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Manchester, Greg Gianforte, Mosul: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

And our Germany bureau covered another American president’s visit: former President Barack Obama got a rock-star welcome in Berlin, appearing alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel just hours before she met Mr. Trump.



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3. A federal appeals court in Virginia refused to reinstate President Trump’s revised travel ban, saying it “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will ask the Supreme Court to review the case.

The appeals court said Mr. Trump’s statements during the campaign about Muslims showed that the order, which barred travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries, was the product of religious hostility. Above, a demonstration outside the court earlier this month.



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4. The special congressional race in Montana is getting a whole lot more attention.

Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate, above, was charged with assault, on accusations of “body-slamming” a reporter at a rally on Wednesday night.

Several newspapers withdrew their endorsements, but early voting makes it hard to say whether the altercation will tip the race. We’ll have results as they come in tonight.



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5. The American military released the findings of a long-awaited investigation into an explosion that killed more than 100 Iraqi civilians in Mosul in March. Above, the aftermath.

The report said the Islamic State had placed a large quantity of explosives inside a building, which detonated when a U.S. airstrike hit.

The Americans said neither they nor their Iraqi allies knew civilians were inside.

Our graphics team dived into data that shows that hundreds — possibly thousands —of civilians have been killed in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.



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6. The budget proposal released by the White House this week gives us the clearest picture so far of how President Trump plans to crack down on illegal immigration.

It increases funding for border security and a deportation force, takes new steps to bar undocumented people from getting tax credits, punish “sanctuary cities” and expand the nation’s detention capacity to its largest size in history.

“If your single goal is to make life as miserable as possible for those who are here without status, then it’s about as effective as you can get,” an immigrants’ rights advocate said.

Above, Border Patrol agents searched a man in Roma, Texas.



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7. Good news in medicine: Some people have genetic mutations that leave them nearly impervious to heart disease.

Scientists are trying to bottle that miracle. Above, a DNA testing lab.



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8. “Today is the last day of my life,” said John Shields, a former priest, union leader and civil rights activist who, at 78, was suffering from a painful, incurable disease.

Then he smiled. It was the day he attended his own Irish wake, full of loved ones, music, booze and his favorite foods.

Like a growing number of Canadians, he chose to choreograph his death, now that “medical assistance in dying” is legal. Our reporter was invited to be there to the end.



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9. In the realm of not-so-pressing questions: Why do flamingos stand on one leg? The simple answer: Because it’s easy.

A new study found they’re literally built for it. Above, flamingos in a zoo in Germany.



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10. If you’re getting an early start on your Memorial Day plans, a truly burning question may loom: Charcoal or gas? Well-known barbecue chefs say it’s all about what you’re grilling.

And if lazing on the beach is in your future, here are 12 new books (and six older ones) recommended by The Times’s book experts.

Indoors? This is the last weekend for “Spinal Tap” and four other films on Netflix.



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11. Finally, the president’s meeting with the pope this week offered late-night hosts rich material.

Here was Jimmy Fallon’s take: “It got weird when Trump was like, ‘Jesus only had 12 followers? Sad! His tweets must have been terrible.’”

Have a great night.


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