New York has resisted pay-to-drive systems in the past, but proponents of the latest plan say it could both ease choked traffic and fund badly needed work on the city’s failing transport infrastructure.
An embassy in Jerusalem by 2019?
• The Trump administration is said to be pressing forward with plans to transfer the American Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
Officials had said the move would not happen until the end of President Trump’s term, but now it appears the embassy could relocate as early as next year.
The acceleration suggests the White House no longer cares about cushioning the blow of the new policy, which has cast Mr. Trump’s peacemaking ambitions into doubt.
Setting boundaries for 2018 vote
• The Supreme Court temporarily blocked a redistricting effort in North Carolina, making it likely that the midterm elections will be held using district layouts favorable to Republicans.
The mercury keeps rising
• NASA declared 2017 Earth’s second-warmest year on record. The high temperatures surprised scientists, who had expected a sharper retreat from recent record-breaking years.
Iran is the latest example of a water crisis — whether caused by nature, mismanagement or both. They’re a likely source of future unrest.
“Severe, pervasive, prolonged abuse”
The parents accused of holding their 13 children captive in California were formally charged with torture and abuse. They could face life in prison.
The Riverside County district attorney, Mike Hestrin, said it was one of the most horrific cases of “human depravity” he had encountered.
“The Daily”: On the verge of a shutdown
• In today’s show, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois discusses how President Trump’s racially charged comments led to a showdown over keeping the government open.
Listen to ‘The Daily’: On the Verge of a Shutdown
Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois discusses how President Trump’s racially charged comments led to a showdown over keeping the government open.
• The tax overhaul could set back affordable housing efforts.
• The acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has requested a budget of $0, his latest move to curb the agency.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• It’s still worth getting a flu shot.
• Is there a downside to going gluten-free?
• Recipe of the day: Satisfying Canadian butter tarts.
• Motherhood, in six animated videos
We set out to uncover stories that were less about parenting and more about the fundamental shift in identity that women experience. In the first episode, meet Laurin.
• “I voted for Donald Trump, and I regret it.”
Our editorial board devoted more space today to readers’ letters about the Trump administration, including from some disillusioned supporters.
• A high-profile pregnancy
Jacinda Ardern, 37, who became New Zealand’s prime minister in October, said she expected to give birth in June and then take six weeks of parental leave.
• Outrage in Oregon
Two years after the standoff at the Malheur Refuge, many in the region remain convinced that their way of life is being trampled.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the potential government shutdown.
• It’s not all bad out there
Here are seven great things we covered this week, including a determined young boy in China and dolphins with mirrors.
• For the weekend
• Quiz time!
Did you keep up with the week’s news? Test yourself.
• Best of late-night TV
Jimmy Kimmel, leaping back into the health care debate, urged Congress to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
• Quotation of the day
“It’s startling to know there are individuals on the brink of adulthood who have spent their entire lives in a climate that, largely due to human activity, is vastly different from the one their parents experienced growing up.”
— Rachel Licker, a senior climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a research and advocacy group.
• The Times, in other words
Long before the world got hooked on “Game of Thrones,” “I Love Lucy” was almost unprecedented in popularity — and daring in content for the time.
Lucy was one of the first pregnant characters shown on U.S. television, and 44 million viewers tuned to CBS 65 years ago today to see Lucille Ball’s character become a mother.
(Lucy gave birth to Ricky on the air the same night that Ms. Ball gave birth to her second child.)
That episode’s audience numbers have since been far surpassed — the Super Bowl, for instance, has drawn more than 100 million viewers for each of the past eight years. But almost 72 percent of TVs in the U.S. were tuned in to “I Love Lucy” that day, an astonishing feat.
According to Nielsen, which tracks viewing behavior, the final episode of “M*A*S*H,” in 1983, had the highest rating of any fictional show in U.S. history, 125 million. But few shows can rival the positive response that the “I Love Lucy” birth episode, and the arrival of Ms. Ball’s second child, elicited.
“One million viewers responded with congratulatory telephone calls, telegrams, letters or gifts,” The Times noted in Ms. Ball’s obituary in 1989.
Anna Schaverien contributed reporting.
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