US Weekly Jobless Claims Rise; Continuing Claims at 10-Month High
US Weekly Jobless Claims Rise; Continuing Claims at 10-Month High

WASHINGTON—The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits increased moderately last week, while unemployment rolls hit a 10-month high towards the end of November, suggesting the labor market was gradually slowing down.

House Passes Bill Codifying Federal Right to Same Sex Marriage
House Passes Bill Codifying Federal Right to Same Sex Marriage

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Dec. 8 that would codify same-sex and interracial marriage as a federally recognized right.

Elon Musk’s Twitter Restores More Accounts in Latest Wave
Elon Musk’s Twitter Restores More Accounts in Latest Wave

The Twitter accounts of several prominent conservatives were restored this week under new owner Elon Musk, including former President Donald Trump campaign associate Roger Stone and one-time congressional candidate Laura Loomer.

New York Times Journalists Launch 24-Hour Strike
New York Times Journalists Launch 24-Hour Strike

Hundreds of reporters, editors, and other employees at The New York Times launched a 24-hour walkout on Thursday, arguing that discussions between their union and the company have stalled. This is the first strike of its size and scale at the newspaper in 40 years.

Police: 2 Firefighters Die in House Fire, Body Found Outside
Police: 2 Firefighters Die in House Fire, Body Found Outside

WEST PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa.—Pennsylvania State Police say two firefighters died responding to a house fire where a body was found, while two people who lived in the home got out safely.

House Passes $858 Billion Defense Funding Bill With Termination of Military Vaccine Mandate
House Passes $858 Billion Defense Funding Bill With Termination of Military Vaccine Mandate

The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 8 passed a defense funding bill that would force the termination of the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate if it is also approved by the Senate and signed by President Joe Biden.

Google, Oracle, Amazon, and Microsoft Awarded $9 Billion Cloud Deals: Pentagon
Google, Oracle, Amazon, and Microsoft Awarded $9 Billion Cloud Deals: Pentagon

Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Oracle have been awarded lucrative cloud contracts valued at up to $9 billion in total, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on Dec. 7.

Kraft Recalls Ready-to-Eat Ham and Cheese Load Products
Kraft Recalls Ready-to-Eat Ham and Cheese Load Products

Kraft Heinz foods company is recalling about 2,400 pounds of its ready-to-eat “Oscar Mayer Ham and Cheese Loaf.”

Apple Sued by 2 Women Who Claim Exes Used ‘Dangerous’ AirTags to Stalk Them
Apple Sued by 2 Women Who Claim Exes Used ‘Dangerous’ AirTags to Stalk Them

Apple has been sued by two women who claim the company’s AirTag devices were used by their ex-partners to stalk them.

McConnell: Increasingly Likely That Congress Will Need to Pass Short-Term Funding Bill
McConnell: Increasingly Likely That Congress Will Need to Pass Short-Term Funding Bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Dec. 6 that lawmakers are at a “significant impasse” on reaching an agreement on a must-pass spending bill, and indicated that a short-term continuing resolution (CR) may be necessary instead.

White House Leaves Open Possibility Biden Will Sign Bill That Removes Military’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
White House Leaves Open Possibility Biden Will Sign Bill That Removes Military’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

President Joe Biden could sign a defense funding bill that includes the termination of the military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the White House signaled on Dec. 7.

Elon Musk Briefly Loses Title as World’s Richest Person to LVMH’s Arnault: Forbes
Elon Musk Briefly Loses Title as World’s Richest Person to LVMH’s Arnault: Forbes

Twitter owner and Tesla boss Elon Musk briefly lost his title as the world’s richest person on Wednesday, according to Forbes, following a steep drop in the value of his stake in the electric-car maker and a $44 billion bet on the social media firm.

Son of ‘General Hospital’ Star Jack Wagner Died of Fentanyl Overdose
Son of ‘General Hospital’ Star Jack Wagner Died of Fentanyl Overdose

Harrison Wagner, the son of veteran actor and soap star Jack Wagner, died from an accidental drug overdose, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner confirmed about six months after the 27-year-old was found dead in a California parking lot.

3 Southern University Marching Band Members Killed in Crash
3 Southern University Marching Band Members Killed in Crash

POWHATAN, La.—Three members of Southern University’s marching band, known as the Human Jukebox, were killed in a crash with an 18-wheeler, a university spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.

Lake Calls Twitter ‘Propaganda Arm’ of Government as Hobbs Denies Censorship Allegations
Lake Calls Twitter ‘Propaganda Arm’ of Government as Hobbs Denies Censorship Allegations

Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, during a Dec. 5 appearance on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, called “frightening” a recent report alleging that the Arizona Secretary of State’s office, under Governor-elect Katie Hobbs, colluded with Twitter to censor free speech.

FBI Confirms It Got Tip About Colorado ‘Nonbinary’ Mass Shooting Suspect
FBI Confirms It Got Tip About Colorado ‘Nonbinary’ Mass Shooting Suspect

The FBI confirmed Wednesday that the suspect accused of opening fire at a Colorado gay bar last month and killing five people was put on the bureau’s radar when he was arrested for threatening to kill his family.

Top Marine Corps General Says COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Has Led to Decline in Military Recruitment
Top Marine Corps General Says COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Has Led to Decline in Military Recruitment

A top general in the Marine Corps has acknowledged that the COVID-19 vaccine mandate is hampering its recruitment goals, but he credited the requirement with keeping military personnel healthy.

Education Department Dissolves National Parents Council Months After Lawsuit
Education Department Dissolves National Parents Council Months After Lawsuit

The Department of Education (DOE) is to “immediately and permanently” disband a five-month-old national parents council after conservative groups sued it for allegedly being unbalanced and politically biased.

Rescue Teams Recover Plane After Crash Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Missing in Gulf of Mexico
Rescue Teams Recover Plane After Crash Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Missing in Gulf of Mexico

Rescue teams have found the bodies of a woman and a female juvenile after a Florida plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday evening. The plane was recovered earlier on Monday. A 42-year-old man is still missing.

Slow Cognitive Decline With Flavonols, Study Says
Slow Cognitive Decline With Flavonols, Study Says

Eating more flavonols, antioxidants found in many vegetables, fruits, tea and wine, may slow your rate of memory loss, a new study finds.

Jan. 6 Protester Who Allegedly Entered Pelosi’s Office Sentenced
Jan. 6 Protester Who Allegedly Entered Pelosi’s Office Sentenced

A Texan man who allegedly entered Nancy Pelosi’s office during the breach of the Capitol on Jan. 6 was sentenced on Nov. 21.

Loudoun County School Official Lied About Teen Sexual Assault in School Bathroom: Special Grand Jury
Loudoun County School Official Lied About Teen Sexual Assault in School Bathroom: Special Grand Jury

A special grand jury in Loudoun County, Virginia, said the superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) lied about sexual assaults perpetrated on school grounds in 2021 and that school officials displayed a “stunning lack of openness” about the incidents, according to the special grand jury’s report released on Monday.