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How to Prepare for Cold and Flu Season

“There are usually about 50 flulike illnesses that circulate during flu season that can make you feel pretty miserable, but they’re not all the flu,” said Melody Butler, R.Take steps to reduce your and your family’s risk of sickness and assemble a flu and cold “survival kit” for when viruses come knocking.

Antonio Ledezma, Venezuelan Opposition Leader, Flees to Colombia


Antonio Ledezma holding a Venezuelan flag on Friday at the Camilo Daza airport in Cucuta, Colombia.Credit
Efrain Patino/Associated Press

CARACAS, Venezuela — Antonio Ledezma, a prominent opposition leader in Venezuela who had been placed under house arrest on sedition charges, escaped on Friday morning and fled to neighboring Colombia, where the authorities allowed him to enter.

A Great Migration From Puerto Rico Is Set to Transform Orlando

— Ten intolerable days after Hurricane Maria trounced Puerto Rico, Sahria Garcia finally got a call from her brother on the island.”
More than 168,000 people have flown or sailed out of Puerto Rico to Florida since the hurricane, landing at airports in Orlando, Miami and Tampa, and the port in Fort Lauderdale.

The Women Who Covered Vietnam


Kate Webb earned a reputation as a fearless reporter during the Vietnam War.By recognizing Kate, who covered the Vietnam War for United Press International, as a “woman in war,” the stamp quietly acknowledges what has been glossed over in the annals of the conflict.

C.E.O. of Puerto Rico Power Authority Resigns

— The chief executive of Puerto Rico’s troubled public electric company stepped down on Friday amid a two-month island-wide blackout and weeks of bruising public outcry over a costly contract to restore service.“The truth of the matter is that this decision was taken with the best interests of the people of Puerto Rico.

2 Housing Authority Officials Resign After False Lead Paint Reports

Amid escalating outcry over false reports filed by the city related to lead paint inspections in public housing, the de Blasio administration on Friday announced that two senior officials at the city’s Housing Authority had resigned and another had been demoted.The administration also said in an emailed statement, sent late in the afternoon, that the Housing Authority would create a department to oversee regulatory compliance and the accuracy of reports.

After Coup, Even Mugabe’s Own Party Is Dumping Him


President Robert Mugabe, center, appeared on Friday, under tight security, at a graduation ceremony at a university in Harare.Watch in Times Video »

Later on Friday, party members endorsed the military’s efforts to stabilize the economy and defuse political instability.

Virginia Makes Every Voter Count

With control of the Virginia House of Delegates in the balance, literally every vote counts.That’s particularly exciting in Virginia, where more than 40,000 previously disenfranchised citizens were registered to vote this year, many for the first time.

N.C.A.A. Champs Visit the White House

championship, and on Friday each arrived at the White House to be recognized by, and photographed with, President Trump.”Members of the University of Maryland women's lacrosse team laughed after the president made a joke.

In Italy, a Neo-Fascist Party’s Small Win Creates Big Unease

OSTIA, Italy — When a candidate for a neo-fascist party, CasaPound, won a seat this month on the municipal council of the Roman suburb of Ostia, many Italians were startled.Around the corner, residents were still celebrating, shrugging off the party’s claims to be the direct descendant of Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Party.

Virginia Makes Every Voter Count

In House District 94, which includes Newport News, almost 24,000 people went to the polls; the Republican and Democratic candidates there are separated by just 10 votes.With control of the Virginia House of Delegates in the balance, literally every vote counts.