Separately, White House officials left the details of the president’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan to Congress. Even labor groups that have long backed increased infrastructure spending reacted coolly: “That’s not a plan. That’s a hope,” the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. said.
• Mr. Trump sent no new detainees to the wartime prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, during the first year of his presidency. We look at the problems that have steered the administration to other options.
Comings and goings
• The Justice Department dropped charges against Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat, on Wednesday, underscoring how a 2016 Supreme Court ruling raised the bar for corruption cases against elected officials.
• Nearly 7,000 Syrians who were granted temporary permission to live and work in the U.S. will be allowed to stay for at least 18 more months because of the continuing civil war in their country, the administration announced.
U.S. targets global sports corruption
• Prosecutors are seeking information about some of the world’s biggest sports organizations, and exploring possible racketeering, money laundering and fraud charges.
FIFA, the International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic Committee are among those under scrutiny; the investigation is also looking at business executives involved in bids for major sporting events.
• Separately, an international tribunal today reinstated most of the Russian athletes who had been barred from the Olympics for doping, but the I.O.C. said it still might not allow them to compete in the Winter Games this month in South Korea.
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Republicans say they only want to make public their doubts about the F.B.I. and the Justice Department. But the possible fallout has everything to do with the special counsel.
• People will most likely spend less time on Facebook as a result of News Feed changes. But less can be more, the company explained to a worried Wall Street.
• Months after its enormous security breach, Equifax introduced an app to help customers lock access to their credit files. It didn’t work.
• Xerox, once such an American corporate powerhouse that its name became a verb, is coming under Japanese control.
• More than a million Twitter followers have disappeared since a Times investigation about the proliferation of fake accounts.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Have you given up on your New Year’s resolution? Get back on track.
• Prepare for the big game with our favorite Super Bowl recipes.
• Gochujang, a spicy Korean condiment, makes for a great braised chicken dinner.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the State of the Union address.
• Generation Z picks a better name
Last week we asked readers 22 and younger to tell us what they’d like their generation to be called.
“Don’t call us anything,” one wrote. “The whole notion of cohesive generations is nonsense.” Here are some of the other responses.
• Hut! Hut! What?
The distinctive command of football is not “Now!” or “Go!” It’s “Hut!” Even players aren’t sure why.
We also spoke to Nick Foles, the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
• Jamaican pioneers
The Winter Olympics are around the corner, but let’s talk about the Summer Games for a moment.
Despite being surrounded by water, Jamaica has never had a synchronized swimming team at the Olympics. We met some girls who are trying to change that.
• Best of late-night TV
Samantha Bee maintained a steady drum beat of coverage against workplace harassment.
• Quotation of the day
“When you make $13 an hour and you have to pay rent and buy groceries, you can’t afford an Uber. I can barely afford a seven-day MetroCard.”
— Delrisa Sewell-Henry, a home health aide, on grueling commutes in New York City.
• The Times, in other words
On this day in 1887, Harvey Wilcox, a real estate developer from Kansas, filed a plan with Los Angeles County for a small, gridded subdivision that he called Hollywood. (The origin of the name is a subject of dispute.)
There were just a few hundred residents, and the hamlet banned alcohol, bowling alleys and even, briefly, movie theaters. But in 1910, Hollywood voted to merge with Los Angeles.
Soon, movie studios fled the enforcement of Thomas Edison’s monopoly on film patents and started setting up in the ideal Southern California light.
In 1923, the Hollywoodland sign went up (it was truncated to Hollywood in 1949). The original sign was an illuminated billboard for a segregated housing development that called itself a fortress against “metropolitanism”; one ad urged, “Protect your family.”
The sign was left up as the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood arrived, a noirish era embodied by the starlet Peg Entwistle, who jumped to her death from the H in 1932.
Penn Bullock contributed reporting.
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