5 things for Wednesday, December 21: Mexico, Berlin, Tupac

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(CNN)There's tragedy in Mexico and charges in Michigan. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Mexico explosion

An explosion ripped through a fireworks market near Mexico City, killing at least 29 people. Seventy-two people were hurt, including three minors so badly burned they were sent to Texas for treatment. The blast, which was felt for miles, sent panicked people scurrying and hurled huge plumes of smoke into the sky.

2. Berlin market attack

The man arrested in the attack on a Berlin Christmas market has been released for lack of evidence. So police have launched a manhunt for a Tunisian man in his early 20s. His ID was found in the truck that was intentionally driven through a crowd at the market, killing 12 people.

3. Offshore drilling

President Obama wants to cement his environmental legacy, so that's why he moved to ban offshore drilling in parts of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. And the incoming Trump administration will have a tough time reversing the action. That's because Obama didn't use an executive order but a 63-year-old law to declare portions of the oceans off limits to future oil and gas leasing.

4. Flint water crisis

Two ex-emergency managers and two water plant officials were the latest people to be charged in the city's water woes. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette accused them of putting finances ahead of the city's residents. "It's all about numbers over people, money over health," he said.

5. Police and race

Black men are almost three times as likely to die than white men when police use force, a new study says. Similar numbers for Hispanic and Native American men were also found. The study's author says it confirms that a person's race does matter when lethal force is used by police.

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AND FINALLY ...

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