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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 may be the first time we’ve experienced such a two-punch from these kind of conditions,” South Carolina’s governor said. We have live updates and 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 from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, falsely claiming Democrats had concocted the number.
Another giant storm is 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, and we have an explainer on both storms here.
“The Daily”: Lost in the storm, Part 2
• How a family found out they were on their own during Hurricane Harvey.
Andrew Cuomo gets the nod
• The governor of New York defeated his challenger, Cynthia Nixon, by a comfortable margin of 30 percentage points in 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 New York politics and a merciless tactician. His choices also won the nominations for attorney general and 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 from the U.S. arrived in Rome to discuss the spiraling sexual abuse crisis with Pope Francis. But before they could begin, another blow landed.
A bishop in West Virginia resigned over allegations that he had sexually harassed adults.
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 from Burundi is used to being a chorus of one in The Hague.
Her government is accused of murder, rape and torture, and she has made the unpopular argument that the International Criminal Court should butt out. But the ambassador, Vestine Nahimana, got a powerful voice of support this week when President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, called the court “outright dangerous” and a threat to American sovereignty.
• “We can only rejoice that another country has seen the same wrong,” Ms. Nahimana said.
Gas explosions rock Boston suburbs
• One person was killed and 20 others injured when blasts and 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 and plunged much of the region into an eerie darkness.
• “60 Minutes” has never been at home within CBS News. What will happen now?
• Under fire, the special counsel, Robert Mueller has employed a novel P.R. strategy: silence.
• The European Central Bank lowered its economic growth projections, warning that any escalation of a trade dispute with the U.S. could create further headaches.
• Turkey’s central bank, to stem a growing currency crisis, raised interest rates to 24 percent in defiance of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Tips for a more fulfilling life.
• Moving? Here’s how to keep your belongings intact.
• Seek out your hotel’s manager as soon as you arrive.
• Recipe of the day: Rye-cranberry chocolate-chunk cookies offer color, crunch and surprise.
• Overlooked no more
Marthe McKenna, a nurse who spied for the British during World War I and wrote a gripping memoir, died around 1966. She finally has an obituary in The Times.
• Assassins? We were tourists
The two men that Britain has accused of poisoning the former spy Sergei Skripal appeared on Russia television and denied involvement.
• A lack of diversity in schools
Research shows that students, especially boys, benefit when teachers share their race or gender. Yet most teachers in the U.S. are white women.
• The week in good news
A 100th birthday party became a surprise wedding. It’s one of seven stories that inspired us this week.
• Quiz time!
Did you keep up with this week’s news? Test yourself.
• Ready for the weekend
At the movies, we profile Amandla Stenberg, who came to prominence in “The Hunger Games” and is now starring in “The Hate U Give.” We also try “Bel Canto,” starring Julianne Moore, and 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 it’s got “the trite stuff.”) Here are other suggestions.
Lastly, meet the 20-foot, 2,000-pound puppet from the new “King Kong” musical coming to Broadway this fall.
• Best of late-night TV
Stephen Colbert said President Trump was “laser-focused” on a hurricane. “Just not this one.”
• Quotation of the day
“I thought about what it would be like to be an Aboriginal person in that situation and I guess that helped me. They might feel left out. They might feel upset. Sad.”
— Harper Nielsen, 9, explaining that she refuses to stand for the Australian anthem because she feels its lyrics deliberately exclude Indigenous Australians.
• The Times, in other words
• What we’re reading
Steven Erlanger, our chief diplomatic correspondent in Europe, recommends this essay in The Atlantic: “Anne Applebaum, an American-born historian and columnist in Poland, writes with sophistication about the downward cycle of post-1989 Poland and Hungary. The magazine tries to sell it as a warning to America, but that’s a stretch. Read it for analysis, personal and political, of why democracy is 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 and 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 and a boy, had six other siblings. Today, many still live in or near Aberdeen, working in elder care, sales and 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 and 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 and two boys believe they, too, benefited from parental protection.
“Why go on national TV and tell everything?” Rhealyn Gaither-Thomas once said. “You have to sell your soul.”
Otherwise, she added, “I don’t know if we would be as close, tight-knit and grounded as we are.”
Nancy Wartik wrote today’s Back Story.
Correction: The Thursday Morning Briefing misstated the day of the Ig Nobel prize ceremony. It was Thursday, not Friday.
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