In the Know: December 5, 2014

“I think it’s crucial that people come out and make their voices heard.” Wells Thorne, protesting the grand jury decision of Eric Garner’s death in New York City

Nation
Protesters across the nation swarmed city streets on Thursday to voice outrage and demands for police and judicial reform in the wake of Eric Garner’s death and the refusal by a grand jury to indict the police officer who put a chokehold on him.

Today NASA launched an Orion space capsule that may someday send astronauts to Mars.

California’s drought is the worst in 1,200 years, and this week’s moisture may have only been “two drops” in the bucket, meteorologist Jan Null of Golden Gate Weather Services said.

World
Areas of the Philippines are being evacuated in anticipation of Typhoon Hagupit; almost 32 million people (a third of the country’s population) are likely to be affected in some way by cyclone-force winds when the storm arrives.

The U.N. Security Council issued an extensive report that says the terror group ISIS has enough weapons to wage war for up to two years.

Politics
The Department of Justice is officially investigating police brutality in Cleveland, OH.

The president is expected to officially announce former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will be stepping into the role of outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel — should he get confirmed by the Senate.

Business
The economy added jobs in November, but the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.8%. Mostly good news.

Uber has been valued at $40 billion. Winning.

Health
Flu shots help, but maybe not as much as anticipated.

Women’s Affairs
An American school teacher was stabbed to death in an Abu Dhabi mall allegedly by a woman who wanted to terrorize Americans.

Did you watch Peter Pan Live starring Allison Williams? Yes, she played a he.

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