12 DEAD, 48 MORE INJURED IN CHRISTMAS MARKET ATTACK IN BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling the deadly incident, which involved a truck driver plowing into a crowded Christmas market in the country’s capital, a “terrorist attack.” CNN is reporting the suspect may be a refugee from the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. Take a look at a map of the truck’s deadly route. [Reuters]
RUSSIAN AMBASSADOR TO TURKEY SHOT AND KILLED IN ANKARA Andrei Karlov was shot and killed by a Turkish off-duty police officer who yelled “Don’t forget Aleppo” and “Allahu Akbar.” Here’s what the assassination means for the already fraught relationship between Turkey and Russia as they negotiate in Syria peace talks. Shots were also fired outside of the U.S. embassy to Turkey after the assassination. And take a look at the wave of terrorist attacks in Turkey this year. [Reuters]
SURPRISE, SURPRISE: DONALD TRUMP WON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE Despite a movement to get electors to break from their states’ voters. Bill Clinton did tear up when casting his ballot for Hillary. [Igor Bobic, Mollie Reilly and Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost]
CHINA RETURNS U.S. DRONE No big deal, it was just stolen by a foreign government for a few days. [Reuters]
ZURICH SHOOTER CONFIRMED DEAD The gunman shot three people at a Zurich mosque Monday. [Reuters]
TRUMP REPORTEDLY PLANS TO KEEP PRIVATE SECURITY DURING HIS PRESIDENCY Which would be an unheard of break with the security protocols for presidents. [Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost]
3 FAMILIES OF PULSE SHOOTING VICTIMS ARE SUING FACEBOOK, GOOGLE AND TWITTER For providing “
FLIGHTS ARE GROUNDED IN CHINA DUE TO THE SEVERITY OF THE TOXIC SMOG Factories and traffic came to a standstill in northern China due to the blanketing smog. [Rebecca Shapiro, HuffPost]
WOMAN KILLED BY FALLING TREE AT WEDDING IDENTIFIED AS MOTHER OF THE BRIDE Margarita Mojarro was posing for photos at a park when the tree fell on the wedding party. [People]
THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS COLLECTING LOANS IT PROMISED TO FORGIVE “The Obama administration has been actively seeking loan payments from thousands of former students eligible for a debt-forgiveness program.” [Bloomberg]
SYLVESTER STALLONE TURNED DOWN A POSITION IN TRUMP ADMINISTRATION But signaled he might be willing to take on a role helping veterans. [HuffPost]
BECAUSE TUESDAYS CAN BE MONOTONOUS Check out this Google extension that finds Google Map images that match the shapes you draw. It’s oddly mesmerizing and comforting and more interesting than that Excel sheet. Sorry, Bill. [Lines]
DISNEY IS THE FIRST MOVIE STUDIO TO MAKE $7 BILLION IN A YEAR Those mouse ears really are magical. [Variety]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ The New York Times explains the decision to run a photo of the dead Russian ambassador to Turkey and his assassin.
~ Outgoing North Carolina governor signs into law bills that strip powers from his successor.
~ It looks like Andrea Bocelli may not be singing at Trump’s inauguration after all.
~ Six more retailers eliminated “on call” scheduling.
~ The judge in the Brock Turner case has been cleared of judicial misconduct.
~ International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde has been convicted in France for negligence on a state payout. The board of the IMF is considering whether they will allow her to stay on considering the decision.
~ The trailer to “Blade Runner 2049” is as cool as it sounds.
~ Leonardo DiCaprio and the cast of “Growing Pains” all showed up to pay their respects at Alan Thicke’s memorial.
~ According to a recent study, female doctors are less likely to kill you.
~ Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III is as immersive an experience as you’d imagine it would be.
~ We gave up on trying not to cry when reading about this dying police dog’s touching last call.
~ Congrats to Zooey Deschanel, who is reportedly expecting her second child with husband Jacob Pechenick.
~ Of course Kate Middleton is killing the holiday dress game.
~ The celebrity breakups that trampled our hearts in 2016 (seriously, is anyone over Brangelina yet?).
~ Ten times Asian-Americans spoke up in 2016.
~ Red wine hot chocolate is a thing, and we now expect it in our Christmas stocking (seriously, Mom, this is a great idea, just saying).
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