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Before giving a speech at a factory on Friday, President Obama met with children at an elementary school in Baltimore.

President Seeks Path Forward Beyond Troubles

By MARK LANDLER and MICHAEL D. SHEAR

The Obama administration plans to emphasize executive actions and rally support for bills that could pass Congress.

. Obama’s Budget Would Cut $1 Trillion From Deficit
Based on the bills it submits to Medicare, the Bayonne Medical Center in Bayonne, N.J., charged the highest amounts in the country for nearly one-quarter of the most common hospital treatments.

New Jersey Hospital Has Highest Billing Rates in the Nation

By JULIE CRESWELL, BARRY MEIER and JO CRAVEN McGINTY

The Bayonne Medical Center billed Medicare for common treatments at a rate more than four times the national average, according to a Times analysis of 2011 data.

. Interactive How Much Hospitals Charge
Petroleum coke, a waste byproduct of refining oil sands oil, is piling up along the Detroit River.

A Black Mound of Canadian Oil Waste Is Rising Over Detroit

By IAN AUSTEN

Refining Canada’s petroleum-soaked oil sands produces petroleum coke, and the question of what to do with it has found at least one answer in Detroit, where a large coke pile covers an entire city block.

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BUSINESS

Video VIDEO: College Essay Nods to Immigrant ParentsRegis High School student Lyle Li reads from his college application essay about the hard work of his immigrant parents to secure a better education and a better life for him.

. Related Column
The Role of a Dictionary

OPINION | OPINIONATOR | DRAFT

The Role of a Dictionary

By DAVID SKINNER

Good writing may exceed the boundaries suggested, if not intended, by dictionary definitions.

World
A former Iranian president, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, center, registered to run for president last Saturday in Tehran.

Trying Unlikely Comeback, Ex-Iran President Strikes Chord With Public

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

Fed up with Iran’s stumbling economy, most Iranians yearn for policies that stimulate business while lowering prices.

In Nigeria, More Attacks on Militants

By ADAM NOSSITER

Military officials said attacks were launched against the Boko Haram Islamist group in border areas in a forest south of the city of Maiduguri.

A crowd swarmed a minibus carrying gay rights activists in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Friday. The police had put the activists on the buses to escape their attackers.

Crowd Led by Priests Attacks Gay Rights Marchers in Georgia

By ANDREW ROTH

A throng of thousands broke through police cordons in Tbilisi to attack a group of about 50 demonstrators, and at least 12 people were injured.

U.S.
Maria Elena Durazo, head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, at a rally on Tuesday to thwart a sale of The Los Angeles Times to conservative billionaires.

Immigrant Workers Give New Direction to Los Angeles Unions

By JENNIFER MEDINA

Maria Elena Durazo, a labor leader, has pushed for safeguards for workers, including those not authorized to work in the United States, and an overhaul of immigration policy.s

Abortion Law in Arkansas Is Blocked by U.S. Judge

By ERIK ECKHOLM

A ban on abortion at the 12th week of pregnancy is likely to be declared unconstitutional, a federal district judge said.

Melissa Kennedy, Ms. Willard's mother. After weeks passed with little information about Ms. Willard's killing, her family publicly called West Valley City's silence a cover-up.

A ‘Pandora’s Box of Problems’ From a Police Shooting and Drugs in a Utah Town

By JACK HEALY

The district attorney describes chaos in West Valley City, where many cases have had to be dropped and the killing of a suspect is under inquiry.

Politics
Steven T. Miller, foreground, the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, and J. Russell George, an inspector general for the Treasury, were sworn in at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Friday.

Republicans Expand I.R.S. Inquiry, With Eye on White House

By JONATHAN WEISMAN and JEREMY W. PETERS

Lawmakers sought to tie the matter to the carrying out of President Obama’s health care law. Their charges range from clearly questionable actions to seemingly specious allegations.

. The Caucus: 10 Questions for the Tax Men of Congress
. DealBook: Where the I.R.S. Investigation May Go From Here

Reporter Turned White House Spokesman Enjoys the Hot Seat

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

A number of controversies have put Jay Carney, a former reporter turned White House press secretary, under a white-hot spotlight, but he says he likes it.

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT

Audit Allegations Show a Flawed Statistical Thinking

By NATE SILVER

Some conservatives allege that the I.R.S. also targeted individual taxpayers, but a handful of anecdotal data points are not worth much in a country of 300 million.

For more political news, go to NYTimes.com/Politics »

Business

DEALBOOK

SAC Says It Will Curb Cooperation With Insider Inquiry

By PETER LATTMAN and BEN PROTESS

A new round of subpoenas requesting information indicates that federal prosecutors are intensifying their efforts to build a case against the hedge fund SAC.

