Your Monday Evening Briefing – The New York Times

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Good evening. Here’s the latest at the end of Monday.

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2. Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest in a grand state funeral.

Culminating 10 days of collective grief and gratitude in Britain, the queen’s coffin was lowered into the royal vault of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where she was buried next to her husband, Prince Philip.

3. A Russian missile exploded near a second nuclear site.

The missile landed less than 900 feet from the reactors of the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant, narrowly avoiding a possible nuclear calamity. There was no damage to essential safety equipment at the plant, Ukraine’s national nuclear energy company said. But the blast, which caused extensive damage around a hydroelectric power station near the nuclear complex, demonstrated Russia’s ability to threaten disaster despite recent battlefield setbacks.

Rebuilding from Russian attacks has become a constant task for Ukrainians since the initial invasion. Explosions have destroyed so many windows that there is a nationwide run on glass.

In other news from the war, Russia and China have agreed to carry out more joint military exercises, signaling that whatever misgivings Beijing may have over the war in Ukraine, the nations’ strategic partnership is only growing closer.

4. A judge overturned the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, the case at the center of the first season of the podcast “Serial.”

Syed, who walked out of prison after 23 years behind bars, had been serving a life sentence. He had been convicted of murder for the strangulation of his onetime girlfriend Hae Min Lee, whose body was found buried in a park in Baltimore County in 1999.

Questions about whether Syed had received a fair trial drew widespread attention when “Serial” debuted in 2014. Prosecutors now have 30 days to decide if they will proceed with a new trial or drop the charges against Syed, who was ordered to serve home detention until then.

In other legal news, the trial of Thomas Barrack, a former adviser to Donald Trump accused of acting as an unregistered agent of the United Arab Emirates, could shed light on how foreign governments jockeyed for access to the Trump administration.

5. New York City is considering housing migrants on cruise ships.

Mayor Eric Adams said the city was looking for “creative ways” to address a “humanitarian crisis,” and his administration spoke with executives of Norwegian Cruise Line about the possibility of housing asylum seekers on one of its ships. The city has said that more than 11,000 people have arrived from the border since May, many sent on buses by Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas.

But homeless advocates called the idea insulting and raised concerns over providing people access to transportation, food and schools.

In other immigration news, one asylum seeker who was bused from Texas to Washington, D.C., has taken advantage of the trip, finding reliable work and a new life.

6. A rural doctor gave her job all she could during the pandemic. She paid a price for it.

Physicians suffer one of the highest burnout rates among professionals. Kimberly Becher spent eight years as a family physician in Clay County, W.Va., working for a federally qualified health center. As one of only two family doctors in the county, she had an all-encompassing job.

But as the political climate around Covid grew heated, and as some of her patients began to dismiss the science behind the vaccine, Becher became angry. She began to run more, sometimes twice a day, for hours at a time, “raging down the road,” she said. Then, on April 17, 2021, her heart broke.

In other health news, the new Covid boosters are one of the last remaining weapons against the coronavirus, as masks and quarantines have diminished. But so far, the rollout has mostly been muted.

They posted as Black women critical of white feminism, conservative women who felt excluded and men who mocked participants as hairy-legged whiners. But fabricated narratives around Linda Sarsour — a Palestinian American activist — garnered the most engagement. Over 18 months, 152 Russian accounts produced material targeting Sarsour, who was a lightning rod for Trump’s base and for some of his most ardent opposition.

8. The Yankees’ Aaron Judge is chasing the record books.

With 59 home runs through 146 games, Judge is on pace to set both the Yankees and the American League single-season record. A late-season surge could even bring him close to the totals of the power hitters of the steroid era, including Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds.

Judge has also placed himself in contention to claim the rare achievement of a triple crown, an impressive feat in which a batter leads his league in batting average, home runs and runs batted in. “That’s remarkable,” said Gerrit Cole, a Yankees pitcher. “It’s the greatest offensive season that I’ve personally ever witnessed.”

In other sports news, The Las Vegas Aces beat the Connecticut Sun to win their first W.N.B.A. championship.

10. And finally, the 50 restaurants across the U.S. that we’re most excited about right now.

Times food reporters, editors and critics traveled the country for months, putting together this year’s list of the best restaurants in America.

From Oklahoma City to Juncos, Puerto Rico, to Orcas Island in Washington State, we ate revelatory Ethiopian barbecue, innovative Haitian cooking and possibly the most delicious fried pork sandwich in the country. Here are the places we have enjoyed most in 2022.

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