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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a shootout on the Champs-Élysées in Paris that killed a police officer and wounded two others.
A French official said the gunman was shot dead by the police as he tried to flee on foot.
The shooting occurred as the candidates appeared on television to make their final arguments to voters.
2. President Trump met with Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni of Italy at the White House.
Also seen at the White House this week: Sarah Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent.
As Mr. Trump approaches his 100th day in office, which falls on April 29, White House officials are pushing to resurrect a Republican health care bill.
3. Earlier, President Trump opened an investigation into whether steel imports from China and other countries are a threat to national security.
If the Commerce Department does find harm, Mr. Trump could impose broad restrictions.
China, blamed by rivals for swamping the market with unwanted products, is an obvious target of the investigation, but the impact could ripple worldwide.
4. Bill O’Reilly is leaving Fox News with a payout of up to $25 million.
That brings the total paid out over sexual harassment issues at Fox to more than $85 million — up to $65 million is going to the men who were ousted.
Mr. O’Reilly’s image was removed at the Fox News studio in New York, above.
5. The state of Arkansas carried out its first execution since 2005.
The man who died, Ledell Lee, had been convicted of murder. He insisted that he was innocent, but judges rebuffed his plea for new DNA testing of certain evidence.
6. As antigovernment rallies swell in Venezuela, General Motors said it was pulling out of the country because the authorities seized its vehicle assembly plant.
The protesters are demanding elections and a return to democratic rule. At least three people died as people jammed the streets on Wednesday.
7. The reason for Rudy Giuliani’s secret meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has become clear.
Mr. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who is close to President Trump, is representing a Turkish gold trader jailed in Manhattan. Mr. Erdogan has publicly criticized the prosecution as unfair.
A newly unsealed affidavit shows that Mr. Giuliani is trying to turn the case into a matter of international diplomacy.
8. It’s iceberg season in Canada, and there’s been a bumper crop this year.
More than 600 bergs have drifted into the North Atlantic shipping lanes so far, a count not usually reached until late May or early June.
The iceberg above ran aground off Newfoundland. It rises 15 stories above the waterline — and that’s only about 10 percent of its mass.
9. In sunny California, some surfers are waiting until nightfall to ride the waves.
The darkness is only part of the danger. Nighttime is when the lifeguards go home, and the sharks come out.
But you get the surf all to yourself, and there are new LED surfboards (and older technology, like glowsticks) to make you visible to others.
Catching a wave in the dark “feels like you ride two miles,” one surfer said. “Time stops.”
10. Finally, the late-night shows had a field day with the news about Bill O’Reilly. Stephen Colbert said it was like the oak tree in your yard is suddenly gone.
“The tree had been there forever,” he said. “And your grandpa likes to sit there and stare at it. And then the tree would sell your grandpa gold coins and self-lubricating catheters.”
Have a great night.
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