12.12.2018

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France Shooting.
At least three people were killed and 12 injured after a gunman opened fire on a popular Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg yesterday. By this morning, officials had detained five people as they searched for the shooter, while raising the national security level and mobilizing over 350 security forces to look for the suspect. According to reports, the suspect is a 29-year-old who had been listed on the country's "Fiche S” list - a list that indicates national security threats - and had engaged police in at least two separate gunfights earlier in the evening. Though being injured in the final exchange, the gunman somehow managed to evade police and hop in a taxi, and is currently at large. 

Separately a gunman in Brazil opened fire during a Catholic mass, killing five. 
Time Person(s) of the Year.
Time Magazine announced their Person of the Year yesterday, choosing to recognize the importance of transparency in the press. Among the joint awardees were Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident journalist who was killed by a Saudi hit squad in early October. Second, the five staff members gunned down in the June shooting of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland were recognized. In the third recognition, two Reuters reporters detained for the past year for their work covering the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar were highlighted. Finally, Maria Ressa was recognized for her work combating global terrorism. 
May Faces No Confidence Vote.
British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no confidence vote today, led by conservative lawmakers in the United Kingdom's Parliament. If such a vote were successful, May would be removed from office and a new Prime Minister would need to be nominated and voted into office. May has been battered from both liberals and conservatives as she tries to negotiate a deal to remove the UK from the European Union (see Brexit 101). She assumed the post in July 2016 after former Prime Minister David Cameron stepped down following a national referendum wherein British voters chose to separate the country from the EU. May's administration has largely spent the past two years negotiating the details that would make good on the referendum. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
>  Kathie Lee Gifford to depart NBC's Today Show after more than a decade on the program (More)
City of Oakland files lawsuit against NFL and Raiders franchise over team's choice to move to Las Vegas in 2020; Raiders undecided where they'll play in 2019 (More)
> Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody becomes most-streamed song released in 20th century with 1.5 billion streams (More)
Science & Technology.
> Researchers find that subterranean bio-organisms, between 2.5-5 billion kilometers below the surface of earth contain up to 385 times the bio mass on land; reveals a rich, previously unknown ecosystem (More)
> Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies before US House over accusations of political bias (More)
> Study links disruption of circadian rhythm to higher rates of obesity and breast cancer  (More)
Business & Markets.
> Sources say China to reduce tariffs on US automobiles from 40% to 15% (More)
> Tencent Music - music business of Chinese tech giant Tencent - raises $1.1B at $21B valuation in IPO; to start trading today on NYSE (More)
> Trump administration proposal would let USPS sell mailbox access to private companies in effort to curb USPS losses (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> In an 87-to-13 vote, Senate approves $867B farm bill; legislation moves to House for approval (More)
> Virginia jury recommends 419 years plus life sentence for man who rammed car into crowd of counter-protesters during 2017 Unite the Right rally (More)
> President Trump meets with Democratic lawmakers Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-12) as Dec. 21st deadline to fund government looms (More)
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