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Friday Headlines: The White House needs a vagus nerve stimulation.

The situation in Puerto Rico is spiraling into a full-blown health crisis. Nearly half of the population has no drinking water, many have no food, and communication remains spotty.

With much of Puerto Rico's power grid still offline, the island’s health disaster compounds as medicines requiring refrigeration expire on the shelf.

As the Trump administration continues praising itself on its Puerto Rico response—which still appears to be nonexistent—San Juan's mayor pushes back: "This is a story of a devastation that continues to worsen."

Based on his 2005 tax return, Trump could save more than $1 billion under his new tax plan. In more Trump tax plan fact-checking: No, farmers won't benefit much from repealing the estate tax.

Petraeus says Trump threatening North Korea is really about China, and that the president has already gone too far.

Congress investigates pharma distributor that supplied 90 doses of opioids per person in West Virginia county.

“Houston’s can-do spirit saw all those people powering rescue boats and wielding crowbars. But the cockeyed optimism we’re so proud of has something in common with denial: things were good, so why mess with infrastructure improvements and the taxes needed to pay for them?” Irma changed Houston, but Mimi Swartz wonders whether her city can accept this new reality.

In a first, vagus nerve stimulation brings a patient out of a coma and into minimal consciousness.

Rates in student loan defaults rose for the first time in four years, reaching a record 8.5 million people.

Riders only pay 41 cents of every dollar for an Uber ride. Investors pick up the rest of the tab.

A new protocol promises to diagnose CTE in living football players—and open huge liability concerns for the NFL.

Credit to the NFL protesters in the spotlight, but WNBA players have been sports' most outspoken and progressive.

“I must convince them to acknowledge my racial reality in the first place, a task with which my white relatives have always struggled. Then I need them to recognize that my race does have an impact on how I’m perceived, how others speak to me, how I experience the world.” A must-read by Nicole Chung on what it means to be an Asian-American adoptee in a white, pro-Trump family.

Letters surface showing Proust paid for positive reviews of Swann's Way—and yes, he did it all from his bed.

Excerpt from Marcel Duchamp and John Cage’s joint chess-based composition, the playing of which involved the covering or uncovering of the chessboard’s 64 photoresistors.

Scenes and a new track for the BBC’s Blue Planet II, scored by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead.

Baseballs are pitched faster every year. Batters are keeping up for now, but already striking out more.

“Imagine having been a child in the jaundiced dawn of the Atomic Age, anticipating the death of all you’d known, the reality at Hiroshima and Nagasaki transposed on your Manhattan, or your Missoula, Montana.” Late to this, but time may not exist in Twin Peaks: Sarah Nicole Prickett’s full season three recaps.

Fast-food restaurants report uptick in sales in states where marijuana is legal.

A minimalist approach to synesthesia: What color feels like, expressed in piano and circles.