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Argentina Wins a Thriller 

Argentina won the World Cup yesterday, the country's third title, outlasting defending champion France in penalty kicks in one of the most exciting finals in recent years. Argentine superstar Lionel Messi scored two goals in what he said will likely be his last World Cup appearance. 


Argentina controlled much of the game, going up 2-0 with goals in the 23rd and 36th minutes by Messi and Ángel Di María. The score held until the 80th minute, when 23-year-old French star Kylian Mbappé scored, and then followed up with a stunning goal less than 90 seconds later (w/video). 


The match went into extra time, with Messi again scoring in the 108th minute, and being countered by a Mbappé goal with just minutes left to play, sending the outcome to penalty kicks. Argentina won the round 4-2, with goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez stopping the second shot from France.


Watch highlights from throughout the match here


Final Jan. 6 Hearing

The House Jan. 6 Committee is set to hold its final public hearing today, with the panel expected to make referrals for a number of individuals they allege committed crimes during last January's storming of the US Capitol. The referrals are nonbinding and carry no legal weight but instead act as a recommendation from the panel to the Justice Department to take further action. 


Reports Friday suggested the panel will vote on issuing a criminal referral for former President Donald Trump on three charges—conspiracy, fraud, and insurrection. The panel is also expected to consider charges for other individuals, yet to be identified as of this morning. Trump and allies have argued the roughly 18-month-long effort by the Democratic-led committee is politically motivated. 


The panel will disband at the end of the current congressional session, which lasts through Jan. 2. Functionally, Special Counsel Jack Smith will determine whether to pursue charges. Livestream the hearing here (12:45 pm ET).


Shooter's Father Charged

Robert Crimo Jr., the father of the gunman in the July 4 Highland Park, Illinois, shooting, was arrested after being charged with seven felony counts of reckless conduct Friday, one for each of the shooting victims. Each carries a maximum of three years in what legal observers have described as a rare case of a parent facing charges for their child's crimes.


The elder Crimo is a known businessman in the affluent north Chicago suburb of 30,000, having also run for mayor in 2019. He is accused of signing the then-19-year-old shooter's gun permit application in 2019 after reports that the son threatened violence against himself and others. His son, now 22, has pleaded not guilty to over 100 criminal counts after allegedly opening fire from a store rooftop on hundreds marching in the neighborhood Independence Day parade. 


Previously, the father denied any wrongdoing, and was released on $50K bail Saturday. His next hearing is set for Jan. 12.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> "Avatar: The Way of Water" hauls in $435M globally in its opening weekend (More) | Shirley Eikhard, songwriter of Grammy-winning "Something to Talk About," dies of cancer at 67 (More)

> Aaron Judge's 62nd home run ball fetches $1.5M, the second most expensive baseball ever to be sold at auction (More) | Minnesota Vikings beat Indianapolis Colts despite 33-point halftime deficit, the biggest comeback in NFL history (More)

> Los Angeles jury to resume deliberations for 10th day today in Harvey Weinstein's trial on seven charges of rape and sexual assault (More)

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Science & Technology

> The US posthumously reverses 1954 decision to strip US physicist Robert Oppenheimer of his security clearance (More) | Leader of the Manhattan Project, Oppenheimer had been accused of spying for the Soviet Union; read more here (More)

> New technique allows researchers to accurately map the genome of the tuberculosis bacteria; TB infects about a quarter of the world's population and is responsible for 1.6 million annual deaths (More)

> Twitter to ban links and nonpaid promotion of other social media sites, including tweets, which include links to Facebook, Instagram, Truth Social, Mastodon, and more (More) | CEO Elon Musk reinstates accounts of some journalists suspended under doxxing rule following public poll (More)


Business & Markets

> US stock markets close lower Friday (S&P 500 -1.1%, Dow -0.9%, Nasdaq -1.0%) for second consecutive weekly decline (More)

> Starbucks workers at stores across the US stage walkouts over the weekend in effort to unionize stores (More)

> Sources say former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried will appear in a Bahamian court today to surrender himself for extradition to the US (More)


Politics & World Affairs

> Tunisian president urged to resign by opposition parties after election boycott produces worst voting turnout since Arab Spring in 2011 (More) | Qatar denies wrongdoing in corruption probe linking several EU lawmakers to gulf nation (More) | Pope Francis reveals existence of prewritten resignation letter in case of medical impairment (More)

> Death toll rises to 169 in last week's floods in capital area of Democratic Republic of the Congo (More) | Oil truck overturns inside Afghanistan tunnel Saturday, killing at least 19 and wounding dozens (More

> El Paso, Texas, mayor declares state of emergency ahead of surge in migrant crossings after Title 42 rule is lifted Wednesday (More) | What is Title 42? (More) | Temperatures to plunge across the southern US amid rare arctic air mass late this week (More

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Historybook: First edition of "The American Crisis" published by Thomas Paine (1776); French entertainer Édith Piaf born (1915); First National Hockey League game played (1917); President Eisenhower’s Christmas message is first radio broadcast from space (1958); President Clinton is impeached (1998).

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