● Pound Gains as Prospect of a Chaotic Brexit Fades. For Now. Britain’s currency has risen on hopes that a Conservative victory would deliver a clean break from the European Union.
● Out Magazine Sheds Top Editor and Staff Phillip Picardi and others were let go by the parent company of the venerable L.G.B.T.Q. magazine.
● Bank Regulators Disagree on Changes to Rules for Poor Communities Two regulators proposed an update to rules about how banks lend in poor areas. But the Federal Reserve doesn’t agree with the plan.
● Richard Easton, Stage Veteran and Tony Winner, Dies at 86 He won theater’s top prize for his performance in “The Invention of Love,” one of numerous Broadway roles.
● Federal Watchdog Questions Billions of Dollars Paid to Private Medicare Plans A new report from the inspector general’s office criticized insurers for overstating patients’ illnesses without adequate documentation to obtain...
● How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend? Watch something steamy or something sudsy — or some serious craft talk with Lupita Nyong’o.
● Charges Against Dealer Dropped in Art Dispute With Russian Oligarch Monaco authorities had charged Yves Bouvier with fraud in connection with his sales to Dmitry Rybolovlev, but a court decided the investigation was biased.
● Prison Art, a Dark Place Where the Muse Never Leaves A Drawing Center show makes a soulful statement about the nature of creative expression and what it means to be imprisoned.
● 11 Dance Performances to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend Our guide to dance performances happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
● 3 Film Series to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend Our guide to film series and special screenings.
● Four Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.
● 6 Classical Music Concerts to See in N.Y.C. This Weekend Our guide to the city’s best classical music and opera happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
● 8 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend Our guide to cultural events in New York City for children and teenagers happening this weekend and in the week ahead.
● 17 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend Our guide to new art shows and some that will be closing soon.
● South Carolina Is the 10th State to Impose Medicaid Work Requirements Courts have blocked other states from putting in place their work rules for recipients.
● F.T.C. Said to Consider Injunction Against Facebook Such an action would seek to block a technical integration of WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, people familiar with the matter said.
● U.S. Settles on Outline of Elusive Phase One Trade Deal The president met with his economic advisers on Thursday as the United States and China moved closer to finalizing a trade pact.
● Artists Space Re-emerges as an Enduring Downtown Alternative The hardy noncommercial gallery, founded in 1972, has put down roots in a cast-iron building in TriBeCa.
● Women Made Them. Viewers and Critics Liked Them. No One Nominated Them. Despite box office success and critical praise, female filmmakers are largely being left out of Hollywood’s awards season.
● Senate Confirms Stephen Hahn to Head F.D.A. The Food and Drug Administration has been without a permanent commissioner since April, when Dr. Scott Gottlieb resigned.
● Hollywood at Home in New York A collector brings together the star-struck and the heartbroken in a constantly evolving exhibition.
● Baby Yoda Is Your God Now What if the future of TV were delightful, irresistible, meme-able versions of intellectual property you already loved … forever?
● Family Behind Krispy Kreme Donates Millions to Holocaust Survivors Grappling with their company’s history of Nazi support, the Reimanns, one of Germany’s richest families, have pledged 5 million euros to Holocaust survivors...
● The Incredible Shrinking Wallet A once-essential leather good reshapes, reduces and will possibly soon be redundant.