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Friday, April 14, 2017

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Your Friday Briefing
By CHARLES MCDERMID AND SANDRA STEVENSON
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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
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1. China called for calm on all sides as North Korea intensified its saber-rattling ahead of its founder’s day celebrations, and a United States Navy strike group approached the region.
The North said on Friday that it could annihilate American military bases in South Korea “within minutes,” and that it would test a nuclear weapon any time it pleases.
The warnings came as Vice President Mike Pence prepared to leave for South Korea, the start of a 10-day tour of the region with the North expected to be a major topic.
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Elgin Air Force Base, via Reuters
2. Dozens of Islamic State fighters were killed, three cave hide-outs were destroyed, and local Afghans said the blast was felt as far as 10 miles away.
That was the assessment a day after the U.S. military dropped a 10-ton explosive, referred to as the “mother of all bombs,” on an Islamic State stronghold in eastern Afghanistan.
The commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan defended the bombing: “It was the right time to use it tactically against the right target on the battlefield.”
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Al Drago/The New York Times
3. There’s a learning curve for every new president. For President Trump, that curve has affected his stances on issues as varied as Russia, North Korea and the Export-Import Bank.
We look at several of the president’s policy reversals from the past week, in his own words.
Still, the confidence Mr. Trump’s supporters have in him means that many conservatives do not think he will suffer if he abandons some of his stances.
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Umit Bektas/Reuters
4. Turkey‘s voters will decide on Sunday whether to expand the constitutional powers of the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Is the proposal a necessary means of quelling the country’s many crises, or a power grab that would sound the death knell for Turkish democracy?
We spoke with Turks living overseas and found a deep sense of pending change and worry over where Turkey was headed — wherever that might be.
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Ruth Fremson/The New York Times
5. The siege is over, but the debate rages on.
A year after militia leaders seized a national wildlife refuge in rural Oregon, arguing that the government had too much control of land in the West, a fight over what and whom public lands are for continues.
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Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times
6. Choate Rosemary Hall, an elite Connecticut boarding school whose alumni include President John F. Kennedy, revealed that at least 12 former teachers sexually molested — and, in at least one case, raped — students in a series of cases dating back to the 1960s.
Choate is the latest in a string of prestigious private academies in the U.S. to face accusations of sexual abuse by faculty members.
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John Taggart for The New York Times
7. Social media giveth, social media taketh away.
New technology has given companies amazing access to consumers, but it has also exposed them to new risks, as United Airlines was reminded this week.
“One tweet, just one dangerous tweet,” a reputation strategist said, “can really impact your share price.”
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Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times
8. A baby or your money back?
In the high-stakes casino of fertility treatment, some are paying clinics large sums of money upfront for the promise of pregnancy — or a refund.
“We’d dealt with so much heartbreak,” a mother said, “and I’ve never been happier to make a bet and be proven wrong.”
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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
9. The N.B.A. playoffs are upon us.
Will the Cavaliers and Warriors meet in the finals for the third year in a row? Who will win the superstar battle between Russell Westbrook and James Harden? Here’s what we think.
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Craig Lee for The New York Times
10. Finally, don’t stress over what to cook. Amanda Hesser’s chicken with Coke and lemon, unearthed from the archives, is worth your time.
In fact, don’t stress about anything. Here’s are some recommendations on what to watch, listen to and more this weekend. Enjoy.
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