The White House indicated it wanted to include Canada in the pact, capping a day of tense talks between U.S. and Canadian negotiators. Above, Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign affairs minister.
Earlier in the day, as representatives struggled to come to an agreement on several points and President Trump continuing to disparage Canada and its trade practices, there were fears that the last-ditch talks to salvage the trade agreement could falter.
The U.S. had threatened to move ahead with a bilateral trade pact with just Mexico if an agreement between the three countries could not be reached by Friday.
The lobbyist, Sam Patten, pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent, and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors as part of his agreement.
He could provide insight into a range of activity and individuals relevant to the special counsel investigation, as well as possible connections between Mr. Trump, his associates and Russia.
Laura McDermott for The New York Times
3. A homegoing for Aretha Franklin.
Thousands gathered at Greater Grace Temple, a Baptist church in Detroit, to remember the Queen of Soul, including Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson. Outside, more than 100 pink Cadillacs lined up as part of the funeral procession.
During the five-hour service, Mr. Clinton described himself as a "groupie." And as Mr. Sharpton put it: "We don't all agree on everything, but we agree on Aretha."
In a series of tweets labeled "Statement From the White House," Mr. Trump said China was shipping "money, fuel, fertilizer and various other commodities" to North Korea.
A spokeswoman for China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs tartly dismissed the comments on Thursday, saying, "Sorry, we cannot accept, and will not accept, all the fancy buck-passing by the U.S. side." She added that the U.S. was using "irresponsible 'magical logic' that distorts facts."
Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times
8. Day 4 of the U.S. Open:
Roger Federer breezed into the third round with a 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Benoît Paire. And Angelique Kerber, above, the reigning Wimbledon champion, righted the ship in time to escape with a second-round win.
9. The choreographer Paul Taylor, who brought poetry and lyricism to modern dance, has died at 88.
Mr. Taylor "created poignant and exuberant works that entered the repertory of numerous dance companies," our critic Alastair Macaulay wrote, including for the choreographers Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham and George Balanchine. And his own company ranked among the most inventive and best in the world.
Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times
10. Finally, some of you may be starting the holiday weekend a little early, and we'd hate for you to miss the Week in Good News.
Among the offerings: stories about the rise of urban beekeeping in Paris, above; a $15 minimum wage for Disney workers; and a new dawn for night owls.
For the rest of you, your briefing writer will be back tomorrow. But we're off for the weekend and Labor Day.
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