Bill Cosby, Michael Cohen, Golden State Killer: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

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2. Dr. Ronny Jackson took himself out of the running to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The White House physician had faced a torrent of accusations from colleagues, who said he drank heavily, mishandled prescription drugs and created a hostile work environment. He called the charges “completely false and fabricated.”

“Unfortunately, because of how Washington works, these false allegations have become a distraction for this president and the important issue we must be addressing — how we give the best care to our nation’s heroes,” Dr. Jackson said in a statement.

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3. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was grilled on Capitol Hill over allegations of ethical infractions and lavish spending. He delivered a typically lawyerly performance, keeping his cool and avoiding direct answers. Here are the highlights from his testimony.

And the Senate easily confirmed Mike Pompeo as the nation’s 70th secretary of state, elevating the foreign policy hawk from C.I.A. director.

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4. President Trump called in to his favorite cable TV show, “Fox Friends,” to say that the investigation of his lawyer, Michael Cohen, has nothing to do with him.

He asserted that Mr. Cohen handled just “a tiny, tiny little fraction” of his legal work: “He represents me, like with this crazy Stormy Daniels deal, he represented me.”

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The president’s mention of Stephanie Clifford by name — or at least her professional name — was striking because he has mainly shown restraint in not discussing her.

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5. Kim Jong-un is set to become the first North Korean leader to cross the border into South Korean territory, for a meeting with President Moon Jae-in.

The talks, scheduled to begin Thursday evening Eastern time, will signal to the world whether Mr. Kim is willing to give up his nuclear weapons. But experts see them mostly as a prelude to a meeting between Mr. Kim and President Trump.

From dessert to décor, we looked at the symbolism of the meeting and of Panmunjom, above, the truce village where it’s taking place.

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6. “It’s crazy — they were looking for this guy for 40 years and he was right here under our noses.”

That was a shellshocked neighbor of Joseph James DeAngelo, the man the police believe is the Golden Gate Killer. The 72-year-old — who once worked as a police officer himself — had been living in the Sacramento suburbs. Here’s what we know about him.

The attacker often wore ski masks like the ones above. The writer Michelle McNamara spent the final years of her life chasing the Golden State Killer, hoping to identify him in her book, “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.” It was published in February, after her death, and helped reignite public interest in the case. HBO is adapting it into a documentary series.

Her husband, the comedian Patton Oswalt, said that he hoped to visit Mr. DeAngelo and confront him with questions that Ms. McNamara had planned to ask.

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7. Federal Reserve officials are beginning to worry about a possibility that still seems remote to many Americans: the danger that the economy is close to “overheating.”

That’s when an abnormally low unemployment rate sets off spikes in inflation and destabilizes financial markets. Some officials are calling for faster increases in interest rates to prepare for such a scenario.

But others say it’s way too early to try to turn down the heat on the economy — and on workers who are still waiting for big wage increases to show up.

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8. Thousands of teachers in Arizona and Colorado walked out of their classrooms to demand more funding for public schools.

The walkout was the latest surge of a teacher protest movement that has already swept through West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky. (Here’s a rundown of the protests in each of those states.)

“Our colleagues in other states have shown us what’s possible,” said one teacher near Phoenix.

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9. “Karate Kid” is back, as a 10-episode series debuting May 2 on YouTube Red, the video portal’s paid streaming service.

Billy Zabka, left, and Ralph Macchio reprise their roles in the new series, called “Cobra Kai,” which begins with a flashback to the climactic scene in the 1984 movie, which became a pop culture touchstone. And then it picks up the story 34 years later.

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YouTube beat out more established outlets like Netflix and Hulu for the rights to the series, seeing it as a way to expand the audience for its streaming service.

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10. Finally, Stephen Colbert had some advice for Kanye West after his pro-Trump tweetstorm on Wednesday.

“You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” Mr. West had written. “We are both dragon energy. He is my brother.” The president tweeted back his thanks, and the exchange caused bedlam among Mr. West’s fans.

“Put the phone down!” Mr. Colbert counseled. “You could’ve stopped at 10 a.m. this morning with ‘I’m nice at ping pong.’ Quick follow-up: Have you been hanging out with Ronny Jackson?”

Have a great night.

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