A major earthquake jolted Indonesia this morning, killing at least 97 people
. Rescuers scoured the rubble of flattened homes, shops and mosques searching for survivors. The 6.5-magnitude quake hit just as people were starting morning prayers. Some residents headed for the hills. They still remember the 2004 quake and tsunam
i that killed thousands.
Ohio lawmakers have passed one of the toughest abortion restrictions
in the country, which bans the procedure from the moment a fetus' heartbeat can be detected. That's about six weeks into a pregnancy. The bill also bans abortion even in cases of rape and incest. Gov. John Kasich hasn't said if he'll sign it.
3. Syria civil war
The rebel stronghold of Aleppo is close to falling. The Syrian army, backed by brutal airstrikes, has retaken more neighborhoods, leaving only about a quarter of the area in rebel hands
. Residents, who have no food or supplies, say they'd rather die here than flee to regime areas. "Death is much better," said one.
4. Oakland fire
When it was clear they were going to die, the victims in the warehouse fire reached out to loved ones - and each other. One woman woke up to a heartbreaking text: "I'm going to die, mom
." Officials found some bodies hugging each other. The death toll now stands at 36
CNN commentator Van Jones went after both political parties in his TV special last night, "The Messy Truth." He said both "kind of suck
" because some Dems suffer from obnoxious elitism, while some in the GOP have let an ugly racist strain infect their ranks. He wants both parties to take a long look in the mirror.
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It'll be Beyonce vs. Adele
at the Grammys next year. The two superstars will duke it out in a number of categories, including album of the year.
If the stress of air travel is getting to you and you're passing through San Francisco's airport, don't worry. The airport's therapy pig
has your back.
Love > hate
An interracial couple comes home to vandalism and swastikas
. They seek $2,000 on GoFundMe but get $40,000 instead. Sometimes the internet is nice.
Don't I know you?
You're good with celeb faces, but not names. Doesn't matter. The new Blippar app says it can recognize the face of just about any celebrity on the planet
YOUR LONG READ
What a long, strange trip
We spent two years on the road with the candidates. And we have a book to show for it. Just in time for the holidays too! Get your copy of "Unprecedented" here
AND FINALLY ...
It's December. Time for those blasted end-of-year lists. But here's one you may actually enjoy. It's the best songs of 2016, peformed by a bulldog. (Click to view