Mea culpa. Kinda sorta.
• Our journalists analyzed the apologies — and non-apologies — of high-profile men who have been accused of sexual misconduct. Watch the men’s various reactions here.
On Thursday, the former NBC anchor Matt Lauer offered his apology, and fans of “Today” were processing the news. “I’m very disappointed in him,” one said.
Leaders of the House called on Representative John Conyers Jr. to resign from Congress, and accusations against two more major figures came to light: Russell Simmons, the hip-hop mogul who co-founded Def Jam Records, and the playwright Israel Horovitz.
• The Times has started a newsletter, The #MeToo Moment, in which our gender editor, Jessica Bennett, will offer updates and analysis. Sign up here.
Immigrant acquitted in case invoked by Trump.
• An undocumented Mexican immigrant was cleared of murder and manslaughter in the 2015 killing of a San Francisco woman.
Cited by Donald Trump during his campaign, the death of Kathryn Steinle fed into a debate over whether immigrants without legal status should be dealt with more aggressively. The immigrant, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, had been deported five times.
• After Thursday’s verdict, a U.S. customs official said the agency would “work to take custody of Mr. Garcia Zarate and ultimately remove him from the country.”
“The Daily”: The tax bill’s trillion-dollar problem.
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• One of the longest stock-market booms in history continued on Thursday, with the Dow Jones industrial average closing above 24,000 for the first time.
Here’s a snapshot of U.S. stocks and global markets.
• The world’s biggest battery was turned on today in Australia. The size of a football field, it was built by Elon Musk, the Tesla Motors founder, and can power 30,000 homes.
• You’ll probably pay more for your Christmas tree this year.
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• How to clean holiday stains, including gravy, wine … and blood.
• Exercise may enhance brain training.
• Recipe of the day: This weekend, surprise someone with a homemade ginger stout cake.
• The new Seven Wonders of the World.
In today’s 360 video, visit the sites and monuments selected in 2007 as additions to the original list named in 250 B.C.
• In memoriam.
Jim Nabors found fame as TV’s amiable bumpkin Gomer Pyle, originally in a supporting role on “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1962. With catchphrases like “shazam!” and “gawwwleee,” the character was given his own series. Mr. Nabors was 87.
• Ready for the weekend.
At the movies, our critic says “The Shape of Water,” directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro, is “altogether wonderful.” (You can find all our new film reviews here.)
We recommend 12 new books, as well as what to watch on TV based on how much time you have.
And our music critics assess this year’s crop of holiday releases, including Gwen Stefani and Herb Alpert.
• The 10 best books of 2017.
Our Book Review editors made their annual picks.
• The World Cup draw.
The soccer tournament begins in June, but the 32 teams will be divided into groups at 10 a.m. Eastern in a ceremony at the Kremlin. (Russia is next year’s host.)
Follow our live briefing and read a breakdown of every team.
• Best of late-night TV.
Jimmy Kimmel lashed out at Roy Moore, the Senate candidate in Alabama, over Christian values.
• Quotation of the day.
“He was a good mentor, until he was the worst, probably most nightmarish mentor you could have.”
— Jocelyn Meinhardt, who said she was raped at 19 when she began a summer fellowship in 1989 with the playwright Israel Horovitz. Mr. Horovitz has been accused by nine women of sexual misconduct.
It’s considered the highest art form of its class, with equal parts risk and high reward. It’s impossibly light, and taller than it is wide. The jeweled citrus peel is the (dried) cherry on top.
We’re of course speaking of panettone (pronounced pann-eh-TOH-nee), the traditional Italian bread served around Christmas. The boxed fruitcake lines grocery stores around the world but is deeply rooted in Milanese folklore dating to the Middle Ages.
One legend of its origin involves a nobleman’s love for the daughter of a baker named Toni. Forbidden from marrying her, the nobleman disguised himself and went to work for the baker, creating a new bread to impress the woman, made with butter, eggs and candied fruit. The bread was such a hit at court, a new dessert was named in its honor — pan del Ton — and the nobleman was allowed to marry the daughter.
Five hundred years later, the boxed version of panettone became widely available. Homemade panettone is notoriously difficult: Butter a couple of degrees too warm can turn the dough to mush.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
“It melts in your mouth and it’s suddenly gone,” one baker told The Times. “And then you want to eat more.”
Remy Tumin contributed reporting.
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