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.
• 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.
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
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?
• 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.
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).
• 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.
• 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
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• Quiz time!
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• Ready for the weekend
And “The Karate Kid” is back. The definitive underdog tale from the 1980s returns in “Cobra Kai,” a series on YouTube Red.
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.”
• 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.
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• 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.”
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.
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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