3. Mudslides in Montecito, Calif., wiped out entire blocks, killing at least 18 people with a brute force that shocked residents in areas that were hit hard by last month’s wildfires.
The fires left the earth scorched, bare and vulnerable to sudden mudslides. Some faulted the authorities for not ordering a mandatory evacuation.
“It’s apocalyptic,” one resident said. This video shows the devastation.
4. Emilie König, 33, spent the past five years living in Syria, where she became a prominent propagandist and recruiter for the Islamic State.
Now she wants to return home — to France. The quandary her case poses is an increasingly common one for European countries: What should they do when citizens, who are also militants, want to come back?
5. At 54, Jeff Bezos of Amazon is the world’s richest person, with a net worth of more than $100 billion.
He had stayed out of the limelight for years, but he’s building a public persona now. He bought The Washington Post in October 2013, and this past week, he and his wife announced a $33 million donation for scholarships to Dreamers.
“He’s getting thanked at the Golden Globes and targeted by presidential tweet tantrums — not even Steve Jobs had that kind of pop-culture currency,” one observer noted.
6. Facebook announced changes to its News Feed around the world. The company said it was trying to increase “meaningful interaction” by drawing attention to content from family and friends while de-emphasizing feeds from brands and publishers.
But that could actually intensify the spread of fake news. We looked at a pilot program that Facebook ran last year in Slovakia, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Bolivia, Guatemala and Serbia. It doesn’t bode well. Above, Mark Zuckerberg.
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