Friday, December 15th, 2023


➤ The Senate canceled its recess next week and will stay in session to try and forge a deal on border control and funding for Ukraine. The House will be in recess. (More)

A top Hamas leader has called for attacks on America and Britain in retaliation for the war in Gaza. The FBI has issued warnings of potential terrorist attacks in the U.S. (More)

Only 25% of Michigan Democrats say they’re enthusiastic about President Biden as their presidential nominee, according to a new AP-NORC poll. For the state GOP, 45% say they’re enthusiastic about Donald Trump as the nominee. (More)

➤ Two men were indicted in Montana for killing 3,600 birds, including bald and golden eagles, for feathers and other parts to sell on the black market, a federal crime. (More)

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➤ The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo set a franchise record by scoring 64 points in a game against the Indiana Pacers, but a ruckus broke out afterward over who would get to keep the game ball. (See Video)

The SEC released its 2024 football schedule on Wednesday, offering the first look at how the competition will shape up now that it’s expanded to a 16-team league that includes Oklahoma and Texas. (See Schedule)

➤ The University of Colorado is creating a new elective to study how Deion Sanders handles his celebrity on top of coaching the UC football team. The class is called “Prime Time: Public Performance and Leadership.” (More)


Trend LineMarket Report   12/14/23

Natl. Assoc. of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations
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Dow Jones Industrial Average
Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

➤ Big Stock Move: Apellis Pharmaceuticals stock dropped 17% today after the company said European regulators were likely to reject Syfovre, its eye disease treatment. (More)

➤ GM is laying off nearly a quarter of employees working on its self-driving Cruise business after firing nine of the division’s executives. The robo-taxis are under investigation after a vehicle dragged a woman 20 feet. (More)

The top-ranked Google search word for what things cost this year was “eggs” across all 50 states. It’s the first year that the same item has topped price-check searches in each state. (More)

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Science & Technology

Russian President Vladimir Putin came face to face with an AI-generated “deepfake” version of himself during his annual press conference. Fake Putin asked Real Putin his thoughts on artificial intelligence. (See Video)

➤ New 3D images of the human tongue reveal that every person’s tongue has a unique pattern of taste buds and texture, distinct enough that scientists could identify each person by their tongue. (See Illustration)

➤ Scientists discovered the first known stream of stars stretching between galaxies while searching for dark matter. The gigantic “stellar stream” is ten times longer than the Milky Way. (See Images)

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Feel Good Friday

A small-town bar in Northern Ireland has produced a heart-warming Christmas commercial about kindness that’s gone viral worldwide. (See Ad)

An Oklahoma man strung his house with Christmas lights and then saw that the homes of his neighbors, many of them elderly, remained in darkness. So he got their permission to light up every house on the street. (See Video)

➤ A mailman saved a toddler who escaped his daycare center and wandered toward a busy street. The postman scooped him up and called the police. “I was just in the right place at the right time,” he said. (See Video)

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First Lady Jill Biden posted a polarizing White House Christmas video that drew cheers and jeers from millions for its elaborately dressed dancers performing their interpretation of “The Nutcracker.” (See Video)

A bull trotting down the tracks of a Newark, New Jersey transit station delayed travel for up to 45 minutes until the “livestock alert” ended with the animal captured in a fenced lot. (See Video)

A photographer who tried for four years to get the perfect shot of a sunrise through the Dorset Door arches finally succeeded in capturing the iconic shot, known as a “sunstar.” (See Photo)

Poll Position

What’s the best animated Christmas special?

  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  2. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  4. Frosty the Snowman
  5. The Little Drummer Boy
  6. Mickey Mouse Christmas Carol
  7. Mr. Magoo Christmas Carol

Thursday’s Results:

Should TikTok be banned?

  1. Yes: 89%
  2. No: 11%

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“This is it. This is Mickey Mouse. This is exciting because it’s kind of symbolic.”

— Jennifer Jenkins,  director of Duke University’s Center for the Study of Public Domain on Mickey losing full copyright protection.

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