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Good evening. Here’s the latest at the end of Friday.

Charles also bestowed the title of Prince of Wales on his son and heir, William. William’s wife, Catherine, will now become the Princess of Wales, the first person to hold that title since William’s mother, Diana. In a warm moment, King Charles expressed his love for his son Harry and daughter-in-law Meghan, “as they continue to build their lives overseas.”

The king’s speech is the first of a choreographed sequence of events signifying the transition from Elizabeth to Charles. (Follow our live coverage.) But it also emphasized the continuity of governance in Britain’s constitutional monarchy, as the new king held an audience with the prime minister, Liz Truss, who took office earlier this week.

2. Ukraine said it recaptured occupied territory.

Ukraine claimed progress in its counteroffensive in the crucial northeastern battleground of Kharkiv, where dozens of villages and towns have been under Russian occupation for six months.

The government has imposed sweeping restrictions on reporting in the area, so it was difficult to independently verify the claim. But multiple accounts offer a window into the Ukrainian operations now being fought on multiple fronts.

The Ukrainians appear to have pushed past the town of Balakliya, less than 30 miles from the city of Izium, a critical logistical base of operations for Russian forces across eastern Ukraine. They also appeared to be advancing east toward Kupiansk, another key railway hub, in a bid to encircle Russian forces in Izium.


3. South Carolina’s Senate approved more abortion restrictions but stopped short of a total ban.

The chamber voted to change a bill that would have prohibited abortion without exception for rape or incest, and instead chose to add more limits to the state’s existing law that bans abortion after six weeks. That law is temporarily blocked by the state Supreme Court because of ongoing litigation. Under the state’s current law, rape and incest victims can receive an abortion before 20 weeks. The Senate proposal reduces that time to 12 weeks.

The vote came after a heated debate, during which Republicans argued over whether there ought to be exceptions for victims of rape and incest. The split represents a broader challenge on abortion for the Republican Party, which is caught between appealing to abortion moderates and pushing the hard-line position that a fetus deserves the same legal protections as a person.

4. Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York declared a state of emergency over the polio outbreak.

The order allows emergency service workers, midwives and pharmacists to administer vaccines. It also mandates that health care providers send polio immunization data to New York health officials.

Officials said they had identified polio in 57 wastewater samples collected from several counties between May and August. Most of the samples were collected in Rockland County, and 50 of them were genetically linked to the case of an unvaccinated Rockland man, who in July became the first U.S. case of polio in nearly a decade. But officials have marked seven of the samples as a particular concern because they have not been linked to the Rockland case.

In other virus news, Los Angeles County officials are conducting an autopsy on a person who died of monkeypox to see if it was a contributing cause of death.


Even at the current level of warming, about 2 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels, some of these self-sustaining changes might have already begun. And above 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, even more tipping points would likely to be set off, including the loss of mountain glaciers.

In other climate news: As wildfires in the western U.S. increase, millions of homes are being built in harm’s way. And in one Southern California county, where the Fairview fire is burning, a tropical storm is also threatening to bring high winds, lightning, flooding and mudslides.


6. Traveling this fall? Expect crowds.

Budget travelers and the crowd-averse have long embraced traveling in the fall, when airfares and lodging rates tend to drop and visitors can enjoy less commotion. But flexible work, climate change and high-season hassles have pushed even more travelers into the season, effectively extending the summer and narrowing the window for travel bargains ahead of the winter holidays.

7. Plummeting water levels in Europe have exposed a “Spanish Stonehenge.”

During the recent drought in western Spain, the Dolmen of Guadalperal, nicknamed the “Spanish Stonehenge,” resurfaced from a reservoir. Dolmens were single-chambered tombs that often combined religious ceremony with precise sun sightings. The Bronze Age landmark dates to the fourth or fifth millennium B.C., which makes it as much as 2,000 years older than its Celtic cousin in England.

The exposed monument is now imperiled by tourists, as well as by changes in the environment, and a cultural group is petitioning the government to move it to a new location on dry land.

8. How do you show you care in Japan? A telegram.

The written messages, a form of communication associated more with the 1920s than with the 2020s, has kept a foothold in Japan, where millions of telegrams still crisscross the nation every year. They are often sent for funerals, weddings and retirements. Politicians send them to constituents, or to each other.

Today, telegrams are mostly composed online, transmitted digitally, printed on card stock and hand delivered. But for many Japanese of a certain age, the medium — extravagant, formal and nostalgic — is the message.


9. Are men in dresses still funny? Ten artists reflect on an enduring trope.

Broadway’s new season brings shows like “Some Like It Hot,” which centers on two men dressing as women to escape the mob, and “Ain’t No Mo’,” which features a flight attendant played by a man in drag. In the Tony-winning musical, “A Strange Loop,” an actor dons a pink dress to portray the protagonist’s mother.

Onstage cross-dressing can be found in the works of ancient Greece, Shakespeare and Kabuki. But today, each new production prompts reflection — and sometimes controversy — over whether the trope is sexist, transphobic, dated or delightful. Our theater reporter, Michael Paulson, discussed the issue with artists in the field who spoke about how it works, or doesn’t, today.

10. What will happen to the queen’s dogs?

Queen Elizabeth adored Pembroke Welsh corgis, and they became closely associated with the royal family. At her death she had two of the breed, along with a corgi-dachshund mix and a cocker spaniel. Over her seven-decade reign, the queen had more than 30 dogs and walked them well into her 90s.

So who will care for Candy, Lissy, Muick and Sandy now? Buckingham Palace didn’t respond to the question, but it seems likely they may need a new home: King Charles reportedly prefers Jack Russell terriers.

Have a frisky evening.


Brent Lewis and James Gregg compiled photos for this briefing.

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