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42 Minutes, £2,600 Lost: The U.K.’s Growing Gambling Problem

But bookmakers, backed by other researchers, counter that there is no clear evidence that the machine is any more addictive than other kinds of gambling — like the online casino, a product that is restricted in the United States but legal in Britain. They warn that banning the machines, which are found only in British betting shops and provide more ...

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Harry Dean Stanton, and the Movies That Broke Him Free

Photo Harry Dean Stanton in Alex Cox’s “Repo Man” (1984). Credit Universal Pictures/Photofest, via Quad Cinema With “Lucky,” opening Friday, Sept. 29, Harry Dean Stanton, who died this month, landed the role of a lifetime as a 90-year-old, desert-town atheist seeking spiritual enlightenment as he confronts the void beyond. (This directorial debut from John Carroll Lynch was written by Logan ...

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How to Survive the Apocalypse

These suddenly chic survival satchels, also known as go bags, are typically lightweight military-grade backpacks stocked with provisions for at least 72 hours. Ready-made bug-out bags containing staples like water purification tablets, a 20-hour body warmer and a multifunction shovel are available on Amazon for under than $200. Hard-core preppers, however, would never leave their survival up to a mouse ...

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Yankees’ Hopes for an Early Clinching Go Down in a Hail of Homers

With one out in the third inning, Frazier was on second base after a double. Jacoby Ellsbury lined a ball into right field, and Bautista made one of three fine plays in the game — a leaping grab of the ball over his head. As Frazier scrambled back to the bag, Bautista threw the ball back in to Goins, the ...

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Bringing Quality Food to a Paris Train Station

Photo L’Étoile du Nord opened in November inside the Gare du Nord station in Paris. Credit Jerome Leglise For the 700,000 or so people who surge daily through the Gare du Nord in Paris, one of Europe’s busiest train stations has offered little respite from noise and crowds, let alone somewhere to get a decent meal. But the Parisian chef ...

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Coming Home to a Shipping Container

Building with shipping containers isn’t exactly new, but until recently it hasn’t been exactly mainstream either. Now, though, it is becoming a lot more popular, as eco-friendly practices begin to influence market trends. Containers are loved by the hip and the practical, artisans and DIY-ers, engineers and construction foremen, as they are both sustainable and affordable. And used 20- or ...

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Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oréal Heiress Vexed by Swindling Case, Is Dead at 94

Mr. Banier, who faced up to three years in prison, vehemently denied the daughter’s accusations and brushed off the retainers’ criticisms with literary references to Molière and a play by Jean Genet about maids plotting against a rich employer. “These are people who take revenge for a life they don’t have,” he said. In May 2015, the court convicted Mr. ...

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Facebook’s Frankenstein Moment – The New York Times

Facebook is fighting through a tangled morass of privacy, free-speech and moderation issues with governments all over the world. Congress is investigating reports that Russian operatives used targeted Facebook ads to influence the 2016 presidential election. In Myanmar, activists are accusing Facebook of censoring Rohingya Muslims, who are under attack from the country’s military. In Africa, the social network faces ...

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Can You Prevent Picking Up Germs on the Subway?

Photo Credit Benjamin Norman for The New York Times Q. I take mass transit every day. Would wearing a glove (or holding something) to create a barrier between me and the stainless steel I grab onto every day be effective at reducing the potential for picking up germs? A. Yes, using some kind of barrier to avoid getting germs on ...

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Alternative Movie Posters: Fan Art We Love

Many creators have become so popular that they’re also working for studios, on everything from variant posters (Tracie Ching’s prints for “The Jungle Book”) to Blu-ray covers (Marie Bergeron’s illustrations for Takeshi Kitano films). Last year, the illustrator Kyle Lambert created the official “Stranger Things” poster, his homage to classic hand-painted ones of the 1980s. Today, there are galleries and ...

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