Puerto Rico, California, Facebook: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

    Puerto Rico, California, Facebook: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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    Good evening. Here’s the latest.

    1. “This is going to be something that millions and millions of people will be signing up for, and they’re going to be very happy.”

    That was President Trump, signing an executive order allowing the sale of cheaper health insurance plans with fewer benefits. Here are all the other ways he is undermining Obamacare after Congress failed to repeal it.

    Want to hear about how we cover the Trump administration? We’re live-streaming a TimesTalk with our executive editor, Dean Baquet; two White House correspondents, Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush; and our media columnist, Jim Rutenberg. It will be on our site, YouTube and Facebook from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern.


    2. On Capitol Hill, the House approved a $36.5 billion aid package for hurricane and wildfire relief, even as President Trump warned Puerto Rico that federal troops and relief workers wouldn’t stay on the island “forever.”

    Federal government officials quickly said that they were not leaving anytime soon, but the comment stirred an uproar on the island, where electricity and drinking water are still hard to come by.

    And we visited Puerto Rico’s storm-ravaged El Yunque, above, the only tropical rain forest in the U.S. forest system. Conservationists are worried about the populations of native parrots and mountain coquís, but say the forest will regenerate.


    3. An American woman and her Canadian husband who were held hostage by militants in Afghanistan for five years have been freed, along with their young children.

    Caitlan Coleman and Josh Boyle were backpacking when they were kidnapped in 2012. She was pregnant at the time, and gave birth and had two more children in captivity.

    President Trump, who appeared to allude to the development on Wednesday, said his administration and the Pakistani government worked together to free them from the Haqqani network, a Taliban faction.


    4. Sheryl Sandberg said that Facebook would provide more information, including ad-targeting data, to the government as part of the investigation into Russian election meddling.

    She was speaking at an event in Washington hosted by the website Axios. Facebook has dispatched Ms. Sandberg, its chief operating officer, amid a scramble to contain the negative publicity generated by the election inquiry.


    5. Interviews and internal records show that Harvey Weinstein’s company has been grappling with allegations of misconduct against him for at least two years. Company officials — who have fired Mr. Weinstein — insisted that they were shocked by the recent revelations.

    The fallout widened: Hachette Book Group announced that they are shutting down the Weinstein Company’s publishing imprint.

    And the actress Rose McGowan was temporarily blocked from Twitter after posts that criticized the Weinstein Company and Ben Affleck. She was back by Thursday afternoon; Twitter said one of her posts violated its terms of service because she included a phone number. Above Ms. McGowan at a film event in 2015.


    6. The wildfires that have devastated Northern California’s wine country are still spreading, and the crews battling the blazes are stretched to their limits. The death toll has risen to more than 25.

    Fanned by warm, dry winds, the fires have grown so fierce that the immediate goal is simply to slow their spread, channel fire away from cities and towns, and save lives. These maps show how they damaged so much, so quickly.

    Experts explained why this year has been so bad for fires, and in today’s 360 video, a family finds the remains of their home.


    7. The rival political Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal that paves the way for joint control of Gaza, where residents are suffering from dire shortages of crucial supplies and electricity.

    But the deal, brokered by Egypt, is only a first step, and much depends on how the deal plays out on the ground.


    8. Old clothes from the West are ubiquitous in parts of Africa. In Kenya, they are called the “clothes of dead white people.” In Mozambique, they are the “clothing of calamity.”

    Now, a handful of countries in East Africa no longer want the foreign hand-me-downs dumped on them. They’re trying to manufacture their own clothes — and protect their people’s dignity. Above, a secondhand-clothing shop in Rwanda.


    9. Why are more American teenagers than ever suffering from severe anxiety? That’s our Magazine’s cover story, one of the best-read articles on our site this week.

    High school and college administrators say they’ve seen a spike in students who report sometimes crippling anxiety. Some factors: smartphones, social media, pressure to succeed, trouble at home.

    We found a number of new programs that help young people cope.


    10. Finally, our roundup of late-night television includes Samantha Bee ripping into Harvey Weinstein on her show “Full Frontal” over his statement that he “came of age in the 60′s and 70′s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.”

    “Oh, give me a break, White Cosby,” she retorted, adding, “It’s serial sexual harassment, not a Monkees tattoo.”

    Have a great night.


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    Published at Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:58:20 +0000