Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Rex Tillerson: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing


How did the island amass a debt big enough to crush it? This in-depth article from July, “The Bonds That Broke Puerto Rico,” tries to explain. The late-night hosts also had a lot to say about President Trump’s trip.

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3. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted that he had never considered resigning, despite an NBC News report to the contrary and what aides say is his deep frustration.

But he did not outright deny another element in the report: that he once referred to President Trump as a “moron.” He limited his response to: “I’m not going to deal with petty stuff like that.”

Three days ago, Mr. Trump publicly undercut Mr. Tillerson by dismissing efforts to reach out to North Korea.

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4. Just when Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain most needed to deliver a strong speech — at a Conservative Party conference dominated by talk of her fragile leadership — she had a nightmare.

First Mrs. May was targeted by a prankster. Then her voice gave out. And finally, the letters spelling out a slogan began disappearing from the display behind her.

Among the potential successors hunting for an opening is Boris Johnson, the country’s top diplomat, who is however known for undiplomatic remarks. At the same conference, he came under fire for saying that the former ISIS stronghold of Surt, Libya, could become “the next Dubai” if the authorities could just “clear the dead bodies away.”

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5. The European Union is taking aim at Silicon Valley over taxes.

The European Commission said it would take Ireland to court for not clawing back billions from Apple, and ordered Luxembourg to recover around $293 million from Amazon.

“I don’t think that we’re done,” warned the competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager. Above, Amazon’s Luxembourg outpost.

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6. The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to three scientists who developed a method for generating 3-D images of the molecules of life.

The discovery has already helped scientists better understand diseases like the Zika virus and could lead to treatments in the future. Coming tomorrow: the prize for literature.

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7. A celebrated 1981 drama that won the Pulitzer Prize for its portrayal of the struggles of black G.I.s is being revived Off Broadway. The actors and producers say it’s more relevant than ever.

“A Soldier’s Play” is set during World War II on a Louisiana military base and works backward from the mysterious murder of a sergeant.

Actors from the debut production — including Denzel Washington, above center — and the current revival said they hoped audiences sense the echoes between past and present.

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8. Some good news: The Burmese star tortoise, which was declared functionally extinct in the early 2000s, is making a comeback.

The animals have yellow polygon patterns across their shells that camouflage them in dry grasses — but also make them attractive as exotic pets, smuggled for thousands of dollars to the U.S., Europe and other parts of Asia.

Captive breeding colonies set up by conservationists have bolstered the population, and now some are even being released back into the wild.

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9. The Yankees are headed to the American League division series after beating the Minnesota Twins, 8-4, in the wild-card game last night. It was the first playoff win for the Yankees since 2012. Next stop: Cleveland.

Above, Joe Mauer, the former American League M.V.P. and six-time All-Star who was drafted by the Twins in 2001 and joined the team in 2004. He’s watched Minnesota get smacked around by the Yankees ever since.

“This one stings right now,” he said last night. “But they all sting.”

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10. Finally, we visited the world’s first Lego restaurant, in Billund, Denmark. That’s where the company has its headquarters; its flagship theme park, Legoland; and now, a new destination called Lego House.

At the restaurant in Lego House, called Mini Chef, orders are taken and food is “prepared” by Lego minifigure chefs “living” in iPad boxes at each table. The chefs speak only in brick: to get your meal, you must request it by snapping together Legos whose colors match the menu items.

Both our reporter and the kids in her party enjoyed the visit.

Have a great night.

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