• 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.
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.
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?
• 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.
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.
• 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.
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
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• 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.
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• 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.”
“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.
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.
Karen Zraick wrote today’s Back Story.
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