These are the stories making headlines today.

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport restores power after crippling outage

The ground stop for Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International disrupted air travel across the United States and led to the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights in and out of Atlanta. The outage, which affected all airport operations, started with a fire in a Georgia Power underground electrical facility, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said.

Death threats haunt Miss Iraq in wake of selfie controversy

“I was on cloud nine, I had been dreaming of that forever,” said Idan, 27, an aspiring singer/songwriter. But all of that suddenly changed. And it was all over a selfie. A selfie seen around the world. Idan and Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, took the picture during a pre-pageant photo shoot in Las Vegas.

Erdogan defies Trump, says Turkey has own embassy plans for Jerusalem

“We have already declared East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state, but we haven’t been able to open our embassy there because Jerusalem is currently under occupation,” Erdogan said in a speech Sunday to members of his AK Party in Karaman, southern Turkey.

GOP prepares for a long-awaited win with taxes

“This is going to be one of the great gifts to the middle-income people of this country that they’ve ever gotten for Christmas,” President Donald Trump told reporters over the weekend.

Bitcoin futures trading just got a lot bigger

The red hot digital currency hit new highs over the weekend — and it’s now got the weight of the world’s biggest exchange operator behind it. Financial market giant CME Group launched bitcoin futures trading on Sunday evening in the U.S., a week after a similar move by its smaller rival Cboe Global Markets .

Gingerbread City built by top architects

Written by Oscar Holland, CNN Some of the world’s biggest architecture firms have been competing for plots in this winter’s tastiest property market — the Gingerbread City. Recently opened at the Museum of Architecture in London, the miniature metropolis is brimming with contemporary — and almost entirely edible — buildings.

Why the Vatican is using milk to paint its buildings

Written by Delia Gallagher, CNN The Belvedere Palace, which dates back to 1484 and houses precious art of the Vatican Museums, is currently being re-painted with milk. It’s an ancient recipe that has proven more lasting than any modern synthetic paints: “We’re not nostalgic for the past,” said the Vatican’s chief architect, Vitale Zanchettin.

McCain Leaves Washington Before Tax Vote To Recuperate From Cancer Treatment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican U.S. Senator John McCain is expected to miss an upcoming vote on a tax code overhaul, after his office said he had returned to his home in Arizona following medical treatment. The Senate is expected to vote as early as Tuesday on tax legislation.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Says He Now Backs Same-Sex Marriage

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday expressed his support for same-sex unions, after previously declaring his opposition to gay marriage, in an about-face that may displease bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country.

Designer Stefano Gabbana: ‘I Don’t Want To Be Called Gay’

If Stefano Gabbana had it his way, he would no longer be defined by his sexuality. The designer, who co-founded the Dolce & Gabbana luxury fashion house with Domenico Dolce, told Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily, “I don’t want to be called gay, because I’m simply a man … full stop.”

Pastor Blasts Supreme Court’s Gay Wedding Cake Case In Unhinged Rant

A conservative pastor known for producing controversial Facebook videos is back with a blistering defense of Christian businesses who turn away same-sex couples. Pastor Greg Locke of Tennessee’s Global Vision Bible Church tackled the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in a jaw-dropping clip posted to Facebook Dec.

The Force Is Still Strong: ‘The Last Jedi’ Has Second-Best Opening Of All Time

” Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi ” was first at the box office this weekend, taking in $220 million in North America. It was the second-biggest domestic opening of all time behind only 2015′s “The Force Awakens.” The latest installment in the Star Wars franchise made $104.8 million on Friday alone, Variety reported.

Pentagon admits it ran secret £15m UFO programme

The Pentagon has admitted it ran a secret programme tasked with investigating sightings of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. Although the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Programme ended five years ago, when US defence officials shifted attention and funding to other priorities, it remains unclear if it has continued to investigate sightings of mysterious vehicles.

Milestone’ ovarian cancer drug which delays disease’s return gets UK approval

A pill which has the potential to buy an extra 16 months of life for women with ovarian cancer has been dubbed a “milestone” treatment, after it was licensed for use in the UK. The once-daily pill Niraparib is part of a new class of cancer drugs, and quadruples the time it takes for cancer to return after chemotherapy.

Mo Farah crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017

Mo Farah has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, beating the likes of bookies’ favourite Anthony Joshua and Lewis Hamilton to the annual prize. The long-distance runner wound up his track career this year at the London Stadium by winning the 10,000m gold at the World Championships and finishing second in the 5,000m.

People with sisters are happier and more optimistic, study shows

The next time your sister nicks your food, snaps at you or embarrasses you, forgive her fast. In fact, you should probably be thanking her instead. Research from De Montfont University and Ulster University claims that having a sister makes you happier and more optimistic.

This woman has found the perfect response to scam texts

Scammers are villains in everyone’s eyes but their own. Whether they trying to get your money into fraudulent bank accounts or signing up to a PPI claim that you clearly don’t have, the scammers are everywhere. They’ve managed to infiltrate your emails, phones and even WhatsApp.

Microsoft surprises a thoughtful 9-year-old who gave up his Xbox to help the homeless

In early December, 9-year-old Mikah Frye decided that instead of getting an Xbox One for Christmas, he’d rather use that $300 to donate blankets to the homeless. Microsoft caught wind of Frye’s generosity, Fox 8 reported Saturday, and decided to set up a surprise for him: a limited edition Minecraft-themed Xbox One X from none other than Santa himself.

Google’s taking another big step to stop the spread of fake news

The internet is filled with too many fake news websites – not the ones Donald Trump keeps falsely accusing, but real sources of provably false information – and Google’s taking another step to stop this garbage from misleading people.

Somewhere in Las Vegas, there’s a warehouse containing debris from UFOs

Let’s be clear: “U.F.O.” is an acronym for “unidentified flying object.” It doesn’t necessarily mean aliens. But it also might mean aliens. Sorry, Miriam. A Saturday report in the New York Times lays out the details of a secret, Defense Department-funded “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program,” formed to investigate UFO reports.