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Jimmy Carter now in hospice

PRESIDENT Jimmy Carter with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping (Wikipedia).

Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, has entered hospice care at his home.

According to the Associated Press, The Carter Center confirmed that on Saturday. Hospice care is considered the final step before end of life. He is 98 years old.

Carter served as President of the United States from 1977-1981. A former governor of Georgia, he was elected president as a Democrat in 1976, narrowly defeating Republican vice president Gerald Ford.

Historians credit him with negotiating a treaty to turn the Panama Canal  over to Panama and for his role in the Camp David treaty between Israel and Egypt. But high inflation and the Iranian hostage crisis drove his popularity down. He lost by a wide margin to Ronald Reagan in 1980.

Once out of office, he’s devoted himself to a variety of humanitarian projects, including Habitat for Humanity.

U.S., Chinese top diplomats meet

Anthony Blinken, secretary of state, met with Yang Yi, his Chinese counterpart in Munich on Saturday at which the situation in Ukraine and the spy balloon incident were discussed.

According to The New York Times, the meeting was described as “confrontational,” but it did mark the resumption of diplomatic contact between the two powers.

Harris: Russians committed war crimes

Russia has committed “crimes against humanity” in its invasion of Ukraine, Vice President Kamala Harris said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

She referred to massacres of civilians in several Ukrainian towns and the Russian airstrike on a theater used as a refuge by civilians.

Amnesty International has declared the latter incident a war crime.

Sports: Kings host the Coyotes

The Los Angeles Kings will seek to enhance their Stanley Cup playoff prospects when they host the Arizona Coyotes tonight. Check back later for the results.

Weather: Sunny, but then bundle up

The West Orange County area will enjoy some sun in the new few days, but after that it’s time for umbrellas and raincoats. The forecast for Sunday is more mostly clear skies with a daytime high of 67 and an overnight low of 47.

Monday should be sunny (70/48), but winter weather will move in Tuesday and stay for at least a week. Clouds and a high of 65 on that day will eventually lead to a 65 percent chance of rain on Thursday with daily highs of 54 through Friday.

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