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British tourists in Clearwater Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. A tropical storm is gaining strength in the area.

British tourists in Clearwater Beach, Fla., on Wednesday. A tropical storm is gaining strength in the area. Douglas R. Clifford/Tampa Bay Times, via Associated Press

Your Thursday Briefing

Good morning.
Here’s what you need to know:
• Trump’s conflicting signals.
Donald J. Trump renewed his vow to crack down on illegal immigration, proposing a 10-point plan at a rally in Phoenix on Wednesday night that includes no amnesty. Earlier, Mr. Trump had softened his language in a meeting with Mexico’s president.
Conflicting signals on this signature issue are part of his new approach. Here’s how his positions on immigration have changed, and how they’ve remained the same.
• North Carolina’s voting law blocked.
A divided Supreme Court refused to revive parts of the state law that a federal appeals court had struck down as an effort to “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision.”
Some local elections boards, all controlled by Republicans, have been accused of staging an end run around the court ruling they are supposed to enforce.
• Inquiry into Russia’s hacking.
U.S. intelligence agencies are still sorting out how emails and documents from the Democratic National Committee made their way to WikiLeaks.
American officials say the organization and its founder, Julian Assange, probably have no direct ties to Russian intelligence services. But the agendas of WikiLeaks and the Kremlin have often dovetailed. Watch our interview with Mr. Assange.
• President Obama’s final trip to Asia.
Mr. Obama will visit the Midway Atoll, a speck of land in the Pacific, where he will highlight the creation of the largest marine preserve in the world and speak about the perils of climate change.
The president is also expected to announce progress with China on the Paris climate accord and will state his case with other Asian countries on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
• Brazil’s leader is removed from office.
The Senate removed President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the federal budget to try to hide the country’s mounting economic problems.
Her ouster — which was expected and which she calls a coup — is a verdict on her leadership and the sinking fortunes of Latin America’s largest country.
• Triple threat of storms.
A tropical storm is projected to make landfall today in northwest Florida, and a hurricane weakened to a tropical storm as it passed Hawaii, which was already expecting a major storm.
And in Phoenix, a TV meteorologist is seeking the help of his viewers for fresh ways to say “it’s hot.”


Law firms are being sued by women who say they received less compensation than their male counterparts.
JetBlue became the first U.S. airline carrier in more than 50 years to fly a scheduled service to Cuba. Here’s how you can travel there.
New car sales have been softening in recent months, and the August sales report due today is likely to confirm that. A decline this year would end a streak of six straight years of growth.
• U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.


• Back on campus.
Universities are investing in big, high-tech buildings in the hope of evoking big, high-tech thinking. Here’s expert advice on how parents can help freshmen navigate the early weeks of college safely.
Read the new rules for college financial aid accounts. There’s an earlier date for filing a Fafsa form for aid, and remember that co-signing a student loan comes with plenty of risk.
• Sports roundup.
At the U.S. Open, the retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium was closed during a match for the first time, and Rafael Nadal defeated Andreas Seppi. Among Wednesday’s winners: Caroline Wozniacki, CiCi Bellis and Ryan Harrison. More highlights are here.
The N.F.L. cleared James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, saying it found “no credible evidence” that the players were given performance-enhancing drugs, as claimed by a pharmacist.
• “Ring of Fire.”
An annular eclipse, which occurs when the moon does not completely blot out the sun, will be visible from parts of Africa.
Six researchers, just released after spending a year in a Mars-like habitat in Hawaii, say they spent a lot of time trying to get along.
• Recipes of the day.
Keep it easy tonight with an upgraded sheet-pan chicken dinner, or go with chile-crusted black sea bass.

Back Story

Pull up a chair. For many baseball fans, Vincent Edward Scully is known as the “voice of summer” or the “voice of heaven.”
This is the homestretch for Mr. Scully, 88, who is wrapping up his 67th year as a play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Though the team appears to be a lock for the playoffs in October, national broadcasters will assume his role for those games.)
When he was growing up in New York City, he was a fan of the Giants. He started rooting for them in 1936, after they were walloped in a World Series game by the Yankees. He said he felt sorry for them.
Scully lived in Manhattan near the Giants stadium, the Polo Grounds, and he could see many of their games for free. Once inside, he would look up at the press box and dream of being in the booth.
He got there quickly, as the Brooklyn Dodgers hired him in 1950, just a year after his college graduation. Seven years later, he joined the team as it left for Los Angeles, while the Giants moved to San Francisco.
The Dodgers franchise was born in 1890, meaning that Scully has broadcast more than half their seasons and witnessed milestones like Hank Aaron’s historic 715th home run. To fans, he is treasured as a dazzling storyteller — just listen to a few of his tales.
His final broadcast is scheduled for Oct. 2, precisely 80 years after that 1936 World Series game. Fittingly, Scully will be with the Dodgers in San Francisco as they face the Giants.
Because of an editing error, an early version of the Wednesday Morning Briefing misstated where the owners of a vegan restaurant chain in California served meat. It was in their home, not in one of their restaurants.
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