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- A court in Malta charged three men with the slaying of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed in October by a remote-controlled car bomb. The men, who had previous criminal records, pleaded innocent to charges of murder and possession of explosives. Galizia, an investigative reporter, had written extensively about corruption among Malta’s elite and about Maltese links to offshore financial dealings detailed in the Panama Papers.
- California is facing another raft of wildfires. Fire officials northwest of Los Angeles said hundreds of homes and other structures likely were lost and 150,000 residents were ordered to evacuate. Strong winds pushing the fires also prevented planes from taking to the skies to fight the blazes. The fires and billowing smoke shut down freeways and created a health hazard for millions living in Ventura County, as documented in a series of photos by the San Francisco Chronicle. Two months ago, another set of fires killed 44 people.
- U.S. Congressman John Conyers, an 88-year-old civil rights leader, resigned in the wake of a raft of sexual misconduct accusations from women who worked for him on Capitol Hill. The Michigan Democrat denied the allegations, but said he was “retiring” (Detroit Free Press) to preserve his legacy. Colleagues, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, had urged Conyers to end a 53-year political career that included helping to found the Congressional Black Caucus.
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