A federal appeals court ruled that the E.P.A. cannot suspend an Obama-era rule to restrict methane emissions from new oil and gas wells. Above, an oil pump jack in Oklahoma.
3. Pope Francis and President Trump both weighed in gently on the case of a British infant with an extremely rare genetic disease.
Not quite a year old, Charlie Gard cannot see or hear, or move or breathe on his own. The hospital went to court for permission to take him off life support, but his parents are fighting to take him to the U.S. for an experimental treatment. The courts are pondering whether that would only prolong his suffering.
A Vatican spokesman said Francis had been following the case “with affection and sadness” and praying for the parents, and Mr. Trump said if the U.S. could help, “we would be delighted to do so.”
4. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing an uproar from American Jews after he stopped a plan to provide a space for non-Orthodox men and women to worship together at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
Mr. Netanyahu was facing pressure from ultra-Orthodox factions. His government also approved a bill giving the chief Orthodox rabbi a monopoly over conversions to Judaism.
The moves reawakened a decades-old dispute over who is a Jew, and Israel’s relationship with the Jewish diaspora.
5. A New York Times investigation into low-income housing projects reveals a surprising factor that keeps American cities so segregated. Federal money.
Such projects, which rely on federal tax credits, face public and political opposition in wealthier, whiter areas, and so are more often built in poorer, minority areas.
That means the government is essentially helping to maintain entrenched racial divides, despite federal law requiring government agencies to promote integration.
6. Another Fox executive lost his job amid sexual harassment allegations: Jamie Horowitz, above center, programing director for Fox Sports. The company is investigating those claims; his lawyer denies any wrongdoing.
And the backlash against mistreatment of women in Silicon Valley is mushrooming after our story on sexual harassment in tech. One of the accused, the prominent investor Dave McClure, resigned from 500Startups and wrote a public apology titled: “I’m a Creep. I’m Sorry.”
7. Young American men are working less — 15 to 30 fewer hours a year — and economists have an idea why: they are playing new, more engaging video games.
Games like World of Warcraft “provide a sense of waking in the morning with one goal: I’m trying to improve this skill, teammates are counting on me, and my online community is relying on me,” said a video game scholar and game designer.
“There is a routine and daily progress that does a good job at replacing traditional work.”
8. The National Institutes of Health is starting a six-year, $100 million, international clinical trial to test for the first time whether a drink a day really does prevent heart attacks. And it’s raising ethical eyebrows.
The study is being paid for by the alcohol industry, and many of the scientists involved in the study have financial links to industry money, either personally or through an institution.
And there are other concerns. As one medical ethicist warned, “If there is some health benefit for people over 50 from one drink a day, many people will just hear that alcohol is good for you, and some will say, ‘I can drink all the beer I want.’”
9. In other consumption news, Oreo has been experimenting with limited-edition flavors. Our food writer found some choice words for them.
The Blueberry Pie version “tastes precisely like one of those oversize blueberry muffins that no one bought the day before.” The Waffle & Syrup tastes “as if it had sat under a sofa cushion for quite some time.”
The Firework, though, won her over with tiny flecks of carbon dioxide in the creme that burst on the tongue. “I loved this cookie, though I imagine that if you’re not expecting it to do what it does, it could make you think you’re just about to die.”
10. Finally, we asked dozens of people in three states what it means to be patriotic — a difficult question at a divided time. “Respect” came up a lot.
And we collected tips from current Times photographers on how to take great pictures of fireworks. The key is to add another visual element — like a local landmark, or spectators in the foreground.
“It’s the things other than the fireworks that actually make the picture interesting,” explained Fred Conrad, a former staffer.
Have a great Fourth of July. We’ll be back on Wednesday.
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