Texas, North Korea, U.S. Open: Your Tuesday Briefing

There is no evidence that the associate, Felix Sater, delivered on the promise. But the emails show that, from the earliest months of Mr. Trump’s campaign, some of his associates viewed close ties with Moscow as a political advantage.

• Nuclear worries.

The Japanese woke up to a text message this morning: A missile is approaching.

It came from North Korea, flying over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the sea. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he had spoken about Pyongyang’s latest provocation with President Trump, and that the two countries’ stances “are completely matched.”

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A screen in Tokyo displayed the path of today’s test, which was only the third North Korean projectile to fly over Japan since 1998. Credit Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The U.S. is overhauling its nuclear arsenal, and the Air Force has announced new contracts for cruise and ground-based missiles.

The Trump administration has embraced the programs, but critics warn against a new arms race and billions of dollars squandered.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

In today’s show, we talk to one of our reporters in Houston who is covering the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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

Business

• Dara Khosrowshahi’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Iran in 1978, and a rocky transition pushed them to succeed.

Now, as chief executive of Uber, Mr. Khosrowshahi faces a question of ambitions, our tech columnist writes.

• How much cheaper is Whole Foods under Amazon ownership? We went grocery shopping to find out.

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The kale was on sale on Monday. Credit Joseph Pisani/Associated Press

• Individual investors are wagering on a volatility index, but they may be out of their league.

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

Smarter Living

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

• Should kids be sedated for dental work?

• Where is the line between normal parental instinct and O.C.D.?

• Recipe of the day: You can’t go wrong with Marcella Hazan’s tomato sauce and some grilled garlic bread.

Noteworthy

• Reimagining a Nazi bunker.

In today’s 360 video, visit a former Nazi installation in Denmark included in a new museum.

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Reimagining a Nazi Bunker

On the shores of Denmark, the massive Tirpitz bunker, which was built by the Nazis, is now part of a new museum. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, the Tirpitz Museum features exhibitions about World War II, western Denmark and a collection of Danish amber.

By TIM CHAFFEE and GUGLIELMO MATTIOLI on Publish Date August 29, 2017. Photo by Tim Chafee/The New York Times. Technology by Samsung.. Watch in Times Video »

• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss President Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, a former Arizona sheriff.

• Rewriting family histories.

Widespread DNA testing has shed light on the ancestry of millions of Americans.

But an analysis by The Wirecutter, a review site owned by The Times, found that the results of DNA test kits can be uncertain.

• Tennis, anyone?

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are scheduled to play their first-round matches in the U.S. Open today.

On Monday, Maria Sharapova returned to form after a 15-month doping suspension, beating the No. 2 seed, Simona Halep. Here’s a roundup of the rest of the action on the first day of the tournament, and the men’s and women’s scores.

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Before Monday night, Maria Sharapova had not played at Flushing Meadows in three years. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Best of late-night TV.

Most of the comedy hosts are off this week. Our roundup will resume after Labor Day.

• Quotation of the day.

“Actually, in the middle of a hurricane, even though it was a Friday evening, I assumed the ratings would be far higher than they were normally.”

President Trump, explaining the timing of his pardon of Joe Arpaio.

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Trump Defends Pardoning Sheriff Arpaio

In a joint news conference with the president of Finland, President Trump defended his controversial pardoning of the former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.

By WHITEHOUSE.GOV on Publish Date August 28, 2017. Photo by Al Drago for The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »

Back Story

The nuclear hotline between Washington and Moscow turns 54 tomorrow.

Established after the Cuban missile crisis, the hotline, which has often been falsely portrayed as a red telephone in pop culture — including in the films “Dr. Strangelove” and “Fail Safe” — was created to help prevent nuclear disaster.

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Testing the nuclear hotline at the Pentagon in 1963. Credit Associated Press

The original equipment consisted of eight Teletype machines — four installed at the Pentagon and four at the Kremlin — which inadvertently spawned a new kind of conflict between the two adversaries: a literary face-off.

The first message was sent by the Americans: “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’s back 1234567890.”

The Soviets sent back a poetic description of Moscow’s setting sun. Since then, during connection tests, passages by literary luminaries like Shakespeare, Chekhov and Mark Twain have traveled the trans-Atlantic cables.

Certain passages, however, are off limits.

As Col. Donald Siebenaler told The Times in 1988, it is essential to “make sure there is no innuendo.” He noted that a passage about Winnie the Pooh’s head getting stuck in a honey jar, for instance, could be seen as a slight by the Russians, as the bear is their national symbol.

Evan Gershkovich contributed reporting.

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