Shares in the company, a pillar of the Japanese economy, plunged more than 20 percent after officials, above, admitted that data about the quality of its aluminum and copper had been falsified, the latest scandal to dent Japan’s reputation for precision manufacturing.

And a Japanese court ordered the government and the Tepco utility to pay damages of roughly $4.4 million to about 2,900 residents for failing to prevent the nuclear meltdowns at Tepco’s Fukushima complex in 2011.

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California’s wine country is shrouded in smoke, as some 17 wildfires continue a destructive sweep that has already claimed more than a dozen lives and some 1,500 buildings, including wineries, homes and resorts.

About 20,000 people were forced to evacuate, some by foot.

Our correspondent visited one ravaged community in Santa Rosa where “everything was incinerated.” Here’s a look at the destruction in photos and maps.

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A balancing act in Barcelona: In a closely watched speech, Carles Puigdemont, the leader of Catalonia, made a carefully worded declaration of independence from Spain.

But he immediately suspended the declaration to allow for “dialogue” with the central government in Madrid.

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President Trump escalated his personal attacks on Senator Bob Corker, this time ridiculing the powerful Republican for his height with the derogatory nickname “Liddle Bob.”

Mr. Trump also accused The Times of tricking Mr. Corker into saying the president was reckless and could stumble into a nuclear war. Here’s the truth about that interview.

Mr. Trump met with Henry Kissinger, before a scheduled lunch with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whose intelligence he appeared to question in a magazine interview.

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The accusations are piling up against the U.S. film producer Harvey Weinstein. Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie said he sexually harassed them years ago. Above, Ms. Paltrow, top left, and other actresses who have come forward.

“I was expected to keep the secret,” Ms. Paltrow said, describing advances in a hotel room.

And in an Op-Ed, the actress and writer Lena Dunham reflected on the enabling silence of Hollywood’s men.

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China has become the world’s biggest supporter of electric cars, forcing automakers from Detroit to Yokohama and Seoul to Stuttgart to pick up the pace of transformation.

• Masayoshi Son, the head of Japanese conglomerate SoftBank, is on a mission: to use his $100 billion Vision Fund to acquire pieces of all the companies underpinning the global shifts that artificial intelligence will bring to transportation, food, work, medicine and finance.

South Korean shipbuilders and related companies laid off more than 35,000 workers in the first half of the year amid a protracted industry slump.

• U.S. stocks were mixed. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

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• Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korea’s leader had about 1.4 times the lethal dosage of VX nerve agent on his face after he was attacked, according to testimony by a Malaysian government chemist. Above, one of the two women on trial. [Associated Press]

• President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkish officials would boycott the U.S. ambassador to Ankara, deepening a diplomatic dispute. [Agence France-Presse]

• In Japan, opposition leaders took shots at the policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as parliamentary election campaigning kicked off, and it became clear that Tokyo’s popular governor, Yuriko Koike, would not run. [The Asahi Shimbun]

• The new Hong Kong executive, Carrie Lamb, makes her first major policy speech today. She’s keeping it short, to allow more time for questions. [EJ Insight]

• Tony Abbott “left the realm of the merely destructive and entered the realm of the loopy”: A Labor Party official captured the gist of widespread criticism of the former prime minister for suggesting that climate change “could be beneficial.” [The Guardian]

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

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• Interior decorating? Check your phone to see how that couch might look over … there. Or there.

• Recipe of the day: This iceberg wedge salad’s bacon vinaigrette can also work on grilled asparagus.

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Tokyo spent $2 billion on an anti-flood system with cavernous underground cisterns, above, meant to defend against the extreme weather unleashed by climate change. “We’re preparing for flooding beyond anything we’ve seen,” said the system’s head. “Until now, at least, we’ve been successful.”

• North Korea’s embassies in some 40 countries must fend for themselves — Pyongyang doesn’t fund them. Enterprising diplomats’s cash-raising schemes range from hosting parties in Bulgaria to selling beef out of a backdoor in Delhi.

• And the Boeing 747, known as the “Queen of the Skies,” changed the history of aviation. In today’s 360 video, a pilot discusses how he fell in love with the plane, which some airlines are retiring. His essay on the iconic plane is here.

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When Hinda Miller took up jogging in 1977, she found herself in a predicament — the run was great, but what about the bounce factor?

Her friend Lisa Lindahl was asking herself the same question. So they bought some bras, tore them apart, and went to work on figuring out the perfect support system.

Breasts don’t just move up and down when a woman runs, they move in a figure eight. The idea for a tighter, more form-fitting garment was sparked after Ms. Lindahl’s husband jokingly crisscrossed two jock straps across his chest.

The sports bra, or Jogbra as it was originally known, turns 40 this year.

Sports bras remained largely out of the public eye until the Women’s World Cup in 1999. But after Brandi Chastain scored the decisive penalty kick to give the U.S. a win over China, she dropped to the grass in jubilation and whipped off her jersey, above, revealing her black sports bra.

Ms. Miller later described the indelible scene, in which her invention played a role: “I saw the exuberance of being right out there, confident and joyous and totally committed and not ashamed of your body, a body of strength and athleticism: ‘This is me. Accept me for who I am.’ ”

Remy Tumin contributed reporting.

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