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Need To Know
Pensacola Shooting Probed as Terrorism
A shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola killed three and injured eight after opening fire during a class on the military base Friday. Officials identified the shooter, killed on the scene by responding officers, as a 21-year-old second lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force doing a training stint at NAS Pensacola, which often hosts international trainees. The incident is being presumed a terror attack as investigators zeroed in on anti-American comments the shooter made on social media as well as reports that he showed videos of other mass shootings at a recent dinner party. The FBI has also broadened its probe after reports that at least three other Saudi trainees filmed the attacks ($$, WashPo) with their cellphones and the Saudi government is investigating whether the shooter was radicalized during return trips home to the kingdom. The attack came just two days after a gunman opened fire at a base in Pearl Harbor, killing two and injuring another. The events appear to be unrelated. 

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LSU Rolls into Bowl Season
The final regular season rankings for the College Football Playoff were unveiled yesterday, with No. 1 LSU taking on No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl and No. 2 Ohio State facing off against the defending champions and No. 3 Clemson Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl. The top three teams completed undefeated regular seasons, with LSU regaining the top spot from Ohio State after a dominating 37-10 performance over Georgia to win the SEC Conference Championship. LSU heads into the playoff led by quarterback and Heisman frontrunner Joe Burrow, who is first in the nation in passing touchdowns (48) and second in passing yards (4,714). Both semifinals will be played Dec. 28, with the winners squaring off in the national championship Jan. 13 (8pm ET, ESPN). The non-playoff bowl games also offer juicy matchups for fans, including a blue-blood battle between Michigan and Alabama in the Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 1pm ET, ABC).

In a favorable coincidence for LSU, the rotating championship game will be held this year in nearby New Orleans.
Jobs Report Smashes Expectations
Payrolls in the United States added an estimated 266,000 jobs in November, outpacing expectations by nearly 80,000 and putting the economy on pace to average 180,000 jobs gained per month in 2019. Unemployment ticked down to 3.5%, matching a five-decade low. Key gains were made in industries like healthcare and manufacturing, though three-fourths of the latter category was accounted for by an end to the General Motors strike, which returned 41,000 workers. The labor force participation rate - a key input into how productive an economy can be (see 101) - remained steady at just above 63%. That number, dominated by a retirement rush expected to last through the mid-2030s, dropped from 66% during the Great Recession and has yet to recover. 

You can dig into all the data here.
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