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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Your Tuesday Evening Briefing
By KAREN ZRAICK AND DAVID SCULL
Good evening. Heres the latest.
Melissa Lyttle for The New York Times
1. This is about health, its about life and death.
That was Gov. Jerry Brown of California, announcing a lawsuit against the Trump administration over car emissions rules. Above, an interchange in Los Angeles.
California is leading a coalition of 17 other states and the District of Columbia in the suit, arguing that the Environmental Protection Agencys effort to weaken auto emissions rules is unlawful. Theyre also accusing the agency of violating the Clean Air Act.
The suit brings the American auto industry closer to a split into two markets, an outcome automakers are scrambling to avert.
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Doug Mills/The New York Times
2. President Trump responded to our publication of more than 40 questions the special counsel, Robert Mueller, would like to ask him. He said it was disgraceful that the questions had been leaked.
The special counsels investigators read the questions to Mr. Trumps lawyers in March, and they wrote them down. That list was provided to The Times by a person outside the presidents legal team.
Here they are, with our notes about what they tell us about Mr. Muellers inquiry into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election and other matters.
The reporter who obtained the list discusses what they mean on our news podcast, The Daily.
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Scott Camazine/Science Source
3. Warmer weathers here. Get out the sunblock, and the bug repellent.
Federal health officials announced that the number of people who get diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the U.S. in recent years. Experts say there are probably many reasons, including ticks, like the ones above, thriving in areas that used to be too cold for them.
Heres how to protect yourself.
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Stephen Lam/Reuters
4. Big tech news today: Apple announced an enormous stock buyback as it reported quarterly earnings, saying it would return $100 billion to shareholders.
And Facebook held its annual developers conference. Its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, announced a new privacy control that will allow users to erase their history, similar to the way you might clear your web browser.
The companys new privacy changes have become a financial nightmare for companies and programmers whose businesses relied on access to the social networks user data.
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Prince Williams/WireImage, via Getty Images
5. The #MeToo movement may finally be catching up to R. Kelly, the multiplatinum R&B idol repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct.
Ten of his concerts have been canceled since a celebrity-endorsed grass-roots protest campaign called #MuteRKelly began last summer. And this week, the Times Up organization released an open letter calling on corporations tied to Mr. Kelly to cut him off.
Representatives for Mr. Kelly called the campaign a greedy, conscious and malicious conspiracy to demean him and an attempted public lynching.
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Min Heo
6. What was your previous salary?
If youre a woman, that question in a job interview may simply preserve the persistent gender wage gap.
So some states, cities and companies are banning it, including Massachusetts, California, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago, as well as Amazon, Google and Starbucks.
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Sara Krulwich/The New York Times
7. The musicals Mean Girls and SpongeBob SquarePants, above, led the pack in this years Tony Award nominations, garnering 12 nods each.
Revivals of Angels in America and Carousel, as well as the new musical The Bands Visit, got 11 nominations apiece, while the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the revival of My Fair Lady each got 10.
But our critics noted that it was a very slim Broadway season.
The awards ceremony will take place on June 10 at Radio City Music Hall and be broadcast on CBS.
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Steve Meddle/REX, via Shutterstock
8. Only one reporter, yet to be determined, will be allowed into St. Georges Chapel for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19.
Our correspondent in London says the restricted access is proof of a sea change in the historically symbiotic relations between the royal family and Englands infamous tabloids.
Harry and his brother, Prince William, harbor a deep mistrust of the paparazzi, who were pursuing their mother when she was killed in a car crash. And some tabloids have published acid-tongued criticism of Ms. Markle.
The boys are taking control, said a photographer whos covered the royals for decades.
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9. NASAs InSight spacecraft, scheduled to launch on Saturday, aims to discover the red planets deep interior, and will be listening intently for marsquakes.
Since there was not much interest in what the craft will find at the surface, a safe that is, flat landing spot was selected. (Kansas without the corn is how a mission scientist described it.)
Explore the history of the many missions to Mars here (and if youre on a smartphone, youll get the augmented-reality version).
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Lloyd Bishop/NBC
10. Finally, the comedian Michelle Wolf has worked on both The Daily Show and Late Night, and Trevor Noah and Seth Meyers defended her controversial remarks at the White House correspondents dinner on Saturday. (Above, Ms. Wolf and Mr. Meyers last year.)
Michelle should have had the decency not to comment on womens appearances in any way, shape or form, Mr. Noah deadpanned. Shes a comedian, for Gods sake, not the president.
And our chief TV critic weighed in, arguing that the problem wasnt Ms. Wolfs performance, but rather the event itself, which he called a multicourse tasting menu of mixed messages.
Have a great night.
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