• “Allahu akbar”: We look at the everyday Arabic phrase — meaning “God is great” — that has been seized on by jihadists.
A contradiction on Russia.
• President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have both said that they didn’t know of anybody in the Trump campaign who had been in contact with Russians. Court documents unsealed this week suggest otherwise.
The documents also mentioned Sam Clovis, a former Trump campaign aide who was in the running for a senior position at the Department of Agriculture. On Thursday, he dropped out.
• Mr. Trump begins an 11-day trip to Asia today.
Myanmar leader visits site of atrocities.
• Daw Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to the state where the U.N. and international human rights groups say the military is waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against Rohingya Muslims. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate controls the country’s civilian government but has no authority over its military.
“The Daily”: A hate crime, or a wound of war?
• A Marine attacked an Iraqi restaurant in Oregon. But what constitutes a hate crime, and how does the legal system treat combat veterans?
• Jerome Powell, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Reserve, has supported Janet Yellen’s approach and is seen as a centrist and pragmatist.
• Where the STEM jobs are: Enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and mathematics assumes those fields are flush with opportunity. Some are, some aren’t.
• DNAinfo and Gothamist, two leading online sites for local news, were shut down on Thursday, a week after employees in New York voted to join a union.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Think twice if your doctor suggests a stent to deal with cardiac pain.
• It’s possible to end your frustration and fulfill your dreams.
• Recipe of the day: Double-down on flavor with salmon in anchovy-garlic butter sauce.
• Floating schools in Bangladesh.
In today’s 360 video, step aboard a houseboat that doubles as a school, part of a program started in response to flooding during monsoons.
• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.
Writers from across the political spectrum discuss this week’s terrorist attack in New York City.
• U.N. sees an “emergency” in the Pacific.
Water and electricity to a detainee camp in Papua New Guinea have been cut off, but hundreds of asylum seekers refuse to let Australia move them.
• Trump’s Twitter account was deleted.
For 11 minutes.
• Ready for the weekend.
• Best of late-night TV.
Trevor Noah felt bad for Russian agents on social media: In the old days, “espionage meant using exploding pens and poison-tipped umbrellas,” he said. “Now they have to use the same tool as your divorced aunt.”
• Quotation of the day.
“You can climb into the game, into the television, and you’re not thinking about your flooded house.”
— Amy Weiss, a Houston rabbi who watched Game 7 of the World Series from a new home because her old one was wrecked by Hurricane Harvey.
Clocks fall back an hour in most of the U.S. and Canada on Sunday — after having done so last week in Europe — with the end of daylight saving time. Clocks in parts of Australia have moved, too, in the opposite direction.
The reason for the shift is contentious and confusing. (It isn’t for farmers, as you may have learned in school.)
Historians have traced the notion for daylight saving time to Benjamin Franklin, who realized he was sleeping through some daylight hours while visiting Paris in the 18th century.
But the first plan to actually move the clock hands came from William Willett, who unsuccessfully proposed daylight saving time to the British Parliament in 1908. Germany, seeking cost savings during World War I, heard the idea and enacted it in 1915. Three weeks later, the British followed, and other world powers were close behind, including the U.S. in 1918.
Despite the common belief that American farmers supported the change, they were actually the strongest lobby against it because it disrupted their schedules, said David Prerau, the author of “Seize the Daylight.”
“I don’t know how that ever became a myth, but it is the exact opposite,” he said.
Daniel Victor contributed reporting.
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