Here are the stories New York Times editors are considering for the Page 1 of Saturday, Jan. 12. To reach The New York Times News Service, phone 888-346-9867 or 212-556-1927. You can also follow the News Service on Twitter: @NYTNewsService.








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SAUDI-WOMEN-FLEE (Beirut, Lebanon) — The phenomenon of women trying to flee Saudi Arabia is not new, coming to the world’s attention as early as the 1970s, when a Saudi princess was caught trying to flee the kingdom with her lover. The couple were tried for adultery and executed. But the number of young women considering and taking the enormous risk to flee Saudi Arabia appears to have grown in recent years, rights groups say, as women frustrated by social and legal constraints at home turn to social media to help plan, and sometimes document, their efforts to escape. By Ben Hubbard and Richard C. Paddock.

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U.S.-MIDEAST-ASSESS (Beirut, Lebanon) — Despite conflicting messages about how and when it will happen, the United States is set to withdraw from Syria. The withdrawal, which the military said began with equipment removal Friday, is just the latest example of a broader U.S. disengagement from the Middle East that could have lasting effects on one of the world’s most volatile regions. And as the United States steps back, Russia, Iran and regional strongmen increasingly step in to chart the region’s future. News Analysis by Ben Hubbard.

HUAWEI-POLAND-ARRESTS (London) — Polish authorities arrested two people, including a Chinese employee of telecommunications giant Huawei, and charged them with spying for Beijing, officials said Friday, as the United States and its allies push to restrict the use of Chinese technology based on espionage fears. On Friday, a Huawei spokesman said the company had no comment on the arrest in Poland and insisted that it “complies with all applicable laws and regulations in the countries where it operates.” By Adam Satariano and Joanna Berendt.

AUSTRALIA-ACTOR-SUPPORT (Sydney) — Joel Edgerton grew up in the rural outskirts of Dural, northwest of Sydney. Back then, he and his older brother, Nash, would escape to national parks and collect blue-tongued lizards for pets. They both wanted to make movies; Joel became an actor, Nash a stuntman. Joel Edgerton has carved his own path through Hollywood; his close-knit family keeps him tethered to Australia. The Saturday Profile by Jamie Tarabay.


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GOVT-SHUTDOWN (Washington) — President Donald Trump, growing increasingly frustrated, is finding himself on a road with no off-ramp in sight other than declaring a national emergency over border security, as the partial government shutdown, now three weeks old, was set to make a new milestone Saturday as the longest in U.S. history. Trump’s hesitancy to declare a crisis, while keeping the option alive, is frustrating even allies ginning him up to take action. By Annie Karni and Maggie Haberman.


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SHUTDOWN-IMPACT (St. Louis) — The day-to-day impact of the partial federal government shutdown, now finishing its third week, on Americans — both federal employees and the people who depend on the services they provide — shifts radically from workplace to workplace and neighbor to neighbor. On one side of the divide, the shutdown is inescapable; on the other, it is all but invisible. By Julie Bosman, Patricia Cohen and Julie Turkewitz.

WIS-KILLINGS-MYSTERY (Gordon, Wis.) — Jake T. Patterson, 21, was being held in the disappearance of a teenager, Jayme Closs, who had vanished from her rural Wisconsin home on the same fall night that her parents were found fatally shot there, authorities announced Friday. Family members and neighbors of Jayme, 13, who was discovered by a woman walking her dog, expressed shock and relief that she had been found alive nearly three months after she had gone missing. By Christina Capecchi and Sarah Maslin Nir.


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MEDICAL-CONFLICTS (New York) — Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a leading research institution, on Friday announced that it was deciding to bar its top officials from sitting on the boards of for-profit companies that had paid considerable sums to doctors and researchers for outside work. The move, announced at a staff meeting for hundreds of doctors, was one of several steps the cancer center said it was considering as part of an institution-wide overhaul of its corporate relationships and conflict-of-interest policies. By Katie Thomas and Charles Ornstein.


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ROOSE-COLUMN (Undated) — Helping nicotine-addicted adult smokers switch to something far less likely to kill them is Juul’s new pitch, and the way it hopes to rehabilitate its image — after making billions of dollars and joining forces with Big Tobacco — as one of Silicon Valley’s most problematic startups. The Shift by Kevin Roose.

BREXIT-BUSINESSES-PREPARE (London) — Britain remains politically paralyzed ahead of a contentious vote in Parliament next week on a plan to withdraw from the European Union, or Brexit. But businesses are plowing ahead and preparing for the possibility that the country crashes out of the bloc without an agreement at the end of March — a no-deal Brexit. By Amie Tsang.


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DANCE-FORTNITE (Undated) — More than four decades after a performer sued Scripps‐Howard Broadcasting after one of its news programs aired his entire act on television, a new set of cases is nudging the legal boundaries of who controls certain performances. This dispute centers on dancing avatars in Fortnite Battle Royale, one of the biggest video games in the world. Three performers have sued Epic Games, which makes Fortnite, saying it is selling their dance moves without their permission. By Elizabeth A. Harris.


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BKH-ALA-ELIGIBILITY (Undated) — An Alabama girl’s banishment from high school basketball came to an end Friday when a circuit court judge accomplished what appeals to state boards and outcries from some of the most prominent voices in sports could not. After the parents of Maori Davenport filed a motion in state court Thursday to get their daughter back on the court, Pike County Circuit Court Judge Sonny Reagan ruled that Davenport could return to competition pending a hearing on whether she deserved to be ruled ineligible for accepting a mistaken payment from the sport’s national governing body for playing on a junior national team last summer. By Kevin Draper.

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