition and illnesses.

American Firm, Starwood, Signs Deal to Manage Hotels in Cuba
The agreement, inked the day before President Obama arrives, will make this the first American chain to run hotels on the island in more than 50 years.

On the Trail: The Week of March 13
Primaries took place in five states on Tuesday.

Obama Hopes Cuba Visit Can Be Harbinger of Political Change
Mr. Obama’s trip represents the start of a new era of engagement between the United States and Cuba, but it also underscores the countries’ deep disagreements.

U.S. Marine Killed by Islamic State Rocket Attack in Iraq
The assault on a coalition base in the north resulted in the second combat death for the United States since it first struck ISIS in 2014.

Environmental Activists Take to Local Protests for Global Results
A wave of actions across the nation are combining not-in-my-backyard protests against fossil-fuel projects with concern about climate change.

Strategies: Trump and Sanders Test Economic Model Predicting a G.O.P. Win
A Yale professor’s time-tested method for forecasting presidential elections using economics favors the G.O.P., but it doesn’t account for an unusual year.

News Analysis: The Hidden Price of Mindfulness Inc.
As the practice of mindfulness is packaged and peddled, it’s hard not to wonder if something essential is being lost.

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