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2. President Trump welcomed President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan to the White House, above. Administration officials had said Mr. Trump would prod Mr. Mirziyoyev on human rights and press freedom, but there was no hint of criticism or question in his public remarks.

Separately, Mr. Trump released a financial disclosure that revealed he paid more than $100,000 to his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, last year for an unspecified debt. Mr. Cohen, of course, paid $130,000 in 2016 to the adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, who claims she had an affair with Mr. Trump.

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4. Victims of Lawrence G. Nassar, the Michigan State University physician who sexually abused young athletes under the guise of medical treatment, will receive $500 million from the university in a settlement.

Above, a thank-you message on the Michigan State campus to victims who spoke in court during Dr. Nassar’s sentencing.

The deal was reached with lawyers representing 332 of the victims and approved this week by the university’s trustees. It must still be finalized. Lawsuits against U.S.A. Gymnastics, the United States Olympic Committee and others remain unresolved.

Amanda Thomashow, who reported abuse by Dr. Nassar to the university in 2014, called it “a step toward healing for myself and all of the brave survivors who have told their truth.”

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5. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, appeared before Congress for the third time in less than a month.

Speaking before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Mr. Pruitt confirmed that he had established a legal defense fund to cover the costs of defending himself against 12 federal investigations into his spending and management decisions.

And he said that one of his employees had worked without pay on her personal time to find him a place to live, which Democrats said was a violation of federal law.

While President Trump continues to support Mr. Pruitt, some lawmakers and even senior members of the White House staff have called for him to resign or to be fired.

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6. In a year defined by a wave of female candidates running for office, Tuesday’s primaries delivered big wins for Democratic women, including Madeleine Dean, above.

Nowhere was the enthusiasm more evident than in Pennsylvania, where at least seven Democratic women surged to primary victories in districts that could prove vital for their party’s hope to flip three — and possibly as many as six — House seats in the state in November.

Here are the key takeaways from those races.

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7. The flow of refugees to the U.S. has slowed nearly to a halt, demonstrating that President Trump’s administration is accomplishing by bureaucracy what it could not achieve by executive order.

The administration has cut the staff that conducts clearance interviews overseas and intensified the screening process. At the current pace, just 20,000 refugees will enter the U.S. by the end of the year. That would be the lowest figure since the resettlement program was created under the Refugee Act of 1980.

The future of organizations that help newly arrived refugees is also in doubt. “If I don’t get the refugees, eventually I won’t be able to sustain the staffing capacity and the operations,” said Ali Al Sudani, above, who works with refugees in Houston.

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8. If you’re a sports fan who also enjoys real estate porn, then this one’s for you.

We got photos from inside the luxury estate in the Hamptons where Kevin Durant met with five teams that were courting him in 2016. (He chose the Golden State Warriors, a seismic decision for the league, and is expected by many to win a second consecutive title with them next month.)

Now, back to the house. The five-bedroom, 7,400-square-foot home is just one block from the Atlantic Ocean, and it’s on the market for nearly $15 million. It might be the ultimate souvenir.

In other N.B.A. news, the draft combine started Wednesday and runs through Sunday in Chicago. ESPN2 will show it on Thursday and Friday afternoons, and stream it online here.

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9. The major networks are unveiling new shows to ad buyers in Manhattan this week, at a series of events known as the Upfront presentations.

Roseanne Barr, whose reboot has become a ratings blockbuster, was the star of the show at ABC’s event. Two of our reporters chatted about the presentation.

The longtime tradition has taken on new urgency because of the exodus of advertisers from TV to Facebook and Google.

10. Finally, is it “yanny” or “laurel”?

The internet erupted this week over an audio clip of a word — some insisted it was “laurel,” others heard “yanny.” The debate is reminiscent of the famous dress that divided families and workplaces three years ago. (It was either white and gold or blue and black, depending on whom you asked.)

We built a tool to help you hear either word, by accentuating different frequencies in the original audio clip from vocabulary.com. Happy listening.

Have a great night.

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