What We're Following This Evening

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

North Korea’s missile test: Pyongyang announced Friday it successfully tested a long-range missile engine it claims can reach the U.S. mainland, although experts are skeptical about its range. According to state-run media, the engine “spewed out huge flames with a deafening boom” as Kim Jong-un looked on.

SpaceX’s rocket landing: The company’s reusable rocket touched down without incident on an ocean platform off Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday afternoon after sending a supply payload to the International Space Station. The landing marked SpaceX’s first successful attempt over water.

A British paternity shock: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby expressed “complete surprise” Friday after a genetic test proved his real biological father was Anthony Montague Browne, Winston Churchill’s former private secretary. Prior to the 1950s, canon law required Anglican archbishops of illegitimate birth to relinquish their offices.

News from the afternoon here