Senate Republicans abandoned the latest plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act after Senator Susan Collins of Maine declared her opposition.
We look at what it all might mean for your health care.
• Not the president’s choice.
Roy Moore, a firebrand former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, defeated Luther Strange in the runoff to be the Republican candidate for one of Alabama’s Senate seats on Tuesday.
President Trump and other party leaders had backed Mr. Strange. Mr. Trump deleted several tweets supporting Mr. Strange after the result was announced.
We have a profile of Mr. Moore and a breakdown of the results.
• Breaking the asphalt ceiling.
Saudi Arabia will finally let women drive.
The long campaign to end a policy that had become a symbol of the oppression of women in the kingdom picked up as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pushed to loosen social restrictions.
Separately, the country is resisting a U.N.-backed inquiry into human rights abuses in Yemen.
• A referendum on abortion.
Voters in Ireland will be asked whether to lift or ease the constitutional ban next year.
• “The Daily,” your audio news report.
In today’s show, we discuss how false reports about a sex crime created lingering effects in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.
• Twitter is trying out a version of its service that doubles the maximum length of a tweet to 280 characters.
• Lyft and Ford Motor have formed a partnership to develop and test autonomous vehicle designs and technology.
And Uber will leave Quebec over new regulations.
• The Federal Reserve is struggling to understand a recent slowdown in inflation. It could mean a slower increase in rates.
• U.S. stocks were mixed on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• After a hurricane or a flood, local markets fill with used cars. Here’s how to spot a water-damaged vehicle.
• Makeup advice: Master the elusive cat-eye, and add color at the same time.
• Recipe of the day: Try Meera Sodha’s roasted broccoli with almonds and cardamom.
• Amid the ruins.
In today’s 360 video, tiptoe through an earthquake-damaged building in Mexico City.
Bribery charges rock N.C.A.A.
Several basketball coaches were accused of accepting payments in a thriving illicit market for teenage athletes involving agents, financial advisers and shoe companies.
• Fake news, real effects.
At the height of the 2016 campaign, exaggerated reports of a sex crime turned an Idaho city upside down. It still hasn’t recovered.
• A lost essay.
A previously unknown manuscript by George Moses Horton, a poet and slave, opens a window onto debates about race, power and free speech on campus.
• In good voice.
The actress Linda Lavin writes about the first time she sang in New York. (It was at a bar mitzvah.)
And our critic reviewed “Norma,” which opened the Metropolitan Opera’s season on Monday. His verdict: “Muddled.”
• In memoriam.
Basil Gogos painted Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Phantom of the Opera, among others, and imbued Frankenstein’s monster with notable compassion. He was 88.
• Best of late-night TV.
Seth Meyers criticized President Trump’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.
• Quotation of the day.
“Martha Stewart, she’s like an icon. Anthony Weiner is just another politician who is being sent to jail, of whom there are many.”
— James Jacobs, an N.Y.U. law professor, expressing doubt that the Bureau of Prisons will take celebrity into account when deciding where the former congressman will serve his 21-month sentence.
The box office success of the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” has put evil clowns front and center.
In Australia, near hysteria broke out after a mysterious Facebook group promised to send 50 clowns to one spot. The backlash, including threats of violence, looked like a case study of coulrophobia — fear of clowns.
It’s the obscured face that can make a clown scary, according to Corrie Ackland, clinical director at the Sydney Phobia Clinic. People’s facial expressions are “an indicator of safety and their intentions,” she explained. “If we don’t get that really important piece of information, then we feel like we should be cautious.”
Phobias can form from childhood experiences, critical events or gradual processes. With clowns, there’s plenty of disturbing material.
In the 1970s, John Wayne Gacy, an amateur clown, tortured and killed at least 33 young men and boys in the U.S. And both the U.S. and Australia grappled with reports in 2016 of clowns terrorizing the public.
Therapy involves gradual exposure in positive settings. For example, Ms. Ackland said, one might take a patient to see the red-haired clown found amid burgers and fries: Ronald McDonald.
Isabella Kwai contributed reporting.
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