BEIRUT, Lebanon — Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday that he was requesting the death penalty for five people suspected of involvement in the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s consulate in Istanbul. Speaking to reporters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, a spokesman for the public prosecutor said that the…
Mr. Brown’s bruising re-election battle made it difficult for him to establish the kind of presidential campaign infrastructure that others may already have, according to a Democratic strategist briefed on his campaign. At the same time, he still has his Senate campaign staff on the payroll, affording him a cadre of operatives who could spring…
In the age of the cellphone, another important investigative tool will be video. Many people turned on their phone cameras as they were escaping or as the fire was approaching their homes, and posted the video to social media. Investigators will be searching for the video, hoping to create a kind of composite from multiple…
As wildfires ravage large swaths of California for a second year, one of the state’s biggest utilities has declared that it faces billions of dollars in potential liability — far more than its insurance would cover. The potential losses could leave the company’s customers on the hook to pay the bill, exposing businesses and consumers…
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has ended its relationship with a Washington-based consulting firm, Definers Public Affairs, which spread disparaging information about the social network’s critics and competitors, according to a person familiar with the decision. The move followed a New York Times article on Wednesday that described the kind of work that Definers did on…
LOS ANGELES — In many ways, the story of Ernie Foss runs right alongside the narrative of the state he loved, California. He was a surfer and skateboarder as a young man. He grew up in San Francisco and worked at a store in the hippie heyday of Haight-Ashbury, selling candles and crystals, a job…
From immigration to tax cuts to who won Florida, there is very little that Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on these days. But there may be one thing: the need to repair the nation’s criminal justice system. It is a cause that has made for strange alliances, including the liberal Center for American Progress,…
In the final months of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, Russian agents escalated a yearlong effort to hack and harass his Democratic opponents, culminating in the release of thousands of emails stolen from prominent Democrats and party officials. Facebook had said nothing publicly about any problems on its own platform. But in the spring of 2016,…
WASHINGTON — He has been accused of rigging the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries to thwart Bernie Sanders and facilitating a deluge of big money into politics. He helped arrange financing for the dossier of sometimes salacious and unverified claims about President Trump’s ties to Russia and now is under direct fire from the president, who…
WASHINGTON — House Republicans elected Representative Kevin McCarthy of California to be their leader on Wednesday, embracing continuity of leadership despite steep losses in last week’s midterm elections that cost the party a majority for the first time in eight years. Mr. McCarthy, the current majority leader and No. 2 Republican in the chamber, will…
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