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SAN FRANCISCO — Apple once had grand aspirations to build its own electric self-driving car and lead the next generation of transportation. Over time, the tech giant’s ambitions ran into reality. So Apple curtailed its original vision, first by focusing on software for self-driving cars and then by working solely on an autonomous shuttle for…

Want this in your inbox each morning? Sign up here. Good Thursday. Here’s what we’re watching: • How President Trump made foreign cars the latest trade battleground. • Comcast’s bet to win Fox by playing the Murdochs against other investors. • Why you shouldn’t get excited about Uber’s profits. The Tesla C.E.O. wants to become…

HONG KONG — While President Trump refocuses American industry on the earthbound technologies of the 20th century — coal, steel and aluminum — China is setting its sights on the far reaches of the solar system. China this week launched a rocket headed for the moon, where for now only an American flag flies, with…

WASHINGTON — David Sedaris was taking questions from the audience after his reading at the Kennedy Center last month, when suddenly the evening took an alarming turn. “How’s Hugh?” someone asked, referring to Hugh Hamrick, Mr. Sedaris’s boyfriend. Hugh plays the pivotal role of in-house normal person in Mr. Sedaris’s skewed alternative universe. (“I call…

A Philip Roth Reader

The death of Philip Roth on Tuesday at the age of 85 from congestive heart failure has people around the world reflecting on his body of work. The Times’s obituary described him as a “towering novelist who explored lust, Jewish life and America.” With more than two dozen novels to his name — many of…



LIFESTYLE

To walk into the 3,000-square-foot Stadium Goods store in SoHo is to be confronted by rows and rows of pristine, shrink-wrapped athletic footwear. Look closely and you might be a little stunned by the price tags. On a recent afternoon, for instance, a pair of white Nike Jordan 1’s by the fashion designer Virgil Abloh…

Do Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies?

Exercise changes the brains and sperm of male animals in ways that later affect the brains and thinking skills of their offspring, according to a fascinating new study involving mice. The findings indicate that some of the brain benefits of physical activity may be passed along to children, even if a father does not begin…

WASHINGTON — The new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is taking a pay cut after Senate Democrats and watchdog groups criticized the use of an exemption to pay him nearly double the rate of his predecessors. Dr. Robert R. Redfield assumed the top post in March at a salary of $375,000…

Like a Tattoo, This Wedding Favor Is Forever

Lindsay Morris and Stephen Munshin didn’t have to step inside a tattoo parlor to get their first tattoos. All they had to do was attend the wedding of their niece Leslie Merinoff to Brian Kwasienski last October in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Ms. Morris and Mr. Munshin were aware there would be tattoos available during the reception….

IN THE FRENETIC world of fashion, the number of women heading up major labels has gone from few to fewer: Carolina Herrera replaced herself, Phoebe Philo quit Céline and Donna Karan stepped down. As for those with their own labels — Stella McCartney, Victoria Beckham, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, among them — many were pre-existingly…

One stormy afternoon in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, thunder rolled, a bolt of lightning streaked across the sky, and the television and air conditioner went dark in the apartment of a woman with electrodes implanted in her brain. Lightning had struck the building. But the appliances were not the only things affected. After about…

Anusha Deshpande, Jason Auerbach

Anusha Deshpande and Jason Auerbach were married May 5 at the Inn at Serenbe Farms, a lodge in Chattahoochee Hills, Ga. The marriage was officiated by Judge Frank M. Hull, a senior judge on the United States Circuit Court, and was followed by a religious ceremony conducted by Vaibhav Sathe, a Hindu priest. Ms. Deshpande,…