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December 2017 Current Events: US News

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for December 2017:

  1. Michael Flynn Admits to Lying to FBI
  2. Utah National Monuments Face Cutback
  3. Time Magazine Announces Person of the Year
  4. House Passes Bill that Allows Concealed Guns Across State Lines
  5. Air Force Reveals Criminal Reporting Reform
  6. School Shooting in New Mexico
  7. Attempted Terrorist Attack in New York
  8. Transgender Recruits Accepted in the Military
  9. Disney Buys 21st Century Fox Assets
  10. Manigault Resigns
  11. Republicans Revise Tax Plan
  12. Al Franken Replaced
  13. AG Sulzberger new Publisher of NYT
  14. FCC Repeals Net Neutrality

Michael Flynn Admits to Lying to FBI

Michael Flynn Leaving Court

On December 1, Michael Flynn pleaded guilty in court after being charged by Robert Mueller, who claims Flynn made false statements about meeting with Russia’s ambassador. Because he pleaded guilty, Flynn will not face trial. (BBC)

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

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Utah National Monuments Face Cutback

President Trump Discussing National Monument

On December 4, President Trump announced that two national monuments in Utah would be scaled back by at least half. Environmentalists plan to sue President Trump after he made this announcement. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

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Time Magazine Announces Person of the Year

Ashley Judd, who started this revolution

On December 6, Time Magazine awarded “silence breakers” the title of Person of the Year. The silence breakers are those who started the revolution of #metoo and created a movement against sexual harassment. (BBC)

Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File

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House Passes Bill that Allows Concealed Guns Across State Lines

A Concealed Gun

On December 6, The House of Representatives approved legislation that allows concealed guns to be carried across state lines. The act requires states to recognize each other’s permits. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Al Behrman, File

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Air Force Reveals Criminal Reporting Reform

The church in Texas

After being under investigation since the Texas Church Shooting early November, the U.S. Air Force announced on December 6 that it would toughen rules when it comes to reporting criminal records. This reform ensures that criminal cases are communicated with the FBI each time. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Eric Gay

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School Shooting in New Mexico

The High School in New Mexico

On December 8, a shooter descended on a New Mexico high school. Two students and the shooter were reported to have been killed. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Russell Contreras

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Attempted Terrorist Attack in New York

NYC Subway after the attempt

On December 11, a man wearing a homemade pipe bomb attempted to detonate it near a New York City subway. Failing to explode, five people were injured during the ensuing panic. The police have the suspect, Akayed Ullah, in custody. (CNN)

AP Photo/Seth Wenig

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Transgender Recruits Accepted in the Military

Transgender Troops

On December 11, a judge ruled that starting January 1, the military must accept transgender recruits. (Reuters)

AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

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Disney Buys 21st Century Fox Assets

Disney

On December 13, Walt Disney bought 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets in a deal worth more than $52 billion in stock. (CNBC)

AP Photo/Richard Drew, File

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Manigault Resigns

Manigault

Trump Advisor Omarosa Manigault resigned her post in the administration on December 13.

AP Photo/Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx

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Republicans Revise Tax Plan

Republican Tax Plan

According to the latest reports, Republican leaders agreed on a revised plan to cut taxes that lowers the corporate rate from 35% to 21% and drops the top individual rate for the richest Americans to 37%. (Los Angeles Times)

AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

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Al Franken Replaced

Tina Smith

Tina Smith, Minnesota’s lieutenant governor, was announced as the replacement for Senator Franken on December 13. (ABC News)

AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt

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AG Sulzberger new Publisher of NYT

New York Times

On December 14, A.G. Sulzberger succeeded his father, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., as the publisher of the New York Times. (New York Times)

AP Photo/Richard Drew

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FCC Repeals Net Neutrality

FCC

On December 14, The Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality (CNN).

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

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