Charlotte, Donald Trump Jr., Syria: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Books of The Times: Bruce Springsteen’s Memoir: Riding Shotgun With the Boss

This big, loose, rangy and intensely satisfying autobiography is like one of Mr. Springsteen’s shows — ecstatic, exhausting, part séance and part keg party.

Tech Fix: Allo’s Tryout: 5 Days With Google’s Annoying Office Intern

Google’s new chat app promises to stand out from a crowded field by bringing artificial intelligence into conversations. But it turns out to be frustrating and unhelpful.

Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles Post on Twitter Fits a Pattern

When Mr. Trump, a close adviser to his father, likened Syrian refugees to deadly Skittles, it was not the first time he had been accused of poor taste.

Who Hates Trade Treaties? Surprisingly, Not Voters

Support for trade agreements in general, and the pending Pacific pact in particular, stands in notable contrast to the toxicity of trade this election season.

State of the Art: For the Debaters: What Shall We Do About the Tech Careening Our Way?

Autonomous vehicles are symbolic of numerous technology advances, each requiring a close look at benefits and risks, and leadership to navigate them.

The Deflategate Scientists

The researchers whose work led to Tom Brady’s suspension have never spoken publicly. Now they’re eager to say they were right, no matter what Patriots fans believe.

Obama Administration Considers Arming Syrian Kurds Against ISIS

The major policy shift could speed up the offensive against the Islamic State but also sharply escalate tensions between Turkey and the United States.

Federal Complaint Traces Ahmad Khan Rahami’s Steps Before Bombings

The complaint roughly laid out the method the authorities believe that Mr. Rahami used to compile the materials for bombs and then place them in New Jersey and New York.

Ahmad Khan Rahami’s YouTube Account Listed Jihad Videos, Complaint Says

Two of the 96 videos listed under his favorites were related to jihad, while the others included romantic ballads and do-it-yourself videos.

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