• Australia hears the results today of a nationwide survey on same-sex marriage that could pave the way for legalization.
The survey, contentious and expensive, prompted heartfelt public pleas and vitriolic attacks that inflamed passions around the country.
• In Washington, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a House hearing that he had not lied to Congress in denying that the Trump campaign had any ties to Russia — but that he had only recently remembered a meeting in which a campaign aide touted his Russian connections and suggested arranging a meeting for Donald Trump in Moscow.
The Justice Department is also looking into whether a special counsel should be appointed to investigate political rivals of Mr. Trump, including Hillary Clinton.
Separately, it was revealed that Donald Trump Jr. had multiple conversations with WikiLeaks, which released a trove of Democrats’ emails during the campaign.
• Another House panel is convening a hearing on harassment in Congress, which has joined Hollywood, Silicon Valley, the media and other industries under scrutiny.
We’d like to hear from readers for whom the sexual harassment accusations have prompted frank discussions with parents or grandparents about changing attitudes across generations.
• Have you taken your medicine? In the future, your doctor may already know. The first digital pill has won approval in the U.S.
Medication embedded with a sensor “has the potential to improve public health,” a Harvard medical instructor said, but another called it “a biomedical Big Brother.”
• Is this the end of cash? Physical currency remains the most popular way to pay for things, but China is among the countries charging into the cashless future.
• Kalashnikov, the Russian gun maker famous for the AK-47, is effectively being privatized.
• Tencent is close to becoming the first Chinese tech company to top $500 billion in market value, joining an elite club of Apple, Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft.
• Toshiba is selling 95 percent of its TV and visual products unit to Hisense, a Chinese electronics maker, as it struggles to offset huge losses from its nuclear business.
In the News
• Rex Tillerson, the U.S. secretary of state, arrives in Myanmar to meet Aung San Suu Kyi and hold separate talks with military leaders about ending sectarian violence against Rohingya Muslims. [Reuters]
• The World Anti-Doping Agency is expected to rule this week that Russia remains noncompliant with its antidoping code — a decision that could affect Russian eligibility for the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. [The New York Times]
• China blocked the teenage son of a human rights lawyer from leaving the country, explaining that he would be a “risk to national security” while abroad. [The New York Times]
• In Afghanistan, as many as 70 police officers and five soldiers were killed in a series of attacks by what appeared to be an elite Taliban outfit, the Red Unit, equipped with night-vision technology. [The New York Times]
• A gunman rampaged through a small Northern California town, taking aim at people at an elementary school and six other locations. He killed at least four people before he was fatally shot. [The New York Times]
• A sumo scandal: Grand champion Harumafuji apologized for a drunken brawl that left a fellow Mongolian competitor hospitalized with injuries from a beer bottle. [The Asahi Shimbun]
• Thousands of rural Christians in southeast China have been urged to swap their posters of Jesus for portraits of President Xi Jinping as a local poverty-relief program tries to “transform believers in religion into believers in the party.” [South China Morning Post]
• The world of Scrabble is in an uproar over a three-year ban of a top player investigated for cheating. [The New York Times]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Can ketones rev up your workout? Yes.
• There are 17 million flies for every person on earth. A reigning expert says they’re not just something to swat: Flies pollinate plants and clean carcasses — among other things. “That’s why I love them. They do everything. They get everywhere. They’re noisy. And they love having sex.”
• In memoriam: Patrick Nagatani, 72, a Japanese-American photographer who devoted his career to evoking America’s nuclear legacy, often in phantasmagorical collages. And Herb Lee, 84, who in 1957 became the first Chinese-American police officer in San Francisco.
• And there’s been a sharp drop in foreign students, notably Indian and Chinese, coming to the U.S. Experts cited the uncertain social and political climate as well as increasing competition from countries like Canada, Britain and Australia.
“The time has come when man can no longer continue using the land, sea and air as his ‘trash basket,’ ” a New York Times article said in 1966. “He must find ways to cycle his wastes, both solid and liquid, back into the economy.”
It was one of our first front-page articles to address the urgent need to deal with household waste.
The report was based on a National Academy of Sciences study sent to Lyndon B. Johnson’s White House. It came as cheap, plastic goods were entering the daily lives of Americans — and leaving as garbage.
We have come a long way. Today is the 20th America Recycles Day, a nonprofit initiative.
Last year, 1.9 million Americans participated, organizers said, and more than 61 million pounds of recyclables were collected.
But there’s much work still to be done. A third of U.S. household waste still ends up in landfills.
Sweden could show the way. In 1975, its recycling rate was about on par with America’s now, but last year, only 0.7 percent of its waste ended up in landfills. Sweden even imports waste — to use as a source of energy.
Here are 10 tips to improve your recycling.
Patrick Boehler contributed reporting.
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