Your Friday News Briefing: Hurricane Florence, brand-new York, ‘Predator’
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• Hurricane Florence, which has begun its slow-motion collision with the Carolinas, could dump as much as 40 inches of rain in some areas, prompting concern about secondary effects such as landslides.
“This kind of may be once we’ve experienced such a two-punch by these kind of conditions,” South Carolina’s governor said. We have live updates along having a map tracking the storm — with free, unlimited access for our coverage.
As the winds arrived, President Trump disputed the official tally of nearly 3,000 deaths by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, falsely claiming Democrats had concocted the number.
Another giant storm is usually howling toward the Philippines. Thousands of people were being evacuated as Super Typhoon Mangkhut, a 550-mile-wide behemoth with winds of 173 m.p.h., bore down on Luzon, where four million people are at risk. We’re tracking Mangkhut, along with we have an explainer on both storms here.
Andrew Cuomo gets the nod
• The governor of brand-new York defeated his challenger, Cynthia Nixon, by a comfortable margin of 30 percentage points inside the Democratic primary on Thursday. His Republican rival in November will be Marcus Molinaro.
The race cemented Mr. Cuomo’s standing as both an unmatched force in brand-new York politics along having a merciless tactician. His choices also won the nominations for attorney general along with lieutenant governor. Here are the full results.
• “When others were underestimating us, he did not,” Ms. Nixon acknowledged in her concession speech.
Another Catholic bishop resigns
• Church leaders by the U.S. arrived in Rome to discuss the spiraling sexual abuse crisis with Pope Francis. although before they could begin, another blow landed.
The American bishops were in Rome seeking a robust inquiry into why a former cardinal accused of sexual abuse was allowed to climb the church hierarchy. The outcome of their meeting with Francis was not disclosed.
• Separately, Vatican prosecutors are investigating whether top officials at the Sistine Chapel Choir mishandled funds.
When U.S. sides with despots
• The ambassador by Burundi is usually used to being a chorus of one inside the Hague.
Her government is usually accused of murder, rape along with torture, along with she has made the unpopular argument that will the International Criminal Court should butt out. although the ambassador, Vestine Nahimana, got a powerful voice of support This kind of week when President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, called the court “outright dangerous” along having a threat to American sovereignty.
• “We can only rejoice that will another country has seen the same wrong,” Ms. Nahimana said.
Gas explosions rock Boston suburbs
• One person was killed along with 20 others injured when blasts along with billowing fires tore through three towns north of the city on Thursday.
• The string of detonations, caused by gas leaks, damaged dozens of houses, forced thousands to evacuate along with plunged much of the region into an eerie darkness.
• Overlooked no more
Marthe McKenna, a nurse who spied for the British during World War I along with wrote a gripping memoir, died around 1966. She finally has an obituary inside the Times.
• Assassins? We were tourists
The two men that will Britain has accused of poisoning the former spy Sergei Skripal appeared on Russia television along with denied involvement.
• A lack of diversity in schools
Research shows that will students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender. Yet most teachers inside the U.S. are white women.
• The week in not bad news
A 100th birthday party became a surprise wedding. the item’s one of seven stories that will inspired us This kind of week.
• Quiz time!
Did you keep up with This kind of week’s news? Test yourself.
• Ready for the weekend
At the movies, we profile Amandla Stenberg, who came to prominence in “The Hunger Games” along with is usually right now starring in “The Hate U Give.” We also try “Bel Canto,” starring Julianne Moore, along with the latest “Predator.”
On TV, we have an interview with Beau Willimon about “The First,” which starts tonight, his first show since “House of Cards.” (Our reviewer says the item’s got “the trite stuff.”) Here are some other suggestions.
We also suggest nine brand-new books along with, if you’re in brand-new York City, a slate of cultural events.
Lastly, meet the 20-foot, 2,000-pound puppet by the brand-new “King Kong” musical coming to Broadway This kind of fall.
• Best of late-night TV
Stephen Colbert said President Trump was “laser-focused” on a hurricane. “Just not This kind of one.”
• Quotation of the day
“I thought about what the item might be like to be an Aboriginal person in that will situation along with I guess that will helped me. They might feel left out. They might feel upset. Sad.”
— Harper Nielsen, 9, explaining that will she refuses to stand for the Australian anthem because she feels its lyrics deliberately exclude Indigenous Australians.
• The Times, in some other words
Here’s an image of today’s front page, along with links to our Opinion content along with crossword puzzles.
• What we’re reading
Steven Erlanger, our chief diplomatic correspondent in Europe, recommends This kind of essay inside the Atlantic: “Anne Applebaum, an American-born historian along with columnist in Poland, writes with sophistication about the downward cycle of post-1989 Poland along with Hungary. The magazine tries to sell the item as a warning to America, although that will’s a stretch. Read the item for analysis, personal along with political, of why democracy is usually fragile in former Communist countries.”
The odds of their conception were about one in 50 million, their chances of living to adulthood even lower. America’s first surviving quintuplets were born today in 1963, in Aberdeen, S.D., to Mary Ann Fischer along with Andrew Fischer, a grocery clerk.
Large multiple pregnancies, usually ending in premature birth, are quite risky. Previously, the only North American quints to survive infancy had been the Dionne sisters, born in Canada in 1934. Their story was tragic, involving callous commercial exploitation.
The Fischers were determined to shun the limelight. The quints, four girls along having a boy, had six some other siblings. Today, many still live in or near Aberdeen, working in elder care, sales along with some other jobs.
They remain close. In 2013, all 11 gathered for the quints’ 50th birthday: “We’re just like anybody else,” Cathy Bales told a local paper. “Working along with trying to make a living.”
The year 2013 was also a big year for the first surviving African-American quintuplets, who celebrated their 30th birthday at Disney World. The three girls along with two boys believe they, too, benefited by parental protection.
“Why go on national TV along with tell everything?” Rhealyn Gaither-Thomas once said. “You have to sell your soul.”
Otherwise, she added, “I don’t know if we might be as close, tight-knit along with grounded as we are.”
Nancy Wartik wrote today’s Back Story.
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