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Good evening. Here’s the latest at the end of Wednesday.
1. A new spike in inflation is bad news for President Biden and the central bank.
The Consumer Price Index rose 6.2 percent in October from a year ago, the fastest pace in more than three decades. Rising prices could be seen across the board, at grocery stores and restaurants and car dealerships. The jump eliminates a key White House talking point: that inflation was slowing down and was limited to a few industries.
Supply chains remain badly snarled, and demand for goods is holding up and helping to fuel higher prices. As wages begin to rise in many sectors amid labor shortages, there are reasons to expect that some businesses might charge their customers more.
Biden acknowledged that inflation was hurting Americans and said that reversing the trend was a “top priority.” The spike also poses a challenge for the Fed, which is charged with maintaining stable prices and fostering maximum employment.
2. The U.S. and China, the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, agreed to do more on climate change.
At the Glasgow talks, both countries agreed to “enhance ambition” by cutting emissions this decade, and China committed for the first time to address emissions from methane. China also agreed to phase down coal consumption. But it was unclear if the announcement demonstrated a step forward in terms of China’s emissions target. China has pledged to peak its emissions “before” 2030 but has not set a firm date.
These are the key sticking points in the way of a new global climate deal as the talks head into the final stretch.
Also in Glasgow, six big automakers and 30 national governments agreed to phase out gas-powered car sales by 2040 worldwide. In a possible sign of the changing tide, the electric vehicle maker Rivian soared on its first day of trading.
3. Andrew Cuomo’s testimony to a sexual harassment inquiry offered an unvarnished look at a workplace culture that veered toward inappropriateness.
Cuomo denied touching women inappropriately during an 11-hour interview with investigators who concluded that he had sexually harassed multiple women, according to a 515-page transcript released by the New York attorney general. He acknowledged that he often kissed and hugged staff members, but said that if any inappropriate touching occurred, it would have been incidental.
The state attorney general, Letitia James, also released the interviews of 10 women who accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior. A state trooper said she felt “completely violated” after Cuomo touched her stomach, and a former aide said she believed the governor was “propositioning me for sex.”
4. Kyle Rittenhouse testified at his trial, claiming self-defense in the shooting of three men last year in Kenosha, Wis.
Rittenhouse wept on the witness stand as he started to describe the moments that led to the shooting. He testified that he went to Kenosha, the scene of protests following a police shooting, with a military-style semiautomatic rifle to render first aid and help extinguish fires, but was forced to shoot after being attacked. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” Rittenhouse said, explaining why he had fired his gun eight times. “I defended myself.”
His lawyers asked for a mistrial with no possibility of a retrial.
5. The 13 House Republicans who broke with their party to back the infrastructure bill are facing a vicious backlash from their colleagues and constituents.
One caller instructed Representative Adam Kinzinger to slit his wrists and “rot in hell.” Another told Representative Don Bacon that they hoped he slipped and fell down a staircase. The office of Representative Nicole Malliotakis has been inundated with angry messages tagging her as a “traitor.”
The dynamic is a natural outgrowth of the slash-and-burn politics of Donald Trump, who himself said the lawmakers should be “ashamed of themselves.”
Separately, a federal judge rejected a bid by Trump to keep secret papers about his actions leading up to and during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. A man who assaulted an officer during the riot got a 41-month prison sentence, the most severe punishment so far.
6. After a night out last week, Aminata Diallo offered a ride home to her teammate on the Paris St.-Germain women’s soccer team. But the journey took a menacing turn.
As the car approached Kheira Hamraoui’s home, two masked men emerged from the darkness and dragged Hamraoui out of the passenger seat. The men then beat Hamraoui with a metal bar for several minutes, striking her legs. Diallo was apparently unharmed.
Early this morning, the French police arrested Diallo at her home as part of the investigation into the attack, one day after Diallo replaced her injured teammate in P.S.G.’s midfield for its Champions League game against Real Madrid. A French sports daily suggested Diallo might have played a role in the attack on Hamraoui, her rival for playing time.
7. Chronic pain affects one in five people. A quiet scientific revolution may solve it.
Chronic pain is both one of the world’s most costly medical problems and one of the most mysterious. In the past two decades, however, discoveries about the crucial role played by glia — a set of nervous system cells — have rewritten chronic pain science, giving patients and doctors an explanation that the ailment previously lacked. For pain sufferers, this is a welcome validation of their reality.
For more on the changing world of chronic pain, we looked at how therapists are finding they can be a powerful salve for suffering; the 30-year-old claims of an iconoclastic doctor who said chronic pain was mostly mental; how working out can bring relief; and how the language you use could make a difference on the pain you feel.
8. Viewers often expect a zany comedy when they see Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd paired up. “The Shrink Next Door” is not such a project.
The comedy duo, known for hits like “Anchorman,” star in an Apple TV+ series about a psychiatrist who insinuates himself into the life of a needy patient. The series is based on a true story and subsequent podcast, and Rudd and Ferrell spoke to our reporter about taking on characters with more complexity (there were plenty of jokes, too).
“As dark as the story can get — and people were really hurt — there is something so absurd that it’s funny,” Rudd said. “You can have humor and real drama, simultaneously.”
9. Pop. Six. Squish. Uh uh. Cicero. Lipschitz.
When “Chicago” had its debut in 1975, no one expected it to become the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. The reviews of the original show, based on sensationalist murder trials from the 1920s, were mixed until a revival opened in 1996.
Six Tony Awards, an Oscar-winning film adaptation and countless headline-grabbing cast members later, this Jazz Age satire has become a cultural touchstone. Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, Chita Rivera, John Kander and other key players discuss “Chicago”’s lasting legacy.
Abba also holds a big place in fans’ hearts. With a new album out, readers sent in memories of dancing, childhood and musical inspiration from the Swedish pop group.
10. And finally, I scream, you scream and even bees scream.
When under threat, it’s animal nature to respond with flight or fright, no matter the size. So when giant hornets draw near Asian honeybees and threaten their colony, the bees cock their abdomens into the air and run while vibrating their wings. The noise from their bodies can sound eerily like a human scream. Listen here.
Researchers believe the Asian honeybee’s unique acoustic signal, known as an antipredator pipe noise, functions as an alarm signal. The behavior showed the bees’ highly evolved social organization.
Have a tranquil night.
Marcus Payadue compiled photos for this briefing.
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