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3. President Trump dropped his idea of sending the suspect in the Manhattan truck attack to Guantánamo, but once again called for him to be executed.

His attorney general, Jeff Sessions, visited New York, above, where he met with prosecutors and the N.Y.P.D., and defended the Justice Department’s antiterrorism work. Mr. Trump, a day earlier, denounced the American criminal justice system as “a joke” and “a laughingstock.”

We traced the history of the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov, who was lucky enough to obtain a lottery visa to the U.S. but struggled once he got here in 2010. A truck driver with long bouts of unemployment, he seized on the trappings of religion and grew increasingly angry.

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4. The fallout from sexual harassment revelations continues.

Gavin Williamson was named Britain’s defense secretary, after his predecessor, Michael Fallon, resigned. Brett Ratner, a prominent Hollywood producer and director, is facing allegations of harassment and assault.

A former contestant on “The Apprentice,” Summer Zervos, above, is suing President Trump for defamation for insults after she accused him of unwanted advances.

And the top news editor of NPR, Michael Oreskes, resigned after being accused of harassing women there and in a past position at The Times.

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5. Heart disease is still the leading killer of Americans, and stents, tiny wire cages that can open up blocked arteries, are often lifesavers in heart attacks.

But a new study suggests that the stents may be useless for many of the hundreds of thousands of heart patients who get them each year to reduce chest pain.

“Unbelievable,” said a prominent cardiologist.

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6. In Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi visited the region where her government’s troops are accused of carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims.

The violence has driven hundreds of thousands of people over the border into Bangladesh since late August, telling horrifying stories of arson, execution and rape.

But Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, above, showed little sign of condemning the violence, as critics have urged. “We all have to try our best to live peacefully,” she said in one village.

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7. A Japanese company is offering extra vacation days to employees who don’t smoke, citing time their colleagues use on cigarette breaks.

About 20 percent of people in Japan smoke cigarettes, one of the highest rates in the world, and the government is trying to limit public smoking before the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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8. Every city wants a World Series victory. Houston, post-Hurricane Harvey, needed one.

The Astros’ first championship victory produced euphoria in the storm-ravaged city, capping a dramatic season that gave the city a great mass distraction. People watched or listened however they could, whether in motel rooms because they’re still displaced, or in gutted rooms still missing carpets and walls.

How do you ever top a victory like that? For shortstop Carlos Correa, by proposing to your girlfriend on TV.

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9. To say that our critic raved about “Lady Bird,” the new comedy by the director and writer Greta Gerwig, might be an understatement.

The film stars Saoirse Ronan, above with Lucas Hedges, as a Sacramento high school student struggling to come into her own.

“What Ms. Gerwig has done — and it’s by no means a small accomplishment — is to infuse one of the most convention-bound, rose-colored genres in American cinema with freshness and surprise,” our critic writes. “I’m tempted to catalog the six different ways the ending can make you cry.”

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10. Finally, the late-night hosts were truly tickled by reports that President Trump wanted to call the tax plan “The Cut Cut Cut Act.”

“I will say, every time he’s on TV I have this fantasy that a director will walk in and go, ‘Cut, cut, cut!’” Seth Meyers joked.

Have a great night.

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