Gilroy Garlic Festival, John Ratcliffe, Hong Kong: Your Monday Briefing

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Good morning.

We’re covering a deadly shooting in Gilroy, Calif., and a change at the top of U.S. intelligence. We’re also looking ahead to the expected interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve.

A suspect was killed by the police, according to the city administrator, Gabriel Gonzalez. Officers were searching for a possible accomplice.

Background: The festival is an annual three-day event in Gilroy, a city of about 60,000 that’s a major producer of garlic and home to agricultural workers and commuters to San Jose, which is about 30 miles away.

President Trump announced on Sunday that Dan Coats would step down as director of national intelligence and that Representative John Ratcliffe, a staunch defender of Mr. Trump, would replace him.

Mr. Coats had long been at odds with Mr. Trump over a number of issues, including the assessment by the nation’s intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Deadly attack in Nigeria: At least 65 were killed at a funeral in the country’s northeast, local news outlets reported. An official blamed the militant group Boko Haram.

Hong Kong clashes intensify: China’s government today offered strong support for Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, and backed the use of police force, after another weekend of protests flared into violence.

Explaining an asylum pact: An agreement between the U.S. and Guatemala, which would require asylum seekers who travel through Guatemala to first seek refuge there, faces some hurdles. Here’s what we know about the deal.

Kamala Harris’s health plan: The Democratic presidential candidate released a proposal today that would provide Medicare for all Americans. The plan does not involve the complete overhaul of the health insurance system that Senator Bernie Sanders has proposed.

Trump lashes out at Sharpton: President Trump extended his attacks on critics of color today, denouncing the Rev. Al Sharpton as “a con man” who “Hates Whites & Cops!” Mr. Trump spent the weekend disparaging Elijah Cummings, a leading African-American congressman from Baltimore.

Drug company merger: Pfizer agreed today to combine its off-patent drugs division, which controls treatments like Lipitor, with the pharmaceutical company Mylan, creating a powerhouse in the generic drug business.

N.Y.P.D. suicide: A New York officer was found dead at his Staten Island home in what was the fifth police suicide in the city since June, officials said.

The Times’s film editor, Stephanie Goodman, asked the distributor, Sony, which version was correct, and the answer was, essentially, both. The studio called it “a creative decision.”

That kind of license seems fitting. The ellipsis once signified an incomplete statement or the omission of several words in a sentence, but it has taken on new meanings thanks to the casual punctuation of emails and text messages; many apps also use it as a “typing awareness indicator.”

According to a Cambridge researcher, the first use of the ellipsis was in a 1588 translation of a play by the Roman dramatist Terence.

As Quartz reported, the mark became common in the 18th century, often to get around libel laws, and has been notably used since by the columnist Herb Caen, the novelists Ford Madox Ford and Joseph Conrad, and more than a few social media-happy politicians.

That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Chris

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