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• OPEC ministers meet in Vienna today to extend output cuts, but they are losing their grip on oil prices.
• Amazon is setting up shop in the heart of the publishing industry by opening a store in New York City today, at Columbus Circle.
• The deadline for many students to choose a college and place a deposit was this month, but, increasingly, negotiations continue.
• U.S. stocks were up on Wednesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
• Here’s what to keep in mind when moving in with your significant other.
• Although it can feel as if your missteps are the focus of everyone’s attention, research suggests otherwise.
• Recipe of the day: Hot and sour seared tofu with sugar snap peas is a meatless dinner to cook often.
• China’s circular homes.
In today’s 360 video, enter a Tulou home in Fujian Province, where multiple families live together in houses that have been designated U.N. World Heritage sites.
• Where history is personal.
We spoke with five New Orleans residents about the city’s recent removal of Confederate monuments, which led to an impassioned debate about legacy, resolution and symbolism.
A speech by the mayor, Mitch Landrieu, has resonated nationally but drawn criticism back home.
• Two stories about climate change.
As President Trump moves to reverse the Obama administration’s environmental policies, California has pushed back, holding itself out as a model to other states — and nations.
And we traveled to Glacier National Park in Montana, which is losing its glaciers. We mapped 50 years of melting ice.
• Best of late-night TV.
Several of the hosts were amused by Pope Francis, who looked unamused during his meeting with President Trump on Wednesday.
“Star Wars” appeared in theaters for the first time on this day in 1977, unleashing one of the greatest pop culture explosions this galaxy has ever seen.
The Force drew us in as much as anyone: Over the past 40 years, The Times has published thousands of articles about “Star Wars” and the universe that surrounds it.
Some now seem quaint: In a prerelease interview, George Lucas called Chewbacca “a cross between a large bear, a dog and a monkey.” (Chewie, as we know now, is a 200-year-old Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk and one of the greatest sidekicks in the history of film.)
Other reports were serious: We covered President Ronald Reagan’s “Star Wars” antimissile system in the 1980s, the “Star Wars” “piracy menace” of bootleg films in Hong Kong, and provided obituaries of franchise stars like Alec Guinness, in 2000, and Carrie Fisher, in December.
We also tried to be playful. We covered the recent campaign to make Jediism a religion, and the “Star Wars” socks worn by the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.
And maybe we got a little obsessed, too. Last year, we offered “Star Wars” teaching ideas — from “Tackle Shakespeare With Yoda, You Will” to an economics primer, “The Death Star, Too Big to Fail?”
In any case, may The Force be with you.
Charles McDermid contributed reporting.
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