Robert Mueller, Google, Chris Cornell: Your Thursday Briefing

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Business

• Americans borrowed $12.7 trillion in the first three months of the year, more than they did at the height of the credit bubble in 2008.

• The U.S. and the European Union discussed banning laptop computers and tablets on trans-Atlantic flights.

• At its annual developers’ conference on Wednesday, Google described a future in which people interact with the company all day, so seamlessly that they barely notice.

Our tech columnist says it’s tech giants like Google, not governments, that are building — and owning — the future.

• U.S. stocks were down sharply on Wednesday because of the turmoil in Washington. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

• Business travelers often suffer from hotel gloom. Here’s how to ward it off.

• Writing and editing your personal story can make you happier and healthier.

• Recipe of the day: Go old school with hard shell tacos.

Noteworthy

• “I’ve learned to go into the unknown.”

In today’s 360 video, watch rock climbers with disabilities learn techniques at Joshua Tree National Park.

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‘After Losing My Sight, I’ve Learned to Go Into the Unknown’

Paradox Sports runs adaptive climbing trips for people with disabilities. In this 360 video, rock climbers like Shawn Sturges, who is blind, learn new techniques at Joshua Tree National Park.


By WILL STRATHMANN, LOGAN JAFFE and JOSHUA THOMAS on Publish Date May 18, 2017.


Photo by Will Strathmann for The New York Times. Technology by Samsung. .

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• Witnessing the decline of democracy.

Our reporter in Turkey talks about his extensive travel around the country, and how its autocratic president is extending his power.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the White House this week. Supporters, including his security forces, attacked protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington.

• In memoriam.

Chris Cornell was one of the leading voices of 1990s grunge music as the lead singer for the band Soundgarden. He was 52.

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Chris Cornell helped form Soundgarden in 1984, and the band grew in popularity in the early ’90s. He is shown here in 2009.

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Valerie Kuypers/European Pressphoto Agency

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