December 2020

College Football Playoff semifinal preview

787k people file for unemployment in US, declining for second straight week

23andMe raises new funding

Senator Josh Hawley announces plans to object to Electoral College vote certification

McConnell says no realistic path to quickly passing covid payment increase

California reports first case of new, more transmissible coronavirus variant

Amazon announces acquisition of podcasting platform Wondery

22 people killed in Yemen airport attack

UK lawmakers approve Brexit trade deal ahead of year-end deadline

Boeing 737 Max returns to service

6.4-magnitude earthquake strikes in Croatia

McConnell blocks initial vote to increase stimulus payments

USDA and HHS publish dietary guidelines for 2020-2025

UK grants emergency approval for AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine

Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies from complications related to coronavirus

First known case of new coronavirus variant reported in Colorado

TSA screens 1.3M passengers, reaching highest point during pandemic

NY lawmakers approve eviction moratorium through May 1 of next year

Saudi activist sentenced to nearly six years in prison

Novavax begins Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trials

EPA announces commercial aircraft emissions standards

FAA announces new drone rules

House votes to increase coronavirus relief payments to $2,000

House votes to override NDAA veto

Wonder Woman grosses $17M in opening weekend

Chinese regulators order Ant Group to address regulatory issues

CDC announces travel requirements for UK air passengers

Niger holds general elections

Georgia Senate runoff generates record fundraising

Authorities identify man responsible for Nashville explosion

EU begins coronavirus vaccine distribution

President Trump signs COVID relief bill

UK and EU reach a post-Brexit trade deal, ahead of December 31 deadline

803k people file for unemployment in the US

Messaging app Telegram said it will introduce ads to parts of its platform in 2021

President Trump issues 26 new pardons, including Manafort and Stone

CDC says 1M Americans have received a Covid-19 vaccine dose; Tennessee joins California as a US outbreak epicenter

Chinese regulators announce antitrust investigation into Alibaba

President Trump vetoes $740B National Defense Authorization Act

Israel to hold a fourth national election in two years

President-elect Biden announces plans to nominate Miguel Cardona for secretary of education

SEC sues crypto-currency firm Ripple Labs and two executives

President Trump issues 15 pardons, along with 5 commutations

SEC approves new NYSE “direct listing” plans

DOJ sues Walmart for alleged contributions to the US opioid crisis

President Trump asks Congress to amend $900B Covid-19 relief bill

Trump administration reaches deal to buy 100M additional doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine

The NBA 2020-21 regular season kicks off

President-elect Joe Biden receives Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on live television

Attorney General Barr holds a final press conference

Peloton plans to acquire fitness equipment-maker Precor for $420M

EU regulators approve the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine

Congress passes a $1.4T government funding bill, alongside $900B coronavirus aid package

Congress passes new $900B coronavirus relief package

Communications platform Discord confirms plans to raise $100M

College Football Playoff contenders selected

Details on the SolarWinds cyberattack continued to emerge

10 Democratic senators unveil “College Athletes Bill of Rights”

Tesla to join the S&P 500 index

Congressional lawmakers agree on new $900B coronavirus relief package

FDA grants emergency use authorization for Moderna coronavirus vaccine

UK places London area under newly-created “Tier 4” restrictions

College football conference championship preview

Walmart announces shoppable livestream pilot with TikTok

Coinbase confidentially files to go public

Russia receives two-year ban from international sporting events

Robinhood agrees to pay $65M to settle SEC charges

Chinese spacecraft returns with lunar samples

Kidnapped Nigerian students returned

38 states file antitrust charges against Google

FDA expected to approve Moderna vaccine

StockX raises $275M

Canadian cannabis companies merge to create large global cannabis producer

MLB elevates Negro Leagues to Major Leage status

Facebook launches PR campaign against Apple privacy policies

Bitcoin passes $20k for the first time

US labels Vietnam and Switzerland as currency manipulators

French President Macron tests positive for coronavirus

10 states file antitrust lawsuit against Google

Giannis Antetokounmpo signs five-year supermax contract

Amazon launches custom clothing service

Twitter to shut down Periscope in March

FDA grants approval for over-the-counter coronavirus test

Biden transition team names top domestic nominees

Winter Storm Gail to hit US today

FDA signals support for Moderna vaccine

EU officials unveil new tech regulation proposals

Zoox unveils robotaxi

Apple debutes privacy nutrition labels

Attorney General Barr to step down next week

Electoral College formally elects Biden as next president

Pinterest settles gender discrimination lawsuit

Boko Haram claims responsibility for mass kidnapping

Farmer strikes continue in India

US surpasses 300k coronavirus deaths

FTC orders 9 tech companies to disclose data practices

Cryptologists decipher Zodiac message

Amazon announces new renewable energy projects

AstraZeneca announces $39B acquisition of Alexion

Google experiences widespread outages

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