In the Know: December 3, 2015

“When one person dies in America every 16 minutes from a gun, we urgently need to talk about remedies.” Nicholas Kristof writes in The New York Times Op-Ed, responding to the San Bernardino mass shooting on Dec. 2

Nation
Authorities are working to confirm the motive of two suspects responsible for the deaths of 14 in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA. Both were killed in a police shootout following the attacks.

And President Obama is calling for stricter gun laws. “I say this every time… this just doesn’t happen in other countries.”

The Pentagon will now open up all combat roles in the military to women, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced on Thursday.

The good news: People are still helping. Meet CNN Hero of the Year Maggie Doyne.

World
Leaders of 196 countries gathered in Paris this week to discuss climate change. “The challenge of an international meeting has never been so great because it’s the future of the planet, the future of life,” French President Francois Hollande said.

These are the women on the front line of the fight against global warming.  

Much to Russia’s dismay, Nato invited Montenegro to join its first expansion in six years.

In the wake of a severe recession and other crises, impeachment proceedings have been opened against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff.

Puerto Rico is having a bad week. (Such as too much debt.)

Politics
Mass shootings this year by the numbers. And our country is now divided over praying as a response.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he now “welcomes” a Justice Department investigation in “systemic issues embedded” in the city’s police department. (In the wake of emerging details about Laquan McDonald.)

Senate passed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act, with a 52-47 vote.

There have been 143 security breaches or attempted breaches at facilities secured by the Secret Service in the last 10 years, according to a lengthy House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report.

Business
In celebrating the birth of their first child, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced the creation of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a new philanthropic organization to be funded by 99% of the couple’s Facebook shares.

Yahoo could be making some big changes soon.

Science
A new study suggests we might pass down more than genes to our children.

Health
The World Health Organization says some 420,000 people die each year from foodborne diseases, with young children accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths.

Turns out your mom was right: TV might actually be rotting your brain.

Women’s Affairs
The documentary The Hunting Ground, a searing look at the failure of American universities to grapple successfully with campus rape, has been embraced by CNN and shortlisted for next year’s Oscars, while helping to sharpen the focus of college administrators.

image via of San Bernardino, CA on Dec. 2

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