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Here are today’s top news stories from The New York Times News Service for AMs of Wednesday, Nov. 18. To reach The New York Times News Service, phone 888-346-9867 or 212-556-1927. You can also follow the News Service on Twitter: @NYTNewsService. Clients can receive all New York Times News Service budgets via email. Contact to be added to this list. For the latest photos and graphics from The New York Times, go to

INTERNATIONAL ["i” news file]

IRAN-BIDEN-NUKES (Brussels) — President-elect Joe Biden has promised to move quickly to rejoin the nuclear deal with Iran so long as Iran also comes back into compliance. But that vow is easier said than done. While Biden’s pledge pleased the deal’s other signatories, who were angry that President Donald Trump withdrew from it two years ago, returning to the way things were may be impossible, complicated by both Iranian and American politics. By Steven Erlanger.

With photo.

FRANCE-OBITS-GOOF (Paris) — For a brief moment this week, a French news site startled its readers with the news that dozens of celebrities at home and abroad had died. Several hours after the obituaries first ran, Radio France Internationale, a station that broadcasts in France and abroad, apologized and started taking the reports offline. It said they were unedited drafts that had been accidentally published as it moved to a new content management system. By Aurelien Breeden.

NATIONAL GENERAL ["a” news file]

BIDEN-CLIMATE (Washington) — President-elect Joe Biden, eager to elevate climate change throughout his administration, is already drafting orders to reduce planet-warming pollution and seeking nominees who will embed climate policy not only in environmental agencies but in departments from Defense to Treasury to Transportation. Interviews with more than two dozen advisers and members of Biden’s transition team reveal an incoming administration acutely aware of the challenges ahead, with a narrowly divided Congress and the outsized expectations that some voters have for action on climate change after four years of regulatory rollbacks. By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman.

With photos.

MAINE-SENATE-COLLINS (Rumford, Maine) — In a state tilting away from President Donald Trump, Sen. Susan Collins appeared to be easy pickings, and donors poured money into the state. For weeks before the election, polls showed Collins struggling for survival, outspent 2-to-1 by her rival. But on Nov. 3 she won by 8 points, in large part thanks to a groundswell of support in small towns. By Ellen Barry.

With photos.

TEXAS-VIRUS-NO-CASES (Mentone, Texas) — Like a lone house standing after a tornado has leveled a town, Loving County, in the shadeless dun plains of oil-rich West Texas, has yet to record a single positive case of the coronavirus. It is something that people in the county are proud of. But if only it were true. By J. David Goodman.

With photos.

FINANCIAL ["f” news file]

TECH-HEARING (Washington) — Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, and Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s chief, appeared Tuesday before members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend actions by their companies to moderate speech. It was the second time in two months that the two chief executives were testifying, but more fireworks were expected over their companies' role during the recent election. By Cecilia Kang, David McCabe, Kate Conger and Mike Isaac.

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VIRUS-ECON-WOMEN (Undated) — For millions of working women, the pandemic has delivered a one-two-three punch. First, the parts of the economy that were smacked hardest and earliest by job losses were ones where women dominate — restaurants, retail businesses and health care. Then a second wave began taking out local and state government jobs. The third blow has, for many, been the knockout: the closing of child care centers and the shift to remote schooling. The triple punch is not just pushing women out of jobs they held, but also preventing many from seeking new ones. By Patricia Cohen.

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WORKFORCE-TECH-REPORT (Undated) — L. Rafael Reif, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, delivered an intellectual call to arms to his faculty in 2017: Help generate insights into how advancing technology has changed and will change the workforce. Three years later, the task force assembled to address the challenge has published its conclusions. By Steve Lohr.

With photos.


HARRY-POTTER-TIKTOK (Undated) — Caroline Chou, a homebound college student from San Jose, California, is one of many Gen Zers who has found her niche on Harry Potter TikTok, a corner of the app devoted to remixing, reliving and affectionately roasting the perennially popular franchise. Harry Potter TikTokers produce and devour their own fancam videos, memes, dances and trends. But millions of views go to videos like Chou’s, where fans — predominantly girls and women — are editing themselves into the movies. By Lena Wilson.

FOOD ["d” news file]

BAREFOOT-CONTESSA (East Hampton, N.Y.) — The Barefoot Contessa’s quarantine is not our quarantine. Her kitchen is not our kitchen. But this year, Ina Garten's Thanksgiving is pretty much our Thanksgiving: indoors and improvised, without the guard rails of tradition we usually rely on for a holiday dinner. By Julia Moskin.

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COMMENTARY ["k” news file]

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