Matter: Crossing From Asia, the First Americans Rushed Into the Unknown

matterThree new genetic analyses lend detail, and mystery, to the arrival of prehistoric humans in the Western Hemisphere.ImageExcavation of a skeleton approximately 9,600 years old in a rock shelter in Brazil. New DNA analyses show the earliest known Americans split into distinct groups after they crossed a land bridge from Asia.CreditCreditAndré StraussNearly 11,000 years ago,… Read More

Florida Braces for Election Recounts, Starting With Senate Race

ImageGov. Rick Scott of Florida, a Republican candidate for Senate, at his election night party on Tuesday. His race against Senator Bill Nelson, the Democratic incumbent, appears headed for a recount.CreditCreditJoe Skipper/ReutersTALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Legal wrangling began in earnest in Florida on Thursday as top political campaigns girded for the possibility of lengthy and expensive… Read More

Thousand Oaks, Jeff Sessions, Jim Acosta: Your Thursday Briefing

ImageOutside the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., early today, after a gunman killed at least 12 people.CreditCreditKABC, via Associated Press (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)Good morning.Here’s what you need to know:Deadly mass shooting at California barAt least 12 people, including a sheriff’s deputy, were killed late Wednesday… Read More

California Today: California Midterm Results: Funding for Affordable Housing and a Rent Control Defeat

California TodayImageVoters lined up in Santa Ana on Tuesday.CreditCreditSam Hodgson for The New York TimesGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)More money for subsidized housing and a resounding defeat for rent control and activists: That was the message Californians seemed to send to state and local governments on Election Day. Housing… Read More

Midterm Elections Are Unlikely to Change Fed’s Trajectory

ImageThe Fed is not expected to raise rates at the conclusion of its two-day policy meeting on Thursday as it heads toward another anticipated rate increase in December.CreditCreditChris Wattie/ReutersWASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee, which sets monetary policy, will issue a policy statement at 2 p.m. on Thursday after a two-day meeting.■ Investors… Read More

50 Years Later, Chicago Artists Are Getting Their Due

ImageGerald Williams’s “Messages” (1970) is on view in “The Time Is Now! Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side, 1960-1980,” at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago.CreditCreditSmart Museum of Art, The University of ChicagoChicago — “Stop the murder of brothers and sisters.” “Liberate our nation.” “Unite.” The exhortations, on the vibrantly colored canvas of Gerald… Read More

In a Bitter Midterm Season, Moderation Played Well in the Midwest

ImageDemocrats in the Midwest showed some signs of strength on Tuesday, winning Republican-held congressional seats in states like Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan.CreditCreditTim Gruber for The New York TimesLAWRENCE, Kan. — A decade ago, a Democrat was governor of Kansas. And Illinois. And Michigan. And Wisconsin. Since then, Republicans dominated, winning governor’s races across much… Read More

California Today: California Midterm Results: The Big Winners and the Races Hanging in the Balance

California TodayImageGavin Newsom and his wife, Jennifer, celebrated in Los Angeles after he was elected governor on Tuesday.CreditCreditMike Blake/ReutersGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)As we warned — it was indeed a long night in California.The two top statewide races were called early for Democrats, with Gavin Newsom ascending to the… Read More