North Korea, Bill Cosby, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’: Your Friday Briefing

That persona was the perfect cover for terrible behavior: Mr. Cosby, 80, was convicted on Thursday of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 14 years ago. Dozens of women have accused the entertainer of assault over the years.

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Bill Cosby, one of the world’s best-known entertainers, was convicted by a jury in Norristown, Pa., on Thursday. Credit Tracie Van Auken/EPA, via Shutterstock

A spokesman said Mr. Cosby would appeal. His case was the first high-profile sexual assault trial to unfold since the beginning of the #MeToo movement, which some observers say may have affected the verdict.

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The Woman Who Brought Down Bill Cosby

Andrea Constand is the only woman among more than 50 accusers whose complaint against Mr. Cosby has resulted in a conviction. A jury found him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

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You win some, you lose some

• President Trump had a mixed day on Thursday.

The Senate easily confirmed Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, as the nation’s 70th secretary of state, making a foreign policy hawk the top U.S. diplomat.

In the House, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, appeared before two committees to answer questions (or not) about accusations of excessive spending and conflicts of interest.

And Dr. Ronny Jackson withdrew from consideration to lead the Veterans Affairs Department. As White House physician, he was accused of being in charge of a toxic work environment and freely dispensing prescription drugs.

Our White House correspondents look at how Dr. Jackson joined a long list of Trump advisers and associates who have found themselves in legal, professional or personal trouble.

Genealogy database led to suspect

• Yesterday’s briefing mentioned that DNA evidence helped identify the suspect in a string of rapes and murders in California in the 1970s and ’80s. We have more details of how technology found him.

Using DNA from crime scenes, investigators plugged a genetic profile of the Golden State Killer into an online genealogy database. They found distant relatives of the suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, and traced their DNA to him.

The case could raise ethical issues, particularly if individuals didn’t consent to having their genetic profiles searched against crime scene evidence.

Mr. DeAngelo’s arrest came more than 30 years after the Golden State Killer’s crime spree ended. Experts say the popular belief that serial rapists and killers are incapable of stopping is more myth than reality.

The Daily”: Bill Cosby and #MeToo

• What changed after Mr. Cosby’s first sexual assault trial, which ended in a hung jury?

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Business

The U.S. economy was whacked around like a pinball in the first quarter, but it still grew at an annual rate of 2.3 percent, the government reported this morning, offering a preliminary glance at the effects of the tax overhauls.

Make Mexico great again: The leading presidential candidate has vowed to play his own nationalist card, worrying U.S. oil companies.

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Mexico’s leading presidential candidate has proposed building two refineries to process crude oil for domestic consumption, a move that would reduce imports of American natural gas. Credit Janet Jarman for The New York Times

Facebook faced tough questions from British lawmakers on Thursday, in stark contrast with recent hearings in Washington.

Disney films kicked the smoking habit in 2015. Antismoking activists want 20th Century Fox, which Disney is buying, to do the same for all its films for young audiences.

U.S. stocks were up slightly on Thursday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.

Smarter Living

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

These apps will help you plan a last-minute trip.

Protect your online browsing privacy.

Recipe of the day: Try this salsa verde on just about anything (especially roast chicken).

Noteworthy

The rocks that could help save the planet

The rocks in Oman, in the Arabian Peninsula, have a special ability: They can turn carbon dioxide into stone.

In theory, these rocks could store hundreds of years of human emissions. Storing even a small fraction of that wouldn’t be easy, but it’s not impossible.

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Spring water reacts with carbon dioxide to form an ice-like crust on a pool in Oman. Credit Vincent Fournier for The New York Times

Analyzing the N.F.L. draft

The Cleveland Browns selected the quarterback Baker Mayfield, from Oklahoma, with the first pick. We analyze all 32 picks in Round 1.

The draft continues tonight.

Britain’s newest prince has a name

It’s Louis Arthur Charles.

The week in good news

“Have you met James? James saved a lot of lives.” Read about James Shaw Jr., who disarmed the gunman in the Nashville Waffle House attack, and six other things that inspired us.

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Quiz time!

Did you keep up with this week’s news? Test yourself.

Ready for the weekend

At the movies, we reviewed “Disobedience,” starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, and “Avengers: Infinity War,” starring a parade of Marvel superheroes. Find all of this week’s film reviews here.

And “The Karate Kid” is back. The definitive underdog tale from the 1980s returns in “Cobra Kai,” a series on YouTube Red.

We also picked 10 new books, and have lots of recommendations if you’re in New York: 14 pop, rock and jazz concerts, nine plays and musicals, and seven things to do with kids.

And if art is your thing, check out our spring gallery guide, a neighborhood-by-neighborhood look at what’s worth looking at.

Best of late-night TV

President Trump told the hosts of “Fox and Friends” on Thursday that, while he hadn’t gotten a birthday present for his wife, Melania, he did give her “a beautiful card.”

“How did Trump mess up the world’s easiest question?” Trevor Noah asked. (We also fact-checked the president’s interview.)

Quotation of the day

“Every neighborhood has some strange little dude. But for him to be a serial murderer and rapist — that never crossed my mind.”

Paul Sanchietti, a neighbor of Joseph James DeAngelo, who was arrested this week in the decades-old Golden State Killer case.

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

Nick Corasaniti, a reporter for The Times, recommends this piece: “Cambridge Analytica and Facebook have occupied the lion’s share of the discussion around online privacy and data. But Bloomberg took a deep, extensive look at how another data-mining company — the Peter Thiel-founded Palantir — is using its battlefield tools to track American citizens.”

Back Story

Mary Wollstonecraft — an English philosopher, author and feminist — was born on this day in 1759 into a financially unstable London household with a violent alcoholic father.

Wollstonecraft rejected the notion that women were incapable of reason, and she promoted women’s education. She also opposed marriage, which she considered a form of slavery.

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Mary Wollstonecraft, in a painting circa 1797. Credit John Opie/National Portrait Gallery, London

In the end she did marry — her husband was William Godwin, now seen as one of the first modern proponents of anarchism — when she was pregnant with her second child. (Wollstonecraft had a daughter from an affair with an American.)

She died at 38, less than two weeks after giving birth to a second daughter, Mary, who would grow up to write “Frankenstein.”

Among the works for which Wollstonecraft is known are two public letters: “A Vindication of the Rights of Men” (published anonymously in 1790) and “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” published in 1792.

Her goal for women: “I do not wish them to have power over men, but over themselves.”

Claire Moses wrote today’s Back Story.

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