Mr. Garner’s final gasps of “I can’t breathe,” captured on a cellphone video, became a rallying cry for protesters around the country, and declining to indict would be certain to ignite fresh criticism. Above, Mr. Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, holding a portrait of him in 2015.
But there are serious challenges with the case, and a state grand jury previously declined to bring charges. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is still mulling over the decision.
3. Memos written by the former F.B.I. director James Comey and released to Congress late Thursday offer an intimate look into the early days of the Trump White House.
They show that President Trump was preoccupied with a salacious dossier compiled by a former British spy. Read the memos here. We discussed them with Mr. Comey on our podcast “The Daily.”
President Trump responded on Twitter that the memos show no collusion with Moscow’s election interference, and he accused Mr. Comey of leaking classified information.
4. Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, above left, once said he would “take a bullet” for his famous client.
In return, Mr. Trump treated Mr. Cohen poorly for years, with gratuitous insults, dismissive statements and, at least twice, threats of being fired, according to interviews with a half-dozen people familiar with their relationship.
But the tables may be turning in light of the Justice Department investigation into Mr. Cohen’s business activities. There’s a strong possibility that Mr. Cohen, who faces the prospect of devastating legal fees — if not criminal charges — could end up cooperating with investigators.
5. Avicii, the Swedish D.J. and electronic dance music producer, was found dead in Muscat, the capital of Oman. He was 28.
His real name was Tim Bergling, and his songs have been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify. He was nominated for two Grammy Awards for best dance recording, in 2012 and 2013, and his most well-known song, “Wake Me Up,” reached the No. 4 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Here’s our Spotify playlist of his work.
In 2015, Forbes ranked him as the sixth-highest-paid D.J. on Earth. But he retired from international touring the following year, after a series of health scares.
6. There is growing evidence that tough new sanctions imposed on North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons and missile programs have begun to bite, and bite hard. Above, the Pyongyang skyline.
But will it be enough to force Kim Jong-un to trade away his nuclear arsenal? It’s an open question. Many analysts and North Korean defectors doubt that economic pressure alone — no matter how painful — can change Mr. Kim’s stance.
“If you think the North Koreans would revolt or the regime would collapse because of sanctions, you don’t know anything about the North Koreans,” one defector said.
7. Palestinians protested for a fourth Friday along the security fence dividing Gaza from Israel.
By evening, the Gaza Health Ministry reported that four people had been killed by Israeli sniper fire, including a 15-year-old. That brings the death toll from the protests to at least 37. Hundreds more protesters have been injured, and Israel has drawn international censure for using live fire against the mostly unarmed protesters.
Citing distress over “recent events” in Israel, the Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman backed out of a major award ceremony meant to honor her in Jerusalem.
8. Arizona educators voted in favor of a statewide walkout, as teacher protests over low pay and school budget cuts continue to sweep across the country. Above, a rally in Phoenix earlier this month.
The spread of the protests to Arizona from West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky — all Republican-dominated states with weak public-sector unions — signals the depth of frustration over years of education budget cuts.
We got thousands of responses to our callout asking teachers to describe those cuts. Educators sent us photos of decrepit classrooms and 25-year-old textbooks, and one told us how she soaks old markers to create watercolor paint.
9. The E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has grown to 53 cases in 16 states, and federal health officials are advising consumers to avoid all romaine grown around Yuma, Ariz.
But what if it’s unclear where your lettuce is from, or you’re at a restaurant? Officials say you should err on the side of safety, and avoid it.
Take heart: Most romaine comes from California in the spring and summer, so salad should be safer soon.
10. Finally, it’s not all bad news out there. Here are seven great things we wrote about this week, including unexpected outcomes in the Boston Marathon, an unexpected Pulitzer in the music category, and the arrival of three million honeybees in a New York City park.
On the late-night shows, the hosts were unenthused about reports that the model Karen McDougal settled a lawsuit — and gained the right to speak publicly — about her alleged affair with President Trump.
“I don’t need the details,” James Corden declared. “Her gag order may be over, but once she describes the affair, our gagging is just beginning.”
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