Is the answer to ‘Joker’s’ biggest question too crazy to believe?

While many moments in “Joker” can be attributed to Fleck’s descent into madness, none is quite as stinging as the is-he-or-isn’t-he aspect of his relationship with Bruce Wayne’s father, Thomas. Fleck’s mother, Penny, once worked for Thomas Wayne. She was dismissed after being diagnosed with mental issues. But who did the diagnosis? Were the struggles that plagued her and affected …

Will Canada Forgive Justin Trudeau?

MONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada has crisscrossed his vast country from the Pacific to the Atlantic coasts, and all the way up to the Arctic, shaking hands, cradling babies and posing for his signature selfies — sometimes doing all three at once. Along the way, his campaign for re-election became an apology tour after it was revealed …

Defiant Zuckerberg Says Facebook Won’t Police Political Speech

He will continue his public offensive on Friday, when an interview with Dana Perino of Fox News is scheduled to air. Next week, he will be in Washington for a hearing on the company’s cryptocurrency project, called Libra. It will be his second time testifying in front of Congress after April 2018, when he answered lawmakers’ questions on Facebook’s treatment …

Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in 2 months

At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe’s biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities said on Monday. “The problem is real, the situation is dire,” said National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo. Other animals such …

In the N.F.L., Change Is Inevitable. Just Not Atop the Standings.

Consider how New Orleans has evolved in the last five weeks, since Drew Brees, its outstanding quarterback, injured his thumb. The Saints’ offense is not as productive without him, but with their rapacious defensive front, it does not need to be. Instead the Saints have relied on Teddy Bridgewater to fire short passes — according to the N.F.L.’s Next Gen …

What Causes a Mysterious Paralysis in Children? Researchers Find Viral Clues

Using a type of chip tiled with thousands of protein fragments from viruses, his group found enterovirus antibodies in 11 of 14 A.F.M. patients, compared to only three of 16 patients with other neurological diseases. And a protein sequence specific to EV-D68 was found in spinal fluid of six A.F.M. patients and blood of eight A.F.M. patients. “Both studies do …

$260 Million Opioid Settlement Reached at Last Minute With Big Drug Companies

CLEVELAND — The three major drug distributors and an opioid manufacturer have reached a settlement worth $260 million to avoid the landmark first federal opioid trial that was set to begin here Monday. Judge Dan A. Polster of the Northern District of Ohio announced from the bench Monday morning that the deal was struck around 1 a.m. People familiar with …