• In Los Angeles, evacuation orders covering thousands of people were in effect and Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as ferocious wildfires continue to burn unabated.
The high winds that are driving the fires are expected to strengthen through Thursday, with gusts of 60 miles per hour, making firefighting more difficult. Check back for the latest news.
• Vladimir Putin announced that he would seek a fourth term as president of Russia. He also said Russia would not boycott the 2018 Winter Olympics and would allow its athletes to participate under a neutral flag.
The International Olympic Committee’s ban on Russia because of a state-backed doping program has drawn outrage across the country.
• The Chinese Embassy scolded Australian officials for damaging “mutual trust,” a day after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled a series of proposed laws to curb foreign influence in politics.
Mr. Turnbull’s proposal came amid a drumbeat of stories in the Australian news media about the perceived threat of Chinese interference.
Still, experts said that China’s response might only heighten concerns about its influence and damage China’s already tarnished image in Australia.
• Greenland’s ice is melting, but not as much of the water is reaching the ocean as expected — at least for the time being. That could alter some estimates of the rate of sea level rise.
One of our correspondents also recently trekked to Canada’s remote northeast to explore how climate change affects mental health.
• China’s biggest tech summit — the World Internet Conference — was both impressive and worrying, our reporter said. He pointed out that all “the technology enabling a full techno-police state was on hand.”
• Disney is said to be closing in on a deal to buy parts of 21st Century Fox, the media conglomerate run by the Murdoch family.
• Bitcoin passed $12,000, despite bubble warnings.
In the News
• A drop in Myanmar’s opium harvest signals a shift in the Asian drug market to synthetic drugs, a senior U.N. official said, citing booming demand for methamphetamine. [Reuters]
• A detailed plot to kill the British prime minister was foiled, prosecutors said. Two suspects are on trial. [The New York Times]
• Three Maltese criminals were charged with the car-bomb killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s best-known journalist. [The New York Times]
• “Maybe $150 million.” A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testified that he couldn’t remember how much money he’d made helping Turkey evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. [The New York Times]
• The U.N. children’s agency warned that 17 million infants are breathing toxic air, putting their brain development at risk, with babies in South Asia the worst affected. [BBC]
• In Cambodia, some think Prime Minister Hun Sen considers himself the reincarnation of a 16th-century ruler. Recently built statues certainly have a resemblance. [The New York Times]
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• Sumatran tigers are appearing more frequently in Indonesia’s protected forests, a researcher says, but the increase is probably caused by tigers fleeing deforested areas where their numbers are plummeting.
• President Trump has upended the news media’s rhythms. Our night editors in Washington and New York, discuss how Year 1 of the Trump era has affected their jobs and their sleep.
It was “a date which will live in infamy.” Or would it “live in world history”?
Seventy-six years ago today, Japan bombed the U.S. naval base in Pearl Harbor, killing more than 2,400 Americans and propelling the U.S. into World War II.
News of the surprise attack in Hawaii “fell like a bombshell on Washington,” The Times reported the next morning. “Administration circles forecast that the United States soon might be involved in a world-wide war, with Germany supporting Japan, an Axis partner.”
A few hours later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stood in the chamber of the House of Representatives and, in a speech that lasted only about seven minutes, asked Congress to declare war on Japan.
An initial draft of his speech said that the day of the attack would “live in world history.” But Roosevelt had changed the wording to say “a date which will live in infamy” — now among the most recognizable phrases in U.S. history.
The president’s three-page typewritten manuscript would be lost for more than four decades until a curator, Susan Cooper, found it during a routine search of Senate files at the National Archives in Washington.
“I hadn’t known that it was missing,” she told The Times in 1984.
Mike Ives contributed reporting.
(Finally, a follow-up on Monday’s back story, which was about Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” Award. On Wednesday, the magazine named “the silence breakers” — the women who came forward to accuse powerful men of sexual misconduct — as the winner for 2017.)
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