And the “Trump effect” seems to have worn off at the southern border. Illegal crossings are up again. Above, an arrest in San Diego.
3. President Trump was asked whether he would be interviewed by Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia inquiry, without preconditions. “I’ll speak to my attorneys,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”
The response came after Senate Democrats issued a new report concluding that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election fits into a nearly two-decade pattern of meddling — and that the U.S. response was being hindered by the White House. Above, Vladimir Putin in Moscow last month.
In a Times Op-Ed, Ben Smith, the editor in chief of Buzzfeed News, defended his decision to publish the salacious — and largely unsubstantiated — dossier on links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
4. DJT Holdings, a corporate entity owned by President Trump, is embroiled in a court battle with a Manhattan condominium over whether it can remove his name from the building. The company argues that it cannot.
And the president is due for a physical on Friday. It will be the first formal check on his personal physician’s claim that he’d be the “healthiest individual ever elected” to the office. But what he discloses about it is up to him.
5. In Southern California, at least 15 people have been killed and more than two dozen injured by huge mudslides unleashed by heavy rain. The authorities said two dozen people were still missing and 300 were stuck in their homes.
The disaster was a direct result of recent wildfires, which left the land vulnerable to mudslides.
“It sounded like a freight train,” one resident said. See the aftermath in this video.
6. Imagine being trapped in a Winter Wonderland.
That was the situation for 13,000 tourists in a resort village at the foot of the Matterhorn, one of the most famous peaks in the Swiss Alps. Heavy snow and rain left them stranded there for two days, with only one option out: an airlift.
“Even if you can’t ski, there is always something to do, like eating fondue or chocolate in the village,” one visitor reported.
7. Myanmar charged two Reuters journalists detained last month with obtaining state secrets. They face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.
U Wa Lone, center front, and U Kyaw Soe Oo, center back, had been investigating the existence of a mass grave in Rakhine State, where a military campaign against the Rohingya has sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing into Bangladesh.
8. We found a secret shelter for homeless men like William Arroyo, above, in the basement of a Brooklyn bodega.
The owner, Candido Arcángel, has been quietly taking in men in need of help for the last 14 years, allowing them to stay in the store’s cellar. He can’t bear the idea of anyone out in the cold.
“This is not a personal mission; it’s a mission for the good of society,” he said.
9. Tonya Harding isn’t sorry. In fact, she thinks she deserves an apology.
Our reporter spent time at a skating rink with Ms. Harding, discussing the new movie “I, Tonya,” the Nancy Kerrigan scandal and Ms. Harding’s struggles to tell her side of the story. She says that she had to overcome poverty and abuse and that the deck was always stacked against her.
“I was always told I was fat. I was ugly. I wouldn’t amount to anything,” she said. “‘If you don’t smile and follow through they’re not going to give you the marks. If you wear that ribbon they’re not going to give you the marks. If you wear that dress they’re not going to give you the marks.’”
Here’s our review of “I, Tonya.”
10. Finally, it’s here: our annual list of 52 places to inspire travelers. The list includes popular spots like New Orleans and lesser-known gems like Gansu, in China, and São Tomé and Principe, on Africa’s West Coast. Here’s how we chose the locations.
This year we are sending one writer to visit each and every place. We got 13,000 applications for the job. And now, please meet the lucky traveler: Jada Yuan, above. You’ll have all of 2018 to get to know her.
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