Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead.
1. The aftermath of Hurricane Michael:
The Category 4 storm unleashed powerful winds and rains across six states, killing at least 18 people, causing flash flooding and leaving at least one million without power. Search-and-rescue teams with specially trained dogs looked for survivors, and for remains.
As people from the Florida Panhandle to Virginia tried to make sense of the damage — flattened blocks, collapsed buildings, crippled infrastructure — a resigned gloom was setting in throughout the disaster zone.
4. With the midterms looming, President Trump has publicly seized control of his messaging, frequently speaking to reporters, hosting a series of rallies and entertaining Kanye West in the Oval Office before TV cameras.
5. Jared Kushner appears to have paid almost no federal income tax in recent years, confidential documents show — even as his net worth quintupled to $324 million.
Mr. Kushner’s low tax bills are the result of a common tax-minimizing maneuver that, year after year, generated millions of dollars in losses for him, according to the documents. But the losses were only on paper — Mr. Kushner and his company did not appear to actually lose any money.
6. U.S. stocks partially recovered after suffering their steepest drop in eight months last week, as rising interest rates gnaw at investors and technology shares tumble in the face of trade tensions with Beijing.
The Trump administration took those tensions up another notch by announcing new investment restrictions aimed primarily at preventing China from gaining access to sensitive American technology. And the questions about Saudi Arabia may spell trouble for markets on Monday.
7. In Boston on Monday, a court will hear an affirmative action case that could resonate for decades.
The case accuses Harvard of setting a quota on Asian-American students accepted to the university and holding them to a higher standard than applicants of other races.
It’s not yet clear whether the case will make new law — perhaps banning the consideration of race in college admissions — or will narrowly affect only Harvard. At most, it could end up at the Supreme Court, with lasting changes to admission policies that could reshape universities across the country.
8. The limousine crash in upstate New York this month left in its wake mourning families, young orphans and officials trying to piece together what went wrong.
Above, mourners in Amsterdam, N.Y., for the 20 people killed: a group of 17 friends on its way to a brewery, the driver of the limousine, and a professor and his father-in-law standing near another car.
The limousine had repeatedly failed inspections, including of its brakes, and had been deemed not road worthy by state officials.
Here’s our reconstruction of the crash, the deadliest accident in the U.S. in nearly a decade.
9. “Saturday Night Live” recreated last week’s strange meeting between President Trump and Kanye West, with Alec Baldwin, above right, returning to his role as Mr. Trump. Chris Redd, above center, played Mr. West, declaring, “I flew here using the power of this hat.”
Seth Meyers was this week’s host, his first time hosting since he left the show in 2014.
10. Forty years later, the film “Halloween” is still going.
The horror classic has inspired a passionate following and a number of sequels and remakes. (The latest reboot comes out this week.)
Jamie Lee Curtis, William Shatner, John Carpenter and others sat down to recall their memories of the film.
“It’s the greatest experience I’ve ever had professionally,” Ms. Curtis said. “It gave me everything in my creative life.”
11. Finally, our Best Weekend Reads include “This Is 18,” our Gender team’s presentation of the views and images of young women and photographers around the world.
Don’t miss Dan Barry and Jeffrey E. Singer’s moving investigation into the suicide of Song Yang, a Chinese immigrant and sex worker in Queens.
And among the other collected stories: Haruki Murakami says he doesn’t dream — he writes.
For more suggestions on what to read, watch and listen to, may we suggest these 10 new books our editors liked, a glance at the latest small-screen recommendations from Watching, and our music critics’ latest playlist.
Have a great week.
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