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Here’s what you need to know:

• Lights out for O’Reilly.

Bill O’Reilly, the top-rated host in cable news, will not be returning to Fox News after an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against him, the network announced on Wednesday.

Rupert Murdoch, whose family controls Fox News, had long stood by its star. In signing off on the decision, Mr. Murdoch proved that he is a pragmatist at heart.

Advertisers pulled out and protests flared after a Times investigation revealed payouts of $13 million to resolve claims of inappropriate behavior.

Tucker Carlson will fill the void left by O’Reilly’s ouster, which will test audience loyalties, our media columnist writes.

• Trip to Russia caught the F.B.I.’s eye.

Investigators had known since 2013 that a Russian spy was trying to recruit the American businessman Carter Page.

So when Mr. Page became an adviser to the Trump campaign last year and gave a Russia-friendly speech in Moscow, it drew the bureau’s attention.

That trip became the catalyst for the current investigation into connections between Russia and Mr. Trump’s campaign, officials say.

• Big donations to inauguration.

The crowds at President Trump’s swearing-in may have been relatively small, but the checks paying for the festivities were not.

Newly released documents provide a glimpse of the frenzy of influence-seeking and peacemaking at the inauguration, which raised $107 million, twice as much as any other.

• Chaos in Venezuela.

At least three people were killed in the country amid protests on Wednesday to demand elections and a return to democratic rule.

Times journalists were on the streets of Caracas covering the demonstrations.

• An increasingly expensive habit.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to raise the minimum price of a pack of cigarettes to $13, which would make New York City the most expensive place in the nation to buy them.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

On today’s show, the reporter who wrote the story that helped lead to the departure of Bill O’Reilly discusses her work.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.


• They are app makers or podcasters, and they are H-1B visa holders — possible targets of President Trump’s immigration policies. Meet the tech workers whose lives are in limbo.

• Facebook has been adding features inspired by its rival Snapchat. Our tech columnist explains why the social media giant keeps winning: It’s the network.

• “Unicorn food”: It’s colorful, it’s sparkly, and it’s everywhere.

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

Smarter Living

Put the weights down. Here are some brain-fitness exercises, from puzzle games to flying drones.

This is what 2,000 calories looks like.

Recipe of the day: A homemade sofrito is central to this Cuban black bean dish.


• Brightening the bridge to Staten Island.

In today’s 360 video, visit the new Goethals Bridge, which connects Staten Island to New Jersey and is opening soon.

• Death of a football star.

Aaron Hernandez, once the youngest player in the N.F.L. and a star for its best team, could never escape his roots. He killed himself in prison.

• More good news for Serena Williams.

The best women’s tennis player of the era confirmed on Wednesday that she is expecting her first child. She was close to two months pregnant when she won the Australian Open in January.

• A day in the lunchbox.

Food vendors are a fixture of New York City streets and appetites, yet they struggle daily with weather, logistics and rules. Here’s the story of one.

• A near miss, by cosmic standards.

A large asteroid flew past Earth on Wednesday with only 1.1 million miles to spare, the closest that one has come in years.

Best of late-night TV.

Everyone was eager to say goodbye to Bill O’Reilly.

Back Story

The most famous photograph of a very camera-shy monster was published in The Daily Mail 83 years ago this week.

The sinuous silhouette of the Loch Ness monster (affectionately known as Nessie) appeared in The Daily Mail, a British newspaper, in April 1934. The picture, apparently taken in the Scottish Highlands by a respected London gynecologist and known as “the surgeon’s photograph,” claimed to show the monster’s long neck and head above water.

The image ignited a media frenzy that year, with The Times itself mentioning the beast no fewer than 55 times.

Though many pictures of Nessie have been taken over the decades (most later found to show wakes from boats, optical illusions, birds or otters), the surgeon’s photograph remains the clearest. But it was proved to be a hoax in 1994, nothing more than a small model on top of a toy submarine.

Despite the hoax (and a number of others like it), many still believe that the monster exists, hidden in dark waters with depths of almost 750 feet.

Last year, Nessie hunters did find something at the bottom of the loch — a 30-foot movie prop version of the monster. For now, it’s the closest thing to finding Nessie itself.

Des Shoe contributed reporting.


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