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1. California storm: Five-year-old boy swept away as residents told to flee
- A five-year-old has been swept away by floodwaters in California as the state's death toll from a series of storms rises to 14.
- The boy and his mother were reportedly in a truck taking him to school when the vehicle was overcome by water.
- Tens of thousands remain without power and mass evacuation are under way, with more cyclones to come.

2. Classified files found at Biden's former private office
- The US justice department is reviewing documents marked classified in President Joe Biden's former office at a think tank.
- About 10 of the files were discovered in a locked closet at the Penn Biden Center in Washington in November by Mr Biden's legal team.
- The batch has been handed over to the National Archives.

3. Ukraine war: Russia controls most of the destroyed salt mine town
- Russia is "likely" to now be in control of most of the salt-mining town of Soledar in Ukraine's east after a months-long battle with Ukrainian forces.
- Russian troops and the mercenary Wagner Group have made advances in the past four days.
- President Zelensky said there was "almost no life" in Soledar, with "no whole walls left".

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