Kanye West, Golden State Killer, Bill Cosby: Your Thursday Briefing

An E.P.A. document indicates that he may blame his staff for many of the decisions that have put a cloud over his tenure. Here’s what else to expect from his appearance in Congress.

Separately, Michael Cohen plans to plead the Fifth. In a court filing on Wednesday, President Trump’s personal lawyer said he would invoke his right against self-incrimination in a lawsuit filed by the pornographic film star Stephanie Clifford.

New allegations about Dr. Ronny Jackson

• The White House physician, who is President Trump’s pick to lead the Veterans Affairs Department, is said to have given a colleague “a large supply” of the prescription opioid Percocet and “wrecked a government vehicle” after a going-away party.

The new details are included in a document distributed by Democrats on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee who are threatening to derail Dr. Jackson’s nomination.

On Wednesday, the White House ratcheted up its defense of Dr. Jackson, who told reporters at the White House, “I have not wrecked a car. I can tell you that,” adding, “we’re still moving ahead as planned.”

“We found the needle in the haystack”

• The Golden State Killer committed a series of sadistic rapes and murders that terrorized California in the 1970s and ’80s. The crimes went unsolved for decades.

On Wednesday, the authorities announced that they had finally made an arrest in the case, in a suburb of Sacramento, less than a half-hour drive from where the spree began.

DNA evidence led to a former police officer, Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who has been charged with six counts of murder.

The case went cold in 1986, when the crimes appeared to end. But national interest was reignited this year with the publication of a book by the crime writer Michelle McNamara, who died in 2016. Her husband, the comedian Patton Oswalt, helped see the project through.

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Suspect Arrested in Golden State Killer Case

James Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was arrested at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif. The so-called Golden State Killer is thought to have killed 12 people, raped at least 45 people and burglarized more than 120 homes in the 1970s and ’80s.

By SARAH STEIN KERR on Publish Date April 25, 2018. Photo by Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press. Watch in Times Video »

A lynching’s long shadow

• Elwood Higginbotham was killed by a mob in Mississippi in 1935. More than 80 years later, the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal-aid group that is re-examining the lynching era, is leading an inquiry into his death.

The investigation could offer his family a chance to confront the past, part of a larger reckoning that is “increasingly urgent for a country that has yet to achieve the equality many thought would follow the civil rights movement,” a piece in this week’s Times Magazine argues.

The nation’s first memorial to lynching victims opens today in Montgomery, Ala. Our reporter takes you inside what he calls a unique American experience.

The Daily

Listen to ‘The Daily’: Trump’s Travel Ban Goes to the Supreme Court

In considering the restrictions, the justices seem focused on one question: Should the president’s authority have anything to do with his personal beliefs?

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President Emmanuel Macron of France was greeted on Wednesday by a three-minute standing ovation in Congress, where he delivered a speech that was an implicit rebuke of President Trump’s “America First” approach. Credit Eric Thayer for The New York Times

Business

Many Americans are just beginning to climb out of the recession. Yet policymakers are debating whether the economy is close to overheating.

Is it really you? Mark Zuckerberg has vowed to clean up Facebook, but the company has failed to stop even Zuckerberg impersonators from swindling people.

Our technology columnist has a message for the workers of Silicon Valley: It’s time to organize.

U.S. stocks were mixed on Wednesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

Three gadgets that are worth buying.

Here are tools to protect your data from advertisers.

Recipe of the day: These minty grasshopper brownies go well with ice cream.

Noteworthy

Inside the N.F.L. protest meeting

About 30 of the league’s owners, players and executives met in the fall to discuss President Trump’s repeated criticism of players who knelt in protest during the national anthem. Here are some of the most candid comments, obtained by The Times.

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The protests started by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, were the subject of a confidential meeting of N.F.L. players and executives last year. Kaepernick is no longer in the N.F.L. and has accused the owners of colluding to keep him out of the league. Credit Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Separately, the N.F.L. Draft begins tonight. Unusually, we don’t know who’ll be picked first, but here’s what to expect.

Bill Cosby jury begins deliberations

After 12 days of testimony, a verdict could come as soon as today in the retrial of the entertainer, who is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

His first trial ended in a hung jury last June; our timeline traces how the case has unfolded.

A tell-all best seller

“A Higher Loyalty,” the memoir by the former F.B.I. director James Comey, shot to No. 1 on both our hardcover nonfiction and our combined print and e-book nonfiction best-seller lists this week.

Find all of our best-seller lists here.

Best of late-night TV

Trevor Noah pondered lawmakers’ stance on Dr. Ronny Jackson: “It is funny how they don’t want Jackson running Veterans Affairs, but they don’t care if he stays on as the president’s physician.”

Quotation of the day

“There are the drunk Waffle Houses, the late-night Waffle Houses, Waffle House as a house of freaks, but there’s also this kind of nurturing, idealistic vision of Waffle House.”

John Edge, a University of Mississippi scholar of Southern culture, on a chain that has dealt in the past with a deadly shooting, a cutlery-based racial incident and a parking-lot birth.

The Times, in other words

Here’s an image of today’s front page, and links to our Opinion content and crossword puzzles.

What we’re reading

Jenna Wortham, a staff writer for the Times Magazine, recommends this piece from Slate, the transcript of a conversation among four black thinkers after two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks. She sees it as “a deeply important — if not depressing — discussion of what it means to be rendered both hypervisible and invisible as a black person in America.”

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A wax likeness of the first lady, Melania Trump, was unveiled on Wednesday at Madame Tussauds in Manhattan, next to one of President Trump. (That’s the real Sean Spicer, the former White House press secretary.) Credit Amy Lombard for The New York Times

Back Story

“It’s a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor.”

That’s what Andy Warhol said was the key to success for Studio 54, the famously wild New York City nightclub that opened its doors on this day in 1977.

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Steve Rubell, left, and Ian Schrager owned Studio 54 in the late 1970s. Credit Associated Press

Donald and Ivana Trump were among the first guests — but they arrived early. It would be hours before things turned into a hedonistic dance party.

“All of us knew that night that we weren’t at the opening of a discothèque but the opening of something historical,” said Robin Leach, who went on to host “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

His comments were included in the book “The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night,” by Anthony Haden-Guest.

The owners of Studio 54, Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, came to be known as the “first pashas of disco.”

But by 1979, the owners had been charged with tax evasion for skimming from club receipts. After serving time in prison, they went on to open hotels and clubs.

Mr. Rubell died in 1989, and Mr. Schrager was pardoned by President Barack Obama just before he left office.

Karen Zraick wrote today’s Back Story.

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