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1. Economic growth surged in the second quarter, with the United States’s gross domestic product rising at an annual rate of 4.1 percent.

It was the strongest quarter since 2014.

The acceleration was widely anticipated by economists, who described it as a result of a confluence of events unlikely to recur. Most economists expect growth to slow in the second half of the year. Above, soy beans grown for Unilever in Iowa.

At the White House on Friday, President Trump claimed credit for an economy he called the “envy of the entire world.”

“As the trade deals come in, one by one, we’re going to go a lot higher than these numbers,” he said.

2. A strategic shift is happening at the Environmental Protection Agency.

In his first three weeks on the job, Andrew Wheeler, the acting agency chief, has sought to stop two major efforts by his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, who resigned amid a host of ethics investigations.

On Friday, Mr. Wheeler reversed the final policy of his predecessor: granting a loophole that would permit more highly polluting trucks on the roads. And behind the scenes, Mr. Wheeler is embroiled in a battle over gutting a major Obama-era auto emissions rule. Mr. Wheeler thinks the effort to reverse it won’t stand up in court; the Department of Transportation is betting on a favorable makeup of justices in the Supreme Court.

Mr. Wheeler’s action signals a more cautious approach to stripping away environmental regulations than the course Mr. Pruitt took.


3. Wildfires continue to rage in California.

In Northern California, two people were killed and dozens of buildings burned in the fast-moving blaze, known as the Carr Fire. The wildfire has swept over the Sacramento River and pushed into the outskirts of Redding, the largest city in the region, where an evacuation order is in place.

Firefighters struggled to contain its growth; the blaze was 3 percent contained on Friday, down from 6 percent on Thursday night.

Further south, an arson suspect was arrested in connection to the Cranston fire, which also continues to burn. That fire spread rapidly across a mountainous area east of Los Angeles.


4. Leslie Moonves, CBS’s chief executive, will be investigated for allegations of misconduct, the company’s board of directors said Friday.

The directors released a statement, which did not specifically identify Mr. Moonves, after The Hollywood Reporter posted an article online saying The New Yorker was set to publish an article detailing allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

CBS shares fell by more than 6 percent after that report.

5. “The journey to get here was difficult. We didn’t want to do it. But we had to.”

This is downtown McAllen, Tex., where the bus station has become a new, impromptu Ellis Island. Thousands of undocumented immigrants pass through this portal after a monthslong journey to America’s Southwest border and beyond.

But unlike the historic gateway in New York Harbor, all the immigrants passing through the McAllen bus terminal have effectively been jailed by the authorities when they first arrived in the United States. They continue to come, they say, because they seek to escape violence and poverty.

Tonight, a federal judge will decide whether hundreds of families now in detention can be deported.


6. New York could become the first major city in the United States to cap the number of vehicles driving for Uber and other ride-hailing services.

Legislation being considered by the City Council is part of an aggressive move to address concerns that Uber and its counterparts have led to worsening congestion and low driver wages.

New York’s strong stance toward Uber comes as cities around the world are grappling with how to respond to the surge in ride-hail apps.

Last month, Uber won back its license to operate in London after agreeing to stricter regulations. Uber immediately fought back in New York and said the cap would hurt customers and “leave New Yorkers stranded.”


7. When a surfer lands a skateboard trick, who gets to name it?

In mid-May, Albee Layer soared off a wave and pulled off what looked like an original move on a surfboard. Video of the move went viral, and so did the conversation from the likes of Tony Hawk and Kelly Slater.

Royalty of surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding weighed in on whose sporting heritage the trick evoked most. Our reporter unpacked the colorful debate about what to call it.

8. He runs, drives, dives, shoots, flies, falls and repeatedly teeters on the edge of disaster.

Ethan Hunt, played by Tom Cruise, has returned for another installment of high-flying feats and spectacle-cinema extremes in “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” The sixth installment of the series offers a “whole lot of everything,” our critic writes.

She describes it as “an entertainment machine par excellence.”


9. We end the week on a positive note.

There’s a new Alzheimer’s drug showing big promise in early trials. A British supermarket chain is introducing “quieter hour” for autistic shoppers. And a generous but anonymous donor, above, revealed her identity. Here are those stories, and other good news from the week.

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On that note, we bid you a happy weekend.


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