As is custom, here are links to the biggest stories today, handpicked from select sources on the internet.
In a vote in the early Wednesday morning hours, the Senate approved the final version of the first overhaul of the US tax code in more than 30 years, handing President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans their most significant legislative victory of 2017.
The decision by the European Court of Justice is a major setback for Uber, which had argued that it should should not be subjected to the same regulations as traditional taxi companies. CNNMoney (London) First published December 20, 2017: 3:58 AM ET
Emma Wren Gibson, delivered November 25 by Dr. Jeffrey Keenan, medical director of the National Embryo Donation Center, is the result of an embryo originally frozen on October 14, 1992. Emma’s parents, Tina and Benjamin Gibson of eastern Tennessee, admit feeling surprised when they were told the exact age of the embryo thawed March 13 by Carol Sommerfelt, embryology lab director at the National Embryo Donation Center.
Law died in Rome, where he served as archpriest of the Papal Liberian Basilica of St. Mary Major after he was forced to resign as archbishop of Boston in 2002. The scandal broke when it was revealed by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigative reporting team that Law and other bishops before him had covered for pedophile priests in the Boston Archdiocese.
That’s a significant drop from the 45% approval rating that Trump had in March, shortly after taking office. It marks the worst approval rating in a December of any elected president’s first year in the White House by a wide margin – and only the second time since the dawn of modern polling that a president’s approval rating sank under 50% at this point.
“We can’t tolerate that risk,” he told CBS in an interview Tuesday morning. “If North Korea has a nuclear weapon, who are you going to try to prevent getting one? Look at the regime, the hostility of this regime to the whole world.”
It was a “white object, oblong, pointing north, moving erratically,” he told CNN’s Jim Sciutto on Tuesday evening. At the time of the sighting, Fravor was a naval commander, in the cockpit of a US aircraft, and the details of the encounter are still fresh in his mind.
One of the US’s leading crypto-currency exchanges is carrying out an insider trading investigation. Coinbase fears its own workers may have exploited its move into Bitcoin Cash – a spin-off of the original Bitcoin. The San Francisco-based firm announced the move after Bitcoin Cash’s price jumped.
An elderly Canadian couple is heartbroken after learning that they will be separated for the first time in seven decades a week before Christmas. Herbert Goodine, 91, was told he must leave the long-term care facility where he lives with his wife Audrey Goodine, 89, and move into a nursing home.
Heather North, the US actress who was the voice of Daphne in Scooby-Doo for many years, has died at the age of 71. According to reports, she died at her Los Angeles home on 30 November after a long illness. North was the second actress to voice the “danger-prone” Daphne Blake in the Scooby Doo, Where Are You!
The US says it “will be taking names” during a UN General Assembly vote on a resolution criticising its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Permanent representative Nikki Haley warned member states that President Donald Trump had asked her to report on “who voted against us” on Thursday.
In Virginia, US, a young woman has died in tragic circumstances after being mauled by her own dogs. Police said Bethany Stephens, 22, was attacked by her two pit bulls while out for a walk – despite having raised them since they were puppies.
Energy and transport entrepreneur Elon Musk accidentally tweeted his private phone number to his 16.7 million followers on Tuesday. The Telsa and SpaceX CEO divulged the number in what was meant to be a message to John Carmack, head of technology at virtual reality firm Oculus. “Do you have a sec to talk?
Lady Gaga has announced a massive, two-year residency in Las Vegas, starting late in 2018. “The rumours are true!” she wrote Twitter. “I will have my own residency at MGM’s Park Theater. Get ready for a brand new show! “It’s been my lifelong dream to be a Las Vegas girl, I’m so overjoyed!”
Oh, you’re still into Bitcoin? That’s cool. Except Bitcoin Cash is the hot new cryptocurrency now. Coinbase, the popular cryptocurrency exchange, announced Tuesday it would add support for Bitcoin Cash. No, Bitcoin Cash isn’t new. It arrived on the scene back in August.
Hyperloop One set a new company record when it reached a blistering 242 mph outside of Las Vegas on Friday – and days later, it gained a famous billionaire. The company named Richard Branson its chairman on Monday, rebranding itself as Virgin Hyperloop One, Axios reports.
The best-rated movie of 2017 was a comedy, horror, or documentary – depending on how you look at it. Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out was the highest rated film of the year on Rotten Tomatoes, with a steadfast 99% from critics and 87% from audiences.
Facebook is letting you decide whether or not you want your face to be recognized. On Tuesday, Facebook released a new setting that lets users easily manage the facial recognition software across the social network, the company announced in a blog post.
Democracy! Sometimes it feels so pointless. But before you decide to skip next election, consider this: a race in the Virginia House of Delegates was decided by a single vote. On Tuesday, the results of a recount by Virginia election officials was announced, and it turns out Democrat Shelly Simonds beat incumbent Republican David Yancey.
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The actress Eva Longoria is expecting her first child with husband José Antonio Bastón, “E! News” confirmed on Tuesday after Hola! broke the story. Longoria, 42, is four months pregnant with a son, her reps told the outlet. The “Real Housewives” star began dating Bastón, the president of Televisa, the largest media company in Latin America, back in 2013.
The period between Christmas and New Year’s Day could end up being the most popular time for streaming all year, according to Amazon and Netflix data shared with HuffPost. Maybe you’re off work and in search of easy family bonding.
Are you ready to kick off 2018 with a better financial you? Do you want to set aside your spending ways and educate yourself on money matters, once and for all? We rounded up some financial advisers, accountants and bankers ― and sprinkled their advice with some plain old common sense and a touch of online expertise ― to bring you these six ways to improve your finances.