Miguel Blesa is accused of leaving a bank saddled with losses.

Ex-Spanish Banker Is Released on Bail After a Night in Jail

By RAPHAEL MINDER

Miguel Blesa, the former executive chairman of Caja Madrid, is accused of leaving his bank saddled with huge losses because of the takeover of a bank based in Miami.

OFF THE CHARTS

A Troubling Survey on Global Corruption

By FLOYD NORRIS

Ernst & Young found that 20 percent of corporate officials and employees knew of financial manipulation within their company in the last year.

. Graphic  Graphic: Cooking the Books
For more business news, go to NYTimes.com/Business »

Technology
The Syrian Electronic Army claimed responsibility for hacking The Financial Times on Friday.

Hunting for Syrian Hackers’ Chain of Command

By NICOLE PERLROTH

If researchers prove the Assad regime is closely tied to the Syrian Electronic Army, foreign governments may choose to respond, because the attacks have real-world consequences.

. Bits Blog: Saudi Web Sites Under Attack Following Surveillance Accusations

BITS BLOG

Eric Schmidt of Google to Meet With British Prime Minister

By ERIC PFANNER

The search company’s executive chairman is part of a group of business executives advising Prime Minister David Cameron on economic issues.

Times Site Is Attacked by Hackers

By CHRISTINE HAUGHNEY

The New York Times Company was a victim of online attacks earlier this week that slowed down The New York Times Web site and limited access to content.

For more technology news, go to NYTimes.com/Technology »

Sports
Orb, left, the favorite at the Preakness Stakes, will compete against Departing, who is a month younger than Orb. 

At Preakness, Orb’s Challengers Include Childhood Friend

By JOE DRAPE

The Kentucky Derby winner Orb and one of his Preakness rivals, Departing, were yearlings together in Kentucky.

Rachel Alexandra, once a horse of the year, was back at Stonestreet Farm after being hospitalized for a postpregnancy infection.

Preakness Champion, and Mother, Toughs It Out

By MELISSA HOPPERT

Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Preakness and horse of the year winner who is now a broodmare, is recuperating from a near-fatal infection she developed after foaling in February.

. Photographs  Slide Show: Racing to Save a Champion
The Yankees' Hiroki Kuroda lowered his earned run average to 1.99, which ranks fourth in the league.

YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 0

Kuroda Stifles Toronto Over 8 Innings

By JORGE ARANGURE Jr.

The Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda limited the Blue Jays to two hits over eight shutout innings to raise his record to 6-2.

. Interactive Box Score
For more sports news, go to NYTimes.com/Sports »

Arts
Bryn Terfel in the Met's production of

Leaving the Met, but Not for Valhalla

By JAMES BARRON

With nary an encore, the troubled, and troublesome, mechanized set for the “Ring” cycle at the Met is being placed in storage for at least a few years.

The comedian Larry the Cable Guy, a k a Daniel Whitney.

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

Less Politics, More Everyman: The Remade Rustics

By JASON ZINOMAN

Years after they began performing together, four early stars of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour still draw large crowds and have broadened their following.

The CBS upfront extravaganza with, from left, Jason Segel, Alyson Hannigan, Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders and Josh Radnor at Carnegie Hall.

CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK

Clinging to Relevance by Their Fingernails? On With the Show!

By NEIL GENZLINGER

The art within the artifice emerges when the TV network preseason upfront productions are considered as a whole.

For more arts news, go to NYTimes.com/Arts »

N.Y./Region
Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez has repeatedly denied the accusations of sexual harassment.

State Legislator Facing Expulsion Says He’ll Resign

By THOMAS KAPLAN and JESSE McKINLEY

Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, who was accused of sexually harassing multiple female employees, said he would resign and instead run for New York City Council.

Hillel Nahmad, right, leaving court last month, is accused of being part of a huge gambling ring.

5th Ave. Poker, With $25,000 Chips and an F.B.I. Ace in the Hole

By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM, JAMES GLANZ and RANDY KENNEDY

Recordings made over the last two years provide a glimpse into the shadowy, and illegal, world of high-stakes gambling in New York City.

An eastbound Metro-North train derailed on Friday, striking a westbound train near Fairfield, Conn., halting service.

Metro-North Trains Collide in Connecticut; Dozens of Injuries Are Reported

By MATT FLEGENHEIMER and ROBERT DAVEY

The trains crashed after a derailment near Fairfield on Fridayevening, injuring 60 people, five of them critically, and snarling transit corridors in the Northeast.

. The Lede: Images From the Train Derailment
For more New York news, go to NYTimes.com/NewYork »

 

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