He Claimed to Have Been a Hero in a School Shooting. But He Wasn’t There. by NICHOLAS BOGEL-BURROUGHS

By NICHOLAS BOGEL-BURROUGHS A man who said he was a substitute teacher named David Briscoe described the horror of the shooting and his heroics in keeping students safe. School officials say it wasn’t true. Published: July 1, 2019 at 05:30AM

$2 Trillion Worth of Deals Were Struck in the First Half of 2019, but Caution Crept In by STEPHEN GROCER

By STEPHEN GROCER Businesses had plenty of reasons to worry in the first half — from slowing economic growth to geopolitical tensions — but they looked beyond those factors to strike big deals at a record pace. Published: July 1, 2019 at 05:30AM

N.B.A. Free Agency Tracker: What Happened on Days 1 and 2 by SCOTT CACCIOLA, SOPAN DEB and MARC STEIN

By SCOTT CACCIOLA, SOPAN DEB and MARC STEIN Kevin Durant. Kyrie Irving. Jimmy Butler. But no Kawhi Leonard (so far). Dozens of deals have been reported, and the chaos has only just begun. Published: July 1, 2019 at 05:30AM

N.B.A. Free Agency Tracker: What Happened on Days 1 and 2 by SCOTT CACCIOLA, SOPAN DEB and MARC STEIN

By SCOTT CACCIOLA, SOPAN DEB and MARC STEIN Kevin Durant. Kyrie Irving. Jimmy Butler. But no Kawhi Leonard (so far). Dozens of deals have been reported, and the chaos has only just begun. Published: July 1, 2019 at 05:30AM

President of El Salvador Says Migrant Deaths in Rio Grande Are ‘Our Fault’ by KIRK SEMPLE

By KIRK SEMPLE “People don’t flee their homes because they want to,” said President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador, referring to Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter, who died in the Rio Grande. Published: July 1, 2019 at 05:30AM

Iran Has Breached Critical Limit on Nuclear Fuel Under 2015 Pact, State Media Reports by DAVID E. SANGER

By DAVID E. SANGER The violation does not by itself give the country enough to produce a nuclear weapon, but it signals Iran may be willing to abandon the limits of the pact. Published: July 1, 2019 at 05:30AM

Martin Sorrell Wants to Build a New Ad Empire. Please Don’t Call It Revenge. by DAVID SEGAL

By DAVID SEGAL Mr. Sorrell quit WPP, the advertising colossus he built from scratch, amid an “allegation of personal misconduct” that was never proved. Now, at 74, he is diving into an unplanned last act. Published: July 1, 2019 at 05:30AM

Bombing Kills Dozens in Kabul as Taliban Talks Continue by THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF and ROD NORDLAND

By THOMAS GIBBONS-NEFF and ROD NORDLAND Attackers set off bombs that wrecked a war museum and TV station, but it was unclear what the target was. Militants were still holed up in a nearby Defense Ministry building. Published: July 1, 2019 at 05:30AM

Under Modi, Hindus Find Hope for a Temple on Disputed Speck of Land by KAI SCHULTZ and HARI KUMAR

By KAI SCHULTZ and HARI KUMAR Hindus and Muslims have long sparred over a few barren acres in the city of Ayodhya. But since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commanding election win, Hindus feel a new optimism. Published: July 1, 2019 at 05:30AM

Demonstrators Clash With Police in Hong Kong by REUTERS and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

By REUTERS and THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Riot police in Hong Kong beat back thousands of protesters before a ceremony marking the city’s return to Chinese control from Britain. The city’s leader, Carrie Lam, pledged the government would listen to different views. Published: July 1, 2019 at 05:30AM

The U.S. and China Are Talking Trade Again. But They’re Still Far Apart. by ALAN RAPPEPORT and KEITH BRADSHER

By ALAN RAPPEPORT and KEITH BRADSHER As the United States eased restrictions on China, President Trump faced questions over whether he was giving up too much in return for vague promises. Published: June 30, 2019 at 05:30AM

‘You Have to Go by the Law’: Alabama Defends Arrest of Woman Whose Fetus Died in Shooting by FARAH STOCKMAN

By FARAH STOCKMAN The indictment of a woman in the shooting death of her fetus has sparked outrage across the country. But in Alabama, many people consider it just. Published: June 30, 2019 at 05:30AM

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