Philadelphia, Markets, Jeffrey Epstein: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

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1. A shootout in Philadelphia.

S.W.A.T. teams have converged on a residence in the Nicetown-Tioga section of the city, where a gunman pinned some of them down under fire.

The university’s Health Sciences Center Campus was put on lockdown. “Seek shelter. Secure doors. Be silent. Be still. Police are responding,” the university said on Twitter.

Six officers have been injured. We have the latest here.

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2. U.S. and European markets tumbled.

Ominous data from the German and Chinese manufacturing sectors sent Wall Street stocks into one of their worst declines of the year. Above, a screen at the New York Stock Exchange.

Meanwhile, the bond market offered a clear signal that investors were pessimistic on the long-term prospects for the U.S. economy — and another nagging indicator that America’s decade-long economic run may be coming to an end.

Our analyst thinks the trade war is just one piece of the turbulence, writing, “Once chaos has been unleashed into the global economic system, it can be hard to reel back in.”

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3. A cure for the deadliest TB.

The Food and Drug Administration effectively endorsed a regimen that proved wildly successful against the most drug-resistant tuberculosis strain in a small but groundbreaking experiment.

The agency approved the last of the regimen’s three drugs, as long as it is used with the other two, which were previously approved.

Tuberculosis has surpassed AIDS as the world’s leading infectious cause of death.

If the World Health Organization adopts the F.D.A. approval — which it usually does — the treatment could soon be used worldwide.

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4. “We apologize for our behavior but we are just too scared.”

After violent scenes in which activists attacked two men at the Hong Kong airport, demonstrators seemed well aware of the negative image they had presented. They promised to do better.

The clashes at the airport, one of the world’s busiest transportation hubs, have cast a fresh shadow over the territory’s status as a global and financial business capital.

A major undercurrent of the leaderless protests is an identity struggle over what the city means as a place, a culture and a political entity. Edward Leung, 28, who has been in jail for more than a year, is the closest thing the tumultuous movement has to a guiding light.

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5. A socialite is bankrolling the modern American anti-immigration movement. Even though she died 14 years ago.

With President Trump’s immigration policies growing ever more restrictive, our investigative reporters dug into the history of the movement he now leads.

They unearthed letters and other documents that reveal why the reclusive heiress Cordelia Scaife May dedicated much of her half-billion-dollar inheritance from the Mellon banking fortune to finance the three largest restrictionist groups, as well as dozens of smaller ones. Read her words.

Mrs. May died in 2005, but her money remains the lifeblood of the movement. Her Colcom Foundation has poured $180 million into a network of groups agitating for policies now pursued by Mr. Trump. Here are our takeaways.

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6. Newark’s water crisis is deepening.

Last fall, after finding that ineffective corrosion treatment at the city’s Pequannock plant was allowing lead to leach into drinking water, city officials distributed 40,000 water filters to residents. Recent tests have shown that lead is still present.

The city is giving out bottled water, and tens of thousands of residents are worried.

As in Flint, Mich., where dangerous levels of lead led to criminal indictments against officials, many of the neighborhoods affected are predominantly African-American and low income.

A suit filed last year by the Natural Resources Defense Council, accusing Newark and the state of violating federal safe drinking water laws, has its next court date on Thursday.

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7. One of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers filed suit against his estate, saying he groomed her for sex beginning when she was 14 and raped her a year later at his mansion, above.

“I’m angry he won’t have to personally answer to me in the court of law,” the accuser, Jennifer Araoz, wrote in an Op-Ed for The Times. “But my quest for justice is just getting started.”

Ms. Araoz has also sued the women she says helped Mr. Epstein, including Ghislaine Maxwell, his ex-girlfriend. We looked at some of Ms. Maxwell’s planned philanthropic works that never materialized.

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8. Solving Mount Everest’s traffic problem.

Nepal proposed rules that could reduce the number of permits issued each year, and weed out inexperienced climbers by requiring them to prove that they’ve scaled another major peak. To avoid dangerous cost cutting, they’d have to show they paid at least $35,000 to their expedition company.

The government is also considering a mandatory fitness test.

The measures come after one of the heaviest and deadliest climbing seasons in years.

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9. For generations, black Americans have fought to make the American founding ideals — liberty and equality — true.

“More than any other group in this country’s history, we have served, generation after generation, in an overlooked but vital role: It is we who have been the perfecters of this democracy,” Nikole Hannah-Jones writes as The Times Magazine introduces The 1619 Project.

Named for the year in which the first enslaved Africans were shipped into Britain’s North American colonies, the initiative looks at how slavery shaped the country in the 400 years since. You can read the stories here.

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10. And finally … when the two daddies are penguins.

Skip and Ping moved to the Berlin zoo in April, where zookeepers observed the king penguins trying to nurture a rock and a fish.

So when their zoomate Orange ignored the egg she laid, the zoo gave it to the fellas. “We are sure they would be good parents because they were so nice to their stone,” said a spokesman.

If the egg hatches, it would be the first penguin chick at the zoo since 2002. The whole thing has delighted Germany.

Have a companionable night.

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