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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ Opens Big, but Not Big Enough

Photo Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.”Credit Murray Close/Lionsgate LOS ANGELES – It was one of those weekends when a movie opened to massive ticket sales and still disappointed: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,” the finale of one of the decade’s biggest film franchises, took in about $101 million at North American theaters, a 17 percent ...

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Cardinals and Bengals Discover the Benefits of Being Disconcerted

Photo The Bengals walk off the field in dismay after losing to the Cardinals, 34-31, on Sunday night. Credit Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press Have you ever felt disconcerted? It is a terrible feeling, the worst in the world. Wait, no, actually it isn’t. “Disconcerted” is when you realize you have left your shirt partly untucked. When you’re a quarter short ...

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Find Your Way Without Losing Your Wallet

Using your smartphone to look up a museum address or get turn-by-turn directions on a street in a foreign city can end up costing a small fortune in data charges. Those who download Google’s new Offline Maps won’t have to pay a dime. The tool allows users to be in a place without Internet access — whether on a sidewalk ...

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Q. and A.: Jindong Cai on ‘Beethoven in China’

Photo Jindong Cai conducting the Stanford Symphony Orchestra during its China tour in 2008. Credit Courtesy of Jindong Cai Jindong Cai, 59, is an orchestra conductor and a professor at Stanford University. He has conducted many orchestras in China and has been a guest conductor at numerous orchestras in the United States since moving there in 1985. With his wife, ...

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Turn Off Your Devices? Sometimes Plays Turn Them On

Photo Jerry Dixon, left, and Malcolm Gets in “Steve” in New York. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times Here’s a recipe for a terrible play: Characters are rarely in the same room as one another; conversations are typed rather than spoken; one side of a dispute can’t be heard by the audience. Not great drama but, in 2015 America, the ...

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After Death, Nevada Issues Cryotherapy Guidelines

Photo Chelsea Ake-Salvacion, who died of asphyxia while in a cryotherapy machine at a spa in Henderson, Nev., in an undated photograph. Credit Chelsea Patricia Ake-Salvacion/Albert Ake, via Associated Press LAS VEGAS — After the death of a spa employee, Nevada has created health guidelines for cryotherapy, a treatment that experts say has been growing in popularity but is largely ...

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Camerimage: A Film Festival Where Cinematographers Are the Stars

Photo A workshop at the Camerimage festival in Poland. Credit Kate Zamana Once a year, a small city in Poland 300 kilometers northwest of the capital acquires an unexpected distinction in the world of cinema. For one week, the streets of Bydgoszcz have perhaps the highest per capita concentration of cinematographers anywhere in the world. As many past attendees have ...

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The True Story of Sergeant Goosby and His 19 Dogs

Photo Sgt. Michael Goosby works with dogs at the Los Angeles Police Department’s canine training grounds near the police academy in Elysian Park. Credit Jake Michaels for The New York Times LOS ANGELES — “If they ask you to wear the bite suit, say no.” Robert Crais, the mass-market crime novelist, had those ominous words of advice as we approached ...

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Saúl Álvarez Wins W.B.C. Middleweight Title, Beating Miguel Cotto

Photo Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, left, and Saúl Álvarez of Mexico in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Credit Al Bello/Getty Images LAS VEGAS — The fans, many of whom sported red, white and green attire, roared when the Mexican boxing legends Marco Antonio Barrera and Julio César Chávez were shown on the big screen at the Mandalay Bay Events ...

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