North Korea, Iran, College Football: Your Tuesday Briefing

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, blamed the country’s “enemies” today for the protests, his first comments since the unrest started.

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An image taken from video showed the aftermath of protests in Tuyserkan, Iran.

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New year, new confidence

A wave of optimism in American businesses is bringing investment in new plants, equipment and factory upgrades that could create jobs — and perhaps raise wages.

Initially inspired by the Trump administration’s regulatory pullback, executives are also encouraged by continued economic growth.

“The notion that deregulation unleashes growth is virtually impossible to find in the data,” said a onetime economic adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden. “What does matter is this idea that confidence matters. If their expectations about the future are positive, then it does make a difference.”

Addiction Inc.

• Millions of people in the U.S. have fallen victim to painkiller abuse, alcoholism, the rise of meth and the revival of heroin. As a result, entrepreneurs are sweeping in.

Our multipart series examines the industry of addiction treatment, which is haphazardly regulated, poorly understood and expanding at a rapid clip.

In the first installment, we look at one of the biggest addiction-treatment companies in the country, and how the death of a patient nearly brought it down.

A note from our new publisher

• Addressing readers of The Times, A. G. Sulzberger explains his approach to the job in a period when “misinformation is rising and trust in the media is declining.” Read his comments here.

He’ll also be answering readers’ questions. Submit yours.

The Daily

Listen to ‘The Daily’: How the Russia Inquiry Began

A low-level adviser to the Trump campaign let something slip over drinks. The result is an investigation that has cast a shadow over President Trump’s first year in office.

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Business

Rupert Murdoch’s decision to sell most of 21st Century Fox to Disney has many wondering what the future holds for him and two sons.

Our DealBook columnist, Andrew Ross Sorkin, looks at the biggest deals of 2017, and the year’s big winners.

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