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California, NFL, 'Insatiable': Your Friday Briefing - New York Times

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Aug 10, 2018 5:41 AM - 1 week, 1 day, 4 hours, 25 minutes, 37 seconds ago

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California, N.F.L., ‘Insatiable’: Your Friday Briefing

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A plane dropped fire retardant in Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Wednesday. Scientists say climate change is making wildfires like California’s more extreme.CreditMark Rightmire/The Orange County Register, via Associated Press

We’re not ready for climate change

• Globally, 2018 is shaping up to be the fourth-hottest year on record. (The hotter years were the three previous ones.)

The disruptions to everyday life have been far-reaching: wildfires in California, dozens of heat-related deaths in Japan, a heat wave on four continents that has taken a toll on crops and the electricity grid.

“It’s not a wake-up call anymore,” a scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies said of global warming. “It’s now absolutely happening to millions of people around the world.”

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A lake that was once part of the Aral Sea in Uzbekistan. Muynak, a nearby city that was once a port town, is now 75 miles from the sea. It has become a tourist destination because “a lot of people want to see an ecological crisis.”CreditSergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

Nailing down a NATO deal

• U.S. national security officials were so concerned that President Trump might upend a policy agreement at last month’s NATO meeting that they pushed the military alliance’s ambassadors to finish the deal beforehand.

John Bolton, the national security adviser, directed the effort to reach the agreement, which achieved several crucial NATO goals, including a pledge to build up a force to quickly respond to any attack on an alliance member.

The summit meeting occurred weeks after a Group of 7 event at which Mr. Trump refused to sign a joint communiqué, escalated a trade war and publicly derided Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada.

A new push by the Taliban

• Insurgents said they had taken control of the southeastern Afghan city of Ghazni early today. If confirmed, the move would represent the militant group’s most important strategic gain in years.

Government officials denied that the city, a provincial capital, had fallen but conceded that the insurgents were close.

Ghazni sits on an important north-south highway. If the Taliban control the city, they would essentially cut off the south.

Mystery at a New Mexico compound

• The authorities are piecing together what happened in a decrepit trailer in the desert outside the village of Amalia, where the remains of a 3-year-old boy were found.

Eleven other children and five adults were living at the compound, which was well supplied with guns and ammunition but had little food. Sheriff’s officers searched the property last week.

The dead child is believed to be that of a man who was arrested at ...

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