Alice Marie Johnson, a grandmother who was jailed in 1996 for taking part in a cocaine distribution ring, was just granted clemency by President Trump. Kim Kardashian West lobbied for Johnson’s release from prison through a campaign by the clemency foundation CAN-DO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu served the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, dessert in a shoe--highly offensive to Japanese. Several Israeli officials and diplomats voiced disbelief, as the Japanese are known not to wear shoes at home or often even at work.
Ursula Le Guin, who pushed boundaries as a female writer in male-dominated fantasy and science fiction genres, has died at 88. The author was known for her novels including ‘The Left Hand of Darkness,’ ‘A Wizard of Earthsea,’ ‘The Tombs of Atuan’ and ‘The Farthest Shore.